Lama Lena Teaching Dharma in Ottawa August 21-22, 2017.
Wonderful News! And a precious opportunity!
Crystal Staff is delighted to announce that the highly esteemed Lama Lena will be teaching in Ottawa, Monday & Tuesday evenings August 21 and 22 at 7 PM at Quaker House, 91A Fourth Avenue Ottawa ON K1S 2L1. If you would like to attend and/or need further information please contact Robin at robin@ crystal staff.org or at (613) 915-4070.
OFFERINGS to the Teacher: (dana) The dharma cannot be sold or have a price put on it. Therefore, in accordance with Tibetan custom, there is no “door fee” for these teachings. Rather, it is appropriate to make an offering based on what you can manage. No one will be turned away for lack of money. Think of it as “sliding scale”. If you are unsure how much is appropriate to offer the teacher, a reasonable rule of thumb is roughly the amount you earn in one hour for each hour of teachings.
Traditionally, white scarves (kayak) are used to wrap offerings for presentation to the lama at the end of the teachings.These will be available for you. Your offerings can be presented in envelopes which will also be available.
Due to changes in banking regulations, if you are offering checks, please leave the “pay to” field of the check BLANK so someone on Lama Lena’s clerical staff can handle the paperwork.
Crystal Staff dana Donations to Crystal Staff are encouraged and welcomed and a collection bowl for this purpose will present. These funds are used to help defray the costs of brining in teachers like Lama Lena and cover items such as travel, facility rental and supplies. They also help to support our bursary fund to support those who cannot afford to attend events, and to defray operating costs. A Charitable tax receipt for income tax deductions is available upon request. Just place your donation in a provided envelope along with your return address and one will be sent to you. A suggested amount is $5 to 10 per day/evening.
Lama Lena is a Dzogchen master. Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena, born a westerner, spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal and seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche. For the past 25 years she has traveled extensively with Wangdor Rinpoche as his translator and assistant. Lama Lena has also studied Chinese medicine and had a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rinpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two kandros.
When she is not traveling, teaching or translating, she works providing medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community as well as the local Indian villagers and mountain tribespeople. At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling and teaching from the lineages she holds.