Misleads, Sitar, Psychill, Meditation

Wednesday Talk: MISLEADS In Spiritual Path
Dec. 10, 20:00-22:00

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TALK by: Tenzin Peljor.
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ENTRY fee: donation to Bodhicharya Center.

Spiritual needs of people have very much shifted in recent years. Meditation, yoga, retreats, celebration of full moons and solstices have become accepted activities in our society. This growing interest and need for spirituality raised the invasion of ‘enlightened masters of the universe’.

Gurus and spiritual teachers are popping up left and right. Many of them seem to provide an easy way out of the voids many people feel they have within their lives. Western societies face a market abundance of superficial, consumer-oriented, pseudo-spiritual, profit-motivated, newly invented paths of so-called transformation. How can a person tell the difference between a real and a false spiritual teacher or even a cult?

Tenzin Peljor kindly agreed to share his personal story of the search for spirituality. He was born in East Germany and raised in the Christian tradition. In adolescence he was interested in communist ideals, also tried Shamanism, Sufism and Hinduism. Later he joined the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) Center, received the ordination and served as a NKT teacher. After few years he disconnected from NKT and received the novice ordination by a Shugden Lama in Nepal. Few months later he distanced himself from all the Shugden lamas. He had to reboot his spiritual path. For four years he had to recover and tried hard to understand all his experiences of those six and a half years with the NKT and Lamas emphasizing Shugden worship. Then he asked His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the full ordination and Dalai Lama agreed. In March 2006 full ordination was granted to 180 monks, among them five Westerners including him.

Presently Tenzin is the resident monk in Bodhicharya Center Berlin. He is a member of the Board of the German Buddhist Monastic Community (DBO) and Bodhicharya Deutschland e.V.

Friday Acoustic: ANDREAS MIRANDA – Hypnotic Sitar
Dec. 12, 20:00-22:00

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LIVE by: Andreas Miranda (sitar)
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ENTRY fee: 5 eur.

Andreas Miranda is a Belgian Sitar player who studied traditional Hindustani Music under the guidance of Darshan Kumari. He has performed in various venues and festivals in Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

He is also involved in Film music and wrote the original score for the South Korean movie “Wind on the Moon”. As a big fan of ambient electronic music, Andreas likes to create a natural synergy between the two musical spheres to generate a unique and electro instrumental flow in his live sets. He also part of the psybient duo “Chikhai Sa” who are currently producing their first E.P.

He will be performing his newest and unreleased material at Nomad Bar on the 12th of December.

Saturday Chill with GRAINS OF SOUND
Dec. 13, 21:00-00:00

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LIVE by: Grains of Sound (psychedelic chillout)
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Entry fee: 2 eur.

“Grains Of Sound” project co-member Exeris, from New York City, returns again to Nomad! Their last triple album “Sine Language” received great acclaim among uptempo, downtempo and ambient music lovers. The forthcoming album (out 2015) will also be 3 volumes!. Can’t wait to see Exeris perform some of those blasting new tunes at our chai bar!

Sunday MEDITATION: Training the Mind
Dec. 14, 19:00-21:00

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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

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