Back to All Events

Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye: Love, Compassion, and the Awakening Mind

  • Ecumenical Buddhist Center (map)

August 11-13
Retreat with Dr. Hun Lye

 Dr. Hun Lye is the founder of Urban Dharma NC, based in Asheville. He has had the title and position of Dorjé Lopön (Vajra Master) bestowed upon him by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché, the leader of the Drikung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism at Drikung Kagyü Institute in Dehradun, India. He has been a teacher at EBS since 2015. Dr. Lye brings a refreshing approach to Buddhism for all students.

These teachings are for all practices at EBS.

Everyone is welcome!

Cleansing Ritual—Friday, August 11—7:00 p.m.

The Cleansing Ritual of Indestructible Subjugator

Indestructible Subjugator (Vajravidarana/Namjom) is one of the five purification/cleansing deities in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In particular, he is the principle and function of the removal of “spiritual pollution” or dribpa in Tibetan. While the distant cause of suffering is negative karma arising from the three poisons of confusion, attachment and aversion, one of the proximate causes of suffering is dribpa. Dribpa is generated in many ways and unlike karma, dribpa may or may not have any moral-ethical dimensions. For example, lunar and solar eclipses, contact with corpses, association with individuals with very negative karmas, cutting of trees, eating food prepared by someone with strong hatred—all such actions—generate 'dribpa' that will stick to and afflict us and compromise our physical, emotional and spiritual health. In this special ritual, participants will be individually cleansed by the elixir-water blessed and empowered by the dharani-mantra of Indestructible Subjugator. This will help remove us and protect us from such polluting forces that obstruct our way to lasting happiness. 

Suggested donation: $10-$20

NOTE—Please bring to session: Participants should come with 2 pictures from magazines, newspapers, printed internet images etc. One image should symbolize "negativity" and one should symbolize "positivity." Please DO NOT bring clippings which contain images of specific persons, politicians, famous people etc. 

Retreat—Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13
Kindness, Compassion & the Awakened Heart

The Buddha taught that the Awakened Heart (bodhicitta) is the source of all happiness and good. It is the essence of all buddhas. The basis of this Awakened Heart is the practice of kindness and compassion. Over the weekend, Dr. Lye will introduce and lead a set of profound practices of kindness and compassion as developed in the Mind-Training (lojong) traditions of Tibet.

Saturday, Aug 12:  10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  &  3:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug 13:  10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  &  3:00-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 for both days of the retreat.
$  60 for Saturday only
$  60 for Sunday only

Location for both talk and retreat: EBS Meditation Hall

Questions: Contact Melissa Gill at or at 520-425-2773.

Click Here to Register Online and Pay with PayPal

 EBS Retreat Registration Mail-In Form
(Please send the following information with payment)


Email address

Mailing address

Telephone number/s


Dr. Hun Lye Retreat: 

____­­_______$100 for entire retreat
____­­_______$60 for Saturday               
____­­_______$60 for Sunday 

Please make your checks payable to the Ecumenical Buddhist Society, designate as For Dr. Hun Lye Retreat and mail to:           

Attn: Dr. Hun Lye Retreat
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
PO Box 561
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-0561

Dorjé Lopön Dr. Lye grew up in a Buddhist home in Malaysia. From a young age, he studied and practiced Buddhism with teachers of various traditions. He met his first Tibetan teacher when he was an undergraduate student in the United States. After earning a doctorate degree in Buddhist Studies at University of Virginia and teaching for ten years in American academic institutions, Dr. Lye left academia to devote his energy fully to Dharma work. In 2013, he was appointed as a Dorjé Lopön (lit. "vajra-master") of the Drikung Kagyü Lineage by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoché (Head of the Lineage) and was formally enthroned in his home city, Penang, Malaysia. When not teaching, leading retreats or serving the Lineage in Asia and North and South America, Dr. Lye teaches at Urban Dharma North Carolina in Downtown Asheville where he is the founder and spiritual director.

Earlier Event: August 5
August Half-Day Sit
Later Event: August 26
Movie and Potluck: Kundun