Anyen Rinpoche's Recent Visit to Canada
In April, Rinpoche offered teachings and led the Third Annual Nyungne retreat at Lac Heney, presided over Orgyen Khamdroling Canada's Second Annual Authentic Tibetan Dinner and Cultural Evening and gave teachings on “The Four Noble Truths” in Montreal.
Rinpoche offered a public talk at Santosha Yoga, on “Getting off the Emotional Roller Coaster”. Rinpoche gave straightforward and frank suggestions to the almost 60 attendees on how we can learn to "surf" the ups and downs of our emotions by letting go of our attachment to identifying with our emotions, instead watching them change, and acting more and more skillfully by following a spiritual path and practice.
Authentic Tibetan Dinner
Orgyen Khamdroling Canada welcomed eight Tibetans to the Authentic Tibetan Dinner and Cultural Evening who had recently arrived in Canada. They performed a Traditional Tibetan Dance for Rinpoche, much to the delight of everyone present.
There was musical entertainment, a silent auction, raffle, excellent food provided by OM Restaurant, and a room filled with love and Bodhicitta. Due to the hard work and dedication of those in the Sangha who volunteered their time and effort, $9000 was raised for school supplies and tuition for the twenty children from Rinpoche’s village in Amdo, Tibet; who would otherwise not receive an education in their own language and cultural traditions.
With ice still on the lake and a dusting of snow on the roof of the Yurt, the third annual Nyungne Retreat started. This year 24 new and returning students took their early morning vows of silence and fasting. The silence and practice was profound with even the newest participants softening into the early morning 5:45 am start time for the first meditation practice – followed by Yoga – and three other practice sessions throughout the day.
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In March, The Montreal Sangha, (mostly Bruce and Tessa) tirelessly organized a super successful fundraiser for the Tibetan Education project. The Sangha, along with friends and other members of the community all participated in a "108 Yogathon" where we did 108 sun salutations, guided by 3 excellent yoga teachers, accompanied by musicians and a live singer. We reached out for sponsorship to our family and friends and as a team we raised over 3500$. We are very grateful to Sattva Yoga in Beaconsfield for offering us the space for free.
While Montreal is rainy and grey in April, Rinpoche brought some rays of sunshine into the area. Offering us teachings on "The Four Noble Truths", and a public talk on Spirituality and Relationships, over 50 people attended the public talk and 30 the teachings. As usual, Rinpoche's energy brings new people to our growing sangha.
The Canadian Sangha surprised Rinpoche with a specially built portable throne for his teachings in Ottawa and Montreal. Sangha members contributed toward both the throne and a “Scholar’s Chair” for his public teachings.
As our Canadian Sanghas continue to grow under Rinpoche’s guidance we pray that Rinpoche will return over and over again to offer his teachings from the seat we are holding here to help him spread the Dharma in Canada.