Dharma Teachings
"Truly, Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is powerful and skillful method by which even the sinner may come to that path which culminates in Buddhahood" 
H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
Lake Tahoe, CA
November 16-19, 2013: Lobsang Dhonden,                                Tibetan Yoga Master

Lobsang Dhonden (above, left), gave pranayana and asana yoga workshops near Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada. His unique and powerful approach to teaching yoga thoroughly incorporates mind, body and internal energies. (Seated to right of Lobsang: Scott Nanamura of Mountain Yoga in South Lake Tahoe, CA)To view more photos of Lobsang's visit to Lake Tahoe, click HERE
Fall 2013: Students take refuge with Ven. Sogan Rinpoche

During September, 2013 these students took refuge with Rinpoche at Tupten Osel Ling, his Dharma center in northern Italy.
Los Angeles
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Creating Mindful Happiness in Everyday Life

In this afternoon teaching, Sogan Rinpoche discussed basic concepts of Buddhism and presented practices to help us meet life's challenges with stillness and clarity.
Oakland, CA
Saturdays: October 12, 26; November 2, 2013
Root text – by Shantideva
Commentary – by Kunzang Pelden based on Patrul Rinpoche's commentary
"How can the positive forceof a jewel like mind, 
Which is the cause of happiness for all wandering beings 
And the elixir for the suffering of limited beings, 
Be something whose measure can be taken?"
-- Shantideva 
Written by the Mahayana poet and scholar Shantideva in the 8th century AD, the Bodhisattvacaryavatara, (English: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life) is one of the great masterpieces of religious literature. Presented as a long poem, it is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment through generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity and patience. In ancient times there were at least a hundred commentaries on the Bodhicaryavatara and its popularity has continued down to the present.
During the upcoming sessions in Oakland, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche will continue his teaching on Kunzang Pelden's commentary on the Bodhisattvacaryavatara which he started in 2012. Kunzang Pelden's commentary is known in English as The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech, and it is a compilation of the pith instructions of his teacher Patrul Rinpoche.
The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech (Shambhala: 2010) is available for purchase from Namse Bangdzo Bookstore.
Northern California Retreat

Residential Retreat, June, 2

For one precious week in June, 2012, students of Sogan Rinpoche gathered for a silent retreat at the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, a beautiful facility in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco.
During this retreat Rinpoche gave teachings on The Treasures of the Nying T'ik (Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices), Je Mipam's The Treasure of Blessings of the Ritual of Buddha (a Shakyamuni guru yoga), Phowa, The Shower of Blessings from Mipam Rinpoche and the Chenrezig practice which was taught by Tulku Nyima Gyaltsen and Rinpoche in Oakland in 2008.



Saturdays: October 12, 26; November 2, 2013
1 - 5 p.m.
Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom
610 16th Street (at Jefferson), 2nd floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(Near 12th Street Oakland City Center BART Station)
Abundant free parking is available directly behind the building. Please be careful not to park behind the adjacent building or between the buildings, as your car might be towed.
All are welcome. Suggested donation: $30 per day (or as able). No one turned away for lack of funds.
Have a question? Just send us an email.
Summer, 2012 –
The Bodhisattvacaryavatara
Rinpoche gave the first four teachings on The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech during 2012.

Saturday: July 28, 2012
Sunday: August 12, 2012
Saturday: August 25, 2012
Sunday: September 9, 2012
October 19-21, 2013
6 - 9 p.m.
This talk is a rare opportunity to hear one of the world's leading Great Perfection masters speak on one of the most renowned texts in Mahayana Buddhism, Shantideva's masterpiece, the Bodhisattvacaryavatara.
RSVP: Richard Josephson
[email protected] for more info and to register.
Merit and Why We Need It
Sunday, August 19, 2012
1 - 4 p.m.
Sogan Rinpoche will cover aspects of the generation and accumulation of merit and how it helps our practice.
All are welcome to the teaching, and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.