Jefferson Tibetan Society Hosts Dr Tsampa Ngawang


We are honored to announce the visit of Dr. Tsampa Ngawang, a Nyingma Lama from Mustang, Nepal and 10th generation traditionally trained Tibetan doctor. The Jefferson Tibetan Society is honored to have the opportunity to offer these teachings & his remarkable Tibetan medical services in Charlottesville, Va.

Friday, May 1st — 7:00 p.m. — Talk on the Power of Compassion

Retreat: Saturday, May 2nd, (10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) & Sunday, May 3rd (10 a.m.- 1 p.m.)

Dr. Tsampa will teach a compassion practice developed by a great mahasiddha (Tangtong Gyalpo) from the 14th century, emphasizing the power of the 4 great spiritual thoughts which transform one’s life into ultimate joy. Dr. Tsampa has completed a traditional 3 year retreat training as a Buddhist lama primarily in the Nyingma & Kagyu traditions, though he has studied with Sakya & Gelukpa teachers as well.

Dr. Tsampa taught at Virginia Tech University for a semester in the past. You can read more about his life and work on a website set up by his friends in Blacksburg, Va. at http://www.agiftforthevillage.com. A documentary is being made of Dr. Tsampa’s work in his village in Nepal. Cy shared that Nicolas Sihle, anthropology professor at U.Va. did his thesis on Dr. Tsampa.

The compassion practice Dr. Tsampa will be basing the retreat on will provide an opportunity to touch on many essential aspects of Buddhist thought. Dr. Tsampa’s daily work of helping those in pain enables him to be an especially meaningful teacher of the practice of compassion. All are invited to come to deepen their practice of compassion towards others and oneself.

The location of the retreat will depend on the number of people who pre-register. Currently, we are planning to have it at our temple space about 5 min. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The suggested donation for the talk is $10. and the registration fee for the Sat/Sun retreat is $85. For those wishing to participate in the Sat./Sun. retreat, please e-mail us at Jts108va@aol.com so we know how many participants to plan for. To hold your space for the retreat, please send a $35. deposit by April 25th to: Jefferson Tibetan Society, P.O. Box 874, Charlottesville, Va. 22902. If you are planning to attend the Fri. talk, please e-mail us for location.

Note: this is NOT a Guhyasamaja Center event, please contact the Jefferson Tibetan Society for more information.

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