The 6 Bardos
According to the Buddhist teachings, the Tibetan word “bardo” means intermediate state or transition between different states of existence. It is crucial to understand, that we sentient beings experience these six bardos out of confusion as we’re not able to recognize the real nature of phenomena. In this way, we perceive a follow an illusion which leads us to the experience of life and death.
Rinpoche’s teachings will introduce us to the six Bardos according to the text „The Mirror of Mindfulness“ by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol. He will teach us methods for overcoming our confusion, something which will be tremendously beneficial during the bardo of this life as well as at the moment of death. If we are able to prepare well during our lifetime, we won’t be overcome by fear at the moment in which we experience the bardo of dying — which will inevitably come sooner or later.
The vital point- the nature of mind
These teachings originating from Garab Dorje, the first human Dzogchen master, belong to the inner section of tantric teachings. The teachings of the “Great Perfection” contain instructions on the ground, path, and fruition and introduce us to methods which enable us to archive liberation within a single lifetime.
With the forthcoming visit of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, we will have the rare opportunity to experience all three options simultaneously. Rinpoche's insight into the nature of things enables him to impart the Buddhist teachings completely, authentically and free from dogma. Rinpoche’s meditative stability helps us stabilize our own meditation and his realization of buddha-nature allows us to perceive our own precious buddha-nature. The opportunity to receive this profound teaching from Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is also a precious opportunity to connect with a preeminent Buddhist master that should not be missed.
"It's about an open heart and a clear mind. An open heart is full of compassion for all beings, mahakaruna in Sanskrit. A clear mind understands the emptiness of all phenomena, shunyata in Sanskrit. Developing that unconditional compassion and wisdom is the goal of our practice."
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Donation Guidelines: To cover Gomdes fixed expenses for this event, we request a donation of each participant.
For the Full Seminar: We suggest a donation of 610 Euros. This includes overnight accommodation on site, all meals, and the seminar program itself.
Daily Attendance: 100 Euros per day
Gomde wishes to make Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche‘s teachings available to anyone with a heartfelt sincere desire to attend. If you are in the fortunate position to offer more than the requested donation, your generosity will allow Gomde to financially assist others wishing to attend but unable to meet the expense of the requested donation.
Attention: Our dormitory is already full. BUT if you want to stay in Gomde for accommodation, you can camp, what is actually a very nice alternative in summer. If you travel from far, we can provide a tent for you.
August 9: Arrival and preparation.
Morning: Final day of the academic summer course. Together, the teachers and students will present the results of two months of intensive study. Afternoon: After lunch-break, we will receive explanations on the Ngakso Puja, which starts the next day. Khenpos and Lamas will prepare us for this profound purification practice through explaining the text to us, step-by-step.
This day will be dedicated to a twofold preparation: "outer preparation," meaning allowing time for seminar participants to arrive and settle in at Gomde, and "inner preparation," meaning allowing time for us to mentally tune in for the profound practice and teachings with Rinpoche.
August 10: Ngakso Puja led by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
8 am: Breakfast; 9 am: The Ngakso Purification Puja will begin; this profound Vajrayana practice will be an important highlight of the seminar. Under Rinpoche’s personal guidance and care, this puja will purify any negativity still lingering in our minds and best prepare us for the coming days of teachings. The practice will take place throughout the day, with breaks for lunch and refreshments.
August 11 – 16: Teaching Days
7 am: Morning group meditation in the shrine room; 8 am: Breakfast; 9:30 am: Teachings by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, with a tea break. 1 pm: Lunch-break; 3 pm. teachings of one of the visiting Lamas; 5 pm. Evening group meditation in the shrine room; 6 pm Dinner and thereafter time for individual practice.
August 16: The seminar will conclude after lunch.
Participation: From August 9 to 12: the seminar can be attended daily and late arrival is permissible. From August 13 to 16: one must be in attendance everyday, as occasional attendance is no longer permitted. For individuals with little or no prior knowledge of Buddhism, participation from the beginning is strongly encouraged in order to enjoy maximum benefit.
Accomodation: Since many participants are expected for this seminar, unfortunately participants will be unable to reserve single rooms. Accommodation will be provided in the dormitory, or you are welcome to bring a tent as Gomde’s surrounding acreage is fresh, wide-open, and with spacious views. If you require more comfortable accommodation, please consider a stay at one of the nearby guesthouses. Here is more information.
Contribution: Since Gomde’s seminars are run solely by volunteers, during this time we require the assistance of all the participants. In this way, each participant will have a share in making this event meaningful and a wonderful experience for all. We hope you will understand and regard your helping hands as a Dharma offering. With mutual agreement, each participant will receive a "Yogi Job", a task requiring about 20 to 45 minutes of exertion each day. Yogi jobs include kitchen duty, vacuuming, cleaning, and so forth. We will do our best to find a suitable task for everyone.
Items to bring: A sleeping bag and pillowcase or bed linen: a cover for pillows and blanket. Personal towel and bath amenities. If possible: a personal seat cushion and shawl for the shrine room (there will be a limited number of cushions available at Gomde) Of course, chairs available for those who prefer them.