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.
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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.
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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

Vigilance COVID at Montchardon

The programme now takes place under special circumstances, since the Centre may resume its activities provided that the health rules are strictly observed.

The conditions of participation imply strict compliance with the barrier measures, whether for practices or courses.

Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:

  • - upon arrival at the Centre, the trainee must not be ill or show symptoms of the virus.
  •  obligation to maintain a distance of 1m around oneself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around the Centre,
  • - mandatory wearing of a protective mask in :
    •   - the temple: permanently during the teachings and daily collective practices.
    •   - the refectory: from the entrance to the moment of sitting down and if you get up to get a drink or to go out.
    •   - all other situations: as soon as it is difficult to maintain distance from others,
  • - hand washing with hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance and exit of the temple and refectory, every time you enter the self-service area and on all occasions when you have to touch a collective object.
  • - An identifiable member of the administration will be responsible for the entry and exit phases of the prayer area to ensure that the rules are respected.

If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you do not 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.

About Lama Teunsang

It is essential to protect Lama Teunsang whose immunity is compromised, making him extremely vulnerable to infection, and the people at the centre are in daily contact with him for meals and care. This also means that it is not appropriate to return to Lama Teunsang's home to greet him. For the compelling reasons mentioned above, he currently only receives those who care for his health.

No offering of kata to Lama Teunsang
It is asked to stay away from him, at least 1m and not to offer him a kata.
This use, so much appreciated by all of us, is currently suspended during the Covid period, to preserve its still fragile health.

Individual interview with Lama Teunsang
We asked Lama Teunsang about personal interviews. He does not wish to resume them for the time being. We will inform you of their resumption when he tells us so.
However, it is possible to request an interview with one of the Lamas of Montchardon. See with the translator.

In brief

Access to the temple will be limited to 80 people to respect sanitary distances. For accommodation, the rooms with several people will become individual accommodation, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will have disinfecting liquids in all the places where it is necessary.

We would like to remind you:

  • - on the one hand, failure to respect the rules could lead to the closure of the Centre and legal proceedings.
  • - on the other hand, we have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from a potentially dangerous disease, especially since we live in collective premises.

As Buddhist practitioners, the constraints of masks, social distances and frequent hand washing can be integrated into our practice, as a constant training for vigilance and support of attention in our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakening mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to make this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called " integrating unpleasantness into the path ".