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September Newsletter

Posted on 28 Aug 2014


September Newsletter
 
 
September 2014
 
Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Dear Lama  

 

Welcome to the September Newsletter. After a quiet July and August, September brings a wealth of opportunities to learn and do meditation, to receive teachings in the evenings and at weekends, not least from Lama Yeshe towards the end of the month - and all of it detailed in this newsletter!  Read on. 

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
  • Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja - will take place at 2.00 pm on 28th September. In the evening there will be a Chenrezig Puja at 7.00 pm.
  • If you want to attend a course at the Centre we do prefer it if you can book in advance, both as a sign of commitment and so that we can have an idea of how many people are coming and plan accordingly. For courses run by the Centre, the prices given on the website are suggested donations and if these are beyond your means you are welcome to give what you can afford.
  • Learn to meditate - we have two courses starting this month. The first with Bernarnd Mordan starts on Wednesday 3rd September, while the second course starts on Thursday 25th September at Manor Place with Gelong Trinley.
  • Simply Meditation at Manor Place on Saturday 4th October will be an all day affair running from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Just in case the afternoon sessions aren't long enough for you.
  • Bermondsey Street Festival - Saturday 20th September. Samye Dzong London will have a stall there along with many other community groups. Built around a traditional village fete, you can expect the usual traditional fun and games and other festival favourites such as the dog show, fashion show and high quality food and stalls.
  • Medicine Buddha Retreat Day at Spa Road with the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha - Sunday 5th October, 10.00 - 4.30 pm.
  • Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - we have two events relating to Rinpoche coming up. First a Mantra Recitation Day at Spa Road on Sunday 14th September from 9.30 - 5.00 pm. Then on Wednesday 8th October we invite you to join us for an evening of prayers to commemorate the first anniversary of the  passing of our precious teacher and founder.
  • Facebook - see more of what's going on at Samye Dzong London on our Facebook page, and feel free to share our news.
  • The Tibetan Tea Room - has reopened following the summer break with a range of drinks, snacks, cakes and, at the weekend, lunches. Also a range of dharma goods including books, incense, cushions, pictures, etc. 
  • Embracing death and dying - a celebration of life through reflection on death will be taking place on Sunday 16th November at Spa Road.  The day will inlcude a Death Cafe where you get to drink tea, eat cake and talk about death.  We are still looking for a solicitor to give a workshop/talk on how to write a Will - if you know anybody who can help, please get in touch.  
Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha and community, from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September, for a weekend of teachings with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling monastery.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will teach methods to cultivate joy and inner peace. Meditation naturally becomes much more effective as soon as we introduce a genuine feeling of joy and enthusiasm.

He will share, through his vast experience, some of the benefits and values of meditation. As is his custom he will also emphasise the value of a strong ethical foundation for our practice.

When we awaken our sleeping potential we enjoy our lives much more, cease to cause trouble for others and begin to become a truly helpful, decent human being. Lama Rinpoche will share some simple but profound meditations.

Ani Lhamo will give an introduction to the four ways of turning the mind in a spiritual direction. The four are: appreciating our potential; impermanence; karma, cause and effect; and the shortcomings of worldly existence. As Ani Lhamo will explain, this helps us develop good "calm-abiding" meditation, which is the foundation of all qualities.

This weekend is suitable for anyone interested in Meditation, both beginners and more advanced practitioners, and whether Buddhist or not.

On Friday evening Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will conduct a Refuge ceremony for anyone who wishes to become a Buddhist. Before the ceremony Ani Lhamo will give an explanation of Refuge and what the ceremony involves.
The programme for the weekend is as follows:

 Friday 26th September

7.00pm Introduction to Taking Refuge with Ani Lhamo

8.00pm Refuge Ceremony with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche


Saturday 27th September

10.00 - 11.00am Joy and Inner Peace through Meditation with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Break

11.30- 12.30  Turning one's Mind to the Dharma with Ani Lhamo

lunch break

2.00 - 3pm The Ethical Foundation needed for our Path with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Break

3.30 - 4.30pm Turning one's Mind to the Dharma with Ani Lhamo


Sunday 28th September

10.00 - 11.00am Awaken your sleeping Potential with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Break

11.30- 12.30 Turning one's Mind to the Dharma with Ani Lhamo

lunch break

2.00 - 4.00pm Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja

7.00 - 8.00pm Chenrezig Puja

As this weekend will be extremely busy we recommend that you book your place in advance. You can do this online by scrolling to the bottom of the event page on the website and clicking on the "Donate" button. You can also book over the phone by contacting the office on 020 3327 1650, or in person at the Centre.
Lama Zangmo's autumn teachings commence with a series of four evenings on The Four Dharmas of Gampopa, on Wednesdays from the 10th September to 1st October. These distill the essence of the Buddhist path into four profound lines that can be easily remembered. They give an overview of Buddhist practice and show the changes of the mind that need to take place for each step of the spiritual path. Among other things, they highlight the roles of bodhicitta, preliminary practices, shamatha and insight.

On Saturday 13th September Lama Zangmo will be giving the first of four monthly teachings on  
The Seven Points of Mind Training
 .

The Seven Points of Mind Training is a very famous and well known practical text that has been used by many Tibetan Buddhist for the last eight centuries. The texts contains slogans that are designed to awaken the heart with the aim of cultivating loving kindness and compassion towards others. These slogans are extremely valuable as they help us to reduce our self-centeredness and turn towards caring for others as well as helping us to understand the world as it is. These slogans emphasise meeting daily life situations with wisdom and compassion in any circumstance.

 

Lama Zangmo will give teachings on the Mind Training text, meditation instructions as well as instructions and guidance on how to continue the practice at home between the classes. Each day will also include time for meditation and questions.

 

This course is suitable for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists who would like to learn and engage more with spiritual practice. It is also suitable as a follow on for those who have attended the Introduction to Meditation courses. It is recommended that you book all four Saturdays in advance. Thank you.  

 

If you have received mind training instructions before then it is possible to drop into a class however if you are new to mind training then it is ideal to attend all four of the weekends.

 

The teachings of Lord Buddha are classified as the Three Vehicles and Tibetan Buddhism is the practice of all three vehicles in unity.

 

Subjects covered in this course will include the Four Noble Truths, Impermanence, Karma and Rebirth, Renunciation and Precepts, Meditation, Compassion and Wisdom, the Six Paramitas, Buddha Nature and Deity Practice.  

 

Gelong Thubten will give practical advice on how to work with the emotions using techniques from the Three Yanas or Vehicles.

The three Yanas are expressed as:

Hinayana and the path of letting go

 

Mahayana and the path of compassion

 

Vajrayana and the path of total purity 

 

An overview of the Three Vehichles with Gelong Thubten takes place at Spa Road on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September from 10.00 - 4.00 pm. Book your place now using the Donate button at the bottom of the page for this event on the website. Alternatively contact the office on 020 3327 1650.

The word mandala comes from classical sanskrit and means a circle. This external form of a circle represents internal wholeness, fulfillment, totality. The concept of the mandala exists in many different cultures apart from Buddhism and is also used in art therapy.

In this particular art therapy workshop participants will use the mandala as a tool to centre themselves and find inner peace. Through body movement,drawing and relaxation we have an opportunity to engage with our life and inner self.

 

"The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man."
Carl Jung in 'Memories, Dreams and Reflections'.

Philippe Jacquet is a well respected and highly trained and qualified psychotherapist with over a decade of international experience conducting both group and individual therapy sessions. On top of specialist expertise in the areas of eating disorders, addictions and dual diagnosis, Philippe also conducts international workshops, lectures and training, in both English and French languages. He has been the director of Harley Street Psychotherapist for 7 years. He is fully accredited by several bodies including BAAT, HCPC and UKCP as an Art Psychotherapist. 

The Calling of the Mandala takes place at Spa Road on Saturday 20th September, 10.00 - 5.00 pm. Suggested donation: £75. Book your place now using the Donate button at the bottom of the page for this event on the website. Alternatively contact the office on 020 3327 1650.
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5 - Samadi - the missing peace, with Alistair Appleton

Samadhi practice or shamata is the often-overlooked partner of mindfulness in the path to peace. The earliest Buddhist scriptures put equal weight on this deep and self-soothing practice that drops us down below the frantic to-and-fro of our thinking minds into the spaciousness of the body.

 

Particularly in our 24/7 stress-addicted lives, there is a great need for something to bring us back to the Centre of our existence, away from the endlessly proliferating demands of Twitter, email, Facebook, world-wide busyness. Alistair has come back to this form of meditation very strongly in the last year and this workshop is a chance to reconnect with the tremendous power of consciously steering the attention away from peripheral distraction into the deep well-springs of ease and bliss that come from connecting with the body.

 

Samadi - the missing peace takes place at Spa Road on Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th October from 10.00 - 5.00 pm. £90 (concessions £60). Please book your place on this course through the Mindsprings website. 

6 - Forthcoming Events
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.

    

SEPTEMBER 2014   


Introduction to Meditation
with Bernard Mordan
Wednesdays 3rd September - 22nd October, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Suggested donation: £60

An Overview of the Three Vehicles
with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th September, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.
Suggested donation: £55

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Wednesdays 10th September - 1st October, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.
Suggested donation: £25
The Four Dharmas of Gampopa distill the essence of the Buddhist path into four profound lines that can be easily remembered.

Seven Points of Mind Training: Preparation as the Foundation for Practice
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Saturday 13th September, 10:00 - 4:00pm
Suggested donation: £30
The Seven Points of Mind Training is a very famous and well known practical text that has been used by many Tibetan Buddhist for the last eight centuries.

Simply Meditation at Manor Place
Saturday 13th September, 2:15 - 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.

Mantra Recitation Day for Akong Tulku Rinpoche
with Kagyu Samye Dzong London at Spa Road
Sunday 14th September, 9:30 - 5:00pm
Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha for a day of accumulation of mantras for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. The morning will be dedicated to accumulating Guru Rinpoche mantras and the afternoon dedicated to accumulating the Chenrezig mantras. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Medicine Buddha Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 14th September, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Four Ordinary Foundations: The Preciousness of Human Life
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 20th September, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Suggested donation: £25
Reflection upon The Four Ordinary Foundations is intended to help us discover that which is most meaningful in our lives.

The Calling of the Mandala
with Phillipe Jacquet at Spa Road
Saturday 20th September, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Suggested contribution: £75

Introduction to Meditation
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place:
Thursdays 25 Sept - 16 Oct 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Suggested donation: £35

Refuge Ceremony
at Spa Road
Friday 26th September, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche will be presiding over a* Refuge ceremony* during his September 2014 visit. The Refuge ceremony is the official ceremony when one formally becomes a Buddhist.

Joyful Living Through Meditation
with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche at Spa Road
Saturday and Sunday 27th - 28th September, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Suggested donation: £55
Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha and community for a weekend of teachings with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling monastery.  

OCTOBER 2014  

 

with Alistair Appleton at Spa Road
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th October, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Suggested contribution: £90 (£60 concessions). Book via the Mindsprings website.
Samadhi practice or shamata is the often-overlooked partner of mindfulness in the path to peace. The earliest Buddhist scriptures put equal weight on this deep and self-soothing practice that drops us down below the frantic to-and-fro of our thinking.   

 

Saturday 4th October, 10:00am - 5:30pm
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.  

This event is free. Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.   

 

with Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha at Spa Road
Sunday 5th October, 10:00am - 4:30pm
This day of practice will consist of sessions of Medicine Buddha pujas with regular breaks. There will be no instructions but anyone is welcome to attend and simply sit and recite the mantra if they are unfamiliar with the text.   

 

at Spa Road
Wed, Oct. 8, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Anniversary of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Join us for an evening of prayers to commemorate the one year passing of our precious teacher and founder, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.    

 

with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 11th October, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Suggested donation: £25 

Reflection upon The Four Ordinary Foundations is intended to help us discover that which is most meaningful in our lives.    

 

with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Saturday 11th October, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm

Suggested donation: £30   

 

Sunday 12th October, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Come and unwind at one of our Open Days. Drop in any time and visit our beautifully and traditionally decorated shrine room as well as our Tibetan Tea Room.   

 

at Spa Road
Sun, Oct. 12, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

 

with Ani Semchi at Spa Road
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th October, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Suggested donation: £55
Over this weekend participants will learn how to draw Green Tara according to traditional proportions. This is a wonderful way to become familiar with the visualisation of the practice.   

 

Simply Meditation  at Manor Place 

Saturday 18th October, 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.    

 

with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th October, 7:00pm -  8:30pm
Suggested donation: £25
Over three evenings Gelong Thubten will provide instructions for the Chenrezig practice which regularly takes place at the centre and is easy to practice at home.

 

with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th October, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Suggested donation: £55

 

  at Spa Road 

Sunday 26th October, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Introduction to Meditation  

with Bernard Mordan at Spa Road
Wednesdays from 29th October - 10th December, 7.00 - 8:30pm.
Suggested donation: £55