Thursday, February 21, 2008

Good news.....

We finished a two day Reiki course today with ten people and a very joyous happy group they were too! Medicine Buddha retreat was small but very powerful and I think each of the people attending felt a strong connection with the practice. The weather on the weekend was unbelievable. High winds and torrential rain which made retreating very easy - you definitely wouldn't want to be on the beach. Today I drove Marja to Coromandel and we said goodbye. She has been marvellous, taking care of the gompa and looking after me during the teachings. Rachel, who works at Mahamudra has also been very kind towards me, cooking special foods and being good company.

I actually have a holiday this week until Friday, when I leave Mahamudra for Whakatane which I just heard is a five hour drive. I will teach there on Saturday and then Tauranga on Sunday, followed by DCI in Auckland. Monday morning an early morning flight out to Melbourne-Tasmania.


With love from Venerable.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Venerable Gyalten speaks!

Venerable Gyalten wrote this for the blog:

We enjoyed having Ven Namgyel at Dorje Chang Institute. It felt like people on the Buddhism Demystified Weekend Retreat got involved in a full or whole way – not simply attending sessions, but also doing karma yoga work around the centre (Ven Namgyel’s suggestion) and joining in the gentle yogic stretching class during the break. Listening to Ven Namgyel’s teachings I got the distinct feeling that he has been working with the teachings, “chewing them over.” He communicates his experience of the Dharma. His acceptance of his own humanness also added to the relaxed atmosphere. We are very happy Ven Namgyel has agreed to teach another night before he leaves New Zealand (literally the night before he flies out!) on:

“THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS”
MEDITATION

Try it out, chat about it, get inspired and then go home and practice it!
Sunday, March 2, 7pm
Dorje Chang Institute, Auckland.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Words of my Perfect Teacher

It is only today that I have time to write about Geshe Sonam Rinchen, although the teachings ended a short while ago. Geshe-la is more animated than I remember him in Dharamsala and certainly does not look or act like his age (70'ish).....very inspiring teachings on thought transformation and personally I experienced many soft, heart-warming times with Geshe-la. During those teachings with Geshe-la I realised how fortunate I had been in the 1980's, following the advice of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, to study with Geshe Sonam Rinchen at the Tibetan Library. Thank you so much Geshe-la, I feel what you taught has not been wasted. A very nice surprise was seeing an old LTWA classmate with Geshe-la - Don. Don is now working very diligently with various Tibetan departments to help them. My sadness if any, was that Ruth, Geshe-la's wonderful translator was unable to accompany Geshe-la. HOWEVER, Celia and Don both translated very well.

Starting on Friday the lst February, I was teaching Demystifying Buddhism at DCI, Auckland. People seemed to appreciate the teachings and there were over twenty people at each session. The centre came as a complete surprise to me, as it is in the middle of the city but has lots of land around and gives the impression of being in the middle of the country. Ven Gyalten is extremely well organised and that helped to make the weekend a success. Thank you all for your hard work and kindness towards me and see you again for another teaching on my last evening before leaving New Zealand - 2nd March.