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Joy Witzsche
Mar 28, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
I have really been enjoying dancing to one of my favorite bands "The Hu"! This is one I particularly enjoy dancing to: Song of Women.
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 28, 2022
In Ask Khandro-la
Hi Khandro-la, With respect to the 5 Dakini practice in particular (but also the Vajrayogini Tsok) and the 100 syllable Heruka mantra. My question is this: I currently am working to accomplish the Vajrasattva practice as instructed by my root Lama, Lama Tashi Dundrop (Kauai Dharma Centre). The mantra is very much the same as the 100 syllable Heruka mantra and there are only 3 spots that are ever so slightly different! Would it be better from the perspective of preventing confusion for me (such as when I sit down to do my Vajrasattva mantra accumulation) to stick with the mantra that I have empowerment and accomplishment in? Or is it more appropriate, since this is a Ganden practice (and not Shangpa), to use the Heruka mantra?
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 27, 2022
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
Thank you Khandro-la! Several times over this last week I have felt your presence and could see you in my mind and hear you sing the Tonglin movements that we do in class. It was such a soothing blessing and calmed my spirit like cooling nectar. Could you please share the melody in class? I would like to record it so that I may bring this movement and song more fully into my own practice!
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 27, 2022
In In the Charnel Grounds
Machik's 5 slogans! I have heard them before and most likely read about them as well, before and after I first picked up my Chod Damaru. After Khandro-la shared these teachings with us, I went to the wild forest nearby and walked! In the nature that nurtures I walked through each of those 5 slogans and asked myself: Where did my prideful, judgmental and arrogant mind block me from going?.... Who have I not helped because my ego got in the way.... What AM I attached to? What faults am I still harboring, what faults have I turned a blind eye to! I sat and walked and cried and laughed and walked and walked for hours.... and really worked to not let the uprising of stuck emotional patterns and tendencies carry me away. To remain present and at the same time rest in what was arising and to look directly at that which was arising - without flinching away or following it. In this case, they all did not liberate in their own ground.... It was clear I still had work to do with these! I was caught by them and was even afraid to practice! These strong powerful demons of mine really had 'their' claws dug deep.... there were uprisings everywhere! Inside and Outside. My mind was in chaos and at times I felt if I wavered and followed any of it, my mind would not so much as 'unravel' but twist into madness. "Pe'!!!" So perhaps next time, I will work with 1 slogan at a time and not all 5 at once! My root Lama (Shangpa lineage) repeatedly told us in class: Easy, Gently, Slowly... advice that transcends lineages! The fierce and wrathful energy of Troma Nakmo (SBT series III) and the juicy fire of Vajrayogini, compassionately filled me with love, my heart cracked opened and I was able to break free of the God/Demons I had held onto so tightly..... What you are attached to.... give that!
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Joy Witzsche
Feb 18, 2022
In Ask Khandro-la
Hi Khandro-La! For the 2 tunes in the 5 Dakini practice, is the drumming pattern for both the same as the "Madong, Lhy-yi, Khando" rhythm, or is it straight Drum-Drum-Drum type rhythm? I have the same question regarding the 7 Pe's practice.
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Joy Witzsche
Dec 01, 2021
In Subtle Body & Therapeutic
It has been quite a delight to see how these Dakinis have been dancing through my life these last few weeks! I came across a copy of 'The Heart Sutra with the Repulsion of Maras' that I had printed out. I put the pages together into a little booklet and when I was done looked out my window! Everything I could see was awash in the most amazing intense golden light! I stood in my open doorway and read the Heart Sutra out loud to the golden light and rainbows! Love and Light!
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