During the full moon of March 6, 2023, join us online for a guided meditation followed by a 24-hour session of mantra recitation, contemplative breathing practice, and further periods of guided meditation. Our online gathering offers a sacred space in which to acknowledge the personal pain of our lives and societal challenges of our times, and to heal and transform them by collectively opening to clearer, more positive, generative states of mind.

Each full moon we will acknowledge a particular pain or challenge and will be supported to open to and embrace pain with compassion, allowing positive healing qualities to emerge. This month we focus on meeting any depression we may experience in our body, speech, and mind with openness and warmth, clearing and opening the pathways of joy that are inherent to us. For more details see “About the March 6-7 Practice,” below.

The full moon practice is part of a new yearlong cycle of live online teachings, meditations, and science & spirituality dialogs. The 24-hour session begins with a meditation guided by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at 10 a.m. New York time on the day of the full moon and continues unbroken until 10 a.m. the following day. We will be supported by Ligmincha International’s global community of practitioners.

Unlike Rinpoche’s CyberSangha® Facebook Live broadcasts, the 24-hour full moon practice takes place via Zoom. It is open to all and there is no cost to participate, but registration is required.

 

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Learn more about the yearlong program and access recordings here. To stay informed of future 24-hour full moon practice sessions, subscribe to the CyberSangha Announcements email list.

Scheduled Full Moon Dates

In the Tibetan tradition, many sacred rituals and practices, including the celebration of the Tibetan New Year, coincide with the phases of the moon. It is said that the beneficial effects of one’s meditation practice multiply exponentially at the time of the full moon. Twelve 24-hour practice sessions have been scheduled for the 2023-4 lunar year, each coinciding with the full moon. The dates are listed below. Each session starts at 10 a.m. New York time and concludes at 10 a.m. the following day. ​If you are in a different time zone, to confirm the correct time conversion visit World Time Buddy—or, go to www.google.com and search for “time New York” to see what time it is now in New York (Eastern time U.S.).

      • Monday, March 6, 2023
      • Wednesday, April 5, 2023
      • Friday, May 5, 2023
      • Saturday, June 3, 2023
      • Sunday, July 2, 2023
      • Tuesday, August 1, 2023
      • Wednesday, August 30, 2023
      • Thursday, September 28, 2023
      • Saturday, October 28, 2023
      • Sunday, November 26, 2023
      • Tuesday, December 26, 2023
      • Thursday, January 25, 2024

In the United States, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 12, 2023, and ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023, so be sure to take this one-hour difference into account when determining the time conversion for scheduled events.

 

March 6 Host Countries

From March 6 to 7, 2023, 16 teams of mantra recitation hosts from Ligmincha International communities will each commit to a 90-minute shift during the full moon Zoom session to ensure that the practice continues uninterrupted throughout the 24-hours. Each shift will begin with a 15- to 30-minute session of meditation introduced in English by a mantra host and then guided in his or her native language —see “Available Translations” for text of the guided meditation in multiple languages. Listed according to the start time of each shift (New York time), these teams may include:

 

  1. 10:00 USA
  2. 11:30 Finland
  3. 13:00 Germany
  4. 14:30 Hungary, Italy
  5. 16:00 Poland, Russia
  6. 17:30 Brazil, Portugal
  7. 19:00 South Korea
  8. 20:30 Costa Rica
  9. 22:00 Mexico
  10. 23:30 USA (West)
  11. 01:00 The Netherlands
  12. 02:30 Switzerland
  13. 04:00 Austria
  14. 05:30 France
  15. 07:00 Argentina, Colombia, Peru
  16. 08:30 Spain
About the March 6-7 Practice

In this month’s Full Moon Practice (March 6-7, 2023), we focus on meeting any depression we may experience in our body, speech, and mind with openness and warmth, clearing and opening the pathways of joy that are inherent to us. Many of us are affected by depression these days. We may feel a pervasive sense of heaviness or lack of energy, find ourselves tearful, or feeling empty, hopeless, or withdrawn. Another way depression may be experienced is as agitation, anger, irritation, or frustration, even over little things. When depression is severe, one may lose the ability to feel pleasure in normal activities, even those that were once enjoyable. Before entering the Full Moon Practice, reflect on whether any of these moods might be affecting you or a loved one in small or big ways — or take time to acknowledge a challenging or difficult situation or emotion you may have been dealing with recently. During the practice, you might be surprised to find a bit of joy even in difficult feelings such as these.

The start of the Tibetan New Year in March 2023 (Year of the Water Hare) marks the beginning of a new yearlong cycle of 24-Hour Full Moon Practices. This is the fourth consecutive year we have continued this tradition.

Each month as the moon becomes full, we open our virtual meditation space to anyone around the world who feels moved to connect with others in meditation. In each of sixteen 90-minute shifts, one of Ligmincha International’s practice leaders welcomes us in English and then guides a meditation in the language of his or her country. As we rest deeply in a state of connection and presence, we are invited to reflect on our lives, and bring to awareness a specific challenging emotion that we often feel in isolation. As we are supported in sacred space to embrace our emotions with kindness, they begin to loosen, even dissolve, and we are supported to rest deeply in stillness, silence, and spaciousness. Singing mantra, we receive the blessings from the source. Supported by a gentle contemplative breathing practice through subtle channels within our body, our obscurations continue to release and positive qualities emerge. We continue to alternate 5-minute sessions of mantra with a contemplative breathing practice of 15 minute duration. As a new session begins, the practice will be guided in the host’s language. This cycle alternating mantra and breathing practice continues uninterrupted throughout the 24 hours. The cycle ends dedicating the merit of our practice for the benefit of all beings.

Some shifts may have many participants and others just a few, but all share a similar energy and sense of connection. Your quiet presence is very welcome at any time throughout!

Text of the guided meditation, mantra, and breathing practices can be found in the “Practice Resources” section, below. If the practice leader guides in an unfamiliar language, you can follow along in your own language using the translated text, found in the “Available Translations” section. Before entering the session, please review the important “Guidelines for Participants,” further below.

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Practice Resources

These resources can support you in the guided meditation, breathing practices, and mantra recitation. See “Available Translations,” below, for translated materials in multiple languages.

Printable PDF files (English versions):

 

Audio recording of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche singing the A OM HUNG mantra:

Guidelines for Participants

Advance registration is required for each 24-hour full moon session. We ask you to review the following guidelines before registering to make this gathering a supportive experience for everyone:

  • To create and sustain sacred space, enter the session with respect and awareness. We encourage turning on your camera if it doesn’t turn on automatically upon entering the room. By seeing one another we can better feel each other’s presence and support. Please be mindful of what appears on your screen to avoid creating distractions. All microphones will be muted by default except those of designated practice leaders.
  • You are welcome to enter the Zoom session beginning at any time during the 24-hour period and as often as you like. But please join for at least 30 minutes at a time. If you enter after the initial guided meditation is over, we suggest that you begin your personal practice by engaging in the meditation on your own before participating (see “Available Translations”).
  • When you register for a given 24-hour Zoom session, you will be sent a unique link enabling you to enter that session. You must register to participate. If you know others who might like to participate, refer them to cybersangha.net so they can learn more and register.

 

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Available Translations

Text of the Guided Meditation and other support materials has been translated into multiple languages and is accessible via these links. Note that any page of this website can be automatically translated into the language of your choice by clicking the “Translate” link (globe icon) in the top menu. The Google Translate tool isn’t perfect, but it can help you to navigate the site.

 

English

Deutsch

Español

Français

Korean 한국어

Magyar

Nederlands

Polski

Português

Russian русский

Suomi

About Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a teacher, acclaimed author, and meditation master in the Tibetan Bön Buddhist tradition. As the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, he has established numerous centers and institutes of learning in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Fluent in English, Rinpoche regularly offers online teachings in the form of live webcasts, online workshops and YouTube videos. He is renowned for his warmth and depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his dedication to making the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners. Learn more

About Marcy, Alejandro, Aleezé, and Lourdes

In each opening (10 a.m.) session of the Full Moon Practice, we are guided by either Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Marcy Vaughn, Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Aleezé Sattar Moss, or Lourdes Hinojosa.

 

Marcy Vaughn has been a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for more than 45 years and graduated in the first class of the master’s program in contemplative psychotherapy at Naropa University. Currently a therapist in private practice in Pennsylvania, USA, Marcy teaches meditation classes and leads retreats that explore imagery and voice in the healing process. Marcy edited the books Tibetan Sound Healing, Awakening the Sacred Body, Awakening the Luminous Mind, and Spontaneous Creativity, all by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. She helped design and teaches in The 3 Doors Academy, a three-year training program bringing contemplative practices to a secular world.

 

Alejandro Chaoul-Reich has studied in the Tibetan traditions since 1989, and for nearly 30 years in the Bön Tradition with Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He holds a Ph.D. in Tibetan religions from Rice University and is the director of the Mind Body Spirit Institute at the Jung Center of Houston. For the last 20 years he has been teaching and researching the benefits of Tibetan mind-body practices for people touched by cancer. Alejandro is a Contemplative Fellow at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the author of Chöd Practice in the Bön Tradition (Snow Lion, 2009), Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018), and Tibetan Yoga: Magical Movements of Body, Breath, and Mind (Wisdom Publications, 2021).

 

Aleezé Sattar Moss is the associate director of the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She is a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher and teaches mindfulness to the public, patients, health care professionals, medical students, and employees in corporate settings. In addition to receiving extensive training in teaching mindfulness, Aleeze completed the 9 month-long Three Doors Compassion Project in 2016. She continues to deepen her own practice and teaching through ongoing trainings and retreats. She has a doctorate in anthropology and conducts qualitative research on the effects of MBSR on physical and psychological health and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She is deeply passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.

 

Lourdes Hinojosa has practiced Bōn Buddhism since 1999, when she met her root lama, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, at Chamma Ling Valle de Bravo, Mexico. She graduated as a teacher of English as a second language from ITESM University, 1981. Since 1997 she has served as a reiki master — teacher and psychic astrologer — in private practice in Monterrey, Mexico. Lourdes graduated from The 3 Doors Academy and is a 3 Doors Authorized Presenter, as well as a practice guide (umdze), instructor, and board member for Ligmincha Mexico. She has joyfully translated Rinpoche’s teachings into Spanish since 2002; and as a member of the core CyberSangha team, coordinates volunteer translators for CyberSangha and Ligmincha International.

 

Having trouble connecting to the Zoom session? Visit these links for guidance. Note: Only designated practice leaders will have their microphones enabled.
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If you lose your unique link for entering the Zoom session after registering for a given 24-hour practice, simply register again using the “Register Now” button on this page, and you’ll be re-sent the link.

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