Growing through Accepting Who We Are


Any transformation can only happen by genuinely accepting who we are. Yet our understanding of self-acceptance and especially its implementation, is often lacking. What does it really mean to accept oneself? What is the wisdom behind self-acceptance and how can we put it into practice?

During this event we will learn how to use tools such as the practice of meditation, contemplation and sharing, we will investigate:

  • The close connection between self-acceptance and the possibility of transforming ourselves;
  • The difference between accepting and rejecting;
  • The link between self-acceptance and self-love;
  • How to work with the ego to free ourselves from its negative tendencies.

We will also explore how to free ourselves from the idea that blaming or punishing ourselves are the only way to progress. We will discover how stressful situations with others can be a powerful opportunity to become aware of what is happening inside ourselves.

FredChastelas Bio IconsGuided by Frédéric Chastelas , we will use practical exercises such as meditation to become aware of and go beyond what blocks us on the path of self-acceptance.

This event is presented in French only. ➡ Go to the French page

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FredFrédéric Chastelas
After studying philosophy at the University of Montpellier, Frederic dedicated his life to the study and practice of Buddhism, during which time he met many great Tibetan Buddhist teachers in Europe and in the East. In 2006 he took part in the 3 year retreat at Lerab Ling under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche. Since then he lives at Lerab Ling and is part of the practicing community.

Since 2009 Frédéric teaches meditation during events organised by Rigpa and helped to develop a programme of personal retreat in Lerab Ling – offering the opportunity to discover or deepen the practice of meditation to anyone who is interested.

Frédéric is part of a team of instructors who hold regular courses and weekend events on meditation, compassion and other practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

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