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

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.

His courses 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. You can register here.

The winter trimester of regular courses will begin on 13 January 2020 and will run until 26 March 2020.

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.


Open Courses

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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Common mantra recitation - Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 16:30-18:00

With the teaching of Geshe Yeshi Gawa and the common recitation of mantra. More information can be found here soon.

Visit o Chamtrul Rinpoche in April 4-6, 2020

We are delighted to announce Chamtrul Rinpoche's third teaching in Tibet Open House in Prague during his European Tour.

The teachings are open to everybody and are by donation, which will be given to the teacher. Booking is not required - please feel welcome to just come along. The teachings will be in English.

PROGRAM

Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 - The Heart Essence: My Heart's Advice from Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok


Chamtrul Rinpoche will comment on a precious text composed by one of his root gurus and a renowned teacher of the Great Perfection, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche (1933 – 2004). The text provides a concise poetic description of the Dzogchen path.
Chamtrul Rinpoche Lobsang Gyatso is the recognized reincarnation of the second Chamtrul Rinpoche, Pema Nangsel Dorje, who was one of the heads of the Mardo Tashi Choeling Monastery in Tibet and the incarnation of the Kathok Chamtrul Kunzig Dorje. Having studied many years, he holds a vast and profound knowledge of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, and has been conferred the title „Khenpo” – roughly an equivalent to „Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy”. Known for his nonsectarian quality, he has received all the cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions from more than twenty five accomplished masters and scholars from all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. For a full biography, please visit http://chamtrul-rinpoche.com/index.php/biography.

Monday 6 Apri, 6-8 pm - Tonglen Meditation

Chamtrul Rinpoche will give an explanation of the practice of Tonglen meditation during which one „gives” or „sends” (tong) happiness and wellbeing to others and „receives” (len) their pain and suffering. This powerful healing practice belongs to the instructions on „mind training” brought to Tibet by Lord Atisha.
Chamtrul Rinpoche Lobsang Gyatso is the recognized reincarnation of the second Chamtrul Rinpoche, Pema Nangsel Dorje, who was one of the heads of the Mardo Tashi Choeling Monastery in Tibet and the incarnation of the Kathok Chamtrul Kunzig Dorje. Having studied many years, he holds a vast and profound knowledge of sutra, tantra, and dzogchen, and has been conferred the title „Khenpo” – roughly an equivalent to „Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy”. Known for his nonsectarian quality, he has received all the cycles of teachings, empowerments and transmissions from more than twenty five accomplished masters and scholars from all four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. For a full biography, please visit http://chamtrul-rinpoche.com/index.php/biography.

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

Common mantra recitation - Friday, January 10, 2020
With the teaching of Geshe Yeshi Gawa and the common 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.

Coming soon

28 March 2020 - Buddha medicine practice with MUDr. Anastazja Holečko

from the Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine - in Czech only

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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.

Coming soon

23 January, 2020, 7 pm - Jayamantra – concert of mantras 

Marie Lenka Novotná - vocal, harmonium, manjira, percussion, Robert Sarhar - vocal, guitar, harp, Jerzy Podulka - guitar, Stoka Krsna - mridanga, vocal

28 January, 2020, 7 pm - Screening of the movie about death by Viliam Poltikovic and discussion (in Czech only)

Heal Movie and Music therapy - 13. 2. 2020

We cordially invite you to the screening of the film HEAL in its original English version with Slovak subtitles.
Music therapy (Sound therapy) with Veronika Boulterova will follow.

PROGRAM:
Film screening 18-19.50 (106 minutes)
Music therapy 20.10-21.40
It is also possible to come only to film or music therapy.
A break of 20 minutes will be to leave if you only come for a movie, or for a snack if you have also come to music therapy.

PRICE:
Film screening 150 CZK
Music therapy 350 CZK
Film and music therapy package 450 CZK - order via Goout SOON

Director Kelly Noonan's documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal. The latest science reveals that we are not victims of unchangeable genes, nor should we buy into a scary prognosis. The fact is we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe.
This film will empower you with a new understanding of the miraculous nature of the human body and the extraordinary healer within us all. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant mind's of leading scientists and spiritual teachers, but follows three people on actual high stakes healing journeys.
Featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Michael Beckwith, Dr. Bruce Lipton and others.

Movie trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Hpm-6Inxc
Source: https://www.healdocumentary.com/about.html

ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY
One lies on a mat in a comfortable position and let the sounds of instruments in natural tuning interact with him and can induce a state of deep relaxation in the alpha level, harmonize and heal the whole organism. There is overall relaxation, soothing and relieving stress. I use djembe drum, shamanic drum, didgeridoo, oral harp, hum, tibetan bowls, karts, various percussion and improvisation singing.

Veronika studied holistic music therapy at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc, PaedDr. Lubomír Holzer and continues his studies. Look forward to more evenings in Tibet Open House in future. More information: http://veronikaboulterova.cz/muzikoterapie/
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Losaru celebration - Tibetan New Year

Tibet Open House is pleased to invite you again to the Losar celebration (Tibetan New Year), which will be held on the first day of Losar, February 24, 2020.

The year 2020 (2147 according the Tibetan calendar) will be the year of the Metal Mouse. Let's celebrate it together in a traditional Tibetan style led by Geshe Yeshi Gawa, the Residential Lama of the Tibet Open House, scholar from Tibet.

From 5 pm you can join us to exchange prayer flags - lunghtas - in our courtyard.
From 7 pm will be the evening part of the celebration.

Program from 7 pm:
• 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
• Screening of H.H. the Dalai Lama Losar greetings
• 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)

Looking forward to welcome you here.
Admission is voluntary, recommended is CZK 108 for covering the costs for the rituals and functioning of the center.

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Past events

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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