Tara Drupchen 2017 (1)

For the long life of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the flourishing of his dharma activities



What’s on this page:

Why do we supplicate Tara?

“Generally, all bodhisattvas and buddhas perform the benefit of sentient beings. And they all liberate sentient beings, but the main reason that we supplicate Arya Tara to dispel all fears is because dispelling fears was one of the main commitments, or pledges, or vows, of Arya Tara.

So the supplication to become free of these fears, or the supplication for Arya Tara to free us from these fears, relates all forms of outer and inner fear, outer and inner harm, and outer and inner adverse conditions.

And so therefore the Tara as a bodhisattva, as an enlightened being, is our cause out there. Tara is not just our imagination. She was also a person. You can see the history there. So her enlightened power here is to spark that, to spark that energy or power within us, which is already there. So it’s kind of like invoking your own enlightened quality there, or the quality of your intelligence the power of your compassion.

In the same way, when we do the deity yoga meditation and try to light this spark or invoke this heart of awakening, we relate to these forms and sounds, like deity form of Tara, even though no forms do exist, regardless of Tara or not.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche


What is a Drupchen?

Drupchen (Tibetan: སྒྲུབ་ཆེན་ ; literally, “great practice [gathering]” or “great accomplishment [gathering]”) is a traditional format for a practice-intensive retreat in the Vajrayana tradition. The practice of Drupchen is said to bring great benefit to its participants and the communities around them. In this way it is a strong generator of merit, purification, and blessings. Per Lama Tenpa’s guidance, the event will be open to the public so that all may benefit from the blessings and merit of the practice.

Why are we doing a Drupchen?

First, this Tara Drupchen will serve as a long-life practice for Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and his family, for our sangha, and for our Nalandabodhi international centers. Second, it provides a strong condition for accumulating merit. Finally, it is a powerful method for dispelling obstacles and hindrances for ourselves and our sangha’s dharma activities. Also, as Lama Tenpa has shared, another primary intention in offering the Tara Drupchen is to strengthen our Vajrayana mandala of practice (see video below!).


How can I participate if I’m not able to go to Seattle?

The entire Nalandabodhi international sangha is invited to Nalanda West to attend in person (see below for details). If you are unable to attend the Drupchen in person, there are other ways to connect! Nalandabodhi Centers and Study Groups around the world will be engaging in Tara Practice in conjunction with the Drupchen, creating a global mandala of practice. You can also sponsor parts of the Drupchen and make prayer requests (see below for details).

Below is a list of Centers and Study Groups that will be holding Tara practice events in conjunction with the Drupchen. More may be added soon! For more information contact your Center or Study Group directors.

  • Nalandabodhi Boulder
  • Nalandabodhi Hong Kong
  • Nalandabodhi New York
  • Nalandabodhi Toronto
  • Nalandabodhi Connecticut
  • Nalandabodhi San Francisco Bay Area
  • Nalandabodhi Taichung
  • Nalandabodhi Philadelphia
  • Nalandabodhi Taipei
  • Nalandabodhi Cuernavaca

How can I make prayer requests and offerings?

You can make an offering in honor of those who are ill, recently passed away, for any challenge you face, or aspiration you have for the world. These prayer requests and aspirations will be shared with our Nalandabodhi teachers and sangha participating in the Drupchen, as well as those participating in related Tara Practice at our centers and study groups around the world.

We will also be dedicating the positive energy of this event towards the health and long life of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the flourishing of his altruistic activities throughout the world.

As an act of generosity and auspicious connection, it is a time-honored practice to make a monetary offering to accompany a prayer request — please give whatever your heart feels called to give, since every drop counts. A suggested minimum donation is $10.


Making offerings to sponsor a Drupchen creates a connection to the practice that enables us to accumulate merit and dispel obstacles, even if we are not able to personally attend.

Your donation will provide the offerings of candles, flowers, and food; make the necessary preparations for the ritual ceremonies; provide offerings to our teachers in gratitude for sharing this practice with all of us; and support the ongoing dharma activities of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and our Nalandabodhi sangha.

As a guideline for giving, this is what your donation supports:

  • A donation of $108 provides the equivalent of snacks and refreshments for all attendees for one practice session
  • A donation of $250 provides the equivalent of shrine offerings for one practice session
  • A donation of $1250 supports the equivalent of one full practice session
  • A donation of $3300 supports the equivalent of hosting all of our teachers for an entire day
  • A donation of $5000 supports the equivalent of one full day of practice

What is the schedule of events being held at Nalanda West?

The Drupchen will be a retreat-like practice intensive at Nalanda West, hosted by Nalandabodhi Seattle. Each of the three days will be a day-long session, but people may also join on a drop-in basis. The tentative daily schedule from October 13 – 15:

Session I: 7:30 a.m – 9:30 a.m.
Session II: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session III: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Session IV: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

How can I register to attend in person?

To register to attend the Tara Drupchen in person at Nalanda West please click here. Attendance is free, but we ask that you please register as a kindness to the organizers.

How can I volunteer to help out?

Volunteers are always appreciated! If you would like to assist in the preparation before, during or after the program at Nalanda West, please click here. 


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