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Foundations of Engaging in Practice and the Bodhisattva Path with Karma Trinlay Rinpoche (San Luis Obispo)

January 5 - January 7

USA-Pacific, All Americas
Trinlay Rinpoche Teaching

January 5-7 at the White Heron Sangha, 6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila

Register here.

Join us for a weekend program with returning Bodhi Path teacher Karma Trinlay Rinpoche, skilled and compassionate in his ability to teach, inspire, and support our practice; to activate our innate enlightened qualities; and to bring the path to daily life.  He will instruct us on foundations of Buddhist practice and the path to enlightenment.  Bodhi Path centers offer a path for meditation practice and study that is rooted in authentic Dharma teachings and is suited to the needs and conditions of modern-day Dharma practitioners.  Rinpoche will help us understand what this means, what are the steps on the path.

This program is suitable for students of all levels, newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike.

Bring your questions, as supporting students’ practice through Q&A will be an emphasis during this program.  Rinpoche will also likely talk about the 8 Stupas project at the Natural Bridge, VA Center and how practitioners can be involved.

Refuge vows may be offered.  Vows will be given in-person only.  Information will be available closer to the program date.  It is customary to make an offering to the teacher giving the vows.  Email questions to slo@bodhipath.org

Daily schedule: 

Friday 6:30-8 pm

Saturday 10-12 and 2-3:30; Lunch on your own

Sunday 10-12

Where: Zoom and in-Person at 6615 Bay Laurel Place in Avila (40 attendees)

Cost (no one turned away for lack of funds, email slo@bodhipath.org):

Virtual via Zoom: $75 standard, $100 program supporter

In-Person: $100 standard, $150 program supporter

Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a few days before the program.

Registration fees cover retreat expenses and do not include offerings for the teacher or support for the Bodhi Path or White Heron Sangha Centers. The teacher participating in this retreat is volunteering and offering his time, care, knowledge, and insights.  Offerings to Rinpoche and the Centers can be made when you register or later via Paypal.


Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is a highly accomplished Buddhist teacher born in 1975 to an American mother and a French father. His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa recognized the 13-month-old Rinpoche as the reincarnation of an important Buddhist master.

In 1978 Trinlay Rinpoche started the traditional training of tulkus under the guidance of the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche in India. Rinpoche is trilingual with equal competence in English, French, and Tibetan.

From age ten onward Karma Trinlay Rinpoche mainly lived in France where he received a traditional Western education conjointly with his Buddhist education. He later pursued academic studies in Paris at the Sorbonne, the School of Oriental Languages, and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.

Karma Trinlay Rinpoche holds in particular great reverence the late 14th Shamarpa as his principal root teacher from whom he received: the unparalleled teachings of Mahamudra, and especially, as the sole recipient, the very special and highest oral transmission not written in any text pertaining to the Joining of the Two Rivers of Mahamudra and Mind Training teachings.

A charismatic speaker, Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is respected for his lucid mind and diligence in both study and practice. He has taught in Buddhist centers and universities throughout the world where people widely appreciate his inner calm, sweet disposition, and sharp mind.

Rinpoche lives in France with his American wife, Giselle de Saint Phalle and their two sons.

Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is a genuine bridge between the East and the West, the traditional and the modern.

Hosted By the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of San Luis Obispo


January 5
January 7