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Health-related programs in Dechen Chöling

MBSR: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

April 30 – May 4, 2009

with Acharya Mathias Pongracz

Discover the healing power of mindfulness, the practice of meeting each moment with an open heart and mind, which can reduce stress, enhance health, and increase your joy and appreciation for life.
Especially recommended for health care professionals.  
During this program, we will learn how to recognise and manage our negative stress.  How to relax as well as how to reduce the physical tension, fear and pain.  We will learn how to use the healing power of mindfulness in combination with deep relaxation, body scan, meditation, and breathing.  


MBSR is a method developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn 25 years ago. It is being applied today with great success in hundreds of clinics worldwide. Scientific research has shown that this method has a positive effect on a number of disorders. It empowers and gives you tools to take responsability for your own well-being.

Teachings in French, a simultaneous English translation will be provided.

Medicine Buddha

May 19 – 26, 2009

with Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

In the blissful healing environment of Dechen Chöling, we will be introduced to the Medicine Buddha tradition, a truly holistic approach to the problem of suffering, on both the individual level and suffering as a universal condition.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is the holder of two spiritual lineages, including both the Ripa Lineage, a dungjud or hereditary line, into which he was born, and which he will hold in future as heir, as well as head of the Pema Lingpa lineage of Gyeling Orgyan Mindrolling monastery in the hidden land of Pemako, which he carries forward from his previous life, as tulku.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was recognized at the age of three by His Holiness Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, then the supreme head of the Nyingma lineage, as the reincarnation of Gyeling Yonten Lhundrub Gyatso Rinpoche, a manifestation of the Bhutanese Terton Pema Lingpa, one of the five principle or emperor Tertons of the Vajrayana, and the head of Gyeling Orgyan Mindrolling monastery in the hidden land of Pemako. He was enthroned at the age of five, at Rigon Thubten Mindrolling monastery in Orissa, India. Upon enthronement, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, gave him the name: Gyetrul Jigme Lodoe Thaye Norbu Rinpoche. Other previous lives include: Manjushrimitra (Jampel Shenyen), one of the great eight Vidhyadharas from India, and master of the Dzogchen lineage. During the time of Guru Rinpoche in Tibet, he was the daughter of the King Trisong Detsen, the Princess Pema Sal.

Jigme Rinpoche’s primary spiritual teachers have been: H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, and in this life, his father and root teacher, His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche was also Jigme Rinpoche’s root teacher in his previous life. Other teachers also include: H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and His Eminence Khatog Moksa Rinpoche.  In addition Jigme Rinpoche is the great, great grandson of the renowned sage Shakya Shri, who was considered to be the greatest Siddha of his time. He has studied with and received transmissions from the Drukpa Kagyu tradition teachers, especially those of the Shakya Shri lineage: the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche and Kyabje Thuksay Rinpoche.

Jigme Rinpoche began in September 1993 in Orissa, to fulfill his humanitarian role as a socially engaged Buddhist, a term he is happy to be known by, and which has become a central part of his life’s work.  Born in India, Jigme Rinpoche, has firsthand experience of the plight of Tibetan refugees and local villagers alike in finding and retrieving potable water. This inspired him to found the Pure Water Project, for which he received great admiration and a citation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Having seen the communities come together, and how easy is to make a difference, has been very rewarding and has become a key part of his work in this life. Other projects he also directs include the setting up of a malaria prevention and treatment program, as well as directing programs to support orphans, schoolchildren, monks and the elderly.

Jigme Rinpoche has spent time in retreats ranging from three months to one year. His principle teaching includes practices for the deities: Yeshe Tsogyal, Guru Rinpoche, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig, as well as the deities of the Taksham cycle of teachings of the Ripa tradition, including especially the New Treasures cycle of Gesar teachings, a treasury of His Eminence Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche. In addition, he also has close affinities with the deities Manjushri and Gesar.

Jigme Rinpoche is known for his fluency in English and his lively, direct, fluid, humorous and down to earth teaching style. His clear and fresh outlook very quickly cuts through cultural and personal misperceptions about the Buddhadharma, East and West, ancient ways and modern life, and individual confusion. Jigme Rinpoche’s teachings focus on the themes of openness, and a clear perception of life in its immediacy, unadorned by interpretation and judgment.


Maitri: the Five Wisdom Energies

3 – July 12, 2009

with Sabine Rolf

Experience the five basic energy states of the Buddhist wheel of life. Work with emotions and personalities skillfully. According to tantric Buddhism, the energy of the world manifests in five distinctive ways, known as the five Buddha families. These qualities of energy apply to all phenomena: colors, sounds, states of mind, personalities, landscapes, machines, everything. This workshop (introduced by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche) focuses on human personalities.   

In human psychology, each family expresses a particular type of neurosis and a corresponding style of openness. Maitri space awareness heightens the patterns and expression of each family, so that both the neurotic and the sane aspects of one’s personal style become apparent. The practice is often used as a contemplative discipline. It may also serve as training for those who work with others in a therapeutic context.

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