10-year Dharma cycle

STUDY - CONTEMPLATE - MEDITATE SIMPLY AND EFFECTIVELY

"One DHARMA" - compassion and wisdom

From May 2024, Tilmann Lhündrup from the Ekayana Institute will be offering a continuous cycle over ten years that combines personal meditation practice with studying and contemplating the basics of the Dharma. The teaching strands of the cycle are continued at the same time and in the same place every year. This simplifies many things and provides a rhythm. The dates are listed in the PDF below.

The main aim of the cycle is to develop a good understanding of one’s own mind in order to deal more easily with the challenges of our lives. We will explore important topics together, develop our personal practice and also create teaching materials for practitioners that clarify how all Dharma teachings are connected and are basically “One Dharma”.

The courses build on each other continuously. However, participation is possible at any time, even if you have not attended the previous course. The content is provided by Ekayana as audios (and sometimes as videos). This means that a course can also be listened to at a later date. But the best thing is always to be on site, in direct exchange!

All Dharma practice is about cultivating a helpful view that inspires us and ultimately takes us beyond all perspectives and points of view. The cycle is initially designed to last ten years – but it is actually about a continuous path that is itself the goal – always in the now, in all situations, with depth and vision. It is quite possible that the cycle will continue for longer – if Tilmann’s health allows it or if others take over the leadership.

The content axes of the cycle are wisdom and compassion. We develop wisdom through study, contemplation and meditation, whereby calmness of mind and insight meditation are essential. We develop compassion by reflecting on our motivation, uncovering our ability to resonate, by being attentive to the emotional patterns that generate sadness, supported by targeted exercises and contemplation and by expanding our interest to include the well-being of those we encounter. This involves looking inwards, living together with others and working in teams. It is about a balanced development of all areas of life. Life is the instructor and the Dharma is the basis for making good use of the opportunities that arise.

The courses will show the inner, finely interwoven structure of the great variety of Dharma teachings and make clear which teachings are essential and which are dispensable. The tradition-open spirit of the One Dharma or Way (Ekayāna) permeates the whole cycle. It is always about remembering the essentials: to be warmly and cognitively aware – resonant and wise. This is facilitated by a supportive and exploratory togetherness in a dynamic Saṅgha.

In addition to the basics of the Mahāmudrā path and the Lodjong mind training of the Tibetan tradition, the basic course also touches on key teachings of other schools, essential Pali teachings of Southern Buddhism and explanations of simple Vajrayana practices.

  • Lhündrup is available to accompany retreats from October 1 to May 31.
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Recurring annual structure

Strand One: Vajrayana course at the beginning of January, five days

Zeigt Chenresig
From January 2 to 6, there will be an English-language video course in the afternoons (1 - 7 p.m., German time), which will enable Dharma friends from other countries to participate directly in the lessons. The times are chosen so that Dharma friends from North and South America can also participate. We meditate with guidance and there is time for questions on all Dharma topics. Lhündrup will explain the basics of Vajrayāna and we will practise Śākyamuni Guru Yoga or Avalokiteśvara, for example. The course will probably/hopefully be simultaneously translated into German and French.

Initial information - we don't start until January 2025 - can be found here:
Last Update: August 2023
PDF Vajrayana Cycle (English)

Strand two: Mahamudra Vipassana in March, seven days (in 2024 it is in August)

Beatenberg
In the first half of March, a German-language retreat "Mahāmudrā and Vipassana" will take place at the Beatenberg Meditation Center (Switzerland). It will be transmitted via video so that you can participate at home. The explanations of the "Mahāmudrā Moonbeams" by Dagpo Tashi Namgyal are put into practice here. The course will probably/hopefully be simultaneously translated into English and French.

You can find out more about the retreat in Beatenberg here:

Strand three: Dharma foundation course in the second half of April, eight days (in 2024 it will be in May)

Zeigt Sangha beim Mahamudra Kurs in Titisee
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German-language introduction to the basic topics of Dharma and networking of all content: the actual basic Dharma course, which is offered twice a year in Titisee (Upper Black Forest). It is also transmitted by video and everyone then deepens the content through personal practice, self-study and exercises after the course at home, alone and in groups. The course will probably be simultaneously translated into English, Polish and French.

You can register here to take part regularly.

You can find out more about the basic course in Titisee here:
Last Update: August 2023
PDF Teacher Training

Strand four: Mahamudra retreat, 2nd half of June, fortnightly

Candili Meditation Ressort
At the beginning of the summer there is the opportunity to participate in a 14-day English-language Mahamudra retreat in Greece, dedicated to the practical exercises recommended by the Ninth Karmapa in "Ocean of True Sense" and in "Dissolving the Darkness of Lack of Awareness"; supplemented by exercises from "Excellent Path to Enlightenment" by the great Dzogchen master Longchenpa. This retreat will not be transmitted by video, but only translated consecutively into Greek.

More about the basic course in Greece can be found here:
Last Update: August 2023
PDF Greece Mahamudra Retreat

Strand five: Dharma foundation course in the middle of August, eight days

Zeigt Sangha beim Mahamudra Kurs in Titisee
German-language introduction to the basic topics of the Dharma and networking of all content: the actual Dharma basic course, which is offered twice a year in Titisee (Upper Black Forest). It is also transmitted by video and everyone deepens the content through personal practice, self-study and exercises at home, alone and in groups. The course will probably be simultaneously translated into English, Polish and French.

For more information about the basic course in Titisee, see April above.

Strand Six: Mahamudra Retreat each October, five days

Landgut Riet
We will probably continue the French-language Mahamudra course at Landguet Ried, Switzerland. We are planning a practical introduction to the Mahamudra text of the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje "Dissolving the Darkness of Lack of Awareness". So far without translation and video transmission. The dates already set are October 13-17, 2023 and October 4-8, 2024, with further dates and details to be discussed. More on this later...

With this range of courses and retreats, you can find fresh inspiration for the path several times a year thanks to the staff at the Ekayana Institute. The courses all enrich each other, but each sequence can also be attended on its own!

Learning in the Sangha

Zeigt Sangha beim Ausflug in Dharma Gesprächen
 Showing Sangha at Karmapa excursion naturally engrossed in Dharma talks 😀

In addition, it is recommended to continue practicing and learning in a regional or virtual group throughout the year, once a month or more often, in 1 to 2-hour meetings or sometimes for a whole day. This way we can walk the path with others for some time and learn from each other. There are already several such groups and some have been practicing together for many years. If desired, groups can also be accompanied by assistants who dedicate themselves more intensively to the topics of this cycle as part of the parallel “Teachers Training”. It is best if the content of the meetings is prepared in advance.

Such a group consists of three to ten people. If it becomes larger, it could be advantageous to divide the group. The dynamic in the group is part of our practice and it receives our attention and support so that we grow together and become “Saṅgha-capable” in the best sense of the word. We share our understanding of Dharma and our questions and learn to express Dharma and finer experiences.

The lessons are transmitted via video in four strands and all are recorded as audio. All courses and retreats follow a progressive content structure that facilitates the gradual absorption of the content and provides long-term orientation. The respective structure can be seen in the separate descriptions; we always progress from the simple and easy to understand to the more subtle.

  • This ten-year Dharma cycle is for everyone, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. You can therefore invite friends to join you, and it is not closed once it has started. Lateral entrants are also welcome later; the material from previous modules will be made available to them.

The cycle should be helpful for practitioners who have taken part in the Mahāmudrā transmissions of recent years, as it is about embedding the Mahāmudrā, i.e. the practice of natural being, in an overall view and comprehensive Dharma orientation. The topics are deliberately taught in an essential and condensed form, whereby we are always concerned with: What is the actual purpose of this teaching? What beneficial developments does it enable? How can I use it and practise it authentically?

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