City retreat: Two truths


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Public Talk: Thursday April 5th, 18.00-21.00
Ven Khadro will show the buddhist tool-box for cultivating well-being, both wisdom and method. – Resilience is the ability to quickly recover from adversity. Scientists have identified it as one of the key factors for well-being. In these difficult times, it’s a useful skill to have, and Buddhism offers some methods for building it up in ourselves.

Friday April 6th, 18.00 – 21.00 and Saturday April 7th, 09.30 – 17.00

The Dalai Lama has said that the best way for western people to learn Buddhist is by starting with the Four Noble Truths and the Two Truths. The two truths comprise ultimate truth—emptiness, the true nature of everything—and conventional truth, all the things we ordinary experience in our lives. Ven Khadro will give an introduction to these two truths and guide some meditations to enable us to understand them better.

This is a great opportunity to meet an highly skilfull and experienced teacher, a true scholar! You can also ask advice for your own personal practice and study.

City retreat

Thursday April 5th, 18.00-21.00
Friday April 6th, 18.00 – 21.00
Saturday April 7th, 09.30 – 17.00

Price: 800 kr (or 300 kr/day). 600 kr (or 200 kr/day) for students/pensioneers. Coffee and tea included.


About Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) – the author of the bestselling books How To Meditate and Awakening the Kind Heart.

Originally from California, Ven. Sangye Khadro began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She is also teaching in the Human Spirit Program. ( Bridging Buddhism and Psykoanalysis in Israel )

She has served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. She is a graduate of the Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute Italy 2008-2015.

Ven Khadro can Tibetan and has been studying with all great lamas of our time. With her warm and encouraging approache she will share knowledge and give precise advices on what and how to meditate – just to strenghten your well-being.

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Two Truths
There are two truths in Buddhism, conventional and ultimate truth. This insight dates back to the original Buddha.  Understanding the two truths and the relationship between them is vital in seeing through the illusion of inherent existence, and realizing Śūnyatā / Emptiness.

The best known interpretation is from the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism, whose founder was Nagarjuna. Ultimately, phenomena are empty / Sunyata of an inherent self or essence, but exist depending on other phenomena.

Nagarjuna’s philosophy of the Middle Way or Mahyamaka school of Buddhism shows how the two truths are different – and yet despite this difference are critically the same.  An understanding of this paradox is a journey of remarkable insight and clarity.  Nagarjuna’s doctrine of the emptiness of emptiness is imperative on this account.
Conventional truth involves our everyday experience and understanding of the way the phenomenal world appears and functions (. . .)

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* About Resilience:
– To paraphrase the bumper sticker, stuff happens. We cannot buffer ourselves from that stuff, but we can change the way we respond to it. Resilience is the rapidity with which we recover from adversity; some people recover slowly and other people recover more quickly. We know that individuals who show a more rapid recovery in certain key neural circuits have higher levels of well-being. They are protected in many ways from the adverse consequences of life’s slings and arrows.

Recent research that we’ve conducted in our lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—very new work that’s not yet published—asked whether these specific brain circuits can be altered by regular practice in simple mindfulness meditation.

Read the article about all 4 fundamental constituents of well-being: