April 25-26, 2015 - Tara Triple Excellence Retreat

Green TaraTara Triple Excellence Retreat

Guru Rinpoche House, Saugerties, NY
April 25-26, 2015

A number of you have written to ask about our next retreat weekend, following our successful inaugural Tara Triple Excellence retreat in January.

We plan to follow the curriculum of the Tara online Program from where we left off last time, which was exploring the reflections that shift our orientation toward dharma, so this time we may reach the topics of the true meaning of refuge and the qualities of the sources of refuge.

The session format will follow the online program as before, although enrollment in the online program again is not a requisite to participate in the weekend, which is, after all, a sangha-building initiative as well.

The schedule tentatively will be similar to last time, two sessions each day and an optional sitting session Saturday evening.  Ngon Dro in the early mornings for those who practice or wish to practice it.

I would also like to share the good news that we now have a custom-built drum and pair of cymbals and plan to introduce bi-weekly live and streamed Tara sadhana practice in the near future.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Subject: TTE at BWI, by April 1, 2015 if you plan to attend this retreat weekend.  In your email, also indicate whether you would like to have group lunches on site as before, and we will decide according to the wishes of most participants.


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May 9, 2015 - POSTPONED - Empowerment and Teachings on Amoghapasa: The Embodiment of Compassionate Wisdom



Empowerment and Teachings on Amoghapasa:
The Embodiment of Compassionate Wisdom

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10 am - 5 pm
Bae Acupuncture/Samaya Education
190 N 10th Street, Suite 204
Brooklyn, NY 11211

An invitation to this complete day of empowerment, oral transmission and instruction in the daily practice of Amoghapasa, for the first time to be offered in NYC.

Amoghapasa (Skt) or Donyod Shakpa (Tib) is a form of four-armed Chenrezig, Avalokitesvara, that has been practiced throughout the Buddhist world for more than a thousand years. Amoghapasa represents a highly active form of compassionate energy designed to rescue beings from very negative and destructive states of experience.

The teachings of His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, recently published at the Tibetan Printing House in Chengdu, China, in a new 30 volume edition, are a wondrous treasury of transmissions directly from the mind of Padma Sambhava, Guru Rinpoche, dedicated to protecting and serving the needs of beings in these most challenging times. The exploits of this modern master, who passed on in 2009, are legendary.

The treasure teachings include an entire 400 page volume dedicated to the meditation deity who is the embodiment of pro-active, compassionate wisdom, known as Amoghapasa. There are short, medium and elaborate forms of empowerment; a short daily sadhana practice, a medium length daily sadhana, and a more elaborate ‘heart essence’ sadhana; and a wide range of related practices and rituals for compassionate activity based on this deity, including a range of special rituals for benefiting the deceased.

When he first came to America in 1994, His Holiness emphasized, wherever he went, that the practice of Amoghapasa was one of his primary gifts to us, to pacify our disturbed mentality and create personal and social harmony.

In recent years, in furtherance and fulfillment of this directive from his precious root guru, Tulku Sherdor, His Holiness’ heart disciple, has begun to spread this practice by teaching the short daily sadhana practice, offering the concise empowerment, and leading practice groups online. Tulku Sherdor now feels the groundwork has been laid to go deeper into this practice, which constitutes a complete path to enlightenment. Therefore, this program is open to and suitable for those who simply wish to receive the blessing and inspiration of connecting with the wisdom transmissions of a completely realized master, His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa; for those with some prior connection to the practice and to Tulku Sherdor; and for those with greater experience who wish to delve further.

Suggested fee: $45

Please register in advance for this program by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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May 22-25, 2015 - Subtle Energy: Healing the Mind-Body Continuum with Tulku Sherdor and Ivy Loo

Ivy LooProgram Announcement

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.
To register for this program, please visit the Garrison Institute website.
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May 29-31, 2015 - Rimay Monlam Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering

Rimay MonlamRimay Monlam 2015 Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering

Guru Rinpoche House, Saugerties, NY
May 29-31, 2015

A good karma, non-profit event welcoming all practitioners, with the blessings and good wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Fee of $100 includes 2 breakfasts and lunches and materials.  More details will be emailed to confirmed registrants.  Register by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 15.
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Rimay Monlam Letter to HHDL


June 12, 2013

By email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling, P.O. McLeod Ganj
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh (H.P.) 176219 India



Your Holiness,

      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



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Losar Celebrations 2013


New Year, New Beginnings

On February 9&10, those practicing the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingtig are welcome back to BWI to continue with another weekend of study and communal practice.  If you’ve not been with us before, you are most welcome to write to inquire further.
Everyone else is also welcome to come over for our celebration of the Tibetan New Year.  We’ll begin with a potluck lunch (vegetarian only) around noon on Sunday February 10.  Music and rejoicing in our merit to participate in one another’s lives.  Some light practice. 
Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think you’ll attend either or both of these events.

Space is limited to a maximum of about 30 participants.  If you are interested, it is best to register early.

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