Loving kindness and compassion - although all living things 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 extended weekend is the second 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.
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.
It will take place over the extended weekend, starting at 4 pm on Thursday 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.
Accommodation will be possible in comfortable single rooms or on request in double rooms.
230 Euros full board, accommodation and seminar
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