July 22-24



Part of our Kalachakra Bardo Phowa Teaching Series July 18-24

A precious opportunity to understand the true meaning of life and a fearless death. Learn Kalachakra Phowa from a renowned Jonang Scholar and Tibetan Buddhist Rime Master. Khentrul Rinpoche gives us teachings on the subject of the Six Bardos, exploring our attitudes towards death and providing us with strategies for working with this important process in our lives.

We rarely talk about the process of dying. Death is a taboo subject that is seen as morbid or wasting time. We say ‘What will be, will be’ and go about our lives as if death were a distant reality. When the time comes to face the loss of our own precious life, or that of someone we hold dear, we have no idea how to guide ourselves or loved ones through the rich landscape of dying.

Buddhist philosophy speaks of the Bardo Thodol which encompasses the six stages of life, death and rebirth. The Bardo Thodol teaches us how to live fully and die well, helping us to face the uncertainty of our lives with confidence and clarity. By understanding the six fold cycle of life and birth through clear understanding of the Bardo stages, we will be prepared to learn the Kalachakra Phowa practice during the weekend retreat.

Teachings on the meaning of each Bardo stage, covering:
– The six-fold cycle of life and rebirth
– Special meditation practices to deepen understanding of the Bardo stages
-The implications for a serene death and rebirth
-How to practice Phowa during the process of dying
Daily lunch is provided. This retreat is suitable for all Buddhist practitioners and those with an interest in Buddhist philosophy and meditation.

Students wishing to attend the Phowa retreat who have not previously received a Kalachakra empowerment are asked to attend the preparatory teachings July 18-21.


Parking & Transportation – Gyuto Foundation 2017-04-17T20:16:20+00:00

There is a good amount of parking at the facility. If space runs out, there is street parking within walking distance.

About Khentrul Rinpoche 2017-03-27T04:19:41+00:00

Renowned Jonang scholar and Rime master, Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche, studied in 11 monasteries under 25 teachers before becoming Khenpo (teacher) of Dzamthang monastery in Tibet. He was awarded the title of Rimé master, meaning master of all traditions, by the supreme master Lama Lobsang Trinley in 1997 and conferred by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2003. His vast and comprehensive knowledge offers the West a rare opportunity to engage in Buddhist practice from a non-sectarian point of view and access the most profound teachings of Highest Yoga Tantra as taught by the Jonangpa.

Khentrul Rinpoche is considered the 7th emanation of Bodhisattva Akasagarbha. His previous reincarnations appeared three times in Eastern Tibet as Washul Lhazu Lama, Trulku Ngawang and Getse Khentrul.

Today, Khentrul Rinpoche is a highly realised Vajra Master of Kalachakra Tantra. He is known for his pure morality, incredible scholarship, meditative attainments and deep unwavering compassion.

Rinpoche has written and published more than 10 books in Tibetan and other languages. He advises many monasteries and organisations.

Prerequisites & Commitments 2018-02-06T06:30:38+00:00


There are no prerequisite to attend and practice at the Vajrasattva retreat. Some teachers require or give an empowerment into Vajrasattva prior to the practice but Khentrul Rinpoche does not. You can start practice at any time as you prepare to take the Kalachakra empowerment. It is beneficial to have taken refuge and boddhisattva vows formerly but are not necessary to attend the retreat and start the practice as long as you are able to earnestly take these vows in your heart.


There are no prerequisite to receive the Kalachakra Empowerment. Participants should be prepared to take refuge, bodhisattva and tantric vows when taking the generation stage Kalachakra empowerment. There is no set commitment. Participants are encouraged to practice regularly.


There are no prerequisite to attend the Kalachakra bardo teachings or phowa retreat.  Participants should have an interest in the Kalachakra and a desire to be prepare to die well.


There are no prerequisite to receive the Vajravega Jenang but only those who have previously received a Kalachakra empowerment will be able to generate as Vajravega.

Request Financial Aid 2017-05-19T21:02:37+00:00

No member of the community will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you would like to sponsor a member of our community in need or request financial assistance please email


July 22-24
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
General Attendee – $200 (includes lunch)
Monks & Nuns – Free
No one turned away for lack of funds.


Chloë Bregman
(650) 416-6401


Gyuto Foundation
6401 Bernhard Avenue
Richmond Heights, CA 94805

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Who's Attending


  • Katharine Bristol
  • Roy Hanaki
  • Ranell Winchester
  • nguyen tran
  • Lee Sutherland
  • Cindy Fong
  • caroline phan
  • Brenden Schmidt
  • Frank Truong
  • Stephen Sykes
  • Susan Johnson
  • Angela White
  • Thomas Nash
  • Lananh Dang
  • Andrew Hinman
  • Adrian Bartoli
  • hal mosher
  • Gus Koehler
  • Alessandro Bianchi
  • Long Trinh
  • Richard Winser
  • Srikanth Gopalaswami
  • Ted Esser
  • Dorje Sangye
  • Tuan Hoang
  • christine motta
  • Nancy Kvam
  • Monica Hernandez
  • Diep Maser
  • Belle Chang
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