From: Jeffery Guy <>

Date: July 17, 2011 9:41:09 PM EDT


Subject: Re: Drupon Thinley/Vajrapani/Guhyasamaja Emp/Completion Stage Teachings


Sanskrit meaning is important.

A publish Sanskrit English dictionary is

and if one enters Vajrapani on the first blank line, a response is "hunderbolt-handed , wielding a thñthunderbolt".

 The "thñ" preceding thunderbolt implies a completely pure and perfect thunderbolt.

Vajrapani wields the vajra (complete pure thunderbolt) to bring rapid understanding (as in being "hit" by a thunderbolt) of the Dharma (meaning of the Mantras).

If you would like to "compare notes" someday, I would be happy to come to your center someday.



On Jul 17, 2011, at 7:46 PM, DDCV wrote:

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Drupon Thinley Ningpo

Guhyasamaja Completion Stage Retreat

Vajrapani Empowerment 

Guhyasamaja Empowerment

Guhyasamaja Five Stages of Arising

Completion Stage Teachings

July 21-24, 2011

Bristol, Vermont


The Guhyasamaja  empowerment being given is the very special and rare Two-Armed Akshobhya Sahaja Guhyasamaja in union with Vajra Dhatvishvari, or the 'Vajra Queen of Space'.



The Lord of Secrets

"This deity in essence is the strength and might of every buddha, gathered into one. In form he holds the treasury of the most secret and profound of all awakened ones. Superior to any other are his might of miracles to vanquish Mara, the obstructers, and the agents of distortion."


 Jamgon Kangtrul Lodro Taye

Guhyasamaja Tantra


The Guhyasamaja Tantra is one of the oldest Tantras and is known as the King of Tantras. H.H. Dalai Lama has said that the survival of the Buddhas teachings in these degenerate times depends on the survival of the study and practice of Guhyasamaja. Arya Nagarjuna said that the Guhyasamaja Tantra is the root and Supreme Tanta of all the Tantras, and that the benefits of studying it first before studying any other Tantra are vast. Through understanding the Guhyasamaja Tantra, the other Tantras become clear. The Guhyasamaja Tantra is also vital to the Kagyu lineage descending from Marpa, who who was one of the most important translators of this tantra. Key aspects of Completions Stage and the Six Yogas of Naropa as well as special creation or generation stage techniques are made clear in the Guhyasamaja tantra. The texts being taught by Drupon Thinley Ningpo on the Guhyasamaja Tantra by Lord Jigten Sumgon and Rigzin Chokyi Dragpa contain the essence of all the pith instructions on  the Guhyasamaja Completion Stage practice including  practices which came to be known as the Six Yogas of Naropa. This marks the first time these texts have been taught publicly in the west


Drupon Thinley Ningpo &

        H.E. Garchen Rinpoche


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Thursday, July 21

Empowerment of Vajrapani, Tamer of Elemental Spirits

The empowerment and sadhana of this important yidam deity come from the Drigung Kagyu master Rigdzin Chokyi Dragpa. Vajrapani, also known as the Lord of Secrets, plays a central role in vajrayana. Vajrapani, synonymous in essence with Vajrasattva, acts as the requester and guardian of all the teachings of secret mantra. The practice of Vajrapani can be traced back to the very origins of Vajrayana and has been practiced widely throughout Tibet. The particular form of Vajrapani from this empowerment is black in color, with two arms holding a vajra and noose, and utilizes the essential mantra of Hung Benzar Phet. It was Vajrapani who first transmitted the practice of Guhyasamaja to the human and naga realms.

Time: 7 PM

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Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT


Friday, July 22

Empowerment of Guhyasamaja, The Perfect Yoga

The practice of Guhyasamaja, or the 'Gathering of Secrets', is undoubtedly one of the oldest forms of mahayoga or annutarayoga tantra. It is an essential practice in both the Nyingma and Sarma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Guhyasamaja has been practiced both widely in India and Tibet by many Mahasiddhas and continues to be practiced to this very day. This particular empowerment is of the Guhyasamaja from the tradition of Lalitavajra, an Indian mahasiddha associated both with the teachings of the Nyingma traditions and the Sarma traditions, and was also said to be a disciple of the great Tilopa. This practice of Guhyasamaja is the two-armed Akshobhya Sahaja Guhyasamaja in union with Vajra Dhatvishvari, or the 'Vajra Queen of Space'. The empowerment and sadhana come from a collection of four key annutarayoga tantra deities (Guhyasamaja, Cakrasamvara, Hevajra, and Kalacakra) put together by the Drigung Kagyu master Rigdzin Chokyi Dragpa, entitled the Perfect Yoga.

Time: 6:30 PM

Sug. Don. $30

Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT



Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24

Heart's Blood Instructions of the Five Stages

Of the Completion Stage of Guhyasamaja

By Jigten Sumgön


The Guhyasamaja Section of the Essential Meaning

of the Annutarayoga Tantra Completion Stage,

The Profound Upadesha

By Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa

 These two complementary texts reveal the essence of the Kagyu tradition of practicing the Guhyasamaja completion stage. Such instructions are widely known as the Heart's Blood Instructions of the Five Stages. These five stages represent vital elements to the entire formula of tantric Buddhism and were practiced and commented on widely throughout India and Tibet, by such master's like Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Marpa Chökyi Lodrö, and many others. The five stages of the Guhyasamaja completion stage are as follows:


1. Vajra Recitation of Om Ah Hung (or the Isolation of Speech)

2. Isolating the Conceptual Mind (together with pranayama)

3. Illusory Body (including the practice of Dream Yoga)

4. Luminosity

5. Union


The first text from Jigten Sumgön's collected works contains many of Marpa's own words and advice on these five stages. The second text by Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa was designed specifically to compliment the generation stage sadhana of Guhyasamaja entitled the Perfect Yoga with the Guhyasamaja completion stage practices of the five stages. Furthermore, it should be noted that such instructions formed the very basis for much of the material in the famous Six Dharmas of Nāropa. The teachings from these two texts will be a rare opportunity to receive an introduction to the heart of the ancient vajrayana practices of the completion stage.

Time: 9:30-12 & 2:30-5 PM Both Days

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Location: 2 Elm St. Bristol, VT



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Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche  Biography 


The Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche was born in Nag-chu District of Tibet.  From his earliest years, the Venerable Thinley Ningpo was distinguished by a loving and compassionate nature and an active concern for the welfare of others.  He entered school at the age of eight, and diligently pursued his elementary education.  As he became the outstanding student in his school, he was rewarded with an appointment as teacher for the lower grades when he turned 17 years old.  At that time he held a second job as a clerk for the municipal government.  In addition to his teaching and clerical work, the Venerable Thinley Ningpo pursued studies in veterinary medicine.  After continuing this work for some time, his natural inclination towards religion developed into a determination to pursue higher spiritual studies.  His father supported his decision, and applied to the proper authorities.  He then entered the 'Brong-ngur Monastery where became a student of the eminent Buddhist scholar, Lama Kedrub Siddhi Rinpoche, who chose him from among all the new students to be his disciple.  He engaged in the study of a wide range of  Drikung Buddhist traditions, including ritual practices, mandala and stupa design and construction and the art of producing bronze images of sacred beings.  Subsequently, he was made director of the project to construct a new main stupa for the monastery.  After completing this formidable project in an excellent manner, he went on a pilgrimage to Drikung Thel Monastery where he met the great yogin and scholar, Drubwang Pa-chung Rinpoche.  Ven. Thinley Ningpo was inspired to asked for the essential precepts for the higher spiritual practices.  Recognizing his unique abilities, Rinpoche agreed and asked his to return at daybreak.  He thus was able to receive the profound essence instructions in the practice and mastery of the peerless Mahamudra.

In 1988 Ven. Thinley Ningpo went on a pilgrimage to the sacred places of Tibet. This brought him to the western regions where he took a fortuitous opportunity to escape to India. This was accomplished through a very perilous two-month journey on foot across the Himalaya.  Once safely in India, he proceeded to the Drikung Kagyu Temple and entered into the institute of higher education.  After completing his course of study, he was appointed as dean of the institute.  He served in this capacity for six years.


Ven. Thinley Ningpo spent 1994 in spiritual retreat during which time he accomplished all the preliminary practices of the Fife-fold Mahamudra.  He then went to the Dorje Redrubde hermitage in Alora where he entered into the tradition three year retreat, where he accomplished the practices of the Fife-fold Mahamudra and the profound path of the Six Yogas of Naropa. He participated in the Drikung Kagyu Snake Year teaching retreat where he received the entire body of Drikung Kagyu empowerments, transmissions, and instructions for advanced practice.  In this way he completed the process of advanced training in all the profound and sacred traditions of the Drikung and earned the title of Drupon "master of spiritual attainment".  



Motivated by his deep and constant desire to help others to attain liberation, Ven. Thinley Ningpo traveled to America.  He is currently Spiritual Director and Retreat Master of the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD.


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