Sherab Chamma (Wisdom Loving Mother) Daylong Meditation Retreat
Taught by Geshe Chaphur
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm
Co-Sponsored by Insight Meditation Central Valley and Gyalshen Modesto Sangha
PROGRAM: This day-long retreat will provide instruction and practice in the recitation of the mantras, invocations, prayers, and visualization of Sherab Chamma, known as the Wisdom Loving Mother.
Sherab Chamma is known as the Mother of all Enlightened Ones or Mother of all Buddhas. The Wisdom Loving Mother’s devotion to acts of love over many lifetimes transformed her into a goddess whose unconditional loving energy compassionately protects all beings. She embodies the divine feminine energy of boundless love and is the source of all compassion. By Her blessings and energy she eliminates all karmic obstacles, healing, blessing and guiding us wherever we are. Through recitation of her secret mantra, invocations, and prayers, she expands our awareness and clears up negative karma, bringing peace and harmony. These practices provide healing energy which is of special benefit for resolving imbalances in both physical and mental health.
As an enlightened deity, she manifests in many different forms according to the needs of practitioners. She is known in Sanskrit as the goddess Tara. Sherab Chamma is available to everyone for comfort, guidance and healing as she has the power to dispel all obstacles. The invocation of her energy manifests in eight different peaceful ways to help overcome eight different fears and challenges such as struggles with enemies, negative forces, illness, sadness, fear of the unknown, and death. Meditating upon her transforms our fears into self-arising wisdom so that we are able to creatively embrace the many challenges of life.
All levels of practitioners are warmly welcome.
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register below so that we know how many people are planning on attending and so we can have adequate materials available.
COST: As is customary within the Tibetan and Insight traditions, there will be an opportunity to make a donation at the end of the retreat to the teacher and to support future Insight Meditation daylong retreats.
Sarana Kuti Building at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Stanislaus County 2172 Kiernan Avenue, Modesto, CA
TEACHER: Geshe Chaphur is a lineage holder of the Chaphur Lama family and was born in Amdo Ngawa, Tibet. He received his first instructions in Bön, the indigenous religion of Tibet and Zhang-Zhung cultures and tradition from his first teacher Bongya Rinpoche, the head lama of Bongya monastery in Northern Tibet. In 1993, he went to India and entered Menri Monastery, the main seat of Yungdung Bön religion and education in the world. While attending the Bön Dialectic School there, he completed fifteen years of studies in Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen, finally receiving his Geshe degree in February 2008. He is the founder, spiritual director, and resident lama of Gyalshen Institute, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization dedicated to preserving and translating the teachings of the Bön tradition.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Meditation cushion or pillow if you wish to sit on the floor. (Chairs will be available.)
- Please bring a vegetarian dish to share during the potluck at the one-hour lunch break.
Please register for this daylong below: