Lama Jigme Rinpoche is the General Secretary for Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Rinpoche is an accomplished Buddhist teacher and author, and leads the Dhagpo Buddhist centres in France.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche was born in 1949 in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. Part of the noble family of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rinpoche is the brother of the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro. After the Chinese invasion, he left Tibet with the 16th Karmapa and many other teachers. In the then kingdom of Sikkim, they settled in Rumtek, where Rumtek monastery was built, the main seat of the Karmapa. Here, Rinpoche received all of the main transmissions and teachings directly from the 16th Karmapa, as well as receiving teachings from many other eminent masters.
When the 16th Karmapa came to Europe in the 1970s, he saw that people were open to the wisdom of Buddhist teachings. In order for the Dharma to flourish, he expressed the wish for five conditions to be fulfilled: for a Buddhist university (Tibetan: shedra), library, retreat centre, and a monastery to be constructed, and for Dharma centres to be founded throughout Europe.
On his very first visit to Europe, the 16th Karmapa chose Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in the south of France to be the main seat of his European activity, and appointed Lama Jigme Rinpoche to remain there as his representative. Rinpoche, aided by other high lamas including Gendun Rinpoche and Pawo Rinpoche, accomplished all of the five wishes of the 16th Karmapa, and the Dharma continues to flourish in Europe and the West.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche fulfilled this function for the 16th Karmapa continuously, and now performs this same activity for Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. In recognition of his immense capabilities, Karmapa appointed Jigme Rinpoche his General Secretary.
When the 16th Karmapa appointed Lama Jigme Rinpoche as his representative in Europe, he said: “In the person of Lama Jigme Rinpoche, I leave you my heart”. Jigmela, as he is affectionately known today by his students, continues travelling throughout Europe and over the world, giving empowerments, teaching, and inspiring all those who meet him.
Rinpoche’s official website: www.jigmela.org
Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl, Europe Center, Germany 2018.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Europe Center, Germany 2018.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Bratislava, Slovakia 2018.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Bratislava, Slovakia 2018.
8 p.m. - Lecture by Rinpoche
11 a.m. - Loving Eyes Empowerment by Rinpoche
7 p.m. - Lecture by Rinpoche
11 a.m. - Jambala Empowerment by Rinpoche
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Kolo Hall, Warsaw
The course takes place in "Koło" Sport Hall.
Using tram no. 24 (direction: Nowe Bemowo, stop: Magistracka). It takes around 20 minutes
Using bus no. 175 (direction: Pilsudski Sq. stop: Zawisza Sq.) than using tram no. 24 (direction: Nowe Bemowo, stop: Magistracka). It takes around 50 minutes.
Sleeping in the lecture hall for two nights (Friday and Saturday) is possible. If you choose this option, please take your mats and sleeping bags with you. There is no need to register.
No sleeping in the center. The Warsaw center will be open for visiting only.
Cold and hot drinks and snacks will be served onsite. Hot meals one can buy in a cafeteria on the first floor.
There are several restaurants in the area (press the name of the restaurant to show it on the google maps):
Polish cuisine "Przystanek Kolo", Obozowa 80
American cuisine "Mississippi", Czorsztynska 1
Sushi "Kadoto", Obozowa 41
Pizza "Biesiadowo", Banderii 4
Polish cuisine "Kuchnia bar mleczny", Radziwie 7
Pizza & spaghetti "Umbria", Radziwie 7
Pizza & pasta "Papryczka", Zawiszy 14
Asian cuisine "Skok na wok", Zawiszy 14
Indian cuisine "Laligurash", Ciolka 35
Thai cuisine "Vintuna", Ciolka 15
Italian cuisine "Del Forno", Brozka 4
Asian food "Mai", Gorczewska 93
There are several grocery stores in the area as well (press the name of the store to show it on the google maps):
Attention: On Sunday grocery stores are closed.
Children from 4 to 12 can use playroom during lectures and empowerments. Please provide them with snacks and drinks. Moreover, we have a special room for parents with infants and babies where lectures will be streamed.
If you have any questions regarding the kindergarten write to Aleksandra: email@example.com
No parking places reserved for the course. Please leave your car in one of the following streets (they are relatively free during weekends and listed in the “least used for parking during weekends” order (press the name of the street to see it on google maps).
Rinpoche will speak English. Translations to other languages will be available on the fm radio. Please bring your own fm radio/phone with headphones. You can rent a fm radio on the site as well (in a limited number).
You can enter the lectures and empowerments after paying for participation fee on the venue.
The whole course: 240 PLN ~ 60 EUR
Single lecture of Rinpoche or empowerment: 60 PLN ~ 15 EUR
Registration for the course is not necessary.
Attention: You can pay in cash only!
There are six ATMs located within 10 minutes walk (press the address of the ATM location to see it on the google maps):
No religion is more important than human happiness
The main goal of Buddhist methods is to benefit others and oneself. If we act for the benefit of others, we are sure to enrich ourselves as well.
The more freedom from our emotions we have, the more rich and compassionate our mind is
We just have to remind ourselves that the source for any happiness is mind itself
If you have any questions feel free to email us
The organizer of this event is Diamond Way Buddhism Karma Kagyu Lineage Association, which has had thea status of an official religion in Poland since 1984.