Marig Munsel—New Program This Fall

June 1, 2013

Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,

Twelve years ago, with the support of Tashi Choling’s board of directors and the blessings of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, I developed a four-year program which Rinpoche named Marig Munsel.

I formulated this program with two interrelated goals in mind: First, to help students integrate the various teachings and practices they had learned over the years into one meaningful package while enabling them to learn Tibetan Buddhism in an orderly and systematic manner. And second, to transform this understanding into genuine change, growth, and a deepening of spiritual experience in a way that is real and meaningful in the context of modern life. Over the last twelve years, the participants have amply demonstrated that profound change, growth, and understanding is possible in the midst of today’s world through the power of Lord Buddha’s teaching.

The third cycle of Marig Munsel is now nearing completion and we are planning to repeat the cycle for anyone who is interested. With great joy, I would like to invite you to participate in the next program, which will start sometime in early fall. The program will be broken down into four separate one-year segments to make it easier for people to make commitments.

If you are indeed interested in the first year of the program, please let me know. We can discuss together what a new program would look like and tailor it to meet the participants’ needs. If you would like more information about the present program, please check the website: Also feel free to contact me at 541-488-0881.

Yours in the Dharma,
Bruce Newman

A Message from Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche to the Sangha

Tashi Choling’s Administrative Directors, with the inspiration of Lama Bruce Newman, have proposed a four-year educational program for the entire Sangha’s benefit. This program will be geared toward the training of committed students from our community. Buddhist theory, meditation and ceremony will be presented in a focused, systematic manner, while acknowledging and allowing for the reality of our lives and responsibilities as laypeople.

This educational process will be divided into yearly segments focusing on different topics, and will entail attendance at sessions to be held in a semi-retreat format for one weekend each month. Participating students will be asked to commit time between these weekend classes for study, contemplation and formal practice in order to integrate the material.

As a result of attending this program and upon its completion, each student’s experience of the Dharma will deepen. More effective meditation, a firmer and more comprehensive understanding of the scriptures and teachings, and enhanced interaction within the community of students will be natural qualities developed as a result. In addition, those who participate will increase their abilities to truly benefit from the influence of their teachers, and will embody greater knowledge, wisdom and kindness in general.

Bruce has been teaching under my auspices for seven years now, and is both qualified and inspired to guide students by teaching these subjects. I support this and endorse his intention and abilities to continue educating my students.I am encouraging the immediate establishment of this program and highly recommend that my students attend. Please inform Bruce Newman or one of Tashi Choling’s directors of your interest.