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Yuthok Nyingthig 7-Day Ngon-dro Retreat Feb. 16-24

The Yuthok Nyingthig is a cycle of terma(treasures) combining all the stages of Vajrayana Buddhism from ngon-droto Dzogchen designed specifically for doctors, healers, and medical professionals of all kinds. Because medical professionals are busy treating patients, they typically cannot go into year-long or three-year-long retreat. However, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, the founder of the Yuthok Nyingthig lineage, recognizing this, created a graduated series of sadhanas (spiritual practices) which can each be practiced in only a seven-day retreat and which can greatly help one become a better healer. As Ju Mipham has said, “Merely remembering You [Yuthok] is of greater benefit than months and years of exertion in other approach and accomplishment [sadhanas].” And, as Yuthok Yonten Gonpo Himself said, “By invoking [Me] for seven days, you will definitely be accepted [as My disciple/attain accomplishment].” This is a unique feature of the Yuthok Nyingthig and is based on the special blessings and power this system carries.


Dates:6 PM, Saturday, Feb. 16 – 8-9 AM, Sunday, Feb. 24


Type of retreat:Non-residential. Participants will sleep at their own homes. However, participants need to promise not to watch TV, party, go to entertainments, listen to secular music, use the Internet, etc. in the evenings during the retreat. They need to keep doing the practice on their own at home in the evenings and/or read about ngon-dro.


We will practice "noble silence" during this retreat while at the retreat center. So no talking during breaks, breakfast, and lunch. In the evenings, people can talk as much as is necessaryto family members. If there are problems, they may talk to the drub-pon(retreat leader) and they may ask questions during appropriate times.


Place:Boulder Valley Ngakpa House, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette, 80026, just north of 95th& Arapahoe. This will be the third Yuthok Nyingthig ngon-droretreat held at BVNH.


Qualifications:Anyone who wants to seriously study and practice the Yuthok Nyingthig. Participants do not have to have had the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment (ngon-drodoes not require empowerment), nor must they be a medical professional. If one has not yet formally taken refuge, this retreat includes taking refuge as an integral part (however, without the bestowal of a Dharma name or the cutting of hair).


Cost:$20 materials fee for handouts, diagrams, and pictures. $6 for one day’s candle offerings. Each participant is asked to offer the altar candles one day. (Checks should be made payable to Bob Flaws, notto Boulder Valley Ngakpa House.)


Offerings:Participant will need to bring tshog offerings for the beginning and ending tshogs. Other offerings for the altar in general (candles, flowers, fruits, canned or bottled drinks, alcoholic beverages, incense, etc.) are encouraged but not required. One of the main purposes of this retreat is the accumulation of merit.


Dana[offering] to the Teacher is traditional at the end of this kind of program. The amount of danais up to each individual.


Practice accessories:Practice accessories necessary for this retreat include:


Mandala pan (, best you can afford

Large bowl

Mandala offerings: Semi-precious jewels, saffron rice, pearls, silver, gold (

Small, clean, lidded wide-mouthed jar, such as a jam jar

Electronic lap-counter to count prostrations (

Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher(

Mala with 108 or 111 beads.

Notebook & pen

Water bottle

Dharma clothes if you have them (zen [red, white, or red & red striped], meditation skirt [shamtab or dran-chu]

Bell & dorje for the tshogs if you have them and have been authorized to use them


Sadhana text:The traditional, complete Yuthok Nyingthig ngon-drotitled The Wish-fulfilling Jewelcomposed by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and translated by Lama Pema Chophel. There will also be a number of other Yuthok Nyingthig prayers for the opening and closing of sessions.


Language: All Yuthok Nyingthig prayers and sadhanawill be done in both Tibetan and English, Tibetan for the blessings and English for the meaning.


Daily schedule (Sunday-Saturday): 6-9 AM, first session; 9-10 AM, breakfast; 10 AM-1 PM, second session; 1-2 PM, lunch; 2-5 PM, third session; 5-5:15 PM, bathroom break; 5:15-6 PM daily Protectors


Food:Participants will be asked to bring their own breakfasts.  However, lunch will be cooked by Orgyen Khandro Honora) at Ngakpa House. These lunches will cost $50 for the retreat. They will be healthy, organic vegetarian with vegan options.


Karma yoga:Each participant will be assigned a daily job, such as light housekeeping, chant leader (om-dze), master of offerings (cho-pon), etc.


Criteria for completion:Successful completion of this retreat will require participants to attend every session. Successful completion allows one to go on and do the rest of the sadhanas of the Yuthok Nyingthig (after receiving the Yuthok Nyingthig empowerment). It does notallow one to do advanced practices within other lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism.


Number of participants:Minimum six (6); maximum 12


Registrar:Rien Havens (email: (Phone: 720-468-8810). Please do not make any checks out to Boulder Valley Ngakpa House. We do not have a bank account. Any checks should be made out to Bob Flaws or Honora Wolfe.


Registration deadline:Saturday, Feb. 9


Retreat leader:Lama Pema Chophel


Lama Pema Chophel (a.k.a.Bob Flaws) has been a Vajrayana Buddhist for 49 years and has studied with more than 50 Gurus. His Yuthok Nyingthig Gurus include the late Trogawa Rinpoche, Dr. Nida Chenaktsang, and Tulku Yeshe Gyamtsho. Of his 49 years in the Dharma, 19 of those years were practicing ngon-dro, and he has specifically been authorized to teach ngon-dro by Terton Tashi Gyaltshen. Over the years, Lama Pema has done many, many retreats and attended manydrub-chens. He was the first Americancho-ponand the first Americanom-dze(for the Longchen Nyingthig Buddhist Soc. in NY beginning in 1970). Lama Pema has led three previous Yuthok Nyingthig seven-day retreats at Boulder Valley Ngakpa House. For the last eight years, he has spent most of his time in full-time practice and retreat.