Vajra Assembly with Judy Lief

Ground, Path & Fruition of Mahamudra

An introduction to the vajra assembly teachings of Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche


With Judy Lief and Derek Kolleeny April 5-7, 2019 Wallingford, Pa

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Designed for new ngöndro practitioners in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, this gathering followed in the tradition started in 1976 when the Vidyadhara introduced a series of programs restricted to ngöndro practitioners and tantrikas, called “Vajra Assemblies.” The Vidyadhara’s Vajra Assemblies were at the heart of the ngöndro journey and a powerful means for training and ripening new tantrikas. Each assembly unlocked a new treasure of vajrayana view and practice with devotion, group practice, study, and bonds of friendship providing essential support for fledgling practitioners.


In our April gathering, we focused on the teachings from first Vajra Assembly held at Karme Chöling in 1976, entitled “Ground, Path, and Fruition” which provides a path for deepening the ngöndro practice and a view into the Vidyadhara’s Vajra Assembly teachings.

Judy Lief

Judy Lief

Judy Lief has been a Buddhist teacher for over 35 years. She was a close personal student of Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who trained and empowered her as a teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. In her teaching, Judy focuses on how the insights and meditative techniques stemming from the Buddhist tradition can be applied to the challenges of everyday life and to pressing global issues.

Derek Kolleeny

Derek Kolleeny

Westchester Buddhist Center Founding Board Member and Teacher. Derek began the practice and study of Buddhism in 1976 and soon became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, attending his first of many Naropa Institute summer sessions in 1977. He earned a B.A. from Harvard College in the Comparative Study of World Religions, focused on Buddhism, including study of Sanskrit and Tibetan languages.