Online weekend teachings – The Bardo of life and the Bardo of dying – 12-14 June

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. On Friday and Saturday Lama Jigme will be teaching in his mother language Tibetan, with translation to English by Dr. Dylan Esler.

Where: Online. You will receive a zoom link.

When:
Friday,     12 June: 19:30-21:30
Saturday, 13 June:  9:30-13:00
Sunday,    14 June: 9:30-13:00

Price:
Non-members: 60 €/weekend
Sustaining members of CCT: 54 €/weekend
Donating members of CCT and PCL: 45 €/weekend
Students, unemployed, retired: 30 €/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

A message from Lama Jigme on Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa
May 23rd – June 21st 2020

Saga Dawa, or the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, starts on May 23rd and ends on June 21st in 2020. The main days of celebration in 2020 are May 29, the day that the Buddha was born, and June 5th, when Buddha reached enlightenment and passed away (parinirvana). Saga Dawa is the most sacred month of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha, and it is believed that all positive and negative actions are multiplied by 100 million as a result.
 
Therefore Saga Dawa is called the ‘month of merits’ for Tibetan Buddhists. Dawa means ‘month’ and Saga or Saka is the name of a star prominent in the sky during the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar.
 
Traditionally, the holy day of Saga Dawa is observed through practice, generosity and the performance of meritorious deeds. So this month is especially dedicated to ‘making merit’. Merit is understood in many ways in Buddhism. We can think of it as the fruits of karma, especially when this brings us closer to enlightenment. The three grounds of meritorious actions are generosity, morality, and meditation, although there are many ways to make merit.

Sojin, the practice of life release, is commonly performed by purchasing animals that are destined to be killed (like worms, crickets or fish), and releasing them into their natural habitat with prayers and positive aspirations. The act of giving this way is believed to extend the practitioner’s lifespan and create positive circumstances.
 
The lighting of butter lamps is a common devotional practice. The lights are said to banish spiritual darkness as well as visual darkness. Donating oil lamp oil is another way to make merit, or giving to the poor. Another way to make merit is by not eating meat and not consuming alcohol.
 
I wish all of you a happy Saga Dawa, particularly now in this challenging time of Corona. You should do a lot of praying. Please respect everyone around you and the choices they make. It is a difficult time for all of us and we all have our personal wished, fears and challenges to deal with. Please keep respect, a calm mind and equanimity towards yourself and others. Next to that I would also like to kindly invite you to lessen or stop eating meat and consuming alcohol for one month, or for as long as you think you can handle. And please have extra respect for the environment you live in, for example less plastic and less pollution in general. Not only keep your mind clean from any garbage, but also your outer world.
 
Remember, Dharma practitioners should behave better than non-Dharma practitioners. Try to apply the teachings of the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva in your daily life. Recognize your faults, be humble, do not be selfish and be kind to others. Be a good human.
 
I wish you all the best this month. This means nonviolence, mental peace and to live a life more useful and meaningful.
 
Tashi delek!
 
Lama Jigmé Namgyal

Wednesday Class – Spring Term

Lama Jigmé is giving every Wednesday a very precious series of teachings about the preliminary practices – the Ngöndro. The teachings are translated by Dylan Esler, which makes it possible for Lama Jigmé to teach in Tibetan. 

On 13 May Lama Jigmé will start teaching a new preliminary practice – Vajrasattva.  These teachings will take place during the months of May, June and the first two weeks of July.
 
We are happy to announce that this new subject will be open for everyone. All members of CCT and PCL and non-members of whichever background are welcome to join the webinar. 

If you have not registered yet for the Wednesday Course but want to join the class now, please register by sending us an email (info@tibetculture.lu) and paying the fee applicable to the Centre’s account.

The course fee will be transferred to  Phuntsok Namgyal Ling Foundation, as it will be a contribution to Lama’s project to buy a piece of land where practitioners can do serious retreats and studies.

Where: Online (you will receive a link once you have registered)
When:   Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm
               13, 20, 27 May
               3, 10, 17, 24 June
               1, 8 July
Price:    € 135 – non-members
               € 121,5 – sustaining members
               €  67,5 – students/unemployed/retired

Free participation for donating members.

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

IBAN: LU79 1111 2413 8246 0000 / BIC: CCPLLULL,
Centre Culturel Tibétain, Asbl
Reference: Vajrasattva 2020 (your name)

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Vajrasattva

Through the practice of Vajrasattva and the process of purification, we are acknowledging that we have knowingly and unknowingly done, said, and thought many things that were not beneficial and were often quite harmful. To maximize the potency of Vajrasattva practice, we rely on what are called the four opponent powers: support, regret, resolution and action. 

In the absolute sense there is nothing to be purified, no one purifying, and no act of purification. But since we cannot seem to leave it at that, the defilements and obscurations arise. In the illusory perception of our ego-clinging, we experience endless suffering. Since we feel a need for purification, we have this practice as a relative skillful means.

Online Public Lecture – Finding stability in times of change – 9 May

On Saturday May 9th, Lama Jigmé will give an online public lecture: “Finding stability in times of change” (10am CEST).

If you want to join the lecture please register by sending an email to info@phuntsoknamgyalling.org
 
If we are attentive to our own experience, we will see that everything is constantly changing: this holds true not only for the outer world, including the economic and political realities that shape society but also for our friends and family, and also for our emotions. Although we may not always realize this, sometimes change can be for the best. If we try to artificially stop change, we cause more suffering, because we are resisting the very nature of reality. The point is to learn to influence the causes and conditions that bring about both suffering and happiness, and to find inner stability in the midst of change.
 
This session is open to all, irrespective of religion, background or nationality.
 
Location: Online
When: Saturday May 9th 2020
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 CEST
Register: info@phuntsoknamgyalling.org (we will send you a link upon payment of the fee)
Price: 10,- (or more if you wish). It will be a contribution to Lama’s project to buy a piece of land where practitioners can do serious retreats and studies. 

Second Online Facilitators’ Workshop 16 May 2020

Dear friends,

we invite you to take part in our online seminar:

HOW TO GUIDE COMMUNICATION PROCESSES BASED ON A PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

This seminar is open to everybody. No special preparation or certain level of practice is necessary.

When:   16 May 2020 from 10:00 to 14:00
Where:  online (we will send you an invitation link to Zoom)

More information here.