Mt. Madonna, California 4/18-24/09 Original Freedom

In a very spacious and lovely retreat center overlooking Monterey Bay near Watsonville, California, Rinpoche taught in part from a beautiful letter called A Letter in Praise of Emptiness, which his teacher Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche wrote to his mother on the nature of emptiness.

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Mt. Madonna Retreatants

The profound Dzogchen teachings help us to directly discover our primordially pure nature, allowing our confused concepts and emotions to be naturally liberated.

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Seventy students attended the retreat, and six took refuge. Blessings, the new feature-length DVD about the Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns was shown, and all viewers responded warmly and with enthusiastic interest.

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An excert from A Letter in Praise of Emptiness: “When the empty looks at the empty / Who is there to look at something empty? / As it is illusion looking at illusion / And delusion watching delusion, / What is the use of many classifications / Such as empty and not empty?”


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Rinpoche worked every day with Eric Swanson on his new book on Bodhicitta. Eric helped Mingyur Rinpoche with his last two very successful books.

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Rinpoche had the good fortune to meet and have lunch with Qi Gong Master Ming Tong Gu and his wife Ling Ling, and their new baby.