5-Day Retreat ​DISCOVERING THE BUDDHA WITHIN Level 2 with GYALTON RINPOCHE at Palpung Dharma Center SLOVENIA | August 7 – 11, 2024






August 7–11, 2024





We are excited to announce that the second part of the three-year study and practice program "Discovering the Buddha Within" will take place this summer under the guidance of the renowned Buddhist master H. E. Chungpo Gyalton Rinpoche.

Only those who attended the first level of the "Discovering the Buddha Within" teachings can participate in the second level of this sacred transmission. 

Participants can also include students who have completed the Joy of Living 1 program, accumulated 50 hours of practice, and students from the Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning program.

Do not miss this rare opportunity to deepen your knowledge from the first level of the program, enhance your understanding of the Buddhist path, and acquire new methods for training the mind. Throughout the year, regular group meetings will also take place, where we will reinforce the practices led by resident Lama Karma Wangmo.

The program's structure remains largely unchanged from the first year, comprising 12 instructional hours and 3 guided meditations each day.

Meditation sessions are mandatory as they are part of the "Discovering the Buddha Within" program.





Wednesday, August 7

Day 1

14:00 to 14:30: Introduction

14:30 to 16:00: Teaching session no 1

16:00 to 16:30: Break

16:30 to 18:00: Teaching session no 2

18:30 to 19:15: Meditation no 1


Thursday, August 8

Day 2

9 to 10 am: Meditation no 2

10:30 to 12 noon: Teaching session no 3

14:00 to 15:30: Teaching session no 4

16:00 to 16:45 Meditation no 3

17:15 to 18:45: Teaching session no 5

19:45 to 20:30: Meditation no 4


Friday, August 9

Day 3

9 to 10 am: Meditation no 5

10:30 to 12 noon: Teaching session no 6

14:00 to 15:30: Teaching session no 7

16:00 to 16:45: Meditation no 6

17:15 to 18:45: Teaching session no 8

19:45 to 20:30: Meditation no 7


Saturday, August 10

Day 4

9 to 10 am: Meditation no 8

10:30 to 12: Teaching session no 9

14:00 to 15:30: Teaching session no 10

16:00 to 16:45: Meditation no 9

17:15 to 18:45: Teaching session no 11

19:45 to 20:30: Meditation no 10


Sunday, August 11

Day 5

9 to 10 am: Meditation no 11

10:30 to 12: Teaching session no 12

14:30 to 17 :00: Vajrasattva Empowerment, refuge ceremony, offering the khata as a thank you to Rinpoche, and conclusion


Vajrasattva empowerment is not part of this program and is open to everyone. 

For information about the recommended contribution for participation, please contact us at info@palpung.si.



At arrival at the venue.



Palpung Buddhist Center, Mrzli Log 7, 5274 Crni Vrh nad Idrijo, Slovenia



Please read below for more details about the program, and for all those planning to participate in the entire meditation retreat or specific days, kindly confirm your attendance at this year's teachings here: 


Upon receiving your registration, we will provide you with information about the program and suggested donations. We will make an effort to ensure that the program is accessible to all who wish to participate.



Teachings will be given in English with simultaneous translation into Slovenian and Italian.

Anyone needing translation must inform us in advance!



During the meditative retreat with Gyalton Rinpoche, we have arranged for a local restaurant to prepare vegan lunches for the participants.

For meal prices, please contact us at info@palpung.si.

Wednesday, August 7

•             Vegetable lasagna

•             Lemon tiramisu

Thursday, August 8

•             Mushroom risotto

•             Apple strudel

Friday, August 9

•             Zucchini moussaka

•             Walnut dumplings

Saturday, August 10

•             Barley stew

•             Sour cherry strudel

Sunday, August 11

•             Soy patties with roasted potatoes

•             Tiramisu

For lunches, we accept orders until August 1, at the latest.

Without prior registration, it will not be possible to decide on lunch during the event itself.



Discovering the Buddha Within is an experiential learning program of the Buddha Dharma created as part of the vast vision of Guru Vajradhara His Holiness the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

For many years resident lamas and students of Palpung Dharma Centers worldwide have been requesting His Holiness the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa to create a step-by- step Dharma study curriculum adapted to foreign students that can be taught and practiced in all Palpung Dharma Centers. Following this request, His Holiness has designed a three-year study curriculum.

The aim of this curriculum is to explain the essence of the Buddha's teachings in an easy and understandable yet comprehensive way. The Buddha Shakyamuni has shown the nature of beings' minds and phenomena on three different levels, each consecutive level being deeper and wider than the former one.

This three-year curriculum follows the Buddha's teachings on the Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, followed by the sacred transmission of four tantras that correspond to three gradual levels of discovering the ultimate nature of the mind and phenomena. The best way for a foreign audience to be able to acquire a proper understanding of these basic three levels of the Buddha Dharma is to approach it through one's own direct experience of various meditations connected to each of the three levels.

For each level, the teacher will explain the view (intellectual understanding), meditation (experiential understanding), and application (applying this understanding to change one's daily habits) of the topics according to Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Through these three aspects: View, Meditation, and Action, one will discover the Buddha within oneself.

Meditations that form the core part of each level are divided into two sections: Shamatha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (advanced insight).



The main masters who will teach the Discovering the Buddha Within curriculum are His Eminence Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and other masters including His Eminence Gyalton Rinpoche and senior khenpos of Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat.

H.E. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has accepted to lead the program, which started at Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat in November 2022.

From 2023, H.E. Gyalton Rinpoche and four venerable senior khenpos will also travel to Palpung monasteries and Dharma Centers worldwide each year to teach this curriculum. (For Slovenia the teacher who will teach here this year is H.E. Gyalton Rinpoche.)

Following the annual teachings, resident Lamas from each centre will be offering follow ups with regular practice gatherings at each Palpung Centre.

After receiving the teachings by any of the appointed teachers and for a proper

follow up of this study curriculum, each student will be granted a username and password to access an online study platform, via which they will be able to send questions to the khenpos.



The Discovering the Buddha Within curriculum consists of three levels (3 years):

1. Inner Peace

2. Awakened Heart

3. Original Purity



Through meditations on loving kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity, and so forth, students will learn to awaken their hearts and discover their innate goodness, further enriching the calm state of mind and deepening their meditation through recognition of emptiness, which is the essence of the Mahayana.

In this level students will:

1. Discover their inner goodness

• By discovering and cultivating love, compassion, appreciation or joy, and equanimity.

• By developing their potential through six perfect states of mind, the six paramitas.

• By training their mind to transform defilements into love and compassion.

2. Widen their motivation and outlook and gain deeper insight

• By learning about and meditating on bodhicitta, the awakening mind.

• By gaining an advanced insight that understands selflessness through direct experience.


For more information feel free to contact us on info@palpung.si.

You Are Cordially Invited!

Palpung Slovenia