Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales

Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales
Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales


A new website for Drala Jong

The Aro gTér Lineage has been raising funds over the last ten years in order to be able to establish a retreat centre in Wales.  We are now very close to reaching our target of £500,000

As part of our fund-raising efforts we have created a new website for Drala Jong in order to keep supporters informed of progress with this project.

The new site replaces the old blog ( as a place to find all the latest news about the project and the eventual development of a retreat centre in Wales.

To stay up to date with progress please visit

The Vision of Drala Jong

Buddhism, as commonly encountered, is monastically based – and thus not naturally aligned to contemporary culture. There is a growing need therefore, to establish a venue for receiving instruction that supports living within mainstream society. To this end, the Aro gTér lineage draws on the history of the 84 Tantric Adepts: amongst whom was an entrepreneur, merchant, farmer, cattle drover, fisherman, weaver, dancer, poet, musician, athlete, king, and soldier – and each one achieved the highest accomplishment.


The name 'Drala Jong'

"Drala Jong innately exists in human beings. ‘Drala’ is the appreciative faculty which exponentially enlivens people the more they engage with the world. Appreciation is the key to enjoyment and to the delighting in the enjoyment of others. When we learn to appreciate phenomena our sense fields ‘Jong’ begin to sparkle and a sense of generosity is born which connects us with others. We would like Drala Jong to be a place where human beings could discover the pleasure of existence – the pleasure that animates the sense fields and revitalises the Arts – and the art of living."
— Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen


Drala Jong Appeal

The Drala Jong Appeal is managed by Sang-ngak-chö-dzong [British Registered Charity N° 1019886] and Aro Gar Inc. [US registered 501(c)(3) non-profit]. From its inception in 2007, the appeal is now entering its final phase – establishing a centre

The new website carries information about Drala Jong, about the Aro gTér Tradition and how you can help this vision become a reality.

Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin Tridral, Drala Jong Appeal Project Manager,


Budapest - Ngakma Shé-zér Khandro - Get that Insane Ape off your Back 27-29 April 2018

Get that Insane Ape off your back

Friday 27th April - Sunday 29th April

Sambhala Tibet Center Budapest 
Atilla út 123
Budapest, Hungary

Contact Csaba on +36 307692386

Weekend of teachings with Ngakma Shé-zér Khandro  

Emotions become problematic when they are driven into complexity and conflict with one another through thinking. This weekend explores the Tantric psychology of the elements and their associated emotions, and also the Dzogchen method of liberating these emotions into the rainbow of enlightened energy. Learn how to welcome the opportunity to embrace emotions within meditation: strong emotions make meditation more difficult, but also more powerful, so working with them accelerates progress.

Understanding the elements and our emotions, and learning a better way to relate to emotions in meditation, can transform our experience of everyday life, making us both happier and more pleasant to be around.

Come and find out how to get that insane ape off your back and experience life as a spectrum of ecstasy!

‘ . . . to be at the mercy of conflicting emotions is described in the Buddhist tantras as ‘having an insane ape on your back’. The ape demands you go one way, by raking your flanks with its spurs – whilst also demanding the exact opposite, with severe jerks to the bit in your bleeding mouth. The alternative is meditation – in which non-dual awareness allows the ape to become your best friend.’

Ngak’chang Rinpoche

Cost Friday evening €10, Saturday €20, Sunday morning €10


2018-04-13/15 - Germany - Ngakma Nor'dzin & Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin - Battlecry of Freedom / Schlachtruf der Freiheit

Battlecry of Freedom

The 59 Slogans of Chekawa

Weekend event with Nor´dzin Pamo and ´ö-Dzin Tridral

Fr. 13/04 19.00-20.30
Sa. 14/04 10.00-17.00
Su. 15/04 10.00-13.00
Shambhala Zentrum München
Montenstraße 9
München, Germany7

Talk Friday evening 15,-€
Entire weekend 120,- €

Contact: Naljorma Dri'mèd Khandro
Phone: +49 176 22385923

In this practical weekend, learn the simple but powerful method to transform everyday experience. bLo sByong (Lo-jong)—Mind Training—provides the tools to understand the application of Vajrayana in everyday life. The slogans of Mind Training become a battle cry of freedom.

In the Aro gTér Lineage of Nyingma Buddhism, the practice of bLo sByong arises from Chekawa Yeshé Dorje in the 12th century, and encompasses seven points of Mind Training and 59 slogans. The slogans are approached from the perspective of Dzogchen and transformative practice.

bLo sByong can be used as a daily reminder of practice, and as a guide to the scope of Buddhist method. It describes realised view, meditation and action, and encourages awakening, empathetic response, and energetic activity to be of benefit to others. Slogans such as ‘Regard all phenomena as dreams’ invite the practitioner to embrace realised view. Others offer direct and clear guidance of how to live realised view, such as ‘Always maintain only a joyful mind’.

The weekend will be led by Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin – a married teaching couple of the Aro gTér Lineage of Nyingma Buddhism. They have been practitioners for nearly 40 years and have a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in applying Buddhist teachings to the context of working and family life.

All Aro gTer retreats are non-smoking events. Smokers are welcome to attend, but in accordance with Nyingma teaching, and Vajrayana Buddhism in general, we require participants to desist from the smoking of tobacco for the entire duration of the retreat – both on or off the premises where retreats are held. Tobacco in any form should not be brought to the retreat.

For this and other events with the Aro gTér Tradition, please see


Free email newsletters from the Aro Tradition

We currently offer two free email newsletters Aro Announce (this list) and Aro Quotation.  Both of these list are also blogs so that past postings can be read at any time.

Information about the newsletters can be found on the Newsletter page of the Aro Buddhism website.

Aro Announce

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