Driedaags seminar Lama Tony Duff in januari 2018 (jubileum 30 jr SvZ)

Introduction in Dzogchen by Lama Tony Duff

Driedaags seminar o.l.v. Lama Tony Duff, waarmee de school voor Zijnsoriëntatie haar 30-jarig bestaan viert. Voor iedereen die zich verbonden weet met de school én voor andere geïnteresseerden.

De school voor Zijnsoriëntatie (opgericht in 1987) bestaat 30 jaar! In dat kader hebben we de vooraanstaande Westerse Lama Tony Duff uitgenodigd om een seminar te geven. Wij zijn bijzonder verheugd dat Tony Duff deze uitnodiging aangenomen heeft en naar Nederland komt om een driedaags seminar te geven aan de school voor Zijnsoriëntatie. Het seminar vindt plaats van vrijdag 19 t/m zondag 21 januari 2018 in Figi (Zeist).

Tony Duff studeerde Dzogchen sinds de jaren ’70. Hij was onder andere student van Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche en werkte vele jaren als de persoonlijke vertaler van Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Sinds 2000 volgde hij vele Dzogchen Teachings bij de meest vooraanstaande Dzogchen Masters in Oost Tibet. Daar verkreeg hij de titels ‘Lotsawa’ en ‘Lama’ en werd hij aangemoedigd om de belangrijkste Dzogchen-geschriften te vertalen en ze als leraar over te brengen naar het Westen. Hierdoor is hij onder andere zeer goed onderlegd in de visie van Longchenpa, wat zeer goed aansluit bij de beoefening van het 3e perspectief zoals wij dat aan de school beoefenen.

Wij zien het seminar dan ook als een buitengewone kans om te Dzogchen te praktiseren onder leiding van deze Lama. Via meditaties, introductie, theorie en zijn ervaringen in de Boeddhistische traditie ontvang je in dit seminar een ‘Introduction in Dzogchen’.

De school voor Zijnsoriëntatie organiseert deze driedaagse in het kader van ons 30-jarig jubileum, als een gift aan de Zijnsgeoriënteerde gemeenschap. Daarom bedraagt deelname aan de driedaagse slechts € 100,-

De voertaal van dit seminar is Engels. Ter voorbereiding op het seminar lees je het boek: Dzogchen Foremost Instructions, a Garland of Views (Tony Duff; Padma Karpo Translation Committee, 2015). Bestel het boek bij voorkeur via deze link; daarmee steun je het werk van Tony Duff en zijn vertaalgroep. Je kunt kiezen voor een gedrukt exemplaar of een e-book. Het gedrukte exemplaar kun je ongeveer 10 dagen na bestelling thuis verwachten; het e-book is onmiddellijk beschikbaar via een link die je na aankoop per e-mail toegestuurd krijgt.


Driedaags Seminar: Introduction in Dzogchen

Tony beschrijft de inhoud van het seminar als volgt:

This course will provide an introduction to the theory of Dzogchen or Great Completion (sometimes known as Great Perfection). There will be instruction on and time for sitting meditation, which is an essential part of the Dzogchen teaching. Dzogchen is very much concerned with what is called “the view”. This teaching will, in presenting the view of Dzogchen, clarify many misunderstandings that have arisen around this spiritual path. The teaching will use frequent citations to important texts of the Buddhist tradition of the Dzogchen teaching, especially those of Padmasambhava, Longchen Rabjam, and others like them. Recommended reading for the course is the book “Dzogchen Foremost Instructions” which covers many basic points of Dzogchen. Some teaching on the first chapter of Longchenpa’s great work “The Dharmadhatu Treasury” is planned using his Lama Tony’s own translation of the text and the commentary he has received on it from Tenpa’i Wangchuk, of east Tibet, who is widely praised as one of the great treasure-revealing Dzogchen masters of our time. Lama Tony is a great story-teller and often uses stories drawn from his time studying with masters like Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and others to clarify and enhance what is being taught, something that is becoming rare as time goes by. A copy of Jigmey Lingpa’s “Waking Practice” will be provided to all participants for use after the course has completed.


Over Lama Tony Duff

Tony Duff is an Australian who has spent his lifetime pursuing the Buddha’s teaching and transmitting it to others through the activities of teaching and translating. In the early 1970’s, during his post-graduate studies in molecular biology, he went to Asia and met the Buddhist teachings of various South-east Asian countries. On that trip he met Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and has followed it since. After his trip he abandoned worldly life and together with several others founded the monastery called Chenrezig Institute for Wisdom Culture. He lived there for several years, studying and practising the Gelugpa teachings under the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa of FPMT. During that time he became the first Buddhist monk to be ordained in Australia. He also spent some years in the forests meditating and due to his knowledge and experience of the teachings was regularly sent to teach at dharma centres around Australia.

Following that, he offered back his ordination and left for the U.S.A. to study the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings with the incomparable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He went through all possible levels of training that were available during his twelve year stay and was certified as a meditation instructor and teacher at all of those levels. He was also a core member of the Nalanda Translation Committee and worked on many translations with the committee. He was very active in the community and became well-known as a skilled teacher.

After Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche died, Tony went to live in Nepal where he worked for many years as the personal translator for Tsoknyi Rinpoche and translator for several other well-known teachers. He also founded and directed the largest Tibetan text preservation project in Asia, the Drukpa Kagyu Heritage Project, which he oversaw for eight years. He wrote Tibetan software that has become widely used for Tibetan text publishing and created Tibetan fonts that have become legendary amongst Tibetans. He also established the Padma Karpo Translation Committee which has now published over sixty books containing translations of a wide variety of Buddhist texts, but especially texts on Dzogchen. He also made many resources for translators such as the highly acclaimed Illuminator Tibetan-English Dictionary.

After the year 2000, Tony withdrew from traveling as Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s translator and focused on obtaining further Dzogchen teachings and practising them in retreat. In particular, he went to the foremost Dzogchen masters in Eastern Tibet from whom he received extensive teachings on the Longchen Nyingthig system and entered lengthy group retreats on them. He received strong approval from these Dzogchen masters in Tibet who gave him the titles “lotsawa” and “lama” and strongly encouraged him to translate important Dzogchen texts and teach them to Westerners. During his stays in Tibet, he received many, detailed explanations of Longchen Rabjam’s writings which gave him an unusually good understanding of Longchen Rabjam’s views. Based on that, he translated texts such as the Dharmadhatu Treasury and its commentary the Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission, the massive Dzogchen Resting Up Trilogy, and many others into English.

Because of Tony’s vast knowledge and experience, you will find him to be an unusually learned and capable teacher who can explain all the details and nuances of a subject to people at all levels of understanding. At the same time, he is a very warm and cheerful teacher, who creates an open and at the same time inviting atmosphere while teaching.


Praktische gegevens

Data: vrijdag 19 t/m 21 januari 2018
Tijd: dagelijks van 10.00 tot 17.00 uur
Leraar: Lama Tony Duff
Adres: Hotel Theater Figi, Het Rond 2, Zeist
Kosten: € 100,-
Inschrijving: de open inschrijving start op 1 december 2017