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We want to express joy and thankfulness for another wonderful Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok that was held this past weekend. This was a collaborative effort put together by Sakya Monastery, The Tibetan Association Of Washington , and Heruka Institute. It was so great to think about this being the 4th year in a row that we have come together to pray devotedly to Guru Rinpoche in this way. With so many natural disasters happening around the world, it was wished that this powerful practice is able to benefit all beings both near and far. We are so grateful to be able to practice Guru Rinpoche Bumtsok at the beautiful Sakya Monastery. Our Guru Rinpoche Thangka that we were able to purchase from generous donations looked glorious inside the Temple and helped people practice with great inspiration. The Tibetan community members worked tirelessly to prepare for this Retreat and provided everyone with delicious and nourishing food throughout our practice together. This truly couldn’t have been done without their devotion. We look forward to coming together again next year in this auspicious manner!
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Welcome to our meditation workshop reflections from our second Tibetan Buddhist Meditation workshop in Sitka Alaska with Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche. Friday evening September 1: Buddhist Philosophy and Introduction to Buddhist Meditation, laid awarerness of the four seals of Buddhism. Rinpoche shared a lot of personal life stories of reincarnations and of Tibetan culture. At the end of class was a light mediation on impermanence. Saturday morning September 2 was Vipassana part two. This was an hour and a half deep meditation which was aimed to cultivate positive energy and release the negative. We brought in clean energy with the red light and burned the negative with blue light 100 times. The students received amazing balance benefits from this practice that lasted to the next day. Later in the afternoon, we learned Healing Tibetan Yoga. We learned the five posses of Tibetan Yoga, this class focused on mollifying depression and anxiety that can be more common in colder climates. Sunday morning September 3, Beginning Mantras and Tonglen “Universal Compassion Meditation” we learned the four most common mantras and the history of there lineage. Rinpoche shared stories of the power of mantras. That Sunday afternoon we did a walking meditation by the ocean, which was a new experience for many. We walked mindfully along the ocean around the harbor and meditated on universal compassion. The workshop ended with a lovely potluck dinner at the studio, where we got to share stories and eat big plates of vegetable pancit. Until next time! May peace be with you.