More than 180 Dharma students gathered at Kingswood School in Bath for Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s 2016 Dzogchen retreat in the UK, Living Fearlessly in an Unsettled World.
This was Rinpoche’s 15th retreat in Britain since we were asked to set up Pundarika UK in 1999.
Rinpoche, assisted by his usual translator Gerardo Abboud, taught once more on the path to liberation, connecting with essence love, removing emotional and cognitive obscurations, types of meditation and resting in the ultimate nature of mind.
Tsoknyi Rinpoche thanked Pundarika UK for making it easy for him to “just turn up and teach”, and praised the sangha for its financial support for his projects, particularly Tsoknyi Gechak School in Nepal.
A short film by dharma photographer Michael Ash showed the work being done by Rinpoche and his team with the young nuns at Chobar. It is now available to view on YouTube: White Lotus: The Transmission of the Tsoknyi Nangchen Lineage to Nepal.
Pundarika UK selected Kingswood this year because Bruton School for Girls, the venue for the previous few years, did not have suitable dates available.
Meals were served in Kingswood’s dining hall which, as one attendee remarked, would not have looked out of place in a Harry Potter film. The campus itself is green and leafy, although only a short distance from the centre of the city.
Carole Bishop, chair of Pundarika UK, commented: “These were teachings from the heart which touched us all. Rinpoche stressed the importance of Essence Love in ourselves, and helped us to have an experience of our pristine Mind Nature.
“Overall we were very pleased with our experience of Kingswood and the staff went out of their way to be helpful. We’ll be looking at feedback from retreatants and talking to the school about possible arrangements for 2017.”
You can view Carole’s post-retreat newsletter online by clicking here
Recordings of this retreat are available online to participants only for £20. No hard copies are being offered this year. Please email Geoff for download instructions.
Ani Könchog kindly photographed the whole retreat. Here is a selection of the images she took…