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SEMINARS WITH LAMA VAJRANATHA — TEACHING SCHEDULE FALL 2017

September 1-2-3, 2017

Vajrakilaya Practice in the Nyingmapa Tradition of Tibet

Munich, South Germany

The Buddhist teachings preserved in the Nyingmapa school of Tibet, established by the master Padmasambhava in the 8th century of our era, are classified into nine successive vehicles to enlightenment. The three highest of these vehicles are collectively known as the Inner Tantras: Mahayoga Tantra emphasizes the visualization process of transforming oneself into a meditation deity in its mandala palace, thereby accessing the powers, capacities, and wisdoms traditionally associated with that particular archetypal form. Anuyoga Tantra, emphasizes the awakening of inner psychic heat and the experiencing of ecstatic sensual experience by way of yoga, breath control, and practice with a consort. Atiyoga Tantra, also known as Dzogchen, distinguishes between the ordinary discursive mind, or thought process, and the nature of mind at the core of one’s being, which is intrinsic awareness beyond time and space, this representing the individual’s primordially enlightened Buddha Nature. In the previous century, Düdjom Rinpoche, and before that his predecessor and previous incarnation Düdjom Lingpa, were realized masters in Tibet and leading exponents of these methods of Maha, Anu, and Ati, especially in relation to the cycle of practice for the meditation deity Vajrakilaya. This seminar will examine some of the methods of Anuyoga and Atiyoga found in the Terma text, the Namchak Pudri, “The Razor of Meteorite Iron,”

Contact: Benno, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

September 15-16-17, 2017

Guardians and Nature Spirits in Tibetan Buddhism

Szczecin, Poland

When the Tibetan king Trisong Detsan attempted to erect the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet at Samye in the 8th cen. CE, his efforts were opposed by the local gods and spirits who were addicted to receiving blood sacrifices. They knew well that the Buddhist monks of India were opposed to such practices. Advised by the scholar Shantirakshita, the king invited to Tibet the great Tantric master Padmasambhava from Uddiyana. Later known as Guru Rinpoche, this master was able to subdue these local gods and spirits in firece magical combats, converting them to the Dharma. Binding them with powerful oaths, he comissioned them henceforth to be guardians and protectors of the Dharma and its practitioners. Hence they are known as Dharmapalas. Since that time, every Buddhist monastery, after sunset, performs the Rites of the Guardians, invoking and propiating these gods and spirits with puja offerings. We will examine these rites and rituals instituted by Padmasambhava, including those for the special protectors of Dzogchen, especially with regard to how we, as human beings, can re-establish a harmonious relationship with the nature spirits who inhabit our natural environment.

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October 20-21-22, 2017

Nature Spirits and Tibetan Shamanism

St. Thomas Seminary, near Hartford, CT, USA

From its very beginning, healing has always been at the heart of shamanic practice. When Indian Buddhism came to Tibet in the early Middle Ages, it amalgamated with the indigenous healing practices of Bön and Tibetan Shamanism. In ancient Tibetan belief, surrounding the physical body of the planet earth and pervading every feature of the natural landscape, there is a field of psychic energy, or psychosphere. Living in this vast field of energy, much like the fish in the sea, there are spirit entities possessing autonomous minds and wills. They tend to inhabit the wild places of nature. When disturbed by the activities of humanity and civilization, especially by the destroying and the polluting of the natural environment, which is the home of these spirits, they may inflict various kinds of illness upon human beings by way of negative provocations of energy (dön) that may adversely affect the personal energy fields of the individuals living in the area. Sicknesses, whether physical, energetic, or mental could be due to natural causes such as seasonal changes, bad diet, or imbalances in the humors, but indigenous Tibetan traditions emphasized the importance of counteracting these negative provocations of energy emanating from the spirits inhabiting the natural environment. Not only is one’s Tse, or life-force, at risk here from such attacks, but also one’s La, or soul, which serves as the energetic basis for the individual’s emotional life. This weekend workshop will examine and teach some of the methods employed in Tibetan Shamanism, Bön, and Buddhist Tantra to re-establish a harmony and balance between human beings and the nature spirits inhabiting the environment, as well as the methods used in Tibetan tradition to defend against attack and healing the La of these afflictions.

Contact: Cheri Brady, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

November 10-11-12, 2017

Padmasambhava and the Nyingmapa Tradition of Tibet

Lubin, Poland

In the 8th cen. of our era, the illustrious master from Uddiyana in Central Asia, Guru Padmasambhava, introduced the Tantric form of Buddhism known as Vajrayana from India into Tibet. Once there, he subdued the local gods and demons in magical combat, converting them into protectors and guardians of the Buddhist teachings. Padmasambhava not only introduced the practices of Mahayoga Tantra into Tibet, but also Dzogchen, often considered in the Tibetan tradition to represent the highest teaching of the Buddha. Dzogchen points directly to the Nature of Mind which lies beyond the transformative processes of the Tantras.

Later he concealed many Termas, or hidden treasure texts, throughout theHimalayan region of Tibet and Bhutan. These were rediscovered in later centuries by the reincarnations of his original band of disciples. In the following centuries, his followers, the married Lamas known as Ngakpas, became renowned as the Nyingmapas, or “the Ancient Ones.” In this weekend seminar we will survey the contents of the Nyingmapa tradition, both Kama and Terma, and focus on the practice of Guru Yoga, and selected other practices.

Contact: Jacek, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; tel. 60-391-4172

November 18-19, 2017

Tibetan Magic and Sorcery

London, UK

[Details to be announced}


Last update: September 21, 2017