A Dharma Weekend in Lisbon

Invited by José Rodrigues, and at the request of Lama Jampa, Carl Rogers from our Bristol centre spent the weekend of 17th to 19th October in the beautiful old city of Lisbon, accompanied by Ed Curtis. On the Friday night Carl gave an introductory talk outlining the Buddhist path. He took as his theme the “three trainings” (morality, meditation and wisdom). The talk was well attended in a lovely new hall belonging to a local Buddhist teacher, and was the first Dharma event to be held there. On the Saturday and Sunday, Carl outlined the renowned Sakya teachings of the “Parting from the Four Attachments” to a good number of attendees at the Portuguese Buddhist Union. Carl relied on the structure of Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s commentary as well as Lama Jampa’s “Melody of the Gentle Lord”. The morning and afternoon sessions consisted of periods of listening, contemplating and meditating. People attending were very impressed by the clear and systematic presentation of the path. The entire weekend had been organised by José with the help of John Cox, another of Lama Jampa’s students who lives near Lisbon. José and John now intend to start a Dechen Community meditation group on the strength of the very positive feedback they received from those attending the weekend.