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Buddhist teacher to speak about beliefs in Kings Beach

Julie BrownSierra Sun

Kali Ma, a spiritual teacher who mentors many in the Buddhist path of the MahaSiddhas, is coming to Tahoe next week to speak about love.Kali Ma teaches a Buddhist path towards enlightenment that follows the MahaSiddha tradition, which has roots in both India and Tibet.You cant sit in her presence without feeling the presence of love, said Cheri Sugal, a North Tahoe resident. The MahaSiddha tradition is the unconventional path of Buddhism. Instead of teaching the lifestyle of the orange-robed monks who live in monasteries, this sect of Buddhism fits those who want to develop their spiritual path in the world.Their path is being in the world, said Satya Shiva, the event coordinator for MahaSiddha Dharma, Kali Mas nonprofit public charity. Having relationships, working, having material objects.This weeks visit to Lake Tahoe will be Kali Mas second. Her first visit was prompted by a desire to learn how to snowboard, Sugal said.One of her students [at a retreat two years ago] mentioned to me that she wanted to learn how to snowboard, Sugal said. And it just so happens that Sugal is a snowboard instructor. Really, its been because of Cheri [Sugals] efforts that now Tahoe is a yearly stop, said Satya. Kali Ma was really impressed with the beauty and the energy on the lake.Last year, Kali Ma took her experience learning how to snowboard and incorporated those personal stories into her teachings, Sugal said.She has an amazing way of connecting her teachings with the people who are there, Sugal said.Buddhism, in general, is a philosophy with many concepts that many people in the Tahoe Truckee area relate to, said Leisa Peterson, who teaches a meditation class in Truckee every other week. I think theres a lot of people who are very interested in it, said Peterson, who follows a path of Tibetan Buddhism. Who have gone abroad and gone to India and gone to Tibet and Bhutan.Peterson said Kali Mas visit, as with any Buddhist teachers visit, helps expose the area to the spiritual philosophies, which can be related to a diverse array of people with different religious backgrounds.Buddhist teachings, you can come from any religion and there will be little nuggets of wisdom that are so helpful and that just make people feel more peaceful, Peterson said. I think theres huge opportunity to help people, and encourage peaceful mind and a peaceful way of life.