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Beloved Khenchen is returning to DRC!

The weekend of

10/20(Sat) - 10/21(Sun)

DRC is pleased to announce that our beloved Khenchen is returning to DRC for a weekend of teaching on the Buddhist Path. He gave a profound teaching on this topic in 2016 and will continue on this topic this time.

Tentative schedule:

10/20 (Sat)
9:00AM - 5:00PM

10/21 (Sun)
9:00AM - 6:00PM
(with option of lunch with Khenche)

As we know, Khenchen observes vegetarian diet and does not eat dinner. Hence, we will take longer lunch break on 10/21 so students will have the chance to eat and converse with Khenchen while giving him time to rest before the afternoon session! We will take the names on 10/20 for those who wish to do lunch with Khenchen. Fee is $30 per day, 10/21 luncheon extra.


寶法林很榮幸地宣布直貢最博學 也是我們敬愛的堪千仁波切將再度回到寶法林繼續他2016年所講的 "修行之道" 我們並將利用10/21中午休息時間與堪千共進素食午餐 (因為他長期吃素並不吃晚餐) 我們將在10/20 統計人數

Tentative schedule:

10/20 (Sat)
早上9點 ~ 下午5點

10/21 (Sun)
早上9點 ~ 下午6點
學費每日30元 10/21午宴費用另計

Ven. Lama Thupten Nima will lead

The Vajrakilaya Retreat

on 10/26 - 10/28 again!

Vajrakilaya is the wrathful form of Vajrasattva. Kilaya is also one of the most powerful deity in removing obstacles. Ven. Lama Thupten Nima is an expert in Kilaya with his learning from many accomplished masters. Ven Lama Thupten Nima will also perform a ritual to liberate the deceased on 10/28 afternoon. Please contact us for details.

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Tentative schedule:

10/26 (Fri)
7:00PM - 9:00PM Empowerment

10/27-28 (Sat/Sun)
Vajrakilaya Silent Retreat
($85 for entire retreat; $50/day)

People who complete registration and pay by 10/21 (Sun) will get a discount of $85 to cover both the empowerment and retreat! As we will need time to prepare for the retreat, the registration will close at night of 10/24.

阿闍黎圖登尼瑪喇嘛將在10/26-10/28 帶領大眾舉行普巴金剛閉關, 普巴金剛為金剛薩埵的忿怒尊, 是除障有力的本尊圖登尼瑪喇嘛曾經隨數位普巴金剛成就者學習此法他也是普巴金剛的專家他並將在普巴金剛禁語閉關期間為亡者超度詳情請電郵洽詢 閉關報名 請用聯結:

Tentative schedule:

10/26 (Fri)
晚上7-9點 灌頂 ($30)

10/27-28 (Sat/Sun)
禁語閉關 ($85) 含食宿 (單日每日$50)
於10/21前完成報名及繳費完畢者可享優待 ($85), 請提早報名!


About Us

Drikung Rinchen Choling (DRC) is H.E. the 8th Garchen Rinpoche's main Dharma Center in southern California. It provides a place for students to practice daily and for short term retreats under the guidance of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche and Ven. Lama Thupten Nima. H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is one of the most revered guru in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. He is famous for his vast realization, attainment, and great compassion.Ven. Lama Thupten Nima is the current resident abbot of DRC. He served as the Disciplinarian, Chant Master, and Retreat Master in the Gar Monastery in Tibet and Garchen Buddhist Institute in Arizona

直貢寶法林由 噶千仁波切賜名, 2009年成立於加州天普市, 2013年遷入亞凱迪亞市現址。 寺院在上師 噶千仁波切與 阿闍黎圖登尼瑪喇嘛帶領指導之下, 以正信佛教, 藏傳直貢噶舉傳承來宣揚佛陀法教。 它是 噶千仁波切在南加州的主要弘法道場, 除平日共修與法會外亦提供僧團信眾短期閉關。 第八世 噶千仁波切是直貢噶舉最崇高的轉世上師之一, 他以修證境界廣大及大慈悲心著稱於世。 阿闍黎圖登尼瑪 (噶貝) 喇嘛具備完整的佛學訓練, 發願弘揚極樂淨土, 目前是寶法林住持上師, 曾任噶爾寺與噶千佛學院的戒律師、領誦師與閉關指導上師, 著有文殊閻魔敵閉關手冊。


Our Teachers

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche is one of two heads of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1946 in Lhasa, Tibet, he was recognized at the age of four as the reincarnation of the previous Drikung Kyabgon and formally enthroned and educated at Drikung Thil, the main monastery of the Drikung Kagyu order in central Tibet. During the Tibetan exodus in the late 1950s, his parents fled to India while he remained at Drikung Thil. In 1959, Communist China closed the monastery, and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche was adopted by his former tutor, His Eminence Gyabra Rinpoche. After completing his elementary and middle school education in Lhasa, in 1969 he was assigned to a countryside farm, working fifteen hours a day doing hard physical labor.

In 1975, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche crossed the Himalayan border separating Tibet from Nepal on foot and all alone except for fortuitous help from two strangers at one impassable point. He traveled to Dharamsala, India, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, where he was received by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and formally enthroned once again.

Then, after eighteen years of separation, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche was reunited with his family in the United States. He stayed for several years, completing courses in English and adult education and working after school at McDonald to practice his English.

In 1978, he returned to India, taking up rigorous Buddhist practice, retreats, and instruction from many of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1985, in Dehra Dun, India, he founded the Drikung Kagyu Institute, Jang Chub Ling, which provides traditional monastic and modern education to c. 450 monks and nuns; a meditation retreat center; and a project to collect and preserve all the Drikung Kagyu texts, as well as document the ways of life, philosophy, and religious traditions of the peoples of the Himalayas.

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo.

Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngondro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa.

Then, at the age of 22, after completing a two and a half year retreat, he was imprisoned for 20 years during the political turmoil of China's Cultural Revolution. While in the labor camp, he received meditation instruction from his root lama, the Nyingma master Khenpo Munsel. Enduring hardship and practicing secretly, Garchen Rinpoche attained realization of the lama's wisdom mind. Since his release from prison in 1979, Garchen Rinpoche has made great effort to rebuild the Drikung Kagyu monasteries, reestablish the Buddhist teachings, and build two boarding schools for local children in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of the Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley, Arizona.

Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

Ven. Lama Thupten Nima

Lama Thupten Nima was born in 1965 into conditions of political turmoil and exile associated with the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Lama Thupten Nima had the good fortune to receive instruction at the age of fourteen on the effects of virtuous and harmful actions by the great yogi Tamga, and he completed the four hundred thousand accumulations of the preliminary practices according to the Buddhist Yangzab terma.

His family having long been associated with Gar Monastery prior to the Cultural Revolution, Lama Thupten Nima made great efforts to travel to the Gar Monastery where he received refuge ordination from His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche. He then received full monastic ordination and the bodhisattva vow from the great siddha Karma Norbu, and was admitted to the Gar Monastery. There, he trained in the ritual practices of the tantras of Old and New Schools and other diverse religious activities. He was selected for special training at Lho Lungkar Monastery, including the Eight Heruka Sadhanas, the Embodiment of the Masters' Realization, Vajrakilaya, and Essence of Great Bliss. He served as chant master and, later, as disciplinarian of the Gar monastery.

Thereafter, he received teachings from many of the great living Buddhist masters including Dzogchen trekchod and thogal from Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche, the entirety of the Drikung Kagyu protectors and the higher and lower tantra sections from HE Garchen Rinpoche, and received from Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok his own terma (mind treasure) of the Kilaya cycle of teachings. At Drigung Thil, he received from Drubpon Tendzin Nyima some of the profound teachings of the Drikung Kagyu such as the Fivefold Mahamudra and the Six Yogas [of Naropa]. He studied the Gong Chig (Single Intention), Essence of Mahayana, The Bodhisattva Way of Life, and the Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices with Drigung Khenpo Namzig. Under the elder Drigung chant master Konchog Samten, he trained in the ritual practices of Chakrasamvara, Varahi, the Yangzab, Sarvavid and Akshobhya.

Thereafter, HE Garchen Rinpoche entitled him an Vajra Master and asked him to undertake a series of assignments to help reorganize and reestablish Buddhist practice and monastic discipline in monasteries throughout the region after, in some cases, a twenty-five year breach in the Buddhist practice tradition including Lho Miyel Monastery, Khargo Monastery, and later Tseri Monastery in Sichuan where he reestablished the Great Accomplishment (Drupchen) practice of Yamantaka and gave other teachings. Then, again at the request of HE Garchen Rinpoche, he served as Lama (religious teacher and minister) for two years at Tamgo Monastery in Central Tibet, the former dwelling place of Chung Dorje Dragpa, the fourth lineage holder of the Drikung Kagyu. There, Lama Thupten Nima established the summer retreat, set up a yearly teaching schedule, and appointed a chant master, disciplinarian and shrine master.

Subsequently, at Gar Monastery, Lama Thupten Nima took responsibility for instructing the nuns at the Fivefold Mahamudra Meditation Center of Gargon Nunnery. He then came to America to do a Yamantaka Retreat with HE Garchen Rinpoche. At present, he serves as the Resident Retreat Master and Chant Master for the Garchen Institute in Arizona. Furthermore, he is the founder of the Drikung Rinchen Choling Foundation in Los Angeles/CA, where he continues to oversee the center as the Resident Lama.



Drikung Rinchen Choling Prayer Book
直貢寶法林 祈願文


His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Quote


His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Long Life Prayer
*The Excellent Stream of the Elixir of Immortality


King of Aspiration Prayers

Shantideva's Dedication

Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas




















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