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.
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.
Three or seven-day Yamantaka practice and study retreat
From Saturday 28 to Monday 30 December 2019 or until Friday 3 Jan. 2020
We 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.
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.