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Jan 04
Sakyong and Family, Shambhala News Service
The Sakyong in Deep Retreat

The Sakyong has arrived in Pharping, Nepal for a period of strict retreat to conclude his year of retreat. He asked that the following update be shared with the community. It is followed by photos of the Sakyong on retreat in Nepal and the Sakyong on retreat with Jetsun Drukmo before he departed Boulder, plus a photo by the Sakyong of the Himalayas.

Flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the Himalayas shone like diamonds reflecting the Great Eastern Sun. As the Sakyong entered the final portion of his year of retreat, the dralas seemed to dance on the tips of these majestic mountains. The green hillsides of the Himalayan foothills and the crisp summit of Mount Everest offered an appropriate foreshadowing of the temperate days and frigid nights of winter in Pharping.

Having spent the last six months alternating deep retreat and spending time practicing with the newest member of the royal family, Jetsun Drukmo Mukpo, the Sakyong has entered again into strict retreat for the remainder of the year of the Iron Tiger.

On his arrival at Rigon Tashi Choeling, the Himalayan monastery of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, he was greeted with ritual gyaling horns, drums, and clouds of juniper smoke.

Rinpoche extends his love and blessings to the entire Shambhala sangha and all sentient beings as he embarks on the final phase of his retreat.


James Thorpe, Continuity Kusung
Pharping, Nepal

The Sakyong on retreat with Jetsun Drukmo in Boulder.

The Sakyong on retreat with Jetsun Drukmo in Boulder.

The Foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Photo by the Sakyong.

The Foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Photo by the Sakyong.

The Sakyong on Deep Retreat at Rigon Tashi Choeling monastery in Nepal.

The Sakyong on Deep Retreat at Rigon Tashi Choeling monastery in Nepal.

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36 responses to “ The Sakyong in Deep Retreat ”
  1. craig thompson
    Dec 20, 2011

    Dear Sir,

    Best Wishes for your retreat. You are a great inspiration for us all. We are all very grateful for all you are doing for us.

  2. May treasured jewels
    Like that of a newborn child;
    Keep us on The Path.

  3. Micah Krohn
    Jan 30, 2011


    Many smiles upon us,

    Much love!

  4. Dear Rinpoche:

    I’m so very appreciative of the practice that you introduced us to at Scorpion Seal Year One last summer. I do it before the Werma Sadhana and think of you being on retreat at the same time. It is most gratifying.

    My very best wishes for your retreat! With devotion and love, Judy

  5. The relaxed and somewhat tired look of father on your face brings you deeper into my heart. She must be wanting to sit up just now, this Princess. The Royal nature and presence is such a gift to the human beings that we are. Thank you, Father Guru. Thank you Mother and Daughter.

  6. So many arrows , so well shot, they always land in the perfect place.

    Dragons on those mountains peek out to see who is passing by, and the
    shining earth is smiling, so joyfully smiling.

    Ear to ear!

  7. Ellen Berger
    Jan 22, 2011

    I love you Sakyong. I am in big trouble. Please pray for me. Lord Messenger of Padma, may you ever remain.

    Ellen Berger. Boston

  8. Tim Fletcher
    Jan 9, 2011

    Much love and thanks to you Sakyong!
    You are such a bright light in the world!
    I dreamt you were with your child on the side of a mountain. I was afraid of the steepness, but you were both perched calmly and happily on a ledge, enjoying each other’s presence, and free from danger even though it would be so scary for me!
    I woke up and remembered how important you are to me, how important the Dharma is, how precious my life is.
    Thank you for helping me wake up, even in my dreams!
    May your time in Nepal be auspicious and filled with positivity!
    Thank you.

  9. Greg Price
    Jan 9, 2011

    Dearest Rinpoche,

    My warmest regards to you and your family.
    I am so very grateful to be part of the Mukpo Clan……..!.

  10. The picture of you and your daughter bring tears to my eyes. My heat was touch so deeply by it.
    I know, it brings love. It is Bodhichitta in form!
    Love you and dearest Jetsun Drukmo!
    May you be safe, healthy !

  11. Charles Gillard
    Jan 8, 2011

    How many toes did the foothills have?

  12. So wonderful to see! gratitude for sharing – something esp. magic about seeing Jetson Drukmo perched sitting in your lap ~ I feel hope when I see this. Thank you and many blessings for Health and Love to you and your family
    fondly, Sara C.

  13. Cameron Wenaus
    Jan 6, 2011

    It is so wonderful to see this article up, a brief glimpse of your activities, and these beautiful photos. It makes me feel just that much more connected during the long winter. With love and loyalty, Cameron.

  14. To the Honorable Sayong Rinpoche. I bow to the beauty in your heart and to the beautiful Jetsun Drukmo. May your life be filled with many Blessings, Love Mama Bear

  15. ~ offering brilliant love ~

  16. D'Arcy Colby
    Jan 6, 2011

    We miss you and think of you all the time. I am delighted to see you with your little daughter, as a father.

    I love you.


  17. Beloved Sakyong Rinpoche,

    As this auspicious new moon grows into its waxing cycle, may its splendor shine upon your devotion and dedication!
    You inspire by example and I aspire to follow your example!

    Cosetta (from Seattle)

  18. Rhonda Newcombe
    Jan 5, 2011

    Dear Rinpoche,
    We miss you and love you very dearly. Thank you for sharing with us these precious pictures of you in retreat.

  19. Betsy Pond
    Jan 5, 2011

    Dearest Rinpoche, I am deeply touched to see you and Jetsun Drukmo. I hold you in my heart and am so grateful for your devotion.

  20. Joe Sternheimer
    Jan 5, 2011

    Thank you Sir for doing this all for the planet and all beings. Wish you all the best! Much love to you.

  21. Stéphane LELUC
    Jan 5, 2011

    Dearest sir,
    Thank you for showing us the sun in these dark times: thank you for the magic, for the elegance, for the fearlessness and for your boundless love. May dralas and werma gather like clouds around you and your family. I wish you a very good retreat.

  22. Jaynine Nelson
    Jan 4, 2011

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    Warms our hearts to see your beautiful daughter, Jetsun Drukmo, on your lap while in retreat. She is such a blessing. Our loving devotion and support to you as you enter your final months in Nepal.
    With love and aloha,
    Jaynine and Dean Nelson

  23. Jaynine Nelson
    Jan 4, 2011

    Warms our hearts to see the community’s youngest yogi, Jetsun Drukmo, on your lap while you are in retreat. We send you much devotion and support as you complete your retreat in Nepal.
    With much love and aloha, Jaynine and Dean

  24. judy hollocher
    Jan 4, 2011

    both of you, all three of you, what a living doll.
    love the photos, keep them coming with your princess

  25. Yael Codriansky, Chile
    Jan 4, 2011

    Rinpoche, thank you for sharing the pictures, specially the one with the princess! I will do that when I became a mother. I always thought the kids can’t enter the home shrine room when you are practicing, now I see they can. Thank you, and much love for you and your family.

  26. chris lane`
    Jan 4, 2011

    he’s not smiling
    but he does radiate
    i don’t like having photos taken either
    be well !!

  27. Kathy Wakeham, New York City Shambhala Center
    Jan 4, 2011

    Dearest Rinpoche, Thank you for your generous teachings and devotional example of practice. Much love, health, and happiness to you and your wonderful family.

  28. Susan Morin
    Jan 4, 2011

    Heartwarming and splendid. I miss you so much and send many good wishes for your retreat and to your new young family.

  29. We wish the Sakyong and his family all the best as he enters the last phase of his retreat.They will be close to our hearts as we gaze at the clouds over the mountains here at DKD. With love, Melissa and Bruce

  30. Lovely to see you your Majesty.
    I enjoyed your photo of the foothills. Wishing you all the best.
    Until we meet again…

    Bruce Oglesby

    P.S. Thanks to all those taking care you and the whole family.

  31. Simone LaVoie (Jigme Lhatso)
    Jan 4, 2011

    Best wishes for a fruitful retreat filled with auspiscous insight and no obstacles.

  32. Dessie Howard
    Jan 4, 2011

    Jolly Good News. Warm Regards and Many Thanks. Our Best Wishes are with you. Dessie + Bob

    P.S. And thank you too, James.

  33. Mike Thompson, Philadelphia shambhala Meditation Cenbter
    Jan 4, 2011

    thank you Rinpoche, for your teachings and books, and for developing an enlightened leadership process.

  34. Dearest Sakyong, thank you for the patience and briliance of your teachings and may your retreat bring deeper and deeper joy and insight. with all my love, Laura pema metso

  35. Thanks for this, it is interesting to know what he is up to.

  36. Ani Lodrö Palmo
    Jan 4, 2011

    Thanks for everything Rinpoche for doing that. You’re in my heart always. I love you. Ani Lodrö

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