Spring visit Gelek Rimpoche through internet
Gelek Rimpoche informed us that due to health issues he will be unable to travel to the Netherlands in April. In his latest Sunday Talk he talked about being admitted to hospital and having a pacemaker implanted. Even though he is doing a lot better now, he will not be fit enough to travel in early April. Of course we are very sorry to learn about this, but we are also relieved that Rimpoche is looking after his health.
After consulting him, we decided to proceed with the spring teachings. The teachings will be projected on a large screen at the Jewel Heart centre in Nijmegen. Also, Rimpoche's right hand Hartmut Sagolla will be in the Netherlands during the whole period. The dates will remain as planned: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, and from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th April. It is yet unsure whether a public talk will take place as planned. Further details will be announced later.
As Rimpoche will be in the United States, we are dealing with the time differences between the Netherlands and Ann Arbor. We are still deliberating what would be a good time schedule for the teachings. In any case, Rimpoche informed us that he does want an active exchange with us.
We want to make it a beautiful occasion - also for Rimpoche's sake - and experience and integrate these teachings together as a sangha. One way of doing that could be by dining together and discussing the material together, but we welcome your ideas and input.
Subject of the teaching will be the last chapters of Shantideva's Bodhisattvacaryavatara ('The Bodhisattva's Path'), starting with chapter 8 on Shamatha meditation. Even though Rimpoche will not physically be present, we trust that in this way he will still inspire us with his wisdom. We sincerely hope that he will be able to come to the Netherlands again this autumn, but also hope that in this way he will be able to continue teaching us, also now that his health is becoming more fragile.
For more information about Sundays with Gelek Rimpoche (webcasts at 17.00 CET), and for more information about international retreats click here.
Jewel Heart is committed to ensuring as many opportunities as possible to study and benefit from Gelek Rimpoche’s teachings.
Among them you will find audio and video dharma through digital downloads, transcripts of Gelek Rimpoche’s teachings spanning back to the mid-80’s, and a webcast subscription service providing both live video and on demand audio and video events and teachings by Gelek Rimpoche and other guests.
Film about Gelek Rimpoche
"American Rimpoche: A Tibetan Lama in the 21th century"
The American Rimpoche is a biographical film about Gelek Rimpoche, a former Tibetan monk now citizen of the United States. The film interweaves conversations with him, his students and key players in America’s adoption of Tibetan Buddhism.
The film will be shown on the Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam on 4 October 2014.
Open meditation evenings
For those who are interested in meditation or who want to meditate together with others: every Friday night (holidays excluded) there is an open meditation evening in the Jewel Heart Center from 20:00 – 21:00 hrs. Doors open at 19:30 hrs.
The meditation is led by senior students. We practice breathing mindfulness meditation, walking and listening meditation or visualisations. These nights are great to find your own ''breathing space'' and calm your mind.
On 3 October 2014 there will be no meeting because of the public talk by Alfred Woll.