Medicine Buddha Retreat

Medicine Buddhawith Geshe Denma Gyaltsen
at Chamma Ling in Crestone
May 11-12, 2013

Through technology and media, we are well informed of the vast forms of suffering around the globe — from pollution of our streams and oceans, cruelty against species, unkind acts amongst fellow humans, to navigating our own inner pain. Having tools to assist with healing of ourselves, others and the environment, is a great blessing in these challenging times. Geshe Denma Gyaltsen will be graciously sharing the Medicine Buddha teaching in the stunning natural beauty of Crestone, Colorado this spring. One can experience healing qualities for physical and mental health by incorporating this practice into daily life, while sharing this outward to benefit others and the environment.

Sangye Menlha, the Medicine Buddha of the Bon tradition, is said to be a manifestation of Tonpa Shenrab (the Supreme Teacher), founder of Bon. The teachings of the Medicine Buddha comprise 12 volumes. The history of the Medicine Buddha teaching comes from the sutra of ‘Healing Method for Sickness of Affliction and Ignorance’ from the ‘Mandala of King of Medicine and Ritual Ceremonies for Enlightenment’ text. Importantly medicine is associated here with wellness as enlightenment.

During this two-day training, Geshe Denma will summarize the important points of the teachings, give the transmission for the practice of the Medicine Buddha, explain the practice and recitation of Sangye Menlha's mantra, explain some of the history of the teachings and discuss the benefits of the practice.

ImageGeshe 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. We are fortunate that Geshe-la as agreed to return after his beautiful teachings on the Red Garuda in Crestone last year.

The Medicine Buddha teaching will be held at Colorado College Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

Retreat Fees: Cost of the event is $135. Cancelation fee: $20.

Meals & Lodging: The conference center is a short walk along the creek to The Desert Sage Restaurant, for your convenience. Lodging is available through many inns and B&B's in the Crestone area.

Special Friday Ritual: Geshe Denma will also offer Soul Retrieval on Friday, May 10, also at the conference center, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. This ritual is for the benefit of the entire community, and is offered on a donation basis.

For further information, contact Peter May at [email protected] or Gerry Heikes at [email protected].

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