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The Middle Way – Khenpo Pema Namgyal and John Dunne

July 22 - July 28

Explore the deep wisdom of emptiness.

Revered by Tibetan Buddhist traditions as the most sublime view, the Middle Way philosophy teaches a radical interdependence that, in combination with meditative practices, is meant to completely uproot suffering and enable authentic flourishing. Calling into question many of our assumptions about our selves and the world, the Middle Way’s notion of “emptiness” is an especially key element in this ancient tradition. During this five-day seminar, we will explore key elements of the Middle Way, including its history, major figures, and basic perspective, and we will engage with some of its more challenging points, especially in relation to meditative practices and Buddhism’s ethical emphasis on compassion.

Schedule, mode of participation and costs

We start the seminar on Monday at 16:00 and end it on Saturday after lunch .

You can either join us online or at Gomde.
If you register for online participation, you will receive a Zoom link and detailed schedule shortly before the seminar.

Recommended donation:
250 Euro for participating at the seminar on or offline

Recommended donation with board and accommodation:
300 if you camp at Gomde
350 if you stay in a simple Dormitory
400 Multi-bed- room
450 Double Room per person
550 single room

This proposed donation covers Gomde’s fixed costs. If you want to give more, you enable others who have less to participate in the seminar If you cannot raise this amount, please let us know in advance: nanda@gomde.eu

This seminar is for you if you…

… want to explore the philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism.
… if you are interested in a scholarly approach to Buddhist practice.
… if you are interested in learning from tradition as well as contemporary Buddhist Studies.
… if you would like to deepen your meditation practice.

Khenpo Pema Namgyal


Khenpo Pema Namgyal of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery is a very well-studied scholar of Buddhist philosophy, a long-trained practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism and a dedicated assistant to Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. While being trained in the traditional style of teaching Buddhis Philosophy in all its depth, Khenpo Pema Namgyal understands to teach to many levels at once, being able to communicate complex ideas in a relatable and practical manner.

Prof. John Dunne

John D. Dunne (PhD 1999, Harvard University) holds the Distinguished Chair in Contemplative Humanities, an endowed position created through the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is also distinguished professor in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, where he currently serves as department Chair.

John Dunne’s work focuses on Buddhist philosophy and contemplative practice, especially in dialog with Cognitive Science and Psychology. His publications appear in venues ranging across both the Humanities and the Sciences, and they include works on Buddhist philosophy, contemplative practice and their interpretation within scientific, philosophical and cultural contexts. John Dunne speaks in both academic and public contexts, and his public engagements often include the Gomde centers of Denmark and Austria and Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. In addition to serving as core faculty in the Center for Healthy Minds, he is a Fellow and former Board member of the Mind and Life Institute and an academic adviser for the Rangjung Yeshe Institute..

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