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Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) is a teacher of Direct Mind Perception meditation (Dzogchen & Mahamudra) and a lineage holder of several Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her informal style is precise and direct and she is revered by students around the world for her exceptional ability to share profound teachings in a clear, poetic, and humorous way.

Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal. She then spent seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rimpoche. From then on, she continued to travel extensively with him as his main translator and assistant.

"Well, what is meditation, then? When your past thought has ceased, and your future thought has not yet arisen and when you are free from conceptual reckoning in the present moment, then your genuine and natural awareness, the union of being empty and cognizant, dawns as the state of mind which is like space.” 





Lama Lena in Santa Cruz

Key Points to Dzogchen Practice
by Yonpa

Friday & Saturday, JULY 21 & 22


The Key Points of Dzogchen Practice by Yanpa Lodey are pithy and direct instructions on the practice of the Great Perfection. The text includes practical instruction on recognizing the nature of mind, sky gazing practice, and more. 

In this teaching, Lama Lena will provide commentary and direction on the text and answer questions about Dzogchen practice. 

Friday, July 21st: 6-8 pm

Saturday, July 22nd: 11am -1pm; 3-5pm

DANA; no one turned away for lack of funds.


What is Dana?

In traditional Buddhist culture, dharma teachings are offered freely and students offer dana (donations) in an amount that is suitable for them. You are welcome and encouraged to offer dana generously within your ability for any retreat or online teaching you receive.

What is an appropriate amount for Dana?

If you’re wondering how much to give, please consider what you might pay for similar classes & sessions offered with a set fee. Please also consider your own income and the proportion of it you can reasonably spend on teaching. Most importantly, dana should come from the heart in a spirit of gratitude and generosity.

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