We are happy to announce Guido and Florinda Czeija will be visiting Hong Kong for the first time later this month. The program will include three talks over Saturday 24, Sunday 25, and Monday 26 August.
The History of the Karma Kagyu School – Saturday 24 August, 7pm
In this talk, Guido and Florinda will explain the rich history of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the major Buddhist schools of Tibet. As a lineage of direct oral transmission, it especially treasures meditation and can, through interaction with a qualified teacher, bring about the full direct experience of the nature of the mind. The Karma Kagyu methods were taught by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni to his closest students. They were later passed on through the Indian Mahasiddhas: Padmasambhava, Tilopa, Naropa and Maitripa and the famous Tibetan Yogis Marpa and Milarepa. In the 12th century, the monk Gampopa gave the teachings to the first Gyalwa Karmapa whose successive incarnations – which started the very first lineage of consciously reborn Buddhist teachers – have kept them powerful and vibrant over the centuries.
Love and Partnership – Sunday 25 August, 2pm
The Buddhist approach to love and partnership can help us to relax our minds, break bad habits, and use relationships to grow ourselves and benefit everyone around us. Rather than competing with our partners, the Buddha advises us to support each other and stand side by side. This talk will discuss patterns of behaviour that can come up in our relationships and will include concrete advise on how we can use our closest connections as important steps on our way to reach enlightenment. This is the first time in Hong Kong we will hear teachings on this topic from a married couple.
How Real is Reality: a Buddhist perspective on modern science – Monday 26 August, 7pm
Reality as we see it, is always influenced by what we think about reality. Everything we perceive is coloured by our culture, upbringing, experience, education and a lot more. However, what is behind our experiences and who or what is perceiving things? In this talk, Guido and Florinda will explain ultimate reality: the truth beyond all personal matters, and how this truth can be realized through Buddhist methods.
About the speakers
Guido and Florinda Czeija have been teaching Buddhism since 2006, having being asked to do so by their teacher Lama Ole Nydahl. Florinda has been practising Buddhism since 1997 and founded the Innsbruck Buddhist Centre in 2002. She works as a physiotherapist and founded the School for Visceral Therapy and Integrative Manual Treatment Methods. Her husband Guido has been practising Buddhism since 1995 and studied physics and mathematics at the Universities of Vienna and Berlin, specialising in the foundations of quantum physics. He works as a freelance coach and consultant for teams and organizations throughout Europe.
The talks will cost HK$80 (or HK$50 for concessions), please note the start times and dates above.
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong, 2/F, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!