Phuntsok Chö Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Rotterdam, organizes one week study retreat led by Lama Jigmé Namgyal.
It will take place in the beautiful woods of Oosterhout, Netherland. Lama Jigmé will give profound instructions on developing compassion. As long as we continue to focus primarily on our own desires and needs we can never find true happiness and conquer our negative emotions and disturbances. True happiness arises through benefiting others. That is why compassion is the source of true happiness for ourselves and others.
Developing Compassion – The 37 practices of a Bodhisattva
To develop compassion is to discover our basic human goodness, a sense of caring for our fellow sentient beings, and hence transcends all religious or cultural barriers. It refers to the attitude of seeking to alleviate the suffering of others and is based on the recognition of interdependence: as long as our focus is narrowly confined to our own needs and desires, we cannot find true fulfilment. We can only be happy if we bring happiness to others. Therefore, compassion is the source of happiness for both ourselves and others.
The Thirty-seven practices of a bodhisattva is the name of a text written by the Tibetan master Thokmé Zangpo (b. 1295). Written in verse, this text provides a practical hands-on approach to a bodhisattva’s training, the heart of which is the development of compassion.
This retreat is open to everyone.
When: February 20 to February 27, 2015
You can choose from the following options:
Weekend (from February 20, 4 p.m. to February 22, 4 p.m.)
Weekdays (from February 22, 4 p.m. to February 27, 4 p.m.)
Entire Retreat (from February 20, 4 p.m. to February 27, 4 p.m.)
Where: Schiedams Schoolbuitenhuis, Vrachelseheide 155, Oosterhout, Netherlands
Language: English with translation into Dutch.
Information and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org (before January 22, 2015)