Friday, 16 November 2007

Take Charge of Your Mind

Liberating your Thoughts and Emotions and Transforming your Life
through the Buddhist Wisdom of Tibet

Kirchheim Winter Retreat in Germany
27 December 2007-6 January 2008
with Sogyal Rinpoche
world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet
and author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has pointed out:
“A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the mind’s most marvellous qualities is that it can be transformed.”

Mind is both our greatest asset and our worst, and most dangerous enemy. The mind can recognise, in the matter of an instant, its own nature, or it can grasp and chase its own deluded perceptions of reality, provoking negative thoughts and emotions, which perpetuate and intensify our suffering. The key to finishing with suffering, then, is to understand and tame this mind of ours, and this is the very essence of the teachings of the Buddha.

During this years’ Winter Retreat in Kirchheim, Germany, Sogyal Rinpoche will share teachings from the heart of his lineage that clearly show us the nature of delusion and of emotion, and will offer practical, authentic methods for working with our minds and for defusing the destructive power of our negative emotions and habitual tendencies. In particular, he will share the importance of training the mind in meditation, and its elements of carefulness, mindfulness and awareness; compassion, or lojong, and bodhichitta, the heart of the enlightened mind; and devotion, the entrance way for blessings, the ultimate method for arousing the wisdom of realization in one’s mind.

This retreat will provide a unique opportunity, not only to receive these teachings, but also to draw out the crucial points needed to be able to remember and actually apply the teachings to ourselves. Because, at the end of the day, even if we have been fortunate enough to receive many teachings, what do we really remember, and of that, what do we actually apply and integrate in our everyday lives? This year at Kirchheim, we will explore together how we can truly live a spiritual life in every moment of every day so as to bring meaningful transformation and a glimpse of our enlightened nature. We will experiment with working with our minds from the moment we wake up in the morning, until the moment we go to bed at night, in order to discover practically how we can avoid harming ourselves and others, always have good hearts, bring our minds back home and avoid falling into the vicious cycle of samsaric tendencies.

For upcoming on-line registration and more information, click here!

If we can tame the mind then nothing can frighten us, because all fear comes from a mind that is untamed.
—the Bodhicharyavatara

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