Every day after morning practice teachings were given by Khatrül Rinpooche and by Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. Khartrül Rinpoche is a great phurba master and therefore it was a great privilige that he was giving teachings on phurba practice on this retreat. It is quite typical for the gö-kar-chang-lo’i dé that such teachings are presented only to small groups of dedicated practitioners. Drala Jong provides an ideal intimate setting where this kind of transmission is made possible in the West.
There was a quality of seamlessness between the time of formal teachings and the informal time spent with the lamas in the morning, in the evening and during breaks. This kind of atmosphere which is both relaxed and infused with a high amount of kindness and awareness by all participants is essential to provide the circumstances where authentic transmission of Vajrayana practice can occur.