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BUDDHIST GROUPS IN ESTONIA

 

DRIKUNG KAGYU RATNA SHRI CENTRE

Drikung Kagyu

Guru Tilopa who lived, as believed, in 988-1069 is considered to be the founder of Kagyu school. However, in reality it is quite impossible to determine a fixed date as the beginning of Kagyu tradition or to ascribe founding of that to a certain person, thus also mentioning Tilopa in this context is fairly conventional. Tilopa was a man with extraordinary knowledge who, as believed, obtained it in two ways. First, he got his education from human teachers, among them from the masters of direct lineage from the most famous Indian Buddhist philosopher Nâgârjuna, and second, by revelations, so as according to the legend he got instructions directly from the tantric Buddhas Vajradhâra and Vajrayoginî. Tilopa´s legacy has came to us via direct lineage from the disciples of his disciples, thus forming a revered line: Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Phagmodrupa, the founder of Drikung school Jigten Sumgon up to one of the reincarnations of Avalokiteshvara His Holiness the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche whose residence today is in India. Nowadays Kagyu is divided into 4 bigger and 8 smaller sub-schools.
Drikung Kagyu traditions involve the complete teachings of Naropa six yogas and mahâmudrâs, secret oral transmissions and various invocations and dedications. The school is well known for its great meditation and bhowa practice masters.

Teachers

A number of venerable teachers of Drikung school have visited Estonia, among them ven. Konchok Nuba Rinpoche, ven. Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche (founder of the Estonian Centre in 1992, who gave refuge to the first 9 members), laama Drubpon Champa Rigzin Rinpoche (1994, 2005), His Holiness the 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche (1994, 1998, 2002), ven. Lho Kunzang Rinpoche, His Eminence Druwang Rinpoche, ven. Garchen Rinpoche, lama Acharya Konchok Tamphel (stayed in Estonia for one year in 2000), lama Drubpon Sangye Rinpoche (a permanent resident lama in Estonia since 2001).

Activities

Drikung Kagyu Ratna Shri Centre (DKRSC) in Estonia unites about 50 Buddhists of Drikung school and a number of interested persons. During its ten years of existence several retreats, teachings, concerts, film shows, studies of the Tibetan language and presentation of Buddhist literature and insignia has been arranged. We have invited teachers to Estonia and also sent our members to monasteries in India and Tibet. In winter 2001-2002 twelve of our members attended a nearly six months traditional Snake Year Teachings retreat in Jangchub Ling monastery, India. Every week several regular practice-meetings are held (mainly dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, Vajrasattva, Green Târa, Medicine Buddha, Amitâbha, Shâkyamuni Buddha, Achi, Padmasambhava, as well as ngöndro, bhowa, chöd, guru yoga, mandala offering, et al.).
DKRSC is headed by five-members Board. Address: Kopli 22-7A, Tallinn, Estonia, phone (+372) 56479868, e-mail drikung(at)drikung.ee, website drikung.ee. Members of DKRSC participate in several local (Estonian Institute of Buddhism, Estonian Tibetan Cultural Society, Round Table of Religious Associations) as well as international Buddhist organisations and their activities.

 

 

THE ESTONIAN NYINGMA CONGREGATION OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM


The Estonian Nyingma Congregation of Tibetan Buddhism was founded at the beginning of 1990-ties by a group of persons who had already former experience of participating in different Buddhist organizations in Estonia.
In 1994 the Master of Tibetan Buddhism of the Nyingma school, Venerable Nyichang Rinpoche (now residing in Nepal), visited Estonia for the first time. Later he have paid regular visits to Estonia along with retreats.
In 1996 Nyichang Rimpoche began to teach ngondro (an introduction to Dzogchen teachings) to a group consisting of eighteen persons. The last part of these teachings was given by him in the summer of 2001.
1997 there was a need to formally legalize the religious group. On the 21st September 1997 an inaugural meeting took place, and on the 2nd October the same year The Estonian Nyingma Congregation of Tibetan Buddhism was officially registered.
Presently the meetings take place regularly. The group is open in the sense that the members have received many teachings from Masters of the other schools of Buddhism as well.
The Estonian Nyingma Congregation of Tibetan Buddhism is headed by a three-member Board.
Members participate in several local (Estonian Institute of Buddhism, The Estonian Association of Tibetan Medicine, Round Table of Religious Associations, etc.) as well as international Buddhist organisations.

Contact: jrp(at)online.ee


 

ESTONIAN DZOGCHEN COMMUNITY

The Estonian Dzogchen Community is a branch of the international Dzogchen Community (under the guidance of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche). The Tallinn group was founded in 1992 when the first Estonians participated in the retreats under the guidance of our Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Members of the community have up until now regularly attended his teaching sessions, mainly in Russia and Italy.
The teaching is based on learning and practice and the application of these two in the daily life. The practice consists of meditations, rituals, yantra yoga and mandala dances. The joint practices are held according to the special schedule.

Further information on the teachings and the international organization is available on the homepage of Estonian Dzogchen Community www.dzogchen.ee

Contact:
gakyil(at)dzogchen.ee

 

 

TRIRATNA BUDDHIST COMMUNITY IN ESTONIA

Triratna Buddhist Community or TBC (ex Friends of the Western Buddhist Order or FWBO) was found in London in 1967 by Sangharakshita (born Dennis Lingwood) as a Buddhist movement dedicated to conditions needed for the effective practice of Buddhism in modern society.
The TBC (FWBO) is part of the Buddhist tradition, and its central teachings are those that are at the heart of the tradition as the whole. Although the roots of Buddhism are to be found in the East, it is not a spiritual tradition to be practiced in just one cultural context. The modern world with its big cities, industry and TV is in many ways different from the world where Buddhism has flourished for centuries. For this reason TBC (FWBO) has set a goal to present Buddhist teachings in a meaningful way for the modern world.
A year after the founding of FWBO 12 people were the first to receive their ordination within the Western Buddhist Order (WBO), which was to be at the heart of the new movement. Membership of the Order was determined not by payment of a membership fee, or by intellectual knowledge of Buddhism, but by commitment to the Buddha's path. The FWBO was the name of activities, organizations, and community of Buddhists that developed around the Order.
In mid-2000 there were around eighty FWBO centres, and activities in twenty-five countries - in larger towns of England, as well as in Finland, Sweden, Germany, India, Spain, USA, Australia and in other countries.
In 1989 the Finnish Order members visited Tallinn for the first time. For many years study seminars and meditation retreats were held under their guidance - first at Põllu street (in the context of Estonian Buddhist Union), later in Mustamäe and Kadriorg (Tallinn, capital of Estonia). In summer more intensive meditation retreats were held in Andineeme (countryside near Tallinn). In 1993 first meditation course was held under the guidance of FWBO local branch. Since February 2002 the Tallinn FWBO Buddhist Centre was situated at Sulevimägi street, from 2008 centre is located at Luha street 1.
The range of activities involves meditation and Buddhism courses, talks and ritual events, Buddhist day celebrations, meditation and study retreats. Events are held mainly by the members of TBC (FWBO) from Finland and England.
See more about the TBC (FWBO) in Estonia: budakoda.ee

 

 

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phone: +372 51 013 87; e-mail info@budismiinstituut.ee
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