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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Conundrums, Summer Retreat in Wisconsin, Free Podcast on Courage

Once existence is established in one form realm or another, it tends to remain fairly stable with predictable changes. At the end of that form existence there is a grand transition before arising in another form. We need to make effort now, before the end of life takes us away to an unknown and predictably worse situation due to unresolved errors created in this life. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~~

Wenn sich die Existenz erst in diesem oder jenem Formbereich etabliert hat, bleibt sie normalerweise recht stabil und Veränderungen sind vorhersehbar. Am Ende jener Existenz innerhalb einer Form geschieht der große Übergang, bevor man in anderer Form wieder erscheint. Wir müssen und jetzt anstrengen, bevor uns das Lebensende, aufgrund von ungelösten Fehlern aus diesem Leben. in eine unbekannte und voraussichtlich schlimmere Situation entführt." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

White Conch Summer Retreat 2012
July 6-July 29  Three Sessions to Choose From
In This Issue
Come to Retreat
Session One
Session Two
Session Three
Quick Links
Come to Retreat
Rinpoche teaching in Germany 2011
Retreat allows you to leave behind your daily concerns and focus on your own inner healing and spiritual development. There will be plenty of time for meditation and spiritual sharing. Join with like-minded individuals who are committed to becoming capable of benefiting living beings. Each session features daily teachings by Domo Geshe Rinpoche, various special interest classes such as Mandala Building, Mala Stringing, Tai Chi, Yoga for Meditators, as well as personal and group meditation practice.

Arrival and Departure
For each session, Check in is from 2-4pm on the first day. Check out is between lunch and supper on the last day.  Arriving early or staying late needs to be prearranged with the  retreat coordinator and involves additional nominal charges. When attending more than one consecutive session, the intervening day is an additional $25.

Tenting: You may choose to camp under the stars either on the land surrounding the Hermitage, or in a more secluded setting amongst the pine groves at Norbu House. Shared: Our renovated granary serves as a rustic dormitory for those wishing to remain indoors. Double or Single: RVs, Campers and inside rooms are available at the Hermitage and Norbu House, first priority given for those with special needs. Delicious vegetarian meals are included.

Retreat Fees
Per Session Retreat Cost:
Tenting: $435
Shared: $490
Double: $545
Single: $645
Pre-registration required.Register here.
You may also pay by check; send to the following address:

White Conch Dharma Center PO Box 63 
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

For Monastic, Ngakpang, and dharma service rates, please contact retreat coordinator  Ngawang Khandro 

No one is turned away due to financial reasons.
Dear Ngawang,

Lotus Lake Buddhist Center  is the perfect location for a summer retreat.  The Hermitage and  Norbu Retreat House have comfortable accommodations ranging from a  single meditation room to camping under the stars. White Conch is offering three sessions of summer retreat. You can come to any or all of them. Each session is self-contained, and yet extended attendance allows one to go deeper into the transformative retreat process. We are pleased to offer three exceptional topics and empowerments by our precious teacher, Domo Geshe Rinpoche
Session 1: Tonglen
  Friday, July 6 - Friday, July 13   
Empowerment:  Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion)
Chenrezig 4 armed
Tonglen means "taking and sending." It is a method of focused breathing (taking and sending on the breath). It is a practice for generating compassion for the suffering of others. It then uses that awareness of suffering to both remove the suffering and purify selfishness from your own mind stream. This purification is powerful! It is a purification that heals. In response to the request of her students, and as a service to our community, the Venerable Domo Geshe Rinpoche has agreed to teach the practice of Tonglen. Don't miss this opportunity to learn this powerful practice to help heal yourself and the world.

This session includes the Chenrezig Empowerment and a commentary and instructions on the practice of Rainbow Purification. Following attendance at this retreat, participants will have the permission to practice this transformative meditation and Rainbow Purification daily.

Session 2: Vajrayogini
Vajrayogini small
Saturday, July 14 - Saturday, July 21

Vajrayogini is one of the most beloved and powerful Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism. She embodies: (1) the fully enlightened female, wild, fiery, and energetic aspect of a Buddha; (2) the wisdom aspect leading to Buddhahood; and (3) the dakini, inspirational aspect leading the practitioner to enlightenment. Standing naked to the world, she has no shame and her realization is fearless. Vajrayogini's practice is said to be well-suited to those with strong desirous attachment, and to those living in the current "degenerate age". Come receive the empowerment of Vajrayogini.

Session 3: Maturing the View of Compassion
Empowerment: Green Wisdom Light
Green Guru Buddha
Sunday, July 22 - Sunday, July 29

True compassion is the main skill we need to learn in this lifetime, and  altruistic great compassion is the mind of enlightenment. As we cultivate and grow in our compassion we develop Skillful Means. In this session, Rinpoche will lead us in deepening our understanding of compassion and skillful means. 

This session includes the Green Wisdom Light set of initiations includes Green Wisdom Light,  Buddha Shakyamuni, Medicine Buddha (Buddha of Healing), and White Tara (a Long Life Practice).    

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White Conch Dharma Center
There are both advantages and risks associated with attending retreat in rustic, natural surroundings. White Conch is not liable for these associated risks. A release of liability form will be signed by all attendees at retreat.

Running from July 6-29 this summer, with three sessions to choose among, join White Conch on retreat. Suitable for beginning or advanced students. Fly into Twin Cities or Madison, WI

A Buddhist conundrum 
For the unawakened, emptiness is to the ocean as the moment after one leaves the diving board is to air ~~~~
Ein buddhistisches Rätsel
Für den Unerwachten ist das Verhältnis von Leerheit zum Ozean dasselbe wie der Moment nach dem Absprung vom Sprungbrett für die Luft" - DGR ---

A Buddhist conundrum 
For the unawakened, emptiness is to the ocean as the moment after one leaves the diving board is to air ~~
Ein buddhistisches Rätsel
Für den Unerwachten ist das Verhältnis von Leerheit zum Ozean dasselbe wie der Moment nach dem Absprung vom Sprungbrett für die Luft" - DGR ---

This week's teaching podcast is titled Cultivating Courage in Times of Change. With today’s economic uncertainty, we need an enduring set of values to give us strength and courage. Over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha taught relevant values that freed people from fear and unhappiness. These same teachings can help us overcome the problems of today. Rinpoche will offer us a fresh perspective about this. Geshe Rinpoche begins the third Foundations of Yogic Healing program in a few months. Watch her comments on the program and special teachings she gives in it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Female Domo Geshe Rinpoche Biography

Domo Geshe Rinpoche is a reincarnate Lama of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Domo Geshe Rinpoche lineage includes Je Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and the great Geshe Jampa Chombe. As a reincarnate, Rinpoche has accomplished extensive training and retreats in the traditional manner. Rinpoche's current incarnation has been teaching in the United States for a number of years, held numerous retreats and given other spiritual training from the Geluk and tantric lineage.

The current Western incarnation of Domo Geshe Rinpoche arrived through rare and powerful tantric methods in order to transmit the authentic Dharma to students in the Western cultural context. This incarnation is considered unusual in that she has arisen in the form of an adult, a Westerner, and female.

Much of the information regarding the previous incarnations of Domo Geshe Rinpoche was lost in the invasion of Tibet in 1959. Efforts have been made by many individuals to piece together information from various sources in order to preserve the history of the previous incarnations. Much of it was compiled by Dr Ursula Bernis from about 1988-1994.

The effort to preserve the history of the Domo Geshe Rinpoche incarnations continues with the archiving of photographs and events. Many miracles and wonders associated with the Domo Geshe Rinpoche lineage have occured since arising in this incarnation.

Rinpoche is able to bring the Tantric and Mahayana traditions into sharp focus with a rich array of techniques. Teaching methods are selected according to the needs of the students, and all serious practitioners are given equal opportunities according to their abilities and needs. This extends to the monastery, which houses both male and female monastics in separate quarters. Monastic teachings are disseminated to ordained male and female practitioners equally, and individual guidance is provided to each on an ongoing basis.

The rapid development of inexperienced Buddhist seekers into strong practitioners is a testament to the abilities of Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s ninth incarnation. May Rinpoche live a very long time, may the teachings remain pure, and may her work be instantly and joyfully accomplished.

Teachings Online

Staying true to the forward thinking of the Domo Geshe lineage, Rinpoche uses various online media to make the Dharma available to a global audience for free:

Domo Geshe Rinpoche's Dharma articles
Domo Geshe Rinpoche's Dharma quotes
Domo Geshe Rinpoche's Teachings Podcast
Domo Geshe Rinpoche on Facebook
Domo Geshe Rinpoche on Twitter
Domo Geshe Rinpoche on YouTube

For More Teachings
Hermitage Buddhist Publishing
Publishing Domo Geshe Rinpoche's books

White Conch Store
Offering hundreds of Rinpoche's recorded teachings in CD, DVD and MP3 formats

Domo Geshe Rinpoche - An Open Letter from White Conch

We at White Conch Dharma Center have a responsibility to protect and uphold the Dharma. It has become clear that this responsibility includes addressing attempts to discredit Domo Geshe Rinpoche and her teachings. Rinpoche has continued to gain students around the world. With that renown has come detractors, whose false and skewed statements regarding Rinpoche can result in confusion for those who are new or do not know Rinpoche well. Out of respect for both Rinpoche and all those who will benefit from her work, we would offer this information to represent our understanding of what has transpired and what we believe to be the truth.

We are well aware of messages and websites on the Internet that seek to discredit Rinpoche’s authenticity and convince the public that she or White Conch is fraudulently seeking fame, power and wealth. In fact, Rinpoche lives a very simple personal life and does not accumulate wealth. She drives a 1999 Chevrolet. The Hermitage in Central Wisconsin is a modest farmhouse purchased for less than the price of a new car. Recycling and sustainability are key elements of daily life. Rinpoche generously uses donations to fund projects such as new retreat rooms and spreading the dharma. Her nature is kind. She does not have bad habits. Rinpoche is often observed to be in prayer, and works both day and night, guiding her many students.

Since the most pressing claim made against Rinpoche is that she is not the “authentic” reincarnation of Domo Geshe Rinpoche, we will outline the method of her reincarnation, the traditional recognition process, and some of the dynamics involved so that you can carefully discern what is authentic.

Transference of Consciousness. In brief, Rinpoche's previous incarnation, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, performed a ritual of transfer of consciousness; in Tibetan this is called drong juk. Though rarely done, this form of reincarnation is recognized and has been performed in the past by high lamas. In recent interviews, in fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has alluded to the possibility of choosing an adult successor, perhaps even a female form, to continue his work, implying a similar process is under consideration. “…what is crucial is the capacity of incarnate lamas to transfer their soul/consciousness through the womb,” Dr Sangay wrote. “[T]he same spiritual mystical capacity could be utilized to transfer the soul/consciousness to an adult of the lama’s own choosing.” (Quote from, partner of Wall Street Journal)

One reason for Rinpoche’s unusual method of reincarnation was the immense work to be done in the West; Rinpoche's specific work in this life is to help westerners understand and study Buddhism. In order to have a successful result, a thorough understanding of western culture and language was needed, which could be accomplished through the transference of consciousness to a Western adult. In this case, the form of a female monastic, a close student who had been ordained by Domo Geshe, was chosen.

During the first years after this transfer of consciousness, which occurred in 2000, the newly incarnated Rinpoche’s English language skills and cultural knowledge increased, and this progress is well documented and quite evident in early audio and video recordings, which are available to the public. Throughout this process, Rinpoche retained the full training acquired in previous incarnations as a Tibetan lama as well as the memories of previous lives.

This choice of a reincarnation method was guided by wisdom and has already brought much benefit. However, it has not been without controversy. Most reincarnates are born as babies, most are male, and most are Tibetan or at least from Tibetan families. As an adult American female, and considering this unusual method of reincarnation, when Rinpoche let it be known that she was indeed the reincarnate of the male Domo Geshe, some believed her, while others did not.

Recognition Process. The process of recognition has developed over time in Tibet and varies among the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is acknowledged, though rarely emphasized in the west, that up to five incarnations of a previous lama can be recognized. The nature of enlightened beings is to be unencumbered, and they are able to incarnate as multiple beings. This aspect of reincarnation is little understood in the west, partially due to our strong cultural affinity for individuality. Therefore, when a westerner learns that a particular individual has been recognized as a reincarnate of a particular lama, the predominant belief is that this is the only reincarnate; this is not necessarily the case. At this very moment, while we are actively seeking recognition, there are also two others, a Tibetan boy and a Sikkimese boy, who have been officially recognized as Domo Geshe Rinpoche by two separate well-reputed Buddhist groups.

This process of identifying a reincarnate can be confusing to those not familiar with the politics of recognition, thereby presenting an opportunity for those who wish to discredit our Rinpoche, citing the unusual and difficult method of transference as evidence. However, Domo Geshe is and was known as a highly realized yogi, a perfect example of one who could accomplish drong juk, which he did.

Those who have come forward to say that Rinpoche is a fraud have been vehement in their accusations, presenting both gross distortions and blatant falsehoods. Some have created websites, videos and spam email and blog posting campaigns. We cannot specifically ascertain the motives of the individuals involved in this libel. However, we trust that those reading this letter are seeking truth, motivated by equanimity, compassion and the desire to benefit all sentient beings, as has been Rinpoche’s goal for countless lifetimes. We hope this background information has been helpful for your understanding.

In the meantime, we at White Conch have been steadily working toward Rinpoche's official recognition within the Tibetan Buddhist structure and significant progress toward that end has been made within the last year. We remain certain that in the future Rinpoche will be officially recognized and accepted as the incarnation of Domo Geshe Rinpoche, laying these issues to rest once and for all. When that happens, many more will benefit from her guidance and instruction.

Rinpoche's students have experienced first hand her wisdom, compassion and the personal transformation that unfailingly results from her teachings and profound transmissions. Because of this tremendous benefit, we wholeheartedly encourage you to decide for yourself, based upon your own experience, whether Rinpoche is authentic. Please do not be unduly disturbed by the tabloid websites on the Internet. If questions arise, please feel free to ask any member of the ordained community or students of Rinpoche. Nothing speaks more clearly than the truth.

Blessings, The White Conch Sangha

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Healthy Ego, White Conch and other Buddhist musings...

It is the healthy ego that experiences the transformation of enlightenment.... now to gain understanding regarding what is a healthy ego. 
Ego is an organizing principle and tool and should become trained and purified before abandoning it. Otherwise it would be like abandoning your ship on the way to a destination. However, the eventual dismantling of the ego/innate view structure still does not c
ause reality to arise. It is simply a new platform to work from, where personal issues are not primary. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~

"Es ist das gesunde Ego, welches die Transformation der Erleuchtung erlebt... nun gilt es zu verstehen, was ein gesundes Ego ist.
Das Ego ist ein organisatorisches Prinzip und ein Werkzeug und man sollte es ausbilden und reinigen, bevor man es aufgibt. Sonst wäre es, als ob man ein Schiff auf dem Weg zum Ziel verließe. Jedoch verursacht das letztendliche Aufgeben des Egos/der Struktur der angeborenen Sichtweise noch immer nicht, dass die Realität zum Vorschein kommt. Es ist nur eine neue Plattform, von der aus man arbeitet, wobei persönliche Probleme keinen Vorrang mehr haben." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---

Es el ego saludable el que experimenta la transformacion de la iluminacion.... ahora para obtener entendimiento acerca de que es ego saludable. El ego es un principio organizado y herramienta y debe de ser entrenado y purificado antes de abandonarlo. De otra manera seria como abandonar tu nave en el camino a tu destino. Sin embargo, el desmantelamiento de el ego/innato punto de estructura aun no causa que emerja la realidad. Es simplemente una nueva plataforma para trabajar de, donde los problemas personales no son primordiales. ~Domo Geshe Rimpoche

The White Conch is one of the 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism. It represents the Buddhas enlightened speech that is like the sound of a conch that can be heard at a great distance clearly.
"Die weiße Conchmuschel ist eines der 8 glücksverheißenden Symbole des Buddhismus. Sie repräsentiert die erleuchtete Rede des Buddhas, welche wie der Klang einer Conchmuschel ist, den man über weite Entfernungen klar vernehmen kann." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---
La concha blanca es una de los 8 simbolos auspiciosos de el Budismo. Representa la iluminación de el habla de los Budas que es como el sonido de una concha que puede ser escuchada a gran distancia claramente. ~Domo Geshe Rimpoche

Der Mond kann nicht aufsteigen, wir fallen von ihm fort!" ~~
La lune ne peut pas se lever. On en tombe!~~
La luna no se puede levantar, caimos de ella DGR

The natural existence of all phenomena remains in an undisturbed and neutral pre-active state as one enters the truth state of Dharmakaya. This does not require the assistance of phenomena as a support to display its lack of inherent existence of emptiness and form. In other words, the enlightened pre-active state does not require manifestation in order to be real. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~

"Die natürliche Existenz aller Phänomene verweilt in einem ungestörten und neutralen prä-aktiven Zustand während man in den Dharmakayazustand der Wahrheit eintritt. Die unterstützende Beihilfe von Phänomenen, um die Abwesenheit der inhärenten Existenz von Leerheit und Form darzustellen, ist dabei nicht vonnöten. Mit anderen Worten benötigt der erleuchtete prä-aktive Zustand keine Manifestation, um wirklich zu sein." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---