Retreat "Comprehending emptiness and dependent arising more deeply"

Meditation retreat on the perfection of wisdom

According to Buddhist view wisdom is a profound realisation of emptiness and dependent arising. This wisdom liberates from wrong notions at the root of destructive thoughts and actions. In contrast, correct knowledge opposes the wrong notions leading to positive thoughts and actions and thereby to the experience of more harmony and happiness in this and future lives.

Knowledge obtained through studying, however, will be effective only through meditation. Therefore, this short retreat aims at

  • getting familiar with the most important reasons for emptiness in an uncomplicated way and through straightforward examples.
  • Guided meditations help to lead the mind step by step through the analyses which produce the realisation of emptiness as a result.
  • At the same time they contribute to looking at the importance of emptiness and dependent arising from a practical point of view and to make use of this knowledge in everyday life.


A general understanding of emptiness and some familiarity with meditation are required. There will be room for questions and answers. (See below for further explanations.)


Attention: a minimum number of 15 participants must be reached by 5 May 2019, otherwise the retreat must be cancelled! 



Fri 5 – Fri 12 July 2019
Number of Participants:
15 - 30
Ehrw. Dr. Birgit Schweiberer
(voluntary donation)

Donation for board & lodging: € 420 – € 315 recommended (by bank transfer)

Donation for the teacher: Dana (voluntary giving) in cash directly to Ven. Birgit (€ 420 – € 315 recommended)



Account data: Easybank, IBAN: AT89 1420 0200 1097 9901, BIC: EASYATW1
Account holder: "Association for the Promotion of Buddhist Values"
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Ehrw. Dr. Birgit Schweiberer

Dr. Birgit Schweiberer (Ven. Losang Drime): Ordained nun in the Gelugpa tradition since 1998, completed the Buddhist Basics and Master Programmes on Sutra and Tantra at Lama Tzongkhapa Institute in Italy with Ven. Geshe Jampa Gyatso, Ven. Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Jampa Tekchog and others. On the basis of her profound knowledge and precise analysis of the traditional texts Ven. Birgit teaches with a good sense of humour in a clear and structured way. Graduated in medicine, worked in anaesthesiology, several times European champion in karate.

Not only harmony and happiness in this and future lives, but most notably the higher spiritual states of freedom and enlightenment that are sought in Buddhism are totally dependent on a correct realisation of the emptiness of all phenomena of independent existence. Without realising this emptiness a person remains in samsara, subject to the suffering of birth, old age, disease, and death. In contrast, through realising emptiness the mind will be freed from old age, disease, death, and inevitable rebirth in samsara:


"Everything is possible for the one
for whom emptiness obtains;
nothing is possible for the one
for whom emptiness does not obtain."
[Nāgārjuna, MMK, 24.14, transl. Dan Arnold]


Last but not least the state of altruistic enlightement of a Buddha is totally dependent on the realisation of emptiness, which is the essence of his teachings. All the other well-meant practices will only lead to liberation and enligthenment if and when they are conjoined with wisdom.


„As an entire crowd of blind people
Can easily be led to their desired destination
By a seeing individual, likewise intelligence
Can lead the blind qualities to victory."
[Chandrakīrti, MMV, 6.2, transl. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche]


Just as the realisation of emptiness is important, it is equally difficult. It is not without reason that in the Tibetan monastic universities monks dedicate at least 12 years—and frequently their whole life—to the study of wisdom.

Tentative Schedule

06:30 Wake-up
07:00 – 08:00 Morning practice
06:30 – 10:00 Breakfast & karma yoga
10:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 11:45
12:00 – 12:45

13:00 – 16:00 Lunch, lunch break & karma yaoga
16:00 – 16:45
17:00 – 17:45
18:00 – 18:45
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 20:45 Evening practice

Friday, 5 July, 2019

Please arrive by 17:00!


» How to get to Kalachakra Kalapa Center


Arrival by train (S-Bahn S6) at Schwanberg:

Please take the train S6 from Graz-Main Station direction  Wies/Eibiswald, departure 15:00; arrival at Schwanberg: 15:50.


Attention: From mid-December a new timetable will come into effect. Please check whether the departure time will be changed!


We will pick you up at Schwanberg station, please notify us by 1 July by email or phone +43 (0) 699-12 15 12 91.


Provisional timetable on the day of arrival:


until 17:30: Room allocation

17:30 – 18:00: Tour through the house and housekeeping matters

18:00 – 19:00: Dinner

19:00 – 21:00: Retreat guidelines and first unit with ven. Birgit



Friday, 12 July, ca. 15:00


After lunch (ca. 13:00 – 13:45) we engage in mindful working to leave the center clean and tidy for the next retreat. Thank you!

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