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Online Vipassana Retreat Institut Vajra Yogini

Led by Ven. Losang Gendun at Institut Vajra Yogini, France.

Livestreamed by Maitreya Institute Amsterdam

In the complexity, rush and instability of modern life, it can be hard to keep your feet on the ground and not get overwhelmed by its demands.  We often struggle to find harmony, we feel unhappy, in search of satisfaction, we feel stress, sadness and lack of self-confidence.  So how do we come back to ourselves and what does that really mean?

This silent retreat gives access to a thousand-year-old tradition of breathing meditation.  Breathing is a microcosm of our own existence.  It marks the movement of our lives and the threshold between inside and outside, between us - as human beings - and the nature of which we are a part.  It is an aspect of our "being" that we can influence, but which works best when we let it take its course quietly.

The fact that the Buddha practiced this form of meditation even after his enlightenment shows that, more than a practice, mindfulness of the breath is a natural state of being.  When breath and consciousness unite, they become wholesome and serene.

The Buddha reveals to us that our mind is its own medicine.  In light of equanimous introspection, chaotic thoughts, fear, guilt, resentment, and other reactive emotions are released, transformed into wholeness and sweet, healing joy.

Join us for ten days of meditation in the sanctuary of the Vajra Yogini Institute.  We will walk and sit in silence, to the rhythm of the bell, along with other meditators.  Evening teachings will explore shamata and vipassana practices with plenty of space for questions and personal interviews.


Retreats impose limits on our body, speech and mind, within which these can flourish within a community of meditators, so it is necessary to -both on-site and online:

  • participate in the entire retreat
  • keep quiet
  • attend all sessions.

In order to familiarize yourself with the discipline required for this retreat, please be sure to read:

The retreat is accessible to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.

If you participate on-site, accommodation and meals must be taken at the Institute Vajra Yogini.

You are required to remain within the limits of the Institute site during the retreat.  In parallel with registration, for on-site participation all candidates must complete a mandatory health questionnaire. Your registration will not be taken into account if you do not complete it.

Please register here for onsite participation in Marzens, France: https://www.institutvajrayogini.fr/agenda/retraite-vipassana/ (fully booked)

Register for online participation (Zoom) through the sign in button on the right. Suggested donation: 250 euro. You will receive the retreat booklet with texts and prayers and access to the recordings afterwards. In case the suggested donation poses a financial obstacle for you, please let us know. For more information about the online option, please mail to: amsterdam@maitreya.nl.

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