9-Day Intensive in Poland

30 Sept–8 Oct 2016
Warsaw, Poland

A nine day intensive Nitartha program was held Friday 30 Sept – Saturday 8 Oct, 2016 in downtown Warsaw’s beautiful, brand new, Dharma center. Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has said that the center, known as Karma Dechen Choling, “delights all the Buddhas of the three times.”

More than twenty students from Poland and Greece participated in the program. For seven students, this was their final course of the Intermediate Curriculum and they obtained the certificate of completion signed by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at the celebratory ceremony which marked the end of the program.


此期佛學營共設《五道十地:通向證悟的菩薩道》及《分析性禪修》倆課。由導師葉卡·哈迪斯(Jirka Hladiš)主講,教師培訓生托馬斯·史奇基爾斯基(Tomasz Szczygielski)助講。課程為英文講授,并提供波蘭語同聲翻譯。

Two courses were offered: BUD 620 Paths and Bhūmis: The Path to Enlightenment and BUD 500 Analytical Meditation I: Insight Meditation with Eighteen Dhatus, both taught by faculty Jirka Hladis with support of teacher in training Tomasz Szczygielski. The lectures were given in English with simultaneous translation into Polish. The course materials were available in both English and Polish. Students came to the intensive program very well prepared though previous weekly preparatory discussion group in person or via skype facilitated by Tomasz.

Each day of the intensive program started with optional Lujong and continued with one session of the Paths and Bhūmis and Analytical Meditation courses in the morning and one in the afternoon. A lively discussion of the topics from the previous lectures ensued during the lunch and dinners.