Experience in Tibetian Buddhism
Lara Braitstein, PhD | 19. July 2023 to 23. July
The goal of Buddhism is described using words such as enlightenment, awakening, realization, and even more mysteriously with expressions like ‘The Great Seal’ (Mahāmudrā).Each of these is an attempt to name an experience.
Many of us search for an understanding or direct glimpse of this experience through study. When we study Buddhism, we are then confronted with the inevitable gap that appears between what is accessible through the intellect and what must be experienced in order to be known. This isn’t a tension unique to our contemporary setting.
This week will be an opportunity to explore how experiences of the path (for example, meditation and devotion) and result (for example, realization and the Great Seal) are described in Tibetan Buddhism. We will explore traditional sources that describe emotional, epistemic, and somatic experiences together through a combination of lectures and discussions.
This course is for you if...
are interested in exploring how language and experience point to each other in a Buddhist context
want to explore how Tibetan Buddhists use language to describe and provoke experiences along the path
are interested in how experiences and feelings – physical and emotional – are expressed in Tibetan Buddhist literature
Lara Braitstein (PhD 2005 McGill University) is Associate Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at McGill University where she teaches courses on Tibetan, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna Buddhism, Buddhist Poetry, and Tibetan Life Writing. From 2013-18, she was Principal of the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (New Delhi) and has been a regular visiting professor at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute (Kathmandu). She also teaches at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers. Lara lives in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) and her interests include literature, music, and running.
7:30 - 8:15 Morning Meditation at the pond or in the meditation hall
8:15- 9:30 Breakfast
11:15 -12:30 Lectures by Prof. Julia Stenzel
Various contemplative activities and group activities
Movement: Yoga, Qui-Gong, walks and hikes
The daily schedule is subject to change and may be adapted.
Join on-site and online!
On-site participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion during the course, ask questions and join the meditation sessions offered.
As an online participant, you can ask questions, but will not be able to join the discussions or meditation sessions.
Gomde wants to make the precious Dharma available to all who want to practice and learn it.
You can support us with a donation.
You can orientate yourself on the following value:
With a donation of 550 Euro, you help to cover the fixed costs for board and lodging.
If you are under 26 and a student, or you have very limited means, a donation of 360 Euros would be appropriate.
We still offer this course to anyone, who wants to join, no matter the financial situation, although the costs have increased.
If you can give more, you help the center deal with the increased maintenance costs, by offering 700 Euros.
If these suggestions do not match your budget, please let us know well in advance. We hope to find a suitable solution for everyone.