Modern Buddhist Meditation Classes
21 August–18 September / 16 October–11 December 2019
These feature classes with Gen Kelsang Devi are organized as short courses, usually around 4 weeks long, covering a wide range of engaging topics (See list below). You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can as each class is self-contained, or you can just come along to try a session. The classes include one guided meditation and a practical teaching on how to apply the ancient wisdom of Buddha’s teachings to busy modern life. Not to be missed! After the class you can stay for a tea and biscuits and have a chat with other people from the class.
Suitable for all levels of experience. It is a drop-in class, so advanced booking is not necessary.
In English with German translation.
How to solve our human problems
21–28 August 2019
21 August | How to solve our human problems – Introduction – with Kelsang Chogdrub
28 August | How to solve our human problems – through meditation
In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others, and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes.
During these meditation series you will receive an introduction to the book “How to solve our human problems” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The instruction given in this book are methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind.
Understanding Buddha’s Four Noble Truths
4–18 September / 16 October 2019
04 September | Why problems effortlessly arise – 1st Noble Truth
11 September | Identifying and eradicating the causes of our suffering – 2nd Noble Truth
18 September | The inner path to freedom and happiness – 3rd Noble Truth
16 October | Striving for lasting happiness – 4th Noble Truth – with Kelsang Chogdrub
Buddhas popular teachings of the Four Noble Truths will be explained in these meditation series, in a practical and light-hearted way. They offer a clear and simple solution on how to free ourselves from painful experiences. This wisdom will give us an understanding on the true causes of our human problems and how we are able to eradicate them permanently. During these evenings there will be also an opportunity to meditate on these profound teachings, which leads us to an oasis of peace within our own hearts.
Keep Cool – the art of patience
23 October–27 November 2019
23 October | Keep Cool – the art of patience
30 October | Why we get angry
06 November | The power of patience in our daily life
13 November | The power of patience in our spiritual path
20 November | Stopping anger and conflict through Buddha’s wisdom – part 1
27 November | Stopping anger and conflict through Buddha’s wisdom – part 2
Every day we encounter hundreds of situations we do not like, from stubbing our toe or having a disagreement with our partner. Our normal reaction to all of these occurrences is to become unhappy and angry. Since it is impossible to fulfil all our desires or to stop unwanted things happening to us, we need to find a different way of relating to frustrated desires and unwanted occurrences. Through training our mind in patience we will learn to keep a cool and positive state of mind all the time.
4–11 December 2019
04 December | Understanding the mind – the creator of our reality
11 December | Understanding past and future lives – with Kelsang Chogdrub
Even after 2500 years, Buddha’s wisdom has proven to be more relevant than ever. These evenings will offer an insight into basic buddhist views, such as us understanding the nature of our own mind and past and future lives. Through these teachings we will be able to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.
Gen Kelsang Devi is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Switzerland as well as Kailash International Retreat Center in Törbel (Valais) and a modern Buddhist nun. She is a senior teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition having studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for 20 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
During this time Gen Devi has engaged in extensive silent meditation retreat and has also taught and skilfully guided numerous group retreats around the world. Gen Devi’s experience makes her teachings and guidance in retreats very powerful, clear and practical. Her joyful warmth and humour make them accessible to everyone. She is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice and is dedicated to helping everyone find peace in their minds through the experience of meditation and to use Buddha’s timeless teachings to discover real happiness in modern life.
The talk and meditation class takes place at Kadampa Meditation Center Switzerland in Zürich Altstetten.
Kadampa Meditation Centre Switzerland
+41 (0) 44 461 33 88