Bridge to Maitreya - The Englightenment Teachings of Lucille Cedercrans Schiable

Udiyan Maitreya Kosha

Lucille Cedercrans Schaible was central in the founding of the Nyingma Institute of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Meditation Center in Boulder, Colorado in the mid 1970s. In 1978, she became Spiritual Director of the center, Udiyan Maitreya Kosha (UMK), named by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. UMK later changed its name to Yeshe Nyingpo Denver and continues today under the direction of His Holiness Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche.

The word "Udiyan" refers to the birthplace of Padmasambhava Who is regarded as the Rainbow Buddha of this age. Historically, He is the Master who brought the Vajrayana teachings to Tibet in the mid to late eighth century. Maitreya of course refers to Lord Buddha Maitreya, the future Buddha, and Kosha translates simply as "treasure house". Altogether the name means, "That place where the precious teachings of Padmasambhava and Maitreya are safely held".

It was Lucille's vision that UMK become an organization where her earlier work and the Buddhist teachings could be presented in forms that spoke directly to Westerners. She regarded these forms as transitional in nature and would serve until the time when Maitreya would inaugurate the new World Religion as a vehicle of liberation for all of humanity. Two examples of transitional forms are the Maitreya mantra and the Daily Practice of Maitreya , both of which are included in the book, Bridge to Maitreya.

It is my hope that Lucille's vision and the work of Udiyan Maitreya Kosha continue through a re-launch of the UMK organization. It is intended that the mission of UMK is to serve humanity through presenting Lucille's teachings on Loving Kindness which is the essence of Maitreya's presence and energy.