FAQ for Ling Rinpoche's visit

Below you'll find answers to few FAQ that might help you with your visit in Israel during the Teaching Tour of H.E. Ling Rinpoche:

How do I get from the airport to the major cities in Israel?

There is a taxi stand right out of the air terminal. You may reach any of the major cities in Israel by its taxis. Prices are fixed.

Cheaper and maybe easier way is to take a train. The train station is near the exit of the air terminal. Trains are going to center and north of Israel from 5:30am till 11:30pm.

When is the weekend in Israel?

Please notice that the weekend in Israel is on Friday-Saturday (not Saturday-Sunday). During this time (from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening) there is no public transportation, and most of the shops are closed. However, it is possible to use taxis, and you can enjoy restaurants and entertainment places during all seven days of the week.

 

How do I find accommodation?

As in any Western country you can book accommodation through the internet, using websites like booking.com, Airbnb, Expedia etc.

If you do not have any special preference,we recommend that you would book your accommodation in the center of Israel (for example – Tel Aviv), so we can try to assist you finding, if it would be possible, a round-trip ride to the courses' destinations.

How do I register for the activities of H.E. Ling Rinpoche's Teaching Tour?

Registration is done through the links to each of the activities (on the English visit's page of our website,http://bit.ly/2h1LKn4).

Please notice that you have to register separately to each of the activities of H.E. Ling Rinpoche's Teaching Tour.

How do I travel to the course?

A few days before the course begins we will know which participants can offer a ride to the course destination from where he or she lives. We will try to get you a ride to the course you have registered for.

You can also hire a car and travel to the course destination. The roads in Israel are good and the signposts are in English as well.

What does it mean by residential course?

H.E. Ling Rinpoche's course on Song of Experience in Kibbutz Yehiam (9.3 afternoon- 11.3 or 12.3 afternoon) is a residential course. This means:

Registration – by registration to the course you get registered for the accommodation and meals as well.

Accommodation is in the guest house of Yehiam, each AC-room is simple with attached bathroom, and shared by 4 same gender participants. You will get towels, bed sheets and blankets.

Meals are shared together with all participants, and are simple vegan meals.Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for special needs regarding your food, so if you have any such special needs please bring it with you.

There would also be a coffee/ tea and refreshments corner along the course.

Personal equipment – we recommend bringing meditation cushion and warm shawl.

Cost – as mentioned below in the How Much It Cost question– Dharma Friends activities are all by Dhana (by donation, practice of generosity) – please refer to the explanation regarding it.

What does it mean by non-residential course?

H.E. Ling Rinpoche's course on Be Wise, Be Selfish in Neve Shalom (3-4.3.2017) is a non-residential course.  This means:

Registration – this is a 2-day course, and you may register to the full course. However, as mentioned in the registration form, it is also possible to register for one of the two days, subject to availability.

Accommodation – there is no availability of rooms in Neve Shalom for this weekend.

Meals–there would not be shared meals. Participants are asked to bring their own meals according to their wishes. There would also be a coffee/ tea and refreshments corner along the course.

Personal equipment – we recommend bringing meditation cushion and warm shawl.

Cost -as mentioned below in the How Much It Cost question – Dharma Friends' activities are all by Dhana (by donation, the practice of generosity) – please refer to the explanation regarding it.

Would the teachings be translated into English?

Yes, The teachings will be translated from Tibetan to both Hebrew and English. For English translation you can hire a wi-fi earphones at the event site for 30 NIS (7.5 USD) per day.

Would the Dharma talk and courses be recorded?

Yes, all the activities will be audio and video recorded. About two weeks after the conclusion of H.E. Ling Rinopche's Teaching Tour the recordings would be uploaded to YouTube.  Links would be sent to you by email.

Who are we?

Dharma Friends of Israel association is a group of friends who study and practice dharma and meditation in the spirit of Tibetan Buddhism. Around the year the group invites teachers from overseas and organizes a variety of Dharma talks, courses and workshops in Israel.

Dharma Friends of Israel is a nonprofit organization. All the revenues are donations, and the activities are organized by the group volunteers.

How Much It Costs?

Dharma Friends of Israelgroup's aim is to make the world of Dharma and meditation available to whoever wishes to explore it. Therefore, all our activities are offered by Dhana (donation) only, relying on the generosity of the participants.

The Dhana has to cover the many different expanses of this most extraordinary visit of H.E. Ling Rinpoche and his entourage – flights of Rinpoche,  the interpreters, the secretary and attendant; accommodation; transportation; cost of courses (renting the spaces for courses and lecture, accommodation for participants, meals, sound and video systems, studying materials) and more.

In order to enable those who cannot afford it to take part in these most precious Dharma activities, we do not specify any price for the teachings.

After covering the expenses of this visit we will present the rest of the dhana to H.E. Ling Rinpoche as a token of our appreciation and gratitude for His teachings, and as a support for Him continuing spreading the Dharma.

During our 18 years of activities we were happy to discover that many participants were generous and donated a nice dhana that enabled others to take part in the teachings, to cover the expenses, as well as to give dhana to the teachers.

The dhana can be given in cash or by credit card.

We will be most happy if at the end of each activity you will donate with joy to the best of your ability.

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