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  • The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

    Weekend Course 3, 19-21 March with Stephan Pende Wormland

    Welcome to next weekend course in a series of teachings with Stephan Pende Wormland based on a multi-volume collection (see below) presenting the Dalai Lama’s comprehensive explanation of the Buddhist path.

    The course is suitable for everyone, independent of your background, and it is not necessary to sign up for the whole series in advance.

    During this weekend Stephan Pende will start to teach from the second volume The Foundation of Buddhist Practice www.wisdompubs.org/book/foundation-buddhist-practice/


    Friday, March 19, 18:30–21:00 (introduction)

    Saturday, March 20, 10:00–17:00 (lunch break 13:00–14:30)

    Sunday, March 21, 10:00–17:00 (lunch break 13:00–14:30)



    We will follow the ruels and advice about pandemi from Folkhälsomyndigheten (FoHM) during the weekend and hope our plan with two alternatives to participate will work out as did during previous teaching, If not the teaching will be given online.

    1. Follow the course online:

    You will receive detailed instructions once you have registered.

    Price: SEK 600 for members and SEK 700 for non-members.

    Register by e-mail to helen.persson@tibetanskbuddhism.se

    Pay to Föreningen för tibetansk buddhism i Göteborg, plusgiro 831 87 20-3,
    or Swish: 123 018 21 21

    Students, unemployed and pensioners may have a further discount of SEK 100. Please state in the payment form which course and alternative (online/in person) you are paying for and if you are eligible for a discount. Please make a separate payment of SEK 250 if you want to become a member.

    UPDATE Feb 10, 2021:
    This course will only go online according option 1.
    Option 2 is canceled due to strict restrictions regarding travel to Sweden Feb 6 – March 31, 2021.


    2. Follow the course at the Association of Tibetan Buddhism in Gothenburg: 

    Map: https://www.hitta.se/föreningen+för+tibetansk+buddhism+i+göteborg/göteborg/iaamuvyyz

    There will be a limited number of spots available.



    We will cover and complete one volume at a time. So far four volumes have been published, with more awaiting. Stephan Pende will teach two weekends a year. In between visits he will offer online group meetings with meditations and lectures.


    “His Holiness the Dalai Lama https://www.dalailama.com/ has been publicly teaching Buddhism for decades. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion collects his presentations of every step of the path to enlightenment, compiled and coauthored by one of his chief Western disciples, the American nun Thubten Chodron https://thubtenchodron.org/

    The Buddha wanted his students to investigate, to see for themselves whether what he said were true. As a student of the Buddha, the Dalai Lama promotes the same spirit of investigation, and as the rich tradition of the Buddha makes its way into new lands and cultures, His Holiness has recognized that new approaches are needed to allow seekers in the West to experience the relevance of the liberating message in their own lives. Such an approach cannot assume listeners are free from doubt and already have faith in Buddhism’s basic tenets. The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, therefore, starts from the universal human wish for happiness and presents the dynamic nature of the mind. This first volume also provides a wealth of reflections on Buddhist history and fundamentals, contemporary issues, and the Dalai Lama’s own personal experiences. It stands alone as an introduction to Buddhism, but it also provides a foundation for the systematic illumination of the path in the volumes to come.”

    Vol 1: Approaching the Buddhist path


    Vol 2: The Foundation of Buddhist Practice


    Vol 3: Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature


    Vol 4: Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps


    Vol 5: In praise of Great Compassion: https://wisdomexperience.org/product/in-praise-of-great-compassion/



    Stephan Pende Wormland has an MA in clinical psychology and is trained in Gestalt therapy. He has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years. Stephan was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, spent 5 years in meditation retreats, and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe. Stephan has been teaching regularly at FFTB 3 to 5 times a year since 2008. www.stephanpende.com/

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  • Summer Retreat – Foundations of Buddhist practice  27/6 – 4/7

    Welcome to our summer retreat with Stephan Pende Wormland. It will take place at Härsjönäs Lägergård and online. Participating in this retreat is a powerful way to explore and deepen your meditation practice, recharge your batteries, and meet yourself.

    There will also be a daily yoga session led by Helen Persson. You don’t need any experience with yoga. Everyone can participate. You will get a mp3 file from Helen with a YogaNidra practice (deep relaxation) to do whenever you want if you want to participate online. 

    The schedule has plenty of breaks, which makes it possible for your own reflections, go on walks, and attend to your daily chores. There will be space for questions and discussions during the meditation sessions.

    It is only possible to register for the whole retreat. We will use the Facebook room video conferencing app if you participate online. The link will be sent to you. 

    The retreat is suitable for beginners who are interested in Buddhist meditation but experienced students will benefit as well. The teachings and guided practices are based on the book series “Foundation of Buddhist Thought” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

    We follow FHM:s recommendations and if the restrictions will proceed in the beginning of summer we will do the retreat online for everyone.
    3500 sek for participation on site, and 1700 sek för online medverkan.
    Pay sign up fee, 1000 sek before 30/4 to our account; Pg 831 87 20-3 or to our swish 123 018 21 21The rest should be paid before  31/5. Retired, unemployed or full-time students pays 3200 kr.
    Register to:
    ulrika.saljeby@tibetanskbuddhism.se. Please write if you want to participate at Härsjönäs or online. There is only dormitories, or if you prefer your own tent.
    Please also answer the question when you sign up – If the retreat has to go online (only), do you still want to participate? ( If you in that case already paid the full fee, the difference will be paid back)
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  • Path of Meditation

    Kurs i meditation

    med Venerable Sungrab Woeser,
    Sakya-munk från Nederländerna

    Kursen ges online och pågår mellan januari och mars 2021

    View permeates meditation. Meditation permeates view.
    ‘Path’ means graduated steps towards a destination. In buddhism the path is aimed at liberation from causes of pain and suffering and at abiding in peace of mind.
    Meditation is a translation of the Pali word bhavana, meaning development, transference. It changes the fluctuations of disturbing feelings and thoughts into equanimity. This is the common purpose of meditation: to subdue the mind.
    The spiritual path of meditation is to enhance one’s motivation for the benefit of all beings, to the end of space. It is the aim for limitless love, compassion and liberation.
    There are diverse types of meditation, fitting inner and outer situations in our life. Meditation will lead to desired change when the right kind of meditation is used for the right purpose. The same is true when techniques are applied correctly and precisely.
    The Path of meditation is the assimilation of spiritual aims and correct methods.
    Buddha’s views are the warmth of luminosity and of most excellent happiness. They create wholeness and completion. His wisdom guides all beings towards liberation: from ego into selflessness, from dependence into independence, from unprotected into protected, from bondage into liberation.
    In this course, we shall study Buddha’s words of wisdom, explore step by step different types of meditation and train in several meditation techniques.


    19 and 26 January
    9 and 16 February
    2, 9, 23, och 30 March


    Time: 20.00-21.30


    Two ways of participating
    View, path and result are all in one.


    A. You want to join all 8 online meetings
    In that case please send an email to asa@tibetanskbuddhism.se and you will receive a Zoom-link for all meetings. You will now and then receive a written summary of the teachings and meditations, which were explained and practised during the course.
    Also you will receive the ZOOM recordings of each session.

    You will join most of the meetings and you take your homework seriously.

    Fee : 650 kr for members / 750 kr for non-members


    B. You want to join a single meeting whenever it fits you
    In that case please send an email to asa@tibetanskbuddhism.se just before the chosen meeting and you will receive the Zoomlink. Please pay in advance  each time you join. You will not receive any written material or recordings. No homework.


    Fee : 80 kr for members / 100 kr for non-members


    Pay to Föreningen för tibetansk buddhism
    Plusgiro: 831 87 20-3
    Swish: 123 018 21 21


    Taking part
    Buddha’s views are meant for all beings. So, for this course, there is no need to be or to become a buddhist.


    About Venerable Sungrab Woeser
    Sungrab Woeser is a buddhist Sakya monk in the Netherlands. He has been a
    buddhist since 1993, before being ordained as a monk in Tibetan Buddhism in 2009. His root teachers are HH Dalai Lama, HH Sakya Trizin and sons, and Khenpo Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa. He accomplished retreats on metta, samatha and tantra. Venerable Sungrab studied buddhist philosophy for several years at the International Buddhist Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently he is leading an ‘open monastery’ in a northern region of the Netherlands.


    Sungrab Woeser

    Youtube: Sungrab Leen

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  • How to Develop Compassion

    Vi har skjutit upp denna kurs, men jobbar på att erbjuda den när vi åter kan ses i lokalen.

    The Eight Verses of Mind Training

    Helgkurs med Venerable Michael Yeshe


    When we take a few moments from our busy lives to reflect on the plight of other fellow living beings, who are suffering to a much greater extent, it help us to put our own problems and difficult situations into perspective. Thus generating compassion has an immediate benefit of calming our own mind. The great Tibetan master Langri Tangpa composed a very concise text known as The Eight Verses of Training the Mind, which present very effective methods for developing compassion. We will explore these eight verses, based on a commentary by H.H. the Dalai Lama. The sessions will begin with few minutes of silent meditation, followed by the presentation and discussions. 

    Venerable Michael föddes i London 1966 till en grekisk far och en belgisk mor. Han växte upp på  Kopan-klostret i Nepal och har varit munk i den tibetanska buddhistiska traditionen sedan han var 7 år. Vid 13 års ålder började han studera vid Sera Jey Monastic University i södra Indien och där han tillbringade de kommande 18 åren med att studera buddhistisk filosofi. Sedan 1996 har Venerable Michael bjudits in till buddhistcenter i Amerika, Singapore, Malaysia och Holland som översättare och lärare. Under 11 år bodde han på Tara-institutet i Melbourne där han tjänade som översättare för Venerable Geshe Doga.


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