Tilogaard Meditation School
of the Karma KagyĂĽ Tradition from Ancient India and Tibet
Resident Dharma teacher: Lama Tendar Olaf Hoeyer
Tilogaard (pronunciation in Danish: Tilogor) aims to instruct and teach a classical Buddhist meditation system to the really interested people, as well as the informed view to apply during formal meditation and in the daily life afterwards.
Tilogaard is affiliated with the 17th Karmapa Thinley Taye Dorje and the 14th Shamarpa Mipham ChĂ¶gyi LodrĂ¶.
My name is Lama Tendar Olaf Hoeyer, owner and resident of Tilogaard. Tendar is the name, I got, when I became a monk. Even though I am not a monk any more, this name seems to stick to me, so I am still called Tendar by many people.
I have been Shamar Rinpoche’s student since 1981 and accomplished the 3 year meditational retreat under the guidance of Gendun Rinpoche from 1991 to 1994.
Many other Lamas taught me since 1977, when I met the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpae Dorje, Kalu Rinpoche, and later in 1978, Tenga Rinpoche.
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. Driving the local bus was my business here on the isle of Lolland in the South of Denmark as a source of income, training and social engagement for 8 years. I have now retired from the bus service, and enjoy a government pension.
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 ‘KagyĂĽ 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 ChĂ¶gyi LodrĂ¶ 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 by samayas to Gendun Rinpoche and his students. Samaya means a holy commitment and solidarity.
Students come to Tilogaard for personal instruction in the classical view and practise of the Dharma, particularly in the disciplines of NgĂ¶ndro, Lojung and ShinĂ©-lhagthong (shamatha / vipashyana). 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.
Tilogaard serves as my residence with a few guest-rooms and a relatively large and spacious garden with a small lake. There is a simple Temple room on the first floor. 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 2024, 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 KagyĂĽ 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 ownrealisation of the nature of your very own mind - and your owndiscovery 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.
In practical terms, the Teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni is all about development and stabilisation of your own mentalfocus and spaciously aware presence in the moment of consciousness. Development and stabilisation of your own wisdom and understanding. Development and stabilisation of peace and insight into your own mind. And also to turn your attention towards - and get yourself used to grow and develop - love, compassion and non-violence (Sanskrit: maitri, karuna and ahimsa).
These abilities and qualities can grow and develop by the traditional meditative exercises and by lojung, ‘mind-training’ (meaning cultivating an open-minded presence, sanskrit: smriti - and understanding with the heart, sanskrit: Bodhicitta). Lojung is the art of authentic attentive presence in the actual moment of consciousness, and relaxation of various mental movements into an ever present sense of mind-space, kindness and compassion.
The Sanskrit word maitri literally means love of friendship, deriving from the word mitra, friend. What is meant though, is not just an ordinary friendship with people, with whom you already sympathize and like to share your feelings, though it is good starting point for development of maitri in modern life. Maitri is the love of friendship, that tribal people traditionally share in a somewhat unlimited way, stemming from their traditional heartfelt family ties, sharing, loyalty and solidarity. This love was of course conditioned by tradition in a tribe. To modern people, this kind of love in friendship is normally quite unknown and sort of theoretical, because of the heart felt depth of sharing, that tribal people used to have, and modern people lack completely. It was a common experience for most people in India, when this Buddhist phrase came into use by Mahayana 2000 years ago. The point is to overcome family and tribal limits and take this kind of love in friendship, already present, and develop and expand this well wishing kindness and empathy to all sentient beings, that you may and do encounter in real life. Maitri is the perfect remedy for ill will.
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