ZOOM Outer Guru Yoga The second stage of Tibetan spiritual practices 5.-11. In November 2022
ZOOM Outer Guru Yoga
The second stage of Tibetan spiritual practices
5.-11. In November 2022
In the second week of the month of souls, 5-11 November, we will undertake the preliminary exercises, Nöndro, the next step on the path of Tibetan spiritual practices. Outer Guru Yoga is the second seven-day stage of Tibetan healing spiritual practices, which requires the previous completion of the week-long base practice, Nöndro.
Teaching and explanation of Outer Guru Yoga are provided by ZOOM a Tibetan yogi and Tibetan medicine instructor, lineage teacher Dr. Nida Chenagtsang’s personal student, Donla Tsering.
Yuthok Yönten Gonpo, the creator of the Yuthok Nyingthik lineage of teachings, a very well-known and respected physician and spiritual master of the 12th century, has said that this set of exercises has been created for the people of the future, who do not have the time or courage to engage in spiritual practices and sink into their worldly desires and the accelerating pace of time. into the deeper and deeper darkness of the mind.
As a result of the latter, both mental and physical sufferings arising from the increasingly fast-paced and detailed daily life of a person also increase. Completing the stages of Yuthok Nyingthik, including Outer Guru Yoga, is considered very important in Tibetan medicine in the work of doctors, therapists, and other practitioners dealing with human health and psyche, as well as team leaders, as it trains the senses in terms of deeper cognition, insight, as well as the qualities of empathy and compassion.
Outer Guru Yoga is a deep spiritual practice to remove obstacles in our life and spiritual development. This happens along with the inner insight achieved step by step through the exercises. Outer Guru Yoga also helps to activate the resources hidden in oneself for the successful implementation of the activities undertaken in life and to remove the obstacles encountered on the way. Typical of the Tibetan line of healing arts, this retreat is very effective in alleviating mental and physical health problems for yourself and those close to you.
The practice of Outer Guru Yoga includes visualization exercises with mantras typical of Vajrayana Buddhism.
For an explanation of the Yuthok Nyingthik exercises:
1. The preliminary exercises, Nöndro, are designed to prepare the student through the systematic development of the mind, in order to reach the final understanding of the nature of one’s own sense of self and the nature of the entire existence and the suffering that accompanies it. With the help of Nöndro, we clean out our gross mental garbage, we collect rewards and we create a connection with a teaching line that will be an anchor for our further practices and with a teacher who has dedicated his knowledge for us.
2. The further stages of practice (Outer, Inner, and Secret Guru Yoga) are designed to remove the outer, inner, and secret obstacles in our own life and nature, ultimately leading to the recognition of the nature of our own mind. Our life, as well as the path of spiritual practices, is paved with obstacles. It often seems that the more we commit to spiritual development, the more obstacles we encounter. In Tibetan, the word “parche”, used as an obstacle, refers to something that cuts off our development, and progress. However, obstacles are like a messenger or a beacon to show us our mistakes and an alarm bell that tells us that we need to wake up and open our eyes and look at everything clearly. (* Read more about what the different obstacles are)
THE OPERATING PRINCIPLE OF GURU YOGA
In many ancient traditions, such as the Vajrayana teachings of Tibet, it is said that it is not possible to achieve significant results in spiritual endeavors without the support of a realized and high-quality teacher. Without wise guidance and a quality-tested teaching line, we can easily fall into confusion, false results, and deeper spiritual error, like a leaf blown by the wind.
The bond with the master’s authority created by devotion created in Guru Yoga is like a support, an anchor, an inner friend who is always with us, with the help of which we can see through external, internal, and secret obstacles and remain untouched by the sufferings that accompany them. Yuthok Nyingthik Outer Guru Yoga helps us get in touch with our internal teacher (our own true mind nature) with the help of our external (lineage) teacher (Yuthok). The hallmark of Guru Yoga is truly radiant, pure, unwavering devotion.
With the help of this construction, in Outer Guru Yoga, the blessing and power of our teacher can be revealed, which ultimately leads to the transformation of the mind, where the student reaches an inner transcending realization of the identity, sameness of his own and the teacher’s mind. Limitless wisdom emerges from the true nature of life and existence.
The retreat starts on November 5th at 11:00 AM and ends on November 11th between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM, depending on the performance of the group.
Tibetan Medicine Center Men Ling, Jõõpre, Viki talu In Zoom: The link will be sent to the participant’s e-mail upon payment of the participation fee
TEACHER AND RETREAT LEADER
On the first day of the retreat, teachings and explanations of Outer Guru Yoga will be given on the first day of the retreat via ZOOM by the senior instructor of Sorig Khang International DONLA TSERING
Donla was born into a Tibetan family in India and as a young man was entrusted to the care of the famous Tibetan scholar and astrologer Ngawang Dakpa. After completing high school in Delhi, he moved to Italy where he became a student of Dr. Nida Chenagtsang. In 2002 he studied Ku Nje therapies, Mantra healing, geomancy and Yuthok Nyingthik practices and in 2007 he went to Amdo, Tibet to study Tibetan medicine. Donla is a master of Ku Nye Tibetan Massage and Tibetan Mantra Therapy. He speaks five languages and has translated many Buddhist texts into Italian and English. He currently lives in Rome, works as a Ku Nye therapist, and teaches and guides worldwide as a Senior Instructor at Sorig Khang International.
The rest of the retreat is conducted by Tibetan medicine therapist Silva Soobik (who trained at the International Academy for Traditional Tibetan Medicine (IATTM), under Dr. Nida Chenagtsang). Silva has been involved in Tibetan Vajrayana practices for over 22 years. He studied Tibetan traditional medicine since 2006 and received Yuthok Nyingthik’s teachings and initiations from dr. From Nida Chenagtsang (also from YN Nepal, Kathmandu, Dr. Wabe). In the last 15 years, he has completed Nöndro and Guru Yoga retreats annually with Dr. Under Nida Chenagtsang in France and Spain, as part of the Yuthok Month retreat series at Men Ling and as independent retreats. In recent years, Silva has guided Nöndro, Guru Yoga and Chud Len retreats in Ukraine, Men Ling in Estonia and via Zoom for both local and international groups.
The retreat takes place on site for the participants without the use of the internet and media. Zoom participants can join at any time according to their availability for either one or up to all four sessions per day. On the first day, the participants will be given explanations about the content of the text and practice in Estonian, which will be translated into English. In the following days, organizational communication will also take place in parallel in Estonian and (for participants via Zoom) in English. The day consists of four sessions (two of which also include a short Nöndro for preparation and keeping in touch with the teaching line).
Between sessions, there are two 15-20 min tea breaks and one longer lunch break). The length of working days is 9.00-20.00, depending on the functioning of the group Accommodation in Men Ling’s main house between white sheets. Meals are prepared with the help of committees formed by the camp participants.
560 eur for on-site participation (includes the text of the instruction, accommodation, and vegetarian food 3 times a day, participating consecutively in External and Internal Guru Yoga total of 460 eur/week) 175 eur for participation via Zoom, 150 eur/per week for consecutive participation in Outer and Inner Guru Yoga The Zoom participant is sent both an electronic text material and a link through which it is possible to join the retreat at any time for 1-4 sessions per day. The participation fee does not depend on the number of days or hours spent at the retreat, either online or on-site.
Yuthok Yönten Gonpo, the founder of this line of teachings from the 8th century, has said:
“If Yuthok Nyingthik (the supreme teaching of the Guru Sadhana Dharma cycle) did not have the boon for quick attainment, the people of this decadent age who are entangled in worldly desires and who are weak in their determination to go through long retreats would not be able to practice at all. But if this, my practice containing the essence of the realization of all life force is practiced by a deeply devoted person without interruption for seven days, then I promise to reveal my face to them and provide them with teachings and profound guidance.”
EXTERNAL, INTERNAL, AND SECRET OBSTACLES
EXTERNAL obstacles are problems from the outside world that prevent us from committing to spiritual development, distract our attention, and take away the opportunity to receive teachings and practice them. This can be mundane problems, family, the situation in the country, friends with different values, illnesses, too luxurious life that distracts the senses, uplifting hobbies and entertainment that seems attractive, which we constantly crave for more. External obstacles can be problematic, taking all our time and resources to fight them (money, relationships, life, diseases), but also pleasant, considering them important and relevant, perspective. Yet they all eat away minutes, days, and years of our precious human life, and ultimately, at the moment of death, we are the same or even more confused, scared, dependent, or embittered than we were at the beginning of our lives.
INTERNAL obstacles that cause us suffering and difficulties in dealing with spiritual practices are first of all strong emotions (lust, anger, attachment, envy, pride, etc.). Being caught up in these feelings hinders our development. An internal obstacle is considered a wrong concept. For this, there can be some kind of obsession in life, in which getting stuck and believing it to be true will lead us astray. Another form of internal obstruction is excessive discursivity — a logical, inferential way of thinking that prevents us from focusing on the object of meditation (our mind wanders and our mind power is scattered). A big obstacle in itself is laziness. Laziness finds all kinds of excuses to postpone practices, to do “more important” things, to postpone practices more and more and not to sit down for exercises at all. The roots of laziness lie in our wrong view. The
SECRET obstacle is related to spiritual practices: we have doubts about the teaching, lack of trust, and commitment to dharma (teaching). Due to these problems, there is no success in exercises, we leave spiritual practices secondary to life activities, and we no longer consider them really important. The Dharma path becomes blurred and we become more and more secular. We lose our discipline, cheerful humor, and bright mind and pleasure independent of our circumstances. All obstacles are due to the conditions of our life and they can become fatal for us, but equally they can become conscious aids on the dharma path. One of the main antidotes to external, internal and secret obstacles is the Guru Yoga practices that follow the pre-exercises.
ZOOM Outer Guru Yoga The second stage of Tibetan spiritual practices 5.-11. In November 2022
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