The Buddha of Compassion is known as Chenrezig (Tibetan) or Avalokitshevara (Sanskrit), meaning 'liberator from the unfortunate lower rebirths.' Chenrezig pledged in front of all the Buddhas not to attain Buddhahood until all sentient beings were free from the sufferings of samsara. Receiving the empowerment of this Buddha, therefore, provides one with protection from an unfortunate lower rebirth. Chenrezig has many aspects and embodies the Universal Compassion of all the Buddhas of the three times and ten directions. Read more »
The Tantric ritual of Vajravidharan will be the primary focus of private and group healings. Vajravidharan is a ritual of purification and has three stages: purification and removing of negativities, removing subtle negative imprints, and offering protection. The vajra master will take the form of this Buddha of Purification and use his power to cleanse participants.Read more »
One of the most popular lineages of meditation and mantra for healing self and others is that known in Tibetan as “Tse-ta Zung-trel,” or “Healing by Amitayus and Hayagriva Combined.” The lineage originates in the Indo-Nepali female mystic Siddharani, and was brought to Tibet by Rechungpa. Master Rechungpa passed it to Milarepa, and from him it came down through the centuries. We will follow commentary of the First Dalai Lama, with reference to the sadhanas by the Second, Fifth and Seventh Dalai Lamas. Read more »
Mahamudra means “The Great Seal”, and refers to sealing or stamping each moment of experience with the stamp of pleasure and openness combined. “The Five Faces of Mahamudra,” or Chak-chen De-nga in Tibetan, refers to a special lineage of Mahamudra coming through Marpa and Milarepa to the early Drikung Kargyu masters, and from them to Lama Tsongkhapa and the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lamas. This workshop will experiment with some of the meditation techniques associated with this “ear whispered” lineage.
Tsa-tsas are an ancient form of devotional Buddhist art found in Tibet, Mongolia and the Himalayan region. Small clay or plaster sculptures of buddhas, bodhisattvas and other holy images are cast and painted to create positive karmic energy for individuals and the surroundings.
Join us for a peaceful day of tsa-tsa painting, sacred stories, mantras and meditation on White Tara, the beautiful female Buddha of health, healing and long-life. Read more »
A special introductory class for those who would like to learn about monthly Medicine Buddha practice sessions in Manlius. On a special Full Moon Day, learn the sutra story of the Medicine Buddha; explore this special Buddha's symbols and iconography; practice the healing (sadhana) meditation; and chant the Medicine Buddha mantra. The Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menla) meditation is a powerful practice that helps with healing ourselves and others. Read more »
Join us for a one-day Buddhist workshop to benefit the Namgyal Eldercare Home: Voices from the Therigatha: Meditations and Inspiration from the First Buddhist Women with Anne Teich, Ph.D. This event is a charity benefit. All profits will go to help the Namgyal Monastery Eldercare Home in Shimla, India.
In addition to Anne's teaching and meditation instruction we will also have a beautiful Classical Indian Dance performance based on the Tibetan Buddhist prayer "Tara who Protects form the Eight Dangers" by dancers Deepa Ram and Nishta Sharma. Read more »
Lama Padma Yontan Gyatso (Richard Baldwin) began his formal Buddhist training in India, in 1970, with the outstanding meditation master, the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche. Returning to the U.S., he entered the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Washington. At this time he also received many teachings at the feet of the late Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche, a master of all lineages. He recieved his degree in 1974 and subsequently embarked on a number of meditation retreats. In 1982, he became a student of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. Read more »