In Theravada lands, there is Buddhism, or Buddha’s teaching, called sasana, which means Teaching. In Tibet, the most common term is nangpä čhö – the religion of the devoted, in Japan the term is bucodo – Buddha´s journey. Still in the nineteenth century, the supporters of various directions of Buddhism were not taking this religion as universal and they did not even share a unified denomination. The first mention of Buddhism was in the Oxford dictionary in 1801. It was changed to Buddhism in a sentence in an article in the Asiatic Journal. In 1829, the first work where its title contained the word „Budhism“(though with single „d“) and it was Edward Uphama´s The History and Doctrine of Budhism. During the nineteenth century monks of various Buddhist traditions began to talk about a single Buddhism in order to draw off the attacks of Christian missionaries and colonial officers. It is perhaps a paradox that the first attempt to unite Buddhism was made by a man form the west, colonel Henry Steel Olcott.
Prague Meditation Centers
- Meditation Centre SENSHINJI
tel.: +420 777311083
- PRAGUE´S BUDDHIST CENTER LOTUSDlouhá 2/609
110 00 Prague 1
Bank Account: 1929292369-0800
Coordinator: Libor Šulák tel. 604 218 218
The civic association of Bodhi Prague affiliates members on the basis of the common concern about the theory and practise of Buddhist teaching. The aim of the group is to mediate contacts with traditional Buddha´s teaching in the way it is preserved in Theravada Buddhism. It also aims to cultivate meditation practice by the form of compulsory meetings (once a week) and by episodic meetings that last several days, so called Mediation Sittings. The group’s target is to help popularise meditation practice by the means of lectures and publications thereby deepening the knowledge of Buddhist psychology, in order to increase the ethic and spiritual level of our society.
Regular meetings of Bodhi Prague always take place on Wednesdays at 7.30p.m. At Prague’s Lotus Buddhist Centre, Dlouhá Avenue 2, 4th floor. Newcomers are given basic instruction about the awareness of inspiration and expiration (ana-apana-sati) and after a common meditation, there follows a gathering over tea. You can read more about Bodhi Prague in the magazine Dotek (The Touch), Bulletin and The Correspondent of the Information Centre MBNF, or by a personal meeting on Wednesdays.
Contact: BP: Hilmarova 979/84, 152 00 Prague 5, tel. 22516 800 74
Mangala is an old word. Even Buddha used to use this term to describe all kinds of welfare. Also this group is concerned about general human well-being and aims to help contemporary people find what they are looking for.
This group meets at the Lotus Buddhist Centre every Monday at 6 p.m. (except for summer holidays). 30-40 minutes long Mett meditation (except for summer holiday) and 30-40 minutes long meditation Metta-vipassana (meditation of friendly openness and contemplation) are followed by a thematic dialogue and discussion.
Contact: Jitka Hašková, Churáňovská 5, Prague 5, tel.: 2257210585
Bon Garuda Czech Republic
The group Bon Garuda Czech Republic is a part of the old Tibetian tradition Yungdrung Bon. The followers of the Bon teaching are caller Bonpo. A Bonpo is a person who believes in Bon and for whom the word Bon means the truth, the true essence or also the eternal, unchangeable teaching, where the truth and the true essence are expressed. The Tibetan word Cho or Sanskrit word Dharma mean for Buddhists the same as the word Bon for Bonpo.
The practising supporters of Bon Garuda are devoted to practical exercises that lead to recognition the state of non-duality Contemplation. If you want to know more, you are very welcome every Thursday at 8 p.m. in Lotus Centre.
You may contact: Alena Řičánková
DZOGCHEN (Dzogpa Chenpo or Great Perfection)
This is the essential teaching of Tibetan Buddhism and the old Tibetan Pre-Buddhist tradition - bönu. This teaching belongs neither to Buddhism, nor to Bon, it is a self-standing spiritual way to the most elementary essence of the human existence and it is standing beyond all the school’s and monastic constraints. Dzogchen does not demand us to believe in something, it rather admonishes us to be aware of our experience at all levels and thus to get to know our true nature. It may be described as the concrete experience of the true essence of being, as a key that is able to open the consciousness of every person, independently of their culture, philosophy or religion.
More information at: www.buddha.cz
KARMA DARGJE LING
The group Karma Dargye Ling is a community in Prague that is supporting the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. The Head of the school is J. S. 17. Gjalwa Karmapa Trinlay Thaje Dordzhe. The main European centres of 17. Gjalwa Karmapa are monasteries and centres Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France.
The group Karma Dargye Ling have regular meetings on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Lotus Buddhist Centre for a common meditation exercise samatha – meditation of equanimity, sutra of the Heart and to exercise pudzha Cenrezig – compassion of all Buddhas. The introduction to meditation practice is provided for free to all newcomers. The group runs intensive meditation courses a few times a year and everyone is very welcome.
FRIENDS OF DHAMMA
The group Friends of Dharma was founded in 1991 and in June of this year it was formally registered as civic association residing in Prague. Its´ members have their regular meeting once a week since then. For a long time, they had been meeting in one of their member´s flat, now they have been running their meetings at the Lotus Buddhist Centre. The contents of their meeting are (in the following order): drinking tea, short recitation, meditation, occasional recitation of a sutta followed by discussions about the Teaching.