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 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.
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:


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 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

Chöd Summer study week – 10-19 July – in Rotterdam or online

The Tibetan Buddhist center Phuntsok Chö Ling is organizing a Chöd Summer study week in Rotterdam. It is also possible to participate online.

Dudjom Lingpa’s Chöd

Study Week Summer 2020
Friday 10th – Sunday 19th of July

After a period in which traveling was prohibited, we are delighted to welcome Lama Jigmé Namgyal back to our centre in Rotterdam.
During a 10-day Summer study week Lama Jigmé will be teaching about the practice of Chöd. Chöd is Tibetan and literally translates to ‘cutting through’. Chöd is practiced as a skillful means to cut through obstacles like our own disruptive emotions, also referred to as inner enemies.

Chöd contains the entirety of the Mahayana teachings, combining skilful means (bodhicitta) with wisdom (prajnaparamita), as well as tantric visualization and pure perception. Different forms of Chöd are practiced in Dzogchen, the great perfection. Successful practice allows the practitioner to abide in the natural state of rigpa, free from fear.

In the Dudjom Tersar Tröma Nagmo Chöd lineage, which started with the great master and treasure revealer Dudjom Lingpa, Lama Jigmé Namgyal is the fourth teacher. It’s a very short and unbroken lineage, as a result, Lama Jigmé’s teachings are straight from an authentic source.

The study week can be followed by anyone who has previously received Chöd instructions. If this is not the case, but you do have sufficient knowledge on the basic principles of Buddhist views, please contact us for consultation.

Questions or comments? Please contact:

Online and physically present attendees

Due to Corona virus regulations a maximum of 20 people are allowed at our centre. Therefore the study week can also be followed online via Zoom meetings. This option has reduced prices.

People who register to be present at the temple, are asked to also partially follow the study week online. Depending on the number of participants, we will inform you which days we ask you to follow the teachings online and which days you are welcome at the temple. On online days we ask you to not come to the temple as we cannot let you enter.
Exceptions are made for people of our event team that perform crucial tasks and for those who have not attended a Chöd study week before.


Date:   Friday 10th until Sunday 19th of July 2020 

Participation options: Weekend FRI – SUN;
Midweek MON – SUN; 
Full study week FRI – SUN.

Location:   Online via Zoom and/or:
Phuntsok Chö Ling
Oostkousdijk 17B
3024 CL Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Time:   Friday 10th of July: 19:30 – 21:30H;
Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th July: 10:00 to 13:00H.

Language:   English 

Other:   unlike previous study weeks, lunches will not be served
Prices:   Standard 10 day study week  € 240,- 
Webinar 10 day study week  € 180,- 
Discounts available for members of PCL and CCT, and students or people with low income. For weekend and midweek prices and more information, check the options when you click registration (= AANMELDEN in Dutch).
We look forward welcoming you to these profound teachings. 
Register now for your online or offline spot:

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.

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

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