Another guided meditation from Lisa Tully

Lisa Tully recently recorded another guided meditation that we hope you will enjoy. As you may know, Lisa leads our “Tibetan Path in India” tours that include a Buddhist meditation retreat. She will also be hosting an exciting pilgrimage to Bhutan in a few months.

If you have been considering joining us for this trip but not 100% there yet, then getting to know Lisa better via her guided meditations might be of interest.

Here is what Lisa said” “If you would like to meditate on whether or not to join us for this journey I have included a sacred guided meditation for you to listen to below. This meditation will awaken more love in your heart and from there you can ask you heart what is the highest choice. It is a cosmic meditation so be sure to do it when you have some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle. And if you enjoy it we will have more meditations like that in Bhutan.”

Please note that the meditation starts about 10-seconds after you press the “Play” icon below…

read more

Video gives details about Spiritual Bhutan tour

Recently we posted a guided meditation video presented by Lisa Tully.

In addition to the “Tibetan Path in India” tours she leads, Lisa is also co-hosting a Tour to Bhutan in a few months.

She made a video that gives lots of details about the “Mastering the Buddha Nature Within” spiritual Bhutan tour December 7 – 18, 2014. 

The program is co-hosted by Sheri Rosenthal, and you can discover more about both Sheri, Lisa, and Bhutan in the video below…

To see the full Bhutan Tour itinerary, including pricing and registration form, CLICK HERE

read more

A guided meditation to help you invite love

Lisa TullyLisa Tully, who hosts meditation retreats in India, has just released a guided meditation video.

It’s 29 minutes long, and Lisa says it can help you invite more love into your life.

Even if you are a just beginner at meditation, listening to Lisa’s comforting words and soothing voice can help you lower your stress level and get a better perspective on living.

Watch the video below…


CAUTION: Do not listen while operating a vehicle or any other equipment.

read more

Attending Dalai Lama teachings in India

by Lisa Tully

Sitting in the temple the day before the teachings begin. I have come to claim a spot to sit for the duration of the three days. I have come to take pictures since I won’t be able to later.

I have come to find where the bathrooms are!

What I unexpectedly find is a sense of contentment and calm just being there.

It’s the energy coming from the sacred space itself. I find I’m in a meditative state just sitting on the bench that I’ve found. It’s off to the right of the main teaching hall.

I’ve claimed a piece of it with my name on a scrap piece of paper and some tape offered to me by a kind stranger.

It feels good here.

There are a lot of logistical things that need to happen to attend a teaching (getting yourself to Dharamsala, registering at the security office, reading up on the etiquette, learning what can and can’t go through security), but none of that matters once you arrive.

Because “arrive” is exactly what you do.

You arrive to the present moment. You arrive to an open heart and mind. You arrive to a state of centeredness that you seem to share with the thousands of other people in the room.

It just happens. The first morning I arrive with my radio for the translation and my bowl and mug for the butter tea and lunch of rice and dal. I’m flooded with a sense of happiness.

There is no where I’d rather be.

I arrive early and the people watching is deeply moving. Many do their prostrations and recite the common mantra of “Om Mani Padme Hum” while doing kora around the inner temple.

There is a shift in the crowd as His Holiness begins to make his way through the hall and into the main temple.

Everyone stands, everyone is silent, and everyone gets happier.

He comes around the corner into view. My first glimpse of him he is reaching out to take someone’s hand in greeting.

Tears instantly well up in my eyes. I have no thoughts.

I feel only gratitude and happiness. I remember what a friend once told me: just to see him is to be blessed. I make eye contact with the monk standing beside me. He sees my tears and simply nods as if to say, “Yes, I know.”

I take notes during the teaching. Even though the text is a basic one, some parts feel like advanced Buddhist philosophy to me.

But there is so much patience in his teaching. So much humility as well. At one point he talks about how previous Dalai Lama’s were known to have prophetic visions but that he himself had never had any.

He then jokes:

“I like to say that maybe I don’t have visions like the others, but I’m the most famous Dalai Lama!”

And as he laughs his joy spreads through the crowd like a ripple in a pond for his laughter is so infectious.

Each day as the teaching ends I sit and talk with one of the monks sitting near me. At first I try to process with him, clarify points from the teaching.

He stops me saying:

“Let what comes, come. Don’t force it. You will take away what you were meant to take away.”

After that reminder, we just sit on our bench each day, silently watching everyone file downstairs for lunch. No words are needed beyond “Good-bye” and “See you in the morning.”

Our joint meditation is the perfect end to a profound experience.

Would like to experience this magic yourself? Join us on our next spiritual trip to Dharamsala, India. We will make sure you have a wonderful, safe and profound time in India with the Dalai Lama and his community. Click here for information.

 

Photos sourced on Pinterest from Xaron White, Wendie Berry and Sema64.

read more

Discover the Oracles of Ladakh

by Lisa Tully

A blindfolded monk jumps from the roof of one building to another. A woman chants for an hour before sucking a man’s kidney stone from his body using only her breath and a hollow tube.

Diseases are cured, lame animals are mended and futures are predicted all by human mediums channeling divine spirits.

Is this possible? Is it real? How are these miracles performed? These are all questions you will grapple with when you visit Ladakh on our Mystics of Ladakh Tour.

What are Oracles?

Since ancient times, in both eastern and western traditions, Oracles have been consulted for advice and problem solving; both for day-to-day issues as well as future prophesies. On a basic level, these are people able to give wise counsel to the community and provide sound judgment in difficult times.

In Tibetan culture there is another layer to these wise and revered people. These Kuten, which literally translates as “the physical basis” and means that they are the physical vessel, are endowed with mystical qualities.

They use these qualities to channel the Oracle, or divine spirit, through trance. The Kuten serve as a bridge between our world and the spiritual world. For centuries this was the primary way that people communicated with their God and deities.

For example when the Dalai Lama was fleeing the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 he consulted his Oracle for the time of departure and the route to take. And he managed to escape safely to India. Still to this day the Tibetan government in exile have a state Oracle that they regularly consult.

This practice of consulting Oracles may feel strange as you encounter it for the first time. This ancient art has been largely lost to all but a few cultures. During the Matho Nagrang festival, Oracles come before the community in a trance state.

What happens at the winter festival of the Oracles?

As the festival begins, the monks have shed their yellow and maroon robes for vibrant colorful costumes made of silk that flow as they dance. The masks they wear during the dance represent the gods and goddess that the people of community worship and pray to.

For the devotee, it is a holy sight to behold the patron saints as they twirl and chant. After two days of this preparation, the Oracles are brought among the people. They enter already in a trance state and are blindfolded as well.

They have spent one month in seclusion preparing for this time and purifying themselves. They perform unbelievable feats of acrobatics and impossible feats to demonstrate how strongly the divine spirit is with them. The spirit protects the vessel from harm as these miracles are performed.

Then it is time for the community to come forward and make their requests of the Oracles. Some will ask for blessings, others for cures for diseases.

Many will ask about their futures and life has in store for them. Instantaneous healings are performed and rituals are conducted to help those with obstacles to remove.

What will it be like for you to experience this first hand?

The mystery and sense of awe one has at being in proximity to these other worldly spirits is powerful and if open to the magic, can change your perceptions miracles and communication with The Divine. Prepare to open your eyes wide and your mind even farther as you experience this ancient tradition.

For you will be challenged by what you see; your old patterns and beliefs will spend a great deal of time looking for “the trick” and attempting to rationalize how what you’ve just seen isn’t mystical but has a very rational explanation.

Push yourself to look beyond your conditioning and experience what the devotee experiences; a brief moment to connect with the spiritual and receive healing from a divine being. And know in your heart of hearts that it is no accident that you have found yourself submersed in this ancient world.

For some reason the spirits wanted you to travel to the ancient land of Ladakh and experience these wonders – and only you can discover that reason through being open in the moment and taking time for honest reflection in the weeks and months that follow.

For our tours are not just a temporary break from the norm, they are an opening into your future, which we believe deserves to be the best it can be. Taking time to do sacred journeys always brings rewards and having the courage to jump into them is your first step.

Breathe deep into your heart and ask is this my time? And if that feeling of bliss arises then know the world of spirit is saying yes…

To learn more about our upcoming Mystics of Ladakh tour click here.

Curious to explore it a bit more? To get a real feel for the Oracle magic watch this enchanting video of the Matho Nagrang festival that awaits you should you decide to join our sacred quest into this forgotten world

read more