Update (February 13): If you previously registered for the March 9 Full Moon session, please be aware that due to technical issues, you will need to re-register using the link below. By re-registering, you will receive a new link for joining the Zoom session. Thanks for your understanding!
On March 9, 2020, and each subsequent full moon of 2020, join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche online for meditation followed by a 24-hour mantra recitation session. This is a precious opportunity to engage in the healing practice of Sherap Chamma, Mother of Wisdom and Love. Each session starts at 10 a.m. New York time on the day of a full moon and ends at 10 a.m. the following day. Rinpoche will be supported by Ligmincha International’s global community of practitioners. Note: Most of these 24-hour sessions will begin with a 20-minute meditation guided by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche; on March 9 and April 8, the initial meditation will be guided by Marcy Vaughn. In all sessions Rinpoche and Ligmincha lamas will take opportunities to join participants throughout the 24 hours.
Unlike Rinpoche’s CyberSangha® Facebook Live broadcasts, the 24-hour full moon practices will take place via Zoom, in an online meeting space. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required in advance of each 24-hour session; full details and instructions for participating are below.
Rinpoche guided the full moon meditation on Sherap Chamma and introduced the Full Moon Series during a February 9, 2020, Facebook Live broadcast (58 minutes). You can view the recording on Facebook to join the chat, or view on the screen above.
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. Eleven 24-hour practice sessions have been scheduled in 2020 to coincide 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 www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html—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 9*
- Wednesday, April 8
- Thursday, May 7
- Friday, June 5
- Sunday, July 5
- Monday, August 3
- Wednesday, September 2
- Thursday, October 1
- Saturday, October 31
- Monday, November 30
- Wednesday, December 30
*In the United States, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 8, 2020, so be sure to take this one-hour difference into account when determining the time conversion for March 9.
About the Meditation and Mantra
In many cultures, primordial female energy is seen as the origin of existence and the source of all positive qualities. Sherap Chamma, Mother of Wisdom and Love, is the source of wisdom, and her medicine is love and compassion. The teachings of Sherap Chamma comprise an important cycle of the ancient Tibetan Bön tradition. For purposes of this full-moon series, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche has distilled the practice of Sherap Chamma into its most essential aspect, enabling us to connect deeply with the unconditional love and wisdom of our own nature to bring immeasurable benefit to ourselves and others.
To start each live full-moon session, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and/or his senior student Marcy Vaughn will guide us in a 20-minute practice of visualization, contemplation, and recitation of the mantra of Sherap Chamma:
OM MA WA MA DE MA HI MO HA E MA HO MA YE RU PA YE TA DU DU SO HA
As the formal practice session ends, mantra recitation will continue uninterrupted for the remainder of the 24 hours, assisted by the ongoing presence of representatives of 12 or more worldwide Ligmincha communities.
For those who enter the session after the 20-minute guided meditation is over, it’s suggested that they begin their personal practice by engaging in the meditation on their own before reciting the mantra. See “Practice Resources,” below, for the instructions and guidance needed to do the meditation and recite the mantra. It’s recommended that all participants review them in advance of a 24-hour session.
These resources can support you in the meditation practice and mantra recitation. Additional audio and video resources may be added here in coming days and weeks.
Printable PDF files:
- Instructions: self-guided practice of Sherap Chamma
- Introduction to Sherap Chamma: Mother of Wisdom & Love
- Explanation of the Mantra of Sherap Chamma
- Printable image of Sherap Chamma plus description
Video: recitation of 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. Turn on your camera if it doesn’t turn on automatically upon entering the room. By seeing one another we can 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 mantra recitation room 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 reciting the mantra (see “Practice Resources”).
- 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.
Materials you’ll need to support your practice will be translated into multiple languages, and will be added to this section as they are made available. 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.
Vollmond-Serie 2020: Sherap Chamma Meditation & Mantra Rezitation
Die Kurze Praxis der Sherap Chamma, der Mutter der Weisheit und Liebe
Sherap Chamma: Mutter der Weisheit und Liebe; Einführung
Erläuterung des Mantra von Sherap Chamma
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 Vaughn
Marcy Vaughn joins Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as practice leader. Marcy 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.
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