Spiritual Pilgrimage on the Dakini Map: An Illustrated Talk

Join us to hear about the Spiritual Pilgrimage several members of the community took with master artist and teacher Cynthia Moku earlier this summer to visit sacred places that comprise the Dakini Map she created.

Cynthia Moku is a dear friend of the Earth Journey community, and artist of the Buddhist imagery on the interior of the Earth Journey Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa on our campus.

The KMG Stupa is one of the locations on the Dakini Map and was therefore on the pilgrimage route.

Read more about the Dakini Map here.

We will gather at the home of Lynn Gitter, 32 Quintana Road, adjacent to the Meditation Temple, at 5 pm on Sunday, September 22. Cynthia will show images from this project and the trip. Lynn Gitter and Charles Dillon will also share their experiences.

Contact Martha at 575 776-7579 for more information or if you need directions.


Photo by MIchael Gay

Photo by MIchael Gay

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Painting in contemporary and traditional formats, Cynthia has completed large-scale art projects associated with the Himalayan Buddhist tradition for more than forty years. This includes interior mural painting projects for three major public stupas in the United States; Enlightenment Stupa, Sante Fe NM; Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa, Taos NM; Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, Shambhala Mountain Center CO.

In the late 1960s, as an art student in the Academies of San Francisco, she trained in Western painting and drawing disciplines including technique, theory, and graphic design. During this cultural and spiritually stimulating time, Eastern art forms captured her attention. The specific techniques and scope of philosophical understanding held within these artistic traditions provided an untapped medium through which to articulate her work.

Pursuing this interest and continuing her training in meditation, in 1973 she met the renowned meditation master, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (1905-1989). Under his prompting and instruction, Cynthia began a life-long study, meditation training, and practice in the art of the emblematic illustrated dharma. Commissioned by both Tibetan and American spiritual teachers, her paintings reside across the globe. This includes the seminal painting of the Protector Chagdrukpa Mahakala, acquired by the Denver Art Museum. Consecrated by HH the XIV Dalai Lama, this piece has the distinction of being the first thangka painting in the Karma Ghadri style acquired by a major American museum for its permanent collection, stating country of origin, The United States of America.

Along with her artwork, she has taught meditation and contemplative art disciplines in both the Unites States and Europe, including designing and developing Naropa University’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Visual Arts.

Cynthia’s contemporary ink-art paintings reflect her unique and singular training in Japanese calligraphy under two great Japanese Brush masters, Eichi Okamoto Sensei and Zen Master, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi (1938-2002). Since then, Cynthia has developed the Indelible Presence Brush practices done within meditation retreats. Stemming from these reflexive practices, “One Continuous Gesture” is a performance art group brush session, with the intention of connecting wisdom traditions and local communities through the Arts.

Khenpo Jigme to teach Sunday, September 8


We have the great blessing and privilege to again welcome Khenpo Jigme who, upon Thrangu Rinpoche's recent request, has assumed duties as the Spiritual Director and President of the Board for Namo Buddha Seminars and Vajra Vidya Retreat Center.

We will gather at 2 pm at the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, in Questa, NM.

Khenpo will lead us in a Milarepa practice with full Tsok - food offering, followed by a Sur - an evening fire puja. He will give reading transmissions of the practices and teachings.

Milarepa is the great 11th century Tibetan yogi-poet-saint, the exemplar of dedication and transformation on the path, who went from committing murder to the attainment of Buddhahood in a single lifetime.

Tsok is a feast offering that gathers together food offerings, the spiritual beings to whom they’re offered, and the practitioners. Then the consecrated food is shared by all.

Sur is an evening fire puja or smoke offering and its practice, dedicated to liberating negative circumstances caused by obstructing hindrances.

All are welcome, and invited, to bring food offerings for the Tsok.

You need not have taken refuge to join us.

He will be available to do a few private interviews beginning at 1 pm before the 2 pm. practice, as well as in between the practices. If you are interested, please e-mail Hilece and/or come early--there will be a sign up sheet on the side table.

Suggested donation $15. No one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, please call Hilece at (575) 586-1454; or e-mail Gabrielle at gabrielle.herbertson (at) gmail.com.

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ABOUT THE TEACHER: In 1980 Jhenpo Jigme became the first Bhutanese monk of Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Kanglung, Bhutan. There he began his monastery education: learning Tibetan, studying scriptures, and learning Buddhist rituals. In 1983 he came to Thrangu Tashi Choling, the main monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche, located in Boudhanath, Nepal. At that time he received full ordination (gelong) from Thrangu Rinpoche. During his time at the monastery he mastered ritual practices and Tibetan grammar. He entered Namo Buddha Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at Namo Buddha, Nepal in 1989 and completed the five-year program. In 1994 he entered and completed the traditional three-year retreat at the retreat center at Namo Buddha. During this retreat, all the rituals and meditations of the lineage are learned, enabling the person who completes it to become a teacher (Lama).

As Khenpo Jigme was skilled in both Buddhist philosophy, ritual and meditation, in 1997 Thrangu Rinpoche appointed him as a main teacher for the Namo Buddha Institute and the Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath, India, and gave him the title of “Khenpo.” This title is given as a master of Buddhist philosophy, similar to a PhD. in Theology. Since then, he has been one of the main teachers of the two monastic colleges. He has also taught Buddhist Dharma in Malaysia. In the spring 2005 he began teaching western students, giving both translated Dharma talks, and helping teach an intensive program in Tibetan language for westerners. 

Dharma Talk with Lamas Yeshe and Zopa Saturday July 6

A dharma talk on paradox and integrating the view of emptiness will be held at the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, Questa NM.

SCHEDULE:

Morning Session, 10 am to noon [including breaks]

Lunch, noon to 1:30 pm (bring your offering for a potluck)

Afternoon Session, 2 to 4 pm

This one-day retreat is designed to help us develop continuity of practice by focusing on the building blocks that form the Buddhist path. While participating in the whole program will optimize our time together, it is fine to attend any part, as you are able. 

Sessions will incorporate both dharma teachings and group meditation periods. Participants are encouraged to take the day to unplug from the distractions and busyness which often predominate, and use the opportunity to listen, contemplate, and meditate, both on and off the cushion.

Private interviews are available for those who seek the additional support.

Suggested donation: $15 for the day. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please donate if you are able, as our teachers can receive a Center donation in gratitude for their kindness and efforts to come to Questa to teach. 

Karma Zopa Jigme and Karma Yeshe Chodron are students of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, and have been full time practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism for over fifteen years. Since 2005, they have been teaching and translating Dharma texts and oral teachings from Tibetan to English for Rigpe Dorje Institute at Pullahari Monastery in Nepal. In 2016, they successfully completed the traditional Karma Kamtsang three-year retreat at Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado, under the supervision of Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, with Khenpo Jigme and Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin as their retreat and philosophy masters.

For more information call Lou McCall at (575) 586-2058; lou@pixelcircus.org. 

Fred Cooper to Teach on Karma Pakshi, Sunday May 26

Dr. Fred Cooper is returning to the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road in the El Rito neighborhood of Questa, on Sunday May, 5, 2019.

He will share with us, in instruction and practice sessions, the Karma Pakshi Practice. This class is open to those who have taken refuge and are committed to doing Ngondro during this lifetime.

This practice is one of the four main Guru Yoga practices of the Karma Kagyu tradition--Marpa, Mila, Gampopa, and Karma Pakshi.  Fred will be teaching the English version from Trungpa. This includes very profound Mahamudra instructions. Fred will share with us Mingyur Rinpoche's teachings on this practice.

The morning session, from 10 am to noon, will be instruction.
Potluck lunch will follow, from noon to 2 pm.
The afternoon session, from 2 pm to 4 pm, will be practice.

During the lunch break or after the afternoon session there may be time for private interviews. If you are interested, please inquire when you arrive. A sign-up sheet for this will be available at the door.
       
Suggested donation: $25 for the day. No one turned away for lack of funds.
  
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Fred Cooper is a close disciple of H.E. Khentin T'ai Situpa, and recipient of direct Mahamudra Transmissions from H.E. T'ai Situpa, H.E. Kalu Rinpoche, and V.V. Mingyur Rinpoche. Fred has been teaching at Kagyu Centers in the U.S. for over twenty years. He has been Program Director for Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation and is currently associated with the Santa Fe Institute and Los Alamos National Labs. He is President of KSK Buddhist Center in Santa Fe.

MORE INFO: Call Hilece at (575) 586-1454    

Fred Cooper

Fred Cooper

It was an Inspiring Memorial Gathering

The 34th annual Herman Rednick Memorial gathering happened this past Sunday, April 14. Enjoy some of the lessons here, and peruse pictures of the event and community potluck afterward. Hope you might join us for an upcoming event, personal retreat, or next year's memorial!

(There is also a Lorien Commune 50th anniversary gathering coming up July 27, by the way. Contact Maria for more info.)

LESSONS FOLLOW that Jane Lipman gave at the Memorial. They were read aloud in our gathering, always by both a male and female reader.

These lessons are from Herman's book of mystical experiences, The Hidden Door to Reality.

She also shared the painting "The Spirit of the Rose" which you can see with the other photos.

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Cosmic Art

Cosmic art is spirit--it is the language of the gods. It is the pathway to the mystery of life and death. Cosmic art is the breath of the world, it is the beginning and the end, it is the gate to the higher worlds. Cosmic art is the key to man, it is the key to Nature, it is the key to things visible and invisible.

Cosmic art leads to the supreme moment in life, an experience we bring out of the vast unknown--when we blend our being with the cosmos and identify ourselves as we walk the road of life across this material planet. Cosmic art brings the heart, mind, and body under the rays of the cosmic forces, giving the experience of pure joy, of spiritual light, and universal life, a life that is beyond time or space.

p. 121
Initiation

Initiation into the mysteries of Nature is the union of the mind and heart with the forces of the cosmos. The union of the soul with the Universal Soul causes the body to weaken its hold upon the mind. The mind is free to explore realms beyond time and space.

The gate of the heart is opened. The seven mystic eyes of the body are opened to the sacred truths that are closed to the mortal eye. Man's vision becomes keen and broad. He becomes detached from the small circles of intolerance and self and merges with the infinite circle of the cosmic Intelligence. His body is not a vehicle for pleasure and selfish actions, but is a sacred instrument for the great forces of the universe that work for the good of humanity.

p. 92
The Inner Temple

When I gained sufficient understanding, I was lifted above the material plane of vibration, and I found myself in a Temple of spirit, made without hands, in the realm of a higher world. No pride or self existed there, or sense of competition, but an intense feeling of brotherhood, which united every person present with a sense of love and reverence toward each other, and which I have never beheld in another world.

In this state of unit and love, what great wisdom came into our circle! What new realms of understanding were opened because we were perfectly attuned in love and reverence toward each other. Each shared the other's thoughts without saying a word. Understanding flowed from heart to heart in a rhythm that an only be attained in spirit.

The truths taught here are too sacred for any mortal lips to utter. The truths are embedded deep in the heart of every one present like so many precious jewels.

And when we returned to our mortal bodies of flesh, what a divine radiance we brought back--not to keep, but to radiate for the good of our fellow men.

As a mantra, Jane offered this from mystic poet Alfred K. LaMotte:

Are you not
the silent radiance
you've been praying to?

Save the Date! August 2 and 3, Divine Feminine Retreat with Mirabai Starr

Our dear friend and international author and speaker, Mirabai Starr, will be part of Earth Journey's offerings on the Divine Feminine on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3.

She has just published Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics.

As the fierce and tender voice of the feminine rises again, we are gifted with renewed access to the women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions, such as Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Mary Magdalene, the Shekinah, Rabia, Fatima, Tara, Quan Yin, Kali, and indigenous Mother goddesses.

"Wild Mercy is mystical brilliance at its best. Mirabai once again gives the teachings of renowned women mystics new voice as only she can. Her gift for communicating the essential wisdom of the feminine is truly beyond compare. Mirabai is a poet of the soul."
-- Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts

S C H E D U L E

Friday Evening -
This public talk has a suggested donation of $15. It will be held at 7 pm at the Meditation Temple at 28 Quintana Road. Carpooling is a good idea, as parking is limited.

Saturday Retreat Day - This retreat day is by reservation. It lasts from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be a catered healthy lunch as part of the event. In this gathering we engage in contemplative readings from the mystics, group reflections, evocative writing exercises, inter-spiritual chanting and silent sitting, weaving these luminous elements into a basket of awakened community.

The fee to cover expenses is $80, $20 of which must be paid by July 26 to hold your space. Space is limited. Please plan for an additional donation to Mirabai, the traditional dana (meaning gift or generosity in Sanskrit) offering to the teacher.

RESERVATIONS: Make your $20 payment to reserve your space by contacting Martha at (575) 776-7579; sheppmartha (at) gmail.com. You will receive a registration form, which will include an option to donate funds for scholarship money or apply for scholarship money if $80 is a hardship. At that time we'll tell you what supplies you may need, and other essential details.

PLEASE NOTE: Both events will take place in a sacred space -- Earth Journey's Meditation Temple. There will be guidance on how we respectfully utilize this space when you arrive. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol are not permitted in this space.

Read more about Mirabai here.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14: HERMAN REDNICK MEMORIAL GATHERING

Please come and celebrate the foundation of our mission through remembrance and communion with students of Herman Rednick during this annual gathering. Jane Lipman will lead.

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8 am

You are warmly invited to attend the Sunday morning Meditation Gathering and Lesson at 8 am in the Meditation Temple.

10 am

In the sacred space of the Meditation Temple, we will cook in the alchemical vessel made of Love and Spirit, Herman’s vibration, his words, his paintings surrounding us, the beauty and wonder of each other, songs sung by Francis Donald, Gabrielle Herbertson, perhaps others... and the true alchemical vessel: the heart and the breath. Add to this, meditation, our own sharing of waking up... and the mystical poetry of a contemporary American poet (Alfred K. LaMotte.) who will knock your socks off and blow open your heart! Here is a taste:

There’s a stillness

at the center of your heart,

a space where you have

no enemy, and you are

incomparable. Each faith

tradition has a name for it,

but what matters most 

is to stop looking for

that place and start looking

from that place.

♥️

Healing comes from a heartbroken place

where you’ve breathed out

everything you carried.

Stay there.

The

next breath

is God’s 

love.


Following the Memorial, about noon

A potluck lunch begins at the Herman Rednick Center (Herman's House/Studio) at 40 Lorien Road. All are welcome.

ABOUT JANE: Jane Lipman’s first full-length poetry collection, On the Back Porch of the Moon, Black Swan Editions, 2012, won the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award and a 2013 NM Press Women’s Award. Her chapbooks, The Rapture of Tulips and White Crow’s Secret Life, Pudding House Publications, 2009, were finalists for NM Book Awards in Poetry in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Her poem “Unsung” won 2nd prize in a national poetry contest, Honoring Cole Porter, in 2015. She was 1st runner-up in the Lummox Poetry Contest, in 2016. During the 1980s she founded and directed Taos Institute, which sponsored performances and workshops by Robert Bly, Joseph Campbell, Gioia Timpanelli, Paul Winter, and others.

In the 1960s and early ‘70s Jane was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement and Anti-Poverty Programs. After being a national organizer for the Vietnam Moratorium Committee in 1970, she became the Speakers Bureau for the Berrigan Defense Committee. She became a student of Herman Rednick at this time.

While practicing psychotherapy in the late 1970s through 1990s, she gave Comedy Therapy and also Enneagram workshops in California, New Mexico, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia. Currently, she leads Mystical Poetry and Writing workshops in Santa Fe and occasionally Canada. She has lived in northern New Mexico since 1970. She jokingly calls herself a “post-Armageddon poet.”

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MARCH 20 EQUINOX CELEBRATION: LABYRINTH WALK + CONCERT

Keep Wednesday March 20 open so you can join us for a guided Labyrinth Walk, Potluck Dinner, and Irish music concert.

Gather at 5 pm for the Equinox Labyrinth Walk at Earth Journey’s Memorial Labyrinth off Quintana Road. Earth Journey board member and Alice Bailey/Theosophy study group leader Francis Donald will offer a few words and then we will walk in silence (or with harp music of Talia Rose, fingers crossed!).

Around 6 pm, we will gather at Charles Dillon’s home for a potluck meal and the concert. (He will provide beverages only.) * See directions below.

Around 7 pm Talia Rose, Irish harpist, will begin the concert. A $20 contribution is requested, but you may give what you can if that is a hardship. RSVP is needed: Email Charles at lorienbuilder@aol.com.

Talia will be joined by Raphael Weisman, a former resident of the Lorien community, founder of Harps of Lorien, and previous Earth Journey board member.

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Talia Rose is a Celtic harpist, songstress and storyteller who has performed internationally. She also facilitates personal transformation through her gifts as a harp therapist, seer, and energy worker and leads group tours to the beautiful land of Ireland.

Raphael Weisman is a teacher and healer, and channel. He channels “The Shining Ones” and is a practitioner and trainer of “Heart Thread.” Raphael is a retired harp maker and has left that profession to be more fully available as a transformational channel of the Divine Wisdom of the Angels. Read more about him here.

  • Directions to Charles Dillon’s home: From Hwy 522 7 miles north of Questa, turn onto El Rito road (east), go about 4/10ths of a mile and turn left (north) on Lorien Road.  Then take the first turn right (east) on North Star Road and go to first house on right.  The sign says "60" (North Star Road).  Follow signs for parking.

Dharma Talk with Lamas Yeshe and Zopa Saturday March 2

A dharma talk "SIMPLICITY / COURAGE / PARADOX” will be held at the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, Questa NM.

SCHEDULE:

Morning Session, 9 am to noon [including breaks]

Lunch, noon to 1:30 pm (bring your offering for a potluck)

Afternoon Session, 2 to 4 pm

Private interviews, 4 to 5 pm

Come join us on Saturday, March 2, for a “City Retreat” exploring Simplicity Courage, and Paradox--the three primary elements of the path.

This one-day retreat—close to home and affordable, but still unplugged from busyness—is designed to help us develop continuity of practice by focusing on the building blocks that form the Buddhist path. While participating in the whole program will optimize our time together, it is fine to attend any part, as you are able. 

We will begin at the beginning—Simplicity, the foundation stone that grounds spiritual practice. From there, we will look deeply at Courage, which powers our journey, and Paradox—the vision that embraces reality as it is. With traditional approaches presented by Tsongkhapa, Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, and other masters serving as touchstones for our study, we will work on connecting the lineage instructions with the immediacy of our own lives, discovering the vibrancy available to us in these time-tested methods. 

Sessions will incorporate both dharma teachings and group meditation periods. Participants are encouraged to take the day to unplug from the distractions and busyness which often predominate, and use the opportunity to listen, contemplate, and meditate, both on and off the cushion.

Private interviews are available for those who seek the additional support.

Suggested donation: $15 for the day. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please donate if you are able, as our teachers can receive a Center donation in gratitude for their kindness and efforts to come to Questa to teach. 

Karma Zopa Jigme and Karma Yeshe Chodron are students of Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, and have been full time practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism for over fifteen years. Since 2005, they have been teaching and translating Dharma texts and oral teachings from Tibetan to English for Rigpe Dorje Institute at Pullahari Monastery in Nepal. In 2016, they successfully completed the traditional Karma Kamtsang three-year retreat at Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado, under the supervision of Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche, with Khenpo Jigme and Khenpo Lobzang Tenzin as their retreat and philosophy masters.

For more information call Lou McCall at (575) 586-2058; lou@pixelcircus.org.