of Centre Bodhipala in
Texts, audios and videos
German and French
by Ashin Ottama)
The Dhamma Centre Bodhipala is a Czech organization;
therefore most of the texts on the Bodhipala website are in the Czech
language. For visitors from abroad we have translated here the essential
information and our program of meditation courses into English (people from
Germany, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Austria and Switzerland participate on our
Only a fragment of our web is translated, but there are many good pictures on
the Bodhipala web as well - so, perhaps, scroll over the pages anyway. (On
the pages "events", "activities" and "archive"
there are over 200 photos.) In the "download" there are several
texts in English, German and French as well as some audios and videos in
German from Ashin Ottama's lectures in Germany at the Academy Bad Boll and
the buddhist Congress in Frankfurt.
Profile and direction of our society
In the Pali language - the
language of the original Buddhist scriptures – the word compound
"Bodhipala" could be interpreted as "the guardian (or the
protector) of enlightenment".
In the Buddha’s teachings
Enlightenment means the realisation of Nirvana (‘Nibbana’ in the Pali),
realisation of highest blessing, the most profound deliverance and liberation
and the ultimate goal of beings. Accordingly, all the activities of the
Dhamma Centre Bodhipala have/follow/point to/pursue - directly or indirectly
- this direction.
Nibbana can be understood in its
ultimate dimension, in its unconditioned, timeless quality, when everything
one-sided, dualistic and unsatisfactory is healed. But it can be also
understood as something very near to our human dimension: as an enlightened
life of a truly realized person, as an en-lightenment of our everyday life,
when, instead of greed, fear, depression and hate, we allow light, wise
understanding and lightness to abide in our mind.
Bodhipala’s aim is to bring the
ancient Buddha’s wisdom to present-day people, to make it available in all
its breathtaking depth, so that everyone interested could give a clearer
orientation, direction and deeper meaning to his life.
The core of Buddha’s teaching is the realization of truth. The awakening to
the truth corrects the limited, erroneous perception of oneself and the world
around, and liberates us from the source of unsatisfactoriness of life. This
path of transformation corrects also our relation to ourselves, to society
and to the whole world. It is a relation liberated from attachment,
self-obsession, bondage, hate, delusion; a relationships filled with harmony,
sensitivity, freedom and wisdom.
The aim of the Dhamma Centre
Bodhipala is to create circumstances and space for the study and practice of
Buddha’s teachings. In this spirit Bodhipala organizes meetings, seminars,
meditation courses, invites teaching monks for lectures and visits.