During the full moon of April 26, 2021, join us online for a guided meditation followed by a 24-hour session of mantra recitation, contemplative silence, and further periods of guided meditation.
With its focus on stillness of the body, the full moon practice marks the start of “The Month of the Body” — part of A Year of Body, Speech, and Mind, a free 2021 online program of live teachings, practices, and science & spirituality dialogs. The 24-hour session begins with a guided meditation at 10 a.m. New York time on the day of the full moon and ends at 10 a.m. the following day. We will be supported by Ligmincha International’s global community of practitioners. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and other Ligmincha lamas will take opportunities to join participants throughout the 24 hours.
Unlike Rinpoche’s CyberSangha® Facebook Live broadcasts, the 24-hour full moon practice takes place via Zoom, in an online meeting space. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
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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 in 2021 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.).
- Thursday, January 28
- Friday, February 26
- Sunday, March 28*
- Monday, April 26
- Tuesday, May 25
- Thursday, June 24
- Friday, July 23
- Saturday, August 21
- Monday, September 20
- Wednesday, October 20,
- Thursday, November 18
- Saturday, December 18
* In the United States, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021, so be sure to take this one-hour difference into account when determining the time conversion for scheduled events.
April 26 Host Countries
From April 26 to 27, 2021, 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 guided by a mantra host in his or her native language. Listed according to the start time of each shift (New York time), these teams may include:
- 10:00 USA
- 11:30 Finland
- 13:00 Germany
- 14:30 Hungary, Italy
- 16:00 Poland, Russia
- 17:30 Brazil, Portugal
- 19:00 Costa Rica
- 20:30 Argentina, Colombia, Peru
- 22:00 Mexico
- 23:30 USA (California)
- 01:00 The Netherlands
- 02:30 Switzerland
- 04:00 Austria
- 05:30 France
- 07:00 Korea
- 08:30 Spain
About the Practices
In the Tibetan tradition, body, speech, and mind are known as the three doors to enlightenment, for they are the only tools we have for progressing on the spiritual path. Through these doors we either exit and become separated from our true nature, or we enter into the fullness of being, realizing and manifesting our capacities in this life for the benefit of others. Each full moon practice of 2021 marks the beginning of a full month of related practices, teachings, and dialogues.
The Month of the Body begins with a January 28 full moon practice related to resting with the stillness of the body, followed on February 26 with a full moon practice related to resting with the silence of speech, and on March 28 with a practice related to resting with the spaciousness of mind. This three-month cycle of body, speech, and mind will then repeat through the end of the yearlong program.
Body refers here not only to our physical body and the tangible world around us, but also to our individual sense of identity as a human being. The teachings, discussions, and practices explored during the Month of the Body help us to connect to the door of the body, clearing obstacles to health and well-being through movement and stillness. Resting our awareness on the stillness of the body opens the door to the clear, open, unchanging experience of our true nature.
Speech refers not only to the words we speak, but also to the energy carried by our voice and our breath. The teachings, discussions, and practices of this month explore using speech, mantra, other forms of sound, and/or breathing practices to support us to connect with the pure, unceasing awareness of our true nature. Through allowing our voice to rest in silence, we draw attention to inner silence and continue to release effort that separates us from being fully present. A doorway to deep inner peace, resting in silence allows the light of pure awareness to dawn, awareness that illuminates the source of positive qualities within us and all beings.
Mind refers to our disturbing emotions and other distracted movements of the mind, as well as to the vast, open nature of mind—the source of all positive qualities—and the capacity to distinguish the difference. As we deepen our familiarity with resting deeply in a state of spacious awareness, the obstacles and obscurations of our habitual patterns naturally dissolve into the openness of our true nature and our positive qualities spontaneously arise from this source within.
To start each full moon session, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Marcy Vaughn, or Alejandro Chaoul-Reich guides us in a meditation practice that helps us to find peace through the stillness of the body, silence of speech, or spaciousness of the mind. As the formal practice session ends, designated mantra recitation hosts continue to guide participants in 5-minute sessions of mantra recitation alternating with 15 minutes of silence to support us in connecting deeply and remaining present with the qualities that become available as we abide in open awareness. As the next shift of mantra hosts begins, the primary host guides us in a 15-minute meditation in his or her native language, then continues as before with alternating sessions of mantra recitation and silence until the next shift begins. This cycle will continue uninterrupted for the remainder of the 24 hours.
For those who enter the session before or after a guided meditation, it’s suggested that they begin their personal practice by engaging in the self-guided meditation on their own before joining the mantra recitation or contemplative meditation. See “Practice Resources,” below, for the instructions and guidance needed to do the meditation practice and recite the mantra. It’s recommended that all participants review them in advance of each 24-hour session.
These resources can support you in the guided meditation and recitation of the mantra, as well as in the practice of silent contemplation. See “Available Translations,” below, for translated materials in multiple languages.
Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body (April 26, 2021)
Meditation on Resting in the Stillness of the Body (PDF)
Jan. 28 guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (video, 35 min.)
Jan. 29 teaching & guided meditation with Rinpoche (video, 61 min.)
Finding Peace through Silence of Speech (May 25, 2021)
Finding Peace through Spaciousness of the Mind (June 24, 2021)
About the Mantra
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. 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 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 “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 to support your practice will be translated into multiple languages and made accessible via these links as soon as they are 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.
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 & Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
Marcy Vaughn and Alejandro Chaoul-Reich join Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche as practice leaders.
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.
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) and Tibetan Yoga for Health & Well-Being (Hay House, 2018).
Having trouble connecting to the Zoom session? Visit these links for guidance. Note: Only designated practice leaders will have their microphones enabled.
Video/camera not working | Can’t hear the practice leaders/speaker issues
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.
Questions about the Full Moon series?