The teachings of the East in the centre of Prague 

Pick an event from our programme and visit us. We organize courses, different types of meditation, medical and physical activities, cultural events and other happenings.

Division of activities

Geshe Yeshi Gawa's Courses - please read the current status here:

On March 12, 2020 we have closed Tibet Open House due to a government safety order regarding the coronavirus pandemic. 

We have prepared online lessons for you! It started on Monday, March 23, 2020. Please read the information below.

Geshe Yeshi Gawa has been our Residential Lama since 2017. You can attend his courses and meditation, and occasionally lectures about secular ethics and other topics. Find more information about him in the section About us.


Online courses by Geshe Yeshi Gawa

We are continuing in Geshe Yeshi Gawa's online lectures during Corona virus time with 7th, 8th & 9th week online - 12 May-28 May, 2020.

We can see each other 5 times per week! Morning or evening - you choose.

We have prepared 6th video from these lectures -
recitation of the mantra of 20th Tara. You can find them all on our YouTube channel.

PROGRAM:

Mondays - 20:00- 21:00 - Buddhist Philosophy Lo Jong, mind training
Tuesdays - 9:00-10:00 - Mindfulness meditation
Wednesdays - 20:00 - 21:00 - Mantra recitation with short explanation
Thursdays - 9:00- 10:00 - Mindfulness meditation
Sundays - 20:00-21:00 - Mantra recitation

Lo Jong - Buddhist Philosophy & Mind Training

Teaching based on the book “Letter to a Friend” from Nagarjuna. The text guides both householders and the ordained on the path leading to liberation and the state of happiness.

The teaching is in English & for voluntary contributions, which enable us to provide it for you and other people.

Be so kind and send your contribution by bank transfer to transparent account of Linhart Foundation, Public Collection for Tibet Open House: 
Account No. 115-2553010267/0100
IBAN: CZ7101000001152553010267, BIC SWIFT CODE: KOMBCZPPXXX.
We prefer you send it in one amount in a month - to prevent bank charges.
THANK YOU for your support and generosity, we will not be able to make it without you.

IT WILL RUN via https://zoom.us/
1. Download free app from this site - whether on your phone or computer (computer version is more user friendly).
2. Create your login (it takes you one minute and is also free).
3. Click on the link https://zoom.us/j/5110908637. Or open ZOOM application and type the number of the event 5110908637.
- please join 5-10 minutes in advance so that we can start on time, thank you.

Should you have a question, please send us a Facebook message or email at info@tibetopenhouse.cz.

We have also prepared six videos for you from these online lectures - to be found on YouTube.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you and the community.

PS: if you want to receive newsletters from us with the programs and news, you can sign in on our webpage - at the bottom of our homepage

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Open Courses - we will reopen as soon as it is possible

Courses of Geshe Yeshi Gawa in Tibet Open House are separated into trimesters, and can be either open or regular. You can come to an open course anytime, for our regular courses it is recommended you attend regularly (by arrangement, it is possible to join during the course as well). Read the descriptions of the courses below. 

Financial contributions are voluntary. We don't want the contribution to be a hindrance to your attendance, but we welcome support for covering the expenses!

The recommended minimum contribution is 108 CZK. It is a sacred number, with number 1 representing god, number 0 is emptiness and number 8 is infinity and eternity. 
You can donate your contribution into the donation box of our public collection at our centre.

Mindfulness Meditation course

Tuesdays 18:30-19:30

The Mindfulness Meditation course which can be used as a tool to relax and achieve inner peace is a popular open course of Tibet Open House.

The course is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners and is in English.

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Lamrim – Lam-dron

Wednesdays 17:00-18:00

Open class for buddhist practitioners with Geshe Yeshi Gawa, teaching based on the book “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” from Atisha Dipamkara. The teaching is in English.
 

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Open Meeting with Geshe Gawa

Thursdays 16:15-17:15

Opportunity for anyone to meet the Residential Lama of Tibet Open House, Geshe Yeshi Gawa. Either for an individual consultation, a spiritual conversation, or spiritual talk on your personal subject.
Come to our pleasant Centre for a cup of tea or coffee. The conversation is in English.

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Regular Courses

Register online here or right in Tibet Open House at first class. First class is going to be trial one and a gift for you. 

Tibetan Language

Beginners - Thursdays 17:30-19:00
Intermediates - Wednesdays 18:15-19:30
Advanced - Mondays 17:30-19:00

We bring you a rare opportunity to learn an endangered, but precious language, also the key language for the studies of Buddhism. The first hour of the course is dedicated to conversation, the second one to reading and writing. The teaching is in English.

Buddhist philosophy and Mind Training

Tuedays 17:15-18:15

The instructions are of special interest to those who wish to practice the teaching of inner values while continuing to live and work in the society.

Dharma – Buddhist teaching

Handing down Dharma is one of the main contents of Tibet Open House. The Buddhist teachings are delivered by our residential Lama and our (usually foreign) guests.

Photography of the altar of Gönpa in Tibet Open House, October 2019

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Regular full-moon mantra recitation on 7 May 2020

Along with explanation of the mantra given by Geshe Yeshi Gawa, Tibetan scholar and Residential Lama of Tibet Open House.
With the mantras of healing deities - Tara & 20th Tara - for preventing and pacifying epidemic diseases and for long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 
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Full moon healing mantra recitation - 8 April 2020 on Zoom

This is another regular Full moon mantra recitation along with explanation of the mantra given by Geshe Yeshi Gawa. 
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Visit of Chamtrul Rinpoche in April 4-6, 2020 - CANCELED

Chamtrul Rinpoche was to visit Prague and our center for the third time from 4 to 6 April 2020.
Due to the current situation he canceled his European tour and sent us this message:

"Currently, we face a new situation due to the Corona virus, and the situation now changes quickly every day. At the moment it is not so easy to foresee the further development. After having carefully considered the overall situation, I decided to delay my teachings in Europe to a future time when the spread of the virus will have come to an end. The reason for my decision is that I do not think of myself alone but rather that during a time when people more and more fear to organize and attend gatherings of many people, I think it could cause inconveniece to both, organizers and visitors, if we stick to my teaching schedule as planned before. For me, this decision is not easy since I know that all of you have spent many efforts to prepare my visits and travels, however I think for the moment, it is the best decision. In any case, we will keep this tour and schedule for next year.

Please pray to protect yourself and others from the Corona virus the Mantra of Tara OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA and the Mantra of Guru Rinpoche OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG each at least 100 times per day."

Chamtrul Rinpoche

We wish you good health and optimistic mind and we look forward to meeting you again,
your Tibet Open House team

For more information including Rinpoche’s biography, please go to:
chamtrul-rinpoche.com
bodhicitta.org
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Green Tara

Full-moon mantra session on Miracle Day - March 9, 2020
The first full moon in the Tibetan New Year is Chötrul Düchen, one of the four most important Buddhist holidays. We therefore recited the mantra of Buddha Sakyamuni OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SOHA and Sutra remembering the Three Jewels. Part of the meeting was the teaching of Geshe Yeshi Gawa on the importance of this holiday and how to meditate effectively with the mantra. On this extraordinary day we also welcomed an exceptional guest, a Czech nun honorable Tenzin Palmo and her teacher Geshe Graham.
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Group mantra recitation - February 9, 2020 
With the teaching of Geshe Yeshi Gawa and the group recitation of mantra. 

Group mantra recitation - January 10, 2020
With the teaching of Geshe Yeshi Gawa and the group recitation of the usnisa vijaya mantra for long life of HH the Dalai Lama and Australia. Visited also by an honoured guest Dorji Gyeltshen from Chorten Nyingpo Monastery, Bhutan. Photos are here.

Dhammadipa – Unity in Harmony - December 10, 2019
It was an honour for us to bring the teachings of Dhammadipa, a Buddhist monk originally from the Czech Republic. The theme is: Unity in Harmony – mutual harmony amongst Buddhistic traditions.
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Tea ceremony with a monk and celebration of Thich Nhat Hanh's book publication - December 4, 2019
Meditative tea ceremony with monk Tu Phuoc from the Plum Village monastery. The tradition of Plum Village was founded by the famous zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, promoter of "committed Buddhism" and connection of spiritualism and activism. Introductio of three books published by Alferia.
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Recitation of mantras, White Tara ceremony and traditional Tibetan tea party - November 12, 2019
With a guest from Tibet, Lama Geshe Gyaltsen (72) of Dharamsala, uncle of Geshe Yeshi Gawa.
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Group mantra recitation XII. - the Million Mantras for the Dalai Lama Project, organized by Mantrajana – 13 October 2019
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Lopon Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche's teachings – 19-23 September 2019
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Joy of life 1 – meditation worshop with Holger Yeshe – 28-29 September 2019
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Group mantra recitation XI. - the Million Mantras for the Dalai Lama Project, organized by Mantrajana – 13 September 2019
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Tibet Open House Summer Weekend Retreat with Geshe Yeshi Gawa - September 2-4, 2019, Gönpa Všenory
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Tibetan Medicine

Tibetan medicine, also known as Sowa Rigpa, is a precious heritage of Tibet. It is very beneficial even for our European society that is why we strive for its propagation in Czech Republic.
It is a holistic system of treatment and prevention for maintaining equilibrium of body, energy and mind.

We have organized two intensive workshops about Tibetan medicine in the past, which included a Friday lecture and a weekend teaching. For both of these course we invited an experienced Tibetan healer MUDr. Darima Balzhinimaeva, a student of the renowned Emchi Lama Dr. Dugarov from the Republic of Buryatia. 

We also organize courses with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko, a healer and a lecturer of Tibetan medicine and chairwoman in the Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine.

We also cooperate with Roman Nenadl from Czech company specializing to Tibetan Medicine products - Norbu tibetská medicína, s.r.o.

Since 2019 we have already organized two weekend workshops of Tibetan yoga Lu Jong with French teacher Julie Breukel Michel. Of these practitioners, 6 opted for almost a year of intensive Lu Jong teacher training and in November 2019 the first week of this training took place at our retreat center in Všenory.

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Online practice of Tibetan medicine with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko - 2 May 2020, in Czech only

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Online yoga and therapy for imunity from the perspective of Tibetan medicine, with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko - 5 April 2020, in Czech only

Online Buddha medicine practice with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko - 28 March 2020, in Czech only

Sowa Rigpa III. - Nourishment according to Tibetan medicine 

Due to Corona virus situation we had to cancel this lecture - SOWA RIGPA III with the topic is "Healthy nourishment according to Tibetan medicine". Nevertheless, Darima Balzhinimaeva MD, MS - a doctor of Tibetan medicine, gave us an interview - you can read it here.

14 December 2019 - Buddha medicine practice with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko from the Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine - in Czech only
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21-27 November 2019 – Lu Jong teaching training, part one with Julie Breukel Michel, Všenory Gönpa (only for Lu Jong course alumni)

19-21 October 2019 – Lu Jong – the healing yoga of ancient Tibet – a seminar and healing therapies with Julie Breukel Michel 
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10 October 2019 –Tibetan rejuvenation methods with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko from the Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine
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3 October 2019 – Tibetan medicine in autumn practically with Roman Nenadl
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10-11 May 2019 – Sowa Rigpa II. – Diagnosis in traditional Tibetan medicine with MUDr. Darima Balzhinimaeva 
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9 October 2018 – Extraordinary lecture of Dr. Arbuzov: Health in autumn according to TTM
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3-4 November 2018 – Alain Beauregard /CAN/ Spiritual and Emotional Aspects of Healing from a Buddhist Perspective
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9 November 2018 – Karmamudra - Tibetan art of love - 9. 11. 2018. Organized by the Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine. Doctor Nida Chenagtsang.
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27-28 October 2018 – Sowa Rigpa I. – The art of a healthy life according to Tibetan medicine with MUDr. Darima Balzhinimaeva
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2 May 2018 – Healing Herbs of Himalayas – lecture of Eric Rosenbush and Prashanti Yager.
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10-12 November 2017 – Traditional Tibetan Medicine Festival. Organized by Norbu Tibetan Medicine a Academy of traditional Tibetan medicine.
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Ecology 

We hold the topic of ecology and protection of our environment very dear to our heart. We are preparing a programme about ecology sometime during 2020 – follow us and keep in touch.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said:
“The natural world is our home. It is not necessarily sacred or holy. It is simply where we live. It is therefore in our interest to look after it. This is common sense.” - His Holiness Dalai Lama
(Excerpt from Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millennium by Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama)

More info at: https://www.dalailama.com/messages/environment

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Leh valley near the Zangdok Palri monastery in Ladak, J&K, India on 7th of August 2016. (Foto: Tenzin Choejor/OHHD)​​​​​​​

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26th September 2019 – Climatic inequality: humanitarian help in time of climatic crisis – lecture CARE Czech Republic and ADRA CZ
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Culture

The Tibet Open House consists of a main gallery, which is a pleasant, bright 110 m2 space. Furthermore, in the second building on the same backyard there is a meditation room with an area of 35 m2 and a classroom.
In the field of culture we are engaged in organising screenings of movies, discussions, author readings, exhibitions, concerts, tea ceremonies and other cultural events, thematically tuned with Tibet, East and Buddhism. If you have an idea for a similar event, feel free to contact us.

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CANCELED: Chhemet Rigzin & Buddha 108 ft. - 20 March, 6 pm

We invite you to a meeting with the renowned Ladakhi sculptor Chhemet Rigzin, with whom we work on the Buddha 108 Ft. project - the construction of a meditation center in Ladakh, India, whose partner is Linhartova nadace.

Admission is voluntary and your contribution will support the building of the Buddha 108 Ft. Chhemet is going to speak in hindi, the translator will translate him in English.

We are organising a workshop with Chhemet on the weekend following this meeting - the event is Workshop with Chhemet Rigzin, renowned Ladakhi sculptor.

ABOUT THE GUEST
Chhemet Rigzin is one of the leading Ladakh sculptors. He is the son of Shilpa Guru Nawang Tsering, also a sculpture master. From nine years he has been engaged in the modeling art along with his teacher. In 1988, he was accepted to the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, where he gained experience in modeling and traditional Tibetan painting under his father's direction. After completing his studies, he has been involved in sculpture, not only in Ladakh, but also in India, and has been conducting sculpture workshops in Brunswick, Germany for the last five years.

ABOUT THE PROJECT
As the main partner of the Buddha 108’ – Mahasangha Center, Linhart Foundation helps with funding, planning and designing the building. Their representatives had the opportunity to meet with the local community and learn about the traditional Ladakhi culture for the first time in 2014. Since then their unique relationship has been deepening and developing. In 2015, the foundation stone was laid and in 2016 construction of the foundations commenced. In 2017, a part of foundations of the third floor was completed and construction of pillars started. A preliminary survey for a regional development project called Building Resiliency was conducted in 2017. This project aims to support the resiliency of this traditional Tibetan Buddhist community using local economic development tools.

The dominant feature of the building is the Buddha on the Throne Statue, which is 108 feet (33 meters) high.

The building is ecological and uses traditional local resources and centuries-tested materials. The main partner is the Linhart Foundation, which helps with the financing, planning, design and technical solutions of the project.

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CANCELED:Workshop with Chhemet Rigzin, renowned Ladakhi sculptor - 21 & 22 March, 2020

We invite you for this special event of our special guest who has been staying with us in the Czech Republic for almost one month.
You can also meet him on Friday in Tibet Open House at the event Chhemet Rigzin & Buddha 108 ft.

You can learn in the workshop with this renowned sculptor from Indian Ladhak about creation of Buddhist statues. He is going to explain the traditional techniques, answer your questions and you are going to make a TSA-TSA mold (miniature Tibetan sculpture) under his guidance.

It is going to take place in our Gönpa (meditation retreat center) in Všenory, Prague-east).
Lunches and small refreshment in two days is included, and will be prepared by our Tibetan friend, Chungpo.

Capacity is limited to 7 participants, please register at info@tibetopenhouse.cz.
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WILL BE POSTPONED: Screening of the movie "Mantra - sounds into silence" and mantras concert - 19 March, 6.30 pm

We are pleased to present a feature documentary about the power of mantra, music and meditation - "Mantra - Sounds into Silence".

The film is in ENGLISH with Czech subtitles.

Movie trailer: https://youtu.be/oEeLsyB5czg
Movie website: https://www.mantramovie.com
Tickets: https://goout.net/cs/jine-akce/mantra-zvuky-do-ticha/yrckf/+wtiup/

The screening will be followed by a mantra concert by Saraswati Dasi Sounds and friends.

You can come for the whole evening or separately for a movie or a concert.
ADDMISSION FEE is 150 CZK for the movie, for the concert is on voluntary basis.

Past events

Heal Movie and Music therapy - 13 February, 2020

Experiential evening about Healing - screening of the film HEAL and Music therapy (Sound therapy) with Veronika Boulterova.

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Losar celebration - Tibetan New Year - 24 February, 2020

Program:
• Invitation of His Holiness Dalai Lama's portrait with traditional invitation music
• Lighting of the lamp for Losar celebration
• Ceremony with traditional Tibetan tea and rice
• Recitation of Losar Prayer for the world peace and removing the obstacles
• Losar welcome speech and introduction by Geshe Yeshi Gawa
• Short Losar Sansol ritual (offering burning incense prayer) lead by Geshe Yeshi Gawa
• Hanging of Losar Prayer flag (Lungta) and Lha Gyal Lo practice
• Several songs by guitarist and singer Petr Hromek with author lyrics
• Traditional Tibetan folk dances by Khaita Dance group
• Concluding by Tibetan circle dance (Gorshy)

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Jayamantra – concert of mantras - 23 January, 2020
Marie Lenka Novotná - vocal, harmonium, manjira, percussion, Robert Sarhar - vocal, guitar, harp, Jerzy Podulka - guitar, Stoka Krsna - mridanga, vocal

The legends of the Holy forest - 17 January, 2020
Oldrich Janota will read from his book (in Czech only) accompanied by a concert of five Czech artists

Author's reading of the book "Himalayas, the teacher of life" with Tereza Namituche – 21 November 2019
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Screening of a movie and discussion with Viliam Poltikovic – "Fatum" – 1 November 2019
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Screening of a movie and discussion with Viliam Poltikovic – "In the circle of rebirth" – 8 October 2019
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Joyful wisdom – launching ceremony of the book published by Dharmagaia and lecture by Holger Yeshe – 27 September 2019
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Exhibition of Frantisek Drtikol – All From Within / graphical works – 24 May-17 August 2019
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Screening of a movie and discussion with Viliam Poltikovic – "Karmapa – the two ways of divinity" – 13 August 2019
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Screening of a movie and discussion with Viliam Poltikovic – movies about Frantisek Drtikol – 18 July 2019
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Birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – traditional ceremonies lead by Geshe Yeshi Gawa, mantra recitation for His long life – 6 July 2019
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Community 

Christmas gathering of Tibet Open House community and friends - 19 December 2019, 18:00

We cordially invite you and your friends on Thursday 19 December from 6 pm
Program: khaita dances and DJ Jirga. Delicacies to the common table are welcome.
We look forward to you.


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