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    

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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.

p. 137
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 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 local yet international friend, 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. 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."

Details on cost and locations are still being worked out, but if you are interested, please contact Martha ( to hold your space for the retreat portion.

Tentatively, there will be a Friday evening public talk and the next day, Saturday, August 3, she will lead a by-reservation retreat from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be a catered lunch as part of the event.


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.


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.


next breath

is God’s 


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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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

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.


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; 


Dr. Fred Cooper is returning to offer teachings on The last Three Statements of Garab Dorje, the first Vidyadhara of the Dzogchen Lineage.  

Garab Dorje’s Last Three Statements:
1) Introducing directly the face of Rigpa (one’s true nature) 
2) One attains certainty about this natural state 
3) Confidence directly in the liberation of rising thoughts.
This teaching and transmission by Dr. Fred Cooper will focus on the first statement, according to the Commentary by Patrul Rinpoche as elaborated by VV Mingyur Rinpoche. A good foundation in Shamatha-Vipashana [Shine-Lhatong] is very helpful to benefit from this teaching.

This day of teaching will be held at the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road, Questa NM.

Fred Cooper, PhD, is a close disciple of H.E. Kenting Tai Situpa and recipient of direct  Mahamudra Transmissions from H.E. T'ai Situpa, H.E. Kalu Rinpoche and V.V. Mingyur Rinpoche. He has taught for over 20 years at Kagyu Centers in the U.S.  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. Fred is the President of KSK Buddhist Center in Santa Fe.


First session 10 am to noon. Break for pot luck lunch at noon. Second session begins at 1 pm and will finish around 3 pm. Fred is on a tight schedule and must leave at 3, so this time he is not available for interview/questions during lunch or at the end of the teaching.

Suggested donation: $15 per session or $25 for the day.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please donate if you are able, as Fred can then receive a Center donation in gratitude for his kindness and efforts to come to Questa to teach. There is also the opportunity to make personal donations at the conclusion of each teaching.

For more information or directions, call or email Gabrielle at gabrielle.herbertson (at) gmail (dot) com; 575 586-1038

Join us in welcoming Kalu Rinpoche Tuesday Oct. 30, from 1 to 3 pm


Kalu Rinpoche and his party will be joining us for lunch at 1 pm at the Herman Rednick Center, 40 Lorien Road.

Coming for the lunch visit? We need to be ready promptly at 1, so if you are bringing food, come early enough to complete your preparations with time to spare.

After lunch, Rinpoche will offer some remarks in a brief teaching. Rinpoche will visit the stupa, as well. The party will leave at about 3 pm for their return trip to Santa Fe.

Please join us for this auspicious opportunity to greet and learn from Kalu Rinpoche.


H.E. Kalu Rinpoche, young incarnation of the great Shangpa Kagyu meditation master, will be visiting northern New Mexico from Oct. 23-31. On his visit In 1995, when the young Kalu Rinpoche was five years old, he and his teacher and mentor Venerable Bokar Rinpoche consecrated our KMGS stupa, and now we welcome him back.

Please join Kalu Rinpoche for lunch at the Herman Rednick Center, next Tuesday, Oct. 30. Please come to meet and welcome the head of the entire Shangpa Kagyu lineage on his brief swing through northern New Mexico.

Please contact Gabrielle at for any suggestions on what to make and bring for this potluck lunch, or how to organize things.

May this auspicious visit create manifest benefit for all -- we look forward to seeing you there.

Dorje Gyaltsen (Lama Brad) and the EJ community

For Santa Fe Center dates of his visit, click here.
Look on our Facebook pages (Earth Journey spiritual retreat center and Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa) for updates.

Thanks to Herman Rednick Trust and Earth Journey, Inc. whose existence make these activities possible.

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