Thursday, December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas! Looking back over this year, what made you humble and amazed? I've been amazed seeing my students’ patience and resilience over the year. This year was not easy, however because of our motivation to become better people, we fight with the difficulty, transform it into beneficial…, attend teachings, do meditation, hold up our Dharma practice. Every time I see you in the Zoom room, I know you are here… it makes me happy. I’m feeling humble to see many Dharma students actualize their practice in many excellent ways. Some are providing medical care, various kinds of social support. Many volunteers make great efforts, give their time to make sure Online Sangha is a safe place for refuge. Some people provide financial support so we can run this platform and we even funded enough seed money to turn our online platform into an actual to-be-finished retreat house! We are in pain and suffering, but we are trying our best to think beyond "me, me, me" and toward concerns about others and the Dharma, which is so beautiful. Thank you very much. I rejoice in all of your virtuous deeds. Because of you, I will be here to serve until samsara ends. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Big love, Venerable Namgyel Oct to Dec Impact Report BREAKING NEWS! We have successfully fundraised to buy a retreat house in Australia. This house will be the new residence of Venerable Namgyel to extend his Dharma activities to the local community.... Venerable Namgyel Online Sangha
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Celebrating Losar & Chotrul Duchen 12-27 February 2021 Lord Buddha's Fifteen Days of Miracles Losar (Tibetan New Year), followed by the The Fifteen Days of Miracles, is a special and auspicious time. It marks how Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed his miraculous powers, inspiring people to have faith. During these fifteen days (12-27 February 2021) any virtuous actions performed is multiplied by 100 million! It culminates on the full moon, the fifteenth day of the Tibetan lunar calendar, also known as Chotrul Duchen. This is a precious time to perform virtuous dharma actions. We will be launching the fundraising for the retreat house in Australia around the same time. Stay tuned for a great opportunity to accumulate numerous merits!
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Using The Lamrim Meditation App To Deepen Practice Taming The Mind If you've spent time meditating you'll have probably noticed that the practice of cultivating the mind quickly brings the understanding that it's like trying to tame a wild and mischievous monkey. Sometimes we can feel frustrated and that we aren't making much progress. Don’t give up! Analytical Meditation quickly brings the mind into focus, bringing clarity and equanimity! Some meditators are able to tame their wandering and monkey like mind simply through the practice of sitting meditation. It's said that such meditators may have had many previous lifetimes of diligent practice to hone the ability. However for most of us a practical solution is required in order to progress and quickly deepen our meditation. Through utilising the powerful practice of Analytical Meditation in addition to single-pointed meditation we can rapidly bring about further deepening of our practice. What Is Analytical Meditation? Analytical meditation is the practice of bringing the mind to bear on one object or subject matter. Commonly this will be a topic such as one found within the Lamrim and then directing the focus of the mind to consider various lines of reasoning, contemplation of analogies and reflection upon related topics primarily from one's personal experience. Through such analytical contemplation, objects appear with clarity, bringing about strong insights on meditation topics such as refuge and compassion. When greater clarity and focus is achieved, we may then set aside Analytical Meditation and concentrate on the meditation object or insights with single-pointed focus. As single-pointed focus starts to subside and the mind begins wandering again, then return to the analytical meditation. Through this method of meditating on the topic of Lamrim, we will be able to cultivate and maintain a peaceful and virtuous mind throughout our practice and life as a whole. How To Practice Analytical Meditation Preparation: Pick a topic from within the Lamrim Study the Lamrim topic, doing your best to understand the Dharma within. Prepare guided questions for the meditation or, using our app, listen to the related guided meditation audio where Venerable Namgyel will lead you throughout the session. Actual Practice: Recite the Refuge Prayer, the Four Immeasurables, the Seven Limb Prayer, and the Mandala Offering* Start your analytical meditation by either looking at the question or playing the relevant audio in the app. When you have a strong feeling towards the topic, hold it single-pointedly in your mind. If the mind becomes distracted and focus starts fading, revert back to the Analytical Meditation. As the feeling becomes restored once again, set aside the analytical meditation so that you can hold the feeling with single-pointed concentration. It’s important to finish the meditation when the mind is in a concentrated and peaceful state. Avoid overdoing it or allowing the mind to reach a state of tiredness, thus ending the meditation with a positive imprint in the mind. *Venerable Namgyel has given teachings on why we recite these prayers in the "How to Meditate Course". Benefits Of Alternating Analytical & Single Pointed Meditations: Planting the seed of Dharma in the mind stream. Directing the mind in a Dharmic way, thus developing a virtuous mind. A middle way meditation, without the need to force our mind from swaying around to being absolutely concentrated. By meditating on Lamrim, we gain realisation on the topics within, getting closer to enlightenment. Listen - sample audio from the app - a 15 minute analytical meditation on the topic of "Refuge". Watch - Teaching on Refuge (The Beautiful Foundation Online Course Week 8), follow the meditation. I'd love to know your thoughts, let me know how you feel? Thank you!
Friday, October 2, 2020
Subject is Loving Kindness Teaching time is 10am -12pm Saturday 3rd October Proposal for donation: Euro 55, Euro 45 for members, reduction possible Account Panchen Losang Chogyen Gelug-Zentrum, IBAN: AT76 6000 0005 1000 7905, BIC: BAWAATWW Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org Venerable Namgyel: Loving Kindness Join Zoom-Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89956682938... Meeting-ID: 899 5668 2938 Kenncode: 011152 Ortseinwahl suchen: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kefr14Gq51
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Thank you to so many students worldwide, who have joined our online sangha and are so enthusiastic about what we are doing, thank you, thank you and a BIG THANK YOU! We are translating into French, Spanish, Italian, Cantonese and German.....WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!!
Three people really stand out: Lillian, Szeman and Fiona.....they have been extraordinary and have brought so many people together to produce a wonderful website..... Please remember, we have never done this before, so we are doing our best. We spend hours talking, researching and experimenting with lights and sound to produce the best quality videos we can.
Wishing you all the very best for Saka Dawa which falls on the 5th June 2020 and is also the day of a lunar eclipse. It is a powerful time for dharma practice and for practicing generosity, particularly to support the dharma.
We have a wonderful programme of yoga, meditation for the young at heart/youth, White Tara practice, Medicine Buddha, Teachings on Love......wow, so much it is hard to describe!
Big love from Venerable Namgyel.
ps we have lots of sponsorship for lights, so everyday, I am offering thousands of electric lights and candles and praying on behalf of the sponsors......(gosh it is getting hot in the house!)