Training the mind, discovering its nature – a meditation retreat
Mind Training (tib. Lojong) is a practice that helps to unfold our true nature, our Buddha nature. This is because it encompasses three essential aspects of our path: developing and cultivating compassion, inner calmness and deep insight into mind’s true nature. The way in which Shamar Rinpoche taught Mind Training focusses on the inseparable union of these aspects. Rinpoche emphasized, for example in his book ‘The Path to Awakening‘, that this practice enables us to proceed throughout the entire path of awakening. On the basis of his books on Lojong and Mah?mudr? this short retreat offers the possibility to delve into the practice of Lojong, to learn and or deepen it. In addition to this we will practice the meditation on Chenrezi in the evenings. Some days of practicing together at a suitable place can support our access to our own meditation enormously. To say it with Shamar Rinpoche’s words: „Understand that there is no activity in life, which is more valuable than meditation.“ In order to maintain a supportive framework, we will spend these days mostly in silence. We will start on Thursday evening at 8pm with an introduction. Friday‘s and Saturday’s schedule as well as Sunday mornings’ schedule can be found below. The course will end on Sunday at lunch time.
Schedule for Friday and Saturday
07:00 – 08:00 Refuge, Bodhicitta, meditation (Instructions as needed)
08:00 – 09:30 Breakfast in silence
09:30 – 11:00 Meditation and instructions
11:00 – 11:30 Break in silence
11:30 – 13:00 Meditation (including walking meditation and mindful stretching)
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch break in silence, followed by some time for walking, etc.
15:00 – 16:30 Meditation and instructions (including walking meditation and mindful stretching)
16:30 – 17:00 Break in silence
17:00 – 18:00 Meditation (including walking meditation and mindful stretching)
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner in silence
19:30 – 21:00 Chenrezi practise, dedication and wishing prayers
Recommended literature: Shamar Rinpoche ‘Path to Awakening’
Dr. Tina Draszczyk holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies and Tibetology. As well, she is a Dharma and mindfulness teacher. She started to practice Buddhism in the end of the seventies. Since the early eighties she learnt and practiced amongst others under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014), for whom she also translated. From 1992 to 2005 she deepened her Buddhist studies in the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (K.I.B.I.) in New Delhi where she also acted as an interpreter. Her academic research at the University of Vienna focusses on the integration of Buddhist views in meditation practice. She published numerous articles mainly in the context of the Karma Kagyu tradition. She translated and edited Shamar Rinpoche’s Mah?mudr? Manual “Boundless Wisdom” into both English and German as well as his Lojong book into German. Together with her husband she also translated numerous meditation booklets as well as some books into German. Beside this she has been taking care of the Karma Kagyu Sangha Center in Vienna since 1984 and teaches in the Bodhi Path Centers in Europe, for which she was authorized by Shamar Rinpoche.
Fee for the entire course: € 120 (red. € 94). The deduction is valid for supporting members of Bodhi Path Renchen-Ulm, for unemployed, students and pensioners