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The Lansing Buddhist Association Invite You To


 A Meditation Retreat and Lectures with 


Venerable Dhammadipa




 The renowned Buddhist monk Venerable Dhammadipa will visit Michigan at the end of February to lead a three-day meditation retreat "Introduction to Meditation on the Breath."  A monk for over 20 years, Venerable has trained in both the Theravadin and Mahayana traditions (see reverse side).  His teachers include such illustrious masters as Burmese Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, Zen Master Harada Roshi, and Chan Master Shen-Yen.  Speaking ten European and Asian languages, Venerable is an accomplished Buddhist scholar, and also an experienced, gentle, and easy-going dharma teacher.  We are fortunate have this rare opportunity to practice with this learned and engaging monk.  

Please make your reservation for the retreat early as places are limited.


Schedules and accommodations:

Three-Day Meditation Retreat

Time: Friday 7 PM, 02/27/09 – Monday 5 PM, 03/02/09

Retreat check-in & orientation - Friday, February 27 (7 p.m.)

Meditation instruction & practice -  Saturday to Monday, Feb. 28 - March 2

Choice of attending for one, two, or three full days. 

Meals and simple lodging are provided. 



Amitabha Village Retreat Center (AVRC)

14796 Beardslee Road, Perry, MI 48872 (near Lansing)



>From East Lansing—Go east on Saginaw.  Bear right at Haslett Road.  Stay on Haslett for 9.1 miles.  Turn left onto N. Williamston Road.  After 2.2 miles, N. Williamston becomes Beardslee, a dirt road.   Go about 1/3 mile to Amitabha Village Retreat Center. Retreat check-in is at the first house on your right (14791 Beardslee).   

>From Ann Arbor/Detroit. Take I-96 west to exit 117 (Williamston Rd). Go north on Williamston to Haslett Rd, a dead end.  Turn right on Haslett, then make an immediate left on next street (N. Williamston), & proceed as in the E. Lansing directions


Please register online at  ,


contact Lisa Kong (517) 614-4363 or email


In Buddhist traditions, this retreat and all teachings are free.

Donations are always welcome


Quan Am Temple Public Talk

Time: Thursday 7 – 9 PM, 02/26

Place: 1840 N. College Rd., Mason, MI

Topic: How to find the Dharma in our chaotic,over-scheduled, rush-rush lives

Contacts: Ven. Thich Minh Quang 616-706-0850 or Anna Fisher 517-337-2627


Jing Ye Ju (f.k.a. Perry House) Informal Talk

Time: Friday 7 – 9 PM, 03/06

Place: 14791 Beardslee Road, Perry, MI

Topic: Q & A

Contacts: Lina Wu 517-351-7077 or Lisa Kong 517-614-4363


Michigan State University, Public Talk

Time: Saturday 3 – 5 PM, 03/07

Place: Room 160, MSU Spartan Village Community Center, Middlevale, E. Lansing, MI 48823

Topic: How to apply the practice of meditation in our daily life

Contacts: Lisa Kong 517-614-4363 or Lina Wu 517-351-7077


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Public Talk

Time: Sunday 3 – 5 PM, 03/08

Place: TBA

Topic: "The Practice of the Four Illimitable States of Mind in Buddhism" (The Four Brahma-viharas”)

Contacts: George T. Yeh 734-665-1002, or Hanlin Wang 248-219-6477


Brief Biography of Venerable Dhammadipa

Now 60 years old, Venerable Dhammadipa (lay name Thomas Peter Gutman) was born in Czechoslovakia in 1949. He studied Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Prague University, graduating in 1969, and then studied Russian literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received a degree in 1973.

In the late seventies Venerable began his Buddhist studies in Berlin, where he had immigrated as a refugee after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. In 1977 he received a master's degree in Chinese literature and philosophy at the University of Paris. In 1979, he enrolled at Nalanda University in India (where he also taught French and German) to study Sanskrit and Buddhist Philosophy. After receiving a degree at Nalanda in 1984, he returned to serve as the Associate Librarian at Berlin University.

In 1986, Venerable Dhammadipa went to Japan and studied under Zen Master Harada Serrei Roshi of the S t school (Caodong in Chinese) practice. He was given a Dharma name as Xing-Kong (meaning Nature of Emptiness.)

In 1987, with the encouragement of Venerable Athurugiriye Nyanavimala Mahathera, Venerable Wijayasoma Mahathera, and Venerable Dikwelle Mahinda, he ordained as a monk in Meetirigala and was given a Dharma name as Dhammadipa (island of Buddhism or Dharma.) He received the full Theravada Bhiksu ordination in Sri Lanka where he practiced meditation under the guidance of his preceptor, Venerable Nanarama Mahathera. In 1989, he received the Three Fold ordination as a Mahayana Monk in Hsi Lai Temple, Los Angeles and began Dharma teaching in US, Germany and Taiwan.

In 1996, Venerable went to Myanmar to practice meditation with the contemporary master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw, and was recognized by the Sayadaw to be first of the Sayadaw's Western disciples qualified to teach meditation. He has since been teaching Samatha (tranquil mental states) and Vipassana (direct seeing of the Dharma) meditation at monasteries and universities worldwide.

Venerable Dhammadipa speaks Czech, French, German, English, Russian, and fluent Chinese. He reads and translates Buddhist texts from Pali and Sanskrit. His translated works in French and Czeck include Treatise on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana (Mahayanasraddhotpada-sastra), Entry into the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhicaryavatara) and a Collection of Han-San's Poems. His teachings in Taiwan have been compiled and printed in Chinese.

Over the years Venerable has presented dharma teachings and led meditation retreats around Europe, North America, Taiwan and mainland China, India and Southeast Asia. Personally he has a gentle and easy going manner. .His teaching follows the framework of the classic Theravada Buddhist commentary The Path of Purity (Pali: Visuddhimagga): one starts with training in the precepts (virtue) which lays the foundation for training in concentration and then the development of wisdom. Venerable teaches that knowledge of the Buddhist way should be applied in practice and verified first hand through direct experience. One should make a great vow to tread the way and realize the dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Venerble Dhammadipa is a rare gem in contemporary Buddhism.