Healing Event: “Healing Without Borders Retreat” with Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche—Weekend Retreat on Soul Retrieval (La Gug) Inner Spirit Healing and Medicine Buddha Practice

La Gug Life Force Inner Spirit Healing is a rare and precious teaching. The ancient Tibetan Buddhist practice has roots in even more ancient shamanic practices. Together with Medicine Buddha practice, they are important and treasured practices in Buddhism that have been relied on for healing for centuries. (More information on Medicine Buddha here>>)

This unique retreat is open to everyone. The main teacher is the most Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual head of several Buddhist meditation centres in North America and Australia. Event-organizer Theodore Tsaousidis, of Medicine Buddha Toronto and Mindfulness Centre of Grey-Bruce will also teach an evening session on Shamanism: Truth Without Beliefs. (Read an interview with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche here>>)

(NOTE: Buddha Weekly will publish an extensive interview with Theodore Tsaousidis in the near future.)

“Everyone has La (life energy/essence/soul),” according to the event poster. “However, often due to life’s challenges and traumas, parts of our La are weakened or lost. In Tibetan teachings, it is said our La tries to find a safe place while wandering lost and confused. Gug means bringing back or restoring your La.”

Event Details: La Gug Inner Spirit Healing and Medicine Buddha Practice

“In this retreat, Rinpoche will teach the ancient practice of La Gug through visualization, ritual and meditation on loving-kindness to help you bring back and strengthen your La. As your life essence is restored, we can feel grounded, healthier and happier in our day to day living.” — from the event poster.

Theodore Tsaousidis — a teacher authorized by Venerable Zasep Rinpoche — described what an attendee might expect at the event:

“Ultimately, whether we’re talking about Buddhism, shamanism, or we’re just trying to find more peace, happiness or joy in our life — What we’re talking about is actually healing and how to work with illness, pain, depression, anxiety or obstacles in our lives. No matter the challenge or difficulties being faced; people who attend this retreat will receive benefits.”


Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (left) with Theodore Tsaousidis (right)

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (left) with Theodore Tsaousidis (right). (All Photos by Shivankur Sharma, Skycave.)



Health benefit regardless of belief-system

Theodore: “Whether you call it La Gug or you call it Soul Retrieval, and whether you have a belief in a specific faith system or even if you are an atheist, if you do the practice, if you take the medicine, there will be benefit.

“The La Gug practices have been designed and perfected through trial and error over thousands of years to aid others in an accessible way towards healing the body and mind, which are primordially considered as one. At a micro level, we are talking about individuals, however, these practices also apply at a macro level which are families, communities, countries and the planet. Since shamanism transcends the concept of time and space, we can say that these practices simultaneously and ultimately extend healing to both the past and the future.


What should an attendee at the event expect to experience?

Theodore: “An attendee at the event should feel tangible results. They’ll hopefully let go of their ideas of what they should experience. Healing is either helped or hindered by the narrative we bring with us. The best thing we can do when coming to such an event is to put aside our ideas, judgments and expectations. Everyone’s experience will be different. You might feel some physical sensations, emotions appearing from the past. We can say that retreats like this shake you up and if you hold on to an expectation then the shaking becomes uncomfortable and therefore makes the healing process more difficult if not futile. The shaking is the loosening of our illness or challenges. This shaking is necessary to allow healing to organically unfold, transform and do its work. Any ideas or beliefs, individually or collectively, are only an obstacle”


Zasep Tulku Rinpoche with Theodore Tsaousidis (right).

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche with Theodore Tsaousidis (right).


In what way is Medicine Buddha Practice incorporated into the La Gug retreat?

Theodore: “Medicine Buddha is an ingenious Buddhist practice. In traditional shamanism, the soul retrieval is at the heart of all shamanic practices. The shaman works with allies and spirits that they have developed a trusted and functional relationship with which has been validated. This unique Medicine Buddha practice can take the place of the shaman, as now, Medicine Buddha is both the guide and the shaman working with spirits and the allies. The work can now take place in accessing, healing and restoring one’s La. When we put trust in Medicine Buddha (as shaman), we can let go the narrative of our past and circumstances and thus see and experience clearly our life that has been propelled by our karmic forces. In this non-judgmental acceptance and deep mind-body embodiment, our karma can be purified.

“The Medicine Buddha, because of His great Vow promised to heal the pains of the world, he became the Universal Healer. As long as you approach the practice with a sincere heart and work on yourself then Medicine Buddha is happy and pleased in helping you to restore your La, your own life force.

That’s why the Tibetan La Gug is so powerful. Those of us who are not fortunate to have a shamanic tradition in which to receive these healing technologies from, we can then rely on Medicine Buddha as the perfect vehicle, doctor, shaman healer for self, other and the planet.




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