A place to find your true nature.
Dudjom Rinpoche wrote that these teachings served the people and country of Tibet like a minister serves a king. Padmasambhava wrote that they serve and protect not just Tibet but all of dharma and if they disappear, dharma will disappear.
The Northern Treasures is like a tree with many branches. The first discovery was by Tulku Zangpo Drakpa and is still widely practiced as “The Prayer in Seven Chapters” (Le’u Dunma). Rigdzen Godem used this as the key to discover the main body of treasure teachings on Mt Trat Zang in 1366. Since then masters such as Tashi Topgyal, Ngari Penchen Pema Wangyel, Lekden Dorje, Garwang Dorje, and Tennyi Lingpa have brought forth more teachings and practices.
There are seven great sadhana practices in the Northern Treasures: the outer, inner, and secret Guru practices, Vajrakilaya (this is the treasure version of the Kila Tantra brought to Tibet), Kagye, Tamdrin, and Shinje-she. Before Longchen Nyingthik, the cycle of Kunzang Gongpa Zanthal was the most widely practiced dzog chen cycle in Tibet. The Great Perfection Prayer of Samantabhadra is still widely chanted.
Great yogis of the Northern Treasures include Tangthong Gyalpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, and ____ (the prevous life of Lama Zopa).
This will be the first group devoted primarily to the Northern Treasures in this country. Beginning with the foundation practices, The Five Nails, we will lay the foundation of the path. Even if you practice another tradition, you are welcome to come. Khenpos and tulkus from the monastery in Dorje Drak and other branches will come to give empowerments as required. Most practice will be done in English.