Join us for a Maitri Bhavana Practice led by Han de Wit as a way for our worldwide community to come together to practice for the wellbeing of others each month. “Maitri Bhavana Second Sunday” includes a brief talk, a discussion period, and Maitri Bhavana practice. Maitri Bhavana is a regularly scheduled mahayana practice for the seriously ill, or for major global turmoil and disasters. It contains tonglen practice and may be done by anyone. If you would like to add the name of someone who is seriously ill to the maitri bhavana list so people can do practice for their wellbeing, please click here. You can also add the name of a current world event where there is turmoil, strife, and disaster and we will practice for those affected.
Han De Wit is from the Netherlands. He studied with Chögyam Trunpa Rinpoche from 1975 until Rinpoche’s death in 1987 in the United States. He established the first Shambhala Centre in Europe in Amsterdam in 1977. Since then, he has been teaching in Shambhala. His teaching activities in Shambhala have included introductory programs on Buddhist meditation, Shambhala Training levels, Ngedön School, and Vajrayana teachings, as well as training teachers and meditation instructors, and offering refuge and bodhisattva vows. Beyond that he has been invited to teach at various Zen groups and other spiritual traditions. He holds a doctorate in psychology and has been lecturing on contemplative psychology and interreligious dialogue at universities, Christian monasteries and elsewhere. He has written several books on Buddhism. He is a founder of an NGO called Gesar Fund that aims at relieving poverty and promoting healthcare for Tibetans in the region of Yushu. As for the future, Han plans on continuing the activities he has been undertaking in the past.