Chusang Rinpoche Visit

We are very excited to announce that our dear friend Chusang Rinpoche is coming to visit the Shala.  We will have a few special events with him and with Buddhist teachings & meditation.  The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 28
11:00am - 1:00pm:  Teaching and Sangha Gathering with Chusang Rinpoche
                                 Tea & Snacks will be served

Sunday, June 29
8:00am - 8:30am:  Chusang Questions & Sharing Session (replaces Conference)

6:00pm - 7:00pm:  Tibetan Buddhist Natural Meditation w/ Richard Beattie -
                               Featuring Paramita Five - Mindfulness & Meditation (DHYANA)

7:00pm:  SURPRISE birthday party for Chusang

In 1965 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, confirmed the 5th incarnation of the Venerable Chusang Rinpoche, Ngawang Lobsang Thubten Dronme.  Rinpoche began his studies under the guidance of Pelbar Geshe Rinpoche at a small retreat centre in Helambu.  Following this, he studied for a further 7 years in Dharamsala under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Ven. Lati Rinpoche.  He received teachings on Sutra and Tantra from late Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.  Subsequently Rinpoche studied for 13 years at Sera Mey Monastic University in South India, where he obtained the traditional Geshe Lharampadegree (equivalent to a Ph.D.) in 1990.

Rinpoche is spiritual head and director of Chusang Monastery, based in Boudha, Nepal, and it is there that he spends most of his time.  This monastery follows the yellow hat school or the Gelugpa tradition, to which His Holiness the Dalai Lama belongs.  In 1991, Shiri Chusang Rinpoche accepted the leadership of another monastery, Zhekar Choedhe Monastery in Kalimpong, India, and has more recently agreed to take on a new role assisting the monks of Sertog Gaden Choekhor Ling Monastery in the state of Sikkim.

Sunday Conference 6.22.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

June 22, 2014


Chusang Rinpoche’s visit and weekend program
Billy Blank’s grand opening 4th of July weekend
Parking areas – parking areas north of Shala, on the street

Review…the mala - the thread – the beads

The visual is the “mala,” the thread is the “breath,” and the beads are the asana/ vinyasa.
 “Thread” each bead with each breath – a continual flow of breath and mindfulness – be present

Practice “ayama” with the inhalations and exhalations are equal in intensity and length

72,000 meridians in the body; breath and movement assist to remove the blockages (gruntis)

Vayu – direction of wind – inhalation (upward) and exhalation (downward)
Move the energy up and down the shusumna nadi -  “highway” (the spine)

Practice “sthirabhaga” – strength and grace – peaceful facial features – gentleness

The element of water – fluidity (“control” your movement around challenges/hurdle). 
Fluidity – dancing with breath and vibrant energy (feng liu)

Weekly Message

Sunday Conference 6.15.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

June 15, 2014

Review of past conferences and “…the thread ~ the mala

1.     Guruji’s quote:  “practice, practice, practice … all is coming.”
2.     Refinement – 3-point practice – hands/feet/bandhas ~ all engaged
3.     Strength and grace (sthira bhaga)
4.     Tristana – breath, drishti, bandhas .  In our daily practice, be mindful to move toward strength, grace and focus
5.     The element of water – fluidity (“control” your movement around challenges/hurdles)

Our practice is vinyasa-based.  Thread each bead with each breath.
Elements:  “fire” – heat; “earth” – grounding; “water” – fluidity (adaptability to change with grace; to move “around” the “rock/the challenge.”

The visual is the “mala,” the thread is the “breath,” and the beads are the asana and vinyasa.

TENACITY – your inner strength

Storytelling:  Diana’s papa, Howard.  Never giving up; determined; humble with strength …

The “gifts” for you in your practice is to just show up on your mat ~ with consistency, discipline and commitment.  Your own practice ~ your own spiritual growth ~  remain present


What “piece” of your practice challenges you?  Practice non-attachment ~ be present ~ move past it with fluidity and equality.   Keep in mind:  “Easy to teach, difficult to practice…”

Weekly Message

“Let me tell you the secret that had led me to my goal. 
My strength is in my tenacity.”

~ Louis Pasteur ~

Sunday Conference 6.8.14

Sunday Conference with Maria

June 8, 2014

Two of the four elements of Yoga – Water and Earth

Water = bodily fluids - fluidity
Earth = bones, muscles – grounding

Locking, drawing and redirecting energy smoothly with breath;
Moving inward, hug your muscles to your bones, refine, be present, focus

There are actually 5 bandhas (energy gates):
“Mulabandha,” “Uddiyana,” “Jalandhara,” “Hasta,” and “Pada”

Downward dog demonstration:
Activate your arms, engage and ground base of hands and feet;
Engage the other 3 bandhas to lock in energy

Jump back / jump forward demonstration:

Flat hands, weight on your hands, keep knees close to chest when jumping forward/back

Weekly Message