Special Announcements Issue

Volume 12, Number 2 / April 2012 

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Letter From the Editors

Rinpoche’s New Book Coming Soon

Dear Friends,

We have some wonderful news: A new book by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will be published in June!

Awakening the Luminous Mind: Tibetan Meditation for Inner Peace and Joy, edited by Marcy Vaughn, is being published by More >

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Finding Inner Refuge Through the Spaciousness of Mind

An Excerpt from Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s New Book Awakening the Luminous Mind

The third aspect of refuge is associated with the mind. The principles of body, speech, and mind are interrelated, but the mind is primary. Consider your sense of self. You have some idea of who you are. I’m not talking about the strong voice that says, “I am a professor,” or “I am a mother.” Let’s look at the “three o’clock in the morning” voice. At that time the professor or the mother is sleeping and someone else is there. There is a sense of not knowing who you are rather than asserting that you are somebody. The asserting voice is the ego. It is more active, and so it is not hard to find. If you meet someone and have a ten-minute conversation, you have a good sense of who they think they are. That’s not what is interesting here. More interesting is that they don’t know who they are. There is a pervading dullness—the absence of knowing oneself—called ignorance. Do I know myself in this moment? Or is not-knowing present in me at this moment? More >

Two Free Webcasts and an Online Workshop

In Coming Days With Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

The next scheduled webcast of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will be Saturday, April 14, from 4:30–6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time U.S. (New York time). It will be broadcast live during an afternoon teaching by Rinpoche at the spring More >

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Opening the Three Doors

An Invitation to Apply to the Fall 2012 U.S. Three Doors Academy

For more than two decades, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has brought the ancient Bon tradition's legacy of wisdom and compassion to Western students. As he has witnessed the profound More >

April 22: A Day of Healing

Soul Retrieval Ritual With Geshe Nyima Kunchap

Tibetans traditionally view the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space as pervading all of life. The ancient shamanic rite of soul retrieval from the Mother Tantra of the Bon tradition calls on the living essence of the elements to balance and heal the individual.

Geshe Nyima Kunchap will perform a soul retrieval ritual at Serenity Ridge on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. As well as being trained in sutra, tantra and dzogchen, Geshe Kunchap is a master ritualist of the Yungdrung Bon tradition. Just attending the ritual itself can bring healing effects. Join us for this special event!

Learn more and register

Q&A With Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Refuge Vows This Summer

Voice of Clear Light recently asked Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche about his plans to offer the Refuge Vows during the first week of the 2012 Summer Retreat, which will take place from June 24 through July 14. His answers are below. More >

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche: Innovation within an Ancient Tradition

A Weekly Wisdom Interview By Tami Simon of Sounds True

In March, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche was a featured speaker on Sounds True Radio. You can listen to the online interview or download a transcript of it here.

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Welcome to Ligmincha's New Bookstore Manager

Bo Holland Joins Us at Serenity Ridge

Please join us as we welcome Bo Holland to the position of manager of Ligmincha Institute’s Bookstore and Tibet Shop. Bo has been a student of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s for the past seven years, and brings a host of skills to her new position. You will find Bo at Ligmincha’s store at the Serenity Ridge retreat center, and our online store, www.ligminchastore.org. Come say hi to Bo the next time you visit us at Serenity Ridge, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Many heartfelt thanks to former bookstore manager Melissa O’Neill. We wish that all good things come her way as she and her husband, Kevin O’Neill, settle into their new home in Bloomington, Indiana.

Volunteer Help Wanted

Position for Database Programmer

Ligmincha Institute is looking for a volunteer to program a retreat registration database using Microsoft Access 2010 software. If you work with Access 2010 and would like to assist in this way, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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New Position Available at Ligmincha

Retreat Center Maintenance Technician

We are now accepting resumes for the position of Retreat Center Maintenance Technician for Ligmincha Institute’s Serenity Ridge Retreat Center in Shipman, Va., 30 minutes south of Charlottesville. Tasks will include work in electrical repairs, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, painting repairs and other general maintenance; landscaping and grounds maintenance; and supervision of subcontractors when needed. Position requires being onsite for all events, assisting in welcoming retreat center visitors and serving as liaison for volunteer workers. This is an ideal situation for a couple who could co-manage these responsibilities. Candidate(s) must have relevant experience and skills. Position is for three years. Includes stipend plus free onsite housing in one-bedroom cottage at our rural hilltop center; seasonal use of swimming pool; and free registration for some retreats. Ligmincha Institute is a drug-free workplace and equal opportunity employer.

Please send inquiries and resumes to Ligmincha This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upcoming Retreats

Ligmincha’s Serenity Ridge Retreat Center

The retreats described below will take place at Serenity Ridge, Ligmincha Institute’s retreat center in Nelson County, Va. To register or for more information, click on the links below, or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434-263-6304.

May 5–9, 2012
Soul and Life-Force Retrieval Training
Two-Year-Certificate Program

Session 1: With Geshe Nyima Kunchap
This unique program, offered in four five-day sessions in the spring and fall of 2012 and 2013 at Serenity Ridge, will provide the in-depth knowledge and experience needed to perform the Bon Buddhist practice of soul and life-force retrieval for oneself or—with the instructor's permission—for others. Early applications are encouraged.
Learn more or apply

June 10–23, 2012
Annual Summer Work Retreat
Free of charge
You may arrive as early as June 10, 2012, to participate in the Summer Work Retreat, which will take place from June 10 through 23. The work retreat is free of charge. Whether you join us for one afternoon, one week or the entire two weeks, this is a wonderful time to share with sangha and to be of joyful service. Our work retreat includes vigorous work periods, daily meditation practice and ample time for a swim in the pool or a walk along the Rockfish River. Participants are provided with free air-conditioned accommodations in Garuda House and free meals. For those who participate in one full week, there will be a 50 percent discount on the registration fee for one week of the summer retreat. If you participate in both full weeks of the work retreat, there will be a 50 percent discount on the registration fee for two weeks of the summer retreat.
To register for the Work Retreat, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 434-263-6304.

June 24–July 14, 2012
A View From the Heart: Purifying Your Vision Through the Practice of the Six Lamps (Part 2)

20th Annual Summer Retreat / 20th Anniversary Celebration!
With Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual Summer Retreat and 20th Anniversary Celebration! Come for one, two or all three weeks. No prerequisite, newcomers welcome.
Learn more or register

Oct. 10–14, 2012
Awakening the Luminous Mind
Annual Fall Retreat
With Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
More information coming soon.

Dec. 27, 2012–Jan. 1, 2013

Winter Retreat 2012: Experiential Transmission, Part 5
Dzogchen Teachings With Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Online registration is now open! Prerequisite: Participants must have received the teachings for Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Experiential Transmission of Zhang Zhung in order to attend these Part 5 teachings.
Learn more or register

To register for any of the above retreats, or for more information about teachings in the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibet, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 434-263-6304, or go to https://www.ligmincha.org/retreats/retreats.html