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Shamar Rinpoche’s passing

Dear friends,

On the 11th of June the great master HH Künzig Shamar Rinpoche suddenly passed away at his European seat in Renchen-Ulm, Germany.

We are very sad about this tremendous loss and we pray from our hearts for Shamar Rinpoche#’s swift return to this world.

Please contact the official website of HH Shamar Rinpoche if you wish to have further infomation.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche in Marfond

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche with Lama Walli

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche with Lama Walli

On the 13th of August we had the great pleasure and honour to receive Beru Khyentse Rinpoche in Marfond. He is one of the main lineage holders of our Karma Kagyu school and the father of the current (4th) Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

He was so kind to bestow the Dorje Pamo empowerment together with its textual transmission (Lung) for the commentary.

In a highly inspired atmosphere we really felt the blessing of the Vajrayana practices and our lineage in particular. Rinpoche dedicated a lot of time to us and when he left it was already deep at night with the moon and stars sparkling.

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche

Beru Khyentse Rinpoche

Retreat houses

Since 2008 we started building a couple of wooden houses, so that people who have already lived and practised in Dedrol Ling for some years can continue with retreat and activity in the centre. In 2009 a first house was built, and in 2010 we completed work on a second chalet. Between 2012 and 2014 a third retreat chalet has also been built.
Since in 2017 one house burnt down, it has been reconstructed in 2018.

Please have a look at the pictures below:

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White Tara statue

The White Tara statue, which we received this summer from Nepal is now in our central shrine of the meditation hall (gom.pa). We were very fortunate that Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche took the time to consecrate the statue on an auspicious day. Before this so called rab.ne ritual was done the statue got filled by two of his attendants with all the mantra rolls which we had prepared, and with the many precious substances which we had received from people everywhere. (more…)

Lama Lhundrup visiting Dedrol Ling

From the 10th – 12th of November we had the pleasure to have Lama Lhundrup in our center. He is residing at the monastary of Kundrol Ling (Le Bost), Auvergne, where he resides as a Drupön in charge of the three year retreat centers.

While being here he gave us the reading transmission (lung) of Gampopa’s “Jewel Ornament of Liberation”, which we had requested from him. During these days we all enjoyed the warm and hearty atmosphere of being with him.

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Gyalwa Karmapa`s visit

In the first week of August Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje came to visit Dedrol Ling. He was welcomed by his parents as well as the residents and visitors. He then went into the Drubkang, where he gave a teaching and answered questions from the retreatants.
Afterwards he met the group of resident practitioners in the gompa and gave advice concerning retreat and activity.
We were all deeply moved by the simplicity and clarity of his teachings.

Mipham Rinpoche`s stay

During the visit of Gyalwa Karmapa in the Dordogne we were very happy to accomodate his parents Mipham Rinpoche and Ma-Yum for two weeks in our center. The atmosphere was especially warm and cheerful at that time and everybody was deeply touched by the blessing of Mipham Rinpoche.
During his stay he offered a copy of the collected works of the 1st Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912) for our shrine.
During that time the center was visited by several Khenpos, Tulkus and Rinpoches and we were happy to listen to a spontaneous teaching given by Lama Jigme Rinpoche in our gompa on such an occasion.
In the end Mipham Rinpoche and Ma-Yum expressed their wish to return regularly to Dedrol Ling, which is a great honor and joy for us.

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Filling of Tara Statue

Recently we received a beautiful, 70cm high White Tara Statue from Nepal. She will find her place in the central shrine of the meditation hall (gom.pa). We are now in the actual process of filling the statue with mantra rolls and all the other required substances.

update: the process is finished. See pictures here

Stupa

One of the first projects in Dedrol Ling was the building of a Stupa following the wish of Gendün Rinpoche.

He said it would be the support of the center, as a Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind.

The place for it was blessed by Shamar Rinpoche in 1997. Afterwards, the first group of residents, together with the Droublas Stephane and Marlene constructed and filled it in the traditional manner. It was first consecrated by Lama Jigme Rinpoche in 1998 and one year later Beru Khyentse Rinpoche made an extensive consecration.

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Drubkang

A Drubkang is a retreat building where people can practice meditation intensively in a strict and closed manner.

From 1999 to 2010, three cycles of 3-year-retreat took place in Dedrol Ling. These groups were guided by Lamas Henrik and Walli who were assisted by Druplas Stephane and Marlene for the ritual aspects.

The necessary empowerments were given by Shamar Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and Lama Jigme Rinpoche. Karmapa Thaye Dorje has been visiting the people in the Drubkang regularily during this time.
The first traditional 3-year-retreat started in 1999. Before this group of practitioners could start, they had to transform the old stables into a Drubkang with all the required facilities.

In 2002 a second and larger group extended the Drubkang by constructing a second building with additional rooms and a bathroom. The second retreat cycle lasted from 2003 to 2006.

Both groups did the traditional 3-year-retreat program.

Meanwhile, a new cycle with a modified program was done by a third group of practitioners between 2007 and 2010. In this foundation retreat, which also lasted three years and three months, they intensively practiced the preliminary practices (Ngöndro), Bodhicitta (Lojong), Guru Yogas as well as Shiné and Lhaktong.

In 2011 a one-year-retreat took place with focus on Ngöndro and Shiné and Lhaktong.

From 2012 to 2015 the Drubkhang has been used for different retreat periods which varied between 6-8 months per year.

In the summer of 2015, a retreat cycle of 15 months started with a group of eight people practicing Dorje Pamo.

In 2017 a new retreat cycle started under the guidance of Lama Walli and Drupla Michi, as well as that of Gendün Rinchen Rinpoche, who visits regularly.

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