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Compassion and meditation - buddhist mind training

Lama Thierry | 13. November 2020 to 15. November

This seminar is held with consideration of the legal measures concerning the Corona virus. For more information, please click here. 

Loving-kindness and compassion - although all living beings already carry these qualities, we cannot always access them. In everyday life, we are often overwhelmed by our emotions. In this way, we are not particularly helpful neither to ourselves nor to others.

In its essence, however, our mind is open and compassionate.
With the help of concrete "tools", we learn to reflect on our innermost nature, to nurture this compassionate core and ultimately bring it to full development.

The Buddhist mind training known as Lojong is a complete toolbox, full of easy-to-use exercises and methods to strengthen our compassion and bodhicitta.

By learning how to focus and calm our mind with the meditation technique „Shamata“, we create a sound foundation to ground our mind training on. This simple, yet effective technique teaches us to direct our awareness, rather than being carried away by thoughts. Thereby we become able to use our mind in a more beneficial way- for ourselves and others. 

One important exercise is Tonglen, exchanging ourselves for others. We mentally practice relieving others of their suffering and giving them our happiness.

By changing our thought patterns, we become more aware of our connection to other living beings and to treat them, and ourselves, more compassionately. This changes the way we deal with our emotions. We become more relaxed, open and gentle.

This weekend is one of several seminars on this topic. Step by step, we will learn how to access the positive qualities of our mind in everyday life. We will learn how to meditate and how to act more freely and compassionately. This seminar is particularly suitable for those who want to learn meditation or simply want to find a way to feel more relaxed and free in everyday life. 


Accommodation will be possible in comfortable single rooms or on request in double rooms.

Lama Thierry

Lama Thierry, a Swiss "yogi", who after twelve years as a Buddhist monk- 6 of them in retreat- now resides at our center, will guide us in this training. He speaks from his own experience, finds vibrant everyday examples that we can identify with, and refers to his extensive knowledge of the Tibetan scriptures on the subject.

Schedule

This seminar will take place over the weekend, starting at 4 pm on Friday and ending at noon on Sunday. You are welcome to arrive early Friday afternoon.

In addition to the meditation sessions and classes, there will be plenty of time to enjoy nature, go for a walk and rest.

Suggested donation

180 Euros full board, accommodation and seminar

This suggested donation covers fixed costs at Gomde. If you would like to give more, you can help others to participate, who have less. If you can not give this amount, please let us know beforehand: nanda@gomde.eu

Covid-19

In light of the current pandemic, it is more important than ever to uphold the Dharma and to give everyone the opportunity to practice wisdom and compassion together with others in Gomde.

Gomde has grown in many ways and, in accordance with local guidelines, has created a safe and healthy situation in which every guest can expect comfortable accommodation.

The body temperature is checked for every person when entering the house and it is mandatory to wear a mask in the entire house. The house is regularly ventilated and the air is filtered with air purifiers.

If you have symptoms such as a fever, dry cough, or otherwise feel sick, please stay at home! If you think that you have Covid-19, please contact the Corona hotline at 1450.

In addition to the specific security measures, please also note the following general protective measures against the coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often! Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap or disinfectant.
  • Keep your distance! Keep yourself at least three feet away from anyone else who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth! Hands can pick up viruses and spread the virus on the face!
  • Pay attention to respiratory hygiene! When coughing or sneezing, keep your mouth and nose covered with a bent elbow or a tissue and dispose of it immediately.

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Online

We are so happy that we can offer this seminar at Gomde. We want to support all of you who cannot be here at Gomde to attend the Dharma teachings and practices. Therefore, we will be broadcasting the seminar live on Zoom, especially so that those of you who cannot come to Gomde are still able to participate.

 

All sessions will be streamed live via zoom in the Central European Standard Time (CEST). However, participants can join from all over the world as recordings of each session will be made accessible after each session.

There will be a WhatsApp group for all online participants to exchange experience and stay up to date. Also, participants will be encouraged to ask questions via the Zoom chat, which will then be included in the seminar.

For registration for the online seminar, please choose „online“ as your option of accommodation in the registration form.  

In order to be able to continue offering authentic Dharma teachings on- and offline, we kindly ask you to give a donation of your wish towards the online seminar. As always, like seminars on-site, we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate, and therefore only offer a guideline for donations. For anyone who is able to give, an amount between 50 and 150 euros would be highly appreciated.

If you are in an economically difficult position, please do not hesitate to contact us at mail@gomde.eu.

Please donate online via this link: 

https://www.betterplace.org/en/donate/platform/projects/75106?need_id=259680