Mindfulness and awareness work together to bring acceptance of living situations as they are. Life is not regarded as source of rejection or indulgence, but rather as the food of awareness and mindfulness; the depression and excitement that go on in life become the very object of meditation!
An experiential perspective from Early Buddhism
Mindfulness is en-vogue. While Mindfulness is being adopted by the modern world, many of the more subtle and critical aspects of the practice are overlooked and being lost.
Very few know where Mindfulness comes from, how it was understood in the context of Early Buddhist practice, in which larger context mindfulness was practiced, and to what end.
The WEEKEND EXPERIENCE that will change your personal and professional life.
Discover the practical tools to truly handle anxiety, burnout, apathy, lack of motivation and the theory that supports them.
The 1st GLOBAL OPTIMISM SUMMIT is an experience not to be missed. It will change the way you live and work. Experts in the field, practical hands-on sessions, debates and multiple perspectives at your service to offer you a mind-blowing weekend of experience and knowledge that will inspire and empower you.
THE BUDDHA OF MEDICINE: A Buddhist approach to health & well-being with Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
Illness, which is an integral part of our lives, is caused by an imbalance of our vital energies and the best remedy lies within ourselves: help re-establish harmony within those energies through meditating techniques that evoke our own healing resources.
These four areas of exploration – on which the development of mindfulness is based consist of a real investigation of the nature of reality, starting from the body and gradually penetrating the nature of phenomena.
Mindfulness sitting meditation, walking meditation, movement practice (Feldenkrais), delicious vegetarian food, nature: a lot of resources for renewing life-energy!
Practicing Mindfulness is a powerful way to develop resilience in times of rapid changes. Mindfulness helps us to take care of ourselves, especially to take care of our own mind.
The course is designed as well for people who like to be introduced into Mindfulness pratices as for more experienced practitioners: we will support each other on the way!
Life, death and rebirth: a Buddhist perspective - Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thödol with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche
According to the Buddhist notions of impermanence and change, death is a part of the natural process of birth, old-age, death and rebirth; it is not considered to be the end of life, but merely the demise of the body we inhabit. Our mindstream remains and seeks out - through the craving of attachment- a new body, a new life. What that new life will be is determined by our past actions... Provided that we have familiarized ourselves with the true nature of our mind through meditative practice, the moment of death is a great opportunity to recognize our inherent clear light and merge with it, hence attaining liberation.
This evidence-based training was developed at the request of the Dalai Lama after a Mind and Life Institute meeting on "Destructive Emotions" led by renowned emotion psychologist Paul Ekman and eminent Buddhist scholar, writer, and teacher B. Alan Wallace.
Are you looking to gain the clarity, focus and calm needed to be a more mindful leader?
Being a leader in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing, ‘always on’ corporate world is incredibly demanding. Major organizations like Google, Accenture, Nike, Roche, IKEA and Lego are increasingly leveraging our powerful mindfulness training programmes to help their leaders not just survive, but truly thrive in today’s challenging business environments.
This residential retreat is dedicated to an intensive practice of meditation and will take place in silence.
Landguet Ried shows forty-three photographs extracted from Matthieu Ricards latest photography book, «Half a century in the Himalaya».
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Matthieu Ricard will talk about how the practice of meditation can change the understanding of oneself and the world. His explanations will guide participants through the theory, spirituality and practical aspects of deep contemplation. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation - based on selfless love and compassion - can bring to each of us.
This workshop offers participants the possibility to experiment our inner resources of clarity, openness and wisdom through the practice of attention in the present moment. It is based on the "Ripa Awareness Meditation" method, developped around the Buddhist techniques of Shamatha incorporating certains aspects of Vipassana.
This workshop is an intensive and introspective voyage through the practices of Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. These two deep and subtle practices will be the occasion to meet unexplored spaces in your body and mind.
Dr. Richard Davidson, researcher and author of numerous books, will visit our center for a multidisciplinary meeting to explore the intersections between meditation, health and well-being and the various ways in which this millennial practice can contribute to the creation of a more conscious and compassionate society; a special emphasis will be placed on the research carried out around meditation in the fields of education, health and business.
Yoga + Detox: Hatha yoga – Yin Yoga – Meditation ; Workshop: juice detox and healthy and balanced vegetarian cooking
In a weekend, fill up your energy and vitality levels by ridding the body of its toxins through the practice of Yoga and healthy eating, and lightening the mind of its preoccupations, through the practice of meditation. Leave lighter, serene and regenerated.
In this practice, a lot of importance is attached to a conscious and calm breathing; these slowly executed exercises create an immediate rest for body and mind. Practicing the popular 18 episodes of Tai Chi / Qi Gong is also suitable for people who want to have balance in the hectic everyday life and at the workplace.
6-day Residential Retreat with Dr. Alan Wallace - The Way of Shamatha: Soothing the Body, Calming the Mind, Illuminating Awareness
During this retreat, we will explore in theory and practice a range of methods for developing meditative quiescence, or shamatha. We will begin with the practice of mindfulness of the breathing as taught by the Buddha, which is an especially effective approach to soothing the body and calming the discursive mind. We will then explore an approach to shamatha that is particularly pertinent for Dzogchen practice, called “settling the mind in its natural state,” as taught by the nineteenth-century Dzogchen master Lerab Lingpa in his commentary to the Heart Essence of Vimalamitra.
Finally, we will engage in the practice of “shamatha without signs” as taught by Padmasambhava in his classic terma Natural Liberation. Although this subtle practice is taught explicitly as a means of achieving shamatha, Padmasambhava comments that it may even result in a realization of rigpa, or pristine awareness.
The achievement of shamatha is widely regarded in the Buddhist tradition as an indispensable foundation for the cultivation of contemplative insight (vipashyana), and this retreat is designed to provide students with a sufficient theoretical understanding and a basis in experience to enable them to proceed effectively toward this extraordinary state of mental and physical balance.
With Dungsey Lhuntrul Dechen Gyurmey Rinpoche
Organized by the RIPA International Center
As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating mindfulness? From birth, we have been designed for attunement with others. The absence of attunement is a significant source of stress. With the support of each other’s awareness and kind intention to pay attention the very act of communicating becomes an opportunity for awakening our inherent capacities for love, joy, and wisdom. Based on the meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, the awareness, mental stability, and calmness associated with silent meditation are developed in practice with others.
Workshop on how to harmonize feminine and masculine energies with Lene Handberg, Semrig Thablam Rabjam, Unity in Duality. Psychotherapist and Director of U.D. Educational Programmes a the International Tarab Institute.
Harmonising Feminine & Masculine ‘Energies'
Public talk and dialogue on the role of the universal feminine energy in spirituality with Michaela Haas, author of the book « The Dakini Power », followed by a workshop on how to harmonize our feminine and masculine energies, led by Lene Handberg, Semrig Thablam Rabjam, Unity in Duality psychotherapist and Director of U.D. Educational Programmes at the International Tarab Institute.
Public talk and dialogue on the role of the universal feminine energy in spirituality with Michaela Haas, author of the book « The Dakini Power ». Michaela will guide participants through the spiritual journey of highly accomplished female masters of Tibetan buddhism in a very interactive and lively style.
Based on a profound conceptual framework, the program called “The Wheel of Mental Balance” represents a collection of proven, practical methods. The main purpose of this programme is to develop mental and emotional balance and resilience in a modern context. It combines techniques and processes found in classical Buddhist texts, extracting the values of practical application without compromising the source materials. Based on traditional meditation practices, the programme incorporates and builds on insights stemming from current neuroscientific and clinical research.
The weekend is an introduction to “the Wheel” and is addressed to individuals and professionals of all walks of life wishing to discover or to deepen their knowledge and experience of meditation, and who would like to learn more about cultivating mental balance and resilience in daily life.
In order to fully benefit from the experience, we strongly recommend participants to stay on the premises overnight.
With Diego Hangartner
Little understood in western spiritual traditions, the figure of the Guru plays an essential role in the Buddhist tradition in general, and in Tantric Buddhism in particular. It is said that the Guru is superior to the Buddhas in that only he or she can show the engaged student the nature of their own mind. The Guru carries the spiritual authority and blessing of the lineage, which is transmited through initiation, and of which he or she is the guardian.
With Dungsey Gyetrul Jigmé Rinpoché
Organized by the Ripa International Center
Hatha Yoga - Yin Yoga - Meditation Juice detox workshop and vegetarian cuisine.
Spring is the ideal time to purify the body and get into a new energy. Through various postures of Hatha Yoga, we will purify the body and strengthen our organism, giving special care to the liver and gallblader, organs which are specifically linked to Spring time. A workshop to learn prepare detox juices.
With Cynthia and Christophe Jouffre