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.