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April Newsletter

Posted on 1 Apr 2016


April Newsletter

April 2016

 

Kagyu   

Samye

Dzong
London

Monthly newsletter
Dear Lama  
 
Welcome to the April Newseltter.
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
   
  • We are fortunate that His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will visit Europe from 21st May till 5th June this year. Full details can be found on the websites of the relevant organisers for Swizterland and Paris 
  • Amitabha Practice days -
    The Amitabha Practice day scheduled for Sunday 5th June has been moved to Saturday 11th June as the Sangha will be attending the Karmapa's teachings in Paris.
    We have added an extra day, Sat 30 April which, with the already scheduled Sun 1st May, will make it a full weekend of Amitabha Practice.
    For all the Amitabha Practice days, you are welcome to attend as many (or few) of the sessions as is possible.
  • Tibetan Language class - a new 8-week class will start on Friday 15 April with Tenzin Samten. Suitable for those with some familiarity of the tibetan alphabet. Please book in advance through the office.
  • Raffle tickets in support of the Circle of Nourishment are now for sale from the office. 1st Prize is a large, beautiful thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha, printed and framed in brocade. Tickets are £2 each. The winning tickets will be drawn by Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche during the Courtyard Fundraising Party on Friday 26th June (see below for more details).
  • Courses with Lama Zangmo during April 
    The Importance of Refuge and Instructions on Prostrations - Saturday 9th April, 10.00 - 4.00 pm. Lama Zangmo will cover these two essential preliminaries in this day of teaching. The Ngondro text is available in the shop.
    The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma - four Thursday evenings (14th April - 6th May), 7.00 - 8.30 pm. Each session will include time for contemplation.
  • The book "DHARMA KING - The Life of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa in Images", containing 1,000 photos, is now available in the shop. Produced under the direct guidance of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Dharma King: The Life of the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa in Images commemorates the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa's contribution to the practice and study of Buddhism around the world, as well as his preservation of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
  • This seems to be a year for inspirational travel - Many of the KSDL residents and Sangha are currently in India attending Tai Situ Rinpoche's new series of Mahamudra instructions. Any news while they are there will be posted on our facebook page.
We are delighted to welcome Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, to Kagyu Samye Dzong London on Fri 24th, Sat 25th and Sun 26th June.

The weekend will commence on the evening of Friday 24th June (arrive from 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start) with a fundraising party for the Circle of Nourishment - a social relief project in South Africa which supports vulnerable mothers and new-born babies through a weekly feeding scheme and donations of 'Stork Bundles'. This evening is a chance for you to spend informal time with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche as well as helping mothers and children in need.

There will be:
  • Live Music
  • Foodstalls where you can enjoy homemade, delicious food
  • Raffle - winning tickets will be drawn by Lama Yeshe (tickets available now from the office and the tearoom/shop)
  • Auction of special items
  • Skills auction (more about which below)
We need your skills
Of course, in order to have a skills auction, we need people to offer their skills in the first place. If you are London-based, or at least close, and can offer a skill that our audience can bid for (carpentry, washing dishes, hair-cuts, hovering, dog-walking, alternative treatments, whatever you think might be useful), please get in touch. What type of skill and how much time you want to offer is down to you. It is all for a worthy cause.

The full programme for Joyful Living Through Meditation with Lama Yeshe (24th-25th June) is now available on the website. Due to the numbers of people expected to attend we would suggest that you book in advance.  Donations for the weekend can be made using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.  
We are very pleased to be hosting a special screening of the film "Journey From Zanskar" at Kagyu Samye Dzong on Sunday 29th May, 4.30 - 6.30 pm. The director, Frederick Marx, will be here in person to exhibit the film and hold a Q&A, a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating trials and tribulations of the several years it took to make the film.

Zanskar is a precarious Tibetan border region in an extremely remote area of northern India, even more inaccessible than nearby Ladakh, described by the Dalai Lama as "vital to the survival of Tibetan Buddhism".  The film poses the question: how far would you go to save a dying culture?  On the instructions of the Dalai Lama, two monks from Zanskar's Stongde Monastery do everything in their power to insure the Buddhist roots of Zanskari culture are preserved through education. They embark on a journey to take 17 local children, aged 4 to 12, on a treacherous journey, over a 17,500 foot pass, to a school in the town of Manali.

Journey from Zanskar | Movie Trailers | Warrior Films | Tibet
Journey from Zanskar | Movie Trailers | Warrior Films | Tibet
 
Journey From Zanskar - a screening with the Director is on Sunday 29th May, 4.30 - 6.30 pm. Cost: £10.  You can book your place using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.  
 
Based on the principles of the book "Restoring The Balance" by Akong Rinpoche, this weekend course (23rd-24th April) is suitable for all those who seek a better quality of life.

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional" Life is hard! On the outside we may seem very well but our inner life can be unnecessarily unhappy. We can restore balance to our inner life if we find out who we truly are capable of being.

This down to earth weekend course includes a short exercise for finding out the difference between pain and suffering based on the Sallatha Sutra. There will also be a range of practices to help us accept painful circumstances with kindness and compassion, whilst challenging our habits of suffering unnecessarily. There will be walking meditations as well as exercises for developing gratitude and appreciation.

The workshop will also look at impermanence and how to be flexible and adaptable, rather than rigid and easily upset by change. We can give ourselves time and space to meditate.
Restoring the Balance with Clive Holmes takes place on the weekend of 23rd-24th April, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.You can book your place via the course page   on the website.  Donations can be made by clicking on the PayPal button at the bottom of the page. 
4 -  Stress less! A mindful approach with Alistair Appleton
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Living in large cities like London is an inherently stressful business. Human beings - like all animals - have bodily systems designed to respond to and process stress. But we're designed for short sharp bursts not the blanket stress of living in a crowded city.

Mindfulness is a meditation practice with a 2,500 year pedigree and this weekend course introduces us to this incredible stress buster. Combining his experience as a long-term meditator and practising psychotherapist, Alistair works with the group to explore the causes of stress, how we perpetuate it and how we can release it and allow the body to down-regulate us back to a more vital state.
Stress less! A mindful approach with Alistair Appleton takes place on the weekend of 14th-15th May, 9.00 - 5.00 pm. Book your place now via the Mindsprings website.  Cost: £90 (£60 concessions). 
 
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5- Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.
   
APRIL 2016

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout April, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara practice. As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9.00 am, please arrive in time to be let in before the puja starts.

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th April
Apr. 6 - 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.

Courage, Confidence and Compassion through Meditation
Thu, Apr. 7, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Importance of Refuge and Instructions on Prostrations
Sat, Apr. 9, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Refuge is the gate to Dharma practice. Prostrations are one of the four foundation practices that prepare body, speech and mind for the ultimate path of meditation, Mahamudra. Lama Zangmo will cover these two essential preliminaries in this day.

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Apr. 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
All welcome.

The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma
Thu, Apr. 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A four week course with Lama Zangmo.

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path
Sat, Apr. 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Apr. 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. 

The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma
Thu, Apr. 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A four week course with Lama Zangmo.

Restoring the Balance with Clive Holmes
Apr. 23 - 24, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Based on the principles of the book "Restoring The Balance" by Akong Rinpoche, this course is suitable for all those who seek a better quality of life.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, Apr. 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma
Thu, Apr. 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A four week course with Lama Zangmo.

Amitabha Practice Weekend with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, Apr. 30 - Sun, May. 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm
A weekend of Amitabha practice and mantra accumulation dedicated to the swift return of our precious Founder and Teacher, Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Offerings for the Shrine are welcome.


MAY 2016

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout May, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara practice. As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9.00 am, please arrive in time to be let in before the puja starts.


Amitabha Practice Weekend with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, Apr. 30 - Sun, May. 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm
A weekend of Amitabha practice and mantra accumulation dedicated to the swift return of our precious Founder and Teacher, Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Offerings for the Shrine are welcome.

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th - 25th May
Wednesdays, May. 4th - 25th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This "Introduction to Meditation" course is limited to 50 participants. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.

The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma with Lama Zangmo
Thu, May. 5, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate Course 2015/16
May. 7 - 8, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, May. 8, 7:00pm - 8:00pm


The Seven Points of Mind Training with Lama Zangmo
Thursdays from, May. 12th - June 16th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This course is suitable for those who would like to engage with spiritual practice, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, on a practical daily level.

Stress less! A mindful approach with Alistair Appleton
May. 14 - 15, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: £90 (£60 concessions)

The Buddha's Birthday - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, May. 14, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This day marks the birth of Prince Siddharta Gautama in Lumbini, present-day Nepal. Join us in Samye Dzong London for an evening of auspicious prayers. After the prayers there will be some food and refreshments offered.  Offerings of food to share are welcome.

White Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sun, May. 15, 10:00am - 5:00pm

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path
Sat, May. 21, 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Buddha's Enlightenment - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, May. 21, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The day of Buddha's enlightenment is known as *Wesak* or *Saga Dawa Duchen* by Tibetan Buddhists. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Saga Dawa, the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar and considered the holiest time of the year. Join us in Samye Dzong London for an evening of auspicious prayers. After the prayers there will be some food and refreshments offered.  Offerings of food to share are welcome.

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, May. 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice.

Impermanence, Karma and Interdependence - with Gelong Thubten
Fri, May. 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sat and Sun, May. 28 - 29, 10:00am - 4:00pm 
A course exploring the Buddhist teachings on the impermanent and interconnected nature of all things.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, May. 29, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm