09aug(aug 9)6:00 pm16(aug 16)2:00 pmGet on the waitlistSold Out!The Gradual Path to Awakening – Summer retreat“Dwelling deep within our heart, and within the hearts of all beings without exception, is an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom. And the ultimate purpose of all spiritual practices, whether they are called Buddhist or not, is to uncover and make contact with this essentially pure nature.” – Lama Yeshe
9 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 16 (Friday) 2:00 pm CET
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A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river. “Dwelling deep within our heart, and within the hearts of all beings without exception,
A spacious and healing meditation retreat north of Stockholm in beautiful nature close to a big river.
“Dwelling deep within our heart, and within the hearts of all beings without exception, is an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom. And the ultimate purpose of all spiritual practices, whether they are called Buddhist or not, is to uncover and make contact with this essentially pure nature.” – Lama Yeshe
Tibetan Masters have for centuries developed a time-tested, logical, sequential and practical road map to help guide spiritual seekers on the path, from suffering to liberation. This unique teaching came to be called Lam-Rim, or gradual Path to Enlightenment, and has been transmitted by Tibetan Masters like His Holiness the Dalai Lama into our modern times.
During the retreat we will explore in depth different aspects of these teachings and meditations, which are remarkable relevant for our daily life and relationships. The retreat is suitable for beginners of any background who want to start their journey with profound and easy to apply techniques and experienced students who want to deepen their practice. The journey will be a balanced mixture of guided meditations, walking meditation, short lectures, discussions, silence and mindful movements.
You will learn time-honoured ways for experiencing and resting right now in your natural state of inner peace, the ultimate source of lasting happiness.
All teachings are in English.
Yin Yoga with Kristina Spegel
Kristina Spegel will be offering Yin Yoga as an integral part of the retreat. This was very appreciated on last year’s retreat.
About Stephan Pende Wormland
Born 1965 in Germany, MA in clinical psychology and trained in Gestalt therapy. He is very experienced teacher: he has studied and practiced meditation in multiple Buddhist traditions for over 30 years and has spent all together five (5) years in meditation retreats. He was a monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years, and teaches meditation in Buddhist centers in Europe.
For three days during the retreat we will be taking the Mahayana Precepts (see this document) to increase the depth of the practice. This means that we will be eating only one meal per day (lunch at around 11:30). If you are unable to follow such a diet for medical reasons, you will need to provide for the an extra meal (dinner, breakfast will be available to prepare) yourself those three days.
Most of the retreat will be in silence. We also encourage everyone to keep their mobile phones turned off during the entire retreat. We are so used to escaping into distractions, so during the retreat it is very beneficial to keep those to minimum!
Specific information concerning this summer retreat: This retreat takes place in Dharmaghiri retreat center, Sala (see directions below)
Cancelling your participation
If you cancel your booking 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep 200 SEK as an administrative fee. If you cancel later than 3 weeks prior to the start date, we keep the entire donation unless we can find a replacement.
To bring: Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases, towels, toiletries, books, pens etc. Meditation cushions and stools available at Dharmagiri, bring your own if you have particular wishes about what you want to sit on.
Allergies/diet/health: Is there anything we need to know about your health? Do you need special diets or are allergic to something? Are you vegan? Do you snore? (So we can take that into account when we make room placement…)
Speakers for this event
Kristina Spegel är leg psykolog, yin yoga och meditationslärare med egen träning sedan 15 år. Kristina är också certifierad i CBMT/ Corporate Bases Mindfulness Training och håller till vardags föreläsningar och utbildningar runt om i Sverige i detta med fokus på meditationsträning och de mentala strategierna, närvaro, vänlighet, tålamod, ickedömande och glädje. Kristinas lärare i urval: Magdalena Mecweld, Kent Nyström, Jon Kabat Zinn, Stephan Pende, Glenn Svensson, Roshi Joan Hallifax m.fl.
Clinical Psychologist Stephan Wormland, born 1965 in Germany, has studied and practiced meditation in multiple traditions for over 30 years. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, trained in Gestalt therapy and worked for 6 years in a psychiatric hospital. Former Monk He lived as an ordained monk in the Tibetan tradition for 11 years and, during that time, served as the director of Nalanda Monastery in the south of France and spent a total of 5 years in group and solitary retreats. The main teacher of Stephan is Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has received teachings and guidance from great Tibetan Masters of the four schools like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Kirti Thenshap Rinpoche, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, and Choden Rinpoche. He has practiced and studied with foremost Western teachers like Peter Fenner, Alan Wallace, Rob Preece, Alex Berzin, Pema Chodron, Robert Thurman, and Ken McLeod. Spiritual Mentor He has been the resident teacher of the Center for Visdom og Medfølelse in Copenhagen for many years and currently teaches meditation in Buddhist Centers around Europe. Since 2009 he has been studying Radiant Mind with Peter Fenner and completed the Nondual Teacher Training and he is a program adviser of the Potential Project.
DharmagiriVÄSTER BÄNNBÄCK 192Dharmagiri or 'the hill where the Dharma is practiced' is the Retreat Centre belonging to the Triratna sangha in Stockholm, although people come on retreats here from all over Sweden. The centre received the name from Sangharakshita when he visited in May 2007. It is an old school with several buildings, the 'school house', being built in 1900 and the 'Teacher's house' in 1921. It lies on a little hill, overlooking fields and beyond them the mighty riiver Dalälven, and is 150 kilometres from Stockholm.
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