4th – 18th July 2019

UPDATE (1st April)

Unavoidable circumstances mean Dagri Rinpoche must now start his programme on the 4th and finish on the 11th July as Rinpoche must attend an extremely important interfaith meeting in Indonesia which is crucial for the preservation of Buddhism and supported by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Rinpoche has passed on his extensive apologies for the need to change the programme and any difficulty this may cause people. Rinpoche shared his wish for those attending to remain until the 18th as originally scheduled and take part in the programme suggested by him for after he departs. 

Please see the details below for the updated programme.

Many thanks for your understanding

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Renowned lama Dagri Rinpoche has kindly accepted our invitation to continue the commentary Rinpoche gave in 2018 by offering teachings on the completion stage practices of Solitary Hero Yamantaka.

Please note these teachings are open to anyone who meets the requirements below. You do not have to have attended the teachings last year. 

Rinpoche also recently expressed the very kind wish to confer Lama Tsongkhapa, Six Arm Mahakala & Chenresig He Who Liberates From The Lower Realms empowerments during his visit to Land of Joy which we have very gratefully accepted. Please see the schedule below for the dates these are currently expected to be given.

As always, High Lama visits have a large amount of unpredictability associated with them. However, we are confident the event will take place and are doing everything we can to ensure it does, including dedicating practices and prayers. We invite you to please do the same to help create the merit and remove obstacles for its success.

UPDATE (1st April)

Unavoidable circumstances mean Dagri Rinpoche must now start his programme on the 4th and finish on the 11th July as Rinpoche must attend an extremely important interfaith meeting in Indonesia which is crucial for the preservation of Buddhism and supported by His Holiness Dalai Lama.

Rinpoche has passed on his extensive apologies for the need to change the programme and any difficulty this may cause people. Rinpoche shared his wish for those attending to remain until the 18th as originally scheduled and take part in the programme suggested by him for after he departs. 

Please see the details below for the updated programme.

Many thanks for your understanding

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Renowned lama Dagri Rinpoche has kindly accepted our invitation to continue the commentary Rinpoche gave in 2018 by offering teachings on the completion stage practices of Solitary Hero Yamantaka.

Please note these teachings are open to anyone who meets the requirements below. You do not have to have attended the teachings last year. 

Rinpoche also recently expressed the very kind wish to confer Lama Tsongkhapa, Six Arm Mahakala & Chenresig He Who Liberates From The Lower Realms empowerments during his visit to Land of Joy which we have very gratefully accepted. Please see the schedule below for the dates these are currently expected to be given.

As always, High Lama visits have a large amount of unpredictability associated with them. However, we are confident the event will take place and are doing everything we can to ensure it does, including dedicating practices and prayers. We invite you to please do the same to help create the merit and remove obstacles for its success.

Event Details

Dates: 4th – 18th July

Venue: Bellingham Town Hall, Bellingham, Northumberland, UK

Accommodation & Food: Please see details below

Cost: Generosity Model (Please see the section below)

Requirements to receive the commentary:

  • To have been initiated into the Solitary Hero Yamantaka practice

  • To have studied a Solitary Hero Yamantaka generation stage commentary

  • To be familiar with practicing the long sadhana

  • To have completed a Solitary Hero Yamantaka counting retreat and fire puja or at least have the strong intention to do so as soon as possible

  • To have the intention to use the completion stage teachings in your practice

If you don’t meet these requirements but feel your experience makes you suitable to attend the commentary teachings please contact Beth to discuss by emailing spc@landofjoy.co.uk or calling 01434 240412 

Requirements to receive the empowerments

Lama Tsong Khapa – Those taking this will ideally be taking the commentary as well but those who aren’t need to have received a Solitary Hero Yamantaka Initiation and to have completed the retreat.

Six Arm Mahakala – Those taking this will ideally be taking the commentary as well but those who aren’t need to have received a Solitary Hero Yamantaka Initiation and to have completed the retreat.

Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms: To have taken refuge and be ready to take Bodhisattva Vows. 

If you intend to take any of these initiations but wont be attending the commentary please email spc@landofjoy.co.uk to let us know

Commitments:

Commentary – Rinpoche indicated there will not be a commitment for receiving the commentary. 

Lama Tsong Khapa – Tantric Vows, Six Session Guru Yoga and another small commitment to be announced at the time

Six Arm Mahakala – Tantric Vows, Six Session Guru Yoga and another small commitment to be announced at the time

Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms – Bodhisattva vows and some daily Mani recitations. The number will be confirmed at the time.

Event Details

Dates: 4th – 18th July

Venue: Bellingham Town Hall, Bellingham, Northumberland, UK

Accommodation & Food: Please see details below

Cost: Generosity Model (Please see the section below)

Requirements to receive the commentary:

  • To have been initiated into the Solitary Hero Yamantaka practice

  • To have studied a Solitary Hero Yamantaka generation stage commentary

  • To be familiar with practicing the long sadhana

  • To have completed a Solitary Hero Yamantaka counting retreat and fire puja or at least have the strong intention to do so as soon as possible

  • To have the intention to use the completion stage teachings in your practice

If you don’t meet these requirements but feel your experience makes you suitable to attend the commentary teachings please contact Beth to discuss by emailing spc@landofjoy.co.uk or calling 01434 240412 

Requirements to receive the empowerments

Lama Tsongkhapa –  Those taking this will ideally be taking the commentary as well but those who aren’t need to have received a Solitary Hero Yamantaka Initiation and to have completed the retreat.

Six Arm Mahakala –  Those taking this will ideally be taking the commentary as well but those who aren’t need to have received a Solitary Hero Yamantaka Initiation and to have completed the retreat.

Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms – Need to have taken refuge and be ready to take Bodhisattva Vows

If you intend to take any of these initiations but wont be attending the commentary please email spc@landofjoy.co.uk to let us know

Commitments:

Commentary – Rinpoche has indicated there will not be a commitment for receiving the commentary. 

Lama Tsongkhapa Initiation – Tantric Vows, Six Session Guru Yoga and another small commitment to be announced at the time

Six Arm Mahakala – Tantric Vows, Six Session Guru Yoga and another small commitment to be announced at the time

Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms – Bodhisattva vows and a small number of Mani recitations a day, the number to be confirmed at the time.

Event Schedule:

  • 4th July (evening): Lama Tsongkhapa Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 5th July: Six Arm Mahakala Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 6th – 10th July: Commentary of the Completion Stage Practices of Solitary Hero Yamantaka

  • 11th July – End of the Completion Stage Commentary and Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 12th – 18th July: Andy Wistreich will lead sessions based on Dagri Rinpoche’s instructions. More information will follow once we have it.

Event Schedule:

  • 4th July (evening): Lama Tsongkhapa Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 5th July: Six Arm Mahakala Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 6th – 10th July: Commentary of the Completion Stage Practices of Solitary Hero Yamantaka

  • 11th July – End of the Completion Stage Commentary and Chenresig He Who Liberates from the Lower Realms Empowerment (Jenang)

  • 12th – 18th July: Andy Wistreich will lead sessions based on Dagri Rinpoche’s instructions. More information will follow once we have it.

Accommodation & Food

For Lay Practitioners

In order to support our sangha we are asking all lay practitioners attending the event to please find accommodation away from Land of Joy. Please see the accommodation options we have researched to help you book somewhere to stay.

We encourage you to book this as soon as possible as it coincides with the start of school holidays and this is a popular area for people to come on holiday with limited places to stay. 

A main meal (vegan & gluten free) will be provided at the venue if you choose to have it but you must commit to and pay for them before you attend the event so we can confirm numbers with the caterers. We will not request payment until the visas are confirmed.  You will need to organise any other meals you would like to have each day yourself.

For Ordained Sangha

Monks & nuns can either stay in a single sex dormitory at Land of Joy or find their own alternative accommodation elsewhere. The dormitories are comfortable, sleep a maximum of seven people and two have ensuite bathrooms.

Breakfast and a light meal (soup and bread) will be available for you at Land of Joy. You can either have the lunch provided by the caterers at the venue which will be vegan and gluten free, or find your own alternative in the village. However, options there are limited. 

Due to there being a small volunteer team for the event we request that you please support them by doing some karma yoga such as a bit of cleaning or washing up each day to keep Land of Joy clean and tidy.

Accommodation & Food

For Lay Practitioners

In order to support our sangha we are asking all lay practitioners attending the event to please find accommodation away from Land of Joy. Please see the accommodation options we have researched to help you book somewhere to stay.

We encourage you to book this as soon as possible as it coincides with the start of school holidays and this is a popular area for people to come on holiday with limited places to stay. 

A main meal (vegan & gluten free) will be provided at the venue if you choose to have it but you must commit to and pay for them before you attend the event so we can confirm numbers with the caterers. We will not request payment until the visas are confirmed.  You will need to organise any other meals you would like to have each day yourself.

For Ordained Sangha

Monks & nuns can either stay in a single sex dormitory at Land of Joy or find their own alternative accommodation elsewhere. The dormitories are comfortable, sleep a maximum of seven people and two have ensuite bathrooms.

Breakfast and a light meal (soup and bread) will be available for you at Land of Joy. You can either have the lunch provided by the caterers at the venue which will be vegan and gluten free, or find your own alternative in the village. However, options there are limited. 

Due to there being a small volunteer team for the event we request that you please support them by doing some karma yoga such as a bit of cleaning or washing up each day to keep Land of Joy clean and tidy.

Interpretation

Ven Sean Price has kindly accepted to translate Dagri Rinpoche’s Tibetan into English which will be transmitted over the main speaker system. If you require interpretation into other languages please indicate this on your booking form and we will do our best to provide this for you. Likewise, if you would like to interpret from English or Tibetan into another language for people please also indicate this in your booking form.

Interpretation

Ven Sean Price has kindly accepted to translate Dagri Rinpoche’s Tibetan into English which will be transmitted over the main speaker system. If you require interpretation into other languages please indicate this on your booking form and we will do our best to provide this for you. Likewise, if you would like to interpret from English or Tibetan into another language for people please also indicate this in your booking form.

Costs 

Land of Joy follows a generosity model which you can read more about here. This means there will be no set cost for attending this event other than for services provided by external providers such as the meal at the venue or accommodation away from Land of Joy. This also applies to those eating and sleeping at Land of Joy.

However, having the incredible good fortune to host High Lamas is an expensive endeavour. The flights, visas, food and other costs for them and their entourage must be covered by the centre which adds up to a significant amount of money. Not only that, there is the hire for the hall, food for those staying at the centre and effort of the team to organise these events.

We therefore invite you to make a donation to Land of Joy to help cover these costs. As a young and developing centre, your generosity will be a massive help to ensure we can continue to offer our precious community for retreat to others and organise more events in the future.

Donations can be made in the following way:

    1. In cash while at Land of Joy (We will NOT be charged a fee)

    2. By card while at Land of Joy (We WILL be charged a fee)

    3. By online bank transfer either before or after visiting Land of Joy (we will NOT be charged a fee)

Please remember you can add a massive 25% to your donation if you are eligible for Gift Aid (a UK tax payer). It’s as simple as completing a form while you are with us and we make the claim on your behalf.  

Costs 

Land of Joy follows a generosity model which you can read more about here. This means there will be no set cost for attending this event other than for services provided by external providers such as the meal at the venue or accommodation away from Land of Joy. This also applies to those eating and sleeping at Land of Joy.

However, having the incredible good fortune to host High Lamas is an expensive endeavour. The flights, visas, food and other costs for them and their entourage must be covered by the centre which adds up to a significant amount of money. Not only that, there is the hire for the hall, food for those staying at the centre and effort of the team to organise these events.

We therefore invite you to make a donation to Land of Joy to help cover these costs. As a young and developing centre, your generosity will be a massive help to ensure we can continue to offer our precious community for retreat to others and organise more events in the future.

Donations can be made in the following way:

    1. In cash while at Land of Joy (We will NOT be charged a fee)

    2. By card while at Land of Joy (We WILL be charged a fee)

    3. By online bank transfer either before or after visiting Land of Joy (we will NOT be charged a fee)

Please remember you can add a massive 25% to your donation if you are eligible for Gift Aid (a UK tax payer). It’s as simple as completing a form while you are with us and we make the claim on your behalf.  

How to Reach the Teaching Venue & Land of Joy

The event will be held at Bellingham Town Hall in the centre of Bellingham.

Bellingham, 

Hexham, 

Northumberland, 

NE48 2AA

UK

Land of Joy is a ten minutes drive from the venue and cannot be reached by public transport.

Land of Joy,

Greenhaugh Hall,

Greenhaugh,

NE48 1PP

UK

You can find suggestions on how to get to either place by visiting our webpage ‘Getting Here’ which explains how to reach Land of Joy. The train and bus options explained will also help you reach Bellingham. 

How to Reach the Teaching Venue & Land of Joy

The event will be held at Bellingham Town Hall in the centre of Bellingham.

Bellingham, 

Hexham, 

Northumberland, 

NE48 2AA

UK

Land of Joy is a ten minutes drive from the venue and cannot be reached by public transport.

Land of Joy,

Greenhaugh Hall,

Greenhaugh,

NE48 1PP

UK

You can find suggestions on how to get to either place by visiting our webpage ‘Getting Here’ which explains how to reach Land of Joy. The train and bus options explained will also help you reach Bellingham. 

Additional Information

Even though the event is being held away from Land of Joy we would love people to come and see us there so we are planning to host at least one event at the centre with Dagri Rinpoche, most likely a Lama Chöpa puja so there will be an opportunity for you to come and see us.

We will be providing as many floor and sitting cushions at the Town Hall as we can. However, sangha will have priority and the number will be limited, so if lay practitioners particularly want to sit on a cushion instead of a chair please consider bringing your own. Chairs will be available for anyone who wishes to use one.

Additional Information

Even though the event is being held away from Land of Joy we would love people to come and see us there so we are planning to host at least one event at the centre with Dagri Rinpoche, most likely a Lama Chöpa puja so there will be an opportunity for you to come and see us.

We will be providing as many floor and sitting cushions at the Town Hall as we can. However, sangha will have priority and the number will be limited, so if lay practitioners particularly want to sit on a cushion instead of a chair please consider bringing your own. Chairs will be available for anyone who wishes to use one.

Ordained Sangha Booking Form
Lay Practitioner Booking Form
Ordained Sangha Booking Form
Lay Practitioner Booking Form

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.

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.

Ordained Sangha Booking Form
Lay Practitioner Booking Form
Ordained Sangha Booking Form
Lay Practitioner Booking Form