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Day courses

Our day courses offer you the opportunity to gain or deepen your understanding and experience in meditation and the various aspects of the Buddhist view and way of life. Each course is taught by experienced practitioners and teachers and gives you new perspectives and impulses for your daily life.

Enjoy a day of meditation and practical advice in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and to go back to everyday life relaxed with a mind of inner peace.

Weekend courses

Our weekend courses gives you the opportunity to deal more intensively with practical and essential topics from the Buddhist tradition. Each course is taught by long-time meditators and qualified teachers and opens new perspectives and positive boost for your everyday life.

Enjoy this weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and return to your everyday life inspired and refreshed!

Corona-Maßnahmen bei Vor-Ort-Teilnahme findest du hier.

Weekend Retreats

Weekend retreats offer you the opportunity to leave the stress of the week behind and relax for a day, a weekend or longer. You learn meditation techniques that help to relax and provide with fresh energy – in order to deal better with the challenges of the week to come. Enjoy this getaway with meditations guided by an experienced meditation teacher.

Longer Retreats

Our meditation retreats are retreats in a group, which extend over a weekend and offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means solitude in meditation. The focus is on essential meditations taken from the Buddhist tradition. Tharpaland offers annual spring, summer, autumn and winter retreats.
These in-depth retreats are led by renowned national/international Kadampa Buddhist meditation teachers. They are open to everyone.
Enjoy this retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and return to your daily life inspired and refreshed!
Corona measures for on-site participation can be found here.

In-depth retreats

Our meditation retreats are Buddhist practice retreats in a group that offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Tharpaland offers annual retreats on the so-called `four pleliminary practices`. These deeper retreats are led by renowned international Kadampa Buddhist meditation teachers, German Buddhist teachers, or our Resident Teacher Gen Ananda. They are open to everyone.

Enjoy this retreat in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and return to your daily life inspired and refreshed!

Weekend course

Teaching skills

  25. – 27. Juni

in person and online (recordings 72h available)

Venerable Geshe-la says in his Instructions for Teaching, “The source of our daily problems are delusions such as attachment. We should think, ‘I am only one person, but other living beings are countless. My personal suffering is the problem of one person, which is trivial compared to the suffering and problems of countless other beings. Therefore, I must permanently liberate others from their suffering by giving them the highest medicine of Dharma, Buddha’s teachings. Through this kind of thought we should encourage ourselves to become a supreme spiritual teacher like Buddha Vajradhara.'” The course is public, anyone can join. It consists of teaching, meditation and discussion. With Gen Ananda.

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of the Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany.

Gen Ananda has many years of experience teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Session times (1-1.5h):

Friday:
19:30 – Introduction

Saturday:
09:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Sunday:
9:00 – 5th session
11:00 – 6th session

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Required prayers (Sadhana):
Info follows

Online Live Stream: 40€

For participants with a Tharpaland KMC and KMC Berlin center card, the course fee of 40€ is not applicable.

Day retreats

Meditations for a life with no worries

  4. July │ 10 – 16h │ 3 Sessions

Lamrim short retreat: meditations on wonderful methods to free us from stressful worries and thoughts. Our worries and fears are dependent on our imaginative thoughts about the future. We learn to “renounce” these thoughts and emotions that cause them.

Gen Kelsang Lochog is a Buddhist nun and qualified teacher who has taught in Kadampa Centres for many years. She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism since 2001 and is a sincere student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. With her kind, humorous and compassionate personality, she shows in an inspiring way how to integrate the Teachings of Buddha into one’s own life and daily activities.

Session times:
10-11 / 12-13 / 15-16 h
Language: German
Practiced prayers (Sadhana): Prayers for meditation

Participation Online Livestream: 25 €

For participants with the center card of KMC Berlin or Tharpaland KMC the course fee of 25 € is waived.

One day Retreat

OM MANI PÄME HUM. Prayers and requests to the Buddha of Compassion​

10. July │ 10 am – 4 pm │ 3 Sessions

On-site or online attendance possible!

Our compassion is our good heart, and the development of it is the heart of spiritual training. In this special retreat we practice the sadhana (or ritual prayer) to get closer to the Buddha of Compassion on an inner level. It is said that the benefits of practising this sadhana are endless. First and foremost, based on the instructions in The Mirror of Dharma with Additions, we practise the training in purifying and transforming the six types of beings – which is an extremely blessed instruction that comes from the Ganden Emanation scripture.

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of the Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany.

Sessions:
10-11 / 12-13 / 15.30-16
Three sessions with lunch

Silence:
no

Language:
German

Practised Sadhana: Avalokiteshvara Sadhana

 

30€ incl. lunch

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 24 Euro is not applicable.

In-depth retreats

A Rain of Blessings: Guru Yoga and Mandala Offerings Retreat

16. – 18. July

On-site or online attendance possible (recordings 72h available)!

If we want Dharma realizations, we must prepare our minds well. In this retreat we will enrich our minds with Buddha’s blessings and positive energy so that it will be easy for us to gain deep meditation experiences and progress on the path to enlightenment. An introduction to the retreat is given in the first retreat session. All other sessions are unguided.
Please bring your own: Mandala set (or a small plate, rice and a large cloth).

Registration attendance on site:
Closes 24h before course start

 

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (Tharpaland KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and very experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition and has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition in Germany.

Gen Ananda has many years of experience in teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Session times (1,5h):

Friday
19:30 – Introduction

Saturday und Sunday
08:00 – 1st session
11:00 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

Silence:
no

Guided:
No

Shuttle:
Friday: from Schwante Station to Tharpaland KMC at 17:30.
Sunday: from Tharpaland KMC to Schwante Station at 20:50.

Language:
German (English translation available on request)

Volunteering:
Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist meditation center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks such as cutting vegetables, washing up, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 18:00 with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and look around. The retreat ends on Sunday after the fourth session.

Required prayers (Sadhana):
Info follows

Course fee:
Course fee of 15€ per day for unguided retreats.

Overnight stay:
Premium single room: 52€ per person per night
Single room: 44€ pPpN
Double room: 30€ pPpN (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 25€ pPpN
Dormitory (bunk beds): 17€ pPpN (please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillows and fitted sheets are provided).

Plus breakfast 3€, lunch 6€, dinner 4€.

For participants with a Tharpaland KMC and KMC Berlin center card the course fee of 15€ per day for (Saturday / Sunday) is not applicable.

This retreat is not conducted continuously. In the case of retreats beyond the four leading preparations, there is the possibility to extend the retreat for another five days into the following week unguided.

Day Course

The 35 Confession Buddhas

  24. July│ 10 am – 4:30 pm │ 3 Sessions

On-site or online attendance possible!

Prostration to the 35 Confession Buddhas in combination with the Three Higher Heaps Sutra is a great, powerful purification exercise for our mind – to free it from the imprints of past negative actions and thoughts. Prostration is a great and beneficial physical and mental exercise! On this practice day you will receive an introduction to the 35 Confession Buddhas and guidance on the meditations that are part of the practice. Everyone is welcome, even those for whom this is a new practice.

 

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of the Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany.
Gen Ananda has many years of experience teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Sessions:
10-11 / 12-13 / 15-16
Three sessions with lunch

Silence:
no

Language:
German

Practised Sadhana: The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls
Recommended Book: The Bodhisattva Vow

 

30€ incl. lunch

For participants with the study program card of Tharpaland KMC or the center card of KMC Berlin the course fee of 24 Euro is not applicable.

Longer Retreats

SUMMER RETREAT with Gen Kelsang Ananda

The Bliss of Vajrayogini

  15. – 20. August

– in person or online (recordings available until August 26th) – 

Wonderful opportunity to train in the eleven yogas of Vajrayogini! Gen Kelsang Ananda will give practical instructions and guide meditation sessions so you can bring your Vajrayogini practice to a deeper level, or establish it in the first place. The main body of Vajrayogini practice is training in the clear light of bliss. This spiritual training has eleven parts which are called the “eleven yogas”. You will need the The Blissful Path sadhana for this retreat.

Session length:

Sonntag, 15.8.:
19:30 – Introduction

16. – 19.8.:
08:00 – Session
11:00 – Session
16:00 – Session
19:30 – Session

Freitag, 20.8.:
08:00 – Session
11:00 – Session

Language:
german (english translation possible)

Sadhana The Blissful Path

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