Spring Retreat 2014 : The meaning of wisdom and devotion

Phuntsok Chö Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Rotterdam, organizes one week retreat which will be led by Lama Jigmé.

The topic of this year’s spring retreat is Wisdom and Devotion. With regards to wisdom, there are two levels of truth according to Buddhist teachings: relative and ultimate truth. How do we recognise and develop these?

How can their recognition be beneficial for our daily lives? Ultimate reality is obscured by conceptual thought and our dualistic mind. This gives rise to a relative and distorted perception of reality. With his unique sense of humour and ability to translate Buddhist teachings into a Western frame of thinking, Lama Jigmé will clarify this process and increase our understanding of the matter, enriching our practice. Focussing on others through devotion is also of great benefit for our lives. However, this is easier said than done. Throughout the teachings, Lama Jigmé will elaborate on the many benefits of generating devotion – both for ourselves and others – and he will explain the method of practicing this form of altruism.

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29/11/2013 – Lecture on “Inner Peace” in Centre socioculturel du Herrenwald (France)

“In our daily lives we often have stress, worries and fears. These emotions create discomfort and impede our ability to achieve a stable and happy life. So how can we deal with this? Through meditation it is possible to find a stable point of inner peace. We may not be able to directly solve all problems but we can learn to accept or let go of things with a relaxed attitude. Then we can enjoy the current moment in any situation.”

The lecture will be given by Lama Jigmé. It will be followed by the meditation and a question and answer session.

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Address: Centre socioculturel du Herrenwald,
Route d’Adelange
57380 Faulquemont (France)

Seminar: Reading Tibetan Buddhist Texts

This seminar, which will be led by Dylan Esler (Institut Orientaliste, Université catholique de Louvain) and will take place in Louvain-la-Neuve from January to May 2014, will be devoted to the reading and translation of Buddhist texts in classical Tibetan. The texts to be studied this year are the rGyal-sras lag-len (“37 Bodhisattva Practices”) of Thogs-med bzang-po, and the Bodhicaryāvatāra of Śāntideva in Tibetan translation, ch. 1 and 2.

This seminar is intended for students of Buddhism having already garnered a basic knowledge of classical Tibetan grammar. The seminar will enable them to deepen their knowledge of Tibetan grammar and Buddhist philosophy and to hone their skills in translating this type of texts.

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Fallretreat 2013 (Netherlands): The meaning of wisdom and devotion

Phuntsok Chö Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, organizes one week retreat led by Lama Jigmé Namgyal. It will take place from Sunday, 20th October to Saturday, 26th October in Naropa Institute (Cadzand, Netherlands).

The teachings in this retreat are based on Shantideva’s classic Bodhicaryāvatāra.

For further information about the retreat, please visit Phuntsok Chö Ling website.

Treasures of Tibetan Literature available at the Université Catholique de Louvain

The Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) has recently acquired an important collection of Tibetan texts from the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC). The TBRC was founded in 1999 by the late E. Gene Smith (1936-2010) with the aim of finding, preserving, organizing and disseminating Tibetan texts in a digital format.

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