Announcements Issue

Volume 13, Number 2 / April 2013

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A Letter from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

To the Cyber-Sangha!

Dear International Cyber-Sangha,

For a long time, my dream has been to be able to provide teachings without being so restricted by the boundaries of time and space, without the need to travel from place to place. And I feel that the Internet provides just such a means. We began years ago by putting many teachings up on YouTube. Our goal is to eventually have hundreds of hours of the teachings available on the web  More

A Note from the Editors

Amazing First Daylong Webcast with Rinpoche!

To Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and all others who made the free full-day live webcast on March 23 happen, we are grateful beyond words! We know we speak for many people—an estimate of at least 1,500 and possibly more who joined in this great cyber-retreat—in thanking you for doing this. Truly a gift!  More

Please Donate to Our Summer Fundraising Auction

A Letter from Ligmincha Institute’s Executive Director

Dear Sangha and Friends,

Warm greetings from Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge!

As we move closer to the beginning of our 21st annual Summer Retreat, we are beginning to prepare for our annual summer fundraising auction, scheduled for Friday, July 5, 2013. This is a major public fundraising event and is essential to furthering Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s vision  More

Upcoming Webcasts with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Next Free Live Teachings on April 9 and 13

Two live webcasts of Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s teachings will be broadcast on April 9 and April 13, 2013.  More

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Second Free Full-Day Webcast Offered July 6

His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche to Participate

Mark your calendars! Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will be offering his second free full-day live webcast on Saturday, July 6, 2013. The webcast will be broadcast live from Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge during the second week of the annual Summer Retreat.  More

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‘The Nine Ways of Bon’ Weekend Retreat April 27–28

Join John Jackson at Ligmincha’s Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

Join John Jackson for a weekend at Serenity Ridge as he uses the structure of the Nine Ways of Bon—the first cycle of Tonpa Shenrab's teachings—to explore a broad range of teachings and meditation methods within the tradition.  More

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Upcoming Ligmincha Institute and GlideWing Workshops

Six Lokas, Tibetan Yogas and More

Ligmincha Institute, through is offering an online meditation course April 14–June 1 on “Transforming Our Emotions Through the Six Lokas.”  More

Serenity Ridge Now Offers Only Vegetarian Meals

Practitioners Encouraged to Consider Becoming Vegetarian

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center now offers meat-free, vegetarian fare, serving a variety of healthy, plant-based food to retreat participants and others who attend events at the center.

Beginning with the April 10–14 Spring Retreat, those who register for retreats at Serenity Ridge will be able to select a meal preference that includes vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free vegetarian and gluten-free vegan. The goal of the kitchen is to prepare tasty and nutritious meals that everyone will enjoy.  More

First Spanish Translation of Voice of Clear Light!

La Voz de la Luz Clara, Febrero 2013!

The Spanish translation of the February 2013 issue of Voice of Clear Light is now available for viewing. Thank you Ligmincha Mexico for making this happen!

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Registration Now Open for Four Serenity Ridge Retreats

Three Heart Mantras Weekend, Buddhism and Science Conference, Fall and Winter Retreats

Registration is now open for these upcoming retreats at Serenity Ridge:

Weekend Teaching: A special weekend teaching with H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, head instructor of Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, will be held Sept. 13–15, 2013. The topic is "The Three Heart Mantras."  More

Long Life Mantras for His Holiness and Yongdzin Rinpoche

Report your Accumulations by June 1

Whether or not you are able to attend the summer retreat, all the worldwide sanghas are invited to accumulate the Long Life Mantra simultaneously for both His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, worldwide spiritual leader of the Bon tradition, and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, the most senior teacher in the Bon tradition  More

View Short YouTube Video with Tenzin Rinpoche

How to Assist in a Loved One’s Death

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche discusses the Bon Buddhist approach to helping a loved one through the process of death and dying. Included: The importance of understanding the fragility and uncertainty of life; suggestions for creating a beneficial environment for the dying person; and guidance for reciting the bardo prayer, lighting candles and performing the Sur Chod practice after death. This teaching took place during Rinpoche's seminar on "Living With Joy, Dying in Peace," Berlin, Germany, May 6, 2012.

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View German translation of video

Tenzin Rinpoche demonstrates the inner refuge prayer and the bardo prayer in an accompanying video

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See the New Ligmincha France, Ligmincha Austria, Ligmincha Germany Websites

Gateways to Ligmincha Sanghas and Bon Teachings

These beautiful new European websites are gateways to the Bon teachings not only within their given nations, but also worldwide via Ligmincha International.

Visit the new websites below.

Ligmincha France 

Ligmincha Austria 

Ligmincha German 

Upcoming Events

Ligmincha’s Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

The retreats described below will take place at Serenity Ridge, Ligmincha Institute’s retreat center in Nelson County, Va. To register or for more information, click on the links below, or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434-263-6304.

April 10–14, 2013
Spring Retreat 2013Embracing Impermanence: Inner Refuge in the Face of Change
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
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April 2728, 2013
The Nine Ways of Bon
with John Jackson
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May 4–5, 2013
Healing with the Medicine Buddha
with Geshe Nyima Kunchap

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June 9–22, 2013
Summer Work Retreat at Serenity Ridge
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June 23–July 13, 2013
Summer Retreat—The Twenty-One Nails, Part 1
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and honored guest H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima
Join us for one, two or all three weeks.
Learn more or register

July 6, 2013, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern (New York) Time
Free Full-Day Live Webcast
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Broadcast live from Ligmincha Institute at Serenity Ridge during Summer Retreat
Learn more

Sept. 13–15, 2013
The Three Heart Mantras and Ma Tri Initiation
with H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche
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Oct. 9–10, 2013
Special Conference 2013: New Dialogs Between Buddhism and Science
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Renowned Researchers
(to be followed by annual fall retreat; consider registering for both)
Learn more and register

Oct. 11–13, 2013
Fall Retreat—The Open Heart: Healing in the Dzogchen Tradition
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and H.E. Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche
Learn more and register

Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2013
Tibetan Bon Buddhist Yoga (Trul Khor) Training, Part 3 
with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
Prerequisites required
Learn more and register

Dec. 27, 2013–Jan. 1, 2014
Winter Retreat—Dzogchen Practice Retreat
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Open to all, from those new to meditation to those who have attended any part or all of the Experiential Transmission or any other dzogchen teachings.
Learn more and register

To register for any of the above retreats, or for more information about teachings in the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 434-263-6304, or visit the Serenity Ridge website or the Ligmincha Institute website.