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Sang-gyé A-tsal Interview - Santeria to ArogTer - Guru Viking Podcast

New episode!

This time I'm joined by Sang-gyé A-tsal, an ex-dancer, jazz club owner, and Brevet Lama in the Aro gTer lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Let me know what you think :-)
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https://www.guruviking.com/ep59-sang-gye-a-tsal-santeria-to-sang-gye/

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From the show notes:
In this episode I am joined by Sang-gyé A-tsal, an ex-dancer, jazz club owner, and Brevet Lama in the Aro gTer lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

We discuss Sang-gyé’s personal journey through Santeria, Sufism, and Vedanta before meeting her future teacher, Ngak’chang Rinpoche.

Sang-gyé discusses her transformative time spent in Nepal with Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, and recounts her completion of the esoteric practice of phowa under the guidance of Jomo Sampel.

We learn about how to practice Vajra Romance outside of a partnership, and explore Sang-gyé’s passion for the physical practices of Kum Nye.



Topics Include

0:00 - Intro
0:42 - Sang-gyé’s childhood meditation parties and explorations of spiritual traditions
3:47 - ‘Sleepy Shiné’ and learning to meditate
7:29 - Vedanta, Sufism, and Santeria
10:45 - Unusual experiences in Santeria
12:20 - Moving to New York to open a jazz club
13:20 - Meeting Ngak’chang Rinpoche and becoming an Aro gTer apprentice
23:15 - Stories about Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
29:09 - Sang-gyé on ‘emptiness’ and relating to a great Lama
34:45 - Working with neurosis as an artist and practitioner
40:15 - Vajra Romance as a single person
44:52 - Sang-gyé’s phowa retreat under the guidance of Jomo Samphel
49:52 - Sang-gyé’s retreat schedule and achieving the sign of completion
55:19 - Practice sequencing on retreat
59:08 - Plans for the continuation of the Aro gTer lineage
1:04:31 - Sang-gyé’s passion for the physical practices of Kum Nye
1:08:47 - How to learn Kum Nye Sang-gyé online
1:09:53 - Modern relevance of the Gö Kar Chang Lo'i Dé