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December Newsletter

Posted on 24 Nov 2013


December Newsletter
 
 
December 2013
Shrine roomKagyu
 
Samye
 
Dzong
 
London

Monthly newsletter

Welcome to the December Newsletter. In the month when Christmas comes upon us, life can get even more hectic than usual: office parties, extra shopping, cards and decorations come into the lives of many.  So here's a reminder that the Centre continues to offer a quiet space, two shrine rooms and regular meditations, pujas and classes which can help keep your feet on the ground and provide a little respite.  

 

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Kagyu Samye Dzong aims to provide a place of peace and tranquility for all in central London, with the shrine room available for individuals to come and sit during the day.  For full details of the Centre, including the programme of evening meditations and forthcoming events, visit the website.
News in Brief

  • Winter closure - please note that the date we re-open is different to that given in the printed programme. Both Spa Road and Manor Place centres will be closing at 9.00 pm on Friday 20th December and re-opening on Wednesday 8th January.
  • The 49 days of prayers for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche end on Friday 29th November with a Milarepa Tsok Puja.  While this will mark the end of the daily Milarepa Pujas, we will continue with a weekly Milarepa Puja every Wednesday evening until the end of January. 
  • Course date changes - Lama Zangmo is currently on retreat in India  until late January.  Her teachings on the Seven Points of Mind Training will now take place on Wednesday evenings from 5th February - 26th March, while the Jewel Ornament of Liberation will be on Thursdays from 6th February - 13th March.  
  • The Tashi Lhunpo Monks visit was a very memorable event for those able to attend. Even if you couldn't come down during the making of the sand mandala, we were lucky enough to have some excellent photographers on hand who have captured the visit with some amazing pictures.  You can see these in two slideshows on our website.    

 

 

Join Alistair Appleton for a powerful weekend looking at a ubiquitous human experience:

anxiety.

 

Most people suffer from anxiety at certain points of their life. Some of us have chronic and on-going patterns of anxious energy which can eat up our vitality and leave us living at a fraction of our true band-width. Mindfulness offers a radical but workable approach to living with anxiety skilfully.


During this weekend, Alistair explains the qualities and functions of anxiety in human beings and asks us to think again about how we respond to it. Are the patterns of avoidance and defence that we bring to it, actually making it worse? Should we look elsewhere for a solution to chronic anxiety?

 

Using the compassionate and gentle life-skills of mindful practice, Alistair offers a simple but powerful re-evaluation of anxiety and our experience of it. You will leave the weekend with a new understanding of this universal human emotion.  

 

The course is suitable for people with no experience of mindfulness and varying degrees of anxiety. If you have questions about whether this course is for you then contact  mail@mind-springs.org.

To book onto this course please visit the Mind-Springswebsite.
When we are properly relaxed we function better, are healthier, and are more useful to others. Yet much of the way we live hardly encourages relaxation.

Join Carol Sagar and Soo Dawson on this one-day workshop which includes breathing and relaxation  exercises, simple movement stretches, gentle  self massage and art exploration  which help us to develop a relaxed approach to life with mindful awareness and compassion.

  

This day can be attended as a one off  workshop; it can also be a first step of Tara Rokpa Therapy, developed by Akong Tulku Rinpoche, which has many stages of development for those wishing to deepen their experience.

 

Learning to relax - a one-day workshop takes place on Saturday 7th December at Spa Road, 9.30-5.00 pm. Full details on the website.  

 

Clive Holmes

Clive Holmes writes of this weekend workshop: 

 

"We live a lot of our lives on "automatic pilot" just reacting and not responding to the present moment. This course will be about "turning over a new leaf" and using meditation to strengthen our resolution to develop our potential. It is especially appropriate at this time around the beginning of the Tibetan New Year.

 

We will explore new pathways within our minds to help us accept and transform those habits that limit our freedom. So with a spirit of playfulness, let's use meditation as a method to let go of what is not useful and healthy in our lives learning more to appreciate the world around us and within us.

 

There will be exercises shared to bring us "back to earth" including walking meditation. Through other exercises we will learn to how to develop a healthy, awakened attitude, fearless and mature. Also, along the way, maybe a sense of humour too!"

 

New Year, New Beginnings:changing the habits of a lifetime takes place at Spa Road from Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th January, 10.00-4.00 pm.  

David Bates writes:

In January 1998 I set off down Carlisle Lane for a lunchtime walk in Archbishop's Park, Lambeth. Just before reaching the park I saw a new sign at the end of a driveway which read "Kagyu Samye Dzong London". "Sounds Tibetan" I thought, "I'll just pop in and say hello". That was when I met Ani Zangmo, as she then was, and so began my connection with the Centre which has lasted these 16 years.

It's been a pretty tumultuous time in all sorts of ways. Ani Zangmo became Lama Zangmo, and the Centre has moved from Carlisle Lane, to Manor Place and then, 3 years ago, Spa Road. One of the things that came out of the need for us to move from Carlisle Lane was this email newsletter, which I  first sent out to 25 people in August 2003.  Today, this issue will be going out to nearly 3,700 people.

On my side this time has seen me go from being a widower, through re-marriage, becoming a father, bringing up a family, two career changes, one serious illness, one hit-and-run accident, and more recently the ending of my second marriage...among other things!  Through all of this it's the Centre, the teachings and the friendship of the community that have kept me grounded through the good times and supported me through the bad: possibly never more so than now, when Lama Zangmo suggested that I should become a resident here when my wife and I separated. So, in early December, as one resident leaves, I'll be moving in.

For many hears I've thought of Samye Dzong as my second home. Soon, it will just be my home. 
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE - for courses run by Samye Dzong London, prices mentioned are suggested course donations only. A lack of funds should not prevent anybody from attending.

 

 

DECEMBER 2013

 

The Four Ordinary Foundations at Spa Road 

Thursdays from 28th November to 19th December, 7:00pm - 8:30pm  

  

Learning to Relax at Spa Road
Saturday 7th December,  9:30am - 5:00pm 

Learning to Relax  with Carol Sagar and Soo Dawson. This course offers breathing and relaxation  exercises, simple movement stretches, gentle  self massage and art exploration  which help us to develop a relaxed approach to life with mindful awareness and compassion. 

  

Anxiety: A Mindful Approach at Spa Road

Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm

This is a powerful weekend looking at a ubiquitous human experience: anxiety.  

  

Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place 
 Saturday 7th December, 2:15pm - 6:00pm 
 
Shinay Meditation Retreat: at Spa Road
Friday 13th  - Sunday 15th December, 9:00am - 5:00pm 

A weekend of extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation by applying oneself through a series of short meditation sessions.  

  

Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Module Two: Working with Distraction.  Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis between modules one and two, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind works. 
 
Winter Closure at Spa Road
Saturday 21st December - Tuesday 7th January
The centre will be closed for its annual winter break after Shinay Meditation on Friday the 20th of December. We will re-open on Wednesday 8th January.   
    

JANUARY 2014

 

Beginners Meditation at Spa Road

Wednesdays from 8th January - 26th February,  7:00pm - 8:30pm

People from all walks of life are learning to meditate and discovering the great benefit it can bring them in their everyday life. In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing. 

 

New Year, New Beginnings: Changing the Habits of a Lifetime, with Clive Holmes. At Spa Road

Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th January, 10:00am - 4:00pm

We live a lot of our lives on "automatic pilot" just reacting and not responding to the present moment. This course will be about "turning over a new leaf" and using meditation to strengthen our resolution to develop. 

 

Green Tara Practice Weekend at Spa Road

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19January, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Green Tara practice is used to help us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt. Chenrezig and Tara are considered the Father and Mother of Tibet, and in the tales. 

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place

Saturday, 25th January, 2:15pm - 6:00pm

Spending time doing extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation by applying oneself through a series of short meditation sessions. It is an ideal environment.