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Grand Opening Ripa International Center

from the Ripa Council

The Ripa Ladrang, The Ripa International Center and the Padma Lings of Europe are pleased to announce the opening of the first Ripa center in the West, located just outside of Bern, Switzerland. All Shambhalians are warmly invited to join the festivities. The date for the official public opening is Sunday, July 22nd, and will include both VIP guests as well as Shambhala’s Sakyong Wangmo and Jetsunma, as well as, of course, the presence of the Ripa teachers: His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, The Venerable Gyetrul Jigme Norbu Rinpoche, The Venerable Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurme Rinpoche as well as other members of the Ripa family.

The Ripa International Summer Retreat 2012 is the second Retreat that the European Ripa Sangha organizes in their newly acquired seat in Switzerland. The Summer Retreat 2012 is not only the wonderful opportunity to receive the teachings and blessings of all three Ripa Masters, but at the same time we will celebrate the official and religious opening of the Ripa International Centre together with many guests from near and far. Important transmissions from the Ripa Lineage, the Three Roots including precious transmissions from the New Treasures, will be given by the supreme head of the Ripa Lineage, His Eminence Terton Namkha Drimed Rinpoche. Experienced practitioners as well as newcomers are welcomed to receive Dharma transmissions as well as important practice instructions.

This is a very special auspicious gathering that is repeated every year, where we expect the most auspicious presence of all the three Masters of the Ripa Lineage.

The spiritual opening ceremonies will take place on Monday, July 23rd, on Chokhur Duchen. Following that there will be a month long retreat including several program offerings (in order): an opening Yeshe Tsogyal Drubchen, a cycle on Buddhist teachings, a Gesar Drubchen and an Enriching Gesar wealth puja, a Tsa Lung retreat (restricted to those who have finished the Ripa Ngondro), and a Nyunge retreat. Immediately following the month long retreat there will be a weekend Medicine Buddha empowerment and teachings. All are welcome to join!

To find out more and to register, please visit the Ripa International website at for the flyer and registration form. Details are available in: English, French, Spanish, German and Russian.

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