Soul Retrieval

03Oct(Oct 3)9:00 am06(Oct 6)5:00 pmSoul RetrievalAncient Bön Practices to Restore and Heal

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The soul is composed of of the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space as these elements pervade all of life, and are the essential components of our entire worldly existence. The Shamanic rites of soul retrieval (la lu) and life force retrieval (tse lu) are methods of calling on the essence of the elements – elemental spirits – to balance and heal the individual.

It is believed that a traumatic event or other shock can cause an individual to loose connection with the elements and become dispirited.

Life force is the presence of energetic forces within one’s self. It is possible to retrieve the soul and life force through the use of mind and symbols in ritual. Through ritual and meditational practice, one can bring back the positive qualities that are missing or reinforce qualities that are weakened in oneself or others.

In this series of teaching retreats we will learn the ancient Bön methods of divination, meditation, and ritual of Soul Retrieval as Geshe Denma Gyaltsen teaches these methods in 3 separate retreats at Chamma Ling.

  • Soul Retrieval (La Lu), October 3-6, 2019 CANCELED
  • Life Ransom (Chi Lu), May, 2020

Each of these retreats is a whole and complete teaching unto itself, and will be open to all. However to gain a certificate of completion all three retreats must be attended, and all the practices and accumulations completed.

We have men’s dorm style housing available on site, as well as primitive camp sites. The camp sites require a hike in up a steep hill, and do not have water or electricity at the camp site. Campers may use the community house bathrooms and showers. All cabins are already reserved.

Questions? Contact the retreat coordinator at

Geshe Denma GyaltsenGeshe Denma Gyaltsen is the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas, resides in Houston, and has taught at centers throughout the United States and Europe. Born in northern Nepal, he began his studies at Menri Monastery in 1981, receiving all the teachings, initiations and transmissions in sutra, tantra and dzogchen, and was awarded the geshe degree in 1996. He taught at Menri, and then served two terms as the abbot of Zhu Rishing Yungdrung Kundak-Ling Monastery, a Bön Monastery in Sikkim, until 2003. Since that time Geshe Denma has traveled and taught throughout the West, as well as in India and Nepal. We are very pleased to welcome back Geshe-la to teach at Chamma Ling again!



October 3, 2019 9:00 am - October 6, 2019 5:00 pm Mountain(GMT+00:00)

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