Other Weekend Teachings in Loenen
For all below weekend courses:
Time: Friday 20.00 hrs - Sunday 17.00 hrs.
The weekend courses include accommodation, vegetarian meals, bed linen and a towel.
On Friday evening at 18.30 hrs a light supper is served.
Donation to offset the costs: € 120,- per weekend. Home study available on request.
Students are expected to do some 'karma yoga', meaning to help with some household work during the course as part of our spiritual practice to help each other, and so we can keep the courses affordable.
Wheel of Sharp Weapons (FPMT Basic Program)
This commentary on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons is part of the FPMT Basic Program. The text was composed over a thousand years ago by the the great Indian yogi Dharmarakshita. It is part of the Lo Jong or Mind Training Teachings which give concise advice for transforming daily situations into opportunities for spiritual growth. The focus of this text is how to use the obstacles we encounter in daily life as ways of targeting our mistaken self-grasping attitudes, the root cause of our suffering. Commentaries from several Tibetan traditions will be used while teaching the text, and slogans from other Mind Training systems are incorporated to enhance the course. Students are welcome to attend all or some of the weekends, as the text is accessible and immediately relevant to our daily lives. Those who wish can complete an examination at the end of the module to count towards their Basic Program completion certificate.
January 27-29 and February 24-26
The Mind and Cognition - Lo Rig (FPMT Basic Program)
Lo Rig is the Buddhist study of the mind and its functions- a profound Buddhist text that explores the different types of mental awareness and how this impacts the way we perceive and interpret the world around us. An understanding of Lorig will help students to be able to distinguish between correct knowledge and the false mental projections that cause us so much suffering. Students who wish to study this as part of the Basic Program have the option of completing a test at the end of the module to receive their certificate.
These weekend teachings on Lo Rig will be combined with a presentation of Kamalashila's "Middling Stages of Meditation"- a text focused on how to meditate on the key aspects of the Buddhist path to enlightenment. It is intended hoped that this combination will nourish students with a presentation of profound Buddhist philosophy, as well as immediately applicable instructions on how to transform the mind.
Weekends: March 24-26, April 14-16 and May 12-14
Essential Practices of Highest Yoga Tantra [not yet confirmed]
Highest Yoga Tantra is known as the quick path to enlightenment, and these practices reveal uniquely effective methods for transformation and realization. The material is presented as from a dharma friend, and will focus on the practices of visualization and recitation in the Six session Guru Yoga, as well as an explanation of the tantric precepts.
Other topics will include the Tsog offering, special features of father tantra and mother tantra, and the profound meaning of taking death, intermediate state and rebirth into the path. Students who wish to attend these teachings must have received a Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment from a fully qualified master of any of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Weekend June 16-18
Letter to a Friend [not yet confirmed]
This short text from Nagarjuna (an important Indian scholar from the second century) covers the entire path to enlightenment using profound imagery and everyday examples. This text is particularly useful for those who wish to pursue Buddhist practice in the context of their everyday lives in the world, and was especially intended spoken for householders. Students will find the teachings accessible and immediately relevant to their everyday lives.
Weekend June 30 - July 2