Austria, Vienna
July 28-30, 2017

Vienna Sangha Retreat 2017

Dear Vajra Family,

We cordially invite you to the Sangha Retreat Vienna 2017!

We wish to meet in honor of our teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and deepen our understanding and capacity together, showing the strengths of the community of his students. With heartfelt gratitude for Rinpoche’s trireless teaching activity for the benefit of all beings!

We hereby confirm our venue for the Sangha Retreat Vienna. (See program below):


Please note: This is not the Buddhist Shambhala Center in the 7th district!

Participation in this retreat takes place according to the principle of generosity on a donation basis. Donations go towards covering expenses. As a general suggestion, we recommend € 108.- per participant. (Higher donation amounts are also welcome!)

Please bring your own seat cushion and/or blanket if possible. At the venue there are a limited number of meditation cushions, but not enough for everyone.

Arrival by public transport: U6 station “Josefstädterstrasse”, then a 4 minute walk to the Shambhala Tai Chi Center. Or tram lines 2, 5 and 33 station “Albertgasse”, then a 2 minute walk.

Arrival by car / parking: There will be plenty of parking spaces near the venue. There is a parking fee to be paid on Friday until 10 pm, and parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays.

Meals: There are many small and inexpensive restaurants and cafes close to the venue, as well as grocery stores.

We look forward to the time together!

With warm greetings,
your Organinzing Team


Pre-Retreat Program

Thursday 27th – Anniversary of Dharmachakra Ganapuja
Doors open at 19:00
Ganapuja starts at 19:30
After we dance Khaita
Venue: Shambhala Tai Chi Zentrum, Bennogasse 8A, 1080 Wien
(U6 Station “Josefstädterstrasse” or Tram 2, 5 or 33 station “Albertgasse”)

Friday July 28th
11:00 – 11:30 A little tour of Sambrubling Vienna with Alex Jiresch
Last year we bought a place and we are currently finishing its renovation. We would love to show you around. If you are interested please come to: Wichtelgasse 12, 1160 Wien (U3 Station „Ottakring“ or Tram 46 Station “Schuhmeiergasse” )

Sangha Retreat Vienna 2017

Friday July 28th
Doors open at 15:00
16:00 – 18:00 Introductory talk: The three paths of liberation with Oliver Leick
18:30 – 19:30 Khaita with Lenka Tschernobay & Elisha Koppensteiner
20:00 – 21:30  Vajra Dance Practice with Lenka Tschernobay & Elisha Koppensteiner

Saturday July 29th
8:30 – 9:30 Parallel Sessions: Yantra Yoga Practice with Honza Dolensky/ Mandarava Practice
10:00 – 12:00 The Principle of Mindful Presence with Elio Guarisco
14:00 – 14:45 Presentation of Vajra Dance
15:00 – 15:45 Presentation of Yantra Yoga
16:00 – 18:00 Ancient wisdom in modern times: how to work with one’s emotions with Lukas Chmelik
18:30 – 19:30 Khaita
20:00 – 21:30 Vajra Dance Practice

Sunday July 30th
8:30 – 9:30 Parallel Sessions: Yantra Yoga Practice / Mandarava Practice
10:00 – 12:00 The Essence of Meditation with Elio Guarisco
14:00 – 15:00 Explanation of the World Wide Guru Yoga Transmisstion by Oliver Leick
15:30 – 16:30 Explanation of the short Ganapuja by Lukas Chmelik
17:00 Short Ganapuja
After: Khaita
Venue: Shambhala Tai Chi Centre (may change!), Bennogasse 8A, 1080 Wien

With warm greetings,
your organizing Team