What Sangha Say About Tushita
We asked our Western Sangha about their experience at Tushita, and here are their responses…
For more than thirty years Tushita has brought the Dharma to thousands and thousands of people from all over the world: it does an amazing job. I am so very happy to have been here the past year, being a catalyst for the heart-opening of so many seekers”.
Venerable Robina Courtin
(Tushita’s Resident Teacher April 2010 – April 2011)
Teaching all these years at Tushita is a unique experience, as the participants of the courses are in general much more relaxed then they are in the West. Most of them travel long term, so they have left their work, studies and private life behind, and their minds are much more spacious and receptive to absorb the teachings. It is very inspiring to see all those mainly young people that have a genuine interest in developing a good heart, and give some of their travel and leisure time to do it. The courses being ten days long also help them to get a deeper and better understanding than the usual one weekend workshop in the West. And then years later, in all four corners of the world, you meet people telling you, that you were the first person introducing them to the dharma, and that they had then continued in their home country.
Venerable Rita Riniker
(who lived and taught at Tushita for 17 years – Tushita’s first honorary Resident Teacher)
Teaching at Tushita is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had in my life. The very special mix of course structure, diversity of students, supportive staff and spectacular mountain setting makes for a very enriching experience for all those who come here. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend so much time here running courses and trying to help people from all around the world in whatever way possible.
Tushita isn’t just a retreat centre. It is an amazing learning environment. Everything there is geared to learning Dharma. It is very special. Teaching at Tushita was a special experience for me. I have been teaching Dharma for about thirty years, but I haven’t had such high quality whole groups of students before. At least that was my perception. I think it is because the place itself does half the work for you, because it is so blessed and powerful. Those who make it there as students seem to be especially open and ready for the Dharma and seem to be able to understand the teachings easily and to a deep level. Maybe Tushita is the actual Tushita, at least for those who have the perception to see it that way, and this is the reason for this special set of conditions. Also I feel it progressed me as a teacher, so that now I have returned to my normal teaching situations very refreshed. Somehow I feel more confident and grounded in the Dharma that I am sharing with others. So I would say that teaching at Tushita is an excellent form of professional development for Dharma teachers.
We hope that Tushita will continue to provide a fertile environment for Dharma teachers to grow, and help Tushita to continue to thrive!