At the heart of RIPA meditation

December 2018 / January 2019 – End of the year in our Swiss center

A new winter retreat in meditation? We were all waiting for it. For five days, the center will bring together all cultures, languages and continents. A happy reunion that confirms this feeling of belonging to a large family without borders.

Away from the hurly burly comotion and nicely seated on one`s cushion

Our ordinary mind is constantly agitated, disturbed, and full of uncertainty and emotion. Troubled, confused, it opens the door to uncertainty, stress, sadness, anguish. And this leads us straight to suffering. Intuitively, we know this and we are looking for a solution. That is why more than one hundred and fifty of us are here this winter with Rinpoche, sitting on our cushion, ready for adventure.

Rinpoche explains: “During these few days, we will try to be totally present here, free from all the inhibitions, the preoccupations of life, and its turbulence, and we will try to be totally open, receptive, and comfortable.” Then, before we get into our first practice, he says : “Imagine a cushion, just a cushion that needs a body, someone to sit on it. This body needs to breathe. And this breathing body needs to be in a state of alertness, vigilance, attention, and the spirit of awakening. We all have a body, we all breathe, and we all possess this potential of the spirit of full awareness. Meditation is therefore accessible to each of us at all times.

Session after session, we train to feel the right position of our body, sitting cross-legged, back straight, shoulders wide open …  Then we focus our attention on the breath, the breathing, in order to finally enter into meditative practice… And it works! As the days go by, the eyes light up, the smiles become more generous, more open, and an atmosphere of beneficial softness settles in. It seems that we receive Rinpoche’s message when he urges us to : “develop a positive attitude, and generate joy in our heart, so that the benefit of our meditation is addressed to all beings and not only to ourselves.

And all this in total silence … Such rest, such peace and such relief!

Photo captions: Rinpoche is about arrive, and we are waiting for him, with katas deployed and hearts open… whole days in the room that is full like eggs in a carton … During the breaks, everyone takes advantage in his own way in order to relax and in so doing presents to our view surprising positions…  Funny … Tender … Baroque … Vipassana Walking Meditation with vintage slippers! … Total silence yes, but with tenderness, smiles and joy … Last day: the questions waiting for Rinpoche fill the cardboard box … Impossible to answer everything!

The future RIPA instructors are getting ready

How can the benefits of R.A.M. (Ripa Awareness Meditation) and its depth be made available to the widest possible audience? How can it be opened to all, including totally secular people who do not feel drawn towards Buddhism? This is precisely what Jigme Rinpoche is gradually putting in place by expanding the training of future instructors for this very special meditation, because it combines the ancient tradition of Buddhism with the additional link to our unique lineage and its blessings.

Why are the Buddha’s teachings, 2600 years old, still alive? Why do they touch us and help us so much? This is simply because they are universal and their transmission has never been interrupted. Moreover, through the current generation of our RIPA lineage, this living transmission is ensured by authentic realized Masters and the lineage.

It is therefore a great opportunity for future instructors – and a great responsibility as well – to receive these teachings to transmit them.  This winter, the training of meditation instructors was attended by a good thirty participants, many of whom were new. Rinpoche particularly emphasized several points: personal and daily practice is essential. He warned of the risks of ego “trips” that could arise, and of the importance of being sincere and authentic in one’s practice, motivation and intentions. He insisted on the importance of this emerging community of instructors, on the mutual respect that all must have amongst themselves, and on a sense of shared benevolence because, he said :  “these aspects will one day be felt by the future beneficiaries.” Before the participants can in the future guide meditations on behalf of our lineage, they will have received a certificate (which will validate that common criteria have been established, such as academic training, theoretical training, and personal competency, including: validation of practice quality, time spent in training, personal practice hours accomplished, etc.). All this is will be complemented by an ethical charter currently being developed.

The opinion of several participants: “Rinpoche has given us a treasure that we will have to nourish and grow, while preserving it, but also without appropriating it.

At the same time, Rinpoche commissioned Lama Tenzin to provide training and instruction in all aspects of Sadhana Practice (Dharmaseva). This time, the training focused on Umze training for certain practices, learning the musical accompaniement (drums, rolmos etc.), and chupin training, including the making of several kinds of tormas.

(*) Ripa. Awareness. Meditation.

Photo captions: Rinpoche opens the session for the instructors … The atmosphere is studious … With moments of relaxation … Geneviève, in charge of the R.A.M. training under Rinpoche’s guidance … Family photo at the end of the session …On the Dharmaseva side, Lama Tenzin is in charge of the training … He explains … Gives instructions … and listens to help everyone to improve … And another family photo to close the session.

Supported by an international team, our center flourishes

A veritable ship launched on the open sea just a few years ago, our center is confirmed in its vocation of openness. In addition to the RIPA students from all over the world, who come together for our summer and winter retreats, the “outside” groups are more and more numerous in “choosing” us to organize their activities. They appreciate the atmosphere of the place, its peace and the serenity that emerges from being there. They say that the energy they feel helps them in the activities for which they came. The coming of famous personalities like Mathieu Ricard or Alan Wallace attracts a new and greater public who in turn discover this site “where one feels so well” and “where one is so well received.” So much so that some participants at our last retreat met Rinpoche for the first time this winter. They first discovered the center through another activity.


To cope with the growing number of associations and user groups installed for a few days or weeks, the center team is here! Dynamic, effective, it is the image of our RIPA community: open, diverse and international. Begoña the director, and Lluis the chef, are Spanish. Antje, head of the hospitality sector is German but comes from France where she lived for many years, Helen who attends Begoña in Marketing is Swiss. Alongside the permanent staff: Gabriela, Swiss too, comes four days a week and supports everything concerning accommodation … And it is a huge job! Finally, let us not forget Vladimir and Sasha, two volunteers who come periodically from Russia and help out … with anything! From breakfast and meal preparation, to the layout and transformation of the rooms according to the activities of the groups that follow one after the other, you can see them everywhere! All without exception are students of our RIPA teachers and bring warmth, friendship and openness in their contact and associations with others.


Gently, the center builds its image and its renown, in a few years the liner will reach its cruising speed.

Photo captions : This great warm ocean liner that illuminates the winter nights is Our Center… Begoña, its director, ensures with dynamism and determination its expansion and radiance… Antje and Helen, right and left arm of Begoña… All three are non-stop on the bridge… Lluis, great master of our meals with Marie who regularly helps … Gabriela, pillar of laundry and bedding and all that concerns accommodation … Vladimir and Sacha faithful intermittent volunteers from RIPA Russia. Without them, nothing can run smoothly! … The entire team does an incredible amount of work, down to the last detail… So much so that we even find a festive table on 1st of January… And for 150 people!

Photo album

Photo captions: The younger generations always follow retreat in their own way… And participate in common daily tasks if they wish… Always faithful to the post, Laurent, “sound memory” of the teachings… Dharma cat, nice cat!… The future instructors finish their training with a “party.” We sing, we drink a little, but good wine, we laugh … And we say to one another “see you soon,” under the mischievous eye of Lama Tenzin, and the kind smile of the Ripa teachers and the Dalai Lama.

 

Our international community gathered for a great summer retreat

July / August 2018: Grand RIPA Retreat in Our Swiss International Center

Back in Europe after a one year retreat, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche offers us a great opportunity to gather once again. For three weeks, our international spiritual community finds its three RIPA Masters together….

Life, death and rebirth: a Buddhist perspective

From the depth of my practice, my retreat gave me the opportunity to think of you, to pray for all, and to develop even more discipline.” This is how Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche returns to us for this first week on the Bardo of death. He adds, “It has also given me a deep understanding of the difference between study and practice. The experience of practice is deeper, as one is beyond analysis, thought, and interpretation. You become free since this experience offers no basis for input or fixation. One becomes free from all judgment and all opinion.” And he further adds, “If we are serious about our spiritual journey, we should really engage in this profound experience to see how much practice makes the difference ….” There is no question of daring to summarize here in a few lines a whole week of exceptional teachings. Rinpoche was inspired by The Bardo Thödöl – The Tibetan Book of the Dead – composed by Padmasambhava in the 8th century, written by Yeshe Tsogyal, and discovered in the 14th century by Karma Lingpa ; this work is a great testament to the ancient wisdom of the Far East. Rinpoche’s introduction will give you just a quick overview: “I have just returned from Orissa (*), where I visited several elderly people who are approaching death. Among them, a lady I’ve known since I was a child. She is almost 90 years old and very close to her departure. I was very surprised to see her so conscious and calm. She told me how much she no longer had any attachment, neither to her family, nor to her children, nor to her house, nor even to her body… She is very relaxed, totally ready to leave… And death is something universal. So it is good to understand this period of death and the bardo in order to prepare ourselves and to help others in this most important period of our lives, at the end of our lives.

(* State of the Indian Federation on the Bay of Bengal where one of the monasteries of the RIPA lineage is located)

Slideshow 1 :

“Practices and rituals are accompanied by the monks … Offerings of Our Teachers and lamas to H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche at the end of the retreat … Then each of us receives a blessing … The tormas of the rituals are all prepared by the monks, a real work of art … How to put one’s zen well? – a learning session … Atmosphere, atmosphere: candle, bell and dorje … As usual, children lead their lives on their own, caressed by the energy of the teachers, practices, and rituals … “

Lingdro dances in connection with Gesar of Ling …

The second week takes us to the Drupchö (Great Achievement in Tibetan) of Yeshe Tsogyal. A Drupchö is one of the most elaborate forms of Vajrayana practice. It is an exceptional opportunity to immerse one’s self – body, speech and mind – in spiritual experience. We have been discovering and deepening this Drupchö for several years. And it opens up an unlimited field for us to access the experience Rinpoche is talking about. The last week will be reserved for another Drupchö, that of Hayagriva. It is a great discovery for many of us, especially since it is a wrathful deity … An unlimited field of practice and experience. This year, the whole retreat is enriched with dances: Lingdrö dances and sacred dances. Lama Tenzin presents the first: “Ling is all that relates to King Gesar of Ling and Drö means dance,” he adds: “If no one knows the origin of the melodies, we are sure that the poems were composed by Ju Mipham Rinpoche in the 19th century. And all that Mipham has created and written is based on facts from earlier Tibetan history such as that of King Gesar of Ling. At the time of Gesar, every victory was celebrated by dances, archery competitions, and so on. At that time, singing, dancing, participating in festivities were part of the events of life… ” Lama Tenzin continues : ” The Lingdrö dances have a total of fifteen chapters. The first is a dance of offerings to the Guru, Yidam, Dakini, Dharma Protectors, Gesar himself, and his own protectors. In another chapter the dance invites Gesar and all male deities to bless the place, while all the female deities are invited from elsewhere, etc. The first chapter, for example, is an offering to the divinities of wisdom, so we dance with a kata.” In the past, H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche had presented this fundamental aspect of Lingdrö dances to us as follows: “These dances are linked to the awakened activities of King Gesar… They are not ordinary dances… They are practices that help us to overcome the difficulties we face on the path of awakening, they support us in our progress.”

Slideshow 2:

“The Tibetan community of Switzerland always participates. Coming to receive the blessings of the RIPA Masters, they offer us these Lingdrö dances. The day of festivities will bring together more than three hundred people in total … the dances of women and men answer each other … Moment of waiting and anticipation with the children before the dancers “enter the stage”…” King Gesar” is ready… Lama Tenzin too… And as always the children are busy, which does not prevent them from admiring the “show”. “

… And the “Cham” dances, manifestations of the sacred

When we celebrate a Drupchö, obstacles arise created by negative spirits and the Deities represented by terrifying masks remove obstacles and negative energies. This tradition of sacred dances has the particular objective of repelling them. The feminine and masculine deities are represented. But the big difference between the Lingdrö and the “Cham” dances is that the first ones are considered as dances of this world, while the latter ones are the dances of the divinities of wisdom themselves. Everything is in direct relation with Dharma, and they are also defined as dances of liberation by sight. We are not talking here of definitive liberation, but of a momentary liberation: the spectacle reduces the impact of our negative emotions and frees us for a moment from the certainty that what we see is reality whereas it is only an illusory appearance. Everything manifests itself differently and a subtle relationship is established between the practitioner and the divinity. It is said that the Cham has great power in itself, it is said that dancing the cham is the best way to purify the body in particular. The sacred dances we attend each evening during Hayagriva’s Drupchö are part of the traditions of Taksham and Pema Lingpa. And those who attended these dances will tell you in particular how impressively Lhuntrul Rinpoche became Dörje Drollö. On other nights, the female and male deities unfold and imbue us with another energy. All these dances are remarkably performed by the monks who came especially from the RIPA monasteries.

Slideshow 3 :

“Impressive dances … Terrifying masks … Some of us receive a real shock … We are carried away by the movements … And we can even be surprised to” dance “internally, without moving. “

Happy monks!

Slideshow 4 :

“Family photo at the end of retreat … Excursion day in the Swiss mountains … Short break during the day … Lama Tenzin films swimming … One of the young monks very much likes the cows that make him feel well … Lunch in the open air ; on the menu: eggs and rosti, the Swiss national dish made of grated potatoes roasted with onions … Departure approaches, and one has to pack one’s bags. The masks of the sacred dances are packed, the Drupchö texts are packed in a heavy suitcase … All this luggage will accompany the monks to Moscow and Kalmykia where two other Drupchös guided by Lhuntrul Rinpoche are planned … “

Slideshow 5 :

“The Lingdrö dances, are also the occasion of a day of festivities for all … In the center, the good corners are not lacking for the meal break … The students offer dances, songs, sketches, skits … And even a very joyous collective dance … Karma Shedrup appreciates the quality of Laurent’s sound system … And trains Carlo in the subtlety of instrument playing and the easing of the fingers … The monks are interested in the photos taken by Michèle Z … All the children are visibly happy here, the activities are not lacking, and the ideas neither “

See you soon for another blog !

He has returned

Nepal, May – June 2018, the conclusion of Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche’s one-year retreat

The morning that Rinpoche leaves his retreat, we are hundreds, of all countries, of all conditions, family, monks, students, friends, waiting for the return of Rinpoche. As he leaves his little “house or hermit’s cave,” in which he has just spent a year, to join us directly … it is impossible to express what we feel.

Homecoming

You have undoubtedly already had access to photos broadcast in real time from one to the other on so-called social networks. Thus, this blog will rather push the doors behind the scenes of the adventure, what we experienced as well as the commitment of all those who made this event a success, as we witnessed the heights of attainment of our teacher, a true master, as he welcomed all participants. Descending from the mountain early in the morning, Rinpoche first passes the long rows of Tibetans, Nepalese, students of all countries, then the monks, after which we all enter the temple. Rinpoche settles and then speaks to us in Tibetan, Nepali, followed by English. For those who are in the back part of the monastery, the echo effect produced by the sound system makes understanding rather difficult. It does not matter, his presence is immense and the communication is done by the heart. Moreover, among those who had arrived a few days before – while Rinpoche was still up there for his last days of retreat – some even thought they felt his compassion and his love caressing and blessing the whole Dallu Valley.

Mid-day, lunch break. Everyone is on the forecourt around round tables and chairs that also look festive. The youngest monks are of course associated with the event, they are at the buffet, and for some, it is obviously the first time they serve meals to guests. Their noses just reach the rim of the large pots, and so they have to lift their arms high to fill the plates, even rising on tiptoe. Regardless, they are visibly delighted. Smiling, and yet serious at the same time, they strive to do a good job. Jigme Rinpoche settles among us, at a table among the guests, as does Lhuntrul Rinpoche and the family too. The children are singing and laughing. We experience the excitement and atmosphere of the great moments of the RIPA lineage, but with something more added: Rinpoche is back.

Two days later, we start the Nyungné. This is the first time that monks, Tibetans, nuns and students are gathered in the temple for this practice of purification … Guided by Rinpoche, who makes more prostrations than us, these four days are impressive. Those who discover this practice for the first time are in shock, and even for those who have a little experience, we are too. Here, the Nyungné is more intense, more powerful, some even say wild. It is true that the energy of the valley of Dallu is particularly powerful, we are in the Ripa Monastery already well charged with practices and blessings since 2005, by the Ripa Masters as well as by the practices of the monks. But above all, Rinpoche’s presence after a year of retreat is manifestly felt, of course, for many. For two nights, he speaks about Nyungné, it is then at night that we return to our respective “guest-houses.” In the dark, our path is strewn with fireflies, small luminous reflections on the grass, a mirror of the stars of the milky way … Magic!

Slideshow 1 – Photo captions: Monks, Tibetans, Nepali, students attentive to the words of Rinpoche … Tsok distribution … Lunch in the open air … The forecourt of the monastery transformed into a huge friendly restaurant … Laughter and songs, a very beautiful atmosphere … Nyungné: prostrations, in the background the monks too … “Music” reinforces the effects of the practice … The huge statue of Chenrezig with a thousand arms supports us in our efforts.

Mero Gaon: the village is rebuilt

Recall this mountain-side village, that was destroyed in its entirety by the earthquake, and for which Rinpoche, so touched by the suffering and distress of the villagers, responded to their call for help. Two years later, the fifty-five houses – one per family – have been rebuilt, to earthquake-resistant standards, with the help of students from all over the world. All have electricity, with a central water point for each group of five houses. Previously, fetching water and bringing it back took a lot of time and effort. Now it is two steps away. Invited to the official inauguration of the village, those who participated in the reconstruction go to the side of the mountain. Reaching the village is already a small adventure in itself: the bus that leads us from the monastery must first descend to Kathmandu, cross the city, its traffic jams, its pollution, then attack the ascent of another mountain with improbable “roads.” Follo wing two hours traversing these roads is added nearly an hour of walking in the mountains with climbs, descents, a small pass at 2000 m, and an arrival at 1725 m, the altitude of the village. All under a blazing sun and a corresponding temperature. Along the way, Rinpoche is greeted by villagers with their kata, as well as school children, etc. We finally cross the small welcome arch specially erected for the occasion by the inhabitants of Mero Gaon. We visit the village, listen to speeches, and witness the unveiling of of the commemorative plaque … Rinpoche addresses the assembly, some other speeches follow … Or not … Because the villagers scheduled to speak obviously do not want to speak in the microphone. And again, the sound is capricious. Rinpoche’s words are punctuated by “glub-gzz-glub-glub.” Although we are more than 1700 m above sea level, his voice seems to come from an immersed submarine on the other side of the world. Finally, he gives up on the microphone.

A friendly meal has been prepared and is served by the villagers, while also giving each family a file that includes the plan of their house, along with a lock and its key. Each family ? No, every woman in every family, who are all well dressed for the occasion, and adorned with beautiful jewelery. Where are the men? We are obviously asking the question. Answer: here it is the women who “guide the boat,” the men follow. Indeed, they are all in festive dress and men, dressed as usual, observe, rather shy and a little behind. They are the ones who serve us the meals assisted by teenagers. The distribution of the files finished, Rinpoche calls a little  boy. All shy, impressed, he approaches, and Rinpoche gives him a great soccer ball for all the kids. His face lights up and he walks away with the gift, all proud and happy. We take the road back, tired but happy.

Slideshow 2 – Photo captions: After the earthquake everything was ravaged, the villagers were sheltering under plastic and sheet metal … Rinpoche came to support them, the reconstruction of the houses was decided and everything is completed … The reception of Rinpoche on the path of Mero Gaon … The small welcome bow of bamboo and cloth welcomes us … The commemorative plaque … Distribution of meals … Rinpoche with some village women … Water flowing from a tap, fascinating! … The press and the Nepalese TV are present for a future documentary.

Lumbini: The Birthplace of Buddha

This is the last leg of our journey. Only 300 kilometres separate Lumbini from Kathmandu. Located in southern Nepal in the Terai plain near the Indian border, it takes more than ten hours by bus to reach it, compared to just half an hour by plane. The sacred area of Lumbini is one of the most important holy places of our great religions of the world. Recognized by UNESCO in 1997, it is said to be one of the most visited pilgrimage destinations on the planet. There is also the temple of Maya Devi – named after the mother of Buddha – also classified as an international heritage site by UNESCO. In the surrounding area, on a park of 23 hectares, numerous temples represent all the schools of Buddhism and many countries of the world. We visit that of Korea, China and many others, all beautiful. The French temple is under construction and as there are still plots of land, Rinpoche and RIPA Russia have decided to build a temple for Russia that is not yet represented. On the spot in the open air, Rinpoche presents us the ground, and this time, the sound system works perfectly thanks to a teenager who follows us everywhere, braced under the weight of the battery on one side and an imposing “loud- speaker” of the other. The general opinion is that Lumbini’s visit allows us to feel the sweetness, serenity and peace that emerge from the place.

In this trip, we are accompanied by about twenty children, already all “banged up” from the first years of their short life. They were rescued from their misfortune and brought together in a children’s home founded by Dorje Dolma, a Nepalese woman that has been supported for a long time by Namkha Rinpoche, Jigme Rinpoche, Lhuntrul Rinpoche and the family. Children spend the day with us and enjoy the hotel pool. They throw themselves into the water with pleasure, play, and practice swimming with us. Confident, visibly well in their skin, in the good company of Dolma, “their mother,” with whom they find attentiveness, listening and tenderness, they find the way to the joy of living. As a result, they come to us without any fear. Spontaneous, direct, open, they are funny, alive, visibly well put together and they help one another naturally (we will talk about this children’s home in more detail in a while). It is there, in Lumbini, that our adventure ends. Everyone is leaving soon for their continent and their country.

Slideshow 3 – Photo captions : In the departure lounge for the flight to Lumbini … We fly on Yeti Airlines. The logo, the imprint of its foot … Close to the place of birth of the Buddha, but well protected from the sun … Rinpoche with the monks who accompany him, then with the children … Opposite: the paparazzi of the Dharma! … After the storm, the paths turn into streams … Beautiful temples … Rinpoche in front of the plot of land for the future Russian temple … Everyone in the water in the pool … Before lunch.

Photo album

A few photos pell-mell to flip through for a more extensive overview of our trip. Next time, come, these are irreplaceable moments with our irreplaceable teachers.

Slideshow 4 – Photo captions: Before the effort, some relaxation, a good football game gets us in shape … The players … The goalkeeper … The cloakroom … Preparations: installation of the big top … Some innovative ideas to clean a tiled floor … Interview of Doctor Milan for the next TV documentary … At the airport – “maximum height 2.18 m, pay attention to your head”? !

Portraits

Slideshow 5 – Photo captions : On the way to the village the children are waiting for Rinpoche … Before listening to him while watching … Portraits of villagers … Taeo’s camera fascinates … One of the small monks of the monastery … Nepal, between tradition and modernity … The hostess of Yeti Airlines in Tibetan dress … Our young “soundman” of Lumbini … Rinpoche with two villagers.

End of the trip

Conclusion-Stupa for World Peace-Lumbini

Ultimate photo of our RIPA family at the Stupa for World Peace in Lumbini.

Next big meeting: the retreat of this summer 2018 in Switzerland with our three Teachers.

August 2017 – Yeshe Tsogyal Retreat

An encounter with universal feminine energy


His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche

  

His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche is in full form, and Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche is happy to be among us; Lama Tenzin is confirmed in his duties, the translation team is congratulated, the training of instructors is on track, and there are again newcomers from a variety of countries … This summer has only brought good news.

A powerful and gentle retreat

In this Tibetan year of universal feminine energy, it is quite natural that this retreat is on the topic of Yeshe Tsogyal, as she is part of the DNA of our Ripa lineage. During one of his previous incarnations, Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was directly and intimately linked to this great spiritual figure of the 8th century. As both disciple and consort of Guru Rinpoche, Yeshe Tsogyal played a fundamental role in the spread of his spiritual teachings and transmissions. If you were unable to be present for the retreat, immerse yourself in the reading of “The Life of Yeshe Tsogyal, Sovereign of Tibet,” written by Arya Salé in the 8th century. You will be carried away by this spiritual epic, this historical fresco, so inspired and full of poetry and marvels. We at the center experienced exactly this during the Drupchö of Yeshé Tsogyel. More good news: Lama Tenzin was officially confirmed in his European spiritual role by His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche. Lama Tenzin was even awarded a degree “as in the West.” This event touched us all and even moved many of us to tears. As for Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche, he is the great “present-absent” of this summer. Present because many among us feel his presence, from the depths of his retreat he does not abandon us! And absent because, obviously, we miss him. It is with always renewed pleasure that we enjoy the spectacle of the Tibetan dances and the festivities punctuating the half-time of these two weeks passed in the intimacy of the universal feminine energy of Yeshe Tsogyal.