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THREE ZOOM TALKS, REQUESTED BY THE SHANTIDEVA CENTRE IN NEW YORK

All talks will explore the hidden myth of the deity, their deeper symbolism and its function in Tibetan Buddhist practise. Andy Weber has studied the iconography for nearly 5 decades and has been transmitting his knowledge around the globe. His work is well known, either as original paintings, or as publications in most Dharma centres.

TALK 1

Saturday. 3. Feb 2024

10 am – 12pm  ( UK 3pm – 5pm )

AVALOKITESHVARA (Tib. Chenrezig)

The most famous patron saint of Tibet, the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ compassion, holds in his centre hands a wish-fulfilling jewel. His outer left hand holds the utpala flower with two buds, symbolising the knowledge of the three times: past, present and future. His right outer hand holds a crystal rosary to remind the practitioner to repeat his mantra: OM MANI PADME HUNG.

The manifestation of all the Buddhas’ compassion comes in 108 different versions.

The most popular in Tibet is the 1000-ARMED AVALOKITESHVARA (Tib. Chenrezig Chagtong Chentong).  According to legend, Avalokiteshvara, took a vow in front of Amitabha Buddha never to give up work to liberate all sentient beings from samsara. After aeons, he looked at his achievement and felt disillusioned with his efforts. His body split into 1000 pieces. In his agony, he cried out to Amitabha, who then transfigured his head into 10 heads put in each hand a wisdom eye and placed himself and Vajrapani , the aspect of skilful means, on top.

 TALK 2

Saturday. 10. Feb 2024

TARA – THE FEMALE BUDDHA  (Tib. Droljang)

Born from the tears  of Avalokiteshvara, the buddha of compassion, Green Tara grants protection and relief from suffering. Called “the mother of all buddhas”, she promises assistance when called upon and is seen as the embodiment of active compassion. Her right hand bestows fearlessness while her left hand (in the gesture of supreme enlightenment) holds the Utpala flower representing her knowledge of the three times. The open flower reveals the past, the closed the future and the just opening the present. With devotion to her and by doing her practice, both inner and outer obstacles can be overcome.

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA

 Feb 17

MEDICINE BUDDHA (Tib. Sangyae Menlha)

The Medicine Buddha or ‘great king with the radiance of a lapis jewel’ is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ healing qualities. His left hand holds a begging bowl filled with medicinal fruits and nectars symbolizing his power to conquer diseases and delusions. His right hand holds the myrobalan plant, renowned as the ‘king of medicines’ because of its effectiveness in treating both mental and physical illnesses. Recitation of his mantra and of his name is said to bring release from suffering, protection from dangers and untimely death.

SPECIAL ART RETREAT

LAND OF MEDICINE BUDDHA

18 – 22. APRIL

OMNISCIENT WISDOM: MANJUSHRI

This art course will be conducted in semi retreat style and will be dedicated to the swift return of our precious guru Lama Zopa Rimpoche. H.H. Dalai Lama advised all the students of FPMT to recite the mantra of Manjsuhri as often as possible.

MANJUSHRI ( Sanskrit: Manjusri , Tib. Jampelyang) is the embodiment of the enlightened wisdom of all Buddhas realizing the ultimate nature of reality. His name can be translated as “Gentle Glory “and he is one of the most widely revered bodhisattvas in Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Mostly depicted sitting in the vajra position (lotus position) on a moon and lotus cushion.

His body colour is golden yellow indicating wisdom (sun energy) and he wears the robes and ornaments of a bodhisattva. This colour in Tibetan is called Mar.Ser, Mar stands for mar.po = red, ser means gold.


Students will receive hands on tuition in drawing and painting the deity. It will focus on a small painting of Manjushri in the Mar.tang style – gold lines on a Vermillion back ground. The painting technique will focus on natural colours and the making of your own gold paint. Not many artists know this secret technique.


Description: His left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower, which supports the Prajnaparamita sutra (‘Perfection of Wisdom Sutra’), an important Mahayana text which reveals the methods for developing and realizing wisdom.

His right hand holds a flaming sword symbolizing the power of wisdom to cut through ignorance, the root of all suffering. The tip of the sword should be as thin as possible to penetrate to the deepest source. The fire on the tip expresses transformation.

SPECIAL PAINTING RETREAT

9. – 12. May 2024

LOCATION Maitreya Instituut

SUBJECT: MAITREYA – THE FUTURE BUDDHA

TIME TABLE: Thursday 9. May @ 19.30

Fri/Sat/Sunday: 9.30 to 13pm, 14.30 – 17 pm, 20pm Meditation and Prayers REGISTRATION: Maitreya Instituut Loenen Hoofdweg 109 7371GE Loenen, Gld. Tel: (05550) 50 908 loenen@maitreya.nl

 

MAITREYA – THE FUTURE BUDDHA

The subject of Maitreya, the Future Buddha is an important subject for our imminent but also long-distance future. Not only for us as individual humans but for the survival of the planet and all its inhabitants.

The course will focus on perfecting canvas making, making paints from natural colours and the technique how to make your own gold paint from gold leaf. The transmission of using natural colours is important as they do not pollute the planet and are the most permanent.

Part of the course will focus on “Mar.tang” style of painting, which means gold lines on a red background. Also called “Tsel tang“ – after the red Vermilion used in these paintings.

YEARLY SUMMER COURSE IN SPAIN

TUSHITA RETREAT CENTER – GIRONA

CARRER PLA DE MONTFALCO 3, 17406 VILADRAU, GIRONA

CONTACT: ANTON AT: TIGLE.AG@ GMAIL.COM

27. MAY – 3. JUNE

OMNISCIENT WISDOM: MANJUSHRI & YAMANTHAKA

This art course will be conducted in semi retreat style and will be dedicated to the swift return of our precious guru Lama Zopa Rimpoche. H.H. Dalai Lama advised all the students of FPMT to recite the mantra of Manjsuhri as often as possible.

MANJUSHRI ( Sanskrit: Manjusri , Tib. Jampelyang) is the embodiment of the enlightened wisdom of all Buddhas realizing the ultimate nature of reality. His name can be translated as “Gentle Glory “and he is one of the most widely revered bodhisattvas in Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. Mostly depicted sitting in the vajra position (lotus position) on a moon and lotus cushion.

His body colour is golden yellow indicating wisdom (sun energy) and he wears the robes and ornaments of a bodhisattva. This colour in Tibetan is called Mar.Ser, Mar stands for mar.po = red, ser means gold.

Students will receive hands on tuition in drawing and painting the bodhisattna emanation while advanced students have the option to study the wrathful emanation of Yamanthaka – Manjushris most wrathful emanation. The painting style will focus on a small painting of Manjushri in the Mar.tang style – gold lines on a Vermillion back ground. The painting technique will focus on natural colours and the making of your own gold paint. Not many artists know these secret techniques.

 

Description: Manjushri’s left hand holds the stem of a lotus flower, which supports the Prajnaparamita sutra (‘Perfection of Wisdom Sutra’), an important Mahayana text which reveals the methods for developing and realizing wisdom.

His right hand holds a flaming sword symbolizing the power of wisdom to cut through ignorance, the root of all suffering. The tip of the sword should be as

thin as possible to penetrate to the deepest source. The fire on the tip expresses transformation.

 

Come and join us in the mountains, very close to the “old” Tushita retreat centre in the National park. Stunning mountain views, swimming pool and three vegetarian meals per day will heal many of us. It is a 10 minutes walk to the village with bakery, one shop and a café bar.

The all inclusive price will be E 575.