Join our global community in the recitation of Green Tara and Marichi mantra to remove all obstacles for Khentrul Rinpoche and the Global community. Jetsun Tara is the swiftest to respond to prayers for help.
Please submit your mantras on our mantra accumulation page here:
We have schedule this event in advance of Khentrul Rinpoche’s birthday.
This practice will take place on the full moon and a lunar eclipse in March. During the time of the Lunar eclipse in your location, the merit of the offering is multiplied by 700,000 times. Please join us in our accumulation until then but especially anytime in our special 24 hour community organized practice. Members of our different communities in different countries will lead the mantras at different hours. All the mantras that are submitted to Green Tara and to Marichi will be dedicated on April 18th. May this lead to the flourishing of Dzokden and Rinpoche’s activities.
Schedule by Timezone
Central Europe and South Africa – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
Melbourne, Australia – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 10:00 AM – 09:59 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – MONDAY March 25, 2024 / 7:00 AM – 7:00 AM (TUESDAY March 26, 2024)
São Paulo, Brazil – SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 8:00 PM – 8:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)
East Coast USA, Toronto – SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 6:00 PM – 6:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)
West Coast USA –SUNDAY March 24, 2024 / 3:00 PM – 3:00 PM (MONDAY March 25, 2024)
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84041168224?pwd=eng5RDlFT1pxSEdEWkNaK2VPYmk5UT09
Meeting ID: 840 4116 8224
Please email [email protected]
Register for this event at the Kalapa website by clicking here.
August 2nd – 12th (10 nights)
This page is for the 1st Vajra Yoga of Kalachakra: Empowerment, Teachings & Retreat (week 1 only). If you would like to participate in the following retreat weeks 2, 3, and 4, you need to register here as well.
After repeated requests from individuals and groups over the last years, Rinpoché has finally accepted the request to teach the 6 Vajra Yogas of Kalachakra for the first time in Europe. This will be a milestone in the history of Kalachakra practice in the West. Rinpoché will come once a year to teach each Vajra Yoga over the next years. Moreover, Rinpoché has made an effort to clarify the conditions for participation in a way that gets back to the essence and allows practitioners with family and work commitments to fulfill the requirements. This is a precious and incredibly rare opportunity and we are delighted to be able to offer it at Kalapa.
For this year 2024 Rinpoché will bestow the 1st Vajra Yoga. To ensure the success of students on their paths, Rinpoche will only bestow it to pre-approved students who genuinely wish to deepen their practice. To bring more clarity to the preparation process, we have prepared an additional explanation. Regardless of whether you are a new or veteran practitioner, Rinpoché requests that everyone takes the time to read it. Download here: 2024 – Conditions for Higher Empowerments for the Wensum and 1st Vajra Yoga.
For new participants, after reading these conditions, and if you have already received the 4 Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra with Rinpoché, we welcome you to present yourself as a candidate by sending your application here. Only upon approval will you be able to proceed with registration. Veteran practitioners who have already taken part in the 1st Vajra Yoga Retreat in Tibet in 2019 can confirm their commitments in the form below when registering.
About the Event and Schedule
“Upon completion of the two outer, the five inner, and the two unique preliminary practices of the Kalachakra Path, we are ready to enter the indestructible and profound path of the Six Vajra Yogas. These advanced yogic techniques are like a wish-fulfilling jewel with the capacity to grant us everything our hearts desire in the blink of an eye. For a diligent practitioner whose mind is sufficiently pure, enlightenment can be achieved within only a few short human years. Even mastery of a single vajra yoga is enough to ensure one is never again reborn into the suffering cycle of death and rebirth.” (Khentrul Rinpoche, “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3”)
The event encompasses 1) two days of preparations with Preliminary Practices, Pujas, Kalachakra-Tsok, and a walk in the nature with Rinpoche, 2) The Four Higher Empowerments of Kalachakra (Rinpoché will bestow them again for the sake of your spiritual progress), 3) Teaching-Transmission of the 1st Vajra Yoga Practice, 4) a printed booklet about the 1st Vajra Yoga in English, 5) If needed, a personal audiences with Rinpoche (upon request), 6) one week of Retreat with practice sessions guided by senior students, as well as 7) food and accommodations at the Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center.
SCHEDULE (10 nights)
2nd August afternoon – arrivals and welcome meeting with introductions (check-in 2 PM – 4 PM)
3rd August – Kalachakra Preliminary Practices, Guru Puja Ritual and Kalachakra-Tsok, Walk in the nature around Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center with Rinpoche
4th August – new moon – Puja and Four Higher Empowerments for the 1st Yoga participants
5th – 12th August – Teaching-Transmission of the 1st Vajra Yoga, 1st Vajra Yoga Retreat (week 1); personal audiences with Rinpoche
12th August – concluding Tsok and check-out after lunch (if you wish, you can stay longer for weeks 2, 3 and 4 by registering here)
How to Prepare and Materials
How to prepare for this retreat: We strongly encourage you to prepare yourself as much as you can with all the 9 Kalachakra Preliminary Practices. In addition to the longer sadhanas “Divine Ladder” and “Enlightening the Heart”, you will need to know the sadhana “Secret Dakini Treasure”. We encourage you to study all the sadhanas as much as you can, including the transliterations and chantings, because there will be some sessions of chanting in Tibetan without a recording during the retreat. We strongly recommend that you also register here for the Summer Wensum retreat so that you can be better prepared for the 1st Yoga Retreat.
During the retreat, Guru Puja and Kalachakra Tsok gatherings will also be held on special occasions. We strongly encourage you to additionally register for their two associated courses at our learning center to prepare yourself in advance so that you know the rituals very well beforehand. If you wish (not mandatory), bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, or other ritual instruments to use during the puja and tsok gatherings.
Materials: You can borrow printed texts of Guru Puja and Tsok from the temple to use during the event. Please bring your printed practice book “The Profound Path of Vajra Yoga” and your “Four Higher Empowerments” Booklet. You can also bring Rinpoche’s commentary “The Hidden Treasure” and “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth 3” as a reference for your practice (everything on paper, as tablets, phones, or computers are not allowed after the strict retreat begins.) Other reading materials not directly related to the 1st Vajra Yoga are not allowed during the retreat period. You need to bring your blindfold and your meditation belt. If you have already participated before, bring also your 1st Vajra Yoga Booklet.
Retreat Information and Guidelines
After the Empowerments on August 4th, the strict retreat will begin. The retreat will be closed and in silence. During this period, participants are not allowed to receive visitors or use computers, tablet devices, mobile phones, and so forth. We can store personal phones and other electronic devices in our office. If someone needs to contact you in case of emergency, they can email [email protected] or call +43 676 395 8898. Both e-mailbox and phone will be checked at least once each day. Rinpoche advises participants to follow the retreat guidelines respectfully, not only for the success of their own practice, but also to avoid disturbing others.
The daily schedule consists of four practice sessions and additional activities such as occasional pujas, teachings, interviews, and so forth. Participation in two daily group sessions is mandatory unless health conditions completely prevent you from taking part. The remaining two sessions can be practiced in your own room if you prefer. Practice sessions will be conducted in English and Tibetan. If you absolutely prefer, you can bring copies of the texts in your own language as well and read them silently while the group recites in English.
The fee for the retreat includes three vegetarian meals and shared accommodations at the beautiful Dzokden Kalapa Retreat Center. Please inform us ([email protected]) in advance if you have allergies, food intolerances, or other important health or mental conditions that we need to consider. We cannot offer space for individual rooms for participants of this event. However, you can alternatively bring your own tent and sleep outside near the Kalachakra Stupa (see registration options below). Please note: Parking in the area of Kalapa is very limited. If you are staying with us for the whole retreat, we encourage you to drop off then find a space to park at a distance (in the city, if possible) to help other travellers reach the site.
If you absolutely need an individual room, many options for accommodations are available near the retreat center’s area, in the Garanas region, and in the town Bad Schwanberg. In this case, please search for and book the necessary reservations yourself.
More Info and Registration for this event at the Kalapa website by clicking here.
This is a strict retreat, and participants should avoid engaging in too much physical activity and interacting with others unnecessarily. We need one volunteer to cook breakfast, lunch, and a light dinner for the participants, and a cook helper. The volunteers will be able to enjoy all the areas in the retreat center except for the Kalachakra Temple itself where the participants will practice. Unlike the participants, the external volunteers can access electronic devices, the internet, and so forth. This is an extraordinary opportunity to generate merit and create the causes to be able to engage in this practice yourself in the future. Rinpoche strongly encourages us to support our dharma brothers and sisters by volunteering.
If you are considering this opportunity, please write as soon as possible to [email protected], so that we can arrange a video call to plan your participation. You can also volunteer for only a portion of the event rather than for the whole retreat; you can offer as much as possible according to your capability. That being said, we prefer the participation of someone who can commit to the whole period. During your stay, we can provide free access to an online course or recorded retreat at our digital learning center if you would like to support your practice and study while you are volunteering. You can also choose a dharma book of your choice in our Kalapa Shop that Kalapa will give you as a gift.
How to get to Kalapa?
Kalachakra Kalapa Center, Garanas 41, Bad Schwanberg, zip code 8541, Austria, Südweststeiermark.
The nearest airport is in Graz, Austria. To travel to Kalapa by train, start at the main train station in Graz. From there, take the S6 or S61 S-Bahn towards Wies-Eibiswald for about an hour to the Bad Schwanberg station. (Timetable information)
To travel from the Bad Schwanberg train station to the retreat center, a relatively inexpensive taxi service supported by the government is available that will take you directly to the Retreat Center, which is referred to as “Buddhistisches Zentrum” by this taxi service. For more information, please visit the following website: Regio Mobil. The taxi must be ordered at least one hour in advance, but visitors are recommended to do so much earlier or on the day before you intend to arrive. On weekdays, this taxi service operates between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. On weekends it does not operate during the evening. As the journey is quite long (about 20 minutes), the service should be scheduled at least half an hour before the closing hours provided above. For trips on Sundays or public holidays please schedule the taxi service by 5 p.m. on the day before you intend to arrive.
To order: +43 (0)50 16 17 18
Cost: €6.00 total regardless of how many people are taking the taxi.
Alternatively you can book a normal taxi service or similar.
From the Graz-West motorway junction (A2/A9), get on the A2 towards Klagenfurt/Italy and take the Lieboch exit. Then, continue on Federal Road 76 towards Eibiswald. After about 30 km, you will reach Schwanberg. At the end of the main square in Schwanberg, turn left towards Garanas. After the bridge, turn right towards Garanas and follow the signs to “Kalachakra Kalapa Center” uphill for about 8 km to reach the center.
This is a paid event and available both In-person and Online.
It takes courage to transform. It takes courage to change. It takes courage to bring about a time of abundance and peace. We are in an incredible moment in time right now. The world is changing rapidly. While some people may think it is getting worse with the riots, pandemic, economic and political problems, it’s a rare opportunity for rapid transformation.
Do you have the courage to be one of the people who transform it for the better? We are not passive observers in the world. Through our genuine dharma practice, we have a profound opportunity to change our world into the Golden Age of peace, harmony and abundance.
What does it mean to manifest peace and harmony?
Khentrul Rinpoche will give teachings on the meaning and origin of Dzokden Dharma (Golden Age Dharma) referred to by Taranatha and Dolpopa. He will explain how the Kalachakra tantra prophesizes a time of peace and harmony for our planet and how we can speed up that time. Form a stronger connection to Shambhala by understanding the stages that Shambhala pure land went through to realize peace and harmony. Learn and decide what you can do yourself to contribute to the manifestation of Dzokden, the golden age.
Through discussion, questions, and answers and sharing throughout the day we will come to an understanding of how we personally can be part of this global shift to bring about the Golden Age now.
Teachings and Course Materials
Rinpoche will teach most of the sessions. Rinpoche often has senior students lead prayer practice sessions and some teaching sessions. Recorded materials will also be available from a previous retreat so that Khentrul Rinpoche can dive deeper into new topics.
Request for Questions on the Golden Age
If you have specific questions about the Golden Age, please write to [email protected] so that Rinpoche can answer them during the retreat. He would like your questions as he writes his book on the Golden Age to ensure he answers everyone’s curiosities, doubts, and concerns.
Schedule by Timezone
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan
Saturday, February 24th
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Session 1: Dzokden – A Vision for an Abundant Harmonious World
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Session 2: How Shambhala transformed themselves into a Golden Age Through the Kalachakra tantra
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Session 3: Kalachakra and the Golden Age
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Session 4: Connecting with the Sublime Realm of Shambhala
Sunday, February 25th
6:00 AM – 7:30 AM – Session 5: Connecting to the sublime realm of Shambhala
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Session 6: What is Dzokden Dharma?
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Session 7: Dzokden Activities and Values
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Session 8: Group Discussion: How to Manifest the Golden Age
All the teachings will be recorded and accessible to participants if you miss a session due to timezone. We have tried to do our best to accommodate as many timezones as possible for the live teachings.
Rinpoche will be teaching in English. Other language translations are yet to be decided.
How does the Online Retreat Work?
After you register prior to the online retreat, you will be sent an email containing all of the information to log in and follow along.
The course will be held through “Zoom“. In order to access the sessions, you need to download the Zoom App onto the device through which you want to join.
We will provide you with the Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) created by Dzokden. You will need this link (or alternatively Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) to access the online sessions. The Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) will be provided at the latest two days before the online event in your email as well as in the Dzokden learning center.
Access to Video Materials Afterwards
The retreat access and all the prayers will be provided for you in Dzokden’s new online learning center. We encourage everyone to connect to the live-streamed retreat in real-time, but if that is not possible, you can still log in to the learning center after the retreat and access all of the retreat content. We never post-recorded oral transmissions in the learning center. Rinpoche says that has to be received in real time when he bestows them.
Make an Offering to Khentrul Rinpoche
The retreat costs support the program fees of the organization. If anyone wishes to make an offering to Khentrul Rinpoche for the retreat, you can do so here.
Please email [email protected]
This is a FREE event and only available ONLINE.
In honor of the Lunar New Year, Khentrul Rinpoche is sharing the text of his new prayer to help remove all obstacles. In 2023 there were so many obstacles globally, wars and conflicts, as well as personally for Rinpoche with his health and the Dzokden community due to moving all the events. Rinpoche did many prayers of the Jonang lineage to remove obstacles throughout all of last year. One day he had this vision that he needed to write a new prayer to help us rely on all the Kalki Kings of Shambhala for the strength and power of the compassionate warriors to remove the obstacles.
As Khentrul Rinpoche just completed writing the prayer, there may not yet be any translations completed in time for the Lunar New Year. Either way, he will bestow the oral transmission of the prayer and a brief commentary to help us understand the meaning.
Khentrul Rinpoche requested the former chanting master, Sonam Tampa, of Dzamthang Monastery to chant this prayer for us. Rinpoche requests that you listen to this as much as you can up to the Lunar New Year.
Please register below to join the event for FREE.
Special Fundraiser to support the Solitude Retreat of Lama Sonam Tampa
Lama Sonam Tampa is a very pure monk and former chanting master of Dzamthang monastery. He is preparing to enter into a lifelong solitude retreat. He comes from a poor family and has had to borrow money to build his small home in a holy forest that has no road to it to do the retreat in. Rinpoche wants to help him as much as he can. This is a rare opportunity for those who feel inspired to make an offering to dedicated yogi practitioner of Kalachakra. Many monks ask for money for chantings and for pujas for everything. Whenever Rinpoche reaches out, Lama Sonam Tampa never asks for anything and has always been generous in his help to Rinpoche and our community. He is also the Lama who chanted the Drolmi Kazug puja for us. Support his dream of lifelong retreat by donating here:
Special Fundraiser to support the Solitude Retreat of Lama Sonam Tampa
Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.
Schedule by Timezone:
Melbourne, Australia – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Hanoi, Vietnam – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Romania – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Central Europe and South Africa – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
São Paulo, Brazil – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
East Coast USA, Toronto – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
West Coast USA – SATURDAY February 10, 2024 / 3:00 AM – 5:00 AM
email [email protected].
This page is for ONLINE registration only. If you wish to register for the In-person event, you may click HERE.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tibetan and Chinese) with us at the Rime Institute. The year of the wood dragon will bring a stabilizing prosperity and nourishment that we need so much in our world. We will start the day with a traditional sang offering puja to purify karmic debt. As it is a celebratory time to spend with the community, enjoy breakfast with us at the Rime Institute. In Tibet they celebrate the whole week sharing food with the neighbors. Community is
We will then perform offerings in the extremely powerful 21 Tara’s Wish Fulfilling Vase Practice (Drolmi Kazug) Puja to bring a Golden Age of wealth and abundance to our world. If you are online anywhere in the world, we encourage you to do the pujas along with us at home. You can do a simple form of the smoke offering by offering incense. If you have received the empowerments for Drolmi Kazug please practice along.
Sponsor the Lunar New Year Pujas
Start the year off with a fresh start. Create a karmic connection for your loved ones living and deceased by making an offering in their name to help repay their karmic debt and connect them to the causes of wealth and abundance. We will include them specifically in the puja dedications. May the thunderous roar of the wood dragon spread the Dharma for the benefit of all beings!
Both morning sessions uses the same zoom information below:
Webinar ID: 895 3189 2618
Schedule by Timezone:
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mongolia, Singapore and Taiwan
SATURDAY February 10, 2024
4:00 AM – Sang Offering with Prayers of Auspiciousness
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Drolmi Kazug Wishfulfilling Vase Puja with Khentrul Rinpoche
email [email protected].