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I recently started a meditation group in Charlottesville.  So far, we have done Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen’s practice of Om Ah Hung.  There is a nice melody I attempt to follow as we do the practice.  I also give a brief Dharma talk about setting proper motivation (Bodhicitta, altruistic mind) etc.  In explaining the practice, saying some opening prayers and actually doing the practice, we can’t fit much more into 90 minutes.

It is good so far though.  People have great questions and having been studying and attempting to practice the Dharma for over 12 years now, I can be ahead of the group without doing much preparation.  Small groups as people are coming and going over the summer.

Speaking of which, I am actually going to be working and then traveling and I must miss 3 of the next 5 meetings.  Nothing like starting a group and then saying, “here is a CD to listen to and follow along with.  Good luck!  I’ll see you in 2 months.”  🙂

Oh well.  I am glad to have some adventures in my life – whether within or without.

The group meets 2 Thursdays a month.  Comment if you are in the area and are interested!

May all beings be able to attend authentic spiritual teachers (I don’t count!) and find inner peace and happiness!

Blessings,

kirby moore

konchog chakchen

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In this post: an update about my life, a description of an ordinary day with Tibetan Lamas and info about Dharma teachings in Charlottesville.

So the past two weeks have been a whirlwind!  I can barely remember what I did two days ago, let alone last week, as the days have been so full and I have been carrying loads of responsibility.  Two weeks ago, I returned from the Tibetan Meditation Spring Retreat with the mission to get the ball rolling for Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen’s teachings to occur in Charlottesville.  This was on top of preparing to take courses in the immersion-filled, Tibetan Summer Language programs.

Thankfully, as I now have quality support around me and as I rest in that, I can glance back and observe how much we as a Sangha (and I) have accomplished.  I do not mean to sound arrogant or self-aggrandizing – but seriously I got a lot done, stretched myself and sat in the discomfort of growing pains (not so bad once you get used to them).  We have probably reached a thousand people to let them know about the teachings – via posters, email, advertising, etc.

Three Tibetan Lamas went down to Virginia Beach with Rinpoche and then they all came up to C’ville on Monday.  After running numerous errands on a hot day, I greeted the Lamas upon their return.  Then I was asked shortly thereafter, “Hey, you are no longer in the Summer Program and you are not working…  Wanna drive two of them back to Maryland?”  And because I wanted a break, and the chance to practice Tibetan, I jumped at the opportunity!  So I got to spend a day with Lama Gyaltsen and Khenpo (Umze) Chophel.

We had some great laughs on the way up to the Lama House.  They asked to stop a couple times, which I was happy to support, purposely not rushing and taking our time.  They had been given bus money in case someone like me did not step forward, so they used a little of that money to pay for my gas and to buy me a little food – it is always curious seeing people who are authentically hyper-generous – they competed to see who could pay first on several stops.

Once we arrived back at their home, I was instructed to rest and relax.  Just drink some tea and “hlueh hlueh chai” (relax!).  I was amazed at the Lamas productivity – they made momo’s (Tibetan dumplings) from scratch, stuffed them with meat and veggies and had them cooked within 45 minutes.  Yummy!  I love momos!  We continued to speak Tibetan – or actually I got to practice my comprehension as Khenpo Chophel speaks very clear Central Dialect (U-Tsang).  My speaking is out of practice and rusty but I am very happy with my listening and comprehension skills.

I helped them out a little with some English questions and then we went to bed.  I got to stay in the guest room, which for me was a first.  I also explored a little – Khenpo Chophel is staying in Khenchen’s room, and there is a room upstairs for His Holiness, the Drikung Kyabgon (who will be coming in August).  This is in addition to the Drupon’s room and Lamas Gyaltsen’s room (five bedrooms in the house).  It is a large house, with a semi finished basement, where the large shrine room is for PDL retreats.  In this house, I think I counted six or seven shrines – depending on your definition.

I awoke at 4 am.  I don’t know why – perhaps it was the Lama House energy (many shrines), or the fact that I was in a new bed, or none of the above, but I could not go back to sleep.  Instead I chanted mantras – a cloudy, afflicted mind attempting to have faith and devotion.  I did a few prostrations (bows) until my elbow started aching and then I went back to mantras – refuge, Achi, and the Four Thoughts.  It was very nice having completed a fair amount of practice before 6 am!  <grin grin>  Then I ate breakfast at 7.  Lama Gyaltsen was up by 5 or 6, I know because he went for an early morning walk plus I heard the dishes being put away before I came downstairs.

He completed some more chores and then was out the door to meet a friend for some errands around town by 8 am.  Khenpo Chophel was up soon thereafter (or he emerged after his personal practice).  He is so kind – he showed me some Dharma (literary) Tibetan words, like Samten – concentration / meditation / clear, focused mind; Shinay – similar to calm abiding or clear insight; Tharchin – perfection; Tsultrim – ethics / moral conduct; etc etc.  It was great!  He saw that I knew how to write in Tibetan block print and cursive (U-chen and Kyook) and he gave me some much needed pointers.

I asked Khenpo why they had to come back early, as we had been ready to put them up in Charlottesville.  He said that he had many consecrations to do – people had been bringing statues by off and on for the past few weeks.  It probably did not help that I also asked him to fill and consecrate a statue of mine.  He taught me the word for consecrate – it means to bless permanently.  I love how Tibetan is full of compound words – if you know say a thousand root Tibetan words, I bet you can make ten thousand “new” words.

Then I rested, had lunch with Khenpo and then was on my way home.  A 24 hour blip to Maryland and back.  Lovely indeed.

Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen will be teaching this weekend (June 26th and 27th) at the Charlottesville Unity Church – both afternoons from 2 to 5 pm.  He is teaching on his text entitled, “Prescriptions and Proscriptions” – formerly known as Permissions and Prohibitions.  It should be a fantastic weekend.

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Hello Dear Readers and beyond,

I am very excited (and the Charlottesville Ratnashri Sangha, of which I am a humble member, is as well) to be assisting in the sponsoring of Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen in C’ville.  If you live anywhere nearby, these are rare teachings by an authentic, realized Lama.  Plus he requested a large public audience – would not want to disappoint an enlightened being would we?  Hehe  🙂

So, he is teaching from a text he composed entitled “Permissions and Prohibitions.”  He will be at the Unity Church in Charlottesville (off Hydraulic Road) on June 26th and 27th, teachings go from 2 to 5 pm both days – just afternoon teachings.  The text is a beautiful yet pith instruction on the entire Buddhist path from the three trainings up to Mahamudra and Buddhahood.  Registration is requested, and there is a suggested donation of $35 per day.

If you want more info, submit a comment here and I will email you back.

Thanks for reading.

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6/1/10 – Judging from my journal, it seems that this was the day that the retreat actually started.  You could call it the “holistic shift” (which is a point in a bodywork session where the client releases most of their conditionally held compensations and at which point the session seems to start) of the retreat.  I say this because an issue came up for me, where in the past when I was confronted with it, I ran away instead of sticking with it.  More on this in a second.

Oh – on this day I learned about the Israeli situation involving international waters.  In contemplating their actions, I am a bit conflicted as I have a number of good friends who are Jewish.  However, I still need to ask – Is Israel trying to start a war?  What they are doing in the Gaza strip sounds horrendous – I know it is a complex issue but…  Human rights anyone?  Okay off my soap box now.

Khenchen’s teachings were piercing my heart on this day.  He mentioned that we want a clear, stable, disciplined mind – not the mind that yearns for magical appearances (miracles), colorful lights, dancing, etc.  Rather, if we can see suffering for what it is – we see suffering is disgusting and we avoid its causes.  I cried when Khenchen told the story of the king who desperately wanted to establish and strengthen the Dharma in Tibet.  So much so he sacrificed his life to ensure Atisha would come.  Talk about a Bodhisattva!

Later in this day, I had some of my buttons pushed.  Or I should say, rather, I allowed some of my buttons to be pressed – or I chose to be open and fickle.  To keep this simple and private, I realized my plate was way too full – I was one of the organizers of the retreat and I was feeling overwhelmed as more and more little jobs were stacked on my plate.  So I went for a hike, then came back and jotted down some thoughts.  It helped but it was very (!) uncomfortable.  Thankfully I stuck with it.  I sat with the irritation that was arising, breathed deep in my belly and eventually I felt my energy body firming up and it seemed that my boundaries immediately started to harden (in a very good way).

Luckily I was staying with someone who I consider to be a mentor or at least someone willing to hear my process.  He gave me some incredible pointers – do I want to be drawn into other people’s dramas?  What can I appropriately take responsibility for?  What jobs did I want to get rid of – to lighten my load?  What am I willing to invest my time and energy into?  These are all good questions that I need to consider in the future.  No one else is going to pay close attention to my needs and meet them all the time – I have to do it!  No matter how uncomfortable the process might be.

6/2/10 – I did bodywork with a friend outside of the retreat today.  It was very grounding to receive but I also gained some clarity and insight about my process.  The friend who I exchanged with is a little older than I, but she is very attractive.  Therefore I had to observe my mind as it waded through all the subtleties of our bodywork-exchange evening.  I realized I was not entirely clear with her, I may not have breathed into my belly like I mentioned earlier and as a result my boundaries were not clear.  I am assuming she is also attracted to me, or to the person I was showing her, which may be inaccurate. However, my heart is yearning for someone closer to my age or younger who embodies more of my “high standards.”  As in – not her.  But I did not mention that.

I opted to not go back to her place in the future because of multiple things Khenchen mentioned.  The next day, after I had returned to retreat, he mentioned that we must watch our mind – to avoid the causes of suffering, we must be very aware of our habitual tendencies.  He said that sometimes we must sacrifice a little pleasure and temporary happiness in order to benefit others or in order to move toward a happier future.  I translated that onto my situation by saying to myself, “entering a situation where there is much energy of sexual attraction, leads to yearning and grasping.  It leads to desire and attachment, to something which is not real and not permanent.  By avoiding that situation, I will have a clearer mind and an authentic heart.”  However, due to my previous habits, I sure wanted to go back and see her.  I wanted to see where things might lead, but at the same time my heart was screaming at me to be logical, to be honest with myself.  What a scenario!  Luckily I made the virtuous choice and stayed at the rest of the retreat.

Today I skipped the afternoon teachings in order to take a nap.  I felt much better – filling my cup as it were with self care rather than overwhelm.  I am wondering if all this sitting leads to a stimulation of my loong disorder (very briefly – a Tibetan medical diagnosis where suppressed anger leads to anxiety and nervousness).  The more I rest in alignment, the easier it is for me to be present to others.  Yay!

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This is (hopefully) the first post in a series.  I attended the Spring Retreat from the “opening ceremony” until Wednesday June 9th – 12 days total.  Now I am full…  I could stop there, but I wrote so much in my journal, I will continue 🙂    What follows is a daily journal and stream-of-consciousness thoughts on the retreat.  If you want specific details on who taught what, etc etc, go to http://www.drikungtmc.org

Here I am with Khenchen (Konchog Gyaltsen), an enlightened being.  I do not feel worthy, but on a tea break I grabbed the opportunity for a photo op – in the past I always let them slide, so I figured, “I need to have a picture with a Buddha!”  I mean why not?  Khenchen is the lama whom I first took refuge with in 2006, along with taking the Bodhisattva vows with at the same time.  Needless to say I feel a strong connection with him, even though he is quick to point out that he is not my root lama – rather he pointed me in the right direction.

5/28/10 – I decided to get up to Frederick, in spite of the flash flood warnings.  Well, at least I knew what I was getting myself into.  Thank you wisdom beings for helping through several walls of water, not to mention the lightening striking alongside the road – oh and for helping us avoid the section of highway that was underwater…  Good Grief!  Am I crazy?!  Well, it is the precious Dharma and I did not want to be late!

I arrive and get greeted by a flock of men – Dharma practitioners (the best kind of guy).  What a pleasant surprise – coming out of Charlottesville through the watery hell realms and into a beautiful sunset over Frederick, with Dharma friends.  One of the main themes of this retreat (out of several) was that I stayed at a house with three other males.  Considering I normally in the Dharma Duplex with three other women, that was a pleasant change of pace.  Although Drupon would say otherwise – yes, let me digress for a moment.

Later in the retreat, I had the good fortune to offer a bodywork session at the Lama House after teachings.  Therefore, I was talked into staying for dinner.  At which time I mentioned I am noticing differences in male energy vs. female energy (nothing new here!), but Drupon said jokingly, “I think it is better to stay with women.”  I did not know how to answer him, but it is always good to laugh!  See the “Secret Teachings” post later on for more on this night.

The three of us guests sat down with the owner of the house and fleshed out what needed fixing and doing and we made a list.  Good to be clear.  Also good to be in the presence of builders and carpenters.

5/29/10 – Khenchen is teaching!  Man I was excited!  However, over the past few years, since first meeting Rinpoche, he has never opened up to me.  What I mean is that I do not have a reason to be in close contact with him, and frankly it is a little intimidating – what do you say to an enlightened being?  🙂

Anyway, I was not expecting anything different from the past, meaning I was not expecting Khenchen to remember me, but when he walked in, I was the first person to greet him.  And then he made my day – he wrapped me up in a big hug and said, “You made it!  I’m glad you are here.”  MY HEART SMILED LONG AND BROAD.

It seemed to me that Khenchen’s teachings, as the week progressed became more and more potent.  He said some things which went directly to my heart, and on several occasions, I’m pretty sure he was tapping into my stream of consciousness and speaking words I needed to hear (specifically).  He has done this in the past, although it might have been a coincidence.

On the first day, he stressed how only we can make ourselves happy, or we choose suffering.  The Buddha, Bodhisattvas and others cannot help us without our putting in some effort.  I loved his line about, “You have to put in effort to achieve effortlessness!”  He also mentioned that the afflictions will not roll over, they do not age, they do not get sick and that if we put in a little effort and defeat them one day, they will regroup and come at us from a different angle.  We have to stick with Dharma practice!  Awesome!  And it got better each day.  Khenchen taught from his text, “Samsara and Nirvana: Two sides of the same hand.”  This is available on the TMC website.

Khenpo Chophel taught in the afternoons, and I just love how intricately he can dissect one line from Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Gong Chik.  Of course he is teaching from a commentary, but his eyes are closed the entire time he is talking – so I’m positive he has a crisp, precise memory and a heart full of wisdom.  Yay!

Khenpo mentioned that the Buddha is not like a Christ or a God.  Rather he is just awake to primordial awareness.  The Buddha was not some great, incredible conqueror.  He did not want to be worshipped, he has no agenda, he does not act out if people do not follow him.  He does not mess with causality – only we can bring about the causes of our happiness and suffering.

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Maitreya Buddha statue, Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh India

Maitreya Buddha statue, Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh India

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<revised on 2/2/10>  I have no expertise to be mentioning or introducing this potent topic.  However, because I wrote about it over a year ago, I feel it might be good to tell my readers what little I know about the subject.  So this post is about what little I know of Process Buddhism.

Well, I’ll attempt to tell you.  One of my main bodywork teachers, who teaches Cranio Sacral classes, along with offering mediation, meditation and peace building workshops asked her main Tibetan lama (teacher), Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltsen what she should call her body of work.  Because it is quite a mouthful to try to tell people all that she offered.  He responded, unequivocally and immediately with, “Process Buddhism.”

As far as my limited knowledge, and this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of the ingredients which go into the practice of Process Buddhism – having gone through a series of quality, grounded healing facilitation sessions over a long period of time – say anywhere from five to twenty years; maintaining a consistent, grounded spiritual practice (which leads toward the opening of a heart filled with vast loving kindness – willing to touch and be touched which also can take many years); learning a grounded healing facilitation modality (plus daily sincere spiritual practice) – psychotherapy, bodywork, mediation, counseling, meditation, peace building, advanced therapeutic techniques (EMDR or DNMS, etc), sounding / movement / breath work techniques (yoga, Continuum Movement, Zapchen for instance); and being open to and hungry for positive change.

Through Process Buddhism, if you want to, if you are ready and if you do not mind some discomfort at times, amazing insights and awareness can be gained relatively quickly (there are techniques for accelerated work – which I have only touched the surface of).  [Disclaimer – discomfort is not a good thing – if you have a qualified teacher / therapist to lead you through the process, then some rare discomfort, as in growing pains, might be okay.  I only recommend discomfort if you have a qualified teacher.  Otherwise be gentle, go slow, practice kindness to self.  Move in the direction of ease.  Do what brings you joy.  PERIOD.  :-)]

Next, I will write about the many possibilities which come from blending modalities as it were.  And I just want to state again, that without a fully qualified teacher / professional counselor / grounded, spiritual path, I would not recommend doing any of the above on your own.  And I am not a qualified teacher, having only several years on the Tibetan Buddhist path, I am still struggling with many inner conflicts and afflictions.

For book recommendations on all of the eclectic ingredients which go into the soup known as Process Buddhism, visit my aStore at http://astore.amazon.com/kirmoosblo-20 or click the link to the right.  Proceeds support blogging and Dharma activities.

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