Dagri Rinpoche 2018-01-11T11:57:54+00:00

18th – 28th July 2018 

(The dates will be provisional until Dagri Rinpoche’s visa has been approved)


Renowned lama Dagri Rinpoche has kindly accepted our invitation to confer a Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation as well as giving a commentary on the generation and completion stages of this practice from the 18th – 28th July 2018.

We expect the programme to be as follows:

  • July 18 – A teaching on the Three Principles of the Path

  • July 19 – Preparation for Solitary Yamantaka Empowerment (after lunch) 

  • July 20 – Actual Empowerment (after lunch)

  • July 21-28 –  Yamantaka Solitary Hero commentary – (two teaching session per day)

Please pre-register via the button at the bottom of the page by the end of February 2018 so we can move forward with our planning.

Based on the number of people who have pre-registered for this special event so far it has become clear Land of Joy’s gompa cannot accommodate everyone wishing to attend. Therefore, the decision has been made to hold the event at the nearby Bellingham Village Hall.

Due to the limited accommodation options at Land of Joy it will be necessary for most attending to stay elsewhere. Please click here to learn more about the accommodation options, how to find others to share with and how to book.

Yamantaka, is a highest yoga tantra deity whose name means ‘Destroyer of death’. His other name, Vajrabhairava means ‘Vajra terrifier’. He is the wrathful aspect of Manjushri, embodiment of enlightened wisdom. Through this powerful practice we are able to overcome all obstacles and fear, and ultimately transcend ordinary death. Yamantaka destroys the inner demons of ego-grasping and the self cherishing attitude, and all defilements arising from them.

Before receiving this initiation it is necessary to have taken refuge in the Three Jewels. The bodhisattva and tantric vows will be given with the initiation.

Having taken the initiation you will be required to keep the following commitments:

  • Reciting the Six Session Guru Yoga (the long or short version) daily for the rest of your life.

  • Completing the Yamantaka Solitary Hero sadhana (short of long version) every day for the rest of your life

  • Rinpoche has strongly advised initiates complete the Yamantaka Solitary Hero approximation retreat but this will not be a formal commitment

Dagri Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great geshes of Lhasa who was the teacher of many lamas, including Lama Thubten Yeshe. Dagri Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1958. He grew up during the Cultural Revolution of 1966 – 1976. After his escape from Tibet in 1982 he completed his 17 years of study of Buddhist philosophy and received the Geshe Lharampa degree.

After Dagri Rinpoche’s escape form Tibet, Lama Yeshe committed to support the incarnation through Sera Je, and then when Lama Yeshe passed away, Lama Zopa Rinpoche took on the responsibility.

Dagri Rinpoche is supporting Lama Zopa Rinpoche very much and can teach lam-rim, lojong and philosophy as well as give initiations, conduct fire pujas, and teach tantric commentaries.