Gaden for the West News 
January 2021

Vajrayogini Retreat
with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

  • Dates:  Feb 22 to March 13 2021 (Feb 23 to March 14 in Australia)
  • Cost:  $300 CDN (sliding scale to those experiencing financial hardship)
  • Format:  Retreat and Fire Puja live via Zoom
    (Rinpoche's sessions will also be live - and recorded)
  • Suggested Reading:  Guide to Dakini Land by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • Prerequisites:  Restricted to Vajrayogini Initiates Only (Must have taken the empowerment from Zasep Rinpoche or another Vajrayana master in the Gelug tradition)  
    Important note:  Students with empowerment not from Zasep Rinpoche are required to provide a written email-letter to Rinpoche stating when your empowerment was, from whom, and your dharma background.  This letter is to be forwarded directly to Registration
  • Registration:  Contact Debra Madsen
  • Registration Deadline:  Please communicate your intention to participate by January 30, 2021 to Debra (including your email-letter for Rinpoche's acceptance/approval if you are not his student)
  • Confirmations:  Payment options and a link to the retreat documents will be forwarded to accepted participants
Lamrim Teachings Begin Today on YouTube!
Zasep Tulku Rinpoche continues teaching on the
GFTW YouTube Channel each Sunday (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time). 

Beginning today, the topic will shift from Lojong to Lamrim.
Lamrim ("graduated path") is the gradual path to Enlightenment and Buddhahood.  It
 is a textual tradition that organizes Shakyamuni Buddha's teachings into a complete step-by step path to enlightenment. The specific Lamrim text Rinpoche will be teaching is "The Smooth Path Leading to the Omniscient State" --available on the Gaden for the West Website.
Gaden for the West Slack Site
Be sure and check-out the Slack Site that has been created for the Gaden for the West community.  Slack is a website that provides a centralized location online for communities to connect, share resources, communicate, and be together in a virtual environment.  Slack works through "channels" for various topics, so that conversations and resource sharing can be better organized.  Each practice can have its own channel to make it more easy to find sadhanas, teachings, texts, commentary, and ask questions of senior students about the details of that particular practice.  All are welcome on the GFTW Slack Site.  If you would like to join the site or if you have questions or suggestions, please contact  Looking forward to seeing you on Slack!
Gaden for the West Online
Teachings, Classes, and Practice Sessions
A large number of dharma teachings and practice sessions are being offered online across the world-wide Gaden for the West community for study and practice.  The online Schedule and Offerings are listed on the
Gaden for the West WebsiteWe hope you will join us!