14th – 23rd September 2018 

With Paula (Nyingje) Chichester

We will feel “oneness” with His Holiness and generate bodhicitta for all; so PLEASE come, we need to create the cause for His Holiness’s long life.

The main focus of the retreat will be the sadhana that was written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for his students called Merging the Mind of the Guru with Chenrezig. It is a very beautiful and inspiring meditation that combines analytical and stabilizing meditation. I chose to offer this practice for three reasons:

  1. If you think about a world without the Dalai Lama, then what could be more beneficial than to spend a few days concentrating on sending long life energy to our precious teacher? This world needs his presence more than ever!

  2. This sadhana is perfect for learning the foundations of all Buddhist practice. My goal is to show you how to train the mind with joy and ease, how to create the relaxation that opens to realization and contentment. You’ll feel really, really good as you transform your being while shining blessings out to the world.

  3. Because of interdependence, the softening of our personal unrest, anxiety and depression extends to all beings who are experiencing dire disease in this age of endless war, economic and environmental anxiety and degradation. This is one way we can aid and comfort all the beings on our planet — create the cause for compassion’s peace and skilful means wisdom.

The daily practices will integrate the body/speech/mind into an experience of wholeness joy, light and acceptance and inner peace. Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche has asked me to share my 40 years of training in how to let go into blissful dharmakaya space–what Lama Yeshe called “the enlightened experience” where we “taste the chocolate”.  I will be here to support you.

Paula began her studies of Buddhism when she was 14 at Berkeley High School in California where she realized liberating delusion was key to healing our planet and its inhabitants. The focus on systems theory and ecology at university prepared her to apply the whole body/mind/culture/ environment to this ancient contemplative discipline of human transformation.

As a dancer, healer, singer, student of psychology and ecology, she brings all these elements into the understanding of the whole person and how tantra works in this greater context – while preserving the classical format of Lama Tsong Khapa’s ear-whispered lineage.

Inspired by the example of the meditators in Dharamsala and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, she devoted the last 34 years to following the guidance those she calls her awesome, amazing teachers, primarily Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche and Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche.  —  which included 24 years preparing for and completing long retreats — 2 of which were 4 year solitary great maha-anuttara yoga retreats.

She studies with teachers from all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Her goal in life has been steady since childhood: to realize Mahamudra and do all she can to bring peace and environmental justice to our world.