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Retreat with Lama Jigme Namgyal in Rotterdam
FRI 13 T/M FRI 20 OCT 2017 | 09:30 — 17:00
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Do you ever feel that the world is dragging you into fast forward? That your emotions have more grip on you than you do on your emotions? That the pressure in your mind is constant and never ceases?

More and more people in our society are struggling with this. Young or old, we all want to be without the daily stress and have rest around us and in ourselves. Just a Zen moment. Wouldn’t it be nice to extend such a moment and make it a habit rather than an exception?

Meditation offers possibilities for this. Shamatha, which means ‘staying calm’ is a form of meditation that teaches you to focus your attention on one object, for example, breathing. You bring your body and mind to rest in the present moment. This technique gives you more control over emotions and thoughts and allows you to remain calm in any situation.

This method also forms the basis for Vipassana, or insight meditation. With a calm, concentrated mind we can go one step further and allow our wisdom to increase through analysis. Wisdom with which we can understand the true nature of ourselves and see things for what they really are.

With these ancient and proven techniques, you come to live more positively. They provide a basis for more peace, kindness, compassion and freedom.
Lama Jigme Namgyal will teach either in English or Tibetan and translation will be provided for both Dutch and English speakers.

 

Practical information

Dates: Friday 13 October to Friday 20 October
Location: Phuntsok Chö Ling, Oostkousdijk 17b, 3024 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands
Time: Friday 13 October 19.30-22.00 uur;  Saturday to Friday 09.30-17.00 uur

Daily Schedule Friday 13 October
19.00 doors open
19.30 - 22.00 start retreat  (welcome / introduction / teaching lama Jigmé Namgyal)

Daily Schedule Saturday 14 October to Friday 20 October
09.00 doors open
09.30 start and meditation
10.00 - 13.00 uur teaching lama Jigmé Namgyal
13.00 - 14.00 uur lunchbreak (basic vegetarian lunch provided by organisation)
14.00 - 17.00 uur study program / teaching lama Jigmé Namgyal

(Everyday there will be a few short breaks in between)

Study Books
During the retreat, we will be making use of this basic text: The Stages of Meditation by Acharya Kamalashila.
As an additional book, we will be using the book (found for sale via Bol.com):
- Stages of Meditation, Training the Mind for Wisdom by the Dalai Lama
- The Red Mantra booklet (available in our temple for temporary use)
- Daily Life Practice booklet (available in our temple for temporary use)

Translation
Lama Jigmé speaks in English and Tibetan. His teaching is translated into Dutch. The Dutch will be translated into English, if necessary.

Meals
A simple vegetarian lunch will be prepared from Saturday to Friday. People with a special diet may take their own diet. Unfortunately, no discount can be given on the price.

Karmayoga
Those who have participated in retreats are familiar with the concept of karma yoga. For whom the concept is new: Karmayoga is a practice in which everybody contributes to the organization during the entire retreat. In short, everybody is doing a job every day, for example: the dishes, cutting vegetables and salad for lunch, vacuuming the temple and putting on the coffee and tea.
Phuntsok Chö Ling is an organization that is run completely on volunteers, which is why it's nice if everyone contributes.

Tips
Wear clothing that is conformtable to sit in
Bring a meditation blanket, warm socks or slippers
Water is only allowed in a good closing bottle

Hostel en hotels:

Hotel Port
3-star hotel
Pieter de Hoochweg 15
3024 BG Rotterdam

5 minutes walking distance from Phuntsok Chö Ling located on Oostkousdijk and 2 minutes walking distance from the metro station Coolhaven.

 

Hotel Baan
2-star hotel
Rochussenstraat 345-a
3023 DH Rotterdam

Beautifully located on the water of the Coolhaven, with views on the historic Delfshaven (old harbour)

About a 15 minute walking distance from the metro station Coolhaven and about a 25 minute walking distance to Phuntsok Chö Ling.

Hotel Milano
3-star hotel
's-Gravendijkwal 7-11
3021 EA Rotterdam

Located in the center of Rotterdam, found in a building that is a momument.

Just 8 minutes walking distance from Rotterdam Central Station. From Rotterdam CS it is 15 minutes with tram-line 8 (direction Spangen) to the stop Oostkousdijk. 

This tram-line is a 1 minute walking distance to Phuntsok Chö Ling.

Hostel Stayokay
Overblaak 85-87
3011 MH Rotterdam

Located in the world famous “Cubic Houses” near the lovely Old Habour.

Near metro station Blaak. From the station Blaak it is 6 minutes with the metro to metro station Coolhaven.  From Coolhaven it is a 7 minute walking distance to Oostkousdijk.

Hostel Ani & Haakien
Coolsestraat 47-49
3014 LC Rotterdam

1 minute walking distance from Rotterdam Central Station. From Rotterdam CS it is 15 minutes with tram-line 8 (direction Spangen) to the stop Oostkousdijk. 

This tram-line is a 1 minute walking distance to Phuntsok Chö Ling.

 

  • From Friday evening 13 to Friday afternoon 20 October
  • From Monday morning 16 to Friday afternoon 20 October
  • From Friday evening 13 to Sunday afternoon 15 October

If you have questions or comments please contact: events@phuntsokcholing.org

Register before Friday 20 October 2017

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