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Ten Day Silent Retreat

The Treasure of Knowledge, Levels 1 - 8

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The basis of this course is The Treasure of Knowledge, a unique ten-volume encyclopaedia containing the teachings and meditation practices of all Tibetan Buddhist schools. It was written by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye (1813-1899). One of his aims was to restore the practice and application of the Dharma in daily life.

In this course, participants learn the basics of meditation of calm abiding (shamatha), training in compassion (karuna) and the methodology of deep insight (vipashyana). This seven-year methodological approach leads to the teaching of Mahamudra in the eighth year.

Overview of the eight year levels of this course in silence

– LEVEL 1: Shamatha 1 – The search for happiness in the mind
– LEVEL 2: Shamatha 2 – Bringing home one’s boss, the mind/Meditation on the Now
– LEVEL 3: Compassion Training 1 – Opening the heart to others
– LEVEL 4: Compassion Training 2 – Helping others / Healing yourself
– LEVEL 5: Vipashyana 1 – Enlightenment is ubiquitous in one’s own mind
– LEVEL 6: Vipashyana 2 – Stress as an antidote to stress
– LEVEL 7: Vipashyana – Drawing strength from your own mind
– From LEVEL 8: Mahamudra meditation

The course starts again each year with Level 1. The levels are taught in parallel.

There will be silence throughout the retreat except during the teaching sessions. Smartphones and laptops should not be used or brought into the Institute during the retreat.

For more information on the individual levels and the relevant literature (in German only), please look up: Alle 8 Stufen im Detail

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We can provide gluten/lactose free and vegan meals on request for an extra €3 per day. Please use the registration form below to notify us of your nutritional requests. The extra amount will be charged on-site during your registration.

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    Reference: Course 4.3 on 19. April 2024

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