Letter from Sogan Rinpoche & September 2021 Retreat Information

TOC is pleased to announce an opportunity to attend a retreat and receive oral teachings from Venerable Sogan Rinpoche on the spiritual advice of the great Tibetan treasure-revealing dakini Sera Khandro Dewai Dorje (1892-1940). Sera Khandro’s collected works, contained in seven volumes, include two major cycles of treasure revelations, biographies, profound Dzogchen instructions, and a sizable compilation of personal advice and spiritual teachings given to her students in letters and direct correspondence. In choosing excerpts from this collection to teach, Sogan Rinpoche offers a precious chance to encounter the wisdom of this extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist master whose many unique contributions to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition can be found in the clarity of her meditation instructions, in her heartfelt narratives about an awe-inspiring personal journey, and in her confidence as a realized female practitioner and teacher. The teachings being offered, selections from her vast collection of spiritual advice, will focus on the proper way to engage the Buddhist path in a graduated progression, spanning the preliminaries to the most sublime pith meditation instructions.  Here's a PDF version of Rinpoche's Letter: 

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This retreat will have 4 sessions per day alternating between teachings and practice. On Monday, September 27th, the first full day of the retreat, Sogan Rinpoche is planning to give everyone the Bodhicitta vows. On the 6th full day, which will be Oct. 2nd, 2021, Sogan Rinpoche will perform a White Tara Empowerment from Sera Khandro's Mind Treasures. Those planning to attend this retreat, whether full or part time, are strongly urged to attend the White Tara Empowerment.

As in past retreats, we ask that normal conversation be kept to a minimum with the exception of contact with family members as needed. There will be time set aside each day when talking will be allowed to clarify questions that may arise during the teachings and pertaining to the Dharma.

The retreat will be held at the Galilee Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center on the east shore of Lake Tahoe in Nevada.  The Galilee Retreat Center and Tupten Osel Choling's board want this gathering to be safe and joyous for all participants, a source of refuge.  We believe that we all have a shared responsibility to protect our spiritual guide, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche, each other, and the staff of Galilee who have already been vaccinated for COVID-19. To support this during the pandemic, we ask that all be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before the retreat. Please submit proof of vaccination along with your registration. 

It is recommended that, if possible, participants plan to attend the full retreat. Those planning to attend the full retreat are asked to arrive after 2:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 26th, 2021, will enjoy 7 full days of retreat, and will then depart by 12:00pm Monday, Oct. 4th. The initial cost estimate for the full retreat is $1500 per person which includes accommodations and three vegetarian meals. The accommodations are 12 dormitory style rooms, each equipped with several bunkbeds and an adjoining bathroom. The cost could decrease depending upon the final number of participants, but initially we want to be certain to cover all costs. In the event that there is an overwhelming response from people wishing to attend, priority will be given to full time participants.

If it is not possible for individuals to attend the full retreat, the cost will be $200 per night per person to stay on site.  Those staying off site must also attend all 4 sessions and the cost to them will be $150 per day. The guest maps of accommodations and the grounds of Galilee can be accessed  by clicking on the link just below, and the bottom link will take you to Galilee's home page.


https://galileetahoe.org/Home - Galilee Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center

There are also 3 tipis onsite (no bathrooms inside) with 2 sets of bunk beds (4 total). We will be allowed to bring our own individual tents to camp in if we wish.

We are asking for a deposit of half the amount of your costs by August 1st to reserve your place.  This is $750 if you are attending the full retreat and paying by check or $767.18 if paying by PayPal (to cover the additionalPayPal processing fees). Additionally, we realize that there may be questions and concerns that you have and need addressed before you can make a final decision.  We are working hard to refine details so please allow a few days for a response. 

The preferred form of payment is by check, but PayPal is also available.


The retreat registration deposit can be paid by check to "Tupten Osel Choling" with "2021 Retreat Registration" in the memo line and sent to: Tupten Osel Choling ℅ Teri Harrigan 2468 Cold Creek Trail South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150


The retreat deposit can also be made through PayPal by clicking HERE and selecting "TOC Retreat" in the dropdown box.

With our gratitude,

Tupten Osel Choling