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The meditation chant of Mahasiddha Götsangpa (13th century) has long been one of Lama Sönam Rabgye’s favourite meditation poems. This weekend he will therefore be happy to teach it in detail, explain it and give meditation instructions.

You might ask yourself what these “seven delights” or “joys” are? They are certainly not recipes for cooking. However, they are a recipe for the path of meditation and liberating insight. They are a series of profound and unconventional recommendations for the practice of shamatha tranquillity of mind and vipashyana insight meditation.

Here is an example of one of the “delights”. The song or chant says:

“When my body has succumbed to attacks of painful illness,
I do not count on medical relief
But take that very illness as a path and, by its power,
Remove the obscurations blocking me,
And use it to encourage the qualities worthwhile;
When illness rears its head, sheer delight!”

Among other things, it is about how not to avoid the suffering and challenges that life offers, but to become freer and happier from within.

The special thing about this weekend, apart from the text, will be how Lama Sönam interprets this text and involves the participating students in a reflection on its meaning.

Friday, June 7
19:00 pm to 20:30 pm Introduction

Saturday, June 8
08:00 am to 08:30 am meditation
10:00 am to 11:30 am teaching
15:00 pm to 16:30 pm teaching

Sunday, June 9
08:00 am to 08:30 am meditation
10:00 am to 11:30 am teaching

English with German translation.

Additional Texts used for daily practrice: PDF Download

About Instructor

Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye

Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye has been one of the resident lamas of Kamalashila Institute since 1999. He was born in Nepal and studied at Karma Shri Nalanda Monastic University in Rumtek/Sikkim, later teaching at Karma Lekshey Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. His most important teacher, with whom he took refuge and was ordained, was the 3rd Jamgön Kongtrul, Karma Chökyi Lodrö Senge. As part of his teaching activities, he visits Buddhist centers throughout Europe and supervises Kamalashila city groups. He is a competent teacher of Buddhist philosophy and the meditation practices of sutra, tantra and Mahamudra.

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