Hello Dear Readers,
I returned from Maryland and Tibetan Meditation Center on Sunday evening. It was an incredible retreat – rejuvenating and filling my spiritual container!
Due to Covid concerns, there were not that many people in-person (anywhere from 8 – 35 on a given day, more on the weekends), but at one point there were close to 250 people watching the teachings on Zoom.
We were very fortunate to have Chenga Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Nyima come down from the Gampopa Vajrayana Center in New Jersey. http://gampopa.org/ (that is their website)
Chenga Rinpoche gave the Namgyalma empowerment and then he taught on a text entitled “The Mahamudra Supplication.” It was so great to meet a master of his quality – his equanimity is difficult to describe – very steadfast like a mountain!
Prior to that, Khenpo Tsultrim gave a Vajrasattva empowerment and teachings on that profound and beneficial (purifying) practice. Then there was a Chenrezig blessing ceremony and teachings on the text, followed by a miniature Mani Drupchen for a couple days. Lama Rigzin assisted with these events (and with Chenga Rinpoche’s teachings as well).
It was very inspiring to speak Tibetan most days. My colloquial has gotten rusty – just speaking occasionally for the past 7 – 8 years. It is my intention to head up to TMC more frequently however and dip my toe into the mandalic blessed waters (of authentic Dharma teachings and Tibetan language practice).
Chenga Rinpoche, along with the 3 other lamas and a couple of Western monastics consecrated a new Amitabha Buddha statue in the memorial wall section of TMC (the memorial wall was just completed within the past couple of years). This was an enjoyable ritual – many prayers followed by throwing flower petals and receiving a blessing from the blessed saffron water vase.
Here is a nice pic of the flower petals ready to be thrown 🙂 (apart of the consecration ceremony)
Stayed tuned for what changes are afoot. Mainly I am going to start teaching more – probably in late August or September.
Thank you for reading!