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Spiritual Director

Lama Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

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Center for Wisdom & Compassion – Tong-Nyi Nying-Je Ling – is a Tibetan-Buddhist Center offering classes, courses and retreats on Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation with world renowned practitioners and scholars in the heart of Copenhagen.

The center is affiliated with The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and follows the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an international, non-profit organization, founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), a Tibetan Buddhist monk and teacher. The FPMT is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.

We exist because of the generosity of all of our wonderful volunteers who offer service leading classes, offering hospitality, coordinating events, working on the website, accounting, cleaning, working on the library and shop, arranging flowers, hosting our visiting teachers, translating, guiding the center’s growth, and much more!

We also have a board of directors whose primary function is helping to guide the growth of the center and oversee the larger picture financial and legal concerns of the Center. Most members of the board also have center management roles though, so they have a lot of duties to juggle!

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director for CVM and all FPMT Centers.

Center Management & Board of directors

Mikkel Bjelke Kristiansen

Co-Center Director and Chairman of the Board

Contact: (+45) 60 61 65 39

Please contact Mikkel for general enquires about the center or if you want to get involved or become a sponsor.

Mikkel has long term experience in developing and directing non-profit organisations and managing volunteers and has been involved in Center for Wisdom and Compassion (CVM) since 2004. He has served on the board of directors of CVM and the international training organisation FDCW – Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, which is an FPMT project.

He is dedicated to Lama Zopa Rinpoches vision for Universal Education and to bring the psychology and philosophy of the Buddha Dharma to people of all ages, cultures and religions.

Martin S. Lyngby-Nielsen

Co-Center Director, Treasurer & Board Member

Contact: director-cvm(at)fpmt.dk
treasurer-cvm(at)fpmt.dk
or (+45) 60 22 77 72

Please contact Martin if you want to know more about the center’s affiliation with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

Martin has been practicing Buddhism in the center for more than 10 years, as well as attended many teachings, retreats etc. in other FPMT-affiliated centers around the world. In 2014 Martin graduated from the Master’s of Wisdom program of in-depth Buddhist study of Scoula Superiore Sant’ Anna, Italy.

Further, Martin has been volunteering for the past 10 years in many different roles, from very practical to more coordinative task. He has been a board member of the Center since 2008 has also been chairman of the board for a number for years, before he in 2014 was appointed the center’s director by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He has also guided a number of introductory classes to Buddhism and meditation in the Center.

The main thing that continues to attract him to the Center is the warm and welcoming atmosphere – a place of spiritual friendship where one can cultivate the beneficial and compassionate aspects of life, helping oneself and others to create a more compassionate and wise world – creating the causes for happiness for oneself and others.

In his working life Martin has been working as a Finance & Administration Director in a private company for some years and he lives in Copenhagen with his girlfriend and child. He enjoys winter bathing, gardening and other practical outdoor activities.

* Martin has been appointed to the CVM board by the FPMT international office.

Maria Damsholt

Board Member

Currently available

Vice-Chair

Currently available

Secretary

Volunteer coordinators

Joseph MacRae Ballantyne

Co-volunteer coordinator: Event and Program Facilitation

Contact: 28962581, joseph.ballantyne(at)gmail.com,

Please contact Joseph, if you would like to get involved in organizing a course or event at the center.

Since March 2015 josephM has been a friend of CVM as a volunteer and frequent attendee of Dharma teachings.

From his first visit to the Center, he met the warm-heartedness that has made CVM a welcome sanctuary to begin his begin his Dharma studies and take Refuge.

The Center provided josephM with his first volunteer opportunities and, throughout the challenges and waves of an active modern lifestyle, the support of many wonderful teachers and Sangha members have allowed josephM to explore in depth Dharma teachings and continue being active as a volunteer.

His passion for food and music have found their way into the community as an expression of joy and thanks giving.
In the coming season josephM hopes to feed these with the inspiration from his teachers into group activities such as Buddha Brunching, Mantra singing and journeys with Death meditation.

Looking forward to sharing with all of you!

Tina Franka Antonesen

Co-volunteer coordinator: Facility Management

Contact: tinaantonsen11(at)gmail.com

Please contact Tina, if you would like to get involved in the keeping of the center's facilities including cleaning, laundry, shopping, flower arrangements etc. Please also contact Tina, if you notice something that is missing or broken that you cannot solve yourself.

Tina has attended CVM since 2007.

She enjoys the many different types of educational and inspiring events and the Dharma teaching at CVM and has also been a volunteer for several years in the Pure Land of Medicine Buddha group, which provides support for the dying.

For Tina, CVM is a space where she can study the Dharma, meet friendly people and de-stress from a busy worklife.

She works as a psychotherapist in Copenhagen, specializing in the areas of death, dying, and grief counseling.

She is positive and helpful and looks forward to working with many of you at CVM!

Signe Jul Andersen

Co-colunteer coordinator & Flower Lover

Contact: signejul(at)gmail.com

Signe has been a friend of the Center for several years. She experiences CVM as a safe place to step out of the bustling of everyday life, change perspective, practice and meet inspiring people and teachers.

She works as an architect (urban design, landscape architecture and citizen participation), and she likes making plants thrive (which is why she is CVM's 'Flower Lover,' volunteering to take care of all of the plants).
She enjoys slow activities such as winter bathing and sauna, weekends in summerhouses, reading, watching films (little dialogue is always a favorite), listening to radio podcasts and plays badminton on Sundays.

Her wish is to make the Center a welcoming place for anyone with just the slightest curiosity about Meditation, Buddhism or simply just how to make life a little less stressful.

As she considers herself as a slow explorer of buddhist practices, and having recently started to volunteer, she would love to see more people like her join as volunteers even if it is just for one evening, one event or a short period of time.

Team leaders

Martin Holm

Captain Tuesday

Contact: Adenderden(at)gmail.com

Martin has been a Dharma student for several years, and he is happy to lead the Tuesday team.
He looks forward to meeting and working with many of you at the Center, so don't hesitate to join him in helping out on Tuesdays.

Thomas Klem Andersen

Captain Thursday

Contact: 24914142, thomasklem(at)gmail.com

Thomas has been a Dharma student and friend of the Center for several years, offering service in many ways, formerly as a Volunteer on the Tuesdays, as Event Coordinator and last but not least, as a member of the CVM Board. His new mission is to create a strong team for the Thursday's evenings.

Say 'hi' to Thomas when you see him at CVM and feel free to ask him about how to join the Thursday (or Tuesday team).

Jette Falster & Dinna

Shop & Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive Managers

Contact: jfalster(at)hotmail.com

Thor

Webmaster

Contact:
Thor: webmaster-cvm(at)pmt.dk