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Finding Openess Through Self Kindness – online retreat

Gomde Pyrenees is delighted to share the news of this online meditation retreat with Heidi Koppl. Finding Openness through Self-Kindness: A Meditation Training in Four Sessions

About the Training

Meditation training differs from what we learned growing up. In meditation, nothing is achieved by force or by pushing our mind to be a certain way. Rather, our meditation training flourishes when we befriend our mind, including turbulent and uncomfortable mental states. Befriending means welcoming everything that arises in the mind with kindness and appreciation.

This self-kindness lays bare the fluidity and insubstantiality of our own mental states. As we train in extending kindness even toward our self-destructive tendencies, we discover an inherent openness within, soft at its core and radiant toward everything.

Self-kindness is not only applicable when we are sitting. As we train in self-kindness, it becomes an anchor for us wherever we are, no matter what we are doing. During this one-week training we will also focus on training off the cushion, integrating self-kindness with our normal daily activities, such as eating, working, cooking, cleaning, talking with friends, drinking coffee, exercising, etc. Through this practice, we will discover that self-kindness allows us to open up under any circumstance.

Heidi Koppl

The training will be led by Heidi Koppl, editor of the Tara’s Triple Excellence online meditation program, and translator for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Her books include Establishing Appearances as the Divine and Illuminating the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. She is currently based in Gomde Pyrénées, France.

Schedule: Four Live Sessions over Zoom

We will begin on Saturday, April 3 at 4:00 pm (CET*) with a one-hour live meditation session, which will introduce us to the meaning and experience of self-kindness.

On Sunday, April 4 at 4:00 pm (CET) we will meet again for an hour, meditating together and sharing our experiences and questions.

On Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00 pm (CET) we will meet again together to meditate and engage in a contemplative discussion, sharing our experiences and questions.

Finally, on Saturday April 10 at 4:00 pm (CET), we will conclude our retreat with another meditation session, and end with a contemplative discussion.

To respect the privacy of attendees, the recordings of these sessions will not be shared.

* All times are given in Central European Time (Vienna). Click here to convert to your own timezone.

If you have any questions, please e-mail: onlineretreats@tarastripleexcellence.org.


To make it available for everyone, there is no set price for this training. Once you register, you will receive links from which you can make a donation.

Please invite your friends!
This workshop is open to all, regardless of whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner. Share the link to this page to tell them about the training.

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We hope to see you soon!
Your Tara’s Triple Excellence Team.

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