Celebrating 25 Years of Ligmincha! 

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September 16–17, 2017

Special Dzogchen Retreat


with Lama Tashi Gyaltsen RInpoche 

Tapihritsa thangkaYangton Lama Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche will offer teachings on the Invocation of Tapihritsa during this special weekend. The Invocation of Tapihritsa expresses the essence of dzogchen, the "great perfection," with Tapihritsa representing the true nature of reality. Everyone is welcome to join us for this powerful dzogchen teaching from the Yungdrung Bon Buddhist lineage of Tibet.

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Join us for a series of special teachings and events this fall at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ligmincha International. We warmly invite our Ligmincha International sangha to join us at Serenity Ridge in Virginia for this special celebration. 


October 18–21, 2017

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with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 

Learn practices, including meditation, visualization, ritual and healing through nature, to extend lifespan and heal imbalances in your life. This is the first time Rinpoche is offering in-depth teachings and empowerments from Tsewang Rigdzin, ancient Tibetan Bön master known as the "King of Longevity." 

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October 22, 2017

prayer flagsCelebrating Ligmincha International's 25th Anniversary!

Join us on Sunday, October 22, for a celebration of Ligmincha International's 25th Anniversary. Serenity Ridge will host an open house with many free events, including music, visual arts and viewing of the new building. Join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Ligmincha's resident lamas and other special guests. 

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October 23–October 24, 2017

Buddhism and Science BScience and Spirituality Conference


with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and expert presenters

Join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and a select group of top investigators to learn about research and findings related to how meditation and other spiritual practices can bring about healing of physical and emotional pain. Rinpoche will deliver the keynote address, guide meditation sessions and participate in panel discussions. 

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November 2–5, 2017

Trul Khor

Trul Khor Retreat 


with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich

Beginners and experienced students alike are invited to join us November 2–5 for instruction in the ancient practice of Tibetan yoga, from the Bön A-tri Dzogchen tradition. This course can stand alone and also will be the first in a series of teachings to take place over the next three years.

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November 3–5, 2017

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with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich and
Honored Guest Geshe Tenzin Yangton

Deepen your training in the ancient practice of yoga (trul khor) from the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet as we explore the body's energetic dimensions and integrate the practice with everyday life. 

Open to all who have done Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Tibetan Bon yoga from Ligmincha International since 2002.

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December 27, 2017–January 1, 2018

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Winter Retreat 2017 


with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche 

The Experiential Transmission series, the centerpiece of Rinpoche's dzogchen teachings, is presented each year at our Winter Retreat. Part 4 focuses on how to overcome obstacles to practice while sustaining and cultivating the results achieved during previous parts of the cycle. Live translation available in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Previous completion of Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung series.

Registration is expected to open in late August.

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Special Commemoration: October 22, 2017

Ligmincha International's 25th Anniversary

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Everyone is warmly invited to attend a special open house at Serenity Ridge on Sunday, October 22, in honor of Ligmincha’s 25th anniversary. In addition to activities, a new book filled with photos and information about Ligmincha's past 25 years will be released on that date.

We also extend an invitation to consider attending Fall Retreat, which runs from October 18–21, and the Science and Spirituality Conference on October 23–24.

Events During the Day

On the morning of October 22, all sangha members are invited to attend a sang chod ceremony and raising of prayer flags at 8 a.m., tea at 9 a.m. and sangha celebration with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Ligmincha's resident lamas in the gompa from 10–11:30 a.m.

Beginning at noon and continuing until 4 p.m., Serenity Ridge will be open to the entire Tibetan community and area residents. The open house will include sacred Tibetan mantras and prayers, and viewing of the new multipurpose building that is nearing completion. Food made by the Charlottsville Tibetan community--including momos (dumplings), Tibetan butter tea and sweet tea--will be available for purchase. Ligmincha's Bookstore and Tibet Shop will be open from noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to Rinpoche, resident lamas from Ligmincha's centers will be present during the morning and afternoon events. They include Geshe Denma Gyaltsen from Ligmincha Texas, Geshe Tenzin Yangton from Serenity Ridge (headquarters of Ligmincha International), Geshe Yungdrung Gyatso from Ligmincha Poland, and Lama Kalsang Nyima from Ligmincha Mexico.

Commemorative Book Available

A new book commemorating the past 25 years of Ligmincha will be released on October 22 and will be available in the bookstore. Celebrating 25 Years: Ligmincha International & Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a look at the past 25 years, from Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's founding of Ligmincha Institute in 1992, through the organization's expansion to a vibrant worldwide community of practitioners of Tibetan Bön Buddhism.

In this commemorative book, photos and text tell the story of the origins of the Bön tradition, Rinpoche’s life and teachings, and the growth of Ligmincha into an international organization that includes more than 70 centers and sanghas in more than 20 countries, plus a vibrant cyber-sangha of people around the world who come together for online teachings. 

The book is filled with beautiful photos from Ligmincha’s earliest years up through the present. Rinpoche’s students throughout the world have contributed photos that help tell the story of Ligmincha's formation and expansion over the past 25 years.

Parking Limitations and Shuttle

Please note that on Sunday, October 22, cars will not be allowed to enter or leave the Serenity Ridge entry road or grounds between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. due to the anniversary day activities. Visitors may park along Rockfish River Road (Route 617) near Drumheller Lane. Serenity Ridge's address is 554 Drumheller Lane, Shipman, VA 22971.

A shuttle will be available between 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. to ferry people to and from Serenity Ridge. 

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center


We love having your presence at our event and look forward to seeing you. Please understand that we want to assure your safety as well as the safety of others and request that you accept responsibility for your own conduct while at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center.

In exchange for your participation in events held at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, in Nelson County, Virginia, to the extent permitted by law, we ask that you (hereafter “I”) acknowledge that: “Having read and understood the above, I agree to hold harmless and indemnify Ligmincha International and the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, along with their officers, directors, employees, and assignees, from liability for any injury, illness, or damage to myself or others which results from any acts or omissions while I am at the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, headquarters of Ligmincha International, in Nelson County, Virginia.”

I further voluntarily assume any and all risk of injury or illness resulting from all risks existing at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, headquarters of Ligmincha International, including any visits related thereto.





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Science and Spirituality Conference: October 23–24, 2017


with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Presenters

Buddhism and Science BJoin Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and a select group of presenters to learn about how meditation and other spiritual practices can bring about healing of physical and emotional pain. Rinpoche will deliver the keynote address at this special Science and Spirituality Conference, guide meditation sessions and participate in a panel discussion.  

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the growing dialog on contemplative science. Invited scientists, researchers and other presenters will discuss their work on the impact of contemplative meditation practices on physical, emotional and mental pain, with opportunities for participants to share in discussions and meals with the presenters.

Previous conferences have drawn well-known researchers from around the country, and this year also promises to be a lively interchange on a range of current topics.

The conference will begin on Monday, October 23, at 9 a.m. and will end Tuesday, October 24, at 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to come earlier to attend the annual Fall Retreat led by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche held October 18–21. The topic is “The Knowledge and Wisdom of Longevity: Teachings and Empowerment from the Tsewang Jarima.” Also join us October 22 for a free daylong celebration of Ligmincha International’s 25th Anniversary.

In addition to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, presenters will include:

  • Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Integrative Medicine Program, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas; Director of Research, Ligmincha International. He will be the conference moderator.
  • Claire Clark, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Utah school of Medicine and part of Ligmincha’s research team.
  • James Coan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia. Coan brings insights from social and affective neuroscience to clinical, business and research audiences around the world.
  • Julieta Galante, Ph.D., Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, England, and a Mindful Trust Research awardee. She will present on how mindfulness training builds resilience with youth: a trial with University of Cambridge students.
  • David Germano, Ph.D., Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia. Germano’s personal research focuses on Tibetan history, with a special focus on contemplative and philosophical traditions.
  • Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, Presidential Scholar, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work, Associate Director of Integrative Medicine in Supportive Oncology and Survivorship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Garland is the developer of an innovative, multimodal mindfulness-based called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE).
  • Michael Gawrysiak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Delaware State University and Psychology Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Brain Behavioral Vulnerabilities, Addiction Treatment Research Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Gawrysiak will discuss research on The 3 Doors Compassionate Project for healthcare professionals.
  • Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas. Prinsloo’s focus is on neuroimaging during mind-body intervention.
  • Michael Sheehy, Director of Programs, Mind & Life Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and faculty member at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he is affiliated with the Contemplative Sciences Center and Tibet Center.
  • Barbara Stefik, Ph.D., and Mark Stefik, Ph.D. Barbara and Mark are co-authors Breakthrough: Stories and Strategies of Radical Innovation. Mark is a research fellow with the Palo Alto Research center. They will present on the effects on pain of a contemplative online course by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
  • Gabriel Rocco, M.A., and Marcy Vaughn, M.A. Gabriel is senior instructor, University of Pennsylvania Program for Mindfulness. Marcy is a retreat and meditation leader with Ligmincha International. Both are therapists in private practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, senior students of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and senior teachers with The Three Doors Academy. They will present on The Three Doors Compassion Project and lead meditations from this program.
  • Yangdron Kalsang, Doctors of Tibetan Medicine. Yangdron Kalsang is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who teaches at Stanford University School of Medicine.He will present on the topic "Tibetan Medicine for Mental Health and Spirituality."

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Fall Retreat, on The Knowledge and Wisdom of Longevity, October 18-21 and a special day of activities October 22 commemorating Ligmincha International’s 25th Anniversary.


Retreat Cost (meals and accommodations extra): $215 (student rate $125)

We are pleased to announce that beginning with Fall Retreat, Serenity Ridge will be using new registration software. Please note: The cost of meals will no longer be included in the registration price. If you are staying onsite, the cost of meals will be included with accommodations. If you commute, meals will be an add-on. You may not register for a retreat without meals.   

Meals will begin with dinner on October 22 and end with lunch on October 24. Registration and check-in will begin at 6 p.m. on October 22. 

Important note: Due to the 25th Anniversary commemoration on October 22, NO CARS will be allowed onto the property after 7:30 a.m. on that day, and parking will not be available, until after 6 p.m. You can park on Rockfish River Road near Drumheller Lane, and shuttle service to Serenity Ridge will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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Enseñanzas y empoderamiento del Tsewang Jarima

con Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoché


Casi todo el mundo desea una larga vida llena de propósito y significado. Incluso cuando estamos enfermos o moribundos hacemos todo lo posible para aferrarnos a cualquier esperanza de vida que podamos. Y si bien nadie puede evitar la muerte, la tradición Bön tiene muchas prácticas para extender la propia vida y volver a capturar cualquier fuerza de vida perdida debido a factores externos o internos negativos, o a la ignorancia de nuestra verdadera naturaleza. Estas prácticas incluyen la visualización y la meditación, el ritual y la curación a través de la naturaleza y los elementos.

En este retiro muy especial de cuatro días, Gueshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche enseñará por primera vez desde el Tsewang Jarima, un texto escrito por Tsewang Rigdzin, y también ofrecerá el empoderamiento relacionado con su práctica. Hijo del maestro tibetano del siglo VIII Drenpa Namka, Tsewang Rigdzin es conocido como “El Rey de la Longevidad”. Además de componer muchos textos rituales destinados a aliviar el sufrimiento, él era un maestro del linaje Dzogchen.

La sabiduría de Tsewang Rigdzin y las prácticas asociadas con esta enseñanza pueden ayudarnos a recuperar, ampliar y mejorar nuestra fuerza de la vida: la curación de los desequilibrios ambientales, físicos, emocionales y energéticos en nuestras vidas. Fortalecer y ampliar nuestra esperanza de vida proporcionando más tiempo para nuestro desarrollo espiritual y para servir y beneficiar a otros seres sensibles.

Inmediatamente después de este retiro vamos a celebrar los 25 años de Ligmincha Internacional el 22 de octubre con una jornada de actividades, y luego daremos la bienvenida nuevamente a nuestra Conferencia Anual de Ciencia y Espiritualidad a partir de la noche de octubre 22 y continuando hasta la tarde del 24 de octubre, 2017.
La inscripción para el Retiro de Otoño se abrirá en mayo.

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