January 17-18, 2015 - Tara's Triple Excellence Weekend Retreat

Green TaraTara's Triple Excellence Weekend Retreat
January 17-18, 2015
Saugerties, NY

At his retreat at Garrison Institute earlier this year, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, with whom Tulku Sherdor has been fortunately and closely connected since 1981, graciously gave Blazing Wisdom Institute the opportunity to assist with his activities by appointing Tulku an Acharya (Loppon) in the Tara Triple Excellence (TTE) program.

The TTE program affords people all over the world an opportunity to learn the entire Buddhist path through online tutorials, guided meditations, and video lectures given by Rinpoche and his senior students. It is, in that sense and others, a treasure revelation for these times. In a formal sense, the curriculum is based on the Zab Tig Drolma treasure cycle of Chokgyur Lingpa, which contains a complete presentation on the three vehicles of practice.

The emphasis of the program, moreover, is on practical development and growth, and not theoretical understanding alone. As Rinpoche is fond of saying, "No train, no tame. No tame, no gain."

Specifically, Rinpoche directed Tulku to offer live programs in the northeastern U.S. to supplement and complement the study and practice people do on their own through the online program. Similar live programs are being offered to the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde communities in Europe and at Leggett, California as well.

While offering an opportunity to delve more deeply and with greater personal guidance into the subject matter of the TTE program, these short retreat programs are not strictly limited to those who are enrolled in the program online. New practitioners are most welcome.

The first 'live' retreat program will be held the weekend of January 17-18, 2015, at BWI in Saugerties, NY. The focus will be on reorienting the mind toward the dharma through the foundational teachings of the First Excellence: What are faith and renunciation? How do we cultivate and stabilize these qualities of the path? and How do they benefit us? What are the defects of failing to do so? The retreat will provide time to meditate upon, contemplate, and discuss these questions in a supportive setting, including the support of one another's company.

A few days after the retreat, Tulku will travel to Nepal and join Rinpoche, and will tell him about the New York area practice group and the live retreat.

Please register in advance for this retreat by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before January 9, 2015. Wonderful and affordable accommodations have been arranged for retreat participants at Villa St. Joseph, the Dominican Sisters' residence and retreat center along the banks of the Hudson River, and just a short walk from BWI. Further details on public transportation, housing, and food options will be emailed to registrants.

There is no charge by BWI for you to attend the program. You may make donations if you wish. In that regard, kindly review the Vision/Mission Statement and Virtuous Circles Statement at www.blazingwisdom.org.


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March 13-15, 2015 - Krishna Das: Heart of Devotion Retreat

Krishna DasKrishna 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.
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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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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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