Awaken Through Movement
Nitartha is delighted to offer two embodied practices this summer, Mudra Space Awareness and Lüjong.
Mudra Space Awareness is a series of physical and vocal exercises derived from the Mahamudra and Maha Ati traditions of Tibetan Buddhism as presented in the West by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. They utilize the body to train for a meditative mind.
As a novice practitioner you discover how little awareness of body and space you have. With continuing practice integration of body, mind and speech develops. You may feel energized and wholesome or discover ancient fears and blockages which practicing these exercises can help you overcome. Many remark on gaining fearlessness in working with their world.
With deeper practice, a clearer sense of when you have direct perception and when you don’t develops and increasing moments of direct perception arise. Meditation practice becomes settled and your heart opens to the group in surprising ways. Your sense of the interplay of form and space; your interconnectedness and compassion for beings expands. By re-membering your self you have a chance to come into being with less self-cherishing and fearful ego. Then the dance of illusion will beckon you to join in more completely.
Mudra Space Awareness is offered every day after lunch during Period 5. These classes will be taught by Mitra Lee Worley from the Nalandabodhi sangha and founding faculty of Naropa University.
Lüjong, or body training, is a series of fifteen physical exercises developed by the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche to help students enhance their health and synchronize their body and mind. They serve to increase energy and pliancy, both physically and mentally. The wakefulness developed by the exercises often brings a meditative quality to ordinary activities throughout the day.
Offered first thing in the morning every day (before breakfast), Lüjong is taught by Scott Wellenbach.
Mitra Lee Worley was a founding faculty of Naropa Institute where she has taught Performance, Mudra Space Awareness, Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Education since 1976. A student of Chögyam Trungpa, she learned Mudra Space Awareness under his guidance. She holds an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University, was a faculty member of the Ngedon School of Buddhist Studies and, since 1998, is a Vajrayana student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Scott Wellenbach has been part of the leadership of Nitartha Institute since its founding in 1996. In 1998, he was appointed Co-Director and serves as head of the Translation and Publication Department. A translator of the buddha-dharma from Sanskrit and Tibetan for more than twenty years, and a long-time member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he served as co-translator and co-editor of the Rain of Wisdom.