SER CHO LING, meaning "Golden Dharma Realm," is the official North American seat of the Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche, the world's foremost contemporary master of the Thousand Armed Chenrezig fasting practice of Nyungne and a lineage holder of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Central California, SER CHO LING was founded by Wangchen Rinpoche with the vision of providing students from all over the globe the opportunity to spend meaningful time in extended retreat. SER CHO LING is the site for a 25 Nyungne retreat which is led by Rinpoche every year in the Spring.
This website contains detailed information on Rinpoche's Dharma activities in North America, Asia and Europe, the annual 8 Nyungne retreat in Taiwan and 25 Nyungne retreat at Ser Cho Ling, and the upcoming visit of His Eminence Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche to Ser Cho Ling following the first North American Shangpa Mönlam in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche
May there be good omens to everyone. I would like to start with prayers to my supreme Guru that this upcoming year, and endless years and lives to come, will bring none other than the auspicious good experiences of health, happiness, and spiritual fortune for all our sangha members and for all fellow sentient beings.
Our center and our sangha group are playing an essential role in the growth of the Buddha Dharma in North America. From my own experience I can say that spreading the Dharma in America has not been an easy thing to do. Nevertheless, as a responsible spiritual person, I myself never gave up the task or the spiritual responsibility of helping to spread Buddha’s teachings in general, and Tibetan Buddhism in particular. After many years of sincere effort by my many enlightened masters, spiritual roots have taken place in American soil for the benefit of all humankind. For that I am truly happy.
I would like to say that our path is the path of enlightened ones, and therefore our responsibility is to make sure we do whatever we can to not defile this noble path, and furthermore to try to bring as many people as possible into the path.
I shall conclude with prayers of best wishes and inner peace and happiness for all.
His Eminence Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche visit
August 9-12, 2019
We are extremely delighted to welcome back our precious Guru's Guru, His Eminence Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, to Ser Cho Ling. Following the first ever North American Shangpa Mönlam in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kyabe Kalu Rinpoche will give an empowerment and teachings August 9-12, 2019.
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Friday, August 9
6pm Chenrezig Empowerment
Saturday, August 10
7am Tara practice
9:30am Meditation & teaching
2:30pm Meditation & teaching
7pm Chenrezig practice
Sunday, August 11
Same schedule as Saturday
Monday, August 12
7pm Mahakala Empowerment*
*Mahakala Empowerment by permission of Wangchen Rinpoche only
8th Annual 25 Nyungne Retreat
April 17 - June 6, 2020
Wangchen Rinpoche will lead our 8th Annual 25 Nyungne Practice Retreat at Ser Cho Ling from April 17-June 6, 2020.
We thank you for your interest in Ser Cho Ling and the Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche. For further information regarding Ser Cho Ling, Rinpoche, or participating in our Nyungne Retreat, please contact Karma Dolma at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 688-0983.
SER CHO LING
54333 Two Hills Road
North Fork, CA 93643 USA
Getting to Ser Cho Ling
Ser Cho Ling is located in the town of North Fork in Central California, about a one hour's drive north of Fresno. The closest airport is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and the closest Amtrak Train Depot is located in downtown Fresno. The retreat land is about a 4-1/2 hours drive from Los Angeles and a 3-1/2 hour drive from San Francisco.
The closest major international airport is Fresno Yosemite International Airport, an hour's drive away from Ser Cho Ling. The next two closest major international airports are LAX in Los Angeles (4-1/2 hours drive) and San Francisco International Airport (3-1/2 hours drive).
Please note that the retreat land is located off the main road, about 10 minutes inland in a remote ranch land area. If this is your first time coming to Ser Cho Ling, please plan to arrive during the day while there is plenty of light as it is very easy to get lost. Also we have found that the directions given on various GPS systems are incorrect.
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By train & bus
From Los Angeles you can take the Amtrak train from Union Station to San Bernardino and then transfer to the Amtrak bus which will take you into Downtown Fresno. The fare is $35-$65 depending on availability. Early reservations are recommended. The entire journey takes between 4-6 hours.