Your Mental Fitness Centre

Modern neuroscience shows us that by training our mind we can change our brain. Focus and awareness can be strengthened. Happiness is a skill that can be cultivated. Kindness can be increased. Like physical training it takes an effort, and requires changing your habits.

Peace of mind, peace in the world

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Dalai Lama True happiness and a more peaceful world come from the same source: cultivating inner qualities like kindness and compassion.

Mindfulness for the Real World

Mindfulness is about developing a mind that is relaxed and focused. In a world of distractions and information overload, this is an essential skill.

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The centre is run by the non-profit organisation Yeshe Norbu. If you share our goals and believe in the idea of creating a more peaceful world by introducing people to meditation and mind training, please consider joining the non-profit. You can read more about what...

Glossary

Mindfulness meditation is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice and other training. The term “mindfulness” is a translation of the Pali term sati, which is a significant element of Buddhist traditions.

Geshe Sherab: Guided Meditation on Continuity of Mind

    Guided meditation is a process by which one or more participants meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher, either in person or via a written text, sound recording, video, or audiovisual media comprising music...

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Summer Morning Meditations in July – Every morning

July 3, 2018 @ 7:00 am - July 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am

This is a good opportunity to de-mystify meditation - and start to create a good healthy habit; thy benefits of morning meditations are many! We brush our teeths every morning, we also need a moment of emotional hygiene every morning.

Path to Awakening – SUMMER retreat with Stephan Pende

August 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - August 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

During this week you will explore a wide spectrum of meditation practices: from simple breathing meditation to the most profound practice of non-meditation. The retreat is suitable for beginners who want to start their journey with profound and easy to apply techniques, and to experienced students who want to deepen their practice. - We keep Mahayana precepts and silence during the retreat.

Finding Inner Peace in Outer Chaos – Public Talk with Venerable Lozang Yonten

September 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The modern life is very demanding, indeed. How can we manage our daily life and keep the peace of mind in this life of chaos? This is what this talk is all about - and with practical advices from where to start. . .

Discovering Buddhism – Wednesday Study Course – The Buddhist Science of Mind

September 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

The course is suitable
- for you who want to learn more about the Buddhist Science of Mind, philosophy and psychology,
- for you who want to deepen your knowledge and practice in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.

Introduction to Discovering Buddhism by Ven Lozang Yonten – The Buddhist Science of Mind

September 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This evening is an introduction to the whole course, by experienced teacher Ven. Yonten who has taught Discovering Buddhism in Israel, Australia and New Zealand. This course offers a good opportunity to get a solid foundation for your knowledge - and practice!

Burnout recovery and prevention from a Buddhist perspective – City retreat with Venerable Lozang Yonten

September 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - September 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Buddhism is often called for "The Science of Mind". Buddhist philosophy and psychology have many methods that can be helpful for us, in our complex life situations. This requires study and practice, in other words; training of our minds. There is no "quick fix", but there are valid methods, proven since hundreds and hundreds of years.  Lozang Yönten is a very qualified and experienced teacher. - This weekend retreat includes talks, guided meditations, and times for discussion / questions and answers.

Stillness in motion – City retreat with Glen Svensson

September 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - September 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

We will learn how to develop and enhance our attention skills, and how to strengthen our mindfulness. Within Buddhism this training is often referred to as shamatha practice. To ensure that our practice is balanced and effective, there will be also practices of loving-kindness and compassion. 

Foundations of Mindfulness – 9 week course

September 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - November 19, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, repeating until September 24, 2018

Very practical course where you learn both the theory and the practice of Mindfulness. If you want a mind that is more focused, relaxed, calm and clear this is the course for you.

Cultivating Emotional Balance Part 1

September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an educational training committed to utilizing the experience of emotion as a path for developing the happiness of being for ourselves and in relationship to others. By integrating the wisdom traditions of modern psychology, current emotion research, and contemplative practices, CEB provides a secular platform for transformation. With the tools of CEB, we can draw upon our human capacity to wisely and compassionately actualize individual and collective well-being and reform a wholesome relationship with the planet.…

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Mindfulness in the real world

 

There are many different ideas of what mindfulness is. In Buddhist psychology, mindfulness is simply being able to focus on something without becoming distracted with a mind that is relaxed, stable, and clear.

The opposite of this is having a mind that is tense, distracted, and dull, something we all recognize from everyday life. Imagine going through the day with a completely relaxed mind, being fully focused on all your tasks and everyone you meet and experiencing everything with a brilliant clarity. These are the direct benefits of developing mindfulness.

The true benefit of developing mindfulness, however, is to then apply that mindfulness to our own experience and the world around us. This application of mindfulness leads to insights that help us live more in tune with reality.

On the basis of mindfulness beautiful states of minds like love, compassion, generosity will grow. On the basis of mindfulness we can become more wise and insightful and instead of being constantly tormented by our own minds, we can make our own minds our best friend.

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The wisdom of doing nothing

 

Reading about mind training and cultivating our minds can sound exhausting. Yet another thing on the list of improvement projects next to the failed gym membership and the exhausting need for professional training to keep up in your career.

When we, the people of modernity, when we meet these age old techniques of meditation and mind training, we approach them like everything else in our lives. We want to perform, we want to be the best, we try so hard. Too hard. This becomes our biggest challenge.

We need to cultivate the ability to relax deeply, to let go of all striving, to simply rest in things as they are, to experience contentment without the need to achieve anything. We need to learng to stop “doing” and cultivate “being”.

Come spend a moment of stillness and peace with us. Just sitting quietly together with no agenda, no striving, no need for improvement. Come sit with us in the spirit of kindness, and self-care.

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