The 2023 Dzogchen Buddha Path Spring Retreat in Europe

Saturday, 13th of May 2023 - Sunday 21st of May 2023

The Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation Europe is very pleased to announce the 2023 European Dzogchen Buddha Path Spring Retreat. This retreat will be held at our very own Dzogchen Retreat Center Europe (Mariensee, Austria). It presents an ideal opportunity to deepen your understanding and experience the teachings of the Dzogchen Lineage and the practice of the Buddha Path. 

The teaching topic of the retreat is: Cold world - loving heart: The Power of Thinking

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

The teachings will be in English

The 2023 Dzogchen Buddha Path Spring Retreat in Europe will start Saturday, 13th of May 2023, 13:00.

To attend the full retreat, please plan to attend every session, ending on Saturday 20th of May 2023, 15:00.

On Sunday 21st of May, 12:00-14:00, we will conclude with a joyful Sangha Celebration. We hope you are all able to stay for it!

Note that this event is in person only.

Benefits of Retreat

  • Celebrate this precious life, heal your heart and release stress, 
  • Cultivate a sound body and mind, and connect with kind-hearted people. 
  • Experience amazing Buddhist meditation, and understand the meaning of True Happiness.
  • Bring Dharma into your everyday life.

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 Dharma teacher Heini Ilmarinen

Our highly appreciated Dharma Teacher Heini Ilmarinen first met His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche in November 2011 when she attended her first month retreat in Russia. Heini has been a student of Rinpoche’s since and has attended many month-long internships and shorter retreats. Heini lives in Helsinki, Finland, and is one of the main pillars of the European Sangha. She is Treasurer of the European Sangha Board, leads and teaches the Finnish Sangha, is an active member of the international IT committee of the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation, and does many more. Heini has a background in the sciences and enjoys uniting the Buddhist views with scientific knowledge. 

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

Program Pricing

The costs of the full retreat are: 

  • Adult (-64): €750
  • Senior (65 and up), students, unemployed and persons in need: €600

If you need a scholarship or support, reach out to the event director.


Retreat fee covers:

  • Dining (vegetarian) 3 times a day, 
  • Lodging
  • Printed material

Retreat fee does not cover:

  • Personal offering to a teacher
  • Transfer to/from airport
  • flight costs, visa fees, personal insurance or travel insurance; personal vitamins, supplements, and medications, etc.

For More Information

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the retreat director Heini Ilmarinen.