The Bodhi Path Buddhist Retreat Center
For more than 30 years many people have learned about and practiced Buddhism in Bordo.
Since 2006 Bordo has been a member of the Bodhi Path Organisation and is also a member of the Italian Buddhist Union and the Swiss Buddhist Union.
What is Bodhi Path?
From spring to autumn there are daily meditations at 7:30, 17:30 and 20:00, to which everyone in the village is welcome.
Bordo is a place where many people connect to the Dharma for the first time. The daily meditation and Dharma activities, in consultation with Shamar Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche, are designed to enable newcomers as well as practitioners with many years, often decades of experience, to practice together. It is also important to us that interested volunteers receive an introduction to meditation and Buddhism in general.
Personal, intensive individual retreats at Bordo are available for experienced practitioners of all Buddhist directions. Find more information under Retreats.
Room for practice
Group retreats, for example Shamata and Vipassana, from other Buddhist schools are very welcome.
There are 10 simple single or double rooms available for practitioners in a total of 4 houses. For Dharma courses, rooms can also be booked in the guest area. Single rooms have very limited availability. In addition, there is a large and a small meditation room, a garden with stupa for walking meditation and a kitchen for self-catering. It is also possible to enjoy meals with the community.
Shamar Rinpoche has been connected to Bordo since his beginnings as a spiritual leader. The Buddhist name of the place ‘Karma Dechen Yangtse’ was given by him. In 2006 he visited Bordo and emphasized again the qualities of the place for meditation practice. His wish is that Bordo will remain a place of Dharma practice for future generations. Shine meditation (meditation of calm abiding) and the Lojong practice (training of the mind) should remain focal points in Bordo. He recommended that we do the Chenrezig practice together daily and, where possible, a Milarepa Tsog Puja on full moon days, both of which have a long tradition in Bordo.
Jigme Rinpoche, representing Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Shamar Rinpoche, is the spiritual director. He oversees Bordo’s Dharma activities and advises those responsible on site. He visited Bordo several times, including in 2004 during the visit of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. His presence inspires and supports our activities. There is a regular exchange between those responsible for the organization of the Dharma in Bordo and Jigme Rinpoche.
Bodhi Path Teachers:
Trinlay Rinpoche was born in 1975 in Switzerland to French-American parents. He began his traditional Tulku training at the age of 3 years under the direction of Kalu Rinpoche in India. In Europe, Trinlay Rinpoche continued his Buddhist studies while receiving a Western education. He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, the School of Oriental Languages in London and at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in Delhi. Trinlay Rinpoche, who is fluent in English, French and Tibetan, is a very experienced and inspiring teacher and teaches in many Buddhist centres and universities worldwide.
Trehor Lama has intensive training in studies and practice and today heads the Karmapa Institute in Valderoure near Nice. Shamar Rinpoche has asked him to take special care of Bordo. In his teachings, Trehor Lama connects us in a contemporary and compassionate way with the traditional values of Tibetan Buddhism. It is particularly inspiring that he also practices together with us and thus conveys his practical experience in a direct way.
Lama Jampa Thaye
Lama Jampa Thaye is a Buddhist meditation master and scholar in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism. Born in England he became a student of Karma Thinley Rinpoche at the age of 20 and a year later met the venerable 41st Sakya Trizin.
Today Lama Jampa Thaye is travelling extensively giving teachings and initiations in many countries and also establishing permanent centres and groups. Shamar Rinpoche requested him to visit and teach in Bodhi Path centres worldwide.
Lama Tsony is one of the earliest students of the great meditation master Gendün Rinpoche and, after a long development phase at Dhagpo Kagyü Ling in the Dordogne, took part in the first traditional three-year retreats at Dhagpo Kündröl Ling in the Auvergne from 1984-1991. For 15 years he was abbot of the monastery there. Today he lives in the US at the Bodhi Path Center Natural Bridge in Virginia, but travels regularly to Europe.
Dharma teacher Astrid Schünemann
Astrid Schünemann is a Dharma teacher, translator for Buddhist teachers and breathing therapist. She first encountered Buddhism in Bordo in the early 1980s. From 1998-2001 she did a traditional three-year retreat and afterwards the Bodhi Path Teacher Training with Shamar Rinpoche. She was asked by Shamar Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche to work as a Dharma teacher in the Bodhi Path centers. Astrid lives near Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France.
Dharma teacher Tengye
Guest Dharma Teachers:
Lama Irene (Lama Dorje Drölma)
Associated with Bordo, Karma Dechen Yangtse, from the beginning Lama Irene participated in two traditional three-year retreats with Gendün Rinpoche from 1986-1994. She is a Buddhist nun and an experienced teacher who has been teaching the Dharma regularly since 1994, mainly in Europe. Today she lives near the Möhra Dharma Centre in Thüringen and in Switzerland.
At the beginning of his Dharma practice Lama Öser was a student of the Japanese Zen master Taisen Deshimaru (1914 – 82). After Deshimaru’s death he finally turned to Tibetan Buddhism in search of a new master and became a student of Gendün Rinpoche, who is his heart teacher. He has been instructing the Dharma, Mahakaruna Yoga and ‘Kind Heart, Open Mind – the psycho-social and spiritual dimensions of dying’ for many years.
Lama Trinlé did two traditional three-year retreats under the guidance of Gendun Rinpoche and then resumed his former activity as a doctor and acupuncturist near Dhagpo Kundreul Ling in Auvergne. But he has remained a Dharma teacher, especially in connection with the practice of Sangye Menla, the Medicine Buddha.
Lama Sherab Palmo
Originally an ethnologist and religious scholar, Lama Sherab Palmo took part in two traditional three-year retreats with Gendün Rinpoche from 1991-1997. She then lived in the monastic community of Dhagpo Kündröl Ling in Auvergne, from where she began her teaching activities. She is one of the founding members of the Möhra Dharma Centre in Thüringen and has lived there since 2005.
Lama Tsültrim Wangmo
Lama Tsültrim Wangmo took part in two traditional three-year retreats with Gendün Rinpoche from 1991-1997. She also lived for many years in the monastic community of Dhagpo Kündröl Ling before moving to Möhra. Today she lives near the Dharma Center there. Her inspiring teachings, especially on Chenrezig practice, are a welcome support to our daily practice.
Lama Rabsel has lived in the Auvergne in France since 1996 in the monastic community of Dhagpo Kundreul Ling, founded by Lama Gendün Rinpoche. Between 1998 – 2001 he did a traditional three-year retreat and since 2002 has dedicated himself to the transmission of teachings on meditation and Buddhist thought both in Italy and in France.
Lama Tsering is of Italian nationality. He has been formed in the Karma Kagyu tradition in the centres of Dhagpo Kagyu Ling and Dhagpo Kundreul Ling, in France, since the late 1970s. From 1984 to 1991 he made two traditional retreats of three years under the direction of Lama Gendün Rinpoche. Since then he has taught in various French, Greek and Italian centres.
Lama Drubtcho (Susanne Schatz) lived with her family in Bordo for more than 20 years before taking part in two three-year retreats in Dhagpo Kündröl Ling in Auvergne from 2001-2008. Today she lives in the Möhra Dharma Centre. In 2017 she returned to Bordo to teach for the first time.