Monday, July 28, 2008

Tara retreat miracles

Hello friends, just to update you on what is happening in Kopan Monastery.....we finished the Tara Retreat: I think it was a very powerful retreat for all the participants, but the most moving experience was first of all the fire puja at the end of the retreat, it felt very auspicious for some reason and I have participated in many. Secondly, the nuns of Kopan agreed to a special performance of the 21 Tara dance. The only word I can think of to describe this, is magnificent. It truly was. Thirdly, we offered the nuns lunch in the KOPAN CAFE, always a good place to order food for special guests, and around 1pm after finishing retreat, there appeared a halo/rainbow around the sun. Many people took photos and hopefully I will be able to put one on this blog soon. On the 1st August we have another ten day lam rim course, then Reiki and then France.

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to take time out to do retreat, both for yourself and others. Please do allocate some time in your life for this essential activity.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

LAM RIM COURSE

In the end, we had just over 40 people and once again, many beautiful stories of people changing radically and seeing life in a different way, thanks to the Dharma. After the course, I went down to Boudha for a couple of days and just had to rest, because I was so busy during the course and now there is a Reiki course starting tomorrow, I needed to stop. Which I did and now I feel totally refreshed and ready to go! The Tara retreat starts on the 20th - always guaranteed to be special! With all best wishes and much love..........Ven Namgyel.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Phew..........it's over!

I am happy to report that the Medicine Buddha retreat of two weeks is over and now I have a couple of days break before we start the Lam Rim Meditation Course. There are nearly fifty people registered, which is amazing for this time of year in Kopan. The Medicine Buddha retreat produced it's own amazing stories from some of the participants - somebody remarked to me afterwards that they thought everybody had had some sort of breakthrough of one sort or the other. My thoughts about the retreat is that the format should change for next year, people will be required to have refuge in the Three Jewels and must have taken a ten day lam rim course prior to the MB retreat and there would be 35 Buddhas with prostrations before each session.
Soon the Tara retreat will be starting later in July and I am really looking forward to that, as she is very close to my heart!
During the Medicine Buddha retreat we were very fortunate to receive an Amitabha initiation from Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche; a question and answer session with Khen Rinpoche and a talk on death and dying from Gregg (who usually teaches in Tushita, Dharamsala). I gave Engaging Bodhisattva vows upon being instructed to by Khen Rinpoche, to thirteen people and that was a very moving experience, as I never expected to do anything like that in a monastery like Kopan, where I started my Buddhist path so many years ago.
By the way, if you are anywhere near Mexico from September-November, I am teaching all over the country, so please contact me and perhaps you can experience the Buddha's wisdom combined with the kindness of the Mexican people. Great combination.
From January 2009 I will again be in Mahamudra Centre, Coromandel, New Zealand with a great programme put together by one of my students, who is now the SPC, Hannah White. Again, you will be made very welcome if you want to come and visit there.
Will write again after the lam rim course. Take care and remember to "Open Your Heart"!