ADZOM GYALSE TULKU
Since 2013, Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche has been teaching Westerners in Europe and in South and North America. He has been connecting with the students of Adzom Paylo Rinpoche who holds the Adzom Drukpa Lineage. We are honored that Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche has included Copper Mountain Institute in his teaching tour of North America. He will return to teach here anually. He is planning to guide his Western students on a pilgrimage to the sacred places of Bhutan.
Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche is the reincarnation (tulku) of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, who was the son of Adzom Drukpa Pawo Dorje. He was born into a nomad family in the year of the Iron-Monkey (1980) in Bumthang, a region of central Bhutan, which was blessed as a hidden sacred land by Guru Padmasambhava. He is the second son of seven, his father Kelzang Phuntsok and his mother Sonam Tsomkyi.
At the age of eight, Adzom Gyalse Tulku was recognized as the reincarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje at Gelephu, southeast Bhutan, and HH Khyentse Rinpoche performed his hair-cutting ceremony. Then he was ordained as a monk at Kharbandi, Phuntsholing in Bhutan. Later at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu – Nepal, the grand enthronement ceremony was conducted by HH Khyentse Rinpoche in the presence of HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and HE Nyoshul Khen Jamyang Dorje Rinpoche.
The young monk was well taken care of with loving kindness by his root teacher HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. During that time he received many teachings, transmissions and empowerments from him, and from HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Lama Tserpo Rinpoche, and more recently, from HH Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. He has also received from HH Dalai Lama, HH Trulshik Rinpoche, HH Penor Rinpoche, HE Chokling Rinpoche, HH Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche, HE Yangthang Rinpoche and HE Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche.
By 2004, under the guidance of HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, he completed the extensive nine years course in Buddhist philosophy and graduated from Philosophical Collage (Shedra). After his graduation he started teaching and giving oral transmissions (lung) at Shechen Philosophical Collage in Nepal. By 2010 he was awarded the scarf of Khenpo (Doctorate Certificate).
He now presides over all annual ceremonies at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal and at some branch monasteries in Bhutan. He also gives guidance at his retreat center in Bhutan to monks who are in three year retreat.
Ralph Steele will give a benefit talk entitled "MINDFULNESS IN THE BODY: Awakening to Life in Transition." He will speak about "dancing with the subtle and the physical bodies" in order to experience "global inner peace."
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
Suggested donation: $15-20.00 at the door or via Pay Pal
About Ralph Steele
RALPH STEELE, MA, LMFT, SEP holds degrees in Religious Studies and Humanistic Psychology, is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. He is the Founding Director of Life Transition Therapy, Inc., a meditation-based multi-disciplinary trauma healing center. He has taught meditation retreats since 1987. He was instrumental in establishing people-of-color retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California and at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. He teaches courses in Buddhist Psychology.
He founded the first Hospice Care Associate Degree program in America at Northern New Mexico Community College, now a Master of Arts program at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, N.M., where he also served as Board Chair. Ralph is a Vietnam Veteran and a veteran of many Panchakarma intensives with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India. He practiced as an ordained monk for one year in the Theravadin Buddhist monasteries of Burma and Thailand. He has also studied with Tibetan Buddhist masters Lobsung Lhalungpa and Lama Thubten Yeshe.
Ralph is the founder and guiding teacher at Life Transition Meditation Center, www.lifetransition.com, a non-profit organization with a global inner peace mission. Ralph was born on Pawley's Island, South Carolina speaking his native language, Gullah. He has been living in Santa Fe since 1982, where he lives with his life partner Sabine. He has a son forty-three years of age and a grandchild.
He is the author of TENDING THE FIRE: Through War and the Path of Meditation.
"A beautifully written, humbling, uplifting, and profoundly sweet and electrifying life story illustrating the transformative value of the cultivation of mindfulness..."
"Ralph's revealing honesty about the deep-seated racism he encountered in this country, his own struggles with drugs, and his profoundly transforming spiritual practices illuminates so much of our human condition. One can't help but marvel at his extraordinary life." -Joseph Goldstein, Author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
"Ralph Steele offers an inspiring invitation to all of us to get it together. Truthful and spacious, he's your brother. Funny, deep and wise, he's an elder. Do pay attention with love!" - Amadea Morning Star, Author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Polarity Therapy; Hands-on Healing, A Self-Care Guide; and Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners
Ralph's Odyssey of evolving mindfulness is nourished by an impossibly enormous heart, which he shares freely and generously with all who cross his path. Most importantly, Ralph shows us how to tell the truth- about the wars in the world and about the wars in our own hearts. I cannot begin to explain what Ralph has given us. It is raw, it is magnificent, and it is real. He is a kind and patient guide. And if you walk beside him for a while, you will learn more about yourself than you ever imagined."
"In these pages, Ralph Steele leads us...from the traumas of racism and war to the peace and bliss of mindfulness. -Jan Willis, Author of Dreaming Me: Black,Baptist and Buddhist- One Woman's Spiritual Journey
Our Founding Directors
Carol A. Hoy/Gendun Drolma began Buddhist meditation in 1976. She has studied and practiced under Theravadin, Sutric, Tantric, Mahamudra and Dzogchen Masters. She has been on pilgrimage led by Lama Tsultrim Allione (1996) and Lopon Anne Carolyn Klein/Rigzin Drolma (2001) to many sacred sites of Buddhism and has visited great teachers in India, Nepal and Tibet.
David Paul Boaz Dechen Wangdu is Co-Founding Director and Vice President of Copper Mountain Institute, Inc., a tax exempt Buddhist temple and Buddhist and contemplative studies research institute. He is also founder of the Institute's Mindfulness Prison Project where he teaches Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and secular mindfulness meditation practice in correctional settings.
Copper Mountain Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt New Mexico corporation, and a registered New Mexico charity.
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