SBU – Schweizerische Buddhistische Union

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Centre de Méditation Beatenberg

The Meditation Center Beatenberg has opened its doors at the end of 2000. Since 1978 the precursor organisation, Dhamma Gruppe Switzerland, had organized over a hundred meditation retreats and other Buddhist seminars under the guidance of qualified Asian and Western teachers.

The center offers various forms of meditation from among the great wealth of Buddhist practices, continuing thereby a tradition of 2500 years, at the same time introducing forms and methods that are helpful in our modern times. Among the various approaches to meditation, there is a particular emphasis on vipassana meditation and on the meditations of the heart (metta, karuna, etc.).
Vipassana or insight meditation is a simple and direct way to explore body, mind and heart. A balanced awareness grounded in the present moment leads to a growing sensitivity and understanding of the nature of life allowing for wisdom and compassion to emerge. Through metta meditation the qualities of kindness and compassion unfold and an attitude of openness and respect in relationship to ourselves and others develops. A number of other Buddhist retreats from the Zen and the Tibetan tradition are also being offered.

In order to participate in the retreats it is in no way necessary to define oneself in ones religious affiliation or to identify with Buddhist ideas or principles. Instead, it is a deep interest in inner growth, in liberating wisdom and in compassionate action that is the motivation for such practice.