||Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen
Ven. Losang Gendun
The Maitreya Institute intends to make Mahayana
Buddhism accessible in the Netherlands, because
the principles and methods of Buddhism can benefit and bring
happiness to individuals as well as the entire society. Since the founding in 1979, this is done by facilitating teachings,
meditations, retreats and many other activities in the Tibetan
The two study and meditation centers are
located in Amsterdam and Loenen. In Amsterdam, we mainly provide
evening- and weekend programs (mostly in English). In Loenen,
students can stay overnight in the center (a former hotel), and many activities
are during the weekends in Dutch or English.
We are fortunate to have Tibetan
Sonam Gyaltsen and Geshe la. The teachings
of Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen are translated into Dutch, and Geshe la's teachings are translated into English. The Dutch monk Venerable Losang Gendun is the main teacher in the center in Amsterdam and he usually teaches in Dutch. Besides them, several advanced students
of the Maitreya Institute regularly lead courses, meditations
and retreats, mostly in Dutch.
Click the links for a summary of the English teaching program in Amsterdam and Loenen.
The Institute is affiliated with with the
Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a world-wide organisation
that was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe and under the spiritual
guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The FPMT is basesd on the
Tibetan Gelug tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa and the inspiring
example of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Because we and all beings
still live in samsara and have anger, attachment, ignorance
and all the mental garbage: having all these wrong views
is why we need Dharma centers, which are a place to learn,
to practice, to purify and collect merits, to inspire each
other, to develop wisdom and compassion and to achieve liberation
Lama Zopa Rinpoche