General Buddhist Studies Course 2013

The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas
Course guided by Dzogchen Ranyak Patrul Rinpoche
The General Buddhist Studies Course has been designed for those who wish to be guided through their study of Buddhism, but who do not wish to commit themselves to a programme of continual study and practice. It is open to all and will be be followed in future years by other teachings which will enrich students' understanding of diverse aspects of Buddhism. It is a rare and excellent opportunity to receive an introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, while meeting an authentic and qualified Buddhist lama.
As a topic for this year’s course Rinpoche choose “The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas”, a classic text composed by the great Tibetan master Gyalse Ngulchu Togme (1295 - 1369). It beautifully portrays the central Mahayana thoughts of loving-kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through practice. Although the root text was composed some centuries ago, it remains highly relevant for modern scholars and practitioners due to its down-to-earth instructions and straightforward approach. Without much elaboration but with great literally beauty, it summarizes the quintessence of the Mahayana path in a way that has made it a precious treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.
Normally this text is the object of self-studies for shedra students as well, so its investigation together under Rinpoche’s guidance will be useful for any type of participants, be they complete beginners or advanced shedra students.

Rinpoche will teach in English; there will be a translation into French.

The course will be followed by the Altruistic Activity Retreat, also taking place in Dharma City. More information can be found here.

Event Details
Buddhist Practice
Patrul Rinpoche
Dharma City, 300 Rue de Mettet, Florennes 5620, Belgium
Open to All
Fee Information: 
Participation fee includes the costs to organize the course, infrastructure, course materials and meals.
  • Normal price: 150 €
  • For those having financial difficulties and before the enrollment deadline (03/05/13), a reduced price is offered: 120€ or 40€/day.

  • Accommodation on site is 40 € for 1 or more nights. If you are renting a private caravan, please add the amount agreed with the owner to the 40 €.

Note that the course fee includes a simple dinner on the 9/05 and the dinner on 12/05. If you wish any extra meal outside of the course period, please add it in the comment of your enrolment. 

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Contact Details: 
First day (May 9th, 2013)  detailed schedule:
17:00 Registration
18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
20:00 - 21:00 First Session of teaching by Rinpoche
21:00 Ngondro
22:00 End of the day

The schedule for the other days (May 10th - May 12th) will be distributed on site 

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