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March 16-17-18, 2018

Practices of the Wrathful Lion-Headed Dakini Simhamukha

Zvolen, Slovakia [Weekend meditation workshop]

Generally, in terms of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dakini represents the autonomous feminine principle that is outside the control of patriarchal society and the rational male ego consciousness. For this reason, the Dakini may be represented as alluring and enchanting, but also as wrathful and terrifying. This seminar will look at the meditations, rituals, and magical practices associated with the wrathful lion-headed Dakini Simhamukha, mistress of enchantments, sorceries, and witchcraft, who brings all those beings who are difficult to subdue under her power, and who also vanquishes and subdues all obstacles, negativities, and evil spirits. Simhamukha was the personal practice of Guhyajnana Dakini, the female Guru of Padmasambhava in the Central Asian country of Uddiyana and he introduced the practice into Tibet. She remains a very popular practice in the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. For this purpose, we rely on the profound expositions of Dudjom Rinpoche regarding the practices for this Dakini, who is a manifestation of enlightened awareness. Here the focus will be on the collection of magical practices (las tshogs) associated with the wrathful lion-headed Dakini Simhamukha, and especially on the Lower Rites (smad-las) for subduing and transforming evil spirits that cause harm, obstacles, and illnesses for undividuals.

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

March 23-24-25, 2018

Long Life and Soul Retrieval Practices from the Chimed Sogthik

Maria Lankowitz, near Graz, Austria   [Friday evening talk and weekend workshop]

At the Maratika cave in the high mountains of Nepal, the Buddha of Long Life, the Natha Amitayus in union with his consort, appeared during meditation practice to Guru Padmasambhava and his consort, the princess Indian Mandarava. Amitayus granted them his blessings and bestowed upon them the long life empowerments, so that they both came to realize the Vidyadhara stage of the power of long life (tse-wang rig-dzin). Then in the 19th century, the Tantric practitioner and discoverer of hidden treasure texts, Zilnön Namkhai Dorje, recovered the text of these practices in Bhutan, which are known as the Chimed Sogthik, “The Essence of the Undying Life-Force.” Presented in the next century with this hidden treasure text as its true custodian, Düdjom Rinpoche composed commentaries for it and taught these practices extensively that are concerned with summoning and reinforcing the strength of the soul (La) and the long life energies (Tse).

The La, or soul, is the energetic basis for the emotional life of the individual human being. However, it can be weakened through a life of dissipation and dishonorable conduct, where the individual is abandoned by one’s Sung-lha or guardian spirits, or else from trauma and abuse. Moreover, fragments of the soul may become lost or even stolen by evil spirits and black magicians for nefarious purposes. At night, the soul may separate from the physical body and wander about, coming under the influence of wandering spirits, or even become lost in obscure regions of the landscapes of the unconscious mind. Soul loss (la khyampa) is characterized by such symptoms as chronic depression, disorientation, confusion, energy loss, inertia, a general loss of vitality and enthusiasm for life, and so on. There exist, however, methods to recover these lost fragments of the soul and strengthen the soul and one’s vitality and lifespan (tse). These practices serve to recall lost or stolen fragments of the soul, returning the soul (la), as well as the life-force (sok), to wholeness and integration, both in this present life and in the Bardo after death. We shall look at and engage in some of these practices of La-gug and La-lü, or “Recalling the Soul,” and Clilü, or “The Cheating of Death,” in terms of ritual and meditation practices for healing oneself and others.

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

April 27-28-29,2018

Nature Spirits and Tibetan Shamanism  [Weekend meditation workshop]

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