Poursuite et renouveau des activités du CEBT Genève

Le Centre Kagyu de Genève, fondé en 1980 par Kalou Rinpoché au nom du 16ème Karmapa, a depuis ses débuts été placé sous l’autorité de Lama Teunsang. Depuis fin 2016, l’association est membre de l’Union Suisse des Bouddhistes et se nomme désormais CEBT Genève (Centre d’Etude du Bouddhisme Tibétain de Genève).

L’un des buts du CEBT est de favoriser la connaissance du bouddhisme en général, et des enseignements de la lignée Kagyu en particulier, en lien direct avec l’autorité spirituelle de Sa Sainteté le 17ème Karmapa Trinlay Thayé Dorjé et de Lama Teunsang. Depuis 2016, une pratique régulière a eu lieu un mercredi sur deux et chaque année, 6 à 8 stages d’approfondissement ont été organisés avec les maîtres de la lignée.

En juin 2020, Lama Teunsang a demandé à Jean-Marc Falcombello d’assumer la fonction de lama responsable du CEBT Genève. Jean-Marc a pris refuge en 1981, est devenu interprète de tibétain puis a succédé à Jean-Pierre Schnetzler comme président de Montchardon, tout en poursuivant une carrière de journaliste culturel à la Radio Suisse Romande. Ayant juste terminé la retraite de trois ans à Montchardon, il est retourné vivre dans sa ville natale de Genève, et s’occupe désormais du développement du CEBT, en étroite collaboration avec la petite équipe dynamique animée par Agathe Chevalier.

À partir du mois de septembre, une nouvelle étape dans les activités du CEBT va se mettre en place. La présence régulière d’un lama permet en effet d’organiser des séances hebdomadaires de pratique suivie d’un enseignement. Par ailleurs, en plus des invitations lancées aux maîtres de la lignée, un certain nombre de week-ends d’approfondissement de la pratique seront planifiés.

Les rencontres hebdomadaires auront lieu le mercredi, à partir du 2 septembre 2020. Une pratique collective de Tchenrezi aura lieu à 18h30, puis de 19h30 à 20h15 un enseignement permettra d’éclairer progressivement les points clés du bouddhisme tibétain, et de voir ensemble comment les intégrer dans la réalité quotidienne.

Le samedi 12 septembre, une journée ouverte de partage et de réflexion est prévue pour présenter les nouvelles activités actuellement en projet (2ème soirée hebdomadaire, week-ends d’approfondissement, cours d’introduction au tibétain littéraire pour mieux comprendre les textes de pratique, semaine de retraite). Ce sera l’occasion d’élaborer ensemble rêves et idées de développement du Centre, pour matérialiser son existence et pérenniser la présence de l’école Kagyu à Genève.
Pour en savoir plus cliquez ici

Vous trouverez prochainement plus de détails sur le site web du CEBT Genève : www.cebt-geneve.ch. Les personnes déjà inscrites auprès du CEBT Genève recevront plus d’informations par email. Si cela n’est pas encore votre cas et que vous souhaitez être directement tenu(e) au courant de la reprise des activités et du programme du 12, merci de faire parvenir un email à l’adresse suivante : cebtgeneve@gmail.com.

Continuation and renewal of the activities of the CEBT Geneva

Since it was founded in 1980 by Kalu Rinpoche on behalf of the 16th Karmapa, the Geneva Kagyu Centre has been under the spiritual authority of Lama Teunsang. Since the end of 2016, the association has been a member of the Swiss Union of Buddhists and is now called CEBT Geneva (French for Centre for the Study of Tibetan Buddhism in Geneva).

One of the goals of the CEBT is to foster knowledge of Buddhism in general, and of the Kagyu lineage teachings in particular, under the spiritual authority of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje and Lama Teunsang. Since 2016, a regular practice has taken place every other Wednesday and each year, 6 to 8 in-depth courses with the lineage masters have been organised.

In June 2020, Lama Teunsang asked Jean-Marc Falcombello to assume the function of lama in charge of CEBT Geneva. Jean-Marc took refuge in 1981, became a Tibetan interpreter and then succeeded to Jean-Pierre Schnetzler as president of Montchardon, while pursuing a career as a cultural journalist at the Radio Suisse Romande. Having just finished a three-year retreat in Montchardon, he has returned to his hometown of Geneva, and is now in charge of the development of the CEBT, in close collaboration with the small dynamic team led by Agathe Chevalier.

Starting in September, the activities of the CEBT will resume and intensify. With the regular presence of a lama, weekly sessions of practice followed by teaching can be organized. In addition to invitations to the lineage masters, a number of weekends will be planned during which a more thorough understanding of practice will be explored.

Weekly practices of Chenrezig will take place on Wednesdays, starting September 2nd, 2020 at 6:30 pm. From 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm a teaching will aim to gradually shed light on the key points of Tibetan Buddhism, and together we will see how to integrate them into the daily reality of a predominantly urban lifestyle.

On Saturday, September 12th, an open day of sharing and reflection is planned to present the new activities (2nd weekly evening of teaching, weekends of in-depth study, introductory course in Tibetan literature to better understand the texts, week of retreat). It will be an opportunity to elaborate together dreams and ideas for the development of the Centre, to materialize its existence and to perpetuate the presence of the Kagyu school in Geneva.
For more information click here

You will soon find more details on the CEBT Geneva website: www.cebt-geneve.ch. Those already registered with CEBT Geneva will receive more information by email. If this is not yet the case and you wish to be directly informed about the activities and the program of the 12th, please send an email to the following address: cebtgeneve@gmail.com

This summer the programme will take place under special circumstances, since the Centre can resume activities provided that sanitary measures are strictly observed.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you have a negative PCR test or not, does not change the need to respect sanitary measures.

Your presence in Montchardon implies that you strictly respect sanitary measures in all circumstances.

We are now used to these measures:

  1. Wear a protective mask in the temple during the whole teaching or practice period, in the refectory until you start eating, and in all situations where it is difficult to maintain a 1m distance with others.
  2. Hand wash with hydro-alcoholic gel when entering and leaving the temple and refectory, whenever accessing the self-service area and on all occasions when touching a collective object.
  3. Maintain a distance of 1m around yourself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around in the Centre.

Access to the temple will be limited to 70/80 people to respect sanitary distances.

For accommodation, the rooms that accommodate several people will become individual rooms, except for couples or families. The number of places in the dormitory will be reduced to space out the beds. This will allow us to accommodate about 80 people.

The campsite area will be open, and the layout of the tents should follow the same guidelines. Disinfectant will be available in all places where necessary.

These rules must be maintained in Montchardon at all times.

Indeed:

- We have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from disease, especially as we live in collective premises.

- It is important to continue to protect Lama Teunsang, whose immunity is greatly diminished, even though he has been vaccinated.

For these reasons, we are asking all those who come this summer to commit to respecting sanitary measures. This commitment will take the official form of a box to be ticked on the registration form, which will allow everyone to come to the Centre with complete peace of mind.

If you cannot or do not wish to follow these guidelines, we ask you not to come to the Centre while these rules are in effect.

The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

When you leave, if you need to have a PCR test, this can be done in the cities in the area. However, it will be up to you to organise (making an appointment, travelling to and from the test site), because the Centre cannot manage these procedures.