Soul Retrieval

Prayer FlagsSoul and Life-force Retrieval:  Teachings from the Bön Causal Vehicle

with Geshe Denma Gyaltsen
Near Santa Fe, NM
May 4-5, 2013

During this teaching, Geshe Denma Gyaltsen will focus on the ancient shamanic rites of soul retrieval (la gu) and life-force retrieval (tse gu). Soul retrieval is a method of calling the living essence of the elements, the elemental spirits, to balance and heal the individual after a trauma or injury. Geshe-la will teach the methods to determine when soul retrieval may be helpful and how, through ritual and practices, one can bring back or reinforce the positive qualities that are missing or weakened in oneself or others.

In the traditional Tibetan view, it is believed that the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space pervade all of life and are the components of our worldly existence. In Bön terminology the soul (la) is composed of very subtle qualities of these elements - and it is believed that as a result of shock, trauma, or other event, an individual can lose connection with the elements and become dis-spirited.

In the Bön tradition, nine levels of spiritual teachings are recognized. The first four are known as the causal vehicles and are shamanic in nature. They include methods of diagnosis for physical disease, mental and emotional problems, energy disturbances, and a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between humans and the spirits of nature. Of particular relevance in a time when the natural world is deteriorating under the onslaught of human population and technology, Bön contains a rich repository of shamanic ritual methods and practices to heal the troubled relations between humans and nature.

Geshe Denma GyaltsenGeshe Denma Gyaltsen is visiting from Houston, Texas. He completed his geshe degree at Menri monastary in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh. He has travelled and taught throughout the United States and Europe and is an accomplished teacher across the breadth of the tradition. He served as the Abbot of Zhu Ri Shing Yung Drung Kundak-Ling monastery in Sikkim for two terms. His warm personality and good command of English makes him quite popular among students of the dharma.  

Retreat Cost: $115 by April 22, or $130 after. Work study positions available. Payment by check may be sent to Valerie Pijoan, PO Box 478, Tesuque, NM 87574

Lodging & Meals: Lodging is available in nearby Santa Fe.  BYO meals with take out and dining options 4 miles from the retreat site. 

Registration & Questions: Contact email Valerie Pijoan or call 505-982-5858