RETREATS

19. - 21. 3. 2020

Meditation Weekends for Beginners with venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi

Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena Prostějov


For more information visit Facebook event or www.karunasevena.cz or contact karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com.


6. - 8. 3. 2020

9:30 - 17:30

Four seals of Buddhist philosophy with Geshe Tenzin Losel

Place: Lotus Center

Public teaching with a monk of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition Geshe Tenzin Losel (Graham Woodhouse) 

In order to be considered Buddhist, the philosophy should endorse four principles called four seals:

1. All compound fenomena are impermanent. 

2. All contaminated phenomena are suffering. 

3. All phenomena are empty. 

4. Nirvana is peace.

Like the seal on a royal document, the presence of these four seals prove that document or doctrine is a true expression of Buddhist views. Buddhist is someone who has faith in the Buddha's path and has taken refuge in the Three Jewels. The holder of Buddhist principles, on the other hand, is someone who has cultivated a healthy understanding to reflect on what the Buddha actually taught, and at least is informed of the four seals.

Geshe Tenzin Losel will discuss and meditate on these four principles of Buddhist philosophy on the basis of his own translation of the text by Gen Lamrimpa Ngawang Puntsok, Lamp Illuminating the Essentials of the Four Seals, with a focus on Buddhist view on impermanence, gross and subtle. Is there any real evidence of impermanence that uses logic and debate rather than scientific tools? How are things like the last moment a butter lamp goes out?

Geshe Tenzin Losel received a full monastic ordination from the hands of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1994. As one of the few Western students, he completed the entire twenty-year monastic education program of the Gelug School and earned a Geshe degree. He is a prominent FPMT teacher and focuses mainly on the emptiness and impermanence of phenomena. He lives in France in Nalanda Monastery.

The teaching will be in English, translated into Czech by the venerable Tenzin Palmo. Admission is voluntary and will be used for the needs of the geshe and the center

If interested, please register in advance at bit.ly/geshe_graham - you will receive a study text.

Questions please send to info@longdol-lama.cz


1. - 3. 5. 2020

Study and practice workshop on

"Mindfulness and satipaṭṭhāna in early Buddhist meditation" 

with venerable Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

Place: Lotus Center

Registration: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com

Time: May 1 (Friday) and May 2 (Saturday) from 9 am to 6 pm, May 3 (Sunday) from 9 am to 4 pm

Format: non-residential
partial daily attendance possible (but not odd hours drop-ins)

Language: English (no Czech translation)

Teacher: Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

Teacher's bio: Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā was born in Italy in 1980 and ordained as a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka in 2012. Her teacher is the venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo. She divides her time between meditation practice and academic research on the early Buddhist texts and teachings and their doctrinal developments. Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā serves as the director of the Āgama Research Group.

Workshop abstract:

This study and practice workshop is open to Buddhist practitioners of all traditions and backgrounds as well as to meditators with training in other mindfulness protocols. The workshop will explore the theoretical and practical understanding of mindfulness in light of the liberating teachings of early Buddhism. These teachings and their practical application differ in important aspects from the formulations proposed by the modern "vipassanā" schools in the Theravāda tradition, from the developments attested in the later Mahāyāna traditions, and from the conceptualisation of mindfulness popularised in the contemporary mindfulness movement.

Attendance prerequisites: basic familiarity with the Buddhist texts and teachings; meditation practice experience

Required readings:

1) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna, the direct path to realization, Windhorse, 2003, chaps. I-III, VI

=> freely available here

2) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Perspectives on satipaṭṭhāna, Windhorse, 2013, chaps. I-VI

=> freely available here

3) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna meditation, a practice guide, Windhorse, 2018, chaps. I-IV

=> available here (the relevant extract will be made privately available to the participants)

4) Bhikkhu Anālayo, "Nāma-rūpa", in K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffrey D. Long, Buddhism and Jainism

(Encyclopedia of Indian Religions), Springer, 2017, pp. 802-804.

=> this encyclopaedia entry will be made privately available to the participants

5) Bhikkhu Anālayo, "Viññāṇa", in in K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffrey D. Long, Buddhism and Jainism

(Encyclopedia of Indian Religions), Springer, 2017, pp. 1349-1351.

=> this encyclopaedia entry will be made privately available to the participants