Budapest Buddhist Summer School 2014 Programme

Venerable Bhante Kovida

Bhante Kovida grew up on the tropical island of Jamaica, West Indies, of Chinese descent. He immigrated to Canada, studied for a science degree, then traveled overland from Europe to India and Nepal (via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan) during 1974-1975, where he began the study of Indian history and culture, Hatha Yoga and meditation, classical Indian music, and Buddhism. This journey was to be the most significant event in his life as it fulfilled a deep childhood yearning for travel and adventure, and spiritual understanding. 



Vipassana Meditation Course and Chi Gong Practice

Vipassana Course at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 21st -27th July, 2014

The course includes walking, sitting and loving kindness meditation (some of the activities preferably in the afternoon slot) and some discussions.

"Walking meditation is a meditation while walking. We walk slowly, in a relaxed way, keeping a light smile on our lips. Breathing in, one step, breathing out the other step - keeping awareness of our breathing and the movement of our feet. When we practice this way, we feel deeply at ease, and our problems and anxieties drop away, and peace and joy fill our hearts. Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy and content. And when our minds wander away with thoughts and images, we gently bring back our attention to breathing in, one step, breathing out, other step. In this way we can let go of our mental activity and return to presence. This is an aspect of mind training and cultivation."

Chi Gong at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 21st -27th July, 2014

Chi gong is a series of gentle and easy movements using breathing techniques and mindfulness. These movements promote good health, relaxation and they are beneficial for releasing stress. Chi gong is also complimentary to sitting meditation for calmness and focus.



Vipassana Meditation Course: 21st -27th July, 2014

Morning: 9:00 - 11:00

Chi-kung Practice and Meditation: 21st -27th July, 2014

Afternoon: 13:00-17:00


Venerable Bhikkhu NAndisena

Venerable Bhikkhu Nandisena (Angel Oscar Valentinuzzi) is a Theravada Buddhist monk born in Argentina. He is the abbot of the monastery Dhamma Vihara (Mexico), spiritual director and religious minister of Buddhismo Theravada México A.R. He was ordained at Taungpulu Kaba Aye Monastery, Boulder Creek, California, in 1991.

He studied Pali Language, Pali Canon (Tipitaka), Abhidhamma and meditation with the late Venerable U Silananda, a renowned master of the Burmese tradition. He is the translator into Spanish of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha of Anuruddha, published by El Colegio de México in 1999, and of The Dhammapada, which includes a Spanish translation of the Commentary of the verses by Buddhaghosa, published by Dhammodaya Ediciones in 2008.

He has given lectures, classes, courses, and retreats in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, and, since 2005, teaches on-line courses of Theravada Buddhism in Spanish through the Internet. In 2006 he was appointed representative of Mexico at the World Buddhist Supreme Conference, Kobe, Japan.

Doctrine and Practice

Studying the First Discourse of the Buddha and the Discourse on the Characteristics of Anatta at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 4th - 7th of August, 2014

The Venerable Bhikkhu Nandisena is presenting a series of four lectures (approximately 1 hour and further discussion) concerning the analysis of a few key concepts essential to the understanding of the Buddha's teachings. After the explanation of the Buddha's importance and relevance for the modern world, he is introducing the two realities imgained by Buddhism. The second two lectures concentrate on the relationship between doctrine and practice through the First Discourse of the Buddha and disentangling the complexities of the anatta. 

Vipassana meditation with the Venerabel Bhikkhu Nandisena at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 4th - 7th of August, 2014

Afternoons, after the lunch break.


Courses: 4th - 7th August (Every day: 10:00 - 12:00)

4th August - The Discovery of the Buddha and its Relevance to the Modern World

5th August - The Two Kinds of Reality Taught in Buddhism

6th August - Doctrine and Practice: The First Discourse of the Buddha

7th August - Doctrine and Practice: Discourse on the Characteristic of Anatta

Vipassana Meditation: 4th - 6th August (Every day 13:00 -14:00)


Vincenzo Giorgino

Since 2008 Vincenzo Giorgino is Aggregate Professor of Economic Sociology in the Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Torino. He previously acted as Lecturer of Sociology of Health at the School of Medicine - Course of Nursing at the same University (1998-2008) and worked as a consultant (since 1988) in the area of health within clinical sociology and action-research framework.

Since 1998 his main attention is devoted to the integration between contemplative knowledge and sociological understanding in science, higher education and practice, with a particular focus on transformative methodologies such as grounded theory.

He begun his contemplative practice in 1995 within the Soto zen tradition at the Dojo Mokusho, affiliated to the Association Zen International, following the teachings of Roland Yuno Rech. In 2003 he continued his training with Diane Eshin Rizzetto, founder and teacher of the BayZen Center in Oakland (Ca), affiliated to the Zen Ordinary Mind School, set up by Charlotte Joko Beck.

His current focus of study includes co-production/DIY and the secularization of contemplative practices in the West.


Social Life As It Is

First time in Hungary at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 9th - 10th of August, 2014

The main function of the seminar is to introduce participants to the debate about the integration between contemplative knowledge/practices and social sciences with a special focus on the field of social and economic processes.

It is intended as an experiential seminar aiming to integrate and nurture the multiple aspects of our intelligence in the task to understand and transform the world within and outside us.

In each session contemplative practices will introduce the cognitive contents in a never-ending spiralling of cultivation of presence and understanding.
At the same time, contemplative practices are not taken for granted: they are conceived as experimental, flexible and changeable.

Self, action, and social experience: three points of interest in an ongoing dialogue for a common work on economic and social processes, including a contextualization of contemplative knowledge and practices.


Courses: 9th August - 10th August

August 9 Session 1 Linking contemplative knowledge and social sciences. Economy in the sky with diamonds.

Morning Self, action and social experience in social sciences.

Afternoon What is an economic interaction? The place of relational work. Individualization and the politics of life.

Economic processes reloaded: examples from research about intimate life and more.

August 10 Session 2 Building a sentient perspective in sociology. An enactive approach to social life.

Morning Intermediation in social life. Co-production and self-production as possible strategies for social transformation. Technologies and bioeconomics.

Afternoon Capitalism is us: Stop making it.

What's next? Co-production of education and science. A working agenda for a transformational knowledge.A working agenda for a transformational knowledge.


Venerable Jinwol Lee

Dr. Jinwol Lee is a Buddhist Monk and Zen Master. He belongs to Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, the major traditional Mahayana Buddhism in Korea, and serves as the acting chairman of the Committee for Internal Relations. He is the President of URI Korea Multiple Cooperation Circle, and is a trustee of the URI Global Council, elected in the Asian Region in 2002. Formerly a professor of Buddhist Studies at the Seoul Graduate School of Buddhism and the Dean of Religious Affairs of Dongguk University, Jinwol is now a professor teaching Buddhist meditation and culture at the Department of Seon (Chan/Zen) Studies of Dongguk University at Gyeongju Campus, a thousand old capital city of Silla Dynasty. He is working as an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Conference for Religion and Peace. He was a member of the Presidential Commission on Sustainable Development in South Korea. Having taken modern scholarship in 1984, he graduated from Dongguk, a Buddhist University then from Sogang, a Jesuit University in 1986. In 1990, he earned a masters degree (M.A. in Religious Studies) from the Graduate School of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 1998, he obtained a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Diamond Sutra and Retreat

At the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 11th - 15th of August, 2014


Courses: 11th - 15th August


VENERABLE Geshe Ngawang Samten

Geshe Ngawang Samten (b. 1956) is presently the Vice Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi, and has been Professor of Indian Buddhist Philosophy at the University before assuming the office. He is educated both in the modern system as well as in the traditional Tibetan monastic system. He has important publications to his credit, as a definitive critical edition of Ratnavali with its commentary; Tibetan edition of Abhidhammathasamgaho; Sanskrit and Tibetan versions of the Pindikrita and the Pancakrama of Nagarjuna; Manjusri, an illustrated monograph on Tibetan Buddhist scroll paintings, and co-authored The Ocean of Reasoning, (Oxford University Press, New York) an annotated English translation of the commentary on Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamaka Karika by the Tibetan master-philosopher Tson-Kha-Pa. He has scores of papers in various learned anthologies published in India and abroad. He has been Visiting Professor in various Universities and colleges in USA and Australia. He has also been instrumental in promoting Buddhist Studies in India. He strongly advocates to make the education system instrumental in transforming the students through inculcation of value along with development of skills in various fields. He is on numerous bodies of Universities and other academic organizations within and outside India, and expert committees of the Ministries of Government of India. In 2009, he was decorated with Padma Shri by the President of India in recognition of his distinguished services in the fields of education and literature.

Dharma Speech and Practice

At the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 11th - 14th August, 2014

Further information will coming soon.



Courses: 11th - 14th August


Ajahn Dhammanando grew up in Carshalton, Surrey, a fairly typical suburb of South London. He attended Mitcham Grammar school and went on to study English and History at Keele University in Staffordshire at a time when the curriculum there was broad and multi-disciplinary.

He was aware of certain deep questions, barely articulated, on the inside, however he did not pursue a spiritual quest to find answers as the religions which he encountered in the UK appeared to him only marginally relevant. He was forced to the conclusion that other people must have similar questions but that everyone suppressed them.

It was after graduation on going to Thailand as a volunteer teacher for VSO that he found some initial signposts, although at that time he had almost no understanding of Buddhism. The Thai people lived in a different way and different values were in evidence, all of which he found inspiring. The culture shockon return to the UK was far worse than had been the initial one on going out. He did his best to take up a career and do the conventional things but that shock of return to the West only served to deepen the questions. So it was that, on first hearing the Dhamma from Ajahn Sumedho at Hampstead in January 1982, having been invited to a ceremony there by a Thai student, it began to find a resonance with him. One month later the Thai friend took him down to visit Chithurst Monastery and in Easterthat year he joined a 10 day retreat during which both the teaching and the practice succeeded in unlocking doors and opening windows. For the first time ever, those deeper questions had begun to be addressed.

He continued his career as a lecturer in Industrial Language Training but began to spend more time with the Sangha, usually going on brief retreats or giving lifts to monks. In 1984 he helped to establish a meditation group in Northampton and he hosted those senior monks who came there to teach. In 1985 he took a year off work in order to spend time as Anagārika in Amaravati and Chithurst. This experiment extended to 20 months in the end and although he eventually returned to the lay life it was to a different job, teaching in a secondary school in Croydon.

Four and a half years ensued during which he studied for an MA at Essex University, among other things. The realisation gradually dawned that Going Forth was what he really needed to do and that his more worldly interests were of lesser importance. In 1991 he returned to Amaravati to re-ordain as an Anagārika and was happy to spend two years in that role there and in two other monasteries.

In July 1993 he took Upasampada with Luang Por Sumedho at Chithurst and trained initially with Ajahn Sucitto as his Acariya. Between 1997 and 2004 he went on totrain in Switzerland, then Italy, followed by a return to Amaravati and then to Chithurst again before going overseas to Australia and New Zealand, spending time in different monasteries in Australia before living two years at Bodhinyanarama in Wellington.
He returned to the UK in May 2007 to be nearer his parents and, ever since then, he has been resident at Amaravati but has also made occasional trips abroad to teach in France, Slovenia and Hungary. Currently he makes regular teaching visits to a local prison in Bovingdon and assists in receiving school groups at the monastery.

Traditional Dhutanga Retreat

Traditional Dhutanga Retreat at the Dharma Gate Buddhist College, 16th - 20th of August, 2014

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Courses16th - 20th August (Every day: 9:00 - 17:00)