Parker students welcomed to a special guest at Morning Ex last week. Tibetan Lama Lobsang Palden—a teacher of Yantra Yoga and Buddhist meditation and a practitioner of holistic energy medicine—came to speak to our students at the behest of Music Department Co-Chair Sunnie Hikawa. Hikawa said, “With the rising anxiety in the world, it seemed like a nice thing to bring the Lama in to teach us.” To that end, Lama Lobsang Palden spoke about his history, Buddhism and the benefits of meditation, peace and joy; taught students healing breathing techniques they could use in a variety of situations; and ended with a chant for world peace, displaying and explaining the instruments of his craft.
Lama Lobsang Palden described the process other lamas used to identify him at age six as the reincarnation of a deceased lama in Tibet and how he was taken to a monastery to live and prepare. He trained at Tashi Kyil and Kaja To Monasteries in the Tibetan region of Amdo, before the rising political problems between China and Tibet forced him to flee. And so, one night Lama Lobsang Palden left the monastery and walked for six months across the Himalayas to reach Dharamsala, India where the Dalai Lama had already established himself. It was during this time that the Dalai Lama told him that his mission was to spread peace in other countries, so Lama Lobsang Palden left and traveled abroad. Later, he was initiated as a Ngakpa lama in 2011 at Lhabrang Monastery in eastern Tibet.
Lama Lobsang Palden has dedicated his life to spreading peace and teaching Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Yantra Yoga all over the world, and our students were extremely lucky and fortunate to have this opportunity to listen to and learn from him. It is through experiences like this who our students can learn more about the world and fulfill the school’s mission to create students that are responsible citizens and leaders in this global community we live in.
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