In times of pandemic, worldwide environmental destruction, and social disintegration, one can easily be overcome by feelings of disconnection, helplessness, resignation, and paralysis.

The poem entitled The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, written by the 14th-century monk Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo, provides clear insights on how to work with such challenges and turn around seemingly intractable situations. It points to the skillful means that bring us the strength of heart to work with difficult circumstances while being of benefit to others.

What we offer

  • Silent sitting and walking meditation practice
  • Simple body practices (Qi Gong) to support meditation practice
  • Short talks on the practice of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Simple, mindful Oryoki-style meals

Studying the text

Although not required, you may choose to begin familiarising yourself with the text before the programme begins.

Here are two good translations of the text, available online for free.

1) Ken McLeod’s translation on his website, Unfettered Mind:

2) The Lotsawa House translation:

For further resources, consult:

  1. The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
  2. Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod
  3. The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva: Commentary By Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche (which can also be downloaded for free)

Practical details

Arrival day: Saturday, April 27. You are invited to arrive at 4 pm to check in and settle into your room. Dinner is served at 6:45 pm.

End of programme: Thursday, May 2nd
Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day: Friday, May 3rd
No programme. You are welcome to stay for breakfast.

This programme will be taught in English and in French.