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The Four Foundations: A Tibetan New Year’s Retreat

With Tulku Migmar Tsering and Matthew Zalichin

February 9 - 14, 2024

Celebrate an auspicious beginning to the New Year of the Tibetan lunar calendar, known as Losar, by immersing yourself in a retreat on the Four Foundations of the Dharma. According to tradition, the actions carried out during these first days of the year are believed to carry a potency magnified a millionfold. We invite you to take this opportunity to collectively gather merit during this very special time, whether you choose to participate in person or online.

Guided by Tulku Migmar Tsering and instructor Matthew Zalichin, we will delve into the Four Foundations, also referred to as the “preliminary practices” or ngondro in Tibetan. These encompass the taking of refuge and cultivating bodhicitta, engaging in confession and purification practices, making mandala offerings, and delving into the profound practice of guru yoga, as outlined in the Guru’s Heart Practice that Dispels All Obstacles (Tukdrup Barché Kunsel) of the Chokling Tersar tradition. While these practices are indispensable for progressing along the Vajrayana path, they simultaneously form the bedrock of anyone’s Dharma path.

Program Details:

Phakchok Rinpoche offered transmission for this the concise version of this practice, while Tulku Migmar Tsering offered teachings remotely on the essence of each foundational practice, as well held two live Q&A sessions via Zoom. Resident instructor Matthew Zalichin provided in-person support and practice guidance.


Tulku Migmar Tsering
Tulku Migmar Tsering is a master of the Chokling New Treasures lineage of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Nubri, Nepal in 1975 and began his training at an early age after having been recognized as a reincarnate lama. Tulku Migmar began his formal education in 1983 at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. Through the years, Tulku Migmar proved to be an outstanding practitioner, mastering all of the elaborate vajrayana rituals and sacred arts so essential to the Chokling New Treasures tradition. Tulku-la completed a 3-year retreat under the close guidance of his root guru,…
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Matthew Zalichin
Matthew Zalichin began studying Buddhism as an undergraduate in 1971. His teachers include many of the past and current century’s most eminent Tibetan lamas of all main lineages, but principally the Kagyu and Nyingma through his two root gurus Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, whom he met in 1977. He has, for the most part, practiced as a householder in North America, and from roughly 1981-2000 focused on ngondros, various yidam practices, and dharma center administration while working full time, raising a family, paying mortgages, and so on. Authorized as a meditation instructor in 1981, he taught meditation,…
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