Weekend Teachings

Root Tantra — A Comprehensive Overview

with Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda Menpa, TMD

October 27 - 29, 2017
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

Instill a solid foundation for your study or review of the Tibetan healing system. The Root Tantra is the basis for the entire healing system of Sowa Rigpa. It is said that if you understand the Root Tantra, you understand all of Tibetan medicine In this weekend, we will learn the foundational and key aspects which can be applied into one’s personal journey of healing or professional life working with others. This teaching provides a comprehensive overview of the root upon which all Tibetan Medicine builds, along with tools to apply the system. Friday evening lecture serves both as a beginning to the weekend or a stand alone lecture with a focus on the inner mandala and teachings of the Medicine Buddha. One can attend either Friday evening and Saturday separately, but Sunday requires attendance in the earlier sessions. 

Death and the Art of Dying: The Bardo of Letting Go

with Andrew Holecek

December 2 - 3, 2017
Padmasambhava Meditation Center

The bardo of letting go is the first of the three bardos that are experienced as part of dying. In this part of the journey, a person is guided to weaken their exclusive identification with outer form, and strengthen their identification with the formless, which allows one to touch their deathless nature.

This is the guiding view, and all we have to do to die well. We can strengthen this view by understanding the eight phases of the outer and inner dissolutions, and their accompanying signs. These signs arise as physical and mental functions cease, signaling the advancement of death. Studying and trying to develop an understanding of what is said to happen after death will allow us better appreciate the nuances of the experience.

This two-day bardo of letting go workshop will include talks, contemplations, meditations, and videos specifically designed to prepare us. We will learn how to help ourselves – and others – in the incredible transition of death.