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Interfaith Retreat in Loenen

  Ven. Sheika Nur eerwaarde Losang Gendun
Ven. Hayat Nur Artiran
Ven. Losang Gendun

With Hayat Nur Artıran and Ven. Losang Gendun


Join us on the bridge between Islamic Sufism and Tibetan Buddhism, to discover with us, beyond discord and alienation, the bonds of spiritual friendship and a common vision of the value of our humanity. We will share in Buddhist meditation, Sufi contemplations, mantra and dhikr recitation, discussions, prayer, not to mention laughter and good food.


Theme of the retreat
The great saints do not so much speak of seeing beyond, as they do of seeing our world in an entirely different light. Words like unity, nonduality, emptiness, oneness with God, and being like water in water, where object and subject dissolve permeate our scriptures. Are these rarefied experiences, unrealistic for the average person, or were these saints explorers of a new vision, opening up a possibility of healing our fractured world? How do Buddhist and Muslim scholars explain these experiences, do their views meet, and could we get a taste of them ourselves? This retreat will explore those questions and some of the methods used in our respective traditions, to assist participants to find answers for themselves and maybe discover a place where we are not so alone. No prerequisite knowledge is required, only an open heart and a sense of wonder.

(Please note that, different from last year, there will be an evening program every day, but no program on Sunday.)

Thursday November 28 at 8 PM – Saturday November 30 at 10 PM
Donation to offset our costs: € 165,-
The course includes coffee, tea and vegetarian meals and overnight accommodation incl. bed linen and towel.
On 18.30 Thursday evening, a simple dinner with soup and bread is served.
It is also possible to only join the day-program, we request a donation per day of € 55,-, which includes lunch and dinner (as there will be an evening program).
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 well in advance, see Registration and Course Donations for details. Download this registration form, fill it in and send it to donaties@maitreya.nl.
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.

See also: Non-duality and community life: Islamic Sufism and Tibetan Buddhism in Dialogue in Amsterdam on November 27.

*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!



Ven. Hayat Nur Artıran
Venerable H. Nur Artıran is an authority on Mevlânâ Jalâluddîn Rûmî and his work. She is a researcher, writer, scholar and educator on the path of Rûmî.
From her childhood onward, she continually had training with several Sûfi masters. Her first Islamic work on mysticism was in 1983 based on Niyaz-i Mısrî’s Diwân (collected poems).
For many years she served as assistant to her spiritual master Şefik Can (1909-2005), who was “Sertârik” (The head of the Mevlevî Sheikhs) and “Mesnevîhan” (One who was officially authorized to teach the Mathnawî). In his field Şefik Can is considered to be the most significant name in our century.
In 2011 her first book: “Aşk Bir Davaya Benzer” (Love Needs Proof) was published. In 2014 two other books “Herkes Seni Terk Etse Aşk Terk Etmez” (Everyone Can Leave you, But Not Love) and “Nun Kapısı” (The Door of ‘Nun’) have been published. They consist of spiritual talks from Mathnawi and other great Sufi Masters.
She has given numerous lectures and conferences at home and abroad, and has appeared on radio and television programs.
In Turkey and internationally she has presented official communications at symposiums, as well as various articles and papers which have been published.
Nur Artıran continues her global work as the founding President of the Şefik Can International Mevlânâ Education and Culture Foundation. She is also a founding member of the World Disability Union, member of the Scientific Committee of the International Mevlânâ Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of The Global Future College based in Paris.

Ven. Losang Gendun
Venerable Losang Gendun is a Dutch Buddhist monk. Previously, he worked in the IT sector, refugee organizations and commercial management.
For twenty years he practiced Theravada Buddhism, including the tradition of Sayadaw U Pandita, before taking monastic ordination in the Tibetan Gelug tradition in 2006. In Nalanda, a FPMT monastery in France, he completed eight years of Buddhist philosophy studies and trained under various teachers such as HH the Dalai Lama, Geshe Losang Jamphal, Ganden Tripa Losang Tenzin Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
For years, Ven. Gendun has taught in the Netherlands, France, Monaco and the US, and leads retreats in both Mahayana and Theravada meditation forms. He is active in interreligious and intermonastic communication, maintaining close relations with several Benedictine monasteries, the International Soufie Alawiyya organization, and Mevlevi Orders in Turkey.
Ven. Gendun spent over three years in retreat in both the FPMT and Pa Auk Tawya Forest Monastery in Myanmar. Since 2017 he has settled in Amsterdam as the residential teacher at the Maitreya Institute where he teaches Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism in a contemporary context. In his spare time, he explores the relatively new field of 'fusion philosophy' that aims for a dialogue between Buddhist and Western Philosophy.



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