Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat

Meditation Retreat held June 11, 2017

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 108yeshe@gmail.com.  Check our website for more classes and programs Hay River KTC website.

Lama Yeshe with students from a Northland College class.

Memorial Services at Carleton College

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”. 

Carleton College in Northfield, MN
Lama Yeshe in Tibet

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.

InterFaith Dialog with Lama Yeshe

St James Catholic Church Eau Claire, WI
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 May 2017

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.

Healing from Emotional Trauma Workshop at KTD in May 2017

Healing from Emotional Trauma at KTD Monastery in Woodstock, NY.  May 2017

“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 on Emotional Healing and Forgiveness

 

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

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 108yeshe@gmail.com.  View the Center website at www.ktchayriver.org.

 

Lama Yeshes Talked on Healing Emotions in Alpine, Texas

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.

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe: Change, Chaos and Contentment in Terlingua, Texas

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.

Listen to Lama Yeshe’s Karma Workshop from March 19, 2017!

Listen to first session of the teaching

Listen to second session of the teaching 

The KARMA workshop illustrated how we continually create both positive and negative karma.  We do this with our actions of thought, word, and deed.  Our present circumstances are the result of past actions and our current activity leaves traces that will influence future situations.  Lama Yeshe offered many practices, including meditation, to positively impact our interactions with ourselves and the world around us.   The great thing about karma is that it can be purified.  We think of freedom as the ability to do and say anything.  Unfortunately most of these actions are based on habitual urges and impulses.  Freedom lies in every moment, when it arises.  It entails following our wisdom and inspiration instead of our current likes and dislikes.  Ultimate freedom comes when we are free of karma and can see things as they truly are, without our preconceptions.   At that point our actions will be totally spontaneous and our ability to benefit for ourselves and others will be limitless.

ABOUT LAMA TSULTRIM YESHE

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 108yeshe@gmail.com.

Hay River KTC at sunrise. Photo by Lama Yeshe.

Impermanencia

I went to Ecuador to teach the Buddhadharma.

In Cuenca it looked like they were welcoming me with this sign. It is Spanish for impermanence; one of the basic teachings of the Buddha. All physical things change, including our bodies. All experience changes too. The good times don’t last, neither do the bad times. It is important because without change, there would be no room for new/fresh experience to arise.

The sign was for an art show not my talks.

— Lama Yeshe