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Buddhadharma : Spring 2008
buddhadharma| 57 |spring 2008 The Soviets sacked some seven hun- dred Mongolian Buddhist monasteries and killed or imprisoned thousands of monks. Once Mongolia became its own state again, the Dalai Lama was invited to visit. He then returned the favor. The Mongolians were in Dharamsala to receive teachings that they could take back to the steppes in their mission to reestablish Buddhism. They had come a long way. So had I. So had we all. I had an amazing image of interlock- ing practices, with people from the ends of the earth (all the ends) in one place for one extended moment, all sharing a flow of emptiness and wisdom, each com- prehending in his or her own way and own level. What happens next? Who knows? Everything changes, and nobody knows what will come of it, not even the Dalai Lama. He had just returned from teaching in Japan. His website described the mainland Chinese who had traveled hard to hear him there. Some urged him to reintroduce Buddhism to China. They claimed he would be welcomed. Nehru’s lease has a half century to run, I realized as I squatted with three Hindu bus drivers around a campfire waiting for the overnight bus to set off toward Delhi. To me, the ride down the mountain was a Mad Max experience; to them it was normal life. The seething samsaric surface of India seems to stay the same even as it resembles a riot in ceaseless motion. It’s as though nothing you do will make a difference. Yet in half a century, change has come. From this earthquake-imper- iled hilltop, the Tibetan diaspora reaches out and touches the world. The Tibetans pose deep questions for all of us, through their Buddhist teachings and their call for help. How you can Help Here are some of the non-profit organizations that are working to help Tibetan refugees: Tibetan Children’s Village tcv.org.in/help.shtml Tibetan Nuns Project—Dolma Ling tnp.org The Tibet Fund tibetfund.org Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation tibetanchildreneducation.org Central Tibetan Relief Committee tibet.net/home/eng/ctrc Inafive-dayretreat with TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE Ligmincha Institute, Charlottesville, Va . firstname.lastname@example.org; 434.977.6161 www.ligmincha.org In today's stressful and uncertain world, the ancient teachings of the Bön Buddhist tradition offer unparalleled opportuni- ties for deep healing, growth and spiritual awakening. Join us at our hilltop retreat center in rural Nelson County, Va ., where Te nzin Rinpoche will teach powerful shamanic methods for overcoming negative influences on our individual lives as well as on our collective global consciousness. Rinpoche invites you to learn and deeply engage with these practices of home clearing, land clearing, and soul and life force retrieval. For more information about Ligmincha Institute and Tenzin Wa ngyal Rinpoche contact us at: GESHE TENZIN WANGYAL RINPOCHE is the spiritual director of Ligmincha Institute and an authentic lineage holder of the Bön tradition. Fluent in English, Rinpoche is known for his wisdom and clarity and for his intimate, joyful teaching style. Te nzin Rinpoche’s books include: Healing With Form, Energy, and Light;Wo nders of the Natural Mind;The Tibetan Yo gas of Dream and Sleep; Unbounded Wholeness; and the new Tibetan Sound Healing. April 16-20, 2008 RECLAIM YOUR SOUL Rejuvenate Yo ur Life Force dzogchen the natural greatperfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMASURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by manytobe"theteaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate,essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance andreadily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural GreatPerfection, dire ctly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherentfreedom, purity and perfection of being that is ourtrue nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are heldacross the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITAT ION RETREATS Joshua Tr ee,CA Spring March 29 – April6, 2008 Garrison, NY SummerJuly25–August 3, 2008 Garrison, NY Winter January2– 11, 2009 MULTIPLE TEACHINGSDAILY•NOBLE SILENCE•BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIANMEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVAT E, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail email@example.com, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMASURYA DASisthe author of The BigQuestions (Rodale, 2007) and Buddha Is As Buddha Does, (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007). He is also the author of Natural Radiance (Sounds Tr ue),aswellasanumber of otherbooksincluding Letting Go of the Person Yo u Used to Be andthe Awakening trilogy, which includes theclassic Awakening the Buddha Within (Broadway). LamaSurya is a Lineage holder of Tibetan Buddhism in theRime (non-sectarian) tradition. Forover thirty years, including morethan eightyearsinsecluded retreat,he has studied with thegreat masters of Tibetan Buddhism.With his open andlivelystyle, he is particularly effectiveinthe transmissionof Buddhism in viableWestern forms by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight,aswellasmethodsof practice, in a manner accessible to all. DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST