Volume 16, Number 2 / April 2016
Letter from the Editors
Being of Service
We have so many wonderful articles in this issue to share with you! First, we have an interview with Sangmo Yangri, teacher and administrator at Lishu Institute in Dehradun, India, about Lishu's offerings, including details about next year's program (beginning in September and open to all). Included is a glimpse of life at Lishu through some of the students' writings and pictures. More
Applications Accepted for Second Year Program at Lishu Institute
An Interview with Sangmo Yangri, Ph.D., Teacher at Lishu
Lishu Institute near Dehradun, India, will begin the second year of its three-year residential program in Tibetan Bon Buddhism on September 12, 2016. The year will focus on the Ma Gyud teachings, one of the major tantric cycles in the Bon tradition. All are welcome to apply for the second year of teachings. We interviewed Sangmo Yangri, Lishu teacher and administrator, for an update More
A Glimpse of Life at Lishu
Two Students’ Experiences
Anna-Kaisa Hirvanen, from Finland, is one in the first group of students to start a three-year Bon studies program at Lishu Institute near Dehradun, India. Anna-Kaisa is a founding member of Ligmincha Finland and its first Chair of the Board. She began a blog about Lishu a year ago in March 2015. Here is an excerpt from one of her recent posts, titled “Unbroken Lineage of Wisdom,” from March 2016. More
Upcoming Webcasts with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
April 2 and April 9
Coming up soon are two free, live webcasts with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche that should be of interest to all. The April 2 webcast, on the topic of “Enlightened Leadership,” will be broadcast live from the Spring Retreat at Serenity Ridge. The April 9 webcast, on the topic of “Generating Compassion,” is the third in a six-part series on service. More
This Is It
A Poem by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Translation from the original Tibetan by Steven Goodman, Karma Shastri and Polly Turner. Music by Nyamed Soladep and Gazom Lhamo. Video and editing by Salvador Espinosa. More
Plans for New Building at Serenity Ridge
View YouTube Video
Soon construction will begin on a new building at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Nelson County, Virginia, home to Ligmincha International. In this video, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and John Massie, who architected the design and worked closely with Rinpoche, share their vision for this building. Dedication of this newest addition to the Serenity Ridge Retreat Center will be held at the upcoming summer retreat in June.
The land development fund needs your help to make this a reality! Please consider a tax-deductible donation to further the efforts of Ligmincha International.
Focusing and Calming Your Mind with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Free Two-Week Online Workshop for Beginners Starts April 16
For the past six years Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has been providing meditation instruction through his popular GlideWing.com online workshops. Now, for the first time he will offer a two-week workshop free of charge. The course will take place from April 16 through May 1. More
New GlideWing Workshop Begins April 30
Tibetan Meditation — Achieving Great Bliss Through Open Awareness
A new GlideWing online workshop with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, “Tibetan Meditation: Achieving Great Bliss Through Pure Awareness,” will be held April 30–May 22, 2015. This ancient Tibetan meditation practice teaches you to enter the state of pure awareness that leads to peace, joy, and ultimately, to full self-realization.
Resident Program Positions Available at Serenity Ridge
Deepen Your Practice and Be of Service
A limited number of resident program positions are now available at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and headquarters of Ligmincha International. Apply now if you are interested! More
Chamma Ling Colorado
Supportive, Beautiful Environment for Group and Solitary Retreats
Cindy Pearson Garcia writes about this solitary retreat center in the Colorado Rockies.
Silence, stillness, spaciousness – words of wisdom from our beloved teacher, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and pervasive qualities inherent at the retreat land known as Chamma Ling Colorado. More
H.E. Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche Coming to Serenity Ridge!
May 21–22 Teachings on Pith Instructions of the Khandros
We are honored to have H.E. Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche join us at Serenity Ridge for this special weekend retreat focused on the Dzogchen Yetri Thasel. He will teach on the chapter of the pith instruction of the khandros (female enlightened beings). The weekend will include a combination of teaching and practice. More
Registration Now Open for Summer Retreat at Serenity Ridge
June 19–July 2: Sleep of Clear Light
Join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche for this special Summer Retreat focusing on sleep yoga. Participants are welcome to attend one or both weeks. A powerful tool for awakening, sleep yoga is more than a practice of the night. It helps us to integrate all moments — waking, sleeping, meditation and even death — with the clear light of awareness. More
Conversations Between Student and Teacher
Complementarity of Traditional Teaching and The 3 Doors Approach
Santiago Villaveces-Izquierdo from Colombia, a longtime student of Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, interviewed Rinpoche several times over Skype last year. Their conversation focused primarily on the complementarity of a traditional approach to the teachings and The 3 Doors. More
Apply to New 3 Doors Academies in the U.S. and Europe
Creativity Retreat in Italy Also Scheduled
The 3 Doors has good news to share: applications are being accepted for two new academies to begin in United States and Europe this year. The 3 Doors also invites you to a special retreat on creativity in Italy this June. More
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche's Teaching Schedule
Links by Date and Location
On the Ligmincha International website you can always find Rinpoche's teaching schedule by date through the end of the year, and by location.
Spanish and Portuguese Translations of VOCL
Links to February Issue Now Available
Serenity Ridge Retreat Center
The retreats listed below will take place at Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, Ligmincha International headquarters located in Nelson County, Virginia. To register or for more information, click on the links below, email us or call 434-263-6304.
May 21–22, 2016
Special Weekend Retreat: Pith Instructions of Dzogchen Yetri Thasel
with H.E. Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche
June 3–5, 2016
Tibetan Wellness Retreat
with Alejandro Chaoul-Riech, Ph.D. and Rob Patzig, President, Ligmincha International
June 19–July 2, 2016
Summer Retreat: Sleep of Clear Light: The Sleep Yoga Practice from the Bon Mother Tantra
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Attend one or both weeks.
October 12–16, 2016
Fall Retreat 2016: The Practice of Chod from the Bon Mother Tantra
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
November 3–6, 2016
Trul Khor Training: Tibetan Bon Yoga, Part 1
with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D.
December 27, 2016–January 1, 2017
The Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung, Part 3: The Practice of The Path
with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Prerequisite: Previous completion of Part 2 of the Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung series.
More information to come.