About us

Founded by the 3rd Drikung Ontul Rinpoche

The Florida Drikung Dzogchen Community (DDC) was founded in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2001 by Drikung Ontul Rinpoche.  The Florida DDC is part of Ontul Rinpoche's world-wide community of sanghas devoted to supporting his transmission of the Drikung dzogchen across the world.  The Florida DDC hopes to make the teachings of the Drikung dzogchen available to interested practitioners throughout the Southeastern portion of the United States and beyond.

Drikung Dzogchen refers to the
dzogchen or "Great Perfection" teachings held within the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  These teachings consist of the Yangzab terma teachings of tertön Rinchen Phuntsok, as well as the teachings of the Bongtul Nuden Dorje Kabum.  These cycles of teachings include teachings ranging from the ngondro or preliminary practices, up through various guru, yidam and dakini practices, to the dzogchen practices of trekcho and togal.

It is Ontul Rinpoche's intentions to transmit these teachings throughout the various Drikung Dzogchen Communities through a series of ten or more teaching retreats offered every other year.  In addition to his teachings at the various DDCs, Ontul Rinpoche offers practice retreats at his monastery, Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling, at the holy "Lotus Lake" Tso Pema in Rewalsar, India.  To support students of these teachings, the associated texts are in the process of being translated, and many of the teachings on these practices are being recorded in DVD and CD format.

To date, the following Drikung dzogchen teachings have been offered at the Florida DDC:

  • Yangzab Ngondro - The preliminary practices from the Yangzab dzogchen terma.  Ontul Rinpoche taught extensively on the ngondro during his first visit in 2001, and has given the transmission for the practices during each of his subsequent visits.  Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoche taught on the guru yoga section of the Yangzab Ngondro in 2008.
  • Yangzab Three Roots - The combined sadhana practice of the guru, yidam and dakini is central to Ontul Rinpoche's transmission of the Yangzab cycle.  Ontul Rinpoche taught extensively on the long and short sadhanas during his second visit in 2003, and on the unelaborated sadhana in 2007.  He has given the short Yangzab Three Roots empowerment during each of his visits.
  • Chö - The Chö that Bestows the Rainbow Body was offered by Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche in 2003, and The Magical Net of Samantabhadra was offered by Ontul Rinpoche in 2007.  The practice of chö is central to Ontul Rinpoche's presentation of the Drikung dzogchen.
  • Urgyen Kaldren Drenzey - This guru yoga practice by Nuden Dorje was offered by Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche in 2003.  Ontul Rinpoche considers this practice very important, and was the topic of the first Tso Pema retreat.  Drupon Thinley Nyingpo Rinpoche gave the transmission for this practice in 2008.
  • Yangzab Protectors.  The Dharma Protectors from the Yangzab cycle were given by Ontul Rinpoche in 2005 and 2007.
  • Dudul Gyalpo. "The Demon Destroying King" is a wrathful form of the Three Roots (Guru, Yidam and Dakini) from the Yangzab dzogchen terma. This practice forms the core of the 5th year DDC teachings, and Ontul Rinpoche gave an empowerment and teachings on this practice in 2009.
  • Amulet of the Sun and Moon. This tsa lung practice is also part of the 5th year DDC teachings. Ontul Rinpoche offered the transmission and instructions on this practice in 2009.
  • Guru Tsewang Dzinpa. Ontul Rinpoche gave an empowerment and teachings on this core DDC practice in 2012.
  • Medicine Buddha.  A Medicine Buddha from the Nuden Dorje Kabum was given by Ontul Rinpoche during his third visit in 2005.
Other related practices offered at the Florida DDC include: Amitabha, Chenrezig, Milarepa, Green Tara, White Tara, Achi Chokyi Drolma (including the pure vision Achi of Trisab Gyabra Rinpoche), Vajrakilaya, bardo teachings, and the Great Drikung Phowa.