Resident Dharma teacher: Lama Tendar Olaf Hoeyer.
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I was manager of the Karmapa Centre in Copenhagen (Karma Drub Djy Ling, or: ‘Karma Kadjy Skolen’) from 1985 to 1989. I have been teaching the Dharma since 1985, on Shamar Rinpoche's request, when I became a monk.
I was ordained as Getsul, a novice monk in 1984. I became fully ordained Gelong (Bikshu) in 1988, but gave back the wows in the year 2000.
Tilogaard means Tilopa's Farm. Tilo is Tilopa in Sanskrit rendering. Tilo means sesame in Sanskrit, while the suffix ‘pa’ means ‘the man’ in Tibetan, so Tilopa is the Sesame-man. For some time in his life, Tilopa lived from pressing the oil out of sesame seeds, thus extracting the essence of those seeds. This he used as an allegory for the realisation of Mahamudra, extracting the essence of Dharma by meditation and the application of the corresponding view. It is the aim of Tilogaard to likewise teach Mahamudra in spirit and practise.
Mahamudra is the integrated view and practise of Bodhicitta, which means open mind, open heart and no prejudice as attitude. Mahamudra is likewise as both view and practise: 1) shamatha, which means meditation with a focus, 2) vipashyana, which means meditational yoga of penetrating insight - and 3) both the philosophy of Madhyamaka from Nagarjuna and the psychology of Cittamatra - or Yogacara - from Asanga. Mahamudra may be practised either according to the Sutra tradition or Tantra. Mahamudra in the Tantra way involves the 6 yogas of Naropa and formal meditational Yidam retreat. The distant transmission line of Mahamudra originates from Saraha, while the near or visionary transmission line start with Tilopa. Please read the ‘KagyÃ¼ Golden Rosary’ for details of the transmission lineage. I received the transmission of Mahamudra from several Lamas, though first of all it was from Shamar Mipham ChÃ¶gyi LodrÃ¶ Rinpoche, the former Kalu Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche and Gendun Rinpoche.
Tilogaard was founded in May 2002, when I acquired the property. Tilogaard engaged with the international network of Bodhi Path Buddhist centres in 2007 at the request of Shamar Rinpoche. Rinpoche directed me to do so and teach the Bodhi Path Curriculum. Tilogaard does not participate in the Bodhi Path centres’ particular way of organising themselves. It is the Bodhi Path Curriculum, that we share, since I teach the various subjects of this Mahamudra collection. Tilogaard is also spiritually connected to the Dhagpo Mandala in France, because the former Gendun Rinpoche conducted my 3 years retreat at Le Bost retreat centre back in 1991 to 1994, and some of his students thus became like family to me.
Students come to Tilogaard for personal instruction in the classical view and practise of the Dharma, particularly in the disciplines of NgÃ¶ndro, Lojung and Shamatha - Vipashyana (shinÃ© / lhagthong). I do not conduct seminars on meditation and the view of Dharma any more as I used to do, because I suffer a lung disease, that has weakened me a lot. So I teach at home mostly for individual students or a group of few.
Tilogaard serves as my residence with a few guest-rooms and a relatively large and spacious garden with a small lake. The Temple room on the first floor still needs to be put in order. I have not yet been able to do it. The whole first floor is in need of repair. But there is a lot of space on the ground floor, so I am all right as it is. And since I do not conduct seminars in these years, the larger Temple room on the first floor is anyway not needed for the time being. I do not conduct a regular program as it is, because there are no local students and besides me, only the cat lives here. So students of the Dharma come for personal instructions from all over Denmark, when they want to learn something, and I find time to see them.
The property is for now privately owned, but Tilogaard Meditation School - which is the name of the formal institution of Tilogaard - was legally formed in 2012. This formal institution will take over the house and land in due time, in this way making Tilogaard self-owning and governed by it's own constitution. I estimate that the transfer of ownership will take place in 2030, due to the size of the mortgage, that has to be reduced before my bank will consent to the arrangement. Until then, the institution Tilogaard Meditation School is the organising body for the activities here. Tilogaard Meditation School will inherit all my belongings as the sole heir. I have no children, so this arrangement seems natural to me. When I am dead and gone, some other Danish Karma KagyÃ¼ Lama is supposed to take over and continue the activity of Dharma here. This is what I aim to accomplish with the institution.
Peace, love & Buddhahood
Basically, you may learn meditation here, hence it is called Tilogaard Meditation School as the formal name. Lamas are generally not academics, but they would normally have a broad knowledge about Dharma. Their expertise though, is meditation and ritual - and how to apply the view of Dharma in the training.
The classical Buddhist meditations are direct and simple methods for you to accomplish your own realisation of the nature of your very own mind - and your own discovery of the way, in which your mind works. With this understanding, you will develop a certain degree of magnanimity for the benefit of both yourself and others.
Tendar Olaf Hoeyer, ca. 1990.
In practical terms, the Teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni is all about development and stabilisation of your own mental focus and spaciously aware presence in the moment of consciousness, by means of meditation. This will lead to peace and samadhi, the meditational trance. This in turn will lead to discovery of your own inborn clarity of mind and insight in the nature of mind as well as understanding, how your mind works. The teaching of Buddha Sakyamuni will also turn your attention towards - and get yourself used to grow and develop - love, compassion and non-violence (Sanskrit: maitri, karuna and ahimsa).
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