I have been very busy traveling lately. As you know, last month I returned from the Netherlands where we had wonderful teachings on the Ganden Lha Gyema practice and a weekend workshop on the topic of karma. When I returned to Ann Arbor we continued with the teachings on Jamgon Lama Tsongkhapa’s Songs of Spiritual Experience, followed by the Memorial Weekend Retreat at the Garrison Institute in New York with a White Tara Longevity Empowerment and teachings. As I already mentioned in the Jewel Heart e-mail, many distinguished guests, long-term and new friends, and beautiful babies and kids attended the Empowerment and teachings.
I have also returned from Northern Michigan where we had a public talk on Friday evening entitled Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. It was very well attended. I was also happy with the turnout the following day when we held a White Tara Healing and Blessing Workshop. It has been a few years since I visited our Northern Michigan friends and it was great to re-connect again and to meet all the new people interested in helping themselves through the White Tara practice. I also want to thank Sean Handler of Solace Spa at Boyne Mountain Resort who provided us with such a beautiful, tranquil and lovely space to hold our teachings. I have heard that Sean has asked us to return. For those who can make the trip, it is really a wonderful and relaxing place and I look forward to coming back.
I also returned to the Garrison Institute for the 2011 Buddhist Teachers Council. It was great to meet up with our good old friends to discuss the future of Buddhism in the West. I will write up a separate account of the Council soon.
This weekend I will return to the Jewel Heart center in New York City to continue with the on-going series Songs of Spiritual Experience and will conclude this spring series of teachings with the Sunday Public Talk in Ann Arbor on June 26th before I head to Malaysia and Singapore in July.
It is always wonderful to see so many friends and new people interested in Tibetan Buddhist practice and culture. I want to thank you again for your support and dedication to Jewel Heart and to remind you that if you are not able to attend any of these teachings in person you can sign up for our webcast subscription, which provides live webcasts whenever possible as well as on-demand rebroadcasts.