From Inherited Trauma to Ancestral Blessings

Posted on: October 31, 2018

Friday, November 30th, 7- 9 PM

with Ellen Korman Mains


To the chagrin of her parents, Polish Jews who had survived the Holocaust, Ellen Korman Mains became a Buddhist at nineteen. Three decades later, on a German train, she felt the presence of spirits who had died in the Holocaust and couldn’t move on. It was January 2005—60 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, and the message she received from them sent her on a series of life-changing journeys to Poland to try to help them. Could her years of Buddhist meditation be helpful to the dead and to the lineage she had been born into, instead of being a betrayal?

Beyond simply recovering a lost family history, Ellen’s Amazon bestselling memoir, “Buried Rivers: A Spiritual Journey into the Holocaust,” draws on powerful connections between the living and the dead. Against a backdrop of navigating family loyalties and religious boundaries, her experience of loving ancestors welcoming her became especially meaningful—and perhaps more relevant during this time of polarization, Ellen will share highlights of her journey and read excerpts from her book. She will also be happy to sign copies.


Ellen Korman Mains was trained by the late Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has taught meditation and led retreats in North America and Europe. A former instructor of the Japanese art of Kyudo (Zen Archery) at Naropa University, she enjoys exploring the universality of spiritual principles and guiding individuals in cultivating compassionate self-awareness. She spends the majority of her time in Boulder but travels frequently to Poland.

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Public: $15; Caritas Members: $10

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