ABOUT THE SEMINAR
FIRST INTERNATIONAL SHECHEN SEMINAR - CROATIA, ZAGREB, SLJEME
From the year 2012 Shechen Croatia have the honour of hosting a comprehensive international buddhist seminar. The leading teachers from Shechen Monastery once a year gather in Zagreb to introduce the teachings from the spiritual treasury of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the most renowned masters of Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century.
Beacuse of his extraordinary spiritual realization and accomplishments, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche is considered in the Buddhist world a mahaguru, the Great Teacher. Counted among his students are such illustrious names as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and a long line of other leading representatives from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Khyentse Rinpoche is known as somebody who embodied the complete cycle of traditional buddhist teachings and practices in their entirety. Throughout his life, he selflessly transmitted those teachings and practices. It is a lesser known fact that Rinpoche also left behind his own direct teaching lineage.
These are practices and knowledge that come as terma – the hidden treasuries of wisdom left by Padmasambhava, the 8th century master and founder of Tibetan Buddhism, for the benefit of future generations. Different from other techings, termas often stay hidden for many centuries, waiting for a suitable individual to discover them and put them into practice.
Khyentse Rinpoche was known as a terton – a teacher gifted with special abilities required for discovery of these hidden teachings. During his life he discovered and decoded a large number of, heretofore unknown, practices and teachings. The most well know of those are Nyak Kilaya, Pema Tsenying and Rangjung Peme Nyingtik teachings which contain, each in their own right, all necessary methods for achieving enlightenment.
Due to the enormous scope of his activities and responsibilities in preservation and transmission of existing Dharma teachings to new generations, Khyentse Rinpoche taught the termas that he personally revealed only to a small circle of close students. Until recently these teachings remained veiled in secrecy.
Recently, Khyentse Rinpoche's spiritual heir and the abbot of Shechen Monastery, Rabjam Rinpoche, decided that time has come to open up the line of Khyentse Rinpoche's personal spiritual teachings to all those who have a sincere wish to dedicate themselves to their study and practice.
To that end in 2010 in Bodhgaya, the place of Buddha's enlightenment, the first annual seven day seminar dedicated to the study and practice of teachings deriving from Khyentse Rinpoche's treasury of knowledge was held. At the same time decision was made that the same type of seminar will be held in Europe as well, in Croatia. The seminar in Croatia is held annually, beginning in Spring of 2012. Under the guidance and supervision of qualified masters all participants will have a chance to be introduced to various forms of Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice from the preliminaries of ngondro to dzogchen, the view and methods of Great Perfection. In that way students will gain first hand knowledge of the teachings and practices which have in Shechen Monastery only been practiced in the context of closed three year retreats. For that reason this historic seminar is a unique opportunity for all those wishing to dedicate themselves to serious study and practice of buddhist meditation.
The Shechen seminar is conceived in a way to allow all friends of the Dharma to participate according to their wishes and possibilities.