Tuesdays (19h – 21h)
Drop-in meditation with Stephen Pende
Former Buddhist monk and psychotherapist Stephan Pende will share from his experience of 30 years practicing in different Buddhist traditions. You will explore a wide spectrum of meditation and mindfulness practices from simple breathing meditation to the most profound practice of non-meditation.
The evenings are suitable for beginners who want to start their practice with profound and easy to apply techniques and experienced mindfulness practitioners who want to deepen their practice.
You will learn time-honored ways for experiencing and resting right now in your natural state of inner peace, the ultimate source of lasting happiness
Teachings with Geshe Sherab:
Tuesday, 12th of December (19h-21h)
How to Sustain Hope in Difficult Times
We will explore the Buddhist perspective on how to deal and overcome hopelessness in everyday life. We all experience difficult times and situations, so how do we deal with those challenges on a personal and global basis?
Friday, 15th of December (19h-21h), Saturday and Sunday,16th and 17th of December (10h-17h)
The Two Truths
The understanding of emptiness is one of the most important topics in the study of Buddhism.
During the weekend we will learn about the subject through the packaging of the teachings known as ‘The Two Truths’: conventional and ultimate truth. Relative truth includes all the dualistic phenomena- ourselves, other beings, material objects, thoughts, emotions, concepts-that make up our lives in this world. These are sometimes called maya, or illusion, because we mistakenly believe they are solid, separate, and independent realities. But the problem is not relative truth itself, which is basically good, but our misunderstanding of its nature. That is revealed when we understand. Absolute truth is the reality beyond dualism of any kind. It’s also the true nature of relative phenomena. In Mahayana Buddhism, it can be called emptiness or interdependence. Thich Nhat Hanh uses the term “interbeing.” In Vajrayana Buddhism, absolute reality is also referred to as space, complete openness, or primordial purity.
Tuesday, 19th of December (19h-21h)
Essence of Buddhism
As Geshe Sherab explains: “One of the advantages Westerners have is that most have a good basic education, so when you explain the Dharma (Buddha’s teachings), I think it’s much easier for them to understand and to really get the essence of the Dharma. They are more interested in meditation and the essence of the Dharma than the ritual aspects. I believe that is good, it’s an advantage I think. When someone gets too into the ritual aspects, sometimes it is possible that he can lose the essence of the Dharma. Westerners also come with a bit of a skeptical mind and I think that helps them too. When you come with that kind of skepticism and doubt, you take more caution, you reflect more, you contemplate more, and therefore you can develop greater understanding and knowledge.”
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