What time should I arrive?
Doors open at 9:00am. Arrive early for registration and seat assignments.
Where do I park?
The NWTCA has 88 spaces which will be used first-come-first-served, except for handicapped spaces and Rinpoche’s reserved space.
Overflow parking is across 122nd Ave. in the Kmart parking lot, which has given us permission. If you use this lot, please cross at the traffic light on NE Skidmore and use caution as it is a very busy street.
There are some parking places on NE 121st Place between the NWTCA and the high school. Please obey city parking regulations.
Carpooling is a good idea.
Public transportation is also readily available: http://pdxbus.teleportaloo.org/
Do I need a ticket or can I just show up?
Although there are first-come-first-served tickets available each day, registering online is greatly encouraged. Those who have paid online will have expedited seating.
Children under the age of 18 do not need tickets.
Are children welcome at the Drupchen?
Children are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents. All children must be chaperoned by a parent or guardian at all times.
There is a diaper-changing station in the women’s restroom.
Please do not allow small children to distract other participants.
Will I get a reserved seat?
Those who have registered for the full three days will be assigned a reserved and numbered seat near one of the five main directional mandalas.
Those who are coming for the day will be assigned remaining seats on a first-come-first-served basis.
What should I bring or not bring?
Practitioners, please bring your bell and dorje. Drums/damarus will be provided.
Bring a water bottle.
Please leave valuables and extra items at home. There will be limited space for personal items.
Do not bring cameras. Photographs will not be allowed.
Smoking is not permitted.
Food and beverages other than water will not be allowed in the mandala.
A vegetarian lunch will be provided for $5. Children are free.
What is the daily schedule and will there be breaks?
We will gather in the Tara Mandala Temple each day from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We will have two morning sessions from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with a break in between, and two afternoon sessions from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm with a break in between.
We will have a lunch break from approximately 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Participants may leave the temple to take bathroom or short rest breaks.
Every participant will be issued a wristband that allows entry and re-entry into the Mandala.
Will the program vary during the three days?
There will be various speakers and teachings each day. Like any practice, the drupchen will get progressively more profound as we repeat the prayers and as we perfect our recitations together. Expect the program to be similar each day, with slight variations to the sadhana and a crescendo as the group energy builds. You may find that you wish to return for a second or third day!