Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche arrives back on the island on March 2 and will be in residence until early May. We will host several weekend retreats led by Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche throughout his stay.
Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche is one of the two head lamas of Nechung Monastery, and the reincarnation of Nechung Rinpoche, who established the temple in Wood Valley in 1973. Choktrul Rinpoche was recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1993 and presently lives at Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala. He visits Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling in the spring & fall of each year.
During this visit, Nechung Choktrul Rinpoche will give a commentary on the 4 Mindfulness Meditations. In addition, he will finish teaching the practices outlined in the 2nd part of the temple practice book, which covers many of the basic principles of Tibetan Buddhism. These recitations have been part of the temple practice since the late 1970s, having been instituted by the previous Nechung Rinpoche. In the Fall of 2018, Choktrul Rinpoche completed a commentary on the 1st half of the book which included: Refuge & Bodhicitta, Mandala & Offerings, the meditation & mantra recitation of Shakyamuni Buddha, Manjushri, and Avalokitesvara.