1. Tell us about yourself.
I am Marta Balanza, I was born in Barcelona in 1977. I consider myself a practitioner of Tantrayana Buddhism. In Buddhism it is important to have a teacher. My root teacher is a Tibetan Lama called Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche. He is spreading the wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhism around the world.
My daily life is related to the Dharma. I’m working in the organization of my teacher and I’m giving classes of his techniques: Tog Chöd (The Wisdom Sword), Lu Jong (Tibetan Healing Yoga), Tsa Lung and Meditation. I’m an authorized teacher of these techniques that use the body to achieve a higher state of mind.
Many people ask me why a teacher is needed. I use to say that our mind is like a cloudy sky, we can not see the sunlight behind. The teacher, who has already seen the sunlight, can guide us to see it. Clouds are our ignorance, and sunlight is our awareness. We all have the possibility to see the light but because of our ignorance we are not able to see it. Teacher helps us to recognize the nature of the mind.
2. What made you interested in Tog Chöd?
Many years ago I became interested in the Tog Chöd because I considered myself a person with inner fear. When I met my teacher my first words to him were: “I’m afraid”, and he asked me: “now?”. At that moment I looked inside and I did not found anything so my answer was: “no, not now”. Instantly, through of his question, he transported me to the present moment and I could not find anything there. For a moment my mind stopped, there were no thoughts but the observer of the mind.
Then I realized how important is to bring mind to the present moment as much as we can in our daily life. For that reason I was interested in some technique that gave me the courage, strength, trust and wisdom to do that. And then Tog Chöd appeared in my life. Tulku Lobsang is the founder of Tog Chöd.
3. Was there a special event that led you to this path?
I discovered Tog Chöd in a long retreat with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche on the beautiful mountains of Switzerland. I will never forget that retreat and how that practice transforms fears and expectations and brings you to the present moment. When we are in the present moment we become more aware, we can see the sunlight behind the clouds.
As the Westerners we are very active people, for us is very difficult to just sit to meditate and stop think. But it is not complicate to introduce our mind to the meditation through the movement. That is the specialty of Tog Chöd practice. We call it “The Wisdom Sword”. Through special movements together with the sword we can achieve the present moment of the mind. The symbol of the sword gives us strength to cut our thoughts, our fears and expectations, our own enemies.
4. If there were one thing you could tell people to try to do that would help them on their journey, what would it be?
I would say… Don’t wait for anything! now is the right moment to practice. Practice to be a happy, kind and lovely person. Now is the right moment to help others and ourselves.
Tomorrow does not exist, don’t be lazy. Yesterday also does not exist, don’t be sad. Nobody can do it but you. We are in the school of life and our greatest subject is our mind. And if you need help, ask for it! There are many different paths, you just need to find which is beneficial for you. How you know that you found your right path? Because you do not have any doubt about it.
Don’t forget: “Wisdom never has doubts.”
5. Do you have a special affirmation or message that you would like to share with the readers?
I always hear from my teacher: “make life simple” and “if you wish a simple life, an easy life, try to change yourself. If you wish to have a complicated life, if you wish to have more troubles… try to change others”. Human beings we are enough complicated, so we need to simplify our life. We need to be more aware, we need to be more compassionate and we need to realize that karma exist (the law of cause and effect) and mind is who create the karma.
As His Holiness the Dalai Lama always says: “if you can not help others, at least don’t hurt them”. We need to understand the importance of being kind between all of us. Others is not different than you. If you are kind with others means you are also kind with yourself. If you hurt others means you hurt yourself too. All our actions have consequences. When you help others, you are helping yourself.
If you want to find out more about Marta and her work, please visit her web site www.himalayasun.com and find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marta.puig.9