I am studying and practicing Dharma for the last 17 years since Shechen Buddhist Society Croatia has been established in 2001 and I’m its active member. But my first contact with Buddhadharma was two years before through Chan Buddhism in 1999. From the beginning of serious practicing Buddhadharma, I follow instructions of Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, as he is my root teacher and also since 2010, I follow instructions of Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, when he for the first time visited Croatia.
In my 17 years in Shechen Buddhist Society I have translated from English language to Croatian a number of root texts and commentaries for the study purpose for members of Shechen Sangha Croatia such as “One hundred verses of advice” by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, “Path of Heroes - Birth of Enlightenment”,Vol. 1. by Shechen Gyaltsab, Nagarjuna's "Letter to a Friend", Introductions and 1-6 chapters of Brilliant Moon (Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse) and more. I have graduated submitting thesis on Indian Philosophy „Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent Arising according to Prasangika Madhyamaka School of Thought“.
From 2010 Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has started 9 year Shechen Seminar in Bodhgaya (which corresponds to 3 year retreat program) in which whole Vajrayana path is presented in accordance with the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoches terma cycle. First 4 year Shechen Seminar I have been attending in Croatia, Zagreb but since Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Changling Rinpoche gave me permission to join Bodghaya group two years ago I have aspiration to continue its program till the end of 9th year Shechen Seminar in Bodhgaya.
Also 4 years ago I have established Center for Buddhist Studies in Zagreb, first non – profit organization of that kind in this region as program of Informal Buddhist education which includes all traditions and schools of Buddhism no matter of its cultural form or method. For the past five years I enter 30 – 45 days solitary meditation retreat on main practice and instructions that we receive on that particular year in Shechen seminar and also today I m entering 30 days long retreat on practice that we received last year on Shechen Seminar in Bodhgaya.
I live in Zagreb, Croatia and I'm volunteering for Shechen Croatia with translating books for study purpose for members of Shechen sangha. I'm trying to join Dharma practice with everyday life, professional and private and to study teachings as much as I can for my benefit and benefit of all sentient beings. I teach History subject in high school and I intend to introduce next school year shamatha meditation (mindfulness, calm abiding) to kids in scientific way as a tool for effective concentration, focus in study and as a tool for handling their emotions. Beside aspiration of finishing 9 year long Shechen Seminar program in Bodhgaya and Croatia I also have aspiration to finish translation of Kangyur Rinpoche's Commentary on Nagarjuna's „Letter to a Friend“ which I have already started and to translate „Life and Liberation of Princess Mandarava, Indian Consort of Padmasambhava“ on Croatian language as study material for participants of Shechen Seminar Croatia 2018. I also have motivation to go on 21 days solitary retreat in sacred place of Guru Rinpoche in Pharping, Nepal next year.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Changling Rinpoche, Garchen Rinpoche...
Purpose of fundraising is to attend 8th year of Shechen Seminar in Bodhgaya from 6th to 16th of December 2017 as continuity of receiving further teachings of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche terma cycle by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Changling Tulku. This seminars have always been playing a vital role in deepening my meditation practice and insights from the beginning.
Dedication of merit from receiving empowerment and teachings from 8th year Shechen Seminar in Bodhgaya to those who have make donations and I will send as a gift two boxes of Shechen incense for offering or T-shirt with quote of Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche or Chogyam Trungpa. Just leave me your e mail address
Travel costs for plain ticket Zagreb-New Delhi-Zagreb: 1000.00 $
Travel costs for plain ticket New Delhi-Gaya-New Delhi: 200.00 $
Travel costs from Gaya airport to Shechen Monastery and back: 30.00 $
Shechen Seminar recommended fee: 300.00 $
1 day pilgremage with Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and Changling Rinpoche: 50.00 $
Accomodation and food in Shechen Guest House for 14 days: 300.00 $
Total: 1880,00 $
The Offering Bowl and PayPal transaction fee (7% ): 131.00 $
TOTAL COST: 1880,00 $ + 131.00 $ = 2011.00 $
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