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June 2013 Newsletter

Posted on 6 Jun 2013


June 2013 Newsletter

Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Welcome to the June Newsletter.  

Contents
 
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

  • A position is open for a full time volunteer - we are happy to announce that we are looking for a well organised, enthusiastic person to join our full time residential volunteer team to help with the on-going daily activities of the centre. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to do something very meaningful and fulfilling with their time.  
  • Vounteer weekend -  Saturday and Sunday, 22nd-23rd June.  Please come and help with our summer "spring clean" in preparation for Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's visit which commences just a few days later on Friday 28th. For those who are able to arrive before 10.00 am, lunch is available.    
  • Bodhicitta will be the theme of Lama Zangmo's teachings from the Jewel Ornament of Liberation during June - every Thursday from 7.00-8.30 pm.   
  • Mindful Yoga with Kathy Osbourne is an 8 week course at Spa Road that starts on Friday 7th June from 7.00-9.00 pm. .
  • The Guru Rinpoche Tsok puja on 30th June will start at 2pm.
  • Charlie Morley will be leading a weekend course on Lucid dreaming, lucid living on the 13th-14th July at Spa Road.  
  • Summer closure - the Centre will close at 9.00 pm on Sunday 28th July and will reopen on Wednesday 14th August. 

 

Lama Yeshe prayer mudra

 

 

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, will be giving a weekend talk on Loving Kindness and Compassion amongst other topics. This will also be a time to celebrate all the amazing acheivements of Kagyu Samye Dzong London that have been accomplished over the last few years.    

 Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will be assisted by Ani Gelongma Lhamo during the course of the weekend. Ani Lhamo was ordained as a Gelongma and has also been in a four year retreat in Samye Ling. She currently assists Lama Yeshe Rinpoche on his travels as well as being his assistant while at Samye Ling.  

 

The sessions over the weekend will be a combination of teachings, actual meditation practice and time for Qustions & Answers

  

Friday 28th June

 

7.00 - 8.30 pm - Refuge Ceremony  - The meaning of refuge with Ani Lhamo followed by the Refuge Ceremony with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.  

 

Saturday 29th June

 

10.00-11.00 am The Kagyu Lineage Holders with Ani Lhamo

11.30 - 12.30  Loving Kindness and Compassion with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

2.00-3.00 pm   Women in Buddhism  with Ani Lhamo

3.30 - 4.30pm  Discover your Inner Wealth with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

 

Sunday 30th June

10 - 11am   The Benefits of Retreat with Ani Lhamo

11.30 - 12.30   Joyful Living with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

2 - 3.30pm    Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja - Tsok offerings of fruit etc and flowers for the shrine are welcome.
There are five powers which help us establish our meditation: aspiration, familiarisation, planting white seeds, integrating and sharing/ dedication. They are drawn from the 7 Points of Mind Training from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

 

While easy to understand, these five powers have a profound meaning that can help us "jump start" meditation practice if it has diminished, and keep our momentum going to practice regularly. They are also easy to remember and help us keep on track.

 

Over the weekend, we will develop Tonglen and other practices to balance theory and practice. We will also see how these five powers can be applied to letting go at the time of death. This course is suitable for beginners as well as people who have been practising longer. All are welcome.

 

Clive Holmes will be leading this 2 day workshop on the weekend of the 8th-9th June from 10.00-5.00 each day  - suggested contribution £55. To book your place contact the office by phone on 020-3327 1650 or by email

3 - Shinay Retreat - 14th-16th June  a3 

Lama Zangmo teaching in the Shrine Room

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. It is an ideal environment in which those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour, and by being surrounded with like-minded meditators.

 

The emphasis will be on silent sitting meditation and walking meditation, and it will be assumed that participants have already had some experience of meditation techniques. There will be no instructions during the retreat. The Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. Participants will nevertheless have the opportunity to ask questions related to the practice and to have discussions.

 

Please bring offerings for the shrine. Donations are also welcome.
  c44 - Mindful Yoga with Kathy Osborne
Learn mindful yoga with Kathy Osborne in an 8 week course at Spa Road starting on Friday 7th June from 7.00-9.00 pm.

Through the practices of asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), as well as relaxation and mindfulness meditation techniques, you can begin to explore your true nature and take what you learn on the yoga mat into your everyday life. The 5000 year old wisdom of yoga is combined with cutting edge neuroscience research and insightful psychotherapeutic theories to bring yoga and mindfulness alive and very relevant to bringing balance to busy city living.

 

This course aims to cultivate a joyful union of mind and body. When you are mindful you pay attention to what is happening in the moment. Practising yoga can help anchor you to the moment - by focusing on asana or breathing, you pay attention to the feeling in your leg or arm, to the tension in your shoulder, to pain or resistance. We bring ourselves into the experience of the moment. Yoga practice teaches the body to release stress and tension which brings about a feeling of peace, relaxation and calm. Mindfulness brings a deep awareness to the practice.

 

Yoga does not need to be competitive; it allows you to work at your own pace within your own limitations. With mindful awareness you become intuitive and respectful to your body's needs, entering your practice gently and with sensitivity.

 

By the end of the course students can expect to have learnt enough yoga and be comfortable with mindfulness meditation to the extent of having a daily home practice if you choose. Mindful yoga is meditation in action.

 

You can book your place on this course through the Mindsprings website. 

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.

 

JUNE 2013

 

Introduction to meditation at Manor Place

Thursday 6th - 27th June, 7.00 - 8.30 pm
Suggested contribution £30.00 

Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.

This course is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.

 

The five powers of meditation at Spa Road
with Clive Holmes 
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th June, 10.00 - 5.00 pm

There are five powers which help us establish our meditation: aspiration, familiarisation, planting white seeds, integrating and sharing/ dedication. They are drawn from the 7 Points of Mind Training from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

While easy to understand, these five powers have a profound meaning that can help us "jump start" meditation practice if it has diminished, and keep our momentum going to practice regularly. They are also easy to remember and help us keep on track.

Over the weekend, we will develop Tonglen and other practices to balance theory and practice. We will also see how these five powers can be applied to letting go at the time of death. This course is suitable for beginners as well as people who have been practising longer. All are welcome.  

 

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road

Sunday 9th June, 7.00 - 8.00 pm
All are welcome. 

Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualization, Medicine Buddha Puja is practiced to protect oneself or others from bad physical or mental health.  

Meditiation retreat with the Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road

Friday 14th June - Sunday 16th June, 9.00 - 5.00 pm
Bring offerings for the shrine - flowers, food, or incense

Volunteer day - Summer "spring clean" at Spa Road
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

The weekend before Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's visit we would like to give the centre's windows and curtains a good spring clean. As there are many windows that need cleaning we would like to invite you to join us for the day to help with this project.

We are asking people to arrive either:
  • in the morning at 9am or 10am to be inlcuded for lunch
  • or in the afternoon from 2pm
Please let us know if you are coming so that we can have an idea of numbers and plan accordingly.

Refuge Ceremony with Lama Yeshe at Spa Road
Friday 28th June, 7.00-8.30 pm

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche will be presiding over a Refuge ceremony during his June 2013 visit. The Refuge ceremony is the official ceremony when one formally becomes a Buddhist. The ceremony will be preceded by a talk about the meaning of taking refuge by Ani Gelongma Lhamo. This will start at 7pm. 

Ani Lhamo was ordained as a Gelongma and has also been in a four year retreat in Samye Ling. She currently assists Lama Yeshe Rinpoche on his travels as well as being his assistant will at Samye Ling.

Those taking refuge should bring a katta (white scarf, available from the shop) and an offering (normally money in an envelope, but it could be anything precious to you).
These will be offered directly to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche during the ceremony.

Loving Kindness and Compassion with Lama Yeshe at Spa Road
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th June, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Suggested contribution £55.00 
       

 

JULY 2013

  

Lucid Dreaming, Lucid Living with Charlie Morley
13 - 14, July,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Suggested contribution: £55.00  

By using the best of both Tibetan Buddhist and Western dream-work techniques Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep offers a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the aims of psychological growth, mind training and nocturnal spiritual practice! 

 We sleep for a third of our lives. Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep allows us to make use of that time and gives us the tools to train our minds, reprogram our habits and to enter into a friendship with every aspect of our psyches, all while we're sound asleep.

This weekend will include an overview of the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western psychological and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, instructions on how to maintain awareness into and out of sleep, and of course plenty of teachings on learning "how to lucid dream".

Lucid dreaming is an important precursory skill to the Tibetan tradition of Dream Yoga and these teachings offer a practical way to learn this incredibly beneficial skill.

Charlie has been authorised to teach on this subject by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.


Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road

Sunday 14th July, 7.00 - 8.00 pm
All are welcome. 

Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualization, Medicine Buddha Puja is practiced to protect oneself or others from bad physical or mental health. 

Summer Closure

28th July  - 13th August
The Centre will be closed for its annual summer break at 9.00 pm on  Sunday 28th July and will re-open on Wednesday 14th August