Den Tod verstehen

Offenheit für das Leben entwickeln – den Tod verstehen, mit Lama Irene

28. August 18:00 bis 30. August 2018 14:00

Würdigen wir die Tatsache der Vergänglichkeit, kann sich natürliche Offenheit für das Leben und seine heilsamen Möglichkeiten jetzt und heute einstellen. Eine einfache Form der gesungenen Meditation des Buddha der Liebe und des Mitgefühls – Tschenresi – bildet den Rahmen, in dem wir uns in diesem Retreat mit dem Leid von Krankheit, Sterben, Tod, mit dem Zustand nach dem Tod (Bardo) und der Wiedergeburt auseinandersetzen möchten.

Flyer – Den Tod verstehen

Zertifikatskurs Gross National Happiness (GNH)



Ab Jänner 2019 findet ein Kurs zu Gross National Happiness statt. In diesem Zertifikatskurs, den die Hochschule Osnabrück mit dem ELI (Eurasia Learning Institute) durchführt, lernen Sie die inneren und äußeren Bedingungen für Glück in unseren Gesellschaften und Organisationen kennen sowie GNH-basierte Programme und Projekte für vielfältige Bedürfnisse und Kontexte zu entwickeln, zu individualisieren und durchzuführen.

Weltweit stehen wir vor großen Herausforderungen, die ein grundsätzliches Umdenken erfordern: Woran messen wir den Erfolg unserer Gesellschaften? Wer sind wir als Menschen und wie wollen wir uns als soziale und natürliche Lebensgemeinschaft mit unserem Planeten weiter entwickeln?  Die Lösungen der Vergangenheit haben als unerwünschte Nebenwirkungen Folgen nach sich gezogen, die wir nicht mit dem gleichen Denken beantworten können, mit denen wir die Probleme von gestern gelöst haben.

Das im Königreich Bhutan entwickelte und angewendete alternative Entwicklungsmodell und Indikatorensystem für Wohlbefinden, das sogenannte Gross National Happiness (Bruttonationalglück), bietet einen ganzheitlichen Bezugsrahmen, der auf dem Glück und Wohlbefinden aller Menschen und Lebewesen beruht.

Anmeldeschluss ist am 30. September 2018


Mehr Information unter:  Zertifikatskurs GNH



Mindfulness retreat in Chandolin

Compassion and Emptiness: The Heart of Engaged Buddhism

Wisdom, Compassion, Action

9 day Mindfulness retreat in Chandolin /
Switzerland July 12-21 2018

For as long as space remains
For as long as sentient beings remain
Until then may I too remain
To dispel the suffering of the world

With the “First Turning of the wheel of Dharma” in Deer Park soon after his Awakening, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path as the Way to transform our own suffering (Dukkha) into Happiness (Sukha), Peace and Freedom.

With the “Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma” on Vulture Peak, the Buddha offered the Prajnaparamita Sutra – the Heart of Perfect Understanding – and revealed the way of Compassion and Emptiness as the foundation of the Bodhisattva Practice to bring Happiness, and to alleviate the suffering of all beings. This was the establishment of Mahayana Buddhism, that later became the base of Engaged Buddhism.

We have entered a new era of evolution called by some scientists the Anthropocene era: the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age, this means that we, as a humankind, have to bear conscious responsibility for the Happiness and Wellbeing of all sentient beings and of the Planet.

Cultivating Compassion (Karuna) is the way to open our heart to the suffering of the world and setting the strong intention of transforming suffering into Happiness, Peace and Freedom.
At the same time, deepening the experience of Emptiness (Shunyata), allows us not to become overburdened by the weight of this responsibility, and to nurture the ease and effortlessness that bring Joy to our practice.

Our goal is not only to share knowledge, but mainly, to have a direct experience of a harmonious lifestyle in community, aligned with the principles that we will learn and practice.

Nature experiences in the wonderful Swiss Alps will be a nourishing source of energy and healing as we undergo this deep process.
Body/mind practices such as Tai Chi, Tibetan Yoga, Deep Ecology, and Walking Meditation, will contribute to a holistic experience.


Chandolin is a small village in the Swiss Alps at 2000m (6500ft) with an amazing view on some of the most spectacular Alpine summits. This wonderful and peaceful natural environment is most appropriate for silence, meditation and deep conversations.

 The “Grand Hotel de Chandolin” is a beautiful old building that we have completely to ourselves and that can host all participants.

We will eat locally grown, organic, vegetarian food prepared with mindfulness of human and ecological health.

We offer a balanced program that includes teachings, Mindfulness and Compassion meditation practices, dialogues in smaller groups, body awareness, and mountain hikes.

The retreat will be bilingual French and English


Experienced teachers and facilitators will guide the retreat and all activities.

Dr. Ha Vinh Tho / Ordained Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, meditation practitioner since 1970, PhD in adult education, Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan.

Lama Irene, Dorje Drölma / Fully Ordained Buddhist nun in the Kagyupa School of Vajrayana Buddhism for over 25 years, she has completed 2 Three years retreats under the guidance of Mahamudra Master Gendün Rinpoche.

Lisi Ha Vinh / Ordained Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher) in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Director of Eurasia Foundation a Humanitarian NGO in Vietnam.

– A team from ELI International (Eurasia Learning Institute for Happiness and Wellbeing)

– A team from WakeUp international: Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy and Compassionate Society


We have limited space available, the registration will be on a first come first served basis. Based on past experience, the retreat is usually booked out by February. Registration is completed once the financial contribution has been sent. A detailed program will be sent with the confirmation.

Please register online here
Price per person
This amount includes full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea breaks), tourist tax, bed sheets, cleaning of the room at the end of the stay, all courses and workshops, course material, hikes and all other activities.

We offer a discounted price for young participants and for participants coming from less affluent countries to foster the intergenerational and intercultural dialogue that is an important part of the learning process.

– Double room – Standard
1080 CH.Fr

– Double room – Sponsor contribution to support participation of young people
From 1260 CH.Fr includes 20 Fr per day sponsorship

– Single room – Standard
1530 CH.Fr

– Single room – Sponsor contribution to support participation of young people (sponsors will be given priority for single room)
From 1710 Ch.Fr, This amount  includes 20 Fr per day sponsorship

– Students and young people under 30,
540 CH.Fr This amount does not even cover our basic expenses (food and lodging), so we are dependent on having sponsors.

– Participants from less affluent countries:
720 CH.Fr this amount only covers our own expenses for food and board.

Any profit will be given to Eurasia Foundation to support educational projects in Vietnam.

Karmapa on the Las Vegas shooting

Dear Dharma friends,

I was saddened to learn about the Las Vegas mass shooting, which has led to at least 59 people losing their lives, and more than 500 injured.

Yesterday was the United Nations International Day of Nonviolence. And, in the face of such violent scenes, it may seem like a futile or even failing task to continue to tread a nonviolent path.

Nevertheless, we continue on our path. Following the footsteps of Buddha, Gandhi and other great beings who have led the nonviolent way, we continue to believe in the gentle power of nonviolence – no matter how hard it may feel in times like this.

I pray that we can all find the courage to respond to violence with compassion, with wisdom, and with nonviolence. In this way, we will all be helping to reduce suffering in our world, and serve all those who follow us.

Please join me in praying for the victims and all those affected by the Las Vegas incident.

With compassion

Thaye Dorje

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Mindfulness Retreat Chandolin

Im Bereich des engagierten Buddhismus, basierend auf den 5 Mindfulness Trainings, gibt  es jeden Sommer ein Zusammenkommen verschiedener Nationen und Generationen, um gemeinsam Achtsamkeit zu üben. In dieser Zeit wird besonderer Fokus darauf gelegt, sowohl die innere Transformation, als auch die mitfühlende Aktion in den eigenen Prozess zu integrieren, um ein achtsames Leben im Alltag zu kultivieren.

Diese Veranstaltung wurde von Lisi Ha Vinh und Dr. Tho Ha Vinh ins Leben gerufen, welche beide Schüler des Meisters Thich Nhat Hanh sind und sich kontinuierlich für die Verbreitung der Achtsamkeit im Alltag einsetzen.





Die inneren und äußeren Bedingungen des Glücks. Was wir von Bhutan lernen können: Am Mittwoch den 6. September 2017 findet ein Vortrag in Bern von Dr. Tho Ha Vinh, Programmdirektor am Zentrum für Gross National Happiness, statt. Nach der Präsentation folgt eine Diskussion über das Konzept des Bruttoinlandglücks und dessen Realisierung in Industriestaaten und Entwicklungsländern. Der Vortrag wird auf Deutsch gehalten und die Teilnahme ist frei. Spenden auf Basis freier Wertschätzung sind willkommen.

Die inneren und äußeren Bedingungen des Glücks – Flyer