Chöd: Initiation and Teachings by Dagri Rinpoche

June 22-26

Dagri Rinpoche has very kindly accepted many students’ request to give instructions on the Chöd Practice.

June 22 – Chöd initiation at 7pm

June 23–26: Chöd teachings – NEW (times confirmed)

  • June 23: 3pm and 7pm
  • June 24: 10am and 2:30pm
  • June 25: 10am and 2:30pm
  • June 26: 10am

About the Chöd Practice

The Tibetan word “chöd” means “to cut off” or “to slay.” The traditional practice of Chöd cuts off self-cherishing and grasping at a truly existent “I.” It creates the conditions under which one can develop the mind of conventional bodhichitta, which holds others as more dear than oneself, and the mind of ultimate bodhichitta, which sees reality as it truly is. Attributed to the great Tibetan yogini Machig Labdron, and the only practice that made its way back to India from Tibet, it is an extremely effective and quick tantric method for attaining realizations of the path to enlightenment.

Chöd cuts off the self-cherishing thought and ignorance, the greatest obstacles on the path to enlightenment. A brave way to exchange oneself for others and develop compassion, Chöd is also a quick method to realize emptiness. Without having these two, compassion and wisdom, there is no way to achieve enlightenment. — Lama Zopa Rinpoche 

This practice strikes right at the heart of the selfish attitude. Rather than defend ourselves from potential harm-givers, here, we imagine offering our treasured bodies to those who would seek to harm us. We also give away body and mind to satisfy the needs of all beings. It forces the practitioner to examine carefully how we hold the “I” and thus presents a supreme opportunity to develop both wisdom and compassion simultaneously. Highly recommended for those with experience in lo-jong, or mind training, this technique is best practiced under the guidance of a teacher.


  • Have taken refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
  • Have the interest and faith in the practice of Buddhist tantra.

Commitments: (New)

  • The Chöd initiation cannot be taken as a blessing.
  • Bodhisattva vows will be given – you can take it as aspirational vows or engaging vows.
  • A short Daily practice – Chöd: Pervading Space  (this practice takes about 15 minutes)

NB: Ven. Drimay will be giving an explanation on Taking Bodhisattva Vows at 5pm. Please attend the session if this is the first time you are taking an initiation or if you have never received an explanation on this.


Dagri Rinpoche will be teaching from the text: Chöd: Cutting through the Ego. Please get a copy if you want to have your own copy of the text to follow along during the teachings.

  • Get a digital copy in pdf format here.
  • Get a hard copy here.
  • There will be some copies of the booklet in our Bookstore. .

Bodhisattva Vows

  • Get a digital copy in pdf format here.
  • Get a hard copy here.
  • There will be some copies of the booklet at our bookstore.

Call (831-462 8383) or email () by June 1 if you want to reserve a copy of the booklets.


Pre-registration required. Dinner option available – please reserved by June 17.

Support Precious Teachings with Dagri Rinpoche

After many in-person and written requests from LMB, the causes and conditions have come together for Dagri Rinpoche to accept our invitation and travel to California. Rinpoche mentioned that these teachings are the results of LMB’s persistent invitations!

Our goal is to host these teachings free of charge
to the public and ordained Sangha!

The reality is the cost of travel for Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s attendants, food, and offerings run more than $1000 per day to host a teacher such as Rinpoche. You can see, Land of Medicine Buddha simply can not do it without financial support from generous donors like you!

We invite you to be a benefactor of Dagri Rinpoche’s precious teachings!

It is with great joy that we offer YOU the opportunity to support LMB, Rinpoche, and your fellow dharma practitioners by becoming a benefactor for this event.

The wish to be of benefit to others is at the heart of the Buddhist path.

The greatest gift we can offer is the gift of the Dharma; it provides benefits not only for this life, also for future lives up until enlightenment. Our own kind lamas understand the practice and merit of sponsoring Dharma teachings. Lama Zopa Rinpoche regularly sponsors teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dagri Rinpoche himself also sponsored Dharma teachings that he attended of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jangtse Choje Rinpoche in South India.

Join us to perfect the giving of the Dharma!

Sponsorship levels and benefits: 

Wish Fulfilling Jewel Sponsor: $3,000

[Two opportunities available]


  • Skies of merit!
  • One Machig Labdron thangka that will be blessed by Dagri Rinpoche at the Chod initiation
  • Lodging in one of our yurts for the duration of the teachings
  • One reserved parking space
  • Two reserved seats at the initiation and teaching
  • Participation in the mandala offering

Pureland Sponsor: $1,000

[Three opportunities available]


  • Oceans of merit!
  • One reserved parking space
  • One reserved seat
  • Participation in the mandala offering

Three Jewels Sponsor: Any amount over $254


  • One reserved seat
  • Huge merit for sponsoring Dharma teachings for the benefit of other sentient being, not to mention creating the cause to receive more Dharma teachings in the future!

Sangha Sponsor: $375

Alternately, become a Sangha Sponsor with a donation of $375. This amount will sponsor a Sangha member to attend the teachings, including meals and accommodations. Imagine the benefits for them and the limitless beings that they reach!

How to make your donation

About Dagri Rinpoche

Dagri Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1958, and grew up during the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Although he was recognized at an early age as the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great geshes of Lhasa, the political situation in Tibet prohibited religious training. He, like other Tibetans, experienced great hardship during these years. He attended ordinary governmental school and worked as an animal herder and, later, in a coal mine. Even in such humble conditions, everyone who knew him was moved by his outstanding inner qualities, his warm heart, his power, and his care for others.

In 1978, the Communist government relaxed the religious persecution somewhat and Rinpoche went to Lhasa, where he was ordained, began to study Buddhist philosophy, and helped to restore Tibetan monasteries. Many students from his past life—that include Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and Geshe Lama Konchog—made requests and wrote letters urging Rinpoche to leave Tibet for India. They helped to make travel preparations and obtain travel documents.

After his escape from Tibet in 1983, he completed 17 years of Buddhist philosophical studies at Sera Je Monastery and received the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest qualification obtainable. He was first in his class during subsequent training at the Gyumed Tantric College. Since 2001 Rinpoche has taught the Dharma in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is especially involved with supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the work of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.

Date(s): June 22-26
Times: All Day
Instructor/Leader: Dagri Rinpoche
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 7 sessions
Level: Intermediate-Advancedd
Participation: For initiates only
Location: Main Gompa
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