Although due to the circumstances getting to Kunsangar South is not as easy as before, life at the Gar does not stop.
Every day, starting from February 24, we have conducted online worldwide practices for peace. We invite everyone to join the practice of Odzer Chenma which has translation into English. Zoom connection link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5705776865, password: KSTara, daily at 8:30 (GMT+3).
From May 2 to 8, we held an educational retreat on the 2nd part of the Dance of the Song of the Vajra with instructor Yana Sokolova (we studied the 1st part of the Dance with Yana in January). The Gakyil and the participants of the retreat express their heartfelt gratitude to Yana for finding the opportunity and taking the time to travel to the Gar from Moscow by train. This was very valuable and inspiring in these times of change.
In summer we also plan to host a number of events. July 4-10, there will be an onsite retreat “Lhagthong Practice and Integration with Movement Based on Ati Guru Yoga” with Grigory Mokhin (online individual sessions). Later Kunsangar South will probably join the Khalong retreat with Prima Mai (on the mandala at the Gar with Prima’s online connection). August 2-7, an onsite practical course on making a namkha with Sergey Antonyan will be held, open to everyone, and in the second half of September there will be an onsite Vajra Dance practice retreat with Ulyana Sokolova (possibly also with Yantra Yoga sessions). Also in September, we plan to hold the Kunsangar South Annual General Meeting in person and online.
From time to time, together with the Shang Shung Institute, within the framework of the All-Good Days of Health project, the Gar organizes some consultations with the doctor of Tibetan medicine Vladimir Bakshi.
Work on the land of the Gar is in full swing: mowing and hay harvesting and other horticultural work, landscaping work, as well as maintaining the stupa and landscaping the area around it.
On the land of Kunsangar South there is a unique Longsal stupa. It was founded by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on August 1, 2012 and is one of the first stupas of this type. Filled with Longsal texts – the unique teachings that our Teacher transmitted – it was established with the wish to promote peace, harmony and prosperity and to purify negativity in all those who come into contact with it.
Crimea is a place with a very complicated history. These lands have seen a large number of wars, as well as a lot of violence and suffering. The stupa was founded in the belief that its construction will help to avoid this in the future and calm the aggressive energies of the past. Even a simple glance at the images of this stupa has a calming effect, eliminating conflicts and negativity!
In spring and summer, the Gar is adorned with numerous blossoming plants, chirping birds, and the mating songs of frogs. There is always an opportunity to do karma yoga, study texts, participate in collective practices and conduct personal retreats, including dark retreats in a comfortable, specially equipped house (we remind you that those who paid sustaining membership this year can stay for free in the dark retreat house for three days).
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See you at the Gar and during online practices!
With love, Kunsangar South Gakyil Team
Text by Elena Razumova