Sat, January 16, 2021 10:00 am — Sun, January 17, 2021 3:00 pm
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In this two-day retreat, Geshe Denma Gyaltsen will:

Provide more details from Part 1 of the The Lightning Flash of the Dzogchen View of the Bardo teaching. This Dzogchen text, Tawa Tok Bap, was ear transmitted to Dziwo Rigpa Rangshar.
Provide a detailed description of the Bardo thangka.
Provide us with teaching on the Rainbow Phowa, guide us in practice, and give transmission.
Give us homework and a practice recording on our website to complete on a daily basis until we meet again for Part 3.

It is not necessary to have attended Part 1 to join us in this retreat.

Rainbow Phowa was ear-transmitted to the 22nd Menri Trizen Sherab Gongyal by the Second Buddha, Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen, who had passed away. Suddenly in the sky inside a rainbow the three kayas appeared. Dharmakaya Kuntu Zangpo appeared at the top of the rainbow. Then lower the Wisdom Diety Mawe Senge appeared as Sambogakaya. Below that in the rainbow Nirmanakaya appeared as Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen, who guided the 22nd Menri Abbot to do phowa in this way.

In a general sense, phowa refers to “transfer of consciousness.” When used to help the dying or already dead being, this practice refers to easing the transfer of consciousness from the current situation to the next. The purpose is to help the being to release the body, the possessions, the attachments to others and to family, and the positive and negative emotions, thoughts and memories. The being engages in the process of dying and releasing with comfort and confidence. Phowa can be done for others or for yourself. This teaching by Geshe Denma is phowa for yourself.

The Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyü (Zhang-Zhung Oral Transmission Lineage of Dzogchen) says the following:

The rider which is the mind of innate awareness,
Is mounted on the horse of mindfulness.
Unimpededly propelled by the wings of the wind,
It moves through the path of the bodhicitta central channel and
Arrives at the secret door of bliss at the crown.

Phowa is important for us to learn and practice in this lifetime. The text mentions that if we practice phowa, we will not be born in the lower realms.

***Part 3 Conclusion of The Rainbow Phowa is scheduled for February 20, 2021

Schedule for Part 2

SATURDAY, January 16, 2021

Central Standard Time CST

Session 1 10:00–11:15 am

Session 2 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Meal Break

Session 3 1:30 – 3:00 pm

SUNDAY, January 17, 2021

Central Standard Time CST

Session 1 10:00–11:15 am

Session 2 11:30 – 12:30 pm

Meal Break

Session 3 1:30 – 3:00 pm



Registration is a 2 step process.  It is important to complete both steps to assure access to the retreat.
Complete payment through PayPal by clicking this button.


IMPORTANT:  After payment is completed, you will be brought back to the Ligmincha Texas website.  Complete Zoom registration on the page you are returned to after you complete payment. 

Once you are registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you by Zoom that includes your personal link to join the retreat.

Make sure to pay and complete your Zoom registration by Thursday, January 14th so we can assure that you receive the practice materials and schedule before the retreat.

Download the free Zoom app in advance of the retreat by going to


Retreat teachings and practices will be taught in English. Live translation is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. All recordings will be made available to registered participants.

Registrants can choose the following options: $125, $100, and $75. There is also an option to enter a greater or lesser amount.  Financial hardship need not prevent practitioners from attending teachings.  If your situation warrants it, please pay any amount you can comfortably afford by typing that in the box that says “Other Amount”.

For questions or more information, contact us at info@ligminchatexas.org

Joyful Practice of Ancient Bön Teachings for Living Well

Our Lama

Teaching by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, Resident Lama

Geshe Denma Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas. He arrived in Houston in January 2016 to serve as Ligmincha Texas’s first resident lama.

Geshe Denma was born in northern Nepal. His father brought him to Menri Monastery, India, regarded as the mother Bon monastery in exile, in 1981 to begin his program of study toward the Geshe degree. He received all the Bon teachings, initiations and transmissions in sutra, tantra and dzogchen from His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, the 33rd Menri Trizin, and His Eminence Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.

When he became a senior student, he was asked to teach philosophy to younger students. He successfully completed this degree program in 1996 and was awarded the Geshe certificate, which is considered equivalent to a Ph.D. in Bön Buddhist philosophy and religion.

Geshe Denma was an accomplished teacher and in 1998 was appointed, with the approval of the Tibetan government in exile, first abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bon Monastery in Sikkim, India by His Holiness. He served two terms in this capacity until 2003. In addition, from the time he graduated until 2008, Geshe Denma also was active in assisting Geshe Nyima Dakpa with the Bon Children’s Home, which houses many children in Dolanji, India, providing them with food, healthcare and free education.


Sat, January 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am CST
Sun, January 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm CST
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