The 2023 Dzogchen Buddha Path New Year’s Program Europe

29 December 2022 (Thursday) - 1 January 2023 (Sunday)

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation Europe is very pleased to announce the 2023 Dzogchen Buddha Path New Year's Hybrid Teaching Program Europe. The retreat will be under the guidance of Excellent Bodhi Lama Rita Pichlhöfer, as authorized by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche.

This 4-day teaching program will be held in hybrid form, online on Zoom as well as in person at our very own Dzogchen Retreat Center Europe (DRCE), in Mariensee, Austria. This retreat presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience of the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage and the practice of The Buddha Path.

The teaching topic of the program will be LOVE. In this in-depth teaching on LOVE Bodhi Lama Rita will explore the different kinds of love, and most importantly how we can use love and all the powers that come from it to enhance our lives and the lives of others.

This program's engaging approach gives students real-world skills for self-transformation, transcending suffering, and attaining True Happiness, and lays out a solid foundation for Dharma practice, both – on and off the cushion.

The teachings will be given in English.

The 2023 Dzogchen Buddha Path New Year's Hybrid Teaching Program Europe will commence on Thursday 29th of December 2022, 5 pm MET, and conclude on Sunday, 1st of January 2023, 2 pm MET.
The participation in this retreat requires the attendance of each and every session.
This program is open for advanced students as well as anybody interested in Buddhism without any former knowledge required.

About the Dharma teacher Bodhi Lama Rita

Our highly appreciated Dharma Teacher Excellent Bodhi Lama Rita grew up in Austria and studied languages and cultures of South Asia and Tibet at the University of Vienna. Now she is studying Mediation and Conflict Management at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.
Bodhi Lama Rita first met her Root Guru, our Holy Vajra Master, H. E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, in 1994. She attended many several month-long Internships at the Dzogchen Retreat Center, Oregon, USA, and continuously trained in the Buddha Path. From 2009 to 2018, she has spent years in retreat and in addition studying, contemplating, and meditating Dharma under the guidance of her precious Root Guru. In 2018 she was awarded the title Bodhi Lama by H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. As Lama in Residence at the Dzogchen Retreat Center Europe Bodhi Lama Rita takes care of the retreat center in the Alps of Lower Austria, organizes European and International Events, and continuously translates and edits Buddhist texts.

Bodhi Lama Rita is an amazing Dharma teacher, radiating great love and compassion to all beings. She has dedicated her life to ensure the preservation, practice, and transmission of the Dzogchen Buddha Path Lineage in this world for the peace and happiness of all beings.

About the lineage

It is extremely precious to study under an authentic master, one whose lineage can be traced all the way back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Our precious Vajra Master, H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, is a thirty-third generation lineage holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig and the Dzogchen Khadro Nyingthig lineages, selected by previous Dzogchen Lineage Masters in Tibet because of his profound knowledge and realization. With more than seven years of solitary cave meditation experience in the high Tibetan holy mountains, Rinpoche truly embodies the qualities of a realized practitioner and yogi. Also a vibrant and dynamic teacher and scholar, Rinpoche is a lama of the Dzogchen Monastery and professor of the Dzogchen Shri Singha University. He is a published author of numerous books in both Tibetan and English, including The Buddha Path, a practice book that encompasses all of Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha Path is available in English, Chinese, Russian, and German, and is soon to be released in Nepali, Japanese, and Spanish.

Just as great master of the past, Atisha, was revered for always teaching refuge, Khenpo Choga Rinpoche is revered for always training teachers. His heartfelt effort to train knowledgeable, wise and compassionate teachers has reached a critical juncture, and he has authorized authentically trained and certified Dharma Teachers of The Buddha Path to teach under his guidance. 

More about Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

The costs of the full online teaching program are:

Adult (-64): € 240,-

Senior (65 and up), students and unemployed: € 200,-

If you’d like to stay at the DRCE it will be € 35,- per night extra.

If other members of your family or among your friends plan to attend, each person should fill out and submit this application as soon as possible.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Retreat Director: Markus Amann

Circle of Compassion

We invite you to join the Circle of Compassion by making a pledge to the Dzogchen Shri Singha Europe Association. Through your kind generosity, you are helping to preserve the Dzogchen Lineage for the sake of world peace. Your participation is spreading peace and happiness exponentially throughout the entire world.