1080 Drops of Compassion: A Project for World Peace
With George Wiegand, Linda Copenhagen, Andi Egle and Carmen Ojeda
July 19 - 21, 2024
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When we think deeply of world peace, we realize it starts with one person at a time. Cultivating love, joy, and equanimity in one’s heart and having the courage and care to share it with every person and place we connect with.
At Ratna Ling, we are starting a peace project to spread love and compassion around the world. We are creating stones with the mantra of Avalokiteshvara, a Buddhist deity who is the embodiment of compassion. This 6-syllable mantra OM MANI PADME HUM has the power to bring immeasurable love and peace to all who see it and hear it. It is essentially the presence of Avalokiteshvara and the energy of loving-kindness. At this retreat, you will have the opportunity to create your own Mani Stone, which you can take home with you to share wherever you feel could use more ease and harmony. Our goal is to spread at least 1080 Mani Stones around the world.
This weekend includes:
- Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga)
- Reflections on Compassion
- Introductions to Buddhist Deities of Compassion
- Sacred Art Project: Mani Stones
If you are looking to cultivate more kindness and reconciliation in your life, please join us for this special weekend dedicated to world peace and harmony.
We encourage families to come together on this retreat!
SCHEDULE (Subject to change):
3:00pm Check in
4:30pm Kum Nye
7:00pm Opening Circle: Introduction to Om Mani Padme Hum
7:00am Meditation + Mantra
9:00am Mani Stone Project
1:00pm Temple Tour
4:30pm Kum Nye
7:00pm Meditation + Mantra
7:30am Mani Stone Project + Closing Circle
10:00am Brunch + Cleanup
George Wiegand has been a student of our Founder Tarthang Tulku and a full-time volunteer in Nyingma organizations for more than 30 years, as a chef, baker, kitchen manager, temple builder, book binder, and pressman. He has a Master’s of Education in Counseling and has worked as an educator and counselor in several high school systems. His hobbies include bread baking, basketball, and choir singing.
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Linda Copenhagen holds a degree in accounting from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has studied Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma lineage since 1996. For the past several years she has been a CFO and financial consultant in the non-profit sector. Formerly, she has held roles as Director of Corporate Accounting at Art.com, Inc, Senior Director at Leapfrog Enterprises and Controller/Director of Finance in several technology startups. Linda now brings both her Buddhist studies…
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Andi Engle received degrees from both the College of Arts of Riga and the Academy of Arts of Latvia. He has been a student of the Tibetan master, Tarthang Tulku, since 2009. During this time, he has created numerous sculptures in the Buddhist tradition, along with studying and practicing various forms of Kum Nye.
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Carmen Ojeda Egle is an experienced Kum Nye practitioner and a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher. She has been connected with the Buddhist Dharma for over 10 years, and she has participated in many retreats and seminars in Europe, the USA and South America lead by Arnaud Maitland. She has also been a full-time volunteer for 4 years at Ratna Ling, supporting in a variety of tasks for Dharma Publishing. She loves spending time in nature, gardening…
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