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Monk visits farm, offers services

POSTED: March 30, 2013 12:10 a.m.
Alyssa LaRenzie/

Tenzin Lama Sherpa, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, lights incense at NaMestoy Farm, a local retreat and meditation nonprofit center. From Nepal, the reiki healer is staying at NaMestoy Farm for about a month.

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Tenzin Lama Sherpa sipped a cup of Chai tea from his native Nepal and explained the history of the herbal drink in connection with meditation.

Long ago, a teacher of the practice noticed his students falling asleep as they relaxed so deeply, explained Sherpa, a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The holy man finished the story with a laugh and smile, noting that the tea merely kept the students awake.

Sherpa brings positive energy and a love for life with him to his month-long visit to NaMestoy Farm, a retreat and meditation nonprofit center in northwestern Forsyth.

He will also perform reiki healing sessions by appointment, a popular offering during his first visit to Forsyth County last June.

The healing practice transmits reiki, or “universal life force energy,” to a problem area in the body, said Sherpa, who is in the same lineage as the Dalai Lama.

He acts as a channel for the energy, detoxifying the body by taking away negative energy and replacing it with positive.

“We are part of the entire universe, so therefore we all have reiki energy … This energy we are receiving and throwing from our body,” Sherpa said. “The more we have peace, the more we absorb that energy.”

He finds that peace through meditation, which he enjoys doing on the porch at NaMestoy Farm. Sherpa is on a tour through the U.S., and this stop is his second.

He said every place he visits is special, and he enjoys meeting new people and helping them with their problems through healing.

Nancy Amestoy, owner of the farm, played host to Sherpa last year after they connected through one of his patients in Dallas.

Amestoy founded NaMestoy Farm about two years ago at the 14-acre estate she bought with her husband, Martin.

He died in a bicycle accident two weeks after they moved into the home, but Amestoy carried on with his plans to create the retreat center.

The farm’s name incorporates those of the husband and wife, but also contains the sacred name Namaste, which means “the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.”

The center is a place for “loving kindness and passion,” where no matter what background or religion a person is, that care for each other is a common thread, she said.

“I’ve always been a builder of community, creating groups around marginalized people mostly who don’t have homes,” Amestoy said.

She operates a nonprofit called Home Happenings, which gives people a home regardless of whether they have one, and holds several classes and events on the farm.

The most recent addition is a Cherokee medicine wheel on the property, where the most Earth energy comes through the land. The rock wheel honors the Native American history of the area.

Sherpa’s visit through April 15 is a special opportunity for the retreat center, which filled with people wanting to welcome him and receive healing during his last trip, Amestoy said.

The results of his reiki healing can vary, but Amestoy said most visitors to the farm have experienced some improvement after one or more sessions with Sherpa.

“I would say for most people it is to really know that we’re energy,” she said.

Sherpa said he enjoys helping people by creating a channel for energy.

“When they become happy,” he said, “then I get blessing.”

 

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