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The Building

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THE POSTICUM JAZZ 10

 

Life is a lot like jazz... it is best when you improvise.

George Gershwin

Ten musicians, ten concerts. Four years, four elements. Earth, Water, Fire, Air. The Posticum Center launches its new jazz concert series under a new brand, with new artists, style and philosophy. The key of this shift is silence, the space in which a meditation over our existence gets a chance to unfold and to bring us back to the basic experiences of our human origins. It carries us back to

            the Earth, the birth giving carrier of our lives, our home

the Water, the purifying and life giving, the thirst quenching Water, the medium of all births and rebirths

the Fire, the image of all essential energies which are working within the depths of human soul

the Air, the metaphor of spirit, liberty and flight.

The Posticum Center dedicates itself and its programs in 2017 to the Earth. Consequently, we intend to borrow our human voice and tunes, the sounds of music, to the Earth. We are going to try to sound the Earth-Mother using the language of a genre, which had come from the common motherland of the human species as a slave, and has become the gentle play we understand today under the name jazz on the motherland of freedom and out of aspirations of liberty.

We always keep our doors open and we are waiting for You.

OUR INVITEES

21 January

Gábor Juhász

Gábor Juhász Trio (Gábor Juhász, György Jeszenszky, Zoltán Kovács)

 

4 February

Linda Kovács and her guests

 

18 February

Béla Ágoston

(Béla Ágoston, Ernő Zoltán Rubik, Balázs Bágyi)

 

4 March

István Baló

(István Baló, Máté Pozsár, Péter Ajtai)

 

25 March

Mihály Dresch and his guests

 

8 April

Szabolcs Szőke

Trio Squelini (Szabolcs Szőke, Dániel Váczi, Péter Szalai) and Ditta Rohmann

 

16 April

István Grencsó

(István Grencsó, Barnabás Dukay)

 

29 April

András Dés

András Dés Trio (András Dés, István Tóth junior, Márton Fenyvesi)

 

13 May

Zoltán Mizsei and his guests

 

21 May

Papa Jazz


World Ethos

“There is no chance for survival without a world ethos. There is no world peace without the peace of religions. There is no peace of religions without the dialogue of the religions.” – writes Hans Küng in the introductory notes of his exemplary book Ethics of the World Religions. The World Ethos Foundation founded by the the Swiss theologian in 1995, has set the elaboration of a common ethos of the world religions as its goal, and seeks for the promotion of the consensus of the religions regarding the questions of values.

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Worldly Monastery

The benevolent and at times specifically healing effect of silence has been experienced by more or less everybody in their life, and it is being increasingly demanded by our stressed world full of noise. The personal and the societal circumstances do not give good surroundings to consciously create the culture of silence...

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Meditation


Invisible theatre

You will be blindfolded. Your sould will be filled. Your heart will be opened.

The Invisible Theatre is a theatrical performance based on the temporary turn off of one of your main senses: your sight. Encounter certain situations blindfolded can be a cathartic experience. It can help to find our place, deepen our faith, our spirituality and guide us towards a deeper insight and understanding.

This genre is theatre, play and drama in the same time, but not only. It is much more because it makes the spectators get involved and experience the plot in their own skin, through their own senses. The play becomes part of their lives and their lives become part of a performance. Everything happens with them personally. This theatre is a gate leading inside and upwards.

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THE POSTICUM JAZZ 10

 

 

 

Life is a lot like jazz. It is best when you improvise.
 (George Gershwin)

Ten musicians, ten concerts. Four years, four elements. Earth, Water, Fire, Air. The Posticum Center launches its new jazz concert series under a new brand, with new artists, style and philosophy. The key of this shift is silence. The space in which a meditation over our existence gets a chance to unfold and to bring us back to the basic experiences of our human origins. It carries us back to

the Earth, the birth giving carrier of our lives, our home.

the Water, the purifying and life giving, thirst quenching Water, the primaeval medium of all births and rebirths.

the Fire, the image of all essential energies which are working within the depths of human soul.

the Air, the metaphor of spirit, liberty and flight.

The Posticum Center dedicates itself and its programs in 2017 to the Earth. Consequently, we intend to borrow our human voice and tunes, the sounds of music, to the Earth. We are going to try to sound the Earth Mother using the language of a genre, which had come from the common motherland of the human species as a slave, and has become the gentle play we all understand today under the name jazz on the continent of freedom and out of aspirations of liberty.

We always keep our doors open and we are waiting for You.

OUR INVITEES

21 January
Gábor Juhász
Gábor Juhász Trio (Gábor Juhász, György Jeszenszky, Zoltán Kovács)

4 February
Linda Kovács and her guests

18 February
Béla Ágoston
(Béla Ágoston, Ernő Zoltán Rubik, Balázs Bágyi)

4 March
István Baló
(István Baló, Máté Pozsár, Péter Ajtai)

25 March
Mihály Dresch and his guests

8 April
Szabolcs Szőke
Trio Squelini (Szabolcs Szőke, Dániel Váczi, Péter Szalai) and Ditta Rohmann

16 April
István Grencsó
(István Grencsó, Barnabás Dukay)

29 April
András Dés
András Dés Trio (András Dés, István Tóth junior, Márton Fenyvesi)

13 May
Zoltán Mizsei and his guests

21 May
Papa Jazz


Literature

These books can help becoming familiar with contemplative practices and Zen meditation, and understanding the essence of Unity.

Translations of the books written in Hungarian can be borrowed at the reception of Posticum, or can be ordered in English and German from the publishers.

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Invited lecturers

We are all human beings. To the difficulties, suffering and restlessness resulting from that condition, every tradition has similar answers. Posticum is the house of inner paths and deep contemplation. We emphasize identities rather than differences between these traditions.

Posticum is a door opening to the pathways of contemplation. Through the practice of contemplation we may enter the silence of our real world, find peace and access to our inner resources.

In Posticum, acclaimed representatives of different traditions give lectures and hold retreats.

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Zen

A direct experience of the not-born and not-created.

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Christian

Contemplative pray is a direct, simple and spontaneous connection to God. We are serving and praising God not with acts and the chanting of religious texts, but with our existence itself, with full self-giving. Jesus has said that the kingdom of God is within you. We are looking for this kingdom which is within us. Based on the Holy Script we know with our minds, that God has created us in his image, but we do not sense and live this reality. In order to experience this, we become silent. We leave every unimportant to fall, and thereby letting the important shine.

Every Friday between 6 and 7 pm in the chapel of Posticum, the contemplative spiritual practice of the Jesuite father Ferenc Jálics takes place. The practice is lead by Eszter Tariska.

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Ferenc Jálics

Ferenc Jálics (Budapest, 1927), a Hungarian Jesuite monk, theologian, university teacher and one of the most significant masters of the present times of the contemplative praying method.    

With his 9 siblings, he was brought up on the mansion of his parents. Obeying the wish of his father, he became a soldier at an early age. He was a page pupil and later an officer candidate. He was in Germany at the end of World War II. He survived the bombing of Nuremberg in a cellar which experience determined his life. He returned to Hungary in 1946. He graduated from high school and joined the Jesuite order. He had to leave the country two years later.  

He studied languages and literature in Pullach, close to Münich. He graduated from the Leuven Catholic University (Belgium) in philosophy in 1954, then he completed his two year internship in a Jesuite high school in Mons, South-Belgium.

In 1956 the order has sent him to Chili and a year later to Argentina. He studied theology there and he was ordained a priest in 1959. Then he spent a year in Córdoba, Argentina, and taught dogmatics and fundamental theology at the theology and philosophy faculty of the Jesuite university in San Miguel. From 1963 on, he was the spiritual leader of the Jesuite pupils in San Miguel and started to hold spiritual retreats during these times. He received his theological doctorate in 1966. From this time on, he taught as a professor at the university in Salvador and the Catholic University in Buenos Aires. He wrote his first books in Spanish in South-America (The faith of our Brothers, Let’s learn to Pray, Our faith is Developing).

In the beginning of the 1970s, he moved to a slum with two of his ordermates to share his life with the poor. In May, 1976 he was kidnapped by far right militia and took him to an unknown place. He was tied up for five months in an unknown place, with covered eyes. This was the second major experience of his life. Later it turned out, that out of the 6000 people kidnapped, only him and his Jesuite mate has survived.

He continued his activities as an author in 1977. Since 1978, he has been continuously giving spiritual retreats in Gries, Germany, to approximately half thousand people every year. He summarized 15 years of experience in spiritual retreats in his book called Contemplative Retreat.

Based on his method, 13 spiritual retreat houses are holding retreats nowadays, in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Transylvania. He comes home every summer and holds retreats in Dobogókő, Tahitótfalu and Püspökszentlászló.


Eszter Tariska

She was the singer of the Csokonai Theather of Debrecen and the Kodály Choir for 25 years, and she has lived the hard life of artists traveling through the world. After the death of her husband, influenced by several mystical experiences, she has changed her worldly occupation to become a Greek Catholic nun in Máriapócs. She met Ferenc Jálics and his contemplative spiritual practice at this phase of her life. She has retired more times a year into hermitage and has practiced meditation for several hours daily. During her 6 years spent in Máriapócs, she understood that she has a special vocation, which she cannot live out between the walls of the monastery. After the expiry of her small vow she did not vow again. She has been living alone since 2008 in Debrecen. She considers the contemplative pray as her vocation. She spends two afternoons weekly accompanying dying people on the hospice department of the Saint Elizabeth Home. She has been leading the contemplative praying group of the Megtestesülés (Incarnation) parish. When requested, she gives personally lead spiritual retreats with Ferenc Jálics – as the disciple of the master – she has lead 6 already. She has given her first ever spiritual retreat on her own in the Carmelite Monastery in Magyarszék.


About Zen

„Zen is not a religion. It has neither teachings on salvation, nor dogmas, nor eschatology, and it hardly refers to sacred books. Zen is not a school of philosophy, since it is no theory; on the contrary, it focuses on life-practice itself. Zen is not a sect, that is, restricted religion, for what it teaches is the ever broader and ever freer”. Béla Hamvas 


„I don’t persuade anyone, and I don’t dissuade anyone, I just show what needs to be done.”

Sabba danam dhamma danam jinati – The gift of Truth excels all other gifts.


Onedropzendo

The founders of Onedropzendo, having already practiced Zen for about one or two years, met Shodo Harada Roshi for the first time in 1998 at a sesshin (retreat) in Dobogókő, Hungary. In the year 2000 the founders, who by then all have practiced for some time in Sogenji monastery, Japan, under Zen master Shodo Harada, took the decision that they adopt the tradition of the Japanese Rinzai school, and join the lineage of Shodo Harada Roshi, following the Roshi as their main master. This is when the Hungarian group was founded. Thus, Onedropzendo belongs to the Rinzai school. It means that so-called koans are sometimes applied. A koan is a question that has no rational solution, but there is an intuitive, empirical answer to it (e.g. „Here and now, show me your face you had before your mother and father were born!”). According to tradition, in our lineage only the Roshi may give koans, and he is the one who checks the intuitive answers in personal interviews, or sanzens. In the sanzen, the Roshi sees how deep the practicer has gone and gives the necessary guidance. This help may be a koan. The teaching of the Roshi is completely personal, but generally he gives a koan only after the practicer has reached a certain depth; but this is not necessarily so, either. (It may happen that a practicer never gets a koan, while at other times s/he gets one very early; but that doesn’t mean that there is a difference in the depth of their practice.)
In 2012, the leader of the Hungarian Onedropzendo was invited to Posticum to introduce regular Zen practice and be responsible for the spiritual programmes of the House. In July 2012, Zen practice was started at Posticum, and a Transylvanian, Romanian group was founded.


Leaders

Taigen Shodo Harada Roshi is the dharma heir of Yamada Mumon Roshi, one of the greatest masters of the Rinzai school. Harada Roshi started the practice in 1962, when, at the age of 22, he entered Shokofu-ji monastery. He received the Dharma transmission and the right to teach in 1982. Harada Roshi is currently the abbot of Sogen-ji monastery in Japan. His disciples founded One Drop communities worldwide, which are in constant contact with Sogen-ji. From these communities members regularly go to practice in the monastery, in order to deepen their knowledge and experience.

István “Taikyo” Szaladják

Film director, cinematographer. First he planned to be a photographer, but finally he graduated at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest as cinematographer in 1993. His films include the short movie Golden Bird, and a couple of years later the feature film Bird Savior, Clouds and Wind. He considers Béla Hamvas his first master. Inspired by the teachings of Hamvas, he started to seek his own path. His spiritual knowledge was expanded by the sacred scriptures and the works of traditionalists René Guénon, Julius Evola and Ananda Coomaraswamy. He turned to Buddha’s teachings in 1990, and took refuge in Bodhgaya three years later. He met Zen through the arts in 1997, and became the disciple of Shodo Harada Roshi in 1998. He practiced at Sogenji monastery, Japan, in 2000 and 2011 under Harada Roshi. He made a vow in 2001, thus becoming officially the disciple of the Roshi, who gave him the name Taikyo. Currently he is leading the Hungarian and the Romanian One Drop communities.


Anselm Grün, Benedictine monk

P. Dr. theol. Anselm Grün OSB was born on 14th January 1945 in Bavaria. At the age of 19 he joined the Benedictine monastery of Münsterschawarzach, currently he serves as steward of the house. There he became familiar with the art of guidance, which has its roots in the Benedictine Rule. In the 1970s he re-discovered the teachings of the Desert Fathers, and attributed great importance to their revelations in connection with the practices of modern psychology.

In his lectures and books he gives relevant answers to questions and needs of people of our times. He is a sought-for advisor, spiritual guide and one of today's best known and most read spiritual writers.

Hundreds of his books have been published and translated to 30 languages, 3 million copies of them have been sold worldwide. According to the website of Bencés Kiadó (Benedictine Publishing House), the biggest Hungarian publisher of his books “The most important source of Anselm Grün's works are the spiritual experience and practices of early monasticism. In his books, he gives interpretations and explanations of these from the viewpoint of modern life.  He studied the results of Carl Gustav Jung and those of modern psychology in detail, but also got acquainted with Asian methods of meditation”.

Further information is available on Anselm Grün’s website.

The precise dates of his visits will be announced later.


Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk

Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. (born 1923) is a Trappist monk (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance) and priest, known as one of architects of the Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer that emerged from St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1975. He was born in New York City, and attended Deerfield Academy, Yale University, and Fordham University, graduating in December 1943. He is a founder of the Centering Prayer movement and of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.


Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (Tib. o thog bstan 'dzin dbang rgyal) is a teacher (lama) of the Bon Tibetan religious tradition. He is founder and director of the Ligmincha Institute and several centres named Chamma Ling, organizations dedicated to the study and practice of the teachings of the Bon tradition.

Tenzin Wangyal's parents fled the Chinese invasion of Tibet and later, in 1961, he was born in Amritsar, India. At the age of thirteen, he began dzogchen training from both Buddhist and Bon teachers. He began an eleven-year traditional course of instruction at Bonpo Monastic Center and in 1986 attained the degree of Geshe, the highest academic degree of traditional Tibetan culture. That same year, Tenzin Wangyal began employment at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India.

In 1988 he began to teach in Italy at the invitation of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. In 1991, he was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship at Rice University in Houston, Texas. A second Rockefeller Fellowship followed in 1993.Tenzin Wangyal has chosen to stay in the United States and teach ancient Bon traditions to Western students.

Tenzin Wangyal has an interest in the interpretation, control and application of dreams and has written fairly extensively on lucid dreaming and dream yoga as well as Dzogchen in Bon tradition.


Lama Thubten Yeshe

Thubten Yeshe (1935–1984) was a Tibetan lama who, while exiled in Nepal, co-founded Kopan Monastery (1969) and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (1975). He followed the Gelugpa tradition, and was considered unconventional in his teaching style.

Lama Yeshe was born near the Tibetan town of Tolung Dechen, but was sent to Sera Monastery in Lhasa at the age of six. He received full ordination at the age of 28 from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche. Jeffrey Paine reports that Lama Yeshe deliberately refused the geshe degree, despite having studied for it:

Many years later, when pressed why he had shunned this prestigious degree, he would laugh: "And be Geshe Yeshe?

Sera Monastery did award him an honorary geshe degree in the early 1980s. He also used to joke that he was a Tibetan hippie: "I dropped out!"


Ajahn Sucitto

Ajahn Sucitto has been a monk of the Thai forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism for 30 years, in a lineage founded by Ajahn Chah.  He was born in 1949 in London. He got initiated to the practices of Buddhist meditation in 1975 in Thailand. Almost immediately he chose to live a monastic life. First he became a novitiate, and a few months later, in March 1976, a monk.

He returned to Great-Britain in 1978, and continued to practice under the supervision of Ajahn Sumedho. Since then, he assisted in the foundation of three monasteries (Cittaviveka, Aruna Ratanagiri and Amaravati). He has been the abbot of Cittaviveka monastery for a long time now. The venerable Ajahn Sucitto is an excellent master and instructor of meditation, author of Buddhist meditation (its Hungarian translation has been published in 2007).


Jan Boswijk

Jan Boswijk, True Mediator of the Peace (1944-), is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and founder of Boswijk Institute in the Netherlands (www.centrumboswijk.nl). He has been member of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing since 1998. In 2004, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh ordained him dharma instructor. He mostly teaches during retreats and participates in different programmes in the Netherlands, in Belgium and in Germany. He maintains a special connection with Hungary, where he holds Buddhist retreats twice a year.


The Contemplative Way: Quietly Savouring God's Presence

Ferenc Jálics

The book presents an interpretation of the contemplative path with precision and simplicity. It elucidates the essence of contemplation from the viewpoints of theology, philosophy, the Scriptures, everyday life and also of today's historical situation. With its practical examples it helps becoming familiar with the practices of contemplation.


The Wave is the Sea

Willigis Jäger

The sea is the sum of waves, and the sum of waves makes up a unity. Everything is the part of the cosmos, and in the cosmos everything is the manifestation of the same cosmic existence. The mystic is experiencing that all the differences between him/herself and other manifestations of existence cease. Mysticism is not beyond God and the world. Mysticism sees God and the world as indivisible One. But the tension between the two poles does not disappear. Like the tension between two ends of a stick. Likewise, God and the human being do not become identical. The sea, as it manifests itself in its waves. Although we call the sea and the wave in different names, their essence is the same: water. A hand has two sides. One who turns towards it with reason, has to observe both sides one after the other. From the inside, the two sides can be experienced as one. Thus, it is at once an experience of complete emptiness and perfect fullness.


Zen

Hugo M. Enomiya-Lassalle

H. M. Enomiya-Lassalle (1898-1990), a German Jesuit monk, worked for decades in Japan and Europe as missionary, zen master and philosopher of religion. Dr. Niels Gruber, head consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan, writes the following on Father Enomiya’s work: “Besides the scientific-academic analysis of Asia’s culture, another important institutional transmitter of Eastern meditation practices is the Catholic Church. Thanks to professor Enomiya-Lassalle’s indefatigable pioneer work, the meditation technique of Japanese Zen Buddhist schools was recognized by the Catholic Church as valid spiritual practice. In numerous monastic orders, especially Benedictine monasteries, believers may take part in spiritual retreats applying the Zen method. Naturally, the Catholic Church does not adopt Buddhist philosophy, only the meditation technique that has been developed in Buddhism for centuries. The philosophical-theological background is provided by the works of Christian mystics: Meister Eckhart, Tauler and others. It is of great importance that the Catholic Church accepted Eastern meditation techniques: with this, it recognized that in other religions there are values which have been lost in Christianity, but which may play a part in overcoming the inner crises of the Church. If this adoption is successful, and Christian mysticism is revived, it could lead to a deep and far-reaching renewal of not just the Church but Western civilization in general.”

 


Open Mind, Open Heart

Thomas Keating

The author, an acclaimed modern spiritual teacher, assists the reader in his book to reach a deep and living relationship with God. Father Keating gives an overview of contemplative prayer in Christian tradition, and offers a comprehensive guide to inner prayer. He pays particular attention to the sacred word, the development and transition of Christianity, and the active prayer. In the last part of the book, he expounds in detail the contemplative dimension of the gospel. Open Mind, Open Heart leads us to a world, where “we can open up to the Infinite, and so, to infinite possibilities.”


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Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri – Transylvanian Concert

Transylvanian Concert Promo


Posticum – cultural complex and guesthouse

Holidays with zen master Niklaus Brantschen

Posticum 2018 august 28. – sept 2.
Oradea, Romania

Details >>> Brantschen.Posticum.ro

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