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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.

3 August

Shitro Puja: 100 wrathful and peaceful deities puja With His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche

Shitro refers to the 58 wrathful and 42 peaceful deities. From an absolute point of view, these lay within our mind stream. By familiarizing ourselves with them through the practice of the Shitro puja, it becomes easier to recognize them at the moment of death, and seize this opportunity to merge with our Buddha nature.

4 August

Shitro Empowerment With His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche

Receiving the Shitro empowerment purifies broken Samayas (engagements) and helps go through the Bardo stages without fear and in full trust of recognizing the 100 wrathful and peaceful deities. It is said that even hearing the name of the 100 deities closes the door to rebirth in lower realms. Tertön Karma Lingpa discovered the Shitro terma which is widely practiced by the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Lingdro dances, with the Swiss Tibetan Lingdro group.


Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is a master of Buddhist meditation and philosophy under the Kagyu and Nygma traditions. Born in India in October 1970, he is the heir to the Ripa spiritual lineage, a line of reincarnated lamas that dates back to the 17th century in Eastern Tibet; he is the head of the lineage's monasteries in India and Nepal and the spiritual leader of a Tibetan community residing in exile in the state of Orissa, India.

Since 1996, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche has travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and the USA, giving lectures and seminars to a lay audience on topics as varied as meditation for the modern world, Eastern wisdom for modern complexity, goodness and creativity, authentic presence for leaders, etc. Rinpoche is the spiritual leader of over 6000 students all over the world and has opened teaching centers in Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Spain, Germany, Russia, Japan and USA.

A socially engaged Buddhist teacher, as he is happy to be named, his direct understanding of the human mind, his lively and spontaneous speaking style and his crispiness and sense of humour make him a very relevant speaker in a variety of settings, especially in helping lay practitionners of all walks of life integrate traditional spiritual values into modern life.

Programme open to all

Programme will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish.

Event organized by the Ripa International Center