Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) Weekend course, How to meditate, 3 -5 March

In a world seemingly moving at hyperspeed, it can be daunting to simply slow down — or stop — even briefly to try to make sense of things. Meditation has been proven to help. But exactly what is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? This course will handle these and many more questions for anyone who wants to begin — or is struggling to maintain — a meditation practice. Sangye Khadro is a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation. She will give a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with the mind, to how to sit, to visualizations and other traditional practices, with her warm and encouraging approach.
Friday 3 March, 18.30 – 20.30
Saturday 4 March, 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 5 March, 10.00 – 17.00
Course fee: 650 kr members (750 kr non-members)
Register by mail to lars@tibetanskbuddhism.se
Fee should be paid at least one week in advance to the PG of the Association 831 87 20-3
For more information, please email to lars@tibetanskbuddhism.se
The course will be taught in English.
About Venerable Sangye Khadro
Originally from California, Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She has been teaching at many places around the world, including one year (2015) in Israel as part of the faculty of the Human Spirit Program. (Bridging Buddhism and Psykoanalysis in Israel)

She served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. She is a graduate of the Masters Program in Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, which she followed at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy from 2008-2015.

Ven. Khadro is the author of the bestselling book How To Meditate and she is currently a resident teacher of the Center for Wisdom and Compassion in Copenhagen, Denmark since February 2016.

 

“The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva”, 24-26 mars

Welcome to the 2:nd of 2 weekend courses with Stephan Pende Wormland based on the sacred text “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” by the 10th c. Kadampa master, Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo. The teaching will be given in English. The course is open for all.

Time:
Friday March 24, 18:30-21:00 (introduction)
There’s no need to register or pay in advance if you only attend Friday.
Saturday Match 25, 10:00-17:00
Sunday March 26, 10:00-17:00
Föreningen för Tibetansk Buddhism i Göteborg, Linnégatan 21 B, Göteborg

Price:
Friday March 24: 100:-
Friday March 24 – Sunday March 26: 800:- (members) & 900:- (non-members)

Registration & Questions:
Please register by email to helen.persson@tibetanskbuddhism.se and pay the fee to Föreningen för Tibetansksk Buddhism i Göteborgs Plusgiro 831 87 20-3 if you like to attend the whole weekend. If you like to become a member you are welcome to make a seperate payment of 250:- to the same account

Studybook:
We will us “Transforming Adversity into Joy And Courage” by Geshe Jampa Tegchok as our studybook. It includes he root text in 37 short verses and can be ordered online:
http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/transforming-adversity-into-joy-and-courage-9781559392327

Finding an authentic way to relate to traditional Buddhist practices and texts can be difficult for us in the west. The practices and texts are incredibly powerful, but being from a different cultural context from where the practices originated, makes it difficult to move beyond intellectual understanding and perfunctory repetition towards allowing them to touch our hearts and transform our lives as they are meant to.

For those who are on the Buddhist path, finding ways to work authentically and intimately with practices and texts is very important otherwise much of our study and practice can remain disappointingly superficial. Where we wish to transform to be of benefit, we are still stuck and despite our many hours of study and practice our goal of becoming kinder, gentler more open hearted remains elusive.

Introduction to Tantra, Geshe Tashi, 5-7 May 2017

Lharampa Geshe Tashi Tsering

Geshe Tashi was born in Purang in the far West of Tibet and fled to India at a very young age with his parents. In 1988, he graduated from Mey college of Sera monastery, as one of the first monks with the highest honour, that of the Geshe Lharampa degree.

In the 1990s he came to Europe to teach in Buddhist centres of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition http://www.fpmt.org, first to Nalanda monastery in France and then Jamyang Buddhist Centre London.

He has been based at Jamyang Buddhist Centre for over 20 years now where he has developed a FPMT foundational Study course known as the Foundation of Buddhist Thought.
Introduction to Tantra

Tantra is described as the quickest path to Enlightenment in Buddhist practice. Upon entering the tantric path, it is of great importance to first have a good foundation in Sutras, as well as proper guidance by a qualified Tantric Master throughout the entire path.

Westerners might have many questions about Buddhist Tantra, when they first encounter the colourful tantric images and read the veiled language in tantric texts. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Geshe Tashi will explain the meaning and symbolism of the tantric deities, mandalas and tantric initiations, as well as giving introduction to the various types of Tantra and stages of tantric development. There will be possibility to ask questions about this profound subject in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Geshe Tashi will also go through a simple tantric compassion practice written by the Dalai Lama, using it to unpack the building blocks common to all such visualization techniques.

The course is introductory and suitable for both beginners and long-time practitioners.

For this weekend course, we can recommend you a book, covering the subject introduction to Tantra, written by Geshe Tashi Tsering, Tantra: Volume 6 the Foundation of Buddhist Thought.
You can also buy this book at our Association, Föreningen för Tibetansk Buddhism I Göteborg for 150 kr.

Course fee: 650 kr members (750 kr non-members)
Register by mail to katja@tibetanskbuddhism.se or SMS to: 0727 – 053 010.
Fee should be paid at least one week in advance to the PG of the Association 831 87 20-3.
For more information, please email to katja@tibetanskbuddhism.se

The course will be taught in English at Föreningen för Tibetansk Buddhism I Göteborg (Association for Tibetan Buddhism in Gothenburg). http://tibetanskbuddhism.se

Samatha (stillness) meditation by Venerable Sungrab Woeser, 2 – 4 June 2017

All being’s mind is basically tranquil, peaceful and stable in its nature. Not knowing this brings us into restless and unstable states of mind, where happiness and suffering interchange. But by practicing meditation, wisdom and developing our goodness we can return to our primordial state of mind.

Shamatha (stillness) meditation is the basis for all other meditations, as it empowers our indispensable concentration and awareness. Consequently, Shamatha directs our mind to the treasure of wisdom, the experience of our Innate nature of peace and tranquillity. This again, leads to blissful and balanced state of mind, within which we are able to develop the power of unbiased compassion, love, joy and equanimity, for ourselves and for all other sentient beings. This balanced and blissful state of mind weakens the negative state of minds, which could otherwise lead to suffering.

During this weekend, Venerable Sungrab will mainly teach Shamatha meditation and other guided meditations. He will give instructions on Shamatha and some explanations on basic wisdom and Metta (friendliness) meditation.
Friday 2 June, 18.30 – 20.30
Saturday 3 June, 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 4 June, 10.00 – 17.00

Course fee 650 kr members 750 kr non-members
Register by mail to magnus@tibetanskbuddhism.se or SMS to: 0727 – 053 010. Fee should be paid at least one week in advance to the PG of the Association 831 87 20-3. For more information, please email to magnus@tibetanskbuddhism.se
The course will be taught in English.

About Venerable Sungrab Woeser

Sungrab Woeser originate from Netherlands. He has been a lay Buddhist since many years, before ordaining as a monk in 2009 in the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. His root teachers are HH. Dalai Lama, HH Sakya Trizin and sons, and Khenpo Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa.
Venerable Sungrab studied Buddhist philosophy for several years at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently Venerable Sungrab stays in Austria.

Sommaretreat med Stephan Pende Wormland 24 juni-1 juli 2017

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Obs! Retreat är fullbokad, men väntelista finns

Att delta i retreat är ett kraftfullt sätt att fördjupa sin meditationspraktik, ladda batterierna och möta sig själv. Vi tillbringar en vecka (lördag till lördag) tillsammans på retreatgården Härsjösand i Härryda, ca 25 km från Göteborg, vid Stora Härsjöns strand, under ledning av den erfarne och mycket omtyckte meditationsläraren Stephan Pende Wormland som tidigare undervisat på flertalet av våra sommar retreater. Vi är i tystnad under större delen av retreaten och varvar sittande och gående meditation med mjuk yoga. Helen Persson leder yogan, hon har undervisat yoga på flera tidigare retreater i föreningens regi kommer att undervisa klassisk mjuk yoga samt djupavspänning som alla kan delta i.

Temat för årets retreat är 37 practices of a Bodhisattva i det studieprogram* som Stephan Pende undervisar i baserat på den texten “The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva” by the 10th c. Kadampa master, Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo. Retreaten arrangeras av Föreningen för Tibetansk Buddhism i Göteborg.
Kostnad för hela retreaten: 3300 kr inkl logi, all mat och dryck. Arbetslösa, pensionärer och studenter 2900 kr. Anmälningsavgiften, 1000 kr betalas in senast 1/4 och resterande senast 31/5 2017.

Anmälan och frågor kan göras till
ulrika.saljeby@tibetanskbuddhism.se