January 6, 2003

2003 Summer
VAJRA VIDYA RETREAT PROGRAM AT CRESTONE:
June 13th - June 22nd
The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen
Thrangu Rinpoche will be teaching on The Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen at Crestone, Colorado from June 13th to June 22, 2003. OFFICIAL registration for this program will begin on March 1, 2003 when we will email out a registration form. The form with a deposit will hold a space. If you would like to be on a pre-registration list let us know so that the registration form will go out to the correct address. This will also allow us to track the limited space available.

NEW WEBSITE FOR VAJRA VIDYA RETREAT CENTER
Thrangu Rinpoche's Web master, Lee Miracle, has created a beautiful set of pages giving detailed information and photos of the Vajra Vidya Retreat Center project. Go to www.rinpoche.com and then click on "Vajra Vidya Retreat Center, Crestone, CO" and select "next" at the bottom of each web page to see photos and information updates. Our target of $350,000 will allow us to start the building this spring. $143,000 is in the bank now. We have pledges coming in on a monthly basis and we are setting up an automatic withdrawal system for people who would like to sign up for this.

If you would like to receive a COLOR BROCHURE of the retreat center or show a 10 minute video of the retreat center project to a group, please email us with your address and the group you would like to present the information to. This beautiful video was filmed and put together by Josslyn and Thomas Meyer. We would like to acknowledge their wonderful work and thank them for their appreciated generosity.

THRANGU RINPOCHE'S POEM FOR THE NEW YEAR

The enjoyment of exquisite blessing is like the "Joyful Stage" which
Grows and increases in the world filling it with wealth and prosperity.
Like the action of the ocean, steady, and never diminishing,
May the three jewels shower prosperity and virtue in this Water Sheep year.

Note: The Joyful Stage is the name of the first bodhisattva level and the three jewels are, of course, the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

THE KARMAPA TO VISIT SARNATH AND DO 15 DAYS OF PRAYERS FOR PEACE
Thrangu Rinpoche is presently in Sarnath at the Vajra Vidya Institute where The 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje will join him from January 21st through February 21st, 2003. Thrangu Rinpoche has requested that the 17th Karmapa perform several prayers for world peace and to improve the economic conditions of the world to alleviate famine and suffering. The prayers will be for 15 days and will be performed by the 17th Karmapa with the monks at Vajra Vidya Monastery. Sponsorship is possible. The Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche also mentioned that that those who want to meet the 17th Karmapa may do so and have advised that the 17th Karmapa will be doing special prayers for the delegates on the 29th, 30th and 31st of January, 2003. We are informed that the 17th Karmapa will be performing the Sang Puja and he will give the Bodhisattva Vows and an Empowerment (we do not know which deity yet). In the event any of you are keen to go you are advised to go there a day or two earlier. Information from John Fam of the Malaysian Center. The 3rd Vajra Vidya International Seminar in Sarnath, India will consist of two teachings: From Feb. 24 to Feb. 28 there will be instructions on Phowa. From March 3 to March 12 there will be a teaching on In Praise of Dharmadhatu which is the only text by Nagarjuna which is on Mahamudra.

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