Zernga – short retreat in Höfen – Southern Germany

zernga retreat hofenFrom 03.05.24 to 05.05.24 a short retreat on the method of Zernga with Jakob Winkler took place at the invitation of the Dzogchen Community Yeshiling – Munich. The places in the meditation house Höfen were quickly booked out, so that those interested were given the opportunity to participate online.

Jakob Winkler managed to introduce us participants to the Zernga method in an essential way with an overview of the different views of Sutra (accompanied by the consideration of the Buddhist vehicles of “Hinayana” and “Mahayana”), Tantra and Dzogchen.

After further very clear and overview-like short introductions to the meanings of Dzogchen-Semde, Dzogchen-Longde and Dzogchen-Upadesha, we practiced the Upadesha method “Zernga” together under the guidance of Jakob Winkler. In the practice of Zernga we work with our imagination and the Five Elements to relax into the natural state in a very essential way.

It was a great pleasure to practice with Jakob and to learn from him. Jakob inspired us again and again in a very humorous way with many examples and impulses. His unmistakable, humorous, relaxed and fresh way of teaching created a very pleasant, relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. Many questions could also be clarified or reflected on together.

Yantra Yoga and Vajra dance, Ganapujas and shitro practice further enriched the retreat.

A big thank you to Jakob Winkler and Yeshiling for the organization! Hope to see you again soon at the wonderful Höfen Retreat center.

Michael Glücker

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