Nyungne Retreats at Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center
In 2017, from November 4th thru November 20th, the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center hosted 8 Nyungnes in a row. This is a purification practice and also a wonderful compassion builder. It is rare to be able to participate in this practice and even more difficult to be able to do 8 in a row. MUCH THANKS to Lama Yeshe who made it possible and to the participants in this event, and our wonderful sponsors!! We plan to make this available again in 2018 as both single Nyungnes (January 20-22) and two opportunities (May and November) to perform 8 in a row. Lama Yeshe will also be teaching on the Nyungne practice, it’s lineage, and the benefits of the practice on Sunday, January 14th from 11- 12:30. If you are not able to do the retreat there is much merit in helping to sponsor the event, a participant, or a meal. Contact Lama Yeshe, resident teacher at the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center if you would like to participate or assist in making this precious practice possible. Find additional information at www.ktcHayRiver.org. Lama Yeshe is a fully ordained monk in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
This practice is restricted to those who have taken the refuge vow. It is a residential retreat that includes periods of fasting, silence, chanting, visualizations and mantra recitation. The practice of Nyungne originates with the nun Gelongma Palmo and the lineage includes some of the Karmapas. The benefits include purification of negative karma, accumulation of merit and wisdom, and improved health. Click on the link below for additional information on the Nyungne practice.
Lama Yeshe was in Ashland and Washburn, WI and taught on the topics of Mindfulness and Meditation and how techniques can help us to maintain balance when times get stressful. The meditation practice helps us to be more mindful as we learn to synchronize our body and mind. That means when we are doing the dishes we are actually focused on doing the dishes, not planning the next meal or reviewing a past event. As we learn to be more present for the moment at hand we develop gratitude. We start to be thankful for the warm water with which we wash the dish. We appreciate all of the things that have come together to make this moment possible.
Meditation also helps us realize that thoughts that come up are just that, thoughts. They have no substance or reality. An angry thought can quickly be replaced by an image of a bird flying by. That thought gets replaced by the sound of a truck and then you feel your foot tingle. Next you imagine what you might eat for lunch. It can be a whirlwind but meditation helps us to see what is going on, and as we watch and let the thoughts just flow through, we are not as captivated by them. We are able to let them go and this opens up a whole new way of relating to our mental activity. It becomes more spacious an open. We become aware of our habitual patterns and realize that we have choices regarding what we think and how we react to what comes up.
Lama Yeshe presented the techniques of Tong Len, also known as Taking and Sending. This is a compassion building technique that helps us recognize what all beings have in common. We all want to be happy and have the causes of happiness. We all want to be free of suffering and the causes of suffering. As we imagine the many ways that others may suffer and mentally offer them our happiness, things can change within us. We realize that even those we view with animosity are suffering. We may not understand how their suffering manifests but we know that, just like us, they would rather be happy. We start to see how alike we are and how all beings are worthy of our compassion. Compassion is the wish that all beings be free of suffering and its causes.
Lama Yeshe is the resident Lama at the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center near Ridgeland. He is a fully ordained monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events see our website at www.ktcHayRiver.org.
On Sunday, June 11th, Lama Yeshe held a day long Meditation Retreat. There was meditation instruction and practice for students at any level. For beginners, the aim was to learn the basic meditation techniques, practice them, and gain enough familiarity to begin a daily home practice. For more advanced students, the focus was on how to be more skillful with obstacles that may arise during practice. These include how to work with boredom, agitation, sleepiness, etc. The real trick with meditation is to make it a regular part of your life. We have to be able to set aside the time and space for it, and have commitment to develop a daily habit. Like anything that we want to master, we need to extend the necessary effort. That is why we call it a meditation practice. For basic meditation instructions click on Learn to Meditate below and watch an instructional video from our website with Lama Losang, resident teacher at the KTC Center in Gainesville, Florida. To really learn meditation, you need a guide. Feel free to contact Lama Yeshe for one-on-one meditation advice. Learn to Meditate
Lama Yeshe is the resident lama at the Hay River KTC near Ridgeland, WI. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our website for more classes and programs Hay River KTC website.
On the weekend of June 17th, Lama Yeshe participated in two memorial services at Carleton College. It was also his 50th class reunion. One of the quotes he read was from Trungpa Rinpoche:
“Death comes, obviously. You can never avoid death. Whatever you do, death occurs. But if you have lived with a sense of reality and with gratitude toward life, then you leave the dignity of your life behind you, so that your relatives, your friends, and your children can appreciate who you were”.
Lama Yeshe, an ordained monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is the resident lama at the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center near Ridgeland, WI. He holds regular classes and offers meditation instruction at the center. View the website for Hay River KTC.
Lama Yeshe participated in an Interfaith Dialog at St James Catholic Church in Eau Claire, WI on May 24. He based his presentation on a quote from the newly released book Interconnected by the 17th Karmapa, Oryen Trinley Dorje. “One area where we seem to find it particularly difficult to accept our differences—much less value them—is religion. However, religious diversity is inevitable, given the diversity in the historical and cultural conditions that give rise to religious institutions, doctrines, and practices. What’s more, religious diversity is also necessary and positive for human society. Since human beings are diverse on terms of our predispositions and needs, we benefit greatly from having a variety of spiritual paths available to us. From a Buddhist perspective, the argument that one religion is the best while the rest are all mistaken or inferior is unsustainable and not useful. It fails to take into account our variety of human dispositions and emotional needs. If it does not suit our individual temperament or help us to free ourselves from suffering and become better people, following the “best” religion is of little use. Even if one religion were really the best or truest, I do not think that being the best and truest is the point when it comes to religion. In my view, the point is for it to suit the person and to benefit them.
There is no reason to insist that everyone follow a single religion or spiritual path, or for all religions to agree on the same beliefs and practices in order to be considered equal. In fact, religions are already equal in the most important sense. If they address us as human beings, recognizing our common wish to be free of suffering and to find lasting happiness, they are equal. They are united in a common goal, which is to alleviate suffering and help us find happiness and live meaningful lives. All religions offer us ways to achieve these aims by looking primarily within our own hearts and minds. I think when we recognize this shared purpose at the root of all religions, we will be able to see them as fundamentally equal and to respect and value the diversity we see in their branches—their particular forms and expressions.”
From the book Interconnected by the 17th Karmapa, Oryen Trinley Dorje.
Lama Yeshe is the resident teacher at the Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center near Ridgeland, WI. For additional information on the center or the activities of Lama Yeshe, see our website at KTCHayriver.org. View Center Website Here.
“The pain and suffering of trauma is a sign that we need to go in a new direction. By looking inward we begin to see and then make friends with how we magnify and hold on to the pain. We then purge the suffering with wisdom and apply loving kindness to the wound.” — Lama Tsultrim Yeshe
Buddhism has a lot to say about suffering – its source, its cause, and how it can be relieved. This retreat combined knowledge gained from Western psychological science and Buddhist teachings, and was designed to help people of all denominations recover from traumatic experiences and loss. Creativity was also used to explore healing through the arts.
Lama Yeshe writes: The weekend went very, very well. I am so pleased people received so much benefit. Yes, there were some difficult material to work with, but much was processed.
Retreatants have shared their stories of both pain and peace, challenge and courage. Lama Yeshe brought his usual mix of wise methods to heal, and lots of humor.
Trish Malone shared how western Psychology and science are validating this 2,500 year old body of precious knowledge.
Lama Yeshe is the resident lama at KTC Hay River, an affiliate of KTD monastery in western Wisconsin. To inquire about speaking engagements or to see a schedule of upcoming events see their website at www.ktchayriver.org.
Lama Yeshe presented a retreat on Forgiveness and Emotional Healing at the Christine Center on May 8-10, 2017. There were lots of happy faces!! It is a great place for retreats and we will be offer more there in the future. The Christine Center, located near Willard, WI, is managed by Catholic nuns.
Forgiveness is letting go of the past, letting go of wanting a better past and all anger based on what has happened in the past. Since the past is past, it can’t be changed only accepted. When we garden we do it in the present. If there was a crop failure last year you can’t go back and replant. You can’t plant in the future either. You plant in the present. Then you care for them so they will grow, weeding in the present so there is room to grow. When the plants are ready to harvest, that is when you harvest. So it is with forgiveness. We forgive in the present what has happened in the past so there is room to grow in the future. With forgiveness the harvest is wisdom, peace and happiness. The retreat included talks, meditation instruction and practice, meditation on love and compassion (Tonglen) and individual interviews. As part of the retreat the film LIVING BUDDHA was shown. It is a documentary about the discovery and recognition of the 17th Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe is an American born ordained Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He serves as the Head Teacher and Director of the Hay River Buddhist Center in Ridgeland, Wisconsin. He travels throughout the US and abroad sharing Buddhist perspectives on emotional healing, forgiveness and trauma recovery. In 2013, he was invited to bring his healing message to Newtown, Connecticut in the aftermath of the tragic school shooting. Lama Yeshe served as a prison chaplain for eight years before becoming a full time Buddhist teacher.
Lama Yeshe is available for meditation instruction and personal consultation by appointment. This can be set up with him personally; the Lama can be reached at (715) 949-1407 by phone, or at email@example.com. View the Center website at www.ktchayriver.org.
I gave a talk in Alpine, Texas while in that part of the state. The talk was on Healing Emotions. Here is a overview for those who missed it:
Some emotions create wounds while others create healing. Our minds naturally want to heal when injured just like our bodies. The difference is the body tries to return to the state it was in before the injury. Our minds, on the other hand, actually can grow and go beyond where it was before the emotional injury. Post traumatic growth is an example of this. The source of emotional wounds is clinging to a solid sense of self and the 5 poisons: passion/desire, resentment/anger, ignorance, jealousy and greed. Their influence needs to be reduced in our lives if we are to heal and grow. Otherwise we keep injuring our emotional wounds and creating more. Beneficial emotions are forgiveness, appreciation, gratitude, humor, remorse (guilt is not healing), empathy, compassion, love, and mindfulness. All of these lead to feelings of satisfaction and contentment as well as the accumulation of wisdom.
I visited David Kaczynski and Linda Patric in Texas in late April. While there I gave a talk titled Change, Chaos and Contentment. Here is a summary of what I said:
Because of impermanence and interdependence we are constantly experiencing new and unpredictable situations. Change and chaos are normal. With an understanding of this we can relax and work with the world rather than trying to control it. Meditation practice and the resulting mindfulness applied during our daily life leads to the ability to take in the chaos and give back order into the world. Mindfulness allows us to appreciate and more fully enjoy life. If you listen mindfully you are more likely to hear something. Just by applying mindfulness our life becomes more pleasant without having to change anything in the external world. This leads to contentment, the feeling of satisfaction and happiness with what you have and where you are in the moment.
Our lives and the world are full of uncertainty and chaos. We can fight it, deny it or hide from it. None of these work very well and they create additional stress. This program will focus on developing inner peace, contentment and happiness regardless of past or present circumstances.