THE ELEMENTAL SANCTUARY, BRISTOL – 8TH NOVEMEBER 2010
Abhay Rinpoche made his second visit to Bristol to perform this healing puja last night and it was lovely to see him again and to have so many people attend this ceremony.
The ceremony began with some of Rinpoche’s teachings on the value of increasing the positive emotions in our lives – love, compassion, tolerance, patience and humility. He suggested that we began each morning by focusing on these qualities and practising them throughout the day. Of course, we are only human and it will take practise to grow these qualities within us. But if we do, then not only will we benefit but so will our friends, family and community.
By allowing negative qualities such as hatred, jealousy, anger, pride and ego to dominate our lives we are only hurting ourselves as these emotions have a damaging and toxic effect on our immune systems. So in reality if we are angry or hate someone, we hate ourselves.
He also suggested that when beginning to meditate, that if we start with only one or two minutes and build it up slowly as it is the quality of the meditation that matters not the quantity.
The healing blessing began with Rinpoche chanting to the medicine or healing Buddha whilst we meditated. I loved the rhythm of his low chanting and could feel the energy moving in from my crown chakra and down through all the chakras and meridians of my body whilst I imagined being on the top of a mountain breathing in the cold crystal air as the wind rushed around my body and a cloudless cobalt sky stretched overhead.
He then led us in the healing mantra which we repeated many times before we each approached him to receive a cord with a blessing knotted into it and a blessed biscuit. This was so that we could ingest the blessing into our bodies as well as wearing it. It was a deeply moving and powerful ceremony and I’m grateful to Carole Fofana of the Elemental Sanctuary to organising it and deeply thankful to Abhay Rinpoche for being here with us in Bristol.
Abhay Rinpoche travels the world speaking and giving blessings and ceremonies. He is raising funds and awareness to support his monks in Tibet. He was recognised by the 14th Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Lobsang Tenzin and became the spiritual leader of the Yega Choe Ling Monastery in Tibet. If you wish to find out more about him, his work or how to sponsor a monk, checkout http://www.cibernext.com/centro-budista/ahbay/abhay_en.html
The Elemental Sanctuary on 427 Fishponds Road and is a centre for healing, art and education. Therapies offered there include acupuncture, reflexology, massage, shiatsu, counselling and reiki. They also have a sauna, hot tub, Jacuzzi and a sound proof recording studio and do regular sacred fire ceremonies. Please call 0117 9397368 or visit www. Elementalsanctuary.co.uk. for further information.