6-day Residential Retreat with  Dr. Alan Wallace - The Way of Shamatha: Soothing the Body, Calming the Mind, Illuminating Awareness
Jan
22
to Jan 28

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.

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A Dialogue with Dr. Richard Davidson, Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
Apr
10
9:00 AM09:00

A Dialogue with Dr. Richard Davidson, Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

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.

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Awakening Presence in Relationship, with Florence Meleo-Meyer
Nov
4
to Nov 8

Awakening Presence in Relationship, with Florence Meleo-Meyer

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. 

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The Yoga of Sound
Sep
30
to Oct 1

The Yoga of Sound

Primordial sounds, mantras, sacred harmonies and songs of Tibetan monks, therapeutic sounds of shamans ... practiced since the dawn of time, for their virtues or for their power, these sacred sounds have the ability to spark spiritual awakening.

With Mahaut Aeschlimann

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Feminity in Spirituality, with Michaela Haas and Lene Handberg
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Feminity in Spirituality, with Michaela Haas and Lene Handberg

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.

 

 

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Cultivating Mental and Emotional Well-Being: A Scientific and Experimental Approach
Jun
16
to Jun 18

Cultivating Mental and Emotional Well-Being: A Scientific and Experimental Approach

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

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Yoga and Detox
Apr
8
to Apr 9

Yoga and Detox

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

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Meditation et pleine Conscience - Cultiver le bien-être mental et émotionnel : une approche scientifique et expérimentale (avec Diego Hangartner)
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Meditation et pleine Conscience - Cultiver le bien-être mental et émotionnel : une approche scientifique et expérimentale (avec Diego Hangartner)

Le programme offre une grande variété d’outils pour une application pratique de la pleine conscience dans un cadre laïque large, doté de valeurs éthiques séculières et universelles.

Ce week-end de formation s’adresse au grand public ainsi qu’aux professionnels qui, par la nature de leur activité, rencontrent des défis émotionnels et relationnels. Les participants découvriront comment les outils de la pleine conscience aident à transformer les relations avec eux-mêmes et avec autrui et à cultiver a résilience dans la vie quotidienne.

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