A Karmic Lesson and the Dalai Lama

Lame Yeshe and Lisa Tully

Lame Yeshe and Lisa Tully

Lisa Tully leads spiritual tours to India. She says that when people travel to that sacred land, something karmically starts to happen the moment they arrive. Lisa describes the process as “an intense clearing out which results in all your stuff coming to the surface so it can be blissfully released.” In other words, she said, “it’s a bit like having your finger on the fast forward button of spiritual growth.”

As a tour group leader, Lisa says, she experiences super fast growth and clearing which can be quite intense as each moment carries with it yet another karmic lesson.

She recently reported that a magical thing happened on her last tour.

As she was experiencing this phenomenon in full force, she kept seeing banners everywhere with a poem written by the Dalai Lama. It was one she had never seen before, but she even found it written in pen on the wall of a restaurant where she happened to dine. This is the poem:

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up 

~ Dalai Lama XIV

“I felt as though the Dalai Lama was urging me on with these words,” Lisa said. “I felt that very strongly indeed. Then after my group left I attended one of his public teachings with some of my monastic friends. As the Dalai Lama walked past us in the crowd he stopped in his tracks, turned around and looked straight at me holding my gaze for a few moments before he nodded and moved on. As the people around me gasped in surprise I knew in that instant he was now telling me in person to never-give-up.”

“So it is with this encouragement from the great man himself that I steam ahead with these tours. With the seal of his loving gaze I know ever more strongly that we can make a difference, we are making a difference to each and everyone who graces our tours with their sacred presence as well as the Tibetan community in exile.”

And for those of you currently facing challenging times and searching for strength I hope you too find comfort in the words of this powerful poem just as Lisa Tully did.

Her next tour, May 30 – June 17, 2013, includes attending teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as a 10-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat.

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On the Dalai Lama and Technology

His Holiness the Dalai LamaIf His Holiness the Dalai Lama does not own an iPad, a cell phone or even a computer, how is it possible that he has nearly five million Twitter followers and more than four million Facebook fans? We recently discovered the secret. His name is Tenzin Choejor. Besides being the Dalai Lama’s official photographer, Choejor also is the head of a team that looks after social media for His Holiness.

“I’m very much a Netizen,” Choejor said. “I’m always looking at people’s Facebook pages. Even though His Holiness has had a website since 2005, in this busy 21st century people don’t have time to go to your site all the time. We felt it was very important to deliver the content and messages of His Holiness to people via social networks.”

We learned about this at http://www.goddiscussion.com/100317/dalia-lama-has-almost-5-million-fans-on-twitter-and-over-4-million-on-facebook/ and you may click the link if you’d like to read the whole article about how HH delegates such tasks as sending email and posting Twitter tweets.

One task that the Dalai Lama does not delegate, however, is giving his personal teachings. His next teachings in Dharamsala India are slated for October 29 through 31, 2012, and — according to his website — they will be on Chapter 24 of Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Treatise of the Middle Way (uma tsawai sherab) at the request of a group of Koreans at the Main Tibetan Temple.

It is possible to attend these teachings on your own, and practical advice for attending them is available on his website at http://www.dalailama.com/teachings/attending-the-teachings. However, there is also a much easier way. Body Mind Spirit Journeys is offering a Dalai Lama India tour that includes attendance at the teachings as well as a 10-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat.

The tour begins October 16, so there is not much time left to sign up. For details, pricing and a registration form, please visit http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/india-dalai-lama-october-2012.html


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New Member for Tibetan Buddhist India Tour Team

Lama Buga, Lisa Tully, Lama Kalden

The team that hosts our Dalai Lama tours in India’s Himalayan foothills has a new member.  Originally these tours were led by just Lisa Tully and Lama Buga.  Lisa – after quitting her job in the corporate world – founded these tours and her reasons were two fold.  The first being that after spending time in Dharamsala, India where she witnessed first hand the plight of the Tibetan refugee community based there, a desire to help them grew within her fast and strong.  Secondly, the impact this sacred place and heartfelt people had on her personally was so magical that she wanted to share the experience with as many people as possible from what Lisa calls “the spiritually starved West.”

Lama Buga has been a Tibetan monk since he was six years old.  Having lived in both Delhi and Dharamsala for many years, and being a dear friend of Lisa’s, he was the natural choice to help her host her Tibetan Buddhist meditation tours.  His insider knowledge and local contacts both within and outside the local monastery ensure that the people who come on these tours get into the local ancient culture immediately.

Over time Lisa began to study all the monks she knew to see if any of them had something unique to bring to the tour offering, and that was when she decided to approach Lama Kalden for his kind assistance.  Not only does Lama Kalden have a very good command of the English language, he also has  a sense of humour to beat the band. As a result he has proven to be an entertaining host who can communicate about the local customs and ways that has participants laughing just like the Buddha himself.  Kalden also has been a monk for many years and comes all the way up from his monastery in South India to help ensure that participants have a memorable experience in India.

Anyone who is seeking a truly authentic Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat will find they are in good hands with Lisa and her two lamas.

Please click for the Tibetan Path in India Tour and Retreat web page.

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New Dalai Lama India Tour Video

Lisa Tully, the leader of the Dalai Lama Tibetan Buddhist meditation tour of India coming up in March, has just sent us a video that gives you a taste of her program. It even shows a brief glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving from a car that is passing by. (Don’t worry, he was not driving. In India, the driver’s side is on the right side of the vehicle, and they drive on the left side of the road.)

McLeod Ganj is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the scenery is truly inspiring. But even more importantly, this tour is an opportunity to attend a personal teaching by the Dalai Lama, something that is growing increasingly rare.

After you have watched the video, you can get more details about this Buddhist Meditation retreat and tour, including the full itinerary and pricing, on the Body Mind Spirit Journeys website at http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/dalai-lama-india-meditation-2012.html

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Buddhist Meditation Retreat Dates Set

Buddhist meditation retreat features Dalai Lama teaching

Buddhist meditation retreat features Dalai Lama teaching

The dates for our Buddhist meditation retreat in India have now been set for March 6 through 24, 2012. The dates were selected to coordinate the tour with a very rare public teaching His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving. After serving for such a long time as a spiritual leader, it is understandable that HHDL should begin to cut back on his schedule. He gave three days of teachings in Dharamsala last month, but next March his teaching will be limited to only one morning, which our group will attend. As time passes, such opportunities to be in the presence of this great spiritual master become more and more rare and important.

The majority of the program will be a ten-day silent retreat at the Tushita Meditation Centre in Mcleod Ganj. The tour is hosted by Lisa Tully, who is originally from Ireland, and Buga Tire, a Tibetan lama.

To see full details for this itinerary including pricing, please follow this link to the Buddhist Meditation Retreat program.


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