In this 6-class series, Lee and guest lamas offer instruction on working with Tibetan mantras to awaken harmony & healing within ourselves.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar. 2 & 9 | 6:30–8:00pm ET | $20 per class (single session registration allowed) | Live-streamed via Zoom
In a world that needs harmony, balance and healing, perhaps the best thing we can do is learn how to awaken our own innate “inner healers” and activate our true Buddha natures—our authentic “Selves.” In this ongoing series, Lee and special guest teachers will offer instruction on working with the dharma, mantras, visualization, meditation and principles of Tibetan medicine to awaken harmony and healing within ourselves—and we do this so that we can be of benefit to all the beings of this world.
Lee will lead us in practices of Tibetan mantra-healing—a simple but profound way to harmonize and purify ourselves in body, speech, and mind. Mantra-healing is considered liberation through sound. Using mantras from the Tibetan Buddhist and Sowa Rigpa traditions, we will learn how the combination of primordial sound, vibration, breath, visualization, and our own unique healing instruments—our voices—can bring about great healing. According to Tibetan medicine, chanting certain medical mantras can redirect habitual thought patterns, alleviate depression and anxiety, calm the nervous system, increase cognitive function, restore health, and provide protection against future disease and illness.
We will also explore how the path of dharma itself can facilitate great healing—how the practices of Right View and good motivation can have positive impacts. We will explore the benefit of becoming acquainted with our own minds—both our ordinary minds and our ultimate true natures (the enlightened mind of the Buddha). Recently, the great trauma expert Dr. Gabor Mate has been stressing that authenticity is a survival need. As we engage in practices that help remove layers of inauthenticity, destructive patterns and habituations, we will discover first a clear-minded core self—free from obstacles and suffering—and beyond that, realize that we all share this same Self. Once we are able to tap into this great Enlightened Mind or Universal Mind, we can all become agents of change, of goodness, of healing and wellness.
As we head into the colder winter months, we will join together and pray that all beings and the planet itself be free from sickness by focusing on mantras and practices that can help dispel contagion and protect against illness.
Session 3 (2/16): PRAYER THAT SAVED SAKYA with OM MANI PADME HUM mantra (with Lama Kathy Wesley)
- On this February 16 session, Lama Kathy Wesley will teach us about the famous “Prayer that Saved Sakya from Sickness.” Since the beginning of the pandemic, many great Buddhist masters–including HH Karmapa and HH Sakya Trichen–have encouraged students all around the globe to recite this prayer so that all beings are protected from illness, negativity, and misfortune. This prayer is said to pacify the fear of disease–and as we all know, fear creates stress, and stress compromises the immune system, so anything we can do to pacify our own anxieties is a good thing.
- This practice also incorporates many recitations of the mantra of compassion – OM MANI PADME HUM – and Lama Kathy will lead us through the special visualization that accompanies the recitation.
- We’re thrilled to be joined by Lama Kathy for this particular session. Her warm, accessible teaching style–plus her great wisdom–have made her a popular teacher among students. She has a great gift for helping Western dharma students understand nuanced Tibetan teachings.
- For those who want to familiarize themselves with the prayer beforehand, here is a recording of His Holiness the Sakya Trichen offering a reading transmission of “The Prayer that Saved Sakya from Epidemics” by Thangtong Gyalpo.
Lee (Mirabai) Harrington is a vocalist and mantra-healer specializing in sacred mantras from the Tibetan Buddhist and Sowa Rigpa traditions. She has sung mantras at Madison Square Garden for His Holiness Karmapa and at Amritapuri for Amma. Known for her heart-opening voice and warm, compassionate teaching style, Lee offers a blend of music, mantra, meditation and dharma to bring more healing and compassion into the world. A student of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa she has been a Buddhist practitioner–primarily in the Karma Kagyu and Yuthok lineages–for decades. Other teachers include HH the 14th Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Khandro Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Pema Chodron, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and many others.
For decades, Lee has been leading kirtans, workshops and mantra-healing concerts at such venues as Tibet House, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery, the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Sivananda Bahamas Ashram, Yogaville, Integral Yoga NYC, Shaktifest, Bhaktifest and countless dharma centers, churches, and yoga studios. Her debut album, BEYOND THE BEYOND (Spirit Voyage Records) was released in 2016. Lee is also a healer in various modalities, including Pranic Healing, mantra-therapy, and Nejang (Tibetan Self-Healing Yoga). And finally, she is the author of the dog-lover’s cult classic: REX AND THE CITY (Random House: 2006). She is based mostly in Woodstock, NY. www.leeharringtonmantramusic.com @leemirabaiharrington
Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977. She participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karmé Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of ‘retreat lama.’ Lama Kathy now serves as Resident Teacher at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling and travels to teach at other Buddhist centers throughout the country. Kathy is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She and her husband Mike live in Newark, Ohio.