Feb
28
Fri
2020
“Kalachakra – l’éveil” in Cinema Utopia @ Ciné Utopia
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Centre Culturel Tibétain is happy to announce that it is organizing the screening of the movie “Kalachakra – L’éveil” on Friday, 28th February, in Ciné Utopia.

This is a documentary feature film directed by Natalie Fuchs and released in 2017.

Kalachakra means, “The wheel of time.” It is the highest initiation in Tibetan Buddhism. Rarely filmed, this initiation has long remained secret. The Dalai Lama gives this initiation for peace in the world.

As the film opens, a woman, lying on the grass, tells of her suffering after the loss of her sister when she was still a child. What is the sense of her life?
Immersed in the colorful and vibrant setting of Dharamsala, India, the woman and 3 other individuals from very different backgrounds come together to face their deepest fears as they approach the transformational power of the Kalachakra initiation. Through this film, we enter and discover an ancient and yet unknown dimension where death meets life, a dimension which changes someone forever.
 
Trailer: http://www.kalachakra-film.com

Location:    Ciné Utopia, 16, Avenue de la Faïencerie,
                    L-1510 Luxembourg, Salle 5
Time:          19h00 – 21h00  (entrance at 18h45)
Language:  French, English, Tibetan with English subtitles
Price:          10 €

Places are limited. No registration needed. Tickets can be bought at the theatre; cash payments only.
 
Part of the profit will go to the Golog Support Foundation.

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Thangka Painting Workshop – 1 March 2020 @ Youth Hostel in Luxembourg
Mar 1 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Centre Culturel Tibétain is happy to invite you once more to a Thangka painting workshop led by Tharpen Lingtsang, the son of Gega Lama, on 1 March 2020. 

Teacher:  Tharpen Lingtsang
Date: Sunday, 1 March, 10:30 to 16:30
Venue:  Youth Hostel in Luxembourg – 2 Rue du Fort Olisy, 2261 Luxembourg
Language: The workshop will be given in English

Price:  65 euros (58 euros for regular members, 48 euros for donating members).
Lunch & drawing/painting material is not included in the price.

Please confirm your presence by transferring the indicated fees to the Centre’s account:

IBAN: LU79 1111 2413 8246 0000 / BIC: CCPLLULL,
Centre Culturel Tibétain, Asbl
Reference: Thangka painting 2020

Kindly let us know if you intend to have lunch at the hostel, for 9,90 euros, because we will need to book in advance.

You will need the the following materials:
Normal A4 or A3 paper, pencil/rubber, ruler, brush size 0 or 00 and black ink (encre de chine).
Advanced students can bring their drawings or paintings and the appropriate materials they are working with.

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

Please notice that we need a minimum of 10 participants for this event to take place.

Karma Gardri
Karma Gardri is one of the most prestigious old traditions of Thangka painting dating back to 16th century Tibet and founded by the great incarnate master Namkha Tashi. “Karma Gardri” (karma sgar bris) or the “camp style” of the Karma Kagyu School of Buddhism historically holds a strong connection with the lineage of the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu School, the Karmapa. The 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje (chos dbyings rdo rje, 1604-1674) was one of the most outstanding artists among the Karmapa incarnations and one of the schools he trained in was the Karma Gardri. When the Karma Gardri tradition came into existence it brought together the most excellent features of the Tibetan, Chinese and Indian schools of iconography, leading to an exquisitely refined style with a delicate series of exact proportions to be used for each different deity.

Gega Lama
Gega Lama (1931-1996) was the renowned and much loved master of Karma Gardri Thangka painting who brought this tradition to India when he fled his home country Tibet in 1959 to escape from the Chinese invasion.
Born in the small village of Rinchen Ling in the district of Upper Lingkar, Eastern Tibet, Gega Lama started his training at the age of eight with calligraphy lessons and received further education in Buddhist doctrine, dance, painting and music when he entered the monastery of Chokor Namgyal Ling at Tsabtsa. In 1947, aged 16, he took up the study of thangka painting with the renowned master Thangla Tsewang. By the age of 22, Gega Lama was recognized as an artist in his own right. When fleeing Tibet at the age of 28, he had to leave his books, diagrams and other valuable resources behind in his home country. During his first years as a refugee in India, he learned the art of casting images, vajras, bells, and so forth in bell-metal and bronze with the artisan Damcho.
As it became clear that there was a growing demand for Tibetan Thangka painting, Gega Lama applied himself to rebuilding the invaluable body of diagrams and methods necessary to the painting of Tibetan Thangkas. In 1981 he wrote and published a unique and unprecedented complete guide book on the drawing and painting of Tibetan Thangkas under the title “Principles of Tibetan Art”, which was received with delight by experts and students throughout the world. He faithfully preserved and transmitted his tradition and taught many devoted students, including his own son and successor Tharphen Lingtsang.

Tharphen Lingtsang
Tharphen Lingtsang (1973, Darjeeling, India) Tharphen is the son of the late Tibetan Master of Karma Gardri painting Gega Lama, author of one of the foremost books on Thangka painting “Principles of Tibetan Art”.
Born in the north of India, where his parents established themselves as refugees during the 1960ies, Tharphen received both a combined Tibetan-Indian upbringing and a western education at an English Jesuit school. After graduating, age 18, he became a faithful student of his father’s with a strong wish to help preserve the sacred tradition of Karma Gardri Thangka Painting.
Gega Lama gave complete transmission to his son and for many years they worked side by side in their school and studio in Kathmandu. They taught aspiring students together, faithfully maintaining the traditional method of apprenticeship, and made numerous thangkas and frescoes. By the time of his father’s unexpected passing in 1996, Tharphen himself had been a respected master in his art for a number of years, and Gega Lama had asked him to make the illustrations for his second book, for which the manuscript was nearly completed.
In 1999 Tharphen married his Dutch partner Lakshmi Fransen, also a qualified Thangka painter of the Karma Gardri school, who had been a student of his father’s since 1989. Since then he has lived in The Netherlands with Lakshmi and their two sons and he’s taught Thangka painting courses in several Buddhist Centres across Europe. In between regular jobs and taking care of their family, both Tharphen and Lakshmi are dedicated to the work on Gega Lama’s books in the hope of further publishing and spreading the unique knowledge they contain. Next to preserving the traditional Karma Gardri school, Tharphen has also enjoyed creating a unique painting style of his own in which he blends traditional Tibetan Thangkas with adornments in the European Art Nouveau style.

Beginning the path of meditation @ Centre Culturel Tibétain
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Beginning the path of meditation @ Centre Culturel Tibétain | Luxembourg | Distrikt Lëtzebuerg | Luxembourg
What is real meditation
Real meditation has nothing to do with feeling good. Feelings always change. In real meditation one is not disturbed by emotions or feelings, but one can abide in a stable and calm and clear state of mind. This is when meditation brings clarity and leads to recognition of ones true nature which is hidden underneath our continuous flow of thoughts, feelings and emotions, like the sun is hidden behind the clouds.The course is aimed especially at beginners with no experience in meditation. Lama Jigmé Namgyal will offer wisdom teachings on starting the contemplative path of training one’s mind.
Lama Jigmé’s teachings will be accompanied by periodic sessions dedicated to meditation practice led by the Centre’s facilitators.

Dates: Sundays from 6 pm to 8 pm

January:   5, 12, 19, 26 (Lama in India; group meditation practice)
February:  2, 9 (16, 23 Carnival holiday, no class)
March:      1, 8, 15, 22, 29

(Due to the travel agenda of Lama Jigmé changes in dates might occur during the course).

Place: 1, rue Charlotte Engels L-1482 Luxembourg

Language: English

Price: €140 (€126  for sustaining members, €70 for students/unemployed/retired, free participation for donating members). The price includes all sessions on the above indicated dates. Fees shouldn’t be an obstacle. Please contact us if there is a problem.

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

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

Mar
2
Mon
2020
The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination @ Centre Culturel Tibétain
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination @ Centre Culturel Tibétain

The Buddha taught that this phenomenal world follows the process of interdependent origination in which one action or event causes another event, which causes another event, and so on. Interdependent origination explains how the happiness and suffering in our present life is the result of our previous actions, and how this process proceeds through twelve links. 
Although on the ultimate level things are emptiness, without inherent existence, on the conventional or relative level things manifest because of each other. Or in other words, they depend upon each other, they originate one from another. Lama Jigmé will explain in a very practical and straightforward way the teachings on the Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination, which will help us to get a better understanding of the interdependence of the way things originate and their dependence on each other. 

This course is intended for those who have already followed the basic meditation course or who have already a grounding in meditation practice.

Teacher: Lama Jigmé

Dates: Mondays from 7 pm to 9 pm

January:   6, 13, 20, 27 (Lama in India; study and meditation practice)
February:  3, 10 (17, 24 Carnival holiday, no class)
March:      2, 9, 16, 23, 30

(Due to the travel agenda of Lama Jigmé changes in dates might occur during the course).

Place: 1, rue Charlotte Engels L-1482 Luxembourg 

Language: English

Price: €140 (€126  for sustaining members, €70 for students/unemployed/retired, free participation for donating members). The price includes all sessions on the above indicated dates. Fees shouldn’t be an obstacle. Please contact us if there is a problem.Please pay by bank transfer to the Centre’s account:

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

Mar
4
Wed
2020
The Essence of Ngöndro @ Centre Culturel Tibétain
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Essence of Ngöndro @ Centre Culturel Tibétain | Luxembourg | Distrikt Lëtzebuerg | Luxembourg

The Ngöndro practice is very important for purifying negative karma and to generate wisdom. 
 
Our mind is often compared to a field, with the potential to bring forth bountiful harvest of wisdom and compassion. For the seeds of listening to teachings to grow easily and quickly, the field needs to be properly prepared: purifying negative karmic imprints is similar to clearing the field of rocks and debris, while enriching our mind with positive potential is similar to irrigating and fertilizing the field. The purpose of preliminary practices is thus to clear and enrich our minds, allowing our practice to progress smoothly and our heart to become the path to enlightenment. This process of clearing and enriching has multiple functions:
It clears away the karmic debris from previous unskillful actions that obscures our mind from understanding the Dharma. Sometimes we go to teachings and doze off. Other times we are distracted by the monkey mind chasing one thing after another. Sometimes we are awake and listen, but we don’t understand very much. Other times we listen to teachings and are filled with doubt or anger. These kinds of obscurations are cleared away by the preliminary practices and when we listen to teachings they are able to touch our hearts deeply.

  • making prostrations remove the obscurations associated with the body
  • taking refuge in the Buddha as the guide, the truth of his teaching (the Dharma) as the path, and the example of his practitioners (the Sangha) as companions on the path, so awakening a confidence and trust in our own inner buddha nature;
  • giving birth to love and compassion—bodhichitta, the heart of the enlightened mind—and training the mind to work with ourselves, with others, and with the difficulties of life;
  • accumulating merit and wisdom by developing universal generosity and creating auspicious circumstances, through the mandala offering; removes obscurations associated with mind
  • finally, in the practice of guru yoga, which is the most crucial, moving and powerful practice of all, we unite our mind with the wisdom mind of all the buddhas and so awaken the wisdom of realization. Removes the obscurations of all three: body, speech and mind
  • Phowa
  • Chöd

This course is intended for those who have already followed the basic meditation course or who have already a grounding in meditation practice.

Teacher: Lama Jigme Namgyal

Dates: Wednesdays from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

January:   8, 15, 22, 29 (Lama in India; study and meditation practice)
February:  5, 12 (19, 26 Carnival holiday no class)
March:      4, 11, 18, 25
April:         1

(Due to the travel agenda of Lama Jigmé changes in dates might occur during the course).

Place: 1, rue Charlotte Engels L-1482 Luxembourg

Language: English

Price: €140 (€126 for sustaining members, €70 for students/unemployed/retired, free participation for donating members). The price includes all sessions on the above indicated dates. Fees shouldn’t be an obstacle. Please contact us if there is a problem.

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

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