November 22-23, 2014 - BWI Saugerties Opening Ceremony and Reception
BWI moves to Saugerties, NY
Opening Ceremony set for November 22-23
The next chapter in the Blazing Wisdom Institute story is underway. After ten wonderful years in Andes/Delancey, our center is now in Saugerties, NY, in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. This blessed property was the home of a non-profit spiritual center called Miriam’s Well for nearly two decades, which made for a peaceful and joyful transfer of stewardship.
We are much easier to reach, and yet standing on a bluff surrounding by old-growth trees, with a sprawling lawn and lovely pond, the sense of peaceful seclusion remains. We welcome scheduled visitors and plan to hold regular practice sessions and programs onsite. Our new address is
13 Simmons Street, Saugerties, NY 12477, and our new phone number is 845-247-3970.
Click here to see a location map or to get travel directions.
We have limited overnight accommodations available at the center, and there are many, many affordable places to stay in the immediate vicinity. Click here to see a list of nearby accommodations, although camping is not recommended this time of year!
December 12-17, 2014 - Teaching at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas
Meditation: Deeply Exploring Our True Nature
Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas
December 12-17, 2014
Is deep realization and awakening in this precious human life possible? Come explore the possibility with a teacher who has been studying Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation for more than 30 years. This course offers yoga and meditation practitioners and teachers an opportunity to significantly deepen their practice, learning and training in a range of meditative methods beyond basic concentration and mindfulness techniques, affording deeper access and insight into the true nature of our being. This nature is universal, beyond sectarian or conceptual boundaries of any kind; and so are the methods for realizing it. These methods are best learned through direct, personal instruction from a teacher devoted to mastering them him- or herself.
For a PDF copy of the event flyer, click here.
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March 13-15, 2015 - Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat
Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
March 13-15, 2015
We recommend the following program at Garrison as well for those who appreciate devotional chanting at its finest. Krishna Das has invited Tulku Sherdor to participate as a surprise(!) guest at the program.
For more information, and to register for this event, click here.
May 22-25, 2015 - Subtle Energy: Healing the Mind-Body Continuum with Tulku Sherdor and Ivy Loo
Subtle Energy: Healing the Mind-Body Continuum
with Tulku Sherdor and Ivy Loo
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Memorial Day Weekend 2015
There are countless techniques for improving physical and mental health and well-being. Some focus principally on the body, others on working directly with the mind. Most require the expertise of others. Few offer us a complete and effective system to heal the totality of our own being.
Subtle energy is the fundamental constituent of our being, and therefore is the interface where body and mind meet, and influence each other, for better or for worse. Without learning to detect and work directly with this energy, practitioners and yogis too often find that chronic thought patterns, emotional states, or other imbalances hold them down and back, no matter how dedicated they are to practice.
When we discover how to perceive and work skillfully with the subtle energies that give rise to these patterns, states and conditions, then mind heals body, and body heals mind. In this way, the totality of our being can awaken to its fullest potential.
Two systems that enable us to understand and work directly with these subtle energies are the tantric yoga system of Tibetan Buddhism, and the Qigong (energy cultivation) system that grew out of the Daoist and Buddhist Chan ('zen') traditions in China.
In the tantric Buddhist system, subtle energy is bodhicitta, further arranged into nadi, prana and bindu (channels, flowing energy, and concentrated energy clusters). In Qi Gong, qi (chi) is the animating force of the entire universe, gross and subtle, internal and external.
This special weekend program, for the first time, brings together two gifted teachers who will introduce these systems both conceptually and experientially, offering you a foundation for exploring and gradually mastering subtle energy in your own practice, whatever it might be.
Ivy Loo is a fully-certified teacher of Emei Qigong who since 2002 has trained directly with Grandmaster Fu Wei Zhong, the 13th Lineage Holder of the Emei "Sudden Enlightenment" school of Qigong. The school was established in 1227 A.D. by the monk "White Cloud," who attained enlightenment on his pilgrimage to Emei Mountain. It combines Buddhist philosophy and meditation, acupuncture and herbal medicine, Daoist and Buddhist Qigong, tai chi and martial arts, and more, to form a complete system devoted to maintaining excellent health and treating disease while attaining the highest levels of spiritual development.
Ivy has taught many training courses in English and in Mandarin, both in the U.S. and in her native Singapore, where she established Wisdom Center LLP to keep the healing arts of ancient esoteric teachings alive in the modern world. Ivy also serves on the Board of Directors of Blazing Wisdom Institute in the U.S.
Tulku Sherdor became a close disciple of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in Nepal in 1981. In 1990, he completed a traditional 40 month intensive Lama training retreat established by Kalu Rinpoche, and followed that with a year-long, very strict solitary retreat in the Chogling treasure lineage, and many other personal retreats of varying lengths.
Later, over the course of 13 years, he served his teacher, the mahasiddha and treasure revealer Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, in just the way the teachings and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism prescribe, and assumed his seat as a Tulku of the great monastic seat of Lung Ngon Gonpa in Golog, Tibet in 2006. He has been an accomplished interpreter and translator and teacher of dharma for more than twenty years, and has served and studied under most of the recent great masters of the practice traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Tulku Sherdor is also a westerner holding a B.A. with high honors from Vassar College and a J.D. with high honors from Columbia University School of Law, and is a human rights and environmental advocate. He founded Blazing Wisdom Institute in 2004 to spread the healing power of dharma, and not for livelihood, fame, or popularity, and founded the Rimay Monlam Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering held annually at Garrison Institute from 2012-14.
Rimay Monlam Letter to HHDL
June 12, 2013
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling, P.O. McLeod Ganj
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219 India
Two years ago, you graciously granted your blessings for the Rimay Monlam, a nonsectarian Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Convocation. We are very pleased to inform Your Holiness that the second annual Rimay Monlam just successfully concluded at Garrison Institute, on the shore of the Hudson River in New York State. Once again, there was no political agenda and no profit motive for this event, which was solely dedicated to sharing pure aspiration prayers for all to receive the blessings and benefit of dharma.
During this four day program, we held a teachers and scholars meeting to discuss matters of common interest. Dr. David Jackson gave a presentation on the life and teachings of his guru, the great Sakya rimay master Dezhung Rinpoche. Sangyum Kamala (the lifelong consort of Chadral Sanjay Dorje Rinpoche) spoke about tsetar animal liberation practice, and the role of women in dharma. Teachers from all four lineages gave short dharma talks, including Geshe Kunga from the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Indiana, who taught Je Tsongkhapa's Three Principal Aspects of The Path. Popular Hindu kirtan master and recording artist Krishna Das, who also practices Vipassana meditation and studies with Tibetan lamas, led chanting of Tara and Vajra Guru mantras one evening.
In all, more than 60 people attended in person, including ten Lamas, several translators, and sangha leaders from around the U.S. and other countries. There were, in addition, many sponsors who supported the Monlam and enabled other individuals, both monastic and lay, to attend. A great number of other sangha members joined in the prayers from afar, including from prison, from remote states, and from affiliated sanghas in other countries.June 6, 2012
For the sake of our precious Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the West and in the world, and of further developing and maintaining friendly collegial relations among teachers, centers and lineages, it is fully our intention to continue to hold Rimay Monlams in the future, annually if possible, and to explore how to do so even more skillfully, and with greater breadth of participation and broader impact. May all beings benefit, and thank you for your continued blessings and support.
Sincerely Offered by Your Devoted Students,
Tulku Sherab Dorje
Lama Surya Das
On behalf of the Invitation Committee
2013 Rimay Monlam: Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Convocation