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Introduction to the highest teachings of Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana)

Crete, Enagron

31 March - 2 April 2023

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Vajrayana, also known as tantric Buddhism, tantrayana, mantrayana, vehicle of the secret mantra, inner buddhism, the diamond vehicle, or the way of the thunder, is a complex and multifaceted system of Buddhist thought and

practice, that has evolved over several centuries.

According to the scriptures of vajrayana, the term refers to the highest of the three vehicles or paths to enlightenment.

 

Vajrayana today, is a mixture of deep esoteric practices for the transformation of the individual.

It consists of elements from Hindu tantra, Bon (the indigenous tradition of Tibet), Buddhism and the teachings of the Indian mahasiddhas of the Himalayas.

 

In this first seminar, we will examine introductory practices for preparing, purifying and calming the mind and body along with inner practices and techniques for self-realization

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Seminar contents:

 

Ngondro:

 

  • Introduction to Buddhist Texts

Kangyur & Tengyur. Philosophy and schools

 

 

  • External, internal and secret tsalung

Three forms of practgice for cultivating, familiarizing and promoting the energy of the practitioner

 

 

  • Samatha and vipassana

Important meditative practices that offer the practitioner the necessary foundation for the higher practices that will follow

 

 

  • The offering of the mandala

Generating merit and favorable conditions

 

 

  • Tonglen

A very powerful and effective way to transform the personal unhappiness and the unhappiness of the world

 

 

  • Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification

Understanding personal karma. The practice for the gradual purification and removal of obstacles on the spiritual path

 

 

  • Special mantras

To remove obstacles and to create better conditions in our practice and in our daily life.

 

 

  • Guru Yoga of Padmasambhava and the invocation of the 7 verses

One of the most important practices through the aspect of Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism, for attaining Buddhahood.

 

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