Tibetan monk to speak on Dzogchen meditation

Three sessions will each be followed by a half hour of meditation.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:00 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wangdor Rimpoche, a Tibetan monk who spent 30 years meditating in caves in Northern India, will emerge for a series of appearances in Columbia this week as part of his summer lecture tour across the United States.

Rimpoche will lead three sessions on Dzogchen meditation called “Direct Mind Perception.” On Tuesday, he will lecture at 7 p.m at the Interfaith Center, 4006 W. Broadway. On Wednesday, the sessions begin at 2:30 p.m and 7 p.m. According to his Web site, Rimpoche meditated alone for many years, but he was later joined by 50 other followers. In the 1970s, he began his 20-year construction project on a monastery and a retreat center at Lotus Lake, in the Himachal Pradesh region of northern India.

The lectures will be followed by a half hour of meditation, said Tara Leiker from St. John’s Order of Missouri, a Buddhist group in Columbia.

The sessions are free to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information call 817-2576, e-mail or visit

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