Public Teachings by Chamtrul Rinpoche, Valletta, 2019

Tibetan Buddhist Teacher in Malta

Bodhicitta Malta Community October 5, 2018 at 9:00 am
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Project Description

Help us to host Chamtrul Rinpoche

Our Project

We have invited Chamtrul Rinpoche, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist Lama, to teach to the general public in Malta for the second time. Rinpoche teaches various topics in spiritually, philosophy, and psychology, to spread enhancement of inner peace of mind through Dharma in Malta, and around the world.

Everybody is welcome to these teachings, which will be held sometime between February and April 2019.

Who we are

We are a newly-registered voluntary organisation, Bodhicitta Malta, whose aim is to spread awareness about Dharma in Malta.

Members of our group come from various countries and around twenty of us meet once a month, every full moon, usually at the Volunteer Centre in Valletta. We recite world peace prayers, meditate, read some key Dharma texts and sometimes offer a Ganachakra feast.

Everyone is very welcome to join our events, and no previous experience is necessary. Should you be interested in getting to know us, please follow our facebook page or send us an email.

Our story

Last March, one of our founding members invited her teacher, Chamtrul Rinpoche, to visit Malta as part of his teaching tour and to give three days of talks at the Valletta Campus Theatre. Around 150 people came on each day, and the event was felt to be a huge success.

Rinpoche taught on several topics. On the first day, he gave preliminary teachings on ‘Dream Yoga’ as a preparation for the second day’s instructions. Dream Yoga is a method for achieving awareness and lucidity in one’s dreams, with the ultimate aim of recognizing the true nature of one’s mind and achieving enlightenment. The efficacy of some Tibetan techniques for inducing lucid dreams has recently been confirmed by science.

Rinpoche also gave a more general talk on Buddhism and science. It is often claimed, for example by H.H. the Dalai Lama, that Buddhism must conform to the scientific attitude, and there is much collaboration happening between Buddhist monks and neuroscientists these days. The audience had opportunity to ask questions and there was a very lively discussion.

Some people wanted to enter the path of actual Dharma in a traditional way, and Rinpoche kindly performed the ceremony to benefit all beings from this life until Enlightenment.

During that time, some of us were lamenting the fact that teachers visit so rarely, and that it is so hard to keep up a steady practice, without the support of a Dharmic community. We decided it was time to stop complaining and to get organised, and Bodhicitta Malta is the result of that discussion.

We have invited Rinpoche back to teach next year so that we can continue our studies and training and take further steps on our path.

However this year we we would like to ask for your help covering expenses.

Total costs came to 2500 Euros last year, the bulk of which (1500) went towards hiring the venue, chosen for its capacity and central location.

Our long term project is to have premises of our own, which will greatly reduce the costs of such events. If you can help with this, please email us.

In the meantime, we are asking for your help to finance Rinpoche’s return.

How you can help

You can be involved in this project by helping to fund this year’s visit, for which we estimate around 2,200 – 2,500 will be needed. Any extra money that is collected will go towards bringing Rinpoche back in coming years.

We are grateful for all contributions and will offer membership to Bodhicitta Malta for one year, a free kata (traditional Tibetan offering scarf), seat reservations for the event and the opportunity to meet Rinpoche, at a dinner specially organised for our main sponsors.

We thank you in advance for your generosity and pray that the benefits multiply and spread! Sarva Mangalam!

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Chamtrul Rinpoche is the third in a series of recognized reincarnations in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1963, Rinpoche joined Mardo Tashi Choling Monastery at 14 and continued his training at Kathok monastery and Larung Gar until he was awarded the degree of Khenpo (Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy).

Since 1999 Rinpoche is based in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, where he runs the Bodhicitta Dharma Centre in Dharamkot. He spends much of the year travelling around the world teaching and giving empowerments and transmissions, at the request of his students, whom he compassionately guides towards inner peace and happiness.

Testimonial

“As I made my way into the dimly lit room, I could hear entrancing, ambient meditation music playing… immediately putting me at ease, and calming my nerves… These humans were complete strangers to me, yet I felt a sense of belonging being among them”

Although I am still quite sceptical of certain Buddhist views and beliefs, one thing I was very impressed with was the way (Rinpoche) links one topic to another, even when the relation is not immediately apparent.

“These two days were truly a fascinating and enlightening experience for me and, should another similar opportunity arise, I will certainly not think twice about going again.”

https://pjcarbonaro.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reflecting-on-rinpoches-teachings/