The Maitreya Instituut aims to
make Tibetan Buddhism accessible in the Netherlands,
because the principles and methods presented
in Buddhism can contribute to human happiness. The institute has
been organizing teachings and courses on meditation
and all aspects of Buddhist philosophy since 1979.
two study- and medtitation centers in Amsterdam
teachers also regularly give courses in other
locations, such as Breda, Deventer and
See also About Us.
This English section of the website focuses
only on the teachings and courses that are taught in English,
and not on the Dutch program.
Maitreya Institute is affiliated with the 'Foundation
for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT),
an international non-profit organisation, under the
spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness
the Dalai Lama.
The FPMT aims to help as many people as possible to
develop loving-kindness and compassion through education,
meditation and social projects.
Check here for current
advice from Lama Zopa.
Apart from guided meditations,
prayers and retreats, our main activities are concentrated
on the study
programs. These cover all levels, from talks for
beginners up to study programs that take years to complete. The
English language program includes Discovering
Buddhism, Living in the Path and the Basic
A special retreat
to complete 100.000 waterbowls is planned in March 2014, visit the special page.
Volunteers are always more then welcome
in the centers, not only because they help to keep our
teachings and courses affordable, but because there
are also projects
in which your skills can be of great help.
Like to help? Please see our volunteers page.
The Maitreya Project is building a 500 ft. tall statue
of Maitreya Buddha – the Buddha who is predicted
to come in the future – in Kushinigar, North