Transcending the Everyday:
Reflections on the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

17 – 26 October
With Resident Geshema Dawa Dolma

So much of our time is spent worrying about our everyday problems and temporary happiness that we tend to overlook our future happiness and that of others around us. Not only does our narrow-minded approach prevent us from finding the happiness we seek, it also creates more and more problems for us.

Join us on this 10-day retreat, where Geshema will guide us on how to reflect and meditate on a selection of key verses from Shantideva’s famous text The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life – a set of teachings on how to develop a far-reaching attitude that seeks to benefit all living beings. By integrating these practical instructions into our day-to-day life and transforming our outlook, we too can develop a calm, peaceful and open mind, capable of benefiting not only ourselves but also those around us.

Before signing up, please read  here what it means to stay at Thosamling Nunnery in a retreat environment.

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Geshema Dawa Dolma

Geshema was born in Tibet in 1982, and came to India in 1993 to join Dolmaling Nunnery in Sidhpur, Dharamsala. She studied all the Buddhist topics that are part of a study program of Buddhist Philosophy that results into the Geshema degree. She attended classes on Tibetan Language and grammar, Tibetan History, modern science, composition, and learnt how to make mandalas. She studied for 3,5 years Sanskrit and Hindi at Sarah College near Dharamsala as well as Varanasi University, where she also attended a teacher training course.

At Dolmaling Nunnery, she successfully completed the seventeen-year study program in Buddhist and Tibetan studies as well as the four-year Geshema Degree Program (the latter being conducted from 2015 to 2018. On 5 November 2018, after having successfully presented her thesis, she was conferred the Geshema Degree (PhD in Buddhist Philosophy) at Khachoe Gakhyil Ling, Nepal.

Subsequently, she entered Gyuto Tantric Monastery, Sidhbari, Dharamsala as an external scholar and received tutorials on the major texts as part of a study program of the Tantric teachings. She passed well in both the dialectical debate examination as well as the written examination and on the 15th of February 2020, she obtained the highest grade.

From 2014 she joined Thosamling Nunnery for International Buddhist Women in Sidhpur. She worked as a conversation partner as part of the Tibetan Language Program and taught the Tibetan Language during several Dharma courses.


Day 1

14:00 Check-in
16:00-17:00 Intro Talk (Orientation)
17:00-18:00 Dinner
18:00-19:00 Teaching with Geshema

Day 2 – 9

06:00 – 07:00 Morning prayers and meditation (optional)
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:15 – 09:00 Meditation
09:30 – 11:30 Teaching with Geshema (with 10min break)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Meditation / Discussion Group
15:00 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 17:00 Teaching with Geshema + Q&A
17:00 – 18:00 Dinner
18:30 – 19:15 Meditation + Dedications

Day 10

06:00 – 07:00 Morning prayers and meditation (optional)
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:15 – 09:00 Meditation
09:30 – 11:30 Teaching with Geshema (with 10min break)
11:30 – 12:30 Final Lunch
14:00 Check-out