2024 Autumn courses

In addition to TCP5, we are happy to announce the following teaching at IBA:

Shamatha-Vipashyana based on the Four Elements: 

10-Day Retreat with Thomas Dhammadipa

Dates: September 14 to 23, 2024

The four elements meditation is a profound practice of mindfulness and insight, based on the contemplative exploration of the characteristics of the elements of earth, water, fire, and air in one’s own body. It opens the door to deep insight into the nature of the body and the world of our experience. This retreat will combine instructions for shamatha, or calm abiding, with the cultivation of the insight of vipashyana based on the topic of the four elements.

This analytical-meditative approach was systematized in the Visuddhimagga by Buddhaghosa and is extensively taught in the Abhidhamma based forest tradition of Burma, by teachers such as Pa Auk Sayadaw. Thomas Dhammadipa trained extensively under this master and has widely taught this practice for many years.

The Teacher

Thomas Dhammadipa is a lay Dharma teacher from the Czech Republic. His decades of meditation training as a Buddhist monk combined with his extensive scholarly and linguistic background make him an exceptional teacher. Thomas Dhammadipa has extensively taught Dharma in both theory and practice, and led students in meditation retreats in Europe, North and South America, India, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.

A more detailed biography is at https://www.dhammadipa.cz/en/biogaphy/

If you would like to attend this course, please contact IBA at 2register4iba@gmail.com