What Does Religion Do? and Choose your Retreat Room

All religions have two functions: the preservation of the life story and the teachings of the founder and training in respect for those teachings. Therefore, Buddhism is a religion.
All transformative practices offer training to those who are interested in changing their outer and inner environment and attitudes to awaken to a more real way of being. Therefore, Buddhism is a way of life.
A person can be religious without practicing but a practitioner must have religious respect to make that transformation. ~ Domo Geshe Rinpoche ~~~~
"Jede Religion erfüllt zwei Funktionen: die Aufrechterhaltung der Lebensgeschichte und der Lehren des Gründers und die Ausbildung von Respekt für diese Lehren. Deshalb ist der Buddhismus eine Religion.
Alle transformativen Praktiken stellen ein Training für jene dar, die daran interessiert sind, ihr inneres und äußeres Umfeld zu verändern, sowie ihre Einstellung zum Erwachen für eine wirklichere Art des Seins. Deshalb ist der Buddhismus eine Lebensweise.
Ein Mensch kann religiös sein, ohne zu üben, aber ein Übender muss einen religiösen Aspekt besitzen, um die Transformation zu erreichen." - Domo Geshe Rinpoche ---
Swept the walk this morning of the newly fallen maple leaves. Swept oak leaves and acorns weeks ago. This is like purification practice... overcoming anger, for example. Then another poor strategy must be swept away. It doesn't matter what we purify.... just keep sweeping!

Maitreya retreat room in the main Hermitage upstairs. Suitable for one or two persons. Hand made quilts, Tibetan carpet, shared upstairs bathroom, whole house air-conditioning and wifi. Hand painted Tibetan thankas of Maitreya and Zambala (wealth deity). Views are toward the south and toward the sunset. Temple across yard, lotus pond and outdoor seating, firepit.

Maitreya currently resides in the Tuṣita Heaven, said to be reachable through meditation. Śākyamuni Buddha also lived here before he was born into the world as all bodhisattvas live in the Tuṣita Heaven before they descend to the human realm to become Buddhas. In Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who has already reached a very advanced state of grace or enlightenment but holds back from entering nirvana so that he may help others.
In Mahayana Buddhism, Buddhas preside over a Pure Land; the Buddha Amitabha presides over the Sukhavati Pure Land, more popularly known as the Western Paradise.)
The heart of Buddhism is meditation and the heart of meditation is retreat! We are located in the countryside of central Wisconsin between the Twin Cities and Madison. We offer secluded personal retreat, semi-retreats for beginners or more social people, as well as group teaching retreats. All meals included. Contact kundry@aol.com for our very inexpensive rates and availabilities. ~~~~
"Die Hermitage -für Buddhistische Seminare und Retreats - sowie mein eigenes Haus befinden sich auf dem Land in Wisconsin. Das Land ist geweiht und buddhistischen Aktivitäten und der Meditation gewidmet. Norbu Retreathaus und Hospiz befindet sich einige Minuten von der Hermitage entfernt auf 26 Hektar bewaldetem Land. Aufenthalte von 2 - 30 Tagen möglich - bitte nimm Kontakt mit uns auf.


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