Online Weekend Teachings – Bardo – 5-6 December

The Centre Culturel Tibétain is happy to announce an online weekend teaching by Lama Jigmé Namgyal on the bardo of life and the bardo of dying. The teaching will be given online, through webinar.

The Bardo of life and of dying
 
There is no distinction as to religious, cultural or social background, the truth is that everyone has a life and everyone will die one day. According to the wisdom of Buddha we can actually use our lives to prepare for death. In the Buddhist approach, life and death are seen as one whole, where death is the beginning of another chapter of life. Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected. This view is central to the most ancient school of Tibetan Buddhism.
 
Bardo (Tib. བར་དོ་) is a Tibetan word that simply means a ‘transition’ or a gap between the completion of one situation and the onset of another. ‘Bar’ means ‘in between’ and ‘do’ means ‘suspended’ or ‘thrown’.
 
The word bardo is commonly used to denote the intermediate state between death and rebirth, but in reality, bardos are occurring continuously throughout both life and death, and are junctures when the possibility of liberation, or enlightenment, is heightened.
 
One of the central characteristics of the bardos is that they are periods of deep uncertainty. This uncertainty, which already pervades everything now, becomes even more intense, even more accentuated after we die.
 
During this weekend Lama Jigmé Namgyal will teach about the bardo of life and the bardo of dying.

Language: English.

Where: Online. You will receive a zoom link.

When:
Saturday, 5 December:  10:00-13:00
Sunday, 6 December: 10:00-13:00

Price:
Non-members: 40 €/weekend
Sustaining members of CCT: 36 €/weekend
Donating members of CCT and PCL: 30 €/weekend
Students, unemployed, retired: 20 €/weekend

Please pay by bank transfer to the Centre’s account:

IBAN: LU79 1111 2413 8246 0000 / BIC: CCPLLULL,
Centre Culturel Tibétain, Asbl
Reference: Bardo (and your name)

In Tibetan Buddhism, students traditionally make a donation to their teachers for special teachings. Such donations can be done directly to the Phuntsok Namgyal Ling Foundation, as it will be a contribution to Lama Jigmé’s project to buy a piece of land where practitioners can do serious retreats and studies.

Please register by sending an email to events@tibetculture.lu

Eight Consciousnesses – 9-16 October – in Rotterdam or online

The Tibetan Buddhist center Phuntsok Chö Ling is organizing a study week in Rotterdam on The Eight Consciousnesses. Members of CCT and students of Lama Jigmé can also participate online.
Please find below all information.

The Eight Consciousnesses

Lama Jigmé Namgyal will give teachings during an eight day study week. The teachings are (except for the Friday night) given in the mornings, so there will be a possibility to reflect and meditate in the afternoon. For members of Phuntsok Chö Ling and Centre Culturel Tibetain it is possible to attend the teachings online. The subject of the teachings is: the eight consciousnesses.

The eight consciousnesses are explained in the Buddhist philosophy. They are a classification developed in the tradition of the Yogacara school of Buddhism. The eight consciousnesses are the five senses supplemented by the mind, defilements of the mind and finally kunzi namshe. This last one is the ground consciousness, or storehouse of the mind, which is the basis for the other seven and therefore the basis for our emotions and thoughts, our happiness and suffering. Causes, conditions, and interdependence is necessary for things to arise in the mind; they don’t appear without reason. To free ourselves from suffering we need to first understand the cause of our suffering. To understand the cause of suffering we need to understand our mind and how the eight consciousnesses are interconnected.

Practical information

Date: Friday 9 until Friday 16 October 2020
Participation: Weekend Fri/Sun; Midweek Mon/Fri; Full study week Fri/Fri
Location: Phuntsok Chö Ling, Oostkousdijk 17b, 3024 CL Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Time: Friday 9 October: 19.30 to 21.30h;
Saturday 10 until Friday 16 October:  10.00 to 13.00h
Language: English
Other: No lunch is included

For questions or comments, please contact: events@phuntsokcholing.org

Registration: https://my.phuntsokcholing.org/shop/event?wsID=97

Tickets

Regular, full event: € 170, weekend: € 60, midweek € 110, online full event € 110
Members, full event: € 120, weekend € 40, midweek € 80, online full event € 80

Discounts are available for students or people with low income. For more information, check the options when you click for registration (= Aanmelden in Dutch).

Group Meditation – Saturdays 15:00-17:00

We have changed the day and time for group meditation at the Centre Culturel Tibétain. The Centre will now be open on Saturdays from 3 to 5 pm for anyone who would like to participate in group meditation. Lama Jigmé will not be present during these sessions, but he encourages us practice together.

If you would like to participate, please confirm in advance to events@tibetculture.lu as we are only allowed to have a maximum number of 8 people present due to the current regulations linked to the COVID-19 situation.
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We are looking forward to seeing you!

Eight verses for training the mind – lecture series by Lama Jigmé

Dear friends,

The Tibetan Buddhist center Phuntsok Chö Ling in Rotterdam is organizing a series of 8 lectures given by Lama Jigmé, beginning on 29 August. It is also possible to participate online.

 

Eight verses for training the mind

In this cycle of 8 lectures on Saturday mornings, Lama Jigmé Namgyal will explain the short text: ‘Eight verses for training the mind’. In addition to the explanation, he will also give practical instructions on how to integrate this into daily life.

This short text was paid high attention by many great masters throughout history. H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche regarded this text as the principal instruction among all the Dharma teachings he imparted. 

The Eight Verses for Training the Mind can bring tremendous benefits to the practice of both Sutrayana teachings and Tantrayana teachings. The first seven verses of the Eight Verses for Training the Mind deal with the practices associated with cultivating the method aspect of the path such as compassion, altruism, aspiration to attain buddhahood. The last verse deals with the practices that are directed toward cultivating the wisdom aspect of the path.

During these eight Saturdays Lama Jigmé Namgyal will give us the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding with practical instructions to apply in our daily life.

Practical information
The lecture can also be followed online.

Prices: Non-members pay 24 euros per morning. Discounts are possible, see choices when registering.
Date: Beginning on 29 August 2020
Time: the room is open at 9 a.m. Lecture starts at 9.30 am
Location: Oostkousdijk 17b Rotterdam – Delfshaven.

More information: https://www.phuntsokcholing.org/agenda/detail/?oswsID=99

 

Courses – Autumn 2020

We are pleased to announce that the registrations for the upcoming courses starting in September are open.
Please check the information about the courses here.

Given the current situation due to COVID-19, we cannot be sure when the Centre can physically reopen. Until then, courses will continue to take place online.

Please register by sending an e-mail to info@tibetculture.lu. We will send you a link to the course for which you registered upon receipt of your transfer.

Best wishes and be safe!
The CCT Team