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:

  • October 2019: Venerable Han de Wit
  • April 2019: H.E. Tokden Rinpoche
  • April 2019: H.E. Ling Rinpoche
  • June 2018: H.E. Dagyab Rinpoche (spiritual leader and founder of Tibet House, Germany)
  • June 2018: H.E. Yangsi Rinpoche
  • Mai/June 2018: H.E. Chungtsang Rinpoche (from Drepung Loseling's Nyagre Khangtsen in India)
  • April 2018: Venerable Tubten Chödron

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:

Three or seven-day Yamantaka practice and study retreat

From Saturday 28 to Monday 30 December 2019 or until Friday 3 Jan. 2020

YamantakaWe are happy to offer this retreat, in which we will study and deepen the practice of Yamantaka. The questions we ask ourselves are:
1. How can our Bodhicitta express itself as Yamantaka?
2. How can the practice of Vajrayana support us in our daily reality?

The search for answers will be a process of mutual exchange, study and meditation. During the retreat we will also discover how subjects from the Lamrim are closely interwoven with the practice of Vajrayana and vice versa.

This retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to increase their ability to help themselves and others. The condition is that you have received a Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation and appropriate lessons. Having already done a mantra retreat with firepuja is an advantage.

The daily schedule will be like during a mantra retreat. However, the focus will not be on achieving a number of mantras, but on becoming familiar with the Yidam Yamantaka. There is a lot of room for everyone's contribution and questions.

On the registration form you can indicate whether you want to mediate in finding a place to sleep and whether you want to use meals.

Practical information
Retreat will be led by Ron Twisk
Duration: Please indicate your choice on the registration form.
Saturday 28 - Monday 30 December 2019 or Saturday 28 December 2019 - Friday 3 January 2020.
Times: 9.30 am - 8.30 pm
Location: Jewel Heart, Hatertseveldweg 284, 6532 XX Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Contribution to the costs:
Seven-day retreat: members € 100; low income € 70; non-members € 120
Three-day retreat: members € 60; low income € 40; non-members € 80
Registration: via the registration form.

Jewel Heart has a solidarity fund if you can't afford to pay part of the costs. If you want to make use of this, please contact the secretariat in time.