All conflict starts in the mind. If we do not invest time or energy into something, we will not gain a result. This is the same with the mind.
Most of us live in an illusion that we will be happy when things will be as we think they should be. We have many attachments – to physical pleasures, to people, to material, to money – but our biggest attachment is the reality as we think it should be. ‘When my health is perfect, when my kids do everything I say, when my wife or husband is like this and my company goes like this, I will be happy.’ But, we forget that we are the main character of our movies. If we do not have inner peace, conflict will come up in everything else.
Pain is nothing more, nothing less than an alarm ringing that something is wrong. The problem is not conflict, the problem is what is generating the conflict. The problem is not violence, the problem is what is generating the violence. Join us to change the paradigm.
“Spiritual practice or retreat is the best investment for ourselves and for this world.”
– T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
The Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre is located near Bée in the province of Verbania on Lake Maggiore. Overlooking the suggestive panorama of the lake, Albagnano is immersed in pine and chestnut woods at an altitude of 600 metres on the edge of the Val Grande national park.
Tibetan Master and Healer T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche inaugurated the Healing and Meditation Centre in 1999. He has been living in Albagnano since then, bringing together a community of people who share an interest in spirituality and wish to live in harmony with nature, carrying out numerous projects that contribute to revitalising the village and rural culture.
The Centre, of Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana Vajrayana tradition, welcomes everyone who is interested in regenerating and healing the energies of body and mind, and developing their human potential through ancient spiritual and healing methods. Courses are held on Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation, and the meditative techniques of NgalSo Tantric Self Healing.
The Centre welcomes people who wish to undertake spiritual retreats in a pure environment. We offer individual consultations, ancient Himalayan medical traditions, therapies for physical and mental wellbeing, Reiki, Yoga, Indian and Tibetan astrology, art therapy and other activities to develop personal qualities, increase happiness and inner peace. The Centre also organizes humanitarian aid for Himalayan countries, pilgrimages to the sacred places of Buddhism and inter-religious meetings for world peace.
Silence, Breathing Meditation and NgalSo Tantric Self-Healing
How to relax body, speech and mind
A method for inner and universal peace connecting this world to Shambala
Teaching by T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
This method is based on the historical tantric tradition of the Vajrayana, the Diamond Vehicle. It teaches us to recognize, relax and purify the energies of body, speech and mind, by working on the five chakras, the vital psycho-physical energy centers to which specific body parts and emotional aspects of the mind are connected. Mudras, mantras, visualizations and breathing meditations help us to transform our polluted, toxic and impure body and mind into energies and qualities as pure as those of the Buddhas. This subtle work can be likened to the cultivation of our inner garden by watering it with pure, enlightened qualities.
“How we can make our actions and life meaningful 24-hours a day?”
Teaching by T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
Introduction to Buddhist philosophy according to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Michel Rinpoche
Siddhanta Drub-tha: A way to know better oneself and the world in which we live in
Introduction and commentary on Ngalso Tantric Self-Healing
Teaching by Lama Caroline
Trulkhor Tibetan breathing yoga: Trulkhor Lung San and meditation
A powerful psycho-physical yoga aimed at rebalancing the five elements and re-invigorating the body as well as developing attention and concentration. It can be used for meditation on impermanence and the interdependence of phenomena.
Shim Kam Jong So practice – Making peace with the Environment
The Female Energy and Environmental Regeneration
Teaching by T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
The planet urgently needs help to heal its disastrous environmental conditions, or at least mitigate the consequences. Apart from essential practical solutions that humanity can implement by taking greater care of the environment and making good use of technologies, we can also make a precious contribution through this practice on a subtle level. Tibetan tantric tradition identifies five great elements that compose the universe: earth, water, fire, wind and space, and the related archetypes of female energy: the Five Great Element Mothers. This practice uses rich symbolism, and through mantra, mudra, visualization and breathing meditations, helps us to recognize and regenerate the five elements of the inner and outer world.
Guru Puja according to the lineage of NgalSo Western Buddhism
Teaching by T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
The Guru Puja (Sanskrit; Lama Chöpa in Tibetan) is a ritual of invocation and offerings to pacify negative energies and increase positive qualities and conditions. The practice is dedicated to inner and world peace. It is a wonderful practice for Buddhist followers, a compendium of teachings of the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions that show how to integrate Lam Rim, Lojong and Mahamudra practices and help us to meditate on the three principal Yidams of the Gelugpa School.
During the Tsog offering we visualize that the wishes and needs of all sentient beings are fulfilled and satisfied. At the Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre, Since the tragic events of 11 September 2001, every single day, the Guru Puja and Tsog offerings are dedicated towards world peace and towards the special needs of those who make requests.
Retreat of Black Manjushri
Black Manjushri is the wrathful healing form of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. This practice helps us to heal our deep inner negative emotions and the mental sufferings that arise due to problems or sickness; it is also a powerful antidote against the harm and disturbances caused by negative astrological influences and wrong or unfavorable Feng Shui in houses. It helps us to confront and deal with the negative emotions such as anger, depression, fear and denial that arise when we are challenged by serious health problems or when we are confronted with problems in our daily life.
The practice of Black Manjushri can also be used to pacify negative consequences caused by choosing astrologically inauspicious days for performing important actions such as: marriage ceremonies, cremations or the cutting of trees, etc. This practice teaches us how to protect ourselves from harmful astrological influences.
Retreat of Chenresig Senge Dra
This is a special healing practice of Chenrezig – the Bodhisattva of Compassion – who heals our damaged relationship with the environment. As a result of not being aware of having an impact on the environment, we harm the inner and outer worlds. Wse disturb the environment and outer elements, which in turn cause us sicknesses, such as psychological disturbances, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases for which cures are difficult to find. This practice helps to harmonize and restore the outer and inner balance. This retreat is based on the special practice or sadhana of Panchen Zangpo Tashi, the founder of Gangchen Monastery and past incarnation of Lama Gangchen.
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a daily schedule without an excursion
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|10:30||Teaching by Lama Michel Rinpoche|
|16:00||Teaching by Lama Caroline|
“Right now in this very life we can enjoy incredible inner space.”
– T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
For its first Spiritual Retreat, ICV has chosen the comfortable and inspirational setting Lake Maggiore, a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino.
Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona. The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean and Brissago Islands, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia Botanical Garden above Stresa. Source: Wikipedia
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
– Joseph Campbell
The Gran Paradiso National Park is a protected area established by the State in order to preserve ecosystems of national and international relevance of the valleys around the Gran Paradiso massif, for present and future generations.
The aim of the Body is therefore to manage and preserve the protected area, maintain the biodiversity of this territory and its landscape, scientific research, environmental education, development and promotion of sustainable tourism.
Is particularly thanks to the Park that the ibex has been saved from extinction and today is present in the protected area with almost 2800 specimens. The Park rangers have a deep knowledge of the territory, the animals and the park environment and offer a unique service, monitoring the territory from dawn till dust. Since its institution year in 1922, the Gran Paradiso National Park, first in our country, is one of the best known parks in Italy and the world and contributes to safeguard biodiversity of one of the Italian widest areas.
Thanks to an exceptional natural heritage, to the good ecosystems state of conservation, to the integration of the touristic and agricultural activities and to its role as cross-border alpine protected area, together with the Parc National de la Vanoise and to the Mont Avic national park, in 2007 it has obtained the European Diploma of Protected Areas, prestigious acknowledgement of the Council of Europe. In 2014 it has been included, as unique Italian park, in the IUCN Green List, the green list of 23 parks in the whole world, chosen by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, for their conservation and management role of protected areas. (Source: Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso)
“Inner peace is the most solid foundation for world peace.”
– T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche
The Termali Salini & Spa Locarno is situated in the largest natural salt bath in Ticino, with views of the lake and mountain panorama.
The largest natural salt bath in Ticino offers bathing pleasure in any form on 400 m2 and 35 ° C warm water.
Source: Ascona Locarno
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Robert Smith entered Wall Street over 20 years ago with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him. For more than a decade, Robert has allocated capital on behalf of and co-invested with Family Offices. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, where he built a Fund Investor network and led in profitability at four firms: once while working in a trading capacity at the world’s largest market making firm and three times while working in an equity capital markets capacity at boutique investment banks. As a trader, he achieved 66 months of consecutive profitability. As a salesperson, he placed over 300 deals with institutional investors and family offices. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return. He serves as Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, a multi-asset holding company, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in healthcare to identify, finance and develop novel medical technologies from inception through clinical proof of concept. Robert serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. He serves on the Sustainable Investing Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), which makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Robert is Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Carrying on the mission of his family to provide “inspirational and tangible help for young people,” he serves as a board member of the Chaeli Foundation, Childhood Cancer Kids, Children’s Village and Tuesday’s Children. He is Senior Advisor to the Africa Rising Foundation founded by Ndaba and Kweku Mandela, grandsons of Nelson Mandela. Robert is also President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon, who operated the largest real estate company in the world at the turn of the 20th century, created the mortgage and college loans, fueled the Harlem Renaissance and donated to thousands of nonprofits over his lifetime “to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, and to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.” In 2018, Robert was recognized as one of The 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine, alongside Bill Gates, Muhammad Yunus, President Juan Santos, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others who are leading us towards a better world. He was also inducted as a member of Evolutionary Leaders, a network of people who feel a sense of urgency about the state of our world and are forging a movement for the conscious evolution of humanity. At the invitation of T.Y.S. Lama Gangchen Rinpoche, Robert received the Vajravali cycle, a collection of tantric empowerments and sadhana practices, including the Kalachakra Tantra, one of the most advanced Tantric systems within Tibetan Buddhism, from His Eminence Lama Nyitrul Tulku Rinpoche of the Longchu Monastery in Yushu, Tibet/China.
Shelley Lewis is the Executive Director of the Inner and Outer Peace Fund. Her will to effect positive change and empathic nature have led her to be at the forefront of designing forward-thinking lifestyle brands in publishing, wellness, and the arts with the mission to help people live well for close to two decades. Noted by her contemporaries as the Doyenne of Inner Calm, Shelley is well known for directing community based initiatives in New York City that foster compassion and authentic connection. She is a recognized thought leader in the field of wellness founding healing brand Sacred Space NY as a means to help New Yorker’s find their inner calm and discover practices for inner peace. She is the founder and host of The Equanimity Expert teaching a methodology for living based on wisdom based principles and Stoic Philosophy; mission based publishing company, Chocolate Sauce, devoted to nourishing the inner worlds of children; the Hedonic Lab a reflective laboratory for people pursuing their passion with purpose and is currently launching an empowerment fitness concept for tween girls called Wonder Gal. Her entree into the world of philanthropy came when she was appointed Director of new funding initiatives for a private foundation that worked closely with the National Science Foundation. The Sari Filtration Project in Dhaka Bangladesh for which she was appointed field officer was a trip which changed the trajectory of her life. Through her role she was privy to multiple early stage studies in the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness based stress reduction. Becoming well acquainted with many of the key academics in the field and their research, a particular interest at the cross section of insight and human flourishing led her to a six months teaching program at Teachers College, Columbia University designing socially and emotionally intelligent curriculum for children. She has made appearances on Al Jazeera, BBC News Worldwide, Deepak Chopra’s Sirirus Radio discussing her humanitarian endeavors and was a featured contributor for the social impact section of the Huffington Post. Originally from the UK she moved to London where she received her RSA diplomas at Christies. Once graduating she relocated to New York to continue her career at Christie’s and later on at The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco before her trip to Bangladesh whilst working in conjunction with the National Science Foundation led to the creation of her first entrepreneurial pursuit, an award winning bi-lingual children’s book to help raise money to rebuild schools in Ghazni province Afghanistan. Blending her background in the arts, philanthropy, publishing and wellness, Shelley applies her holistic experience — she is a certified positive psychology coach, crisis counselor, and yoga teacher — with her creative talent and entrepreneurial drive. A quiet force of nature her formidable network of influencers make her well suited to spearhead the development of IOPF and cultivate its vision as a hub for impactful initiatives that help aid world peace by cultivating inner peace. Shelley holds a Master of Arts Degree from University of Glasgow and is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.
T.S.Y. Lama Gangchen Tulku Rinpoche is the holder of a long and unbroken lineage of healing lamas and tantric masters. He has a profound knowledge of the interdependent relationship between the body and mind, and has developed the ability to understand the causes and conditions of both mental and physical illness, beyond the mere physical symptoms. Thus, he is able to aid many people overcome and heal their physical and mental problems by helping them to reconnect with their innermost pure-crystal self-healing energy. Born in Drakshu, a small village in western Tibet in 1941, he was recognised at an early age to be a reincarnate lama healer and was enthroned at Gangchen Choepeling Monastery at the age of five. At the age of twelve he received the ‘Kachen’ degree, which is usually conferred after twenty years of study. Between the age of thirteen and eighteen, he studied medicine, astrology, meditation and philosophy in two of the major monastic universities of Tibet: Sera and Tashi Lhunpo. He also studied at Gangchen Gompa, Tropu Gompa and Neytsong Monastery. In 1963, he went into exile to India where he continued his studies for the following seven years at Varanasi Sanskrit University in Benares. In 1970, he received the Geshe Rigram diploma from Sera Monastic University situated in South India. After his graduation, he dedicated his time to the Tibetan communities in Nepal and India where he healed and saved the lives of many people. In Sikkim he was named the private physician to the Royal Family. In 1982, he visited Europe for the first time and in the same year he established his first European centre: Karuna Choetsok in Lesbos, Greece, where he planted a Bodhi tree in the ‘Buddha Garden’ and consecrated what was to become the first in a long line of World Peace Buddha statues, thankas and images. Since then he has travelled extensively – to over 50 countries around the world – both healing and teaching peace, non-formal education and the inner sciences. During these years he has led many pilgrimages throughout the world to some of the most important holy places of the Buddhist tradition but also to the sacred sites of other religious and spiritual denominations. In 1988, he opened his first residential dharma centre outside of Asia: ‘Shide Choe Tsok’ Peace Dharma Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil and soon after, in 1989, Kunpen Lama Gangchen was established in Milan, Italy. He is now the founder of numerous Dharma centres around the world and in 1992 he instituted the Lama Gangchen World Peace Foundation LGWPF (a UN affiliated NGO). He is also the promoter of the proposal to create a permanent spiritual forum within the United Nations, composed of representatives from all religious movements dedicated to the creation of world peace. Lama Gangchen lives in Albagnano, Italy and is an Italian citizen.
Ven. Lama Nyitrul Rinpoche is one of the great lamas of our time who holds many precious and rare lineages of Sutra and Tantra. He resides at Longchu Monastery in Yushu, Tibet/China. In 2018, he was invited by Lama Gangchen Rinpoche to the Albagnano Healing and Meditation Centre to give the 45 empowerments of the Vajravali cycle. The Vajravali is a compendium of texts of the various tantric deities and rituals. The collection of tantric empowerments and sadhana practices was systemized in the 12th century by Abhayākaragupta (Jigme Jungne Bepa), a Buddhist monk, scholar and tantric master and the abbot of Vikramasila, one of medieval India’s main study and practice centers of tantric Buddhism. The Vajravali is important because it comprises a single harmonized tantric ritual system or Ocean of Mandalas that can be applied to all tantric Buddhist mandalas. The cycle contains empowerments and blessing rituals of various aspects of deities including Kalachakra, Guhyasamaja, Heruka, Yamantaka, Hevajra, Vajrayogini, and the Five Buddha Families.
Lama Michel Rinpoche was born in 1981 in Sao Paulo, Brazil in a Christian-Jewish family. At the age of five his connection with Tibetan Buddhism became evident when he met Lama Gangchen Rinpoche during his first visit to Brazil, organized by his parents. In the following years, Lama Gangchen Rinpoche and other masters recognized Lama Michel as a tulku, a reincarnation of a Tibetan Buddhist lama. Great lamas like Zopa Rinpoche, Dagyab Rinpoche and Ghelek Rinpoche have confirmed that Lama Michel is the reincarnation of Drubchok Gyawal Sandrup, a Lama of Gangchen Chöpel Ling, a monastery in Tibet. During the fifteenth century at the time of the first Dalai Lama and the beginning of Lama Tsong Khapa’s Gelugpa school, Panchen Zangpo Tashi, one of Lama Gangchen’s incarnations, founded Gangchen Chöpel Ling monastery. His successor, the second regent of the throne, was Drubchok Gyawal Sandrup, a great yogi and master who gave many philosophical teachings. At the age of twelve, Lama Michel decided spontaneously to abandon a ‘normal’ life to undertake a monastic life in southern India. He went to live at Sera Me Monastery – a monastic university with four thousand monks – and for twelve years he received the traditional training that is provided to lamas. Since 2004 he lives in Italy with his master Lama Gangchen Rinpoche. From 2006 up to 2015 Lama Michel spent two months a year studying at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet, under the guidance of the abbot, Kachen Losang Puntsok Rinpoche, one of the main living masters of Tibet. He studied philosophy, tantra, medicine and astrology, and completed his training in Buddhist Philosophy, meditation practices, Lam Rim, Lo Djong and Vajrayana. His Tibetan name is Chang Chub Chopel Lobsang Nyetrab, which means ‘Wise and Famous Mind of Enlightenment which Spreads Dharma Successfully’. From an early age, Lama Michel has travelled the world with Lama Gangchen Rinpoche giving speeches and teachings to his friends and disciples in a very loving and kind way. Nowadays Lama Michel dedicates his life to sharing his knowledge and experience worldwide in all kinds of formal and informal contexts such as conferences, speeches, teachings, retreats, in schools and universities, through social media etc. With his clarity, compassion and wisdom he shares the profound and vast Buddhist philosophy in an excellent way, perfectly adapted to the needs of people in our contemporary society. Lama Michel guides various Buddhist Centres worldwide, such as Centro de Dharma da Paz in Brazil and Albagnano Healing Meditation Centre in Italy.
Lama Caroline, Dorje Khanyen Lhamo, was born in England in 1965. As a child she was fascinated by science and space exploration. Whilst studying Physics at the University of London, she began to feel that the scientific approach to reality was too external and conceptual and she became interested in Buddhist meditation and philosophy to experientially explore inner space. From 1986 to 1991 she studied Kadampa Buddhism in Cumbria, England, with Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and his close disciples. In 1988 she was recognized by the World Peace Protector as the physical basis of Dorje Khanyen Lhamo (The Goddess Who Upholds and Transmits the Vajra Speech of the Buddha). Then in 1991 she met her principal spiritual master, Lama Gangchen Rinpoche, and, impressed by his modern and open approach to spirituality, began to study and collaborate with him. Since then she has accompanied him on numerous teaching tours and pilgrimages worldwide, promoting the NgalSo Tantric Self-Healing methods, non-formal education and inter-religious dialogue. In 2000, in Tibet, she was recognized by Lama Gangchen Rinpoche as a lama and as a lineage holder of the NgalSo teachings. She has a diploma in Inter-religious Studies from the Open University (UK), an MA (with merit) in Buddhist studies from the University of Sunderland (UK). Her thesis focused on the study of the Borobudur stupa -mandala of Central Java. She has studied Tibetan and Sanskrit translation intensively at ITAS (The Institute of Tibetan and Asian Studies, Spain). Lama Caroline has helped Lama Gangchen Rinpoche with writing all his books. Amongst other projects, she is presently editing the Lama Gangchen Sungrab Ngelso Gyatso – the collected works of Lama Gangchen that form the basis of the NgalSo tradition. Over the years she has participated in numerous meditation retreats. She teaches worldwide on Buddhist philosophy, tantra, medicine, yoga and astrology.
The Spiritual Retreat: Lake Maggiore is a charitable event for inner peace and good health and well-being that is designed to activate the most powerful sources for initiatives that are in service to humanity’s capacity to thrive perpetually on this planet.
The cost for the seven day retreat is 5000 Euro (donation), which includes:
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