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The Flight of the Garuda

A Song of the View of Trekchö (Cutting Through) by the famed yogin Shabkar

* A class for Vajrayana practitioners
Mondays, Feb. 25 – April 22, 2019 (except April 1)

Shabkar – Painting by Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche



Course Description:
Lama Shabkar, or Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781-1851 C.E.), a consummate enlightened yogin, composed his songs from desolate mountain retreats and from an isolated island in the middle of a vast lake. Considered a rebirth of Milarepa, he exemplified the realization and yogic accomplishment of Milarepa as well as his eloquence in the spontaneous composition of spiritual songs (dohas). Shabkar’s songs, with great poetic beauty, point directly to the nature of mind and impart crucial spiritual instruction for the practitioner.

This class will explore one of the most famous collections of Shabkar, The Flight of the Garuda, which is a series of songs “illustrating the point of view of Cutting Through, according to the Luminous Great Perfection, endowed with the power of enabling one to swiftly traverse all the paths and levels.” *

This class will incorporate study, talks, discussion and practice, with particular emphasis on the practice of Shabkar’s instructions, and discussion. The first class will begin with the practice of the Guru Yoga for Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, The Life Drop of Blessings, and a brief feast practice, followed by the first talk.

* from Lama Shabkar, The Flight of the Garuda, pg. 16, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986

Mondays, February 25 – April 22, 2019. 7pm-9pm,
(except for Monday, April 1)

The new Dharma Ocean, 7102 La Vista Place, Niwot, CO.
(see directions below)

This class is open to anyone who has received formal Vajrayana transmission, or pointing out instruction, from a qualified Vajrayana lineage holder. For any questions about this, please write to rimesociety@yahoo.com.

Class text: Lama Shabkar, Jatang Tsogdruk Rangdrol, The Flight of the Garuda, translated by Erik Pema Kunsang, Rengjung Pema Publications, 1986

“It is the opinion of myself and Dudjom Rinpoche that texts such as these should only be shared with people who have received the pointing-out transmission from a qualified master.” Frontpiece to The Flight of the Garuda. , HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Cassell Gross, Bob King, John Weber


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Financial assistance:
Ri-mé Society will accommodate anyone needing financial assistance to attend our Ri-mé Society classes and events. If this applies to you, send your request for financial assistance to rimesociety@yahoo.com.



Directions to Dharma Ocean
7102 La Vista Place
Niwot, CO 80503

Recommended and safest route:

1. Take the Boulder-Longmont Diagonal from Boulder to Niwot Road.

2. At the traffic light there, exit LEFT (west) onto Niwot Road

3. Drive to 71st St and take a LEFT.

4. Drive to Monarch Road.

5. La Vista Place is on the Southeast corner of Monarch Road and 71st St.

6. Dharma Ocean is on the first floor of the building at the Southeast corner of the multi-building complex…closest to the Diagonal Highway. Enter through the doors at the east side of the building (the end closest to the Diagonal).

The new facility is only 6.1 miles and about 8 minutes from Iris and 28th, except during rush hour. Our events will not coincide with rush hour.

The more direct route, which GPS will show, involves taking a left off the Diagonal Highway at Monarch Road. It requires crossing the busy westbound lanes of the highway without a traffic light, which can be dangerous, and so is not recommended.


Feb 25th, 2019 - Apr 22nd, 2019


Dharma Ocean 7102 La Vista Place
Niwot, CO 80503 United States