Introduction to the Ösel Nyingtig Program
In this 3 minute video, Lama Tsultrim Allione and her son Tulku Ösel Dorje introduce the Ösel Nyingtig Program. A longer video may be found below.
“The blessings of these Treasures are so fresh that the
warm breath of the Dakini is still upon them!”
In 2020 Lama Tsultrim Allione and her son Tulku Ösel Dorje (Costanzo Allione) will teach together for the first time, initiating the Ösel Nyingtig Terma Program, a multiple-year program for dedicated practitioners who desire a profound and direct path to realization. Each year the cohort will receive further teachings and practices from this cycle and throughout the year there will be zoom calls with the teachers, as well as monthly meetings with your Kalyanamitra (Spiritual Mentor), and webcasts with the tertön himself when possible. Our goal is to fully support you on your path.
This year there will be three retreats offered. The first two retreats are the Dakini Ngöndro, the first one will be taught by Tulku Ösel at Kamalashila (June 9 – 14), and the second at Tara Mandala (July 4 – 9). The Dakini Ngondro focuses on Yeshe Tsogyal in her Dharmakaya form, and is open to anyone who feels drawn to this cycle. In these retreats we will enter the Dakini world of Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual mother of Tibetan Buddhism.
This is not an ordinary Ngöndro. This revelation on Yeshe Tsogyal contains the secrets of the Great Mother– Prajñāpāramitā. The Dakini Ngöndro, known as the ‘The Excellent Path of Great Bliss’, was revealed due to the necessities of these times, at the behest of Lama Tsultrim Allione, and was transcribed with the help of Tulku Ösel Dorje. It was first revealed in Tibet at Yeshe Tsogyal’s birthplace. At that time Yeshe Tsogyal actually revealed her face to A.dzom Rinpoche. It was later encoded at Tara Mandala.
The third retreat that will be offered in 2020 from the Ösel Nyingtig will be on the accomplishment practice for the secret wisdom Dakini Tröma Nagmo (August 11-15). At this retreat, for the first time the recently revealed Tröma Nagmo Empowerment along with the liberating instructions will be offered. The Empowerment will be given by Lama Tsultrim Allione.
Prerequisites: The Tröma retreat is open to anyone who has completed a traditional Ngöndro or was present when A.dzom Rinpoche taught the Tröma terma at Tara Mandala. Although it is a sadhana practice, the essence of nondual Dzogchen permeates every line. Before you register for the Tröma Nagmo retreat, you must apply to the Ösel Nyingtig program and be accepted.
What is a Terma?
Padma Sambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, was a great yogi from the secret land of Oddiyana. This exalted 8th century master was vital in establishing Buddhism in Tibet. One of the unique methods he used during his time was the hiding of teachings called treasures, or termas, to be discovered in future times.
There are many different types of termas but most termas can be condensed into three main categories: earth treasures (sater), pure vision treasures (dagnang), and mind treasures (gongter). An earth terma may be hidden in the earth, water or air and is a physical object such as a text or ritual instrument. A pure vision treasure appears as words in space and is written down. A mind treasure appears directly within the mind stream of the treasure discoverer. Often termas are revealed but kept secret for a certain period of time as was the case with these sublime treasures that we are beginning to teach in 2020.
What is a Tertön?
The tertön is the name given to those who reveal termas and in general they are reincarnations of the twenty-five heart disciples of Padma Sambhava. The prophesied tertöns appear during times of strife to offer practices appropriate for that time. The terma tradition ensures that the teachings remain fresh to aptly address the needs of each time period.
Who is Yeshe Tsogyal?
In the 8th century the Tibetan princess of Karchen, Yeshe Tsogyal, who is considered the mother of Tibetan Buddhism, was instrumental in helping her extraordinary teacher and consort Padma Sambhava to conceal the termas. In the 11th century, she would reincarnate as Machig Labdrön, the founder of the Chöd practice.
Who is A.dzom Rinpoche?
A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche is a Tulku (reincarnation) of Trisong Detsen, who was the king of Tibet at the time of Padma Sambhava. Trisong Detsen was one of the main recipients of Padma Sambhava’s teachings. A.dzom Paylo Rinpoche is a prolific tertön in this life and one of his extensive terma cycles is the Ösel Nyingtig, the Heart Essence of Luminosity.
What is the Ösel Nyingtig Program?
These teachings on the Luminous Great Perfection that come from the Ösel Nyingtig, are the very enlightened intent of the Buddhas of the three times and carry incredible blessings for swiftly traversing the path to enlightenment. This extraordinary cycle connects us not only with the luminous presence of Guru Rinpoche, but also with Yeshe Tsogyal.
Parts of this profound cycle were revealed at Tara Mandala from 2002 through 2007. Now that the period of secrecy has been lifted for Ösel Nyingtig, A.dzom Rinpoche has requested some of his close disciples to begin to transmit the teachings that he revealed at Tara Mandala, including Lama Tsultrim Allione and her son Tulku Ösel Dorje who was recognized and enthroned by A.dzom Rinpoche, as a reincarnation of Yudra Nyingpo, a great yogi who was also present at the time of Padma Sambhava and the heart disciple of the great translator Vairotsana.
We are excited to begin this program because there are many extraordinary predictions contained within this terma that foretell of the fortunate ones who will practice it, will reach realization, and achieve the rainbow body. With unwavering devotion to the Lama, in the summer of 2020, Lama Tsultrim Allione will start to teach these two new practice cycles from this profound wish-fulfilling dharma treasure known as the Ösel Nyingtig. In the years that follow other practices connected to Ösel Nyingtig will be taught annually according to A.dzom Rinpoche’s instructions.