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Last page update July 11, 2018
Mt Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture
will be hosting the return visit of The Nechung Chogtrul Rinpoche and the Nechung Monks on Friday July 27 - Sunday July 29. All ceremonies and classes will be led by Nechung Rinpoche and translated by a professional dharma translator.
The Nechung Chogtrul Rinpoche was recognized by both His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Medium of the Nechung Oracle as the reincarnation of the Nechung Rinpoche in 1993.
Born in Lhasa, he escaped from Tibet and was officially enthroned at the monastery in Dharamsala, India, in 1995. The title ' Rinpoche' translates as ‘precious one’ and refers to one who is a reincarnation of a highly accomplished monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
For details about this blessed event, please visit mountshastafriendsoftibetanculture.org
We are pleased to announce that Venerable Lama Lodru Rinpoche will return to give teachings in Mt. Shasta Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. Topic to be announced. Watch for updates to this page, and notifications at
Present circumstances prevent us from traveling any great distance from our home and our unique little town of Mount Shasta. Through the magnetism of this place and the dynamic efforts of friends who are rightly motivated, we have been privileged to receive blessings and teachings without having to travel farther than a few blocks.
You may scroll down this page to learn about other significant events that have
taken place locally. Also, two regional lineage centers offer blessing and
teaching events: Rigdzin Ling, one of the main Chagdud Gonpa centers, Junction City, California ~
and Kagyu Sukha Chöling in Ashland, Oregon ~
As you review past events of teachings taking place here in Mount Shasta, California, you will see the spacious, serene and holy Tara's Refuge referred to. This update, summer of 2016, marks this account of these events as a historic record. Tara's Refuge is no longer open to the public, but has become a private estate. We are blessed to have these few photographs to share.
Lama Wangdor Rimpoche came on July 25 and 26, 2009 to Tara's refuge in Mount Shasta to bestow quintessential teachings based on the profound Dzogchen text "The Flight of the Garuda." Lama Lena continues to travel with Rimpoche and translates for him. All in attendance were blessed by receiving these teachings on seeing the true nature of mind, and each were personally blessed by him and by Lama Lena. All in attendance joined in reciting a long-life prayer for beloved Wangdor Rimpoche. Below are two photographs taken when Vicki Brenner and Lily Stephen received blessings, courtesy of Eric.
Lama Wangdor Rimpoche returned to give teachings in Mount Shasta on May 11-13, 2007 at the spacious, serene and holy Tara's Refuge. Rimpoche appears not to have aged since we personally last took teachings from him in October, 2001. His highly skilled translator, Lena, has become Lama Lena since that time. Their vitality and profound empowerments bestowed upon us the enhanced presence of clarity in our practice.
Lama Wangdor Rimpoche is an itinerant Lama who has spent more than 30 years meditating in the caves first used by the Tibetan saint, Padmasambhava, above Lotus Lake (Tsol Pema) in the Himachel Predesh region of Northern India. Wangdor Rimpoche holds both Nyingma and Kagyu Dzogchen/Chagchen lineages and is considered a Remay (eclectic) teacher. He teaches from heart texts on Dzogchen, the maha-ati and mahamudra yogas which he has received in lineage from Namble Janchub Dorje, Kunu Rimpoche and Scholars Chonchok Sumon Khenpo of Trungpa Rimpoche's line; Tucksie Rimpoche and Pumdong Key Rimpoche.
Those who wish to receive teachings from this realized master may view his calendar at his web site. We suggest taking special note of the Padmasambhava statue project.
Buddha Relics/Maitreya Project
A very rare event made it possible for us to view relics of the historical Buddha - Shakyamuni Buddha - and other Buddhist spiritual masters at Tara's Refuge, a Mount Shasta Buddhist temple, on March 9, 2003. The experience of receiving blessing powers from these relics has been profound in our spiritual practice.
The pearl-like deposits found in cremation ashes of highly realized masters are "ringsel" - evidence to Tibetans that these masters attained compassion and wisdom before death. Seldom are such relics available for viewing, even in the East. At this time it is especially auspicious for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike to view the relics in a quiet, meditative environment to reinforce peace, for the historical Buddha is an archetype of peacefulness.
At present the relics are being made available for viewing in support of the Maitreya Project, a stupendous undertaking that includes a 500 foot statue of Maitreya to welcome the future Buddha Maitreya who will initiate the next cycle of wisdom teachings. Also included is an educational project designed to offer free education from K to university level.
Information about this amazing project, and the relic tour calendar, can be viewed at http://www.maitreyaproject.org. (See photo of artist's rendering of Maitreya statue above, as shown on their web site.)
Professor Chen Hui Xian is one of the most accomplished female Qigong teachers in the world. In 1982, diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, she healed herself in three months with Qigong practice. During the month of March, 2003 Professor Chen and her treasured daughter Pingping Li came to Mount Shasta, where we were able to take her two-day Essence Qigong workshop.
Over age 70, Professor Chen's vitality is vivid testimony to the benefits of this Qigong system that combines the best qualities of ancient Qigong practice with the modern Qigong techniques used in Chinese hospitals.
Essence Qigong was developed by Chen Fu Yin, director of the Chinese Academy of Somatic Science. He summed up the essence from various Qigong forms, from the ancient to the modern. It is a simple, easy-to-learn system that can be learned by anyone, even the handicapped.
Qi (pronounced chee) comes from the Chinese term for life energy. Gong denotes practice or discipline. We all have qi in our bodies, because we are alive. This practice balances qi and provides a harmonious relationship between the universe and humans. Through Essence Qigong we become the sum of heaven and earth, grounded to whatever we need to do in this lifetime, and benefited with good health and longevity.
Professor Chen Hui Xian may return to Mount Shasta periodically to give workshops. We post these events as they are scheduled. Please return to this page for updates.
Professor Chen and Pingping now maintain a website where their schedule can be accessed. They offer Chinese Essence Qigong and Awakening Light Gong, workshops in different locations. They also have Chinese Essence and Soaring Crane Qigong teacher training workshops. Those interested in traveling with them to China for in-depth Qigong teachings and practice there can also find online dates, and be notified by email, by request. Visit www.wisdomandpeace.com.
A Shasta Abbey monk shared this special poem with us, found inscribed on a wall in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery:
Once little cares annoyed me When life's little cares were few, And the one fly in the ointment Put me in an awful stew.
But life's stern troubles taught me Each little good to prize. I rejoice now to find some ointment In my little jar of flies.
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