Mahamudra Course with Lama Ole Nydahl
September 7-9, 2018 – Sofia, Bulgaria

Program

The Mahamudra course will focus on the Great Seal (Mahamudra) teachings. Lama Ole Nydahl will guide us through and give transmission on several Great Seal texts composed by realized Kagyu meditation masters.

The course will take place on September 7-9 at Hristo Botev Sports Hall, Studentski Grad, John Lennon Str, Sofia 1700. See Map

7.9.2018, 15:00-18:00 – lecture with Lama Ole Nydahl
7.9.2018, 20:00-21:00 – guided meditation on 16th Karmapa

8.9.2018, 09:30-11:30 – Ngondro explanations/meditation
8.9.2018, 15:00-18:00 – lecture with Lama Ole Nydahl
8.9.2018, 20:00-21:00 – guided meditation on 16th Karmapa

9.9.2018, 11:00-13:00 – Ngondro explanations/meditation
9.9.2018, 15:00-18:00 – lecture with Lama Ole Nydahl

Please, keep in mind that the program is subject to change!

Teachers

Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few fully-qualified western Lamas and a Diamond Way buddhist meditation master in the Karma Kagyu lineage. When he first travelled with his wife Hannah to the Himalayas, they met the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of Karma Kagyu lineage. After three years of intensive training, the 16th Karmapa asked both Lama Ole and Hannah to return to the West and start teaching Buddhism. On this request, Lama Ole Nydahl has spent more than 45 years traveling around the world teaching. He and his wife have founded more than 700 centers for lay Buddhist practitioners around the world. Lama Ole Nydahl unites in a unique way the ancient Buddhist wisdom with the modern western lifestyle.

Tickets

Course price – 50 EUR
Price per day – 20 EUR

Discount price per day – 15 EUR (applicable to students, retired people and a second parent with a child)
Diamond (surplus) price – 75 EUR

Children below 18 years of age can attend the course for free. There is no need to register in advance! You can pay for the course on site. Only leva (Bulgarian currency) and euro will be accepted. Please keep this in mind. Payment by card is NOT POSSIBLE!

The price does not include food and lodging!

Accommodation

Accommodation at the LECTURE HALL is NOT POSSIBLE!

There are a number of hotels in the area, as well as in the city center, where you can make reservations at reasonable prices.

A list of good and affordable HOSTELS in Sofia you can find HERE.
The closest one: Hostel 29
You can also check many private offers at https://www.airbnb.com/
And the famous booking.com for all tastes!

Hotels close by the Hall (walking distance – 5-20 minutes)
- Blue Label Rooms and Apartments
- Suite Hotel Sofia
- Mon Ami Rooms And Apartments
- Vitosha Park Hotel
- Academica Aparthotel
- Brod
- Hotel Sveti Valentin

Translation

The official language of the course will be English. Translation will be provided in Bulgarian and any other language that has a representative translator.

Childcare

There is a special area for parents with children adjacent to the main hall. Please have in mind that you need to take care of your child or agree to share the responsibility with other parents. We will have streaming service in this area so that parents can attend the events in the main hall.

Visa

Visa application:
You will need a short stay visa, ‘Type C visa for the purposes of a planned stay’, which is valid for 90 days out of a six-month period. It will need to be a ‘tourist visa’ or an ‘invitation declaration’. The visa application must be submitted no earlier than three months before the travel date.

Bulgaria is part of the European Union and the Schengen Area. This means that those whose nationality is within these areas can visit Bulgaria without a visa for a period of up to 3 months.

For those who are outside these areas, Bulgaria currently only issues national visas: those visas do not give their holders the right to enter the Schengen Area. However, if you already hold a valid Schengen visa, then you will not need a specific Bulgarian national visa. With the Schengen visa you have the right to enter and reside in Bulgaria for up to 3 out of 6 months. If you need more information, check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Contact

Contact us via email: info@diamondway.bg

Venue

The course will take place at Hristo Botev Sports Hall, Studentski Grad, John Lennon Str, Sofia 1700. See Map

Stupa Sofia Visit

You are welcome to visit our Stupa Sofia, the first stupa in Bulgaria. It is located at Plana Retreat Center, about 20 km outside of Sofia. It was inaugurated in 2015 by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl.

There will be organized tours to Plana Retreat Center on 8 and 9 Sep. You will be able to sign up for them at the InfoPoint.

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After the program in Sofia, you are very welcome to join the Adriatic Course in Montenegro. More info can be found here: http://budizam.me/course/

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