Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Returns to Toronto for Extensive Round of Buddhist Teachings in April at Gaden Choling Toronto: Ngondro Foundation Practice, Mahamudra, Six Session Yoga, La Gug Life Force Retrieval and Kalachakra.

Recently, Buddha Weekly interviewed the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, a learned Tibetan teacher of the Gelug lineage. The spiritual head of many temples and meditation centres in Canada, United States, and Australia, the eminent guru will make his semi-annual teaching round in Toronto, Canada in April 2016. (Full schedule below, or visit Gaden Choling website>)  IMPORTANT NOTE: There may be initiation requirements for some teachings. See prerequisites below.


Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is spiritual head of several Mahayana Buddhist centres in North America and Australia.

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is spiritual head of several Mahayana Buddhist centres in North America and Australia.


Rinpoche travels year-round, teaching in the United States, Mongolia, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. Rinpoche’s teachings are based on precious lineage; his own gurus included the most celebrated of Gelug teachers: His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Thupten Wanggyel, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche. He was first invited to teach in Australia, by Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1976.

To Read the full interview with Zasep Rinpoche, see part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the interview.

Rinpoche Returns to Toronto after recent tours to Mexico and Mongolia

When I first interviewed Venerable Zasep Rinpoche he had just finished a full schedule of teachings and was about to perform a wedding at Gaden Choling. His schedule of teachings this season is even more gruelling, with events and retreats on all weekends in April and several events and initiations on week day evenings at Gaden Choling Toronto. He will also teach in Owen Sound, on behalf of Medicine Buddha Toronto and the Mindfulness Centre of Grey Bruce.


Zasep Rinpoche returns to Gaden Choling Toronto in April 2016 for extensive teachings, initiations and retreats.

Zasep Rinpoche returns to Gaden Choling Toronto in April 2016 for extensive teachings, initiations and retreats.


Most of the teachings will be at Gaden Choling Toronto, a meditation centre founded in 1981, and named by His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche at the request of Zasep Rinpoche. In addition, Rinpoche will perform Kalachakra initiations and teachings at the East Minister United Church. During his last weekend in Ontario, he will teach healing practices, including Medicine Buddha and La Gug Inner Spirit Energy Retrieval.

NOTE: Rinpoche’s guidelines for the teachings (prerequisites and/or commitments, if any):

  • “In order to attend the Yamantaka teaching you require the initiation.”
  • “Any one can attend the six session Guru yoga teaching. This is a teaching on how to do the Six session Guru Yoga.”
  • “In order to do self initiation you have to do mantra retreat first, then you are qualified to do the self initiation. But to attend the teaching on how to do self initiation you don’t need to do the retreat, however you do need the initiation as prerequisites.”
  • “The Kalachakra Sahaja initiation can be taken as a blessing if you are very beginner into Buddhism.”
  • “There are no commitments for receiving La Gug practise and Medicine Buddha initiation can be taken as a blessing.”


Zasep Rinpoche "Healing Without Borders" Retreat in Owen Sound April 23 - 24, 2016.

Zasep Rinpoche “Healing Without Borders” Retreat in Owen Sound April 23 – 24, 2016.


April 2-3: Weekend Retreat on Ngondro 4 Foundation Practice and Mahamudra

At Gaden Choling, Rinpoche will teach the preparatory foundation practices known as Ngondro (in Sanskrit “purvaka”.) Ngondro is common to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon and are considered crucial preliminary teachings — prior to more advanced Generation and Completion Stage meditations.

In the recent Buddha Weekly interview with Rinpoche, the Venerable teacher explained: “for any student, it’s best to meditate on suffering and causes of suffering. Meditate on the four noble truths. Today, it’s important people study and practice Lamrim. That’s the graduated path. Don’t jump right away into Tantra. Don’t look for magic, quick solutions. If it’s too quick it doesn’t work well.

Ngondro is a part of the graduated path of Vajrayana Buddhism. On the second day of this special weekend, Rinpoche will teach Mahamudra meditation methods, considered among the most profound of Buddhist teachings.

Teachings 10am – 5pm on both Saturday April 2 and Sunday April 3 at Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Centre 637 Christie Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

All other teachings as specified in posters inset above.


Lee Kane

Author | Buddha Weekly

Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.

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