Next event with Mike Bortolotti



19 – 21 JANUARY 2018 
Thupa Gongsal, “Clarifying Sage's Intent”, part 1
(chapter on cultivation of Bodhicitta)
Thupa Gongsal, Clarifying Sage’s Intent by Sakya Pandita is the first text His Holiness the Sakya Trizin chose to teach for The Complete Path cycle of teachings, a comprehensive programme of study and practice on the Buddhist path to Enlightenment. Our centre would like to support this initiative by dedicating two weekends in 2018 to the study of this important Sakya Pandita’s text, which explains in a clear and concise manner the very essence of the Mahayana Sutras.
Schedule: Friday 20.30 - 21.30 / Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 12.00 / 13.30 - 15.30

Weekly Activities, January 2018

TUE 9.1. Tuesday Study and Meditation with Mike
19.15 - 20.30 THE COMPLETE PATH: Thupa Gongsal by Sakya Pandita
“Taking Refuge”
The complete path is a cycle of teachings and practices that covers the Buddhist spirituality in its integrity. It is a systematic program that will allow us to build the foundations for a complete path to enlightenment. This year we will study the precious text called 'Clarifying Sage's Intent' with the special focus on the 6 perfections and stages of the spiritual path. It is a very clear and exhaustive presentation of the essence of the Mahayana Sutras.
20.30 - 21.00   Meditation

TUE 16.1. Tuesday Study and Meditation with Mike
19.15 - 20.45  HEVAJRA SADHANA
Only for those who have received Hevajra initiation!
Our monthly session reserved for those who wish to study and practice Hevajra, a very efficient method that allows us to transform our ordinary minds into primordial wisdom and all-encompassing love.  
Please bring your practice text with you.

TUE 23.1. Tuesday Study and Meditation with Khenpo Tashi
19.15 - 20.45   Teachings on LOJONG – MIND TRAINING
Lojong is a mind training technique that allows us to refine and purify our attitudes and motivation. This collection of teachings offers us a series of antidotes for our bad habits that are the source of suffering, as well as techniques to cultivate Bodhicitta. We will conclude with a meditation on this topic.

TUE 30.1. Tuesday Study and Meditation with Mike
19.15 - 20.30 THE COMPLETE PATH: Thupa Gongsal by Sakya Pandita
“The six perfections - paramitas”
The complete path is a cycle of teachings and practices that covers the Buddhist spirituality in its integrity. It is a systematic program that will allow us to build the foundations for a complete path to enlightenment. This year we will study the precious text called 'Clarifying Sage's Intent' with the special focus on the 6 perfections and stages of the spiritual path. It is a very clear and exhaustive presentation of the essence of the Mahayana Sutras.
20.30 - 21.00   Meditation 

HOMAGE TO THE GURU

On 14 April 2014 at 11:04 our belowed Guru left his body, however we are constantly surprised by his relentless capacity to continue to transmit the pure Holy Dharma.

His journey was accompanied with prayers and practices performed at his home in Rikon, where his precious presence has been felt strongly day and night.


In accordance with Tibetan tradition, many auspicious prayers and rituals were performed for our Guru for at Rikon, his centers and many different monasteries for  seven consecutive weeks. 
 
Khenchen Lama Sherab dedicated his whole being to the practice of Dharma and was awarded the highest level of recognition from the Sakya monastic university. In the 60', he was chosen by His Holiness Dalai Lama to offer support to the first Tibetan refugee settlement in exile in Switzerland. However, his mission did not end there; he founded various Dharma centres throughout Europe and shared his profound spiritual experience of great loving kindness and wisdom with his followers.

He was a role model Dharma practitioner, a living example of profound faith that transcends the impermanence of phenomenal world. He taught us that it is the role of the disciples to give rebirth to the Masters through our sincere devotion and practice in accordance with the instructions we have received.

He offered all he had and clearly showed us the Path to follow. If we follow his instructions, there is absolutely no doubt we shall reach the state, where the feeling of sorrow and separation from what we think we had lost vanishes completely.

He did not leave us behind; he only temporarily changed his teaching method. He is with us every time we perform a virtuous deed and we are putting into practice his teachings every time our face radiates with a smile filled with love, and we are getting more and more familiar with the Dharma every time we make the right decision.

A disciple in harmony with oneself is never alone.