In the biographies of the dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, the tale is told, that at the moment of her conception a little stream sprang up by the family castle and at the moment of her birth this greatly increased in size forming a sacred lake and all around its shores there appeared a marvelous array of red and white blossoms, sparkling and in full bloom. Her father Karchen exclaimed “She shall have the name of Tsogyal “Sea of Victory”. In this single day of teachings and practice, Lama Rinchen will offer us a marvellous opportunity to deepen our understanding of this powerful dakini.
The day will begin gently, with music and a guided meditation followed by a short calm abiding meditation practice. Following the meditation, Lama Rinchen will offer a powerpoint presentation about the mother of Buddhism in Tibet, the extraordinary dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and her landscape of sacred pilgrimage. After lunch, there will be readings from Yeshe Tsogyal’s biography and time for discussion. The day will conclude with a short meditation and mantra recitation.
Lama Rinchen Zangmo/Barbara Hazelton has a BA in Fine Art History, an MA in Buddhist Studies, is a Ph.D Candidate at the University of Toronto Dept. for the Study of Religion, Buddhist studies and is an artist in the Karma Gadri tradition. She completed the three year retreat (1982-1986) under the direction of the late Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and has a keen interest in Buddhist rituals and ritual texts. Lama Rinchen is inspired by the popular genre of Tibetan literature, the life stories of liberation (nam thar), with a focus on female models of enlightenment and Buddha activity exemplified by women such as Princess Yeshe Tsogyal and the yogini Niguma.
The fee for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the teachings as your own practice of generosity.
Food: Please bring your own picnic lunch and any particular snacks that you would like . Tea and coffee will be provided.
Equipment/Materials: If you have a copy of Lady of the Lotus Born: The life and enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal translated by the Padmakara Translation Group please bring that with you.
Overnight Accommodation: This is a single day retreat, so no accommodation is needed. For those who wish to stay overnight, rooms in the retreat house are available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.