News from Ziji Europe! – Spring 2017

Young people with Lion hearts, Taking over the amazing initiative from Llew Watkins to keep information circuiting the European Young Meditator’s sphere is a heck of a challenge. Let us take this opportunity to thank Llew from the bottom of our overflowing hearts for keeping this going for two years. (Check out the archives here!) Below is our (Angela’s and Lia’s) best efforts to collect all the news of various young peoples’ events that are taking place around Europe. It’s amazing and magical that these retreats are happening this year and how the energy of Ziji is manifesting in Europe…

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Retreat at Jesse’s cabin in the woods

This last weekend we had a very beautiful and low-key Ziji weekend in Wales, at Jesse’s cabin in the woods. Six of us hung out together and ate wonderful food, went on walks and did a little bit of meditation practice, and I want to write something about it because it makes me very inspired that this kind of thing can happen, and I also hope that it might inspire other people to set up similar low-key retreats or gatherings. Our two biggest strengths I think we have in Ziji are community and the basic practice of sitting meditation. Most…

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How the Ziji Gar Was Born (Part 2 of 3)

PART 2 of 3 “You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.”.             – Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man   It was at the Winter Youth Retreat at Schloss Heinsheim in Germany, in January this year, that making this programme a reality really came together. While we were there, the discussions we were having about Ziji evolved into the formation of a group, now 10 of us, committed to making the Gar happen. I cannot begin…

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How the Ziji Gar was born (Part 1 of 3)

PART 1 of 3 “From our own sense of confidence, strength and magnanimity, we can uplift the world.” – The Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche   I am writing this on the train as I have just returned from the most wonderful few days at Dechen Choling where myself, Lia Duggan, Simon Engelke, Simon Bertin and Oli Wang met to discuss and continue to co-create together the Ziji Gar that will happen there from July 2nd to July 10th this year. Gar is a Tibetan word that can be translated as camp or encampment. Our idea is to transform the existing Summer…

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