THree Words that Strike the Vital Point by Garab Dorje

Weekend Retreat with Khenpo Kunga
April 3-5, 2020


Garab Dorje was the first lineage holder of the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) teachings. His final teaching – Three Words that Strike the Vital Point – is one of the most important teachings on the Great Perfection. These succinct and direct instructions offer clear guidance for recognizing the mind’s innate purity and making this recognition a living experience through repeated familiarization. This is a rare opportunity to receive these teachings on the nature of mind from the great perfection tradition from such an accomplished and gifted teacher as Khenpo Kunga. This also a chance to receive teachings from Khenpo Kunga before he enters a 3 year retreat in 2021.

Khenpo Kunga’s teachings, filled with laughter and practical advice, will include explanations of these profound teachings, guided meditations, and periods of discussion. This program is suitable for anyone interested in Buddhism, including both beginners and advanced students.

On Friday evening, Khenpo Kunga will guide us the practice of meditation. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the key point of meditation is to become familiar with awareness, which is the very essence of mind. Discovering this awareness allows us to experience mind’s natural qualities of ease, warmth and clarity at any time and in any situation.  

Saturday - Khenpo Kunga will show us how to access and expand the natural kindness and compassion that we discover in meditation as the abiding quality of awareness. The discovery of kindness and compassion connects us with our essential richness and becomes a bridge thorugh which we connect with others and the world altogether. This alone brings a sense of deep well-being and confidence and makes our life meaningful. 

The Friday night and Saturday programs are open to anyone interested in meditation and the path of awakening, both new and advanced students.

Sunday - The path presented by the Dzogchen tradition culminates in a direct recognition of the vast and brilliant essence of mind. The teachings and the methods that lead to this recognition have been passed down to us from teacher to student since the time of the Buddha. This path has be kept particularly rich and alive by the great meditators of Tibet who have mastered and shared their wisdom to this very day. Khenpo Kunga will be guiding us through this path using this beautiful text, The Three Words that Strike the Vital Point, by Garab Dorje The ‘Three Words’ ‘points out’ the essential nature of mind in a way that is clear, direct, and accessible. Discovering the ‘nature of mind’ is the essence of the path and marks the culmination of the entire Buddhist path.

Prerequisites - The Sunday teachings are open to anyone who has fulfilled at least one of the following requirements:

  • You've had a daily meditation practice for the past 5 years

  • You've received ‘pointing out teachings’ from a qualified Buddhist teacher.

  • You've completed the 3 Joy of Living series of meditation trainings - Here

  • If you haven't fulfilled one of these requirements and would like to take part, please contact Tim -

Because of the nature of these teachings and our commitment to Khenpo Kunga, we ask that you honor this restriction. Due to the progressive nature of these teachings, in order to attend the Sunday program, you will need to have taken part in the entire weekend.

About Khenpo Kunga

Khenpo Kunga is a scholar, meditation master and a truly gifted teacher with the ability to share the heart of the path in a way that is clear, profound and completely delightful. At fifteen, he undertook the rigorous three-year retreat in eastern Tibet. Upon completion of the retreat he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. These days Khenpo Kunga travels internationally on behalf of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his worldwide Tergar Meditation Community.

Registration will open in January, 2020

Base:  $175
Sponsor:  $225*
Enrolled Student:  $100 (college and high-school)

Friday night only - no charge - Friday and Saturday only - $80

* Your generosity at the sponsor level enables us to offer work/study scholarships to those who otherwise could not attend.

Fri. evening - 7-9pm - at Bud Werner Library
Sat. - 9am-5pm - at The Buddhist Center
*Sun. 9am-5pm - at The Buddhist Center

*In order to attend the Sunday teachings, you will need to have taken part in the Friday evening and Saturday events.

For those of you who will be coming from out of town and would like to stay with a community member, there are a limited number of rooms available. Contact Denise -

Here's a list of good hotels to stay in in Steamboat - Here

For more information contact Tim -