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.

In January 2021, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche launched a yearlong online program related to these three doors. Included are live teachings and guided meditations, science/spirituality dialogs, and mantra recitation sessions — see the yearlong schedule below. Suggestions for “homework” are offered to support your exploration of these life-changing practices.

Every offering is free and open to all. Whether you are a longtime meditation practitioner or a novice, you are welcome to attend any or all live broadcasts throughout the year. Except for the 24-Hour full moon practices, no advance registration is required. Simply view on the Facebook page of Tenzin Wangyal Rinoche or via the “Learn more” links below. More tips for participating

 

The Month of the Body (July 23 – August 19, 2021)

 

Friday, July 23, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body.”
Registration closed

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog with Laura Schmalzl, Marieke van Vugt, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich. A discussion of the role of the physical body in contemplative dance, yoga, and mindfulness.
More information to come

 

Resources to support your practice during the Month of the Body:

 

Monthly Topics

 

Each full moon of 2021 marks the beginning of a full month of related practices, teachings, and dialogues. The Month of the Body begins on January 28, followed on February 26 by the Month of Speech, and on March 28 with the Month of the Mind. This three-month cycle of body, speech, and mind will then repeat through the end of the yearlong program.

The Month of the Body. Body refers 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.
Suggested daily “homework” for Month of the Body

The Month of Speech. 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.
Suggested daily “homework” for Month of Speech

The Month of the Mind. 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 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.
Suggested daily “homework” for Month of the Mind

Each month features:

  1. A teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, to introduce the practices and suggested “homework” for the month. View live on the Facebook page of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, or via the “Learn more” links on this page. Note: the teaching originally scheduled for July 22 has been cancelled due to Rinpoche’s travels in Nepal.
  2. A 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, beginning at 10 a.m. New York time on the day of the full moon and continuing until 10 a.m. the following day. Each 24-hour online session begins with a guided meditation related to the monthly topic (body, speech, or mind), and is followed by alternating periods of mantra recitation and silent contemplation, as well as additional periodic guided meditations. Each 24-hour full moon practice takes place via Zoom, in an online meeting space; there is no cost to participate, but registration is required.
  3. A Science & Spirituality Dialog related to wellness of body, breath or mind, with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and other featured presenters hosted by Alejandro Chaoul-Reich. These dialogs will explore what happens and why when we bring our attention to our body, our breath, and our mind. How does our relationship to sensations, thoughts, and perceptions change through spiritual or energetic practices? Can science and medicine inform what and how we practice meditation? These live online conversations will explore such questions and more. Viewable live on the Facebook page of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, or via the “Learn more” links on this page.

Yearlong Schedule

 

For schedule updates, revisit this page in coming days and weeks. If you miss a live broadcast, recordings will be available (does not apply to Full Moon Practices). To receive email reminders, subscribe to the CyberSangha News email list.

MONTH OF THE BODY (January 28 – February 24)

Thursday, January 28, 10 a.m. New York time through Friday, January 29, 10 a.m.: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body.”
Registration closed

Friday, January 29, 11 a.m. New York time: “Finding Serenity Through Stillness.” Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
View recording

Tuesday, February 9, 11 a.m. New York time: “Meditation in Motion: Benefits of Yoga and Other Movement-Based Practices.” A live online discussion with Lorenzo Cohen, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich
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MONTH OF SPEECH (February 25 – March 26)

Thursday, February 25, 11 a.m. New York time: “Finding Serenity Through Silence.” Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
View recording

Friday, February 26, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Silence of Speech”
Registration closed

Wednesday, March 3, 10 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog, “How Breath Carries Mind: Ins and Outs of Breathing in Yoga and Meditation.” A live online discussion with Judith Simmer-Brown, Shirley Telles, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich.
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Friday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. New York time: “The Power of Silence & Warmth of the Breath.” A teaching with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
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Note: 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.


MONTH OF THE MIND (March 27 – April 24)

Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m. New York time: “Finding Serenity Through Spaciousness,” a teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
View recording

Sunday, March 28, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Spaciousness of the Mind”
Registration closed

Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog, “Emotional Balance and Meditation: a Synergistic Relationship.” A live online discussion with Eve Ekman, Elisa Kozasa, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich.
View recording


MONTH OF THE BODY (April 25 – May 23)

Sunday, April 25, 11 a.m. New York time: “Beyond the Pain Body: How to Know It, How to Heal It,” a teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
View recording

Monday, April 26, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body.”
Registration closed

Wednesday, May 12, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog, “How the Body Awakens: From Physical Relaxation to Embodied Awareness.” A live online discussion with Jeff Dusek, Cyndi Lee, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich.
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MONTH OF SPEECH (May 24 – June 22)

Monday, May 24, 11 a.m. New York time: “Beyond Pain Speech: How to Know It, How to Heal It,” a teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
View recording

Tuesday, May 25, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Silence of Speech”
Registration closed

Tuesday, June 1, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog, “The Breath of Life: Health Benefits of Breath Control in Yoga & Meditation”
View recording


MONTH OF THE MIND (June 23 – July 22)

Wednesday, June 23, 1 p.m. New York time: “Beyond Pain Mind: How to Know It, How to Heal It,” a teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
View recording

Thursday, June 24, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Spaciousness of the Mind”
Registration closed

Wednesday, July 14, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog, “The Mind-Brain Debate: ‘Why Do We Have a Brain, Anyway?'”
View recording


MONTH OF THE BODY (July 23 – August 19)

Cancelled — Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m. New York time: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Friday, July 23, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body.”
Registration closed

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 11 a.m. New York time: Science & Spirituality Dialog with Laura Schmalzl, Marieke van Vugt, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal, and host Alejandro Chaoul-Reich. A discussion of the role of the physical body in contemplative dance, yoga, and mindfulness.
More information to come


MONTH OF SPEECH (August 20 – September 15)

Friday, August 20: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, topic and time to be announced

Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Silence of Speech”
Registration opens after July 23

Date to be announced: Science & Spirituality Dialog


MONTH OF THE MIND (September 16 – October 18)

Thursday, September 16, 11 a.m. New York time: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, topic to be announced

Monday, September 20, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Spaciousness of the Mind”
Registration opens after August 21

Date to be announced: Science & Spirituality Dialog


MONTH OF THE BODY (October 19 – November 16)

Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. New York time: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, topic to be announced

Wednesday, October 20, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Stillness of the Body.”
Registration opens after September 20

Date to be announced: Science & Spirituality Dialog

Note: In the United States, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, so be sure to take this one-hour difference into account when determining the time conversion for scheduled events.


MONTH OF SPEECH (November 17 – December 16)

Wednesday, November 17, 11 a.m. New York time: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, topic to be announced

Thursday, November 18, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Silence of Speech”
Registration opens after October 20

Date to be announced: Science & Spirituality Dialog


MONTH OF THE MIND (December 17 – January 15)

Friday, December 17, 11 a.m. New York time: Teaching and guided meditation with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, topic to be announced

Saturday, December 18, 10 a.m. New York time: 24-Hour Full Moon Practice, “Finding Peace through Spaciousness of the Mind”
Registration opens after November 18

Date to be announced: Science & Spirituality Dialog