Gutor/Losar 2017 – Schedule

February 21 – March 4 – Special practices and teachings

People who are interested in attending any of these sessions please make a reservation so that we know how many people to accommodate. If you have a physical need for a chair, please call and let us know.


Dakini Day Tsok

  • Tuesday,     02/21/17 at 6pm

Gutor / Reversing Practices

  • Thursday,   02/23/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm
  • Friday,         02/24/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm
  • Saturday,    02/25/17 at 10am-12pm; lunch break; 2pm-6pm

Astrological Soup – At the conclusion of the last day of the practice.

  • Saturday,    02/25/17

House cleaning day

  • Sunday,       02/26/17

Losar – The Year of the Fire Bird

  • Monday,      02/27/17

Ri Wo Sang Chö

  • Wednesday,   03/01/17 at 10am

TÄ CHA KHUNG SUM Empowerment and Teachings

  • Saturday,   03/04/2017 at 2:00 pm

Please see below for more details on these special practice days.



(Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, Lord Garuda)


By Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche


Saturday,  03/04/2017 at 2:00 pm

This extremely important and rare empowerment of Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, and Lord Garuda combined into one is a terma discovered by Great Terton Dudjom Lingpa.  Though not given previously, Rinpoche is now offering this auspicious and precious wang plus the teachings on the Tä Cha Khung Sum sadhana during the first week of Losar.

For more information, click here: Tä Cha Khung Sum: Empowerment and Teachings


Ri Wo Sang Chö

Wednesday,   03/01/17 at 10am  

All are invited to take part in a short Ri Wo Sang Chö Practice with Rinpoche on this day. Rinpoche will also bless prayer flags at this time.  Rinpoche strongly encourages people involved in business to raise prayer flags to increase their chances of success and prosperity. Cotton flags are preferable over synthetic and are encouraged. Only cotton flags will be raised at Orgyen Cho Dzong for those who have paid membership. There will also be a $5 donation per group of flags to have them raised.


Gutor Reversing Practices


Rinpoche explains about Gutor:

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the Gutor Reversing Practices work for future prosperity in general and help in removing obstacles to life in particular. Gutor is also very important for reversing bad omens, particularly for people whose birth year corresponds to the coming year. Their life is in critical danger and they may face major obstacles in the foregoing year. Therefore the reversing practices have to be done to remove those impending obstacles. There will be a lot of strong reversing mantras recited and accumulated during Gutor, as well as subjugation implements that will have to be used.


Special Items for reversing practices

For the reversing practices to be most effective, it is of course best if one can participate directly. If this is not possible you can send:

  1. An item of your own and of each of your immediate family; that is: a few strands of hair; or cuttings of nails; or a small cutting of clothing—to create a connection with the reversing torma effigy, which that will be sent away. Rinpoche emphasizes that this is especially important if your birth year is that of the Bird.

  2. In addition you can send a list of names of immediate family members only, which can be e-mailed to

We should preferably receive all of these items before the 22nd of February for ease of preparation.  Anything received after the 24th of February will unfortunately not be able to be included in the offering torma for these practices.

Please send these items as soon as possible.

Offerings for reversing practices

If you’d like to take part in the reversing practices, a monetary offering can of course be made whether or not you are able to attend.

Monetary Offerings

Offerings can be made online through or through our own website where you can click on the donate button labeled YNP, (i.e. Yeshe Nyingpo) under the contributions tab.

Alternatively you can pay by check made payable to Yeshe Nyingpo, Inc. and mailed to 19 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Please note the words “Reversing Practices” or “Empowerment” on your offering whether by check or PayPal.

To make an offer by bank transfer please contact the Center for the necessary information.

Please send your offerings as soon as possible to enable it to be included in the practices.


There are accommodations near the center.

Please contact the center for a list of available accommodations.

Tä Cha Khung Sum: Empowerment and Teachings


(Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, Lord Garuda)



By Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche

Saturday, March 4, 2017   2:00 pm


(see registration procedures below)


            This extremely important and rare empowerment of Lord Heyagriva, Lord Vajrapani, and Lord Garuda combined into one is a terma discovered by Great Terton Dudjom Lingpa.  Though not given previously, Rinpoche is now offering this auspicious and precious wang plus the teachings on the Tä Cha Khung Sum sadhana during the first week of Losar.

            The benefits and influences of this three deity empowerment are many.  It removes planetary obscurations, astrological obscurations, environmental obscurations and water born obscurations from the Nagas.  Ongoing practice can remove incurable diseases and any curses or spells on oneself or one’s family from ill-intentioned beings. It is extremely helpful for people with an unstable mind or who are psychologically unbalanced.  As well, the secret aspect of the Medicine Buddha—Varjrapani—is included.

            Essentially this empowerment can generate the Vajra Armor of the Buddha, whose nature has the seven qualities of the Vajra (indestructible, firm, etc.) Rinpoche strongly advises practitioners to take this empowerment if at all possible.

            Attendees will receive the sadhana which includes the main mantras of these three deities, a photo to accompany the sadhana, and a powerful amulet to wear on one’s body as protection from these deities. Upon conclusion of the empowerment, Rinpoche will explain how to practice this sadhana. Thereby, you receive the wang, the lung, and the tri (the empowerment, the oral transmission, and the teachings).

            For greater effectiveness, participants will benefit by immediately beginning the recitations and the sadhana.  The results are like beating a hot iron into shape.  However, one’s disposition influences whether one can follow through with immediate practice.

Requirements for this empowerment

1. You must have taken refuge and received some Vajrayana teachings. If you have not previously taken refuge, Rinpoche may provide an opportunity during the Gutor or Losar events (see dates below).

2. If possible, your clothing should be clean.

3. On the day of the wang, please eat vegetarian meals and avoid onion, garlic, and radish if at all possible.

4. It is preferable to shower on the day of the empowerment.

Attendance Reservation

            Fifty seats in the temple are reserved for attendees. Either call or email Yeshe Nyingpo (212-691-8523,  Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate if you are physically unable to sit on a cushion so that a chair may be reserved for you. If you need to take refuge, please indicate this in your reservation request.

            Your seat is confirmed upon receipt of the fee. If paying by check, make it out to Yeshe Nyingpo and mail to 19 West 16th St, NY NY 10011. If paying with a credit card or PayPal, go to, then to Contribute, then to Yeshe Nyingpo, and then the Donate button at the bottom of that page. Please indicate “Wang Mar 4” in the special instructions section of the transaction confirmation page.

            Individuals without a confirmed reservation will be seated in the few remaining seats in the temple or will be in the hallway/staircase outside the temple. For this event, people without reserved seats will not be allowed to continually squeeze into the temple.

Summary of Gutor/Losar Schedule

Feb 23-24       Reversing Practices

Feb 25            Gutor with Astrological Soup for dinner

Feb 26            Cleaning Day

Feb 27            Losar with Long Life ceremony

Mar 1              Riwo Sang Cho and blessing of prayer flags

Rigzin Wangmo’s Parinirvana and Dakini Tsok

Her Holiness Dudjom Sangyum

Rigzin Wangmo’s Parinirvana Tsok

On Dakini Day

Saturday 27th August 2016

At Orgyen Chö Dzong, Greenville, New York

Please note that the venue has changed for this event to Orgyen Chö Dzong, Greenville, New York. Everyone is welcome to join us here for a full day of practice in commemoration of Her Holiness Dudjom’s Sangyum’s Parinirvana. Since this day is also Dakini Day, it is especially auspicious to do the Dakini Tsok practice together.

If there is anyone who would like to attend, but would not be able to do so due to difficulties with transportation and/or accommodation – please let us know so we can do our best to help organize for this. Also, if anyone knows they are coming by car and have any spare seats they could offer others, then again please let us know so we can coordinate this.


10-12pm     Calling the Lama from Afar; Long Ngondro; Prayers

12-2pm       Lunch served at the centre

2-5pm         Dakini Tsok

Please do let us know if you plan to attend so we can make the necessary preparations and arrangements.

You can send an offering to Orgyen Chö Dzong, 5345 State Route 81, Greenville, New York, 12083
or via PayPal, using the Orgyen Chö Dzong PayPal button under the Contributions tab.

Please remember to reference your offering under the ‘special instructions’ for ‘the Parinirvana Anniversary/Dakini Tsok’.

Finally, please send your contribution as soon as possible so that it can be included in the offering on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Staff of Yeshe Nyingpo and Orgyen Chö Dzong




(full descriptions of classes below)

Taught by: Lama Pema Chökyi (Gretchen Groth)

Meditation Mindfulness with Body, Speech & Mind
Tuesdays: March 22, 29, April 5 (not 12), 19, & 26
AT 233 Dahlia, Denver CO 80220 (E. of Colorado Blvd, N. of 1st St)
7:00—8:30 pm

Suggested donation: $70
Intended for: New students and experienced meditators

Generating Compassion: Barriers and Expressions
Saturday, April 23
AT 6830 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver 80207
10:30 am–4:30 pm
(Lunch break provided)
Suggested donation: $35
Intended for: New and experienced meditators

Shinay; Calm Abiding Meditation
Saturday, May 7
AT 6830 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver 80207
10:00 am–4:00 pm
(lunch break provided)
Suggested donation: $35
Intended for: New and experienced meditators

Payment options: Payment by check or cash. Payments over time can be arranged. If the cost would prohibit you from taking the class, please give whatever donation you can afford.

To indicate interest, intent to attend, or questions, please contact Gretchen Groth at 303-355-2767 or

Meditation Mindfulness with Body, Speech & Mind
“The most important thing involved in meditation is simply letting the thoughts be: not trying to grasp the thoughts, neither accepting nor rejecting the thoughts, but just simply having the ability to let them move.” Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche
How often do we move, speak and think in repetitive habitual ways? How often are we on “automatic pilot”? How quickly do we assess our meditation as good, bad, frustrating, or expansive? When are our perceptions and actions fresh and awake? What does a calm and peaceful mind look or feel like?
Intended for new students and experienced meditators, this class explores meditative mindfulness practices with our body, with our speech, and with our thoughts (mind) as well as with phenomena (that which we perceive as our daily environments). From the Tibetan Buddhist point of view, Lama Pema Chokyi will present various meditations: physical movement such as the “cleansing breath”, mindfulness, mantra, and visualization.
While presenting Buddhist meditation, this class entails no vows or commitment to the Buddhist path. Rather, you will experience a meditation lineage of 2500 years.

Generating Compassion: Barriers and Expressions
Compassion is a main hallmark of Buddhism and Buddhist practice. It is the essence, the natural manifestation and movement of the nondual absolute mind and the intentional development within the relative mind or conventional reality. Compassion infuses the Bodhisattva vow: the vow which postpones complete enlightenment until all sentient beings are enlightened.
To reduce attachment and preference for one’s own personal desires/aversions in favor of honoring those of others arises from compassion and compassionate action. The basic ground of compassionate action is the importance of working with rather than struggling against. Working with your own unwanted, unacceptable stuff means that when the unacceptable and unwanted stuff appears out there, you can relate to it based on having worked with these with loving-kindness within yourself.
The seminar will emphasize meditations that develop compassion (e.g. tonglen, vajra breathing) as well as presenting opportunities to reflect on one’s patterns which support or hinder developing compassion. We will consider the differences between the non-dual compassion of enlightenment and the compassion developed within our everyday life or conventional reality.

Shinay (Calm Abiding Meditation)
Shinay or calm abiding meditation focuses the mind on itself–to learn about itself. Within Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, shinay begins with meditation on an external object and progresses through various methods to experiencing the mind in its natural primordial state. Practicing shinay helps us to recognize the “grasping mind” as distinct from the content which usually fills the mind. As the grasping mind relaxes its “grip”, a natural relaxation and calm arises.
This one day seminar will introduce participants to several shinay methods, allowing time to practice and apply them. It is open to everyone: a very beneficial beginning to meditation or a strengthening of meditation for more experienced meditators.

Gretchen Ann Groth, Ph.D., has been a practitioner of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years and is a student of His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, son of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. She has been active with the Denver center, Yeshe Nyingpo Denver, from its beginning and has taught meditation and other Buddhist courses during this time. Recently she was appointed as a Lama and given the name Lama Pema Chokyi. She teaches Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

REMINDER: Sundays 9:30-10:30 am, Meditation using the Dudjom Short Ngondro at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, Denver CO

Letter from Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche about the tsa tsas.

Dear Sangha members,

Rinpoche has posted a letter on the website concerning the making, purification and empowerment of the tsa tsas for Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo.

You can view all of Rinpoche’s recent letters at this page: Her Holiness Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo.

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