Dec. 03, 20:00-22:00 – Wednesday Talk: VIOLENCE In BUDDHISM
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Buddhism is generally portrayed in the West as a religion of peace and non-violence. The first of Buddhism’s ‘Five Moral Precepts’ states that it is wrong to take the lives of others.
But in Myanmar (formerly Burma) clashes between native Buddhists, some of them monks, and minority Muslims have left over 200 people dead, and more than 150,000 people homeless in 2012.
In 2008 violence erupted in Tibetan capital Lhasa, as Buddhist monks and other ethnic Tibetans brawled with Chinese security forces in bloody clashes. Tibetans directed their anger against Chinese and their businesses, burning shops, hotels, cars and military vehicles. Local officials reported at least 10 people burned to death.
So what is Buddhism’s teaching about the use of violence? Is it permitted or prohibited? Is Buddhist violence the consequence of modern society or does it have historical traditions? Is it allowed to kill a tyrant? What is compassionate killing? Is self-violence (suicide) justifiable?
Tibetan buddhist monk Tenzin Peljor kindly agreed to discuss these issues with us. Tenzin has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1996 and was fully ordained by the Dalai Lama in 2006. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche appointed him to be the resident monk in Bodhicharya Center Berlin. In 2008-2013 he studied the “master program” of Buddhist studies at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. He is a member of the Board of the German Buddhist Monastic Community (DBO) and Bodhicharya Deutschland e.V.
Dec. 6 (Saturday), 20:00-23:00 – Acoustic & Digital Live: DIDGERIDOO Meets AMBIENT
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Berlin’s musicians Marc Miethe and Mystic Crock have teamed up to connect their musical passions and create new worlds of sound. Sophisticated ambient’s grooves will blend with didgeridoo’s fully organic landscapes.
Marc Miethe is one of the true innovators of contemporary Didgeridoo style. He is liberating mankind’s oldest known wind instrument, elevating the Didgeridoo from it’s image of being an “accompanying drone instrument” into a new status. With his fresh and extraordinary skills, a lot of taste and humor, it is his aim to explore the multiple possibilities of this simple wooden tube.
Mystic Crock started off into his ambient cosmos and began producing his own tracks in 2013, after playing as a DJ for many years. “Nomad” was his debut album as a solo artist. Later he recorded the second album “Difference”. Recently he released his third album called “Reef”, which was mastered by Aes Dana (Ultimae Rec.).
Dec. 7, 19:00-21:00 – Sunday MEDITATION: Training the Mind
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Meditation practitioners say, it’s good to participate in a group meditation regularly.
Together we’ll be learning to do Shamatha meditation.
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.
Article by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:
SHAMATHA MEDITATION: TRAINING THE MIND