Tashi Delek! Fall Equinox 2017
Happy Fall Equinox! May you be nourished and joyfully reflective as the “dying” time of Fall makes itself manifest in the cold of morning and the dark of night, the turning of leaves and the hiding of Heaven beneath a blanket of clouds. Underneath it all, the luminous, empty and deathless sky remains eternally unchanged.
Phoenix Rising: A Mantric Journey of the Heart was an uplifting, intimate and transcendent event, particularly, given the tumult of this Phoenix Rising Year of 2017 and the numerous challenging events we’ve witnessed here in the 3-D realm.
Dear friend and ally, Christopher Chapple, Director and Doshi Professor of the Yoga Studies Program at LMU, began by introducing the event as “not” a concert, but as a profound transmission. Throughout the evening, the audience was invited to “receive, allow and surrender.” Together, the audience “Qi-clapped” and allowed thunderous silence to appear in the form of palpable, high-vibrational energy. To address the burning and ashes of this Phoenix Rising year, Teacher Miao invoked all high consciousness masters with the “Love of the Divine Mother” mantra and later, offered a healing transmission, invoking Medicine Buddha. While chanting the mantra, the audience was invited to first receive personal healing, by touching or patting places of physical suffering or discomfort. The healing energy of Medicine Buddha was then consciously expanded to include not only our local and global communities, but the entire cosmos. “Dzambhala” the deity of abundance and genuine spiritual wealth, was also invoked to awaken and ignite our Divine potential.
An auspicious wave of “Prajna Paramita” a mantra from the Heart Sutra concluded the evening, leaving in its wake, the promise of attaining “ultimate wisdom.” Prajna Paramita is the “ultimate mantra” to open our hearts to pure, unconditional love and eternal bliss beyond suffering. While still “feeling the love,” the audience lingered long afterward to receive blessings from Teacher Miao and to revel in the space of high consciousness.
Uniting numerous enthusiastic LMU yogis, spiritual community from LA, devoted NCF sangha and esteemed faculty members from UCLA’s Integrative Health departments and centers, the concert evoked universality and the spirit of Oneness. Joining us were: Helen Lavretsky of the
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Michael Irwin, Director of MARC (Mindful Awareness Research Center), Dr. Ka-Kit Hui of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine and Ping Ho, Founder of UCLA Arts & Healing.
A passionate devotee of the Divine Mother, Helen, a nationally-renowned professor and geriatric psychiatrist, revealed that upon the first invitation to the concert, “she instantly knew she had to come.” All were stirred by the authenticity, primordial sounds, mantras and energetic transmission of Teacher Miao’s precious lineage.
Heart to Heart: Teacher Miao with Helen Lavretsky, Semel Institute UCLA
Vajra Wind: Inner Wisdom for Turbulent Times with Jin Lian Hua, took place prior to the concert. A room filled with LMU yogis eager to empty their minds and transform their own suffering, relaxed to receive mantras. After practicing Vajra Wind breathwork, the entire class joined Jin Lian Hua in a rousing, playful and ecstatic dance to “Ya La Suo!” Students were thrilled and relieved upon this invitation to “return to their True Nature and express their innate childlike joy.
Teacher Miao with dear friend, Chris Chapple, Director of the Yoga Stdies Program at LMU
Teacher Miao extends deep gratitude to beloved Doshi Professor, Chris Chapple, for establishing the world-renowned Yoga Studies program at LMU. In honor of our profound lineage and to spread the dharma, last year Chris invited both Teacher Miao to hold a Phoenix Rising mantric concert and Jin Lian Hua to teach Yoga of Joy and Vajra Wind at LMU’s 2017 Yoga Day. Yoga Day draws an average of 500 people annually to participate in various styles of Yoga, meditation and a unique concert. LMU is the first university in the U.S. to offer a Masters degree in Yoga and is recognized worldwide for its dedication to the higher study of Yoga.
A week before the concert, Chris also invited Teacher Miao to offer a blessing and meditation for the current cohorts of Masters of Yoga candidates. Many were touched by Miao’s presence and embodied wisdom. One student commented on the beauty of her chanting of Guru Rinpoche’s mantra and asked whether she had been “singing” her entire life. Teacher Miao responded that she had been chanting mantras from the ripe old age of 3!
Until next we meet, may the healing energy of Medicine Buddha permeate your being and may these reverberations help dispel the ignorance and suffering of humanity. May joy and emptiness reign supreme! Ya la suo!