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 firstname.lastname@example.org. View the Center website at www.ktchayriver.org.