2-4 December at Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation in Zurich While art is typically used to express emotions and feelings, Himalayan sacred art, through painting, sculpting, chanting and dance aims to dissolve ignorance, ego and self-cherishing by manifesting wisdom and compassion through meticulous ritual. The Ngari Khangtsen monks from the Sera Monastery in South India will make a stop at Lhagsam Zurich from 2 to 4 December to share their unique culture and Buddhist activities. “The ultimate aim of these Buddhist practices of the Great Vehicle is to benefit sentient beings. By introducing......
We cannot wait to welcome our one and only Geshe Sherab in Zurich for his fourth teaching at Lhagsam. On three evenings of November 27th, 28th and 29th geshe-la will guide us through the third chapter of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”. The topic is “Adopting the Spirit of Awakening”. Shantideva’s text “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” (Bodhicaryāvatāra) holds a unique place in Mahayana Buddhism. It combines the rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty. It was composed in India during the 8th century and has since......
On August 28th we are starting our new Discovering Buddhism course – Samsara and Nirvana. The course will go on until the end of 2018. In this module we will investigate what samsara is and how we are stuck in it. We will also find more about nirvana and how to achieve it. The course will help us to develop the determination to be free from suffering and empower us with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions. The course consists of weekly guided meditation, teaching and discussion. It will start......
Join us in Bern on 13 November or in Savièse on 16 – 18 November 2018 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the co-founder and spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is coming to Switzerland soon. Use this rare opportunity to meet an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist master, scholar and meditator, whose warm heart and energetic teachings have been life-changing for thousands of students around the world. In Bern, Lama Zopa Rinpoche will teach Recognizing and using your own potential. A central topic at the beginning of the practice is the realization of the potential of our......
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former bodyguard for the Dalai Lama, Venerable Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. A renowned teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, Ven. Robina will visit Zurich for the second time to give a course on “How to Get Things Done with Energy and Courage” on January 6th 2018. In this course Ven. Robina will explore the sources of discouragement, laziness and fear, but also the sources of joy, energy and courage. All of these come from our mind and can be developed. The teaching will......
We are very happy to announce that Geshe Sherab will teach at the Lhagsam Tibetan Meditation Study Group in Zurich for the third time at the end of November. Geshe-la will give an introduction to Lojong, also known as “mind training” or “thought transformation” based on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation by Langri Tangpa. Lojong teachings are quintessential Mahayana teachings in that their aim is to eliminate both the self-cherishing attitude and self-grasping. The mind training tradition is one that is embraced by all Tibetan lineages. Geshe Sherab was the first teacher to ever......
On October 24th we are starting a new course from the FPMT Discovering Buddhism program ‘Refuge in the Three Jewels‘. When your interest for Buddhism is growing you will soon come to a point when you ask yourself “Should I take refuge? Why? When? How? What does it actually mean?” No more recordings! Starting with this course the teaching material will be presented by an experienced tutor every Tuesday night. We are quite excited for this enhancement, as it will make the course come to live and become more relevant for us all.......
We are excited that Ven. Tenzin Gendun accepted our invitation to teach an introduction course to Tibetan Meditation. Ven. Gendun will spend one week in Zurich. The first class will take place on Tuesday, August 15th. We have received many requests to offer a beginner course for non-Buddhists, who are interested to use the meditative techniques to concur everyday stress and to improve their concentration. This 3-evening summer course is designed to give such an introduction in theory and practice. You will learn how to sit, how to structure your meditation session,......
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Venerable Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. A renowned teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, Ven. Robina will give teachings and a public talk in Zurich for the first time, as a part of the worldwide 2017 teaching tour that includes over 50 events in 17 countries. Well known for her work with people in prisons, Ven. Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary ‘Chasing Buddha’. She teaches full time around the......
Rely on the message of the teacher, not on his personality; Rely on the meaning, not just on the words; Rely on the real meaning, not on the provisional one; Rely on your wisdom mind, not on your ordinary, judgmental mind. /The Buddha/ There is little progress we would make on any topic – from learning to brush our teeth to learning mathematics or playing a piano – without having a teacher to instruct us, to keep us inspired and on track. Dealing with our mind is no different. On our spiritual......