WINDHORSE – Riding the Energy of our Life
Saturday, May 14
“When we have windhorse, we are able to accomplish what we want without obstacles”
~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.”~ Arabian Proverb
Windhorse shows us how to go beyond the habit of “me” to connect with the vivid energy of the present moment. Acharya Dan Hessey will guide us in exploring this powerful and ancient practice of presence and bravery.
There will be a morning talk on the Windhorse principle from 9 – 11am. Tickets are $25.
In the afternoon, from 3 – 5pm, Dan will hold a study session on Windhorse and other teachings from the book “The Shambhala Principle” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, exploring the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face in our world. Tickets are $25.
Scholarships are available as always. Please email Catherine Anne Provine with your request: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windhorse has its wellsprings in secular Asian cultures, and only later became associated with Buddhism. It is sometimes associated with the pre-Buddhist Bön spirituality of Tibet. Samten Karmay, in an excellent brief paper on the origins of windhorse, entitled Windhorse and the Well-being of Man*, traces its possible roots to China, on one hand, (where it may have been confounded with “river-horse”, another potent image and principle) and to India in another later, more Buddhist context. It has a presence also in both Chinese and Indian astrology. Whether windhorse is derived from either or both of these cultures, or more from native Central Asian horse culture roots, it was consummated in the Tibetan principle of the “ideal horse” (Ta-chok), which is always associated with the strength of wind. Certainly among horse cultures, the ideal of windhorse arose from the strength, energy, endurance, and dignity of the horse, and was a natural and omnipresent image to be drawn upon. As well, the sheer natural force of wind, which is both gentle and permeable in its unobstructed transparency yet strong in force, is a palpable natural image. Put together, the image of windhorse became a vivid and enduring icon.