In 1987, after the cremation of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of his students went
to Tibet to share the life and death of his guru and to visit the holy place of Surmang,
In a daring, illegal 4-wheel-drive road trip, dressed in mufti, across Western China in the upper reaches of the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers, on dirt tracks, Lee Weingrad achieved his dream. In its 400-year history, this trip marked the first time a foreigner had come to Surmang. In the shadow of this visit, Lee Weingrad started the Surmang Foundation in 1988, in order to serve the people of this region. The Surmang Foundations Clinic has given over 150,000 patient visits for free since its creation, challenging the world’s highest infant and maternal mortality rates in this region.
This presentation will illustrate in word and video the 20+ years of the functioning of the Dharma Sagara Clinic at Surmang, and will include a special message from the 12th Trungpa Rinpoche, Chokyi Sengay.
Believe it or not, it is possible to dwell in a state of calmness even within the most intense periods of outer, or even inner, chaos. Fortunately for ourselves, the Buddha emphasized that we do not have to believe this; we can actually experience it for ourselves. According to the Buddhist approach to meditation, the possibility of “achieving” calmness exists because calmness is a quality of our mind’s native or natural state; it doesn’t need to be added. Once we connect with this inherent calmness even a little bit, we can recall it in flashes even in the most blustery of situations. During this program, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche will share pith advice and instruction on how to access calmness as if it were in palm of the hand.
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