Scott Wellenbach teaching with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute.
Scott taught a weekend program in Toronto on the Vidyadhara’s Avalokiteshvara Sadhana, which the Shambhala sangha received from Karma Senge Rinpoche. Over the holidays, he again led a week-long mahamudra program in Halifax.
In March, he taught a weekend program on lujong and valid cognition in Bellingham, Washington.
In May, at the suggestion of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Scott attended an organizing conference in Bangkok for the Common Buddhist Text project, an endeavor to create a common set of classical scriptures representing the Theravada, mahayana, and vajrayana traditions for worldwide distribution. Under the auspices of the United Nations, the project is supervised by MCU, a Buddhist university outside of Bangkok, and awaits funding approval by the Royal Thai government.
This summer, Scott prepared an edition of our translation of Jamgön Mipham Gyatso’sLion’s Roar of Emptiness of Other, a long-term project of the Translation Committee, for a course taught by Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute’s summer program. Scott also taught valid cognition and the modes of engagement of mind at the program. He continues to be involved with a weekly class in Halifax that focuses on contemplative practice and is leading a group of aspiring junior translators—both young and not-so-young—working on the Vidyadhara’s writings and terma from Tibet.
Mark continues to lead Vajrayogini fire offerings at Dorje Denma Ling, particularly weekend ones focusing on magnetizing and enriching. He has also been giving dharma talks in Washington, DC, when he visits his family there.
Walker spent the winter editing his book, The Great River Of Blessings—The Rinchen Terdzö in Orissa, India. The book is available for free download at: www.sakyongfoundation.org/projects/chandragiri. In the spring, he also led a Vajrayogini four-karmas fire offering at Dorje Denma Ling.
Tingdzin taught the practices of Jinasagara and Mahakala Pernakchen at Söpa Chöling to the three-year retreatants of Groups E and F.
Patricia has been teaching the Tibetan of the Lightning of Blessings and the Werma Sadhana to a small group of dedicated students in Halifax.