Teachings and retreat with Geshe Sonam Ngodrup
Geshe Sonam Ngodrup and Ven. Khedrup
Translation by Ven. Khedrup
The activities include coffee, tea, vegetarian meals, accommodation in double rooms, bed-linen and a towel.
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.
White Manjushri Retreat with a Drop of Mahamudra
This special offering from Geshe Sonam Ngodrup will begin with an introduction to Kriya Tantra on Friday and initiation (jenang) into the practice of white Manjushri on Saturday. From Sunday onwards students will engage in a combination of White Manjushri recitation as a preliminary and Mahamudra meditation. During two of the daily sessions, Geshe la will give teachings and meditation instruction using Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen's text "The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra".
The practice of Mahamudra emphasizes meditation on the nature of the mind,and its practice comes from the most sacred oral instructions in Tibetan Buddhism. Geshe la will strive for profound but concise explanations, to give students of all levels of experience "a taste" of this meditation to inspire
them in daily practice.
"While in a state of total absorption as before, and, with a tiny (portion of) awareness,
like a tiny fish flashing about in a lucid pond and not disturbing it,
intelligently inspect the self nature of the individual who is the meditator."
Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen from The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra
Friday May 10 at 20:00 – Thursday May 16 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs*: € 360
Dealing with Attachment
This weekend, Geshe Sonam Ngodup will explore the themes of working with attachment in daily life through the texts "Parting from the Four Attachments" by the great Sakya master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and "Letter to a Friend" by the Indian pandit Nagarjuna. The teachings will focus on advice relevant to how to train our minds while living and working in society.
The great Sakya patriarch Sakya Kunga Nyingpo received this instruction from Manjushri in a vision.
“If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner.
If you are attached to samsara, you do not have renunciation.
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhichitta.
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.”
This heart instruction reveals the path of the six perfections in one short verse. Geshe la's explanation will focus on how to reduce our attachments in daily life as way of developing our positive mental qualities.
Friday May 31 at 20:00 – Sunday June 2 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs: € 130
The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
This text by Gyalsey Thokmey Sangpo is a step by step guide for how to become a bodhisattva, a being dedicated to the benefit of others. The text guides us through instructions of how to change our attitudes and reactions so that we develop a peace of mind and capacity to benefit others. The instructions are at once profound and practical, and Geshe la will explore the deeper meanings in a way accessible to both experienced and novice students.
Friday June 28 at 20:00 – Sunday June 30 at 17:00
Donation to offset the costs: € 130
*Donation to offset the costs: Organising activities costs money. With this amount, we indicate what the direct costs are for the activity, but not the costs 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. In case you can contribute more: thank you!