An Ancient Practice of the Tibetan Bön tradition
A Three Retreat training program at Chamma Ling
The soul is said to be composed of of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space as these elements pervade all of life and the essential components of our entire worldly existence. The Shamanic rites of soul retrieval (la lu) and life force retrieval (tse lu) are methods of calling on the essence of the the elements - elemental spirits- to balance and heal the individual.
It is believed that a traumatic event or other shock can cause an individual to loose connection with the elements and become dispirited.
Life force is the presence of energetic forces within one's self. It is possible to retrieve the soul and life force through the use of mind and symbols in ritual. Through ritual and meditational practice, one can bring back the positive qualities that are missing or reinforce qualities that are weakened in oneself or others.
In this series of teaching retreats we will learn the ancient Bön methods of divination, meditation, and ritual of Soul Retrieval as Geshe Denma Gyaltsen teaches these methods in 3 separate retreats at Chamma Ling. The first retreat will be late spring 2017, the second retreat fall 2017 and the third spring 2018. Stay tuned as our volunteer team is putting together all the details of this exciting opportunity.
with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
September 15 – 17, 2017, Crestone, Colorado
Dzogchen, also known as the "great perfection," is a path of self-liberation and the highest form of teaching in the Bön tradition. For practitioners with the capacity it offers the potential for liberation during a single lifetime and within a single body. The Seven Mirrors of Dzogchen is a powerful heart-essence teaching from the Tibetan Bön tradition, offering a direct introduction to the clear, open awareness of the dzogchen view as well as methods for maintaining this state.
The seven mirrors are: the heart mirror of the view, the heart mirror of the meditation, the heart mirror of the result, the heart mirror of conduct, the heart mirror that explains the pure realms and lands of samsara, the heart mirror of six-fold consummation, and the heart mirror that explains the benefit of meeting with this teaching.
with Peter May
September 8 - 14, 2017
This is a unique opportunity to directly experience the Five Elements teachings among the high pristine alpine meadows, lakes, dunes, streams and peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Wilderness. The group led by Peter May hike into the mountains to North Crestone Lake and experience the elements directly among the high peaks over six days.
About Our Cabins
Chamma Ling of Crestone exists in order to provide a solitary retreat cabins for practitioners in the Bön tradition, as well as meditators of other spiritual traditions.
If you would like to rent a cabin, we provide all the information here to plan and apply for your retreat.