Switzerland – Italy – Austria
with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
ADVICE FROM ATISHA’S HEART
This Dharma Festival for Switzerland, Italy and Austria is a special opportunity to be inspired by the renowned Kadampa text, Advice from Atisha’s Heart. This precious instruction from Venerable Atisha encapsulates the way of life of he early Kadampas, whose example of purity and sincerity we should all try to emulate.
This three day spiritual holiday, gives you the chance to break free from the hectic routine of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. Listen to teachings, meditate and enjoy the company of people from all around Europe. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.
“These gatherings are unique and meaningful holidays, where we learn to find happiness within our own mind, through focusing on spiritual practice.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
What to expect
The festival starts with an introduction, followed by teachings from the renowned Kadampa text, Advice from Atishas’ Heart the following day. Every day we will be able to join guided meditations to put the teachings in to practice. In the evenings there will also be a session of chanted prayers. Everybody is welcome to attend the whole festival or just parts of it.
In the breaks every festival goer helps with a small job, such as chopping vegetables, serving etc.. Although there will be plenty of time for walks in the alpine surroundings as well as enjoying the company of like-minded people. The whole festival will be held in English with German, French and Italian translation.
Who is Atisha?
The great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) was responsible for reintroducing pure Buddhism into Tibet.
Although Buddhism had been introduced into Tibet some two hundred years earlier, Buddhist practice in the country had largely been destroyed during the anti-Buddhist purges of the Tibetan king.
Then Atisha was asked to present a Dharma that everybody could follow and that would show how all the paths of Sutra and Tantra could be practiced together.
In response, Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path, the original Lamrim text that served as the basis for all subsequent Lamrim instructions. The revival of pure Buddhist practice in Tibet at this time was largely due to Atisha.
Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU. As a senior NKT Teacher, he has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. Gen-la is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.
The Post Festival Retreat, December 08 – 11, 2019
There will be a post-festival retreat guided by Gen Kelsang Devi. In this retreat you will have the opportunity to deepen your experience of the festival teachings, helping you to approach the challenges of daily life with a good heart and fresh perspective.