“As vast as the sky, so are sentient beings who desire happiness but perpetuate suffering. Of all sentient beings, there is not one who has not been our mother. May I establish all sentient beings in the immutable state of the primordial mother T’hröma Nagmo.”

– Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa (1951-2009)



The 24th Annual T’hröma Drubchöd Retreat

October 29th – November 2nd, 2019

Led by: The Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche



The 24th Annual T’hröma Drubchöd Retreat will be held at Pema Drawa, the retreat land of Ari Bhöd in the Tehachapi Mountains. Please note that it is necessary to have received the T’hröma Empowerment sometime in the past to attend this retreat OR plan to attend the opening day of the retreat on Monday, October 29th.

The T’hröma Drubchöd retreat this year is a six day intensive practice that begins on Monday morning, October 29th. “Drubchöd” — Tibetan for “accomplishment offering”- is an intensive group ritual that includes sadhana practice, mantra repetition and feast (tsok) offerings. The retreat concludes the early afternoon of Monday, October 8th.




MONDAY 10/29:

T’hröma Drubchöd
Begins 10:00AM


T’hröma Ceremony to Benefit the Deceased


T’hröma Healing Ceremony

FRIDAY 11/2:

Siddhis (Descent of Blessings) & Tsog Feast

24th Annual T’hröma Drubchöd Concludes


If you wish to add your name, or include the name of someone in either the annual T’hröma Healing Ceremony and/or the T’hröma Ceremony to Benefit the Deceased, please contact the Ari Bhöd office or click the button below. If you wish to attend either of these ceremonies please contact the Ari Bhöd office @ 661-221-8156.

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The Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche is a fully ordained Bikshu monk and lama of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is renowned as a highly accomplished meditator and master of retreat. Ordained as a monk at the age of 11, Rinpoche studied with and has received empowerments and teachings from the foremost lamas of the Nyingma lineage of this era including: His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche, His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche, His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche and His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. Ven. Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche currently serves as Abbot and Spiritual Director at Kunkhap Yosal Thonkdol Choeling in Nepal and the Taiwan Nyingmapa Padmasambhava Pureland Buddhist Association in Taiwan.

The Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche, at the request of His Holiness the Chatral Rinpoche, served for many years as the Dorje Loppon for the Monastery of His Holiness Chatral Rinpoche in Pharping, Nepal. As always, we are overjoyed to welcome Rinpoche back to Ari Bhöd to lead us in this profound practice retreat.



Full-time Drubchöd Retreat Rate:
$450.00 Members / $500.00 Non-Members
(Includes retreat costs, three daily meals and lodging.)
Early arrival or late departure (extra nights) is $25/night

Daily Retreat Rate:
$95.00 Members / $105.00 Non-Members
(Includes retreat costs and three daily meals)
Early arrival or late departure (extra nights) is $25/night

*Please note that the membership discount pertains to those who support Ari Bhöd through our paid membership program.


If you plan to attend this years T’hröma Drubchöd Retreat, please help us plan your visit by clicking below to register:


Unable to attend this year’s Annual T’hröma Drubchöd Retreat and Parinirvana Anniversary of the Venerable Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa Rinpoche, but wish to participate in the T’hröma Drubchöd Retreat mandala?

Volunteer to help with retreat set up and/or cleanup
Donate to purchase shrine and ceremonial items
Offer a donation to daily Tsog or butter-lamp offerings, with a dedication for a loved one, or yourself.
Help sponsor the cost of the travel and hosting our visiting lamas
Donate towards our scholarship program, helping practitioners without resources participate in the retreat


The essence of Chöd practice is to cut attachment to samsaric appearances. This means turning away from the grasping at the realness of phenomenal appearances, and uprooting self-grasping. Turn away from grasping at the realness of phenomenal appearances, and cut grasping-at-self. This is the quintessence of Chöd practice.”

-Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa (1951-2009)



The Vajrayana Buddhist practice of T’hröma is a wrathful means for cutting the ego and revealing the enlightened mind through the practice of generosity and compassion. This profound method, which includes the practice of chöd, is considered to be unsurpassed in its capacity to heal, overcome demonic afflictions, and bring about realization of the true nature of mind.

His Holiness Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, the incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa, indicated to His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche that the practice of T’hröma Chöd would be of great benefit those living the West, and also requested Chagdud Rinpoche to spread these teachings widely in the West.

This drupchöd arose from Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa’s commitment to his precious lama, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to uphold the cycle of practice here in America, and has been maintained yearly for twenty-four years under the auspices of Lama Gyatso without interruption. His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche led the first T’hröma retreat in 1995 in Los Angeles.



For retreat questions and registration assistance for this event, or if you’d like to donate towards the retreat fulfillment by phone, please call us at the Ari Bhöd office at 661-221-8156 or e-mail us at contact@aribhod.org.


May Wisdom & Compassion Flourish!