Jewel Heart Netherlands organises meditation and study retreats on a regular basis. They usually take place in the Jewel Heart centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

When our teacher Gelek Rimpoche was alive, he would try to visit the Netherlands twice a year. Now that he has passed, we hope to continue to organize our own retreats and invite teachers to share their knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist subjects.

Teachers who visited Jewel Heart Netherlands recently:

  • April 2017: Chungtsang Rinpoche (from Drepung Loseling's Nyagre Khangtsen in India)
  • October 2016: Dagyab Rinpoche (spiritual leader and founder of Tibet House, Germany)
  • June 2016: Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams (founder of the Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, California)
  • June 2016: Glenn Mullin (tibetologist, author of Buddhist books and translator of classical Tibetan literature).

Our visiting Buddhist teachers come from various countries but often teach in English. If parts of the programme are in Dutch, we can try to arrange Dutch-English simultaneous translation. Our meditation and practice retreats are often led by English speakers. When retreats are led by Dutch senior sangha members, we may be able to make the retreat bilingual, depending on the number of non-Dutch speakers who want to take part.

Upcoming events are listed below. Please contact Jewel Heart Netherlands if you are interested in participating.

Next retreat:

Practical information on Vajrayogini initiation and teachings on Vajrayogini by Loden Sherab Dagyab Kyabgon Rinpoche, Jewel Heart Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands, June 2018

Friday evening, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th Dagyab Rinpoche will give an initiation in a Maha Annutara Yoga Tantra of Guhyasamaja Lokeshvara as a preparation on a Vajrayogini initiation on Sunday, June 10th.

The Vajrayogini initiation and the preparatory Guhyasamaja Lokeshvara initiation belong together, and the teachings on Vajrayogini can only be taken by those who have attended both initiations. Also, if you receive these initiations, you take a commitment for daily practice.

The Guhyasamaja Lokeshvara initiation is the entrance for new practitioners to join the Vajrayana-path. Only new practitioners are allowed to join only the first initiation if they wish. In this case they also take a commitment for a daily practice.

Teachings on Vajrayogini Monday Jun 11th and Tuesday June 12th 

On June 11th and 12th Dagyab Rinpoche will give teachings on the practice of Vajrayogini. Attending these teachings makes it possible to join the Vajrayogini Mantra retreat in August (see announcement below).

Dagyab Rinpoche

Dagyab Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of Tibethaus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is one of the highest Tulkus of Tibetan Buddhism. Read more about his biography on: http://www.dagyab-rinpoche.com/biographie-2/die-linie-der-dagyab-kyabgoen/.

Further information about the initiations you will find here.

Data initiations and teachings

(Times are always an estimation, we will keep you informed)
- Friday, June 8th :      19.00 - 22.00 (?) h Guhyasamaja Lokeshvara Initiation
- Saturday, June 9th : 13.00 - 22.00 (?) h Guhyasamaja Lokeshvara Initiation
- Sunday, June 10th : 13.00 - 22.00 (?) h Vajrayogini Initiation
- Monday June 11th : 10.00 - 17.00 h Teachings on the practice of Vajrayogini
- Tuesday June 12th : 10.00 - 13.00 h Teachings on the practice of Vajrayogini

Contribution to the Costs (of initiations and teachings)

 - Initiation Friday/ Saturday
€ 65 Jewel Heart members, € 50 students/ low income, € 75 non-members
Initiation Sunday
€ 45 Jewel Heart members, € 30 students/ low income, € 50 non-members
- Teachings Monday/ Tuesday
€ 65 Jewel Heart members, € 50 students/ low income, € 75 non-members
- Passe-partout
€ 140 Jewel Heart members, € 105 students/ low income, € 160 non-members

Location
Jewel Heart Centre, Hatertseveldweg 284, 6532 XX Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Lodging
We can mediate in finding a place for lodging (with Sangha members).

Registration
You can register here.

More information
Detailed and substantial information you will find here.

Practical information on Vajrayogini Mantra Retreat and Fire Puja, Jewel Heart Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands, August 2018

From Monday night, 6th until Sunday, 19th of August there will be a Vajrayogini Mantra retreat followed by a fire puja on Saturday, August 25th. This retreat and the fire puja will be guided by Carel Weevers and Ron Twisk, senior students of Gelek Rimpoche.

Contribution to the Costs

- Full retreat August Monday night 6th - Sunday 19th
€ 150 Jewel Heart members, € 100 Students/ low income, € 175 non-members
- Five days retreat Monday night August 6th – Saturday 11th
€ 60 Jewel Heart members, € 40 Students/ low income, € 75 non-members.
- Fire puja Saturday, August 25th  
€ 25 Jewel Heart members, € 15 Students/ low income, € 30 non-members.

Location
Jewel Heart Centre, Hatertseveldweg 284, 6532 XX Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Lodging
We can mediate in finding a place for lodging (with Sangha members).

Registration
You can register here.