Dzogchen

A Joyful Life with Presence and Awareness

22nd to 24th June 2018

“When I came from Tibet and settled in the West, I realized that the Dzogchen teachings are an enormous asset of knowledge that can help us to live our human existence better, beyond all cultural contexts, by enabling a natural, spiritual and social evolution.”

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born in Tibet and is a worldwide meditation master and one of the leading representatives of the precious Dzogchen teachings. His life and teaching is a great source of inspiration for many people who have had the opportunity to meet him and follow his instruction. He was a professor at the University of Naples until 1992, and did research into the origins of Tibetan culture. Today he is the inspiration, heart and spiritual engine of the International Dzogchen Community. His activities and teaching have been instrumental in spreading the Dzogchen Atiyoga path throughout the world.

Dzogchen – The Spiritual Essence of Buddhism

Dzogchen or “Great Perfection” is considered by the most ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition to be the spiritual essence of all the Buddhist teachings. It is the path of self-liberation through which we recognize our being beyond duality. The real nature, the original state of Man, is clear, luminous and aware, unclouded by thoughts and emotions, free of limitations and conditioning.
The core message that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has been conveying for 50 years is that it is possible to live harmoniously and to cultivate a relaxed, communal and peaceful lifestyle even in the midst of our chaotic, modern everyday life.

The International Dzogchen Community

The International Dzogchen Community consists of people who are interested in keeping the Dzogchen teachings alive, applying them, realizing them and making them accessible to interested people. The community was founded by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu in the nineteen seventies, developed in different countries of the world, and is now internationally networked. Today the Dzogchen community has numerous members on all continents.

Program

This Dzogchen weekend was originally planned with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
For health reasons Rinpoche has been advised by his doctors not to travel for the time being, but to rest in order to recover more quickly. It is therefore not yet possible to predict when Rinpoche will be able to travel again. For this reason we are currently planning the program with instructors authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Come to Munich to practice together, whether it is dancing, Yantra Yoga or meditation, and let yourself be inspired by these guides for the Dzogchen Path. If Rinpoche’s health allows it, a live connection to Chögyal Namkhai Norbu could eventually also be established.

Friday 22.6.18

Entry 16:00

18–19.15 Uhr Introduction: Presence and Awareness in Buddhism and the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), Explanations and practice with Jakob Winkler
19.30–20.30 Uhr Presence in Movement (short presentations): Yantra Yoga with Saadet Arslan & Jan Böhm; Vajra Dance with Karin Heinemann & Lenka Tchernobay; Khaita – Joyful Dances with Lenka Tchernobay

Saturday, 23.6.18

Entry 08:00

8.30–9.30 Uhr Mandarava – Practice for the health of our Master with Sasha Pubants
8.30–9.30 Uhr Yantra Yoga practice for advanced practitioners, Saadet Arslan & Jan Böhm
10–11.15 Uhr Genuine Foundations of Dzogchen with Sasha Pubants
11.30–13 Uhr Yantra Yoga – Explanations & practice for beginners, Saadet Arslan & Jan Böhm
13–15 Uhr break
15–16.15 Uhr Beyond Hope & Fear: the application of presence, part 1 with Steven Landsberg
16.30–17.45 Uhr Vajra Dance – Explanations and practice with Karin Heinemann & Lenka Tchernobay
18–19.15 Uhr Murals of Tibet, presentation with Jakob Winkler
19.30–20.30 Uhr Khaita – Joyful Dances with Lenka Tchernobay

Sunday, 24.6.18

Entry 08:00

8.30–9.30 Uhr Mandarava – Practice for the health of our Master with Sasha Pubants
8.30–9.30 Uhr Yantra Yoga practice for advanced practitioners, Saadet Arslan & Jan Böhm
10–11.15 Uhr Beyond Hope & Fear: the application of presence, part 2, with Steven Landsberg
11.30–13 Uhr Explanation of the practice of Padmasambhava for the Worldwide Transmission with Jakob Winkler
13–15 Uhr break; Short Ganapuja
15–16 Uhr Vajra Dance – Practice with Karin Heinemann & Lenka Tchernobay
16–17 Uhr Khaita – Joyful Dances with Lenka Tchernobay

Minor changes in the program may be communicated here.

Instructors

Steven Landsberg studied for several decades with traditional Tibetan Buddhist Teachers and has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since the early 1980s. Over the last ten years he has travelled extensively in the Americas and Europe and has given training on mindful presence and other practices related to our inherent freedom. He is also an accomplished musician in Indian classical music and he has played both the Sitar and the Surbahar in front of a worldwide audience.

Karin Heinemann received the transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1994, and was authorized by him to teach Vajra Dance in 2004.

Jakob Winkler has practiced Buddhism since 1985 and became a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1989. Rinpoche authorized him to teach the Santi Maha Sangha base level in 2002 and the first level in 2008. He is a Tibetologist and specialist lecturer.

Saadet Arslan has been practicing Yantra Yoga since 1994, is an instructor authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and has been teaching Yantra Yoga since 2008. She is a Tibetologist and lives and works in Bonn.

Jan Böhm lives in Berlin and has been practicing Yantra Yoga since 2004. In 2014 he was authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu as a local instructor of the first level of Yantra Yoga.

Lenka Tchernobay has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1998 and has been authorized by him to teach Vajra Dance since 2010 and Khaita (joyful dance) since 2016.

Sasha Pubants met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in 1992 and became his disciple after many years of studying Buddhism and the classical Tibetan language as well as Buddhist practice in the context of the monastic tradition of Buryatia, Siberia. In 2004 Rinpoche authorized him to teach the basics of Buddhism and Dzogchen.

The Dzogchen Practice

The basic practice of Dzogchen is to recognize and relax in the original state of mind. The nature of Mind is clear and conscious, unclouded by thoughts and emotions, free of limitations and conditioning.
To get acquainted and to deepen your knowledge there are various methods, such as different meditation practices and practices in movement. However, presence and mindfulness are essential in everyday life.

Khaita – Joyful Dances

Through Khaita Dances we become aware of the movements of our body in space as well as the inner play of our thoughts and emotions. The choreography of the dances is based on the rhythms and melodies of the songs of Tibetan artists, and like these songs is rich in the symbolism of life on the Roof of the World.

Yantra Yoga

Yantra Yoga is a system of Tibetan yoga with a long tradition. It is based on a text by Master Vairochana from the 8th century and includes physical movements, breathing, and concentration exercises. Yantra Yoga improves our physical and mental condition by harmonizing body, energy and mind.

Vajra Dance

Vajra Dance is an effective meditation in movement. It is a method that uses and harmonizes our energy, clears our mind, and leads to the realization of our real nature. Vajra Dance is performed on a mandala.

Registration and Support

The Principle of Generosity

We appreciate your interest and participation in the event with teachers and instructors authorized by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

The event is free and open to all. Following Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s suggestion, we have organized this retreat according to the principle of generosity. There is no compulsory entrance fee, and the event is not profit-oriented. However, we as an association are dependent on your donations to be able to have the event take place.

We would like to suggest an amount of € 160.

Please register here: retreat2018@yeshiling.de
Your registration depends on the receipt of your e-mail.

If you are able to make a donation please transfer it to the following account with the note Retreat 2018:
Dzogchen Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V.
GLS Bank
IBAN: DE 30 4306 0967 4061 5835 02
BIC: DUSSDEDDXXX

For donations of € 200 upwards, a receipt can be requested from office@dzogchen.de. Otherwise the transfer receipt applies.

Help to Make the Event Possible by Becoming a Sponsor

Why Become an Event Sponsor?

Your contribution helps the event to happen, even if you cannot take part in it yourself. Please donate according to your possibilities and help to make the teaching accessible to others.

Please transfer your donation to the following account with the note: Retreat 2018
Dzogchen Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V.
GLS Bank
IBAN: DE 30 4306 0967 4061 5835 02
BIC: DUSSDEDDXXX

For donations of € 200 upwards, a receipt can be requested from office@dzogchen.de. Otherwise the transfer receipt applies.

How Can I Help?

The event is organized on a voluntary basis and many helping hands are needed.

Possible areas are, for example: assembly and dismantling, registration, book table, ushers, security, Ganapuja, office, photography, technology, cleaning.

I would like to register as a volunteer

Information for Participants

Registration

On-site registration will begin on Friday 22nd June at 16:00.

Seating

If possible, please bring with you whatever you need to sit comfortably, for example a mat or blanket and meditation cushions. A limited number of chairs will be provided.

Footwear

No outdoor shoes are to be worn in the hall. Please bring warm socks, gym shoes or similar.

Postpalast Munich | Wredestr. 10 | 80335 Munich

Board and Lodging

How to Get to the Retreat

Munich Airport

Franz-Joseph-Strauß Airport | Nordallee 25 | 85356 Munich
From Munich Airport, Franz-Joseph-Strauß Airport, Nordallee 25, 85356 Munich
Take S-Bahn 1 or 8 and get off at Hackerbrücke station.
From there it is a 300 m walk to the venue (Post Palast).

Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)

Bayerstr 10 A | 80335 Munich
Take Tram 16 or 17 or any S-Bahn to Hackerbrücke
Or you can walk the 950m to the Post Palast in about 15 minutes

Munich Central Bus station

Hackerbrücke 4 | 80335 München
From there it is a 300 m walk to the venue (Post Palast).

Local Public Transport

Munich Public Transport MVV

Taxi

Phone: 089 194 10

Parking

Free parking: Heimeranplatz Industrial park Park and Ride (P+R)
Am Westpark | Garmischerstr. 21 | 81373 Munich

Hopfenpost underground car park | Hopfenstr. 8 | 80335 Munich | € 15 per day

Information about Munich

City Culture

City of Munich Website

Children's Playground

In Arnulfpark – within walking distance
Erika-Mann-Str. 17 (close to Grete-Mosheim-Str.)

In Case of Emergency

To call for an ambulance: 112
To call the police: 110

Organisation

Internationale Dzogchen Gemeinschaft Yeshiling e.V. – Munich
yeshiling.de

Promoter

Dzogchengemeinschaft Deutschland e.V.
Pauenhof | Pauendyk 1
477665 Sonsbeck Hamb

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