In your spiritual practice, bite off what you can chew. Begin with what you can handle.
If you bite a bigger piece, then you won't even have that bite. You'll have a total mess everywhere
Biting what you can chew is a skillful means of handling a situation and that means knowing where to draw the line.
Admire and respect people, but don't make yourself a doormat.
That's where you're losing self-respect.
Every day-every minute- we are getting older. If you don't know what you need to do your are cheating yourself.
Being too busy with deadlines is cheating yourself. Our spiritual needs are not included in our to-do list.
This is the problem
There is no instant Buddha.
Instant coffee is not so great.
Negative emotions effortlessly pop up in our hearts and minds like toasts in a toaster.
You can change it-make it less powerfull. Put a little bit of the jam of compassion on that toast. Put a little bit of the butter of love on it.
That will make it presentable, make it sweet, not sour, for others and yourself.
Buddhism 2.0: Decrease your negativity, increase your positivity, and watch your mind!
What does meditation mean? Watching your mind.
Watching your mind means finding out whether your thoughts,idea's, motivations,etc. are faulty or correct.
If faulty, correct them. If proper, rejoice!
The external world is a reflection of the inhabitants's internal world.
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.
- Announcement Yamantaka Mantra Retreat 2017Thursday August 10th to Sunday August 27th Jewel Heart Netherlands is offering a Yamantaka Solitary Hero close retreat. The retreat will be led by Ron Twisk, senior student of Gelek Rimpoche, and will take place at the Jewel Heart center in Nijmegen […]
Thursday August 10th to Sunday August 27th
Jewel Heart Netherlands is offering a Yamantaka Solitary Hero close retreat. The retreat will be led by Ron Twisk, senior student of Gelek Rimpoche, and will take place at the Jewel Heart center in Nijmegen (Netherlands). The retreat will be based on reciting the four mantras of Yamantaka.
Requirements for participants are:
· having obtained a Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation
· having received teachings on the commentary of this practice
· having a mind that is not too unstable.
The retreat counts as an official mantra retreat. Those who complete the full retreat will be permitted to conduct the Yamantaka self-initiation, a means to purify your vows and improve your understanding of the meaning and quality of Yamantaka.
During the retreat we will do a minimum of four meditation sessions a day. Each day will start by reciting the long Yamantaka sadhana up to the mantra recitation. After reciting and visualizing, we will close the first session with the short sadhana. The following sessions will start and conclude with the short sadhana. The final session of the day will be concluded with the last part of the long sadhana.
In the evening, participants can either exchange experiences and ask questions, or choose to do an extra session. Also, they will have the opportunity to have a private session with the retreat supervisor. The retreat will be concluded with a fire puja.
In order to be able to offer participants the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere needed to internalize the practice, we will observe silence in the mornings until after lunch.
Should you just want to participate in part of the retreat, you are welcome to join us from Thursday August 10th to Tuesday August 15th. You can start together with the rest of the group, and conclude your retreat after five days, while the others continue. In this way you will have done a small approximation retreat, but you will not be qualified to conduct self-initiation.
If you want to do the full retreat, but are unable to spend the full two weeks at Jewel Heart, under certain conditions you might be able to start the retreat from your home and conclude it at Jewel Heart. Should this apply to you, please contact Ron Twisk
Meals and accomodation
Participants can sign up for breakfast, warm lunches and/or modest evening meals (bread). For those who would like to stay at the Jewel Heart center, we offer dorm beds and single or double rooms. Unfortunately, however, availability is limited.
· Full retreat: € 150 for Jewel Heart members; € 175 for non-members; € 100 for low income / students
· Five-day retreat: € 60 for members; € 75 for non-members; € 40 for low income / students
· Fire puja: € 25 for members; € 30 for non-members; € 15 for low income / students
· Accommodation: € 10 per night for a dorm bed; € 25 per night for a bed in a single or double room
· Breakfast: € 7
· Hot lunch: € 10
· Evening meal (bread): € 7
Jewel Heart has a solidarity fund. Those who have trouble covering the cost can rely on this fund.
You can register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate whether you want to make use of accommodation and meals.
We appreciate receiving your application by July 15.