Magic, Cowspiracy, Veganism, Meditation

Nov. 26, 20:00-22:00 – Wednesday Talk & Demo: MAGIC In Everyday Life

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TALK by: Joanne Richardson.
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ENTRY: donation to the speaker.

“As a child I used to be fascinated by stories and films about magic. Children have a special affinity to seeing magic all around them – sticks are magic wands, trees rustle and point the way home when lost, animals speak in secret languages. But aside from this metaphorical sense of learning to see the world with enchanted eyes again, what can magic – as actual practices that developed in western esotericism and eastern spirituality – teach us today?

This talk will present my own system of self-transformation, which is based both on intuitive revelation and studying diverse traditions – ancient philosophy, western hermeticism, alchemy, tantra, Vajrayana buddhism and Jungian psychoanalysis. It involves a series of progressive stages, from self-observation, to developing communion with the lower self (subconscious) and higher self (inner guru), balancing chakras, working with archetypes, and mastering the 5 elements.”

Joanne Richardson is a philosopher, artist, activist, and the author of 2 books and 8 films. Her current work, The Magic in Everyday Life, will be developed both as a guidebook and series of workshops.

Nov. 27, 20:00-22:00 – Thursday Documentary: COWSPIRACY

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FILM: Cowspiracy (2014, USA)
By: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
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Entry: FREE.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Nov. 29 (Saturday), 20:00-00:00 – Talk & DJ Set: VEGANISM and Psychedelic Experiences

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Music: Deejayridoo (psychedelic downtempo)
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Entry fee: 2 eur.

The activist for animal rights Gérald V Hägele (aka Deejayridoo) will explain the connection between psychedelic experiences (mind expansion, shamanic experiences of deep insights) and the animal world.
According to Gérald, we all should live in a compassionate way and reject all violence against sentient beings.

After the talk he will play us psychedelic downtempo DJ set and show us the slideshow about veganism and animal rights.

Nov. 30, 19:00-21:00 – Sunday MEDITATION: Training the Mind

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Shamatha Mediation GUIDED by: Seseg Zhigzhitova.
Tergar Meditation Community.

ENTRY fee: donation to the meditation community.

If we want to go on any kind of journey—not just a spiritual one but also a secular one, such as studying or doing business—we need a mind that is workable. We need a mind that we can rely on. That’s the notion of training the mind, of making the mind workable so it can do whatever it needs to do.

Shamatha, or mindfulness, meditation is how we make this mind more stable, more useful. From this point of view, shamatha is not purely a Buddhist practice; it’s a practice that anyone can do. It doesn’t tie in with a particular spiritual tradition. If we want to undo bewilderment, we’re going to have to be responsible for learning what our own mind is and how it works, no matter what beliefs we hold.

Seseg Zhigzhitova is a group coordinator and practice leader of of the Tergar Practice group Berlin, which is a part of International Tergar Meditation Community, guided by Mingyur Rinpoche. Seseg lives in Berlin, working as an architect.

Article by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:
SHAMATHA MEDITATION: TRAINING THE MIND

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