Sunday, October 06, 2013

Weekend teaching with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in Victoria

Please note that this event is over 70% sold out at this time. Please register soon to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
It is with great pleasure that Geshe YongDong and Sherab Chamma Ling announce that they will be hosting Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche to present a weekend Teaching Retreat.  The event will take place in Victoria, B.C. Canada on December 6, 7 & 8th.
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the founding director of Ligmincha Institute. In his more than 20 years of living and teaching in the West, he has become renowned for his ability to convey the ancient wisdom of Bön Buddhism in a way that is highly relevant to Western students.
Bön is Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition and the indigenous source of Tibetan culture. Followers of Bön receive teachings and transmissions from teachers in unbroken lineages from ancient times to the present day.  Bön retains the richness and flavor of its pre-Buddhist roots. Its teachings range from harmonizing our body, speech and mind with the elemental energies of nature to the Great Perfection teachings of Dzogchen.
Topics for the weekend are Awakening the Luminous Mind and Awakening the Sacred Body.  Join Bön Buddhist meditation master Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as he invites you to engage in the practice of meditation and reflection, to look intimately within and discover the jewel that is hidden in your ordinary experiences.
For more information and registration please contact:, or email:

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Buddhist Film Festival at the Vic Theatre
808 Humboldt St,

The Vic Theatre is holding a Buddhist Film Fest from  October 8th -12th.  19h00 each night.

·       October 8th:  Digital Dharma:  American E. Gene Smith made it his life mission to rescue the written legacy of the Tibetan culture by organizing a project to digitize and translate 20,000 volumes of Tibetan literature, on everything from medicine and history to poetry and Buddhist texts.
·      October 9th: Shugendo Now:  A very spiritual and physical practice, Shugendo Practitioners are deeply committed to protecting nature and the environment. Their love and dedication will inspire you. The scenery will take your breath away.
·      October 10th: Amongst White Clouds: Filmed on location in China, this film allows us an intimate peek into the lives of China's Buddhist hermit monks. Burger presents their tradition, their wisdom and the hardship and joy of their everyday lives among the clouds.
·      October 11th: Crazy Wisdom: Explore the life of the late Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Ever enigmatic, he remain a mystery, even to his wife of 17 years. Thomas Merton wanted to write a book with him; Joni Mitchell wrote a song about him. Trungpa taught Buddhism as though it were a matter of life and death.
·      October 12th: When the Iron Bird Flies: As Buddhism manifests in the West, this film asks the vital question "In these increasingly chaotic modern times, can these age old teaching help us to find genuine happiness and create a saner, more compassionate 21st century world?"

When the Iron Bird Flies weaves an intricate tapestry using interviews with contemporary Tibetan Buddhist teachers, stories of western practitioners, archival footage and images of modern life that illuminate and make accessible the Buddha's core teachings.

Thursday, October 03, 2013


Zen practice helps us to become intimate with ourselves, and through this, with the world at large. Few joys are greater than practicing this with others.
-->— Peter Levitt                                                    

Salt Spring Zen Circle, which practices in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, will be offering our annual Autumn Retreat, called sesshin, at the beautiful Gatehouse and gardens of Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. The retreat begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 31st, and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 3rd.

Beginning and experienced meditators are most welcome to attend. We encourage participants to maximize the benefits of this sesshin by making this a residential retreat at Stowel Lake Farm. In addition, a limited number of free billets are available for off island participants who would like to stay with sangha members.

Known for his warmth, humour, clarity and the depth of his teachings, poet and founding teacher of Salt Spring Zen Circle, Eihei Peter Levitt, will guide this traditional Zen retreat. Author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, he also served as Associate Editor of the Zen classic, The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo (Shambhala, 2010), and coeditor, with Kazuaki Tanahashi, of The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master.
In keeping with our tradition of offering authentic practice for the least possible fee, the cost of the retreat is $130 - $170 (sliding scale) for the entire sesshin, including all eight meals, plus voluntary dana (donation) for the practice and teachings Peter will provide. The cost of accommodation at the farm is separate. More information about this sesshin, accommodations at the farm, or billeting can be obtained by contacting our Registrar. Please see below.  

We encourage those who want to make this a residential retreat, and off-island visitors who may want billeting, to register early since such accommodations are provided on a first come first served basis.

For details and to receive a registration form, please contact the Registrar, Ann Colburn at or call our Retreat Steward, Judith Daylen, at 250-537-2062. Judith may also be reached at You may also fill out the registration form online by going to