with Debra Kupchok
Introducing a Dharma Series: The Yab-Yum Mandala Based on the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione
Starting January 29th 2022 through April 25th 2022 10:00-Noon ET on Zoom
The Florida Keys Tara Mandala is happy to announce that starting this Saturday, January 29th, we will begin a three-month series on the Yab Yum Mandala of the Male and Female Wisdom Buddhas with an introductory class from 10:00-Noon ET on Zoom.
Experience transformation through the power of the mandala–a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. We will utilize the wise teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione to take an in-depth look at methods for finding balance and union in a challenging world.
Are you looking for more balance in your life? Are you concerned about the lack of unity in the world? Please join us for a series of teachings and meditation practices designed to bring a sense of calm and equillibrium to your life and the world.
This vibrant Mandala practice is an excellent meditation for our times. After the intensity of the past few years, we can use this mandala to work together to envision 2022 as a time for grounding and stability.
What is the Yab Yum Mandala and Meditation Practice?
Lama Tsultrim Allione developed the Yab Yum Mandala practice to align emotional transformation with the spiritual path. The mandala provides a template of wholeness as its basic structure, the center, and four directions, represented by five families of elements, colors, seed syllables, emotions, psychological types, and wisdoms.
In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed that enlightenment is obtained through the union of wisdom and compassion. The figures in a yab-yum mandala are meditation tools, the male deity representing compassion, the female representing wisdom (insight), and their embrace as a visual metaphor for the luminosity of union and balance.
By working with the sacred union mandala of the Five Wisdom Male and Female Buddhas, we experience a representation of our mind when our mind is free from delusion. The process of contemplating and practicing with the five wisdom “fathers and mothers” allows us to become grounded in a more profound knowledge of ourselves (both our male and female aspects), our patterns, and the workings of our consciousness.
The image of “masculine” and “feminine” energies joined in union – Yab Yum – is central to Vajrayana Buddhism. The Yab Yum represents our inherent wholeness which holds all dualities in a dynamic totality. As we enter the Yab Yum Mandala, we recognize the completeness of our true nature and engage the “other” with openness, curiosity and compassion.
Join us! Please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and the Zoom link.
QUOTE: The Importance of Balance
While we may concentrate on one particular aspect of the path at a time, it is important to have an overall balance between the different aspects. Meditation should progress hand in hand with study, without either one being neglected. Having cleared away doubts intellectually, we should integrate our understanding with the experience of meditation. In this way our practice will be balanced and complete. –His Holiness the Dalai Lama, A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night
Offered by Authorized Teacher: Ellen Booth Church ~ Yeshe Choepel ~
Free Will Offering of Donation and Dana
You can support the offering of these teachings through your free will donation to the sangha and a separate offering of dana to our teacher.
If you would like to send a Donation for our Sangha Operating Costs, you may send via the PayPal link: http://www.paypal.me/taramandalakeywest
You can earmark your donation specifically for the SCHOLARSHIP FUND by stating that when you send money through the PayPal link.
Or send via Venmo link: http://www.venmo.com/kw taramandala
You may send a check for Sangha Donation made out to Key West Tara Mandala. If you would like to earmark your donation specifically for SCHOLARSHIPS, please write “Scholarship Fund” on your check and mail to:
Martha O’Hare–21111 San Remo Dr–Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Teachers in the Tibetan Tradition do not receive a salary from the sangha donations. We offer dana to the teacher for her work.
If you would like to send Dana for the teachings, you may send via this PayPal link: http://www.paypal.me/ellenyeshe
Or send via Venmo link: http://www.venmo.com/Ellen-Yeshe
Or you may send a check for Ellen’s teachings made out to Ellen Booth Church and mail to:
Ellen Booth Church — 813 Cardens Creek Drive — Durham, NC 27712
~~ No one is ever turned away due to a lack of funds. ~~