Ligmincha of California
Ligmincha Institute, founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 1992 and located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was created to preserve the Tibetan Bön culture, teachings and transmissions. Its intention is to present the authentic wisdom teachings of Bön in such a way that they can be beneficially integrated into modern life.
Our goal, as Ligmincha of California, is to support the efforts of our teachers and to host practitioners of Bön in Northern and Southern California locations.
Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and the indigenous source of Tibetan culture. Followers of Bön receive teachings and transmissions from teachers in lineages unbroken from ancient times to the present day. While much of modern Bön is similar to Tibetan Buddhism, Bön retains the richness and flavor of its pre-Buddhist roots. Its teachings range from harmonizing our body, speech and mind with the elemental energies of nature to the Great Perfection teachings of dzogchen.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was the first to bring the Bön Dzogchen teachings to the West in 1988 and remains one of the very few Bönpo masters to live and teach in the West.
Rinpoche is an acclaimed author as well as a highly respected and beloved teacher to students throughout the world.
He is known for his clear, lively and insightful teaching style and his ability to make Tibetan practices easily accessible to the Western practitioner.
March 23, 2013 Live Webcast
"The Gift of Inner Refuge" with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
On Saturday, March 23, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and his senior students will present a day of instruction and practice on the inner refuge which will be attended by people throughout the world. Please join us for this powerful day-long event.
The schedule is as follows. Please note that the times are EDT. (In California, we begin at 6:00 a.m.)
9:00 - 10:30 am .. First Teaching Session with TWR (90 min.)
10:30- 11:15 am ... Break (45 minutes)
11:15 am - 12:15 pm ... First Practice Session with senior teacher (1 hour)
12:15 - 1:15 pm – Break (1 hour)
1:15 - 2:45 pm ...Second Teaching Session with TWR (90 min.)
2:45 - 3:30 pm ... Break (45 minutes)
3:30 - 4:30 pm ... Second Practice Session with senior teacher (1 hour)
For more information, visit www.ligmincha.org.
Teachings and practices in California
If you would like more information about local programs, practices and related events, click on the Northern California and Southern California tabs at the top of this page.
Those interested in other Bon events in the Bay Area are encouraged to check the website of Gyalshen Institute at www.gyalshen.org for the teachings of Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche.
Other Bon-Related Teachings
Sacred Dakini Healing: Invoking the Goddesses of Tibet with Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche: www.bonshenling.org
Further Links to organizations affiliated with Ligmincha Institute and Ligmincha of California:
www.ligmincha.org – Worldwide sangha, Ligmincha sites and centers, and worldwide teaching schedule
www.chammaling.org – Retreat center located in Crestone, Colorado
www.lishu.org – Institute for preservation and learning, under construction in Dehra Dun, India
www.bonpacificnorthwest.org – Retreats and practices in the Pacific Northwest
Further Links to organizations, spiritual teachers and activities concerning the native religion, people,
and culture of Tibet:
www.yeruboncenter.net – Practice and teaching center located in Los Angeles, CA
www.bonfoundation.org – An organization that assists Bon refugees in exile at Menri Monastery
www.dzogchenwl.org – Center for Bon spiritual traditions
www.yungdrung-bon.net – Concerns the native religion of Tibet
www.bon-encyclopedia.wikispaces.com/bon+teachings – Background of the Bon religion
www.rmanyc.org – Connects to the Rubin Museum of Art located in New York City