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Scroll down for full details about upcoming Conversations LIVE broadcasts. In this special feature of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche LIVE, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche hosts live conversations on Facebook with experts in a variety of fields including science, health, philosophy, medicine and spirituality. Presenters share their perspectives on relevant issues of our time. Real-time translation is available in multiple languages. More about Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche LIVE


Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
is an acclaimed author and a respected teacher of students worldwide. As the founder and spiritual director of Ligmincha International, he has established numerous centers and institutes of learning in the United States, Mexico, South America, Europe and India. Fluent in English, Rinpoche regularly offers online teachings in the form of live webcasts, online workshops and YouTube videos. He is renowned for his depth of wisdom; his clear, engaging teaching style; and his dedication to making the ancient Tibetan teachings highly accessible and relevant to the lives of Westerners.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 1 p.m. New York time
(10 a.m. San Francisco / 1 p.m. Lima, Peru / 12 noon Mexico / 11:30 p.m. New Delhi / 8 p.m. Central Africa / 7 p.m. Berlin)

Ancient Wisdom for Healing the Earth: A Group Conversation with Members of Indigenous Communities

How can we humans find more balance with nature toward healing the Earth? In conversation with host Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, members of indigenous communities Lorenzo Ccapa and Zenobia Cruz from Peru, Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz from Mexico, and Colin Campbell from Africa discuss ancient perspectives on this critical topic of our time, share their own unique perspectives, and offer prayers for healing the Earth. Translation available in as many as 17 languages. Access translations here

Colin Campbell
grew up in rural southeastern Botswana, the son of a renowned anthropologist father and creative-healing mother. His grandmother was a famous healer, whom people traveled great distances to see. On formative childhood travels with his father he slept under the stars, learned from traditional San people the ways of the desert, awoke beside lion paw prints, and regularly fished cobras from his bedroom drawer. At age 11 he was diagnosed with the illness of calling, which ultimately led to his being trained and initiated as a traditional doctor and sangoma. From the time of his upbringing he acquired a deep knowledge of Tswana culture and its traditional medicinal and spiritual practices.

Colin is trained as a traditional African doctor and his medical practice is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, and the U.K. He also has a degree in psychology and fine arts from the University of Cape Town. However, over the years his expanding experience has led him to embrace a number of other roles, from cultural spokesman-provocateur to transformational facilitator. Colin frequently runs organizational courses on cultural cosmology, ecological integration, holistic health and personal development.

Colin receives clients from all over the world and facilitates international group processes relating to natural law, transformation, healing and personal power, sacred sites, and cross-cultural cosmology. His work bridges major world cities, ancestral homelands, and forgotten wilderness, taking him from the Amazon basin to Los Angeles, the sacred sites of Venda to the urban grit of Johannesburg, and remote Ethiopia to the city of London. With his brother Niall Campbell, Colin co-founded and co-runs a training school in Botswana for traditional doctors and sangomas. He is also a lifelong artist and musician, his style bridging the traditional with the contemporary, the timeless with the timely, and the sounds of the sacred with the lyricism of electric rocking funk.

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Lorenzo Ccapa Apaza
is a Q’ero indian from the high Andes in Peru. His people, the Q’ero Nation, are descendants of the Quechuas and Inkas. They are the keepers of the sacred knowledge and are known as “masters of the living energy.” Lorenzo is the son of Martin Quispe Machacca, the only remaining Alto Misayoq (the highest spiritual leader recognized by the sky through receiving a thunderbolt in his body) of the Q’ero Nation, who is also a well-respected healer and spiritual leader in the Andean tradition and formerly served as president of his community. Lorenzo is a Pampa Misayoq, a spiritual leader who can talk with the mountains, rivers, and Mother Earth. He has been invited to Germany and Italy to offer healing sessions and despacho ceremonies (Inka-style mandalas or offerings). A student of Mariano Apaza, Bernabel Apaza and Martin Quispe, for more than 30 years he has learned and shared practices in his role as a Pampa Misayoq.

Lorenzo and his wife, Zenovia Cruz, work together to do offerings and rituals. In the approach they espouse toward healing the Earth, one begins by undergoing inner transformation and purification. One should perform the Ayni (service without expectations), always treat the Earth as a living being; ask permission of the mountains, rivers, lakes, and sky before entering them; and show one’s gratitude.


Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz
is the director of the Original Caretakers Initiative at the Center for Earth Ethics. He serves as the general coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, as a caretaker of the philosophy and traditions of the Otomi people, and (since 1988) as an Otomi ritual ceremony officer. Born in Tultepec, Mexico, he holds a doctorate of rural development from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and is the president of the Mexico Council of Sustainable Development.

Bastida Muñoz is a member of the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative, and has served as a delegate to several commissions and summits on indigenous rights and the environment. He has written extensively on the relationship between the State and indigenous peoples, intercultural education, collective intellectual property rights and associated traditional knowledge, among other topics. He has been working with indigenous peoples and communities around the world, mostly from the Americas, as well as from Australia, Japan, Africa, and the Arctic. His work is directed toward protecting Mother Earth through our role as its original caretakers, and also through the process of unifying indigenous peoples and other allies.

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January 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m. New York time

Songs of Wisdom: A Group Reading of Poetry from the Spiritual Traditions of Tibet

Allow yourself to be surprised and inspired by the melodic sounds of spoken creative art. Host Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and invited guests from six Tibetan spiritual traditions engage in a reading of sacred poetry. In Tibetan language with limited translation to English and as many as 17 other languages. Access translations here

Geshe Tri Yungdrung (Bön)
“The Advisory Speech of Lishu Taring,” by Bön Dzogchen Master Lishu Taring
In this spiritual song, Lishu Taring highlights the excellent qualities and remarkable benefits of the teachings and practice of dzogchen.

Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche (Nyingma)
“The Song of the Gathering,” by Jigme Lingpa; and “The Song of the Enchanting Wisdom,” by Longchen Rabjam
In the first song, Jigme Lingpa expresses his deep appreciation for the auspicious gathering permitted by the great Lama’s presence. In the second, Longchen Rabjam praises the great beauty, peace, and joyfulness of the hermitage where he dwells. Despite any contentment and delight, Longchen Rabjam warns, all compositional phenomena are impermanent; thus, in seeking enlightenment we must take the advantage of our existing fortune.

Khenpo Kunga Trinley (Kagyu)
“Challenge from a Wise Demoness,” from the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa
In essence, this song helps one understand that “He who fails to realize the mind’s voidness can never be exempt from the influence of evil.”

Lopon Ngawang Thokmay (Sakya)
“The Celebration of the Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen’s Victory”
In this spiritual song, the author expresses his remarkable victory over Hindu master Haria Ananda in philosophical debate.

Khenpo Ngawang Dorjee (Jonang)
“The Advisory Speech of Taranatha” and “The Intensive Invocation to the Venerable Lady”
In the first song, Taranatha metaphorically categorizes the essence of all Buddhist teachings into 32 different practices. In the second, author Ngawang Lodro Drakpa, through making an intensive invocation to the venerable lady (Packma), introduces the systems of sutra and tantra and in particular the practices of the two stages of Kalachkra tradition.

Beri Geshe Jigme Wangyal (Gelug)
“Eastern Snowy Mountain,” by the Omniscient Master Gedun Drup
In this spiritual song, through articulating his deep devotion and longing for his teacher Je Tsongkhapa and Je Tsongkhapa’s foremost disciples, the author Gedun Drup urges us to respect other sects and to practice the Dharma by adhering to the essence of Buddha’s teaching: pure view and altruism.


Geshe Tri Yungdrung (Bön)
was born in 1985 in Amdo, Tibet. In 2003, he traveled to India to study Bön sutra, tantra, and dzogchen at Menri Monastery. Upon graduating in 2018, he obtained the title of geshe. He has served as president and board member of the Sorig Bumzhi Menri Ling medical college since 2014. He has attended numerous international conferences and seminars and earned several awards. He is the author of five books and has contributed numerous articles to The Bon-sgo Journal.


Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche (Nyingma)
is a dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Drubchen Thodo Rinpoche. He received Tibetan Buddhist teachings and studied traditional Tibetan medicine from 45 masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a highly trained Lama within an authentic and powerful lineage. A poet, artist and author of 20 books, he is the founder of Heruka International. He gives teachings and empowerments extensively across North America as well as internationally.


Khenpo Kunga Trinley (Kagyu)
started his monastic training at age 7 in Tergar Monastery. At age 15, he undertook a three-year-and-three-month intensive meditation retreat in the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and completed it successfully. He studied all 13 great Buddhist treatises and taught poetry at Zunsa Scriptural College. He studied at Central University for Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India, and received his degree\title of khenpo from Zunsa Scriptural College. For three years, he trained and participated in neurology and psychology in University of Massachusetts, U.S. He currently teaches internationally for the Tergar Meditation Community, and serves as resident teacher at Tergar International. He is known online as “Misunpo.”

Lopon Ngawang Thokmay (Sakya)
was born in Deenri, Tibet. After completing elementary school there, in 2007 he escaped to India. He received his master’s degree from Sakya Buddhist College in 2018, and is currently teaching courses in the Sakya tradition in Varanasi, India.




Khenpo Ngawang Dorjee (Jonang)
was born in Golok, Amdo. He has studied Tibetan grammar, poetry, astrology, sutra, and tantra, as well as the arts and sciences. He completed a three-years-and-three-months intensive meditation retreat in the Kalachakra Tantra. In 1996 he received Donak Rabjampa (doctor of exoteric and esoteric Buddhist studies) and became a khenpo. In 1999 he went to India, where he taught Buddhism at the Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery in Shimla for three years. He worked in the research branch of the Tibetan Government in Exile for two years and wrote a book about Buddhist monasteries in Nepal, Bhutan, and India. He also composed a poetic account of the life of H.H. the Dalai Lama and a life story of Khal-ka Jetsun Dampa, among other compositions. In 2003, he went to United States, and taught Buddhism in New York and Atlanta. In 2006 he transitioned to the University of Virginia, where he worked in the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library as an editor. He taught courses in colloquial Tibetan. In 2007, he founded the Tashi Choeling Buddhist Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he serves as director.

Beri Geshe Jigme Wangyal (Gelug)
was born in Tibet. He arrived in India in 1989 and studied at Drepung Monastery. In 2003 he was invited as a visiting scholar to Indiana University, U.S., where he taught a course in the history department. He received his geshe degree in 2004. He served as a member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. He has participated in various international conferences and has taught students from many countries around the world. He is the author of 21 books. Currently he serves as a teacher and chair of the literature department at Central University for Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India.

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