Geshe Yeshe Rinchen
Geshe Yeshe Rinchen, a highly qualified teacher, will be teaching in Tibetan, which will be translated into English by Gregory Vaugon.
These weekend courses are from Friday at 20.00 to Sunday at 17.00.
Donation to offset the costs*: €120,- per weekend.
The first weekend is considered an introduction, and students can give a voluntary donation.
The weekend course includes coffee, tea, vegetarian meals, accommodation, bed-linen and a towel.
On 18.30 Friday evening, a simple dinner with soup and bread is served.
Students are requested 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.
Recordings of the teachings can be downloaded from this website about a week after the course.
Please register at least 3 days before the course starts, see Registration and Course Donations for details.
37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas
Buddhism can be presented in terms of the three: basis, path and result. With regard to the basis, there is the presentation of the two truths and the four noble truths. A correct understanding of the basis leads to correct practice as this practice will be based on the understanding of the cause and effect relation as it was explained by the Buddha in his teachings about the four noble truths. From understanding how happiness depends on a virtuous cause like for example the wish to benefit others, and how sufferings come from negative cause such as the wish to harm others, then we can engage a path that develops the good qualities of love, compassion, kindness and altruism, and abandon harmful activities.
This is the cultivation of those virtuous minds that brings to the path and specially the development of those qualities within the context of generating the bodhicitta mind, the mind wishing to attain enlightenment for others welfare. This mind can be generated by training in two ways: the seven causes and effect method or the equalizing and exchanging oneself for others method.
Having generated this amazing vast mind of bodhicitta, the practice of the path is to engage in the six perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom. By training in those practices that are based on bodhicitta motivation and the wisdom of reality, this is the path bringing to the result that is enlightenment, the highest enlightenment, the state of a fully awakened one, a Buddha.
The 37 practices of a bodhisattva is a text presenting the different trainings of the path. The purpose being to generate a correct understanding of the basis of those practices in order to put them into practice and this for attaining the great result of enlightenment.
During the weekend there will be guided meditations and
possibilities for discussion.
January 12-14 and February 16-18
Big heart - the benefits of bodhichitta
We can all see the suffering in the world around us, but is is easy to feel overwhelmed by it, as it seems impossible to do much about it. We simply lack the wisdom to help ourselves in many cases, so helping everybody may appear totally unrealistic.
To be of greatest benefit to others, we need the wisdom of a fully enlightened being, and this motivation is called the mind of enlightenment, or bodhichitta. Geshe Rinchen will explain the benefits of this mindset based on a very popular text in Tibetan Buddhism; 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life' by Shantideva. Although this text was composed some thirteen centuries ago, it is still very relevant to the present day and our present world.
The practice of patience
Anger is one of our most destructive emotions. In just one moment of anger, we can destroy other people's lives as well as our own. But how can we learn to control this poisonous emotion? According to Buddhism, patience is one of the best antidotes against anger. Using the sixth chapter of Shantideva's 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', Geshe Rinchen will show in two weekends how we can learn to control and even completely overcome anger and frustration by using meditation on patience.
April 6 - 8 and May 18 - 20
On the basis of the third chapter of Shantideva's 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', Geshe Rinchen will explain how we can integrate the mind of enlightenment (bodhichitta) in our way of thinking about the world and other beings.
*Donation to offset the costs: Organising activities costs money. With this amount, we indicate what the costs are for the activity and to enable the continued existence of the Maitreya Instituut. If you can contribute less then this amount, please request a contribution from the Study Fund.