Public Talk in Bern, Switzerland – Life, Death and Rebirth : A Buddhist Perspective Based on the Traditional Tibetan Teachings of the Bardo Thödal
November 1, 2018
Hosted jointly by the Ripa International Center with Die Quelle. Please register here on the Die Quelle site directly.
According to the Buddhist view of impermanence, death is part of the natural process of birth, aging, dying and rebirth. Death is not considered as the end of life, but merely as the passing away of the body that we inhabit. Our mind-stream will remain, and our habitual tendency of yearning and attachment usually leads us to seek a new body, a new life. How this next life will be and what form it will take is determined by the actions of past lives.
Provided that we have become acquainted with the true nature of our mind through meditative practice, the moment of death is a great opportunity to recognize and merge with our inherent clear light – our Buddha nature – and in this time we can become free from the wheel of cyclic existence (birth, aging, dying and rebirth).
Dungsey Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy teacher of the Kagyu and Nyngma lineages. Born in India in October 1970, he is the successor to the spiritual lineage of the Ripa family, a lineage of reincarnated lamas since the 17th century from eastern Tibet. He is the leader of the monasteries of the Ripa lineage in India and Nepal. He is also the spiritual leader of a Tibetan community living in exile in Orissa, India.
Since 1996, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche has been touring Asia, Europe and the USA on a regular basis. There he lectures and gives seminars for a lay audience on various topics such as “Meditation for the modern world,” “Eastern wisdom in the world today,” “Goodness and creativity,” “Authentic presence for executives,” and so on. Rinpoche is the spiritual teacher of more than 6,000 students around the world and has opened centers in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Germany, Russia, Japan and the USA. He is the spiritual director of the Ripa International Center, the international center of the Ripa Lineage in the West, located in Niederwangen b. Bern. (www.ripa-international.com).
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is a socially engaged Buddhist teacher – as he is happy to be known – his immediate understanding of the human mind, his lively and spontaneous style of speaking, his freshness and sense of humor make him a valuable teacher in almost every situation. Especially when it comes to helping lay practitioners in a variety of situations integrate traditional spiritual values into modern life.