Mahāmudrā retreat - Lama Tilmann Lhündrup and Lila Kimhi - For experienced practitioners

03/07/2024 to 12/07/2024
Event category: 
Prerequisites: 
2 ריטריטים של שבוע / Two week-long retreats
The teacher: 
Teacher Name:
Lama Tilmann Lhündrup
Teacher Name:
Lila Kimhi
Location: 
Start time: Wednesday 14:30
End time: Friday 14:00
 
 
Although most of the teaching in this retreat will take place in English, there will still be some sessions and instructions in Hebrew.
If you are not fluent in Hebrew , send an email to: rishum@tovana.org.il before registering.

 


Mahāmudrā Retreat

The retreat will be held in the beautiful retreat place of the “Tovana Insight Meditation Society” in Kibbutz Ein-Dor, in Israel. 

We will practice in silence in the style of the Buddhist Mahāmudrā tradition. The course is suitable for those with a good understanding of meditation, wishing to be introduced to Mahāmudrā – which is an insight-based approach to natural being. 

Lama Tilmann Lhündrup explains the particular Mahāmudrā style of developing mental calm, insight and activity. His teachings will be based on the famous meditation manual “Moonbeams of Mahamudra” by the Tibetan Master Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-1587). You will be presented summaries of this wonderful book, so you do not need to bring it yourself. To make Mahāmudrā tangible, Lhündrup will not only teach but also guide meditations. 

Mahāmudrā is merging our heart-mind with its fundamental nature. The letting go necessary for this comes from insightful trust in the inherently liberated, intangible nature of our mind. Whether at rest or in movement, we take all experiences as doors into timeless being. We explore their self-liberating nature and the forces that shape this process. 

Just as in the Eightfold Path taught by the Buddha, Mahāmudrā practice involves three aspects – view, meditation and activity – which reinforce each other. 

1. View is our constantly refining understanding of just being, deepened through instruction, study and contemplative reflection. An open, mature view serves as the basis for exploring mind in meditation and discovering new freedom within a dynamic, active mind. 

2. Meditation is applying the view with increasing awareness. We experience ourselves as an interconnected “nobody”, influenced by many forces, with many opportunities to influence our world. Freedom within interdependence. This fundamental insight creates the heartfelt wish to make it accessible to others. 

3. Activity is implementing spiritual practice in relationships, work, nature, and society at large. Being active in this world needs continued practice to keep the balance in the middle of great challenges; we see what people truly need and why we meditate. 

Mahāmudrā meditation, which is living the view, the insight, always serves activity – it is an expression of the bodhisattva path, which takes the relaxed, open-hearted work of the Buddhist masters of old as a model – above all the Buddha himself, who was tirelessly active for 45 years after his awakening and also faced great challenges. 

 

Although no prior knowledge of Mahāmudrā is needed, here are some materials for those interested:

- English instructions on “Mahāmudrā”:
https://ekayana-institut.de/en/media/search-und-filter/?_sprache=english&_suche=Mahamudra

- Series of Moonbeams of Mahamudra Summary: An Essential Guide to Understanding and Practicing Buddhism’s Mahamudra Tradition:
https://ekayana-institut.de/en/mediathek/moonbeams-of-mahamudra-summary-an-essential-guide-to-understanding-and-practicing-buddhisms-mahamudra-tradition/

 

Hosts and assistants

Lama Tilmann
Lama Lhundrup (Tilmann Borghardt) began practicing meditation in the late 1970s. In 1981 he met the Tibetan meditation master Gendun Rinpoche and was inspired to learn about and experience meditation as taught in a variety of traditions from Burma to Tibet and beyond. Lhundrup studied medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1986, following which he entered full retreat for seven years in France under the guidance of Gendun Rinpoche, who subsequently asked him to guide others in the traditional three year retreats, which he did for 17 years. Lhundrup speaks several languages, translates...
Lama Lhundrup (Tilmann Borghardt) began practicing meditation in the late 1970s. In 1981 he met the Tibetan meditation master Gendun Rinpoche and was inspired to learn about and experience meditation as taught in a variety of traditions from Burma to Tibet and beyond. Lhundrup studied medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1986, following which he entered full retreat for seven years in France under the guidance of Gendun Rinpoche, who subsequently asked him to guide others in the traditional three year retreats, which he did for 17 years. Lhundrup speaks several languages, translates...
לילה קמחי
לִילה מתרגלת ומלמדת את אמנות מדיטציית הויפאסנה, המיינדפולנס והדהרמה מעל שני עשורים בארץ ובעולם. שהתה תקופות לימוד והתבודדות ממושכות במנזרים, אשראמים ובמרכזי מדיטציה, במסורת הבודהיסטית ובמסורת האי-שניות ההינדואיסטית. מנחה בריטריטים, סדנאות, קבוצות ויחידים ומובילה מסעות רוחניים בחו"ל. מתגוררת ומלמדת ב'עלי אדמות', מרכז רוחני אקולוגי שהקימה במושב לוזית שבעמק האלה. לִילה שמה דגש על הקשר שבין עולמנו הפנימי והחיצוני ועל אחריותינו הרדיקלית לשניהם, על חשיבות הקהילה המתרגלת יחד וחברויות הלב שנוצרות בה ושמאפשרות את לבלוב האיכויות המיטיבות שבנו, על החיבור וההזנה ההדדית שבין עומק הנשמה וגבהי הרוח ועל...
Lila Kimhi practices and teaches the art of Vipassana meditation, mindfulness and Dharma over two decades, in Israel and around the world. She spent long periods of study and practice in seclusion in monasteries, ashrams and meditation centers, in the Buddhist tradition and the Hindu non-dual tradition. Facilitates retreats, workshops, groups and individuals and leads spiritual journeys around the world. Lila lives and teaches at 'Aley-Adamot', an eco-spiritual center she founded in Moshav Luzit in the Judean planes in Israel. Lila emphasizes the connection between our inner and outer world...