Program Details

Yeshe Tsogyal: Transmuting Mishap into Opportunity [LAST CLASS & RETREAT TO BE RESCHEDULED]

with Melissa Moore
January 7 / 7:00 PM - February 3 / 6:00 PM


A course of study and practice, of working with strong and difficult circumstances as welcome steps along the path.

Yeshe Tsogyal is known as the Queen of Samsara and Nirvana, and therefore therefore makes a perfect role model for us, in this modern age where we are forced to interact in the world to discover daily life as an opportunity for enlightenment. This study group will delve into an array of assigned readings from Lady of the Lotus-Born: The Life and Enlightenment of Yeshe Tosgyal; and other readings from the Shambhala Lineage that will help to illuminate Yeshe Tsogyal’s pith instructions of how to transmute mishap into a process of awakening the heart. 

This course is about how to work with difficult emotions and circumstances of life through the lens of Buddhist practice and study.  Also, it will touch on how to turn our minds to sanity versus habit and includes a survey of Buddhist instructions, both ancient and modern, to help us deepen and trust this inherent capacity of seeking wisdom in ourselves.

Course format:  Weekly readings will be assigned and participants are expected to come back having read the assigned study material in order to be prepared to discuss and apply the readings to their life circumstances.  Some sitting, brief practice instruction talks and group practice will accentuate a practice-oriented experiential dive into the depths and blessings of feminine principle in order to discover the potency of the heart.  Saturday and Sunday will be a mini-retreat held at Open Sky Retreat Space (in Sebastopol), with sitting and group experience — and a celebration. More details will be available soon.

Monday January 7:  Introduction and reading intent

Monday January 14:  Anger, Clarity and Primal Mirror-like Wisdom

Monday January 21:  Pride and Poverty, Generosity and Primal Wisdom of Equality

Monday January 28:   Lust and Hankering, Love and Primal Wisdom All Perceiving

Friday, February 1:  Jealousy and Envy, effortless effort and Primal Wisdom All Accomplishing

Saturday, Saturday Evening and half day Sunday, February 2-3  Sloth and dullness, Primal Wisdom All Embracing Space

Prerequisite: This course is appropriate for individuals with a couple years of meditation experience,* and for those who wish to delve into the Tibetan Nyingma Buddhist teachings and work with the Five Buddha Families.

*There is some flexibility regarding the prerequisite, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Anna Marie Ketelsen.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Anna Marie Ketelsen.


Acharya Melissa Moore brings a life of practice and commitment to awakening the potency of the heart through the Mandala of the 5 Buddha Families and through her extensive teaching experience in Contemplative Psychology. She is well practiced in both the Tibetan Kaygu and Nyingma traditions, as well as the Shambhala Terma. She has been a student of Yeshe Tsogyal’s work for over 20 years. She has been practicing in Shambhala since 1979.


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