Lama Willa Blythe Baker, Buddhist teacher & scholar (Harvard Ph.D.) will be at Cville Northside Library, Mon., May 2nd, 6:30-8p.m. for a book signing of her recently released book, The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom, Spirituality & Practice “Best Books of 2021” Award Winner
“Somatic Mindfulness is informed by 1 simple observation: the mind is distracted, but the body is not. The body is not thinking or ruminating. It is just feeling and being present, aware and vibrant.”
This is a precious opportunity to meet Lama Willa in person. Bring your own copy of The Wakeful Body to be signed or books will be available at the event. 705 West Rio Rd, Cville 22901 (parking lot behind library)
WILLA BLYTHE BAKER, PhD, is the founder & spiritual director of Natural Dharma Fellowship & its retreat center, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, New Hampshire. She was authorized as a lineage holder (lama) in Kagyu Tibetan Buddhism after twelve years of monastic training and two consecutive three-year retreats. She founded the margha program, for which there is a local study/practice group in Cville for Mahamudra practice.
For more info locally, e-mail sandyne89@gmail.com


Margha program registration for 2022-2023 coming up in October.  Please e-mail for info or go to Natural Dharma fellowship site.



        Margha program participants in the Bodhicitta practice/study series meet first Saturday of the month.  Also there is a two week meeting for discussion and support in between monthly meetings.  During the pandemic all meetings are through Zoom.

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   Donations to the Jefferson Tibetan Society are tax-deductible.


Dear Friends,
     We are excited to let you know about a new opportunity for learning & practicing natural  awareness meditation practices from the Mahamudra/Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This is from a well developed 1 year program offered through Natural Dharma Fellowship, organized by Lama Willa Miller, Ph.D. and John Makransky, Ph.D.   Sandy Newhouse, Ph.D. completed the NDF 2 year program and was authorized by Natural Dharma Fellowship to offer this program here in Charlottesville — the welcome group occurred Dec. 8th, 2019.   The local Charlottesville group will take place for 2 hrs. each month, when the meditations for the month are introduced and there is an opportunity for group participants to check in, share their experiences, ask questions & provide support to each other for the practices.  Please take time to check out this program at http://www.naturaldharma.org/get-involved/margha-program/
     The training program involves being introduced to various methods of natural awareness meditation, including various types of shamatha meditation on a monthly basis.  The program offered here in Charlottesville is one of 8 different program sites in the U.S., mostly concentrated in the Northeast, but also including Philadelphia and Palo Alto, Ca.  The introductory mtg. takes place in Dec. and continues to Nov. of the following year.  There are 2 six day retreats offered each year, one in Jan. and one in July by the primary teachers of this program each year at the NDF’s retreat center, Wonderwell in NH.  (Most of the NDF programs are centered in the Boston, Mass. area.  While it is ideal to attend the live retreats in NH, there is also the oppt. for live-streaming the retreat instruction.
    This comprehensive program was compiled by Lama Willa Miller, who was authorized as a lama & lineage holder after completing 2 consecutive 3 year retreats in the Kagyu tradition in the 1990’s.  She is an American woman, who grew up in Ca. and taught Dharma at a local center here in Charlottesville for some years as a Buddhist nun.  She subsequently returned to lay life and completed her Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Harvard.  She went on to found the Natural Dharma Fellowship in the Boston area and the Wonderwell Retreat Center in New Hampshire.  She now has a dynamic team of other female and male teachers working with her.  One other developer of the Margha program offered through Natural Dharma Fellowhip is Lama John Makransky, who also has a Ph.D. and is a professor at Boston College.  He has an extensive background in the Geluk-pa, as well as Nyingma traditions of study & practice.  He is authorized as a Lama in the Nyingma tradition.
     I can highly recommend this program as I have found it to be one of the best Buddhist practice programs for the integration of traditional Tibetan Buddhism and Western Psychology.
     If you are interested in this opportunity, you can read more about the program at:  http://www.naturaldharma.org/get-involved/margha-program/.  There is a small on-line enrollment fee ($175. for the 12 mo. program) which includes monthly meetings here in Charlottesville and access to a wonderful curriculum developed by Lama Willa & Lama John, including monthly guided meditations & teachings, in addition to recommended readings.
PLEASE NOTE:  The REGISTRATION time for the 2020-2021 program will re-open October 5th, 2020.  This year of practice focuses on Compassion & Bodhicitta (including Lojong & Tonglen practices).  Please Note: New registrants are welcome to start the program Fall, 2020; it is not necessary to have completed the Natural Awareness Meditation year.  Those enrolling in the program for the first time, will have the opportunity to participate in the Natural Awareness Meditation year long program in Fall, 2020.

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