Hello, my name is Rudy Harderwijk and I made this website just
for fun and to share some of the teachings that helped me along
my path. Initially, the site started as a tiny project; to find
out how websites are made, the idea came to produce a small website
on Buddhism, based on the notes I used to give some teachings on
Lamrim. However, over the years it has gradually expanded when trying
to include striking quotes and advice.
Please do not mistake me for a qualified Buddhist Master or a Buddhist scholar. I'm merely a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1987, and I made this website because I know from experience that learning about Buddhism is not easy in the beginning for an average westerner.
Born in 1955, I got degrees in metallurgy and welding, but when I met Tibetan Buddhism in 1987, it changed my life completely. Working in petro-chemical industry simply did not make much sense to me anymore.
I have been director of Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala from 1993-1997, and have been working for the Maitreya
Project; from 1997 to 2002 building the largest statue in the world of the future
Maitreya Buddha in India under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The work on the project was temporarily stopped as of 2002 while we changing the building site from the originally planned
location of Bodhgaya to Kushinagar. Since then, I work in Buddhist
centers (currently the Maitreya Institute in Holland).
Venerable Lama Zopa Rinpoche
(on the left) is my main teacher, but I was so fortunate to receive
teachings from His Holiness the Dalai
Lama (middle), venerable
Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche (right) and many other amazing teachers, such as
Khensur Denma Locho Rinpoche, Khamtrul Rinpoche, Jhado Rinpoche, Khenpo Kunga Sherab Rinpoche, Geshe Konchog Lhundrup, Geshe Lama Konchog and Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen.
I hope to repay a little of the kindness of my teachers by trying
to help you discover their amazing wisdom !
How can I improve this website, do you have any
comments or questions?
You are welcome to join the discussion forum with questions or comments or
updated: February 13, 2012