The Karma Kagyu lineage and students of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IXth suffered a terrible loss last July, when Rinpoche died unexpectedly of a heart attack. None were more affected than his long-time student and gracious wife, Felicity Lodro, who now goes by Traleg Khandro at the instruction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Although he lived in Australia, Traleg Rinpoche endeavored to come to the U.S. once a year to visit students at E-Vam Institute in NYC and Chatham. When he was here, he considered it part of his service to His Holiness the Karmapa to teach at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York.
So KTD is profoundly grateful that Traleg Khandro will continue this tradition by teaching on LuJong on Friday, June 21st (7 – 9 p.m.) and Saturday, June 22nd (10 a.m. – noon and 2 – 4 p.m.) Khandro-la also plans to join us on June 23rd for the birthday celebration of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
LuJong, the Tibetan Buddhist term for physical training, is rarely taught in the United States, but has tremendous benefits for meditators and yoga practitioners alike. It is the companion to mind training, which Traleg Rinpoche wrote about in his book “The Practice of LoJong.”
“The mind is fundamentally not stable,” Traleg Khandro said in one of the wonderful LuJong teachings I attended last year. “The mind is in a constant state of flux. So trying to fix things and make them permanent will not work.” What does work? “Stabilizing the mind is moving with the flux without being disturbed.”
Traleg Khandro’s LuJong classes are designed to help practitioners achieve that ability, deepen their meditation experience and engender a general sense of well-being. They combine traditional Hatha Yoga Asana (physical postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) with Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga and Relaxation techniques).
Traditional Kum Nye practices including self-massage, physical and breathing exercises, visualization techniques and meditations. Aspects of Kum Nye, particularly the visualization techniques, are incorporated into each session.
This course will assist in the development of meditative concentration,
energize the body and relax the mind. The yoga exercises are quite gentle.
The course is suitable for new and experienced yoga students and meditators alike.
And the truth is we all need that, living as we do in a world where we can lose our most precious loved ones in an instant.
— Anitra Brown
Cost: $75 for all three sessions. ($60 for KTD members). Accommodations are available. Please call 845-679-5906 ext. 3 to register or go to www.kagyu.org.
Note: You may come to individual sessions, but the teachings will be cumulative and the effects more powerful if you attend all three.
About Traleg Khandro
Traleg Khandro, long-time student and wife to the late Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX, is the Director of E-Vam Institute New York, and Yeshe Nyima in Sydney, Australia.
Traleg Khandro studied Buddhism directly under Rinpoche for 30 years and has undertaken numerous long meditation retreats. Under Rinpoche’s guidance, Khandro-la received LuJong (Tibetan Yoga) training and is also a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher. Khandro-la has been teaching Buddhism and LuJong for several years now throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Traleg Khandro received her qualifications from the International Yoga Teachers Association and has been teaching Yoga for 20 years. Her style
is strongly influenced by Iyengar and Desikachar. She also has a Degree in Empirical Psychology.