Tibetan Culture Week, Adeje

The Fourth Tibetan Cultural Week will take place in Adeje from February 1-11th in connection with the recent inauguration of Dzamling Gar, a new Centre for Tibetan Culture in Playa Paraiso.
The event is free and open for everyone, children and adults, to enjoy a range of popular and traditional Tibetan Arts, especially music and dance. In addition to eating and drinking, singing and dancing, the event will be an opportunity to experience the rich educational and cultural value of this ancient and modern Himalayan heritage. This year’s event will be held in the Centro Cultural Adeje at 7pm on, Thursday, 6th of February, in Plaza San Sebastian in La Caleta, on Friday 7th of February at 6pm on Friday and in Dzamling Gar, which is the world centre for the International Dzogchen Community, during the weekend of 8th and 9th of February, where there will be a series of activities for children between 7 to 12, music concert of Tibetan music, traditional and modern Tibetan dances, table games and much more. All are welcome.
To close the event on the 11th of February there will be a special round table discussion in the University of La Laguna with an opening conference of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu followed by a round table with the special participation of guests such as Lama Denys Rinpoche, Giacomella Orofino, Professor of Tibetan Studies in Universidad “L’Orientale” of Naples, the Tanatologist Prof Alfonso Garcia and other illustrious academics.

See below for a link to a PDF with a full list of events during week


Dzogchen Global Gar in Playa Paraíso

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The master of Dzogchen teachings, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and the mayor Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, officially presented what will be the international Dzamling Gar, Global Centre of the Dzogchen International Community, to the public on Friday November 15th. Also attending the inaugural ceremony were Francisco Diez de Velasco, professor at the Universidad de la Laguna, Joelle Schneider, a representative of Karma Ling (France), Benedetta Tagliabue, the architect and president of the Enric Miralles Foundation and Giovanni Boni, engineer with Meriling SL, as well as many local representatives and over a hundred followers of these teachings.
This new international centre, located in Playa Paraíso will host representatives of the Gars, or centres of teaching and practise of the principles of the association which are located throughout the world. The development of this centre will see the realisation of the dream of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche to have a Global Gar, a place where the entire Dzogchen community can met and work together in harmony. This Gobal Gar will be a centre of study and practise for the world-wide Dzogchen community as well as a centre for the promotion of the mission of ASIA-Onlus, a non-governmental organisation, and the Shang Shung Institute which works to preserve the Tibetan culture for future generations.
This new teaching centre bring us practises from Tibet along with other philosphical and religious idealogies already existing in the borough which, according to the mayor, “are helping us to become the epicentre of a society in which peaceful and equitable co-existence is both the backbone and the springboard for a positive future.
Dzogchen master, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, told the guests that “I came to this island for the first time two years ago and discovered a most agreeable place with open-minded and peaceful people, and the localisation of our centre here will allow our global community come together to work for the wellbeing of humanity and all the individuals that are part of it.”
Subsequently he added, “in general the Dzogchen community is like a large family and my mission isn’t to teach a religion or philosophical doctrine but instead to show the way of evolution which each person must follow, and that the coordination among all is the key to success and improvement. “
Rodríguez Fraga expressed his gratitude to the Master and the community for choosing this borough for the new centre. “The council is always supportive of any activity which premits and works for the expansion of our plural, multicultural and peaceful society. In Adeje we have a huge number of different cultures who have lived side by side for years and together we have overcome any difficulties and have made the differences into something that enriches us as a community; all cultures that have, as their base, mutual respect, tolerance and peace, and seek to preserve human values are to be respected.

He continued, “we are a top class tourist borough, and the level of welcome we offer is terrific, because we have great people in our borough. The people of Adeje are wonderful and people who wish to work together with us can depend upon us and the interntional nature of this project will be of huge beneift to many people here in our island and in the rest of the world.
Today the Dzogchen teachings have 10 Gars or centres for the teaching of Dzogchen principles all over the world, in countries such as Italy, the United States of America, Russia, Mexico, Russia, the Ukraine, Romania, Argentina, Venezuela and Australia. Here the plan is to build a meeting place for people who are part of these centres and other smaller hubs called Lings, as well as being a centre for the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture.

The land where the new centre is being built was purchased by the Dzogchen community in December 2012.
Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche felt that this would be the perfect place for the transmission and practise of Dzogchen teaching throughout the world. The plot of land is 30,000 m2 and was previously being developed as a Talasotherapy Centre but construction was never completed. The land, when purchased, had a number of unfinished buidlings in place, and each one will be completed and become a home for each Gar, and there will be a dedicated part given to the Internacional Shang Shung Institute of Tibentan Studies, and the NGO ASIA-Onlus, all working to preserve the ancient Tibetan culture. There will also be a centre for the practise of Yantra Yoga, Danza Vajra and other related activities. Currently there is a large marquee in place to allow some activities take place until buildings are completed.

As part of the building project, different construction techniques and garding methods will be used and taught, and there will be ongoing workshops where people can learn new pactises. Students can learn first-hand how to construct typical Tibetan buildings, premaculture,and sustainable architecture, all of which will integrate perfectly into Playa Paraíso.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Born and raised in Tibet, for over 50 years Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has taught how it is possible to live in a relaxed,harmonious and peaceful way in the midst of chaotic, modern daily life. Rinpoche is one of the most prominent teachers in the world of the ancient Dzogchen Teachings, as well as being the inspiration behind the International Dzogchen Community. Nowadays, the Master travels and teaches tirelessly, continuing his activity of giving these precious Dzogchen teachings and the message of peaceful
cooperation and evolution.
Rinpoche also founded Shang Shung International Institute for Tibetan Studies, and the non profit NGO, ASIA-Onlus, which develops projects benefiting the Tibetan population

Dzogchen means ‘Total Perfection’. It refers to the true inherent nature of all beings, their primordial state, which is free from all limitations and conditioning. The Master’s transmission of this state of knowledge lies at the very heart of the Dzogchen teachings. Due to its direct and uncomplicated approach, the Dzogchen teachings transcend cultural boundaries making it accessible to all cultures regardless of their spiritual background.

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The Happiness Inside

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Yesterday the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga joined the president of the Canarian Buddhist centre Ghel Pel Ling Gloría Cabello in announcing details of this week’s events under the title “Real internal happiness”. The open days are being directed by Thamthog Rinpoche, one of the most eminent Tibetan Buddhists today, and one of the Dalai Lama’s closest advisors. Also involved in the event is Khenrab Rinpoche, the spiritual advisor at the Ghel Pel Ling centre, which is based in Costa Adeje.
During the press conference to announce details of the event mayor Rodríguez Fraga said that “Adeje continues to work positively towards the integration and harmonious coexistence of all cultures and creeds, as Adeje is a plural, open and tolerant society”. He welcomed Thamthog Rinpoche to Adeje and reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that Adeje continued to be a place where religious tolerance was paramount, a place where bridge-building could flourish.
Thamthog Rinpoche spoke of the role Buddhism can play in today’s world, adding that it was not a religion that only sought converts, as one of the basic tenets of Buddhism is respect for all religions and cultures. “People must respect tolerance if they wish to find peace”. He said there was so much suffering in the world today, “countless problems, difficulties, which block the path to inner peace”, but it was up to people to leave ignorance behind. Thamthog Rinpoche, added that change was “100 per cent possible”, but people have to want to change, to find the right path to peace, via hope and tolerance.
The first conference is today, Wednesday 23rd, in the Adeje school of Music and Dance, and is free to attend. It starts at 6.30pm. There are follow up events on Thursday and Friday, at the same time, in the school.
Thamthog Rinpoche
Thamthog Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1951. When he was six years old he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the tutor of His Holiness Kyabje Trijyan Rinpoche as the reincarnation of XII Thamthog, founder of the three largest monastic universities of Lithang. He studied at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet, and after 1959 continued his studies at Sera Je Monastic University in South India. In 1982 he was awarded the highest title of Buddhist studies “Geshe Lharampa.” Later he entered the monastery of Tantric Ghiumè to deepen the study of the Tantra. Rinpoche received the complete transmission of the common and secret teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1987, at the invitation of his teacher, he moved to Italy as a resident Lama and spiritual leader of Ghe Pel Ling, until August 2009, when he was appointed abbot of Namgyal Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Karma and cultural diversity in Adeje

Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche  and Mayor Rodríguez Fraga

Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche and Mayor Rodríguez Fraga

The Buddhist Lama Tenzin Khenrab Rinpoche and the mayor of Adeje held a joint press conference in the Adeje Cultural Centre to announce details of the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in South Tenerife. The installation, which has actually been in operation since October of last year, was officially opened on the afternoon of Friday June 21st by Lama ‘Rinpoche’ (literally meaning ‘precious one’, used to address or describe Tibetan lamas and other high-ranking or respected teachers. This honour is often used within the Tibetan Buddhist culture, usually reserved for ‘Tulkus’ or recognised reincarnate Lamas and those who are recognised by the relevant authorities as venerated or highly regarded Lamas) with a conference that was free to the public, ‘Relations and Spirituality’, held in the Adeje Cultura Centre. Also present at the press conference was Adeje education councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos.
Mayor Rodríguez Fraga said Adeje was delighted to welcome back the Lama, a man who is highly qualified and respected throughout the world. “Between him and the dedicated group of Buddhist followers they have guaranteed that Adeje can boast one of the few Tibetan Buddhist Schools that is linked directly to the Dalai Lama”.
The mayor said he was delighted at this initaitive, adding that it was a further demonstration of the true image of Adeje and its people, reflecting a modern, dynamic and intercultural society, open to ancient oriental teachings and philosophies.
Tenzin Khenrab ‘Rinpoche’ will be the spiritual guide for the Ghe Pel Ling School of Tibetan Buddhist Studies, based in Torviscas, where the theory and philosphy of karma will form the general basis for classes, from which the influence of “good things over bad” through the actions of individuals are derived.
Adeje’s mayor said the the Buddhist Centre was now at the disposition of Adeje society, and would, he believed, encourage positivity and happiness without people have to renouce any of their personal religious beliefs, because here in the West, Buddhism is seen as more of a philosophy or way of living than a religion. With this in mind he issued a general invitation to everyone to get to know the Centre and its teachings.
For his part Tenzin Khenrab ‘Rinpoche’, who was assisted by a translator during the press conference, welcomed the co-operation of the mayor and the education councillor in facilitating the open of the school and their presence at the official opening ceremony. The Lama said the opening of the teaching centre was a welcome achievement and was thanks to the presence, in Adeje, of some of his past pupils and their belief that its establishment here would help Adeje and its citizens and South Tenerife in general.
He spoke briefly of the philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism and its simply cause-effect karma, adding that the three principals behind the philosphy are “patience, compassion and love”, the three jewels of Tibetan Buddhism.
“Of course I am like every other person in the world; I have my own character, and I get angry, but at all times I work to control that emotion, and avoid projecting it onto others. In our philosophy, contrary to Christianity, Islam or Judaism, there is no notion of sin. People are free to decide to be good or bad, but they must also accept the consequences which will arise as a result of their actions. In other words, if we commit bad deeds we will suffer, and if, on the other hand, we carry out good works, we will earn satisfaction,” concluded the Tibetan master who invited Adeje’s residents to come to the school and get to know first hand a philosophy that sees all human drama as a direct reaction to past acts, good or evil.