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January 2016 Newsletter

Posted on 1 Jan 2016


January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016

 

Kagyu   

Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter
 
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2016.  While we ended 2015 with a picture of the old Manor Place Shrine Room, this month we have one of the Shrine Room at Spa Road with the additional wood carvings added last year. We look forward to starting the new programme of events which you can find out about if you just read on.... 
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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
   
  • The Centre will reopen at 9.00 am on Saturday 9th January.
  • New programme for 2016 - the full programme is now up on the website and
    you can now also pick up a copy of the printed programme from the Centre
  • Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche will be visiting the Centre in June. On Friday 24th there is an evening fundraising event for ROKPA, while at the weekend (25th-26th June) there will be teachings on Joyful Living Through Meditation.  There will also be a refuge ceremony.  Further details and a schedule will be available nearer the time.
  • Volunteer opportunities:
    Volunteers needed to help weeding our allotment - we have been given a better, sunnier plot which needs a bit of preparation. .
    We also welcome people who are interested in helping out regularly on a weekly basis in the Tibetan Tearoom, or with other work around the centre.
    If you would like to join our wonderful team of volunteers at the Centre, please contact the office.
  • Course Donations - as you may be aware, last year we started offering dharma courses on a donation basis, without specifying a fee.  Lama Zangmo has given an update on how this has gone which, if you missed it in the December Newsletter, you can now see on the website. We rely on the support and generosity of the wider community. Please think of other ways you can also support the Centre, such as through regular monthly donations and standing orders. 
  • Manor Place - has now been completely vacated and handed over to the developers.  We would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped Karma Damcho clear out our old Centre - you made a long and dirty job that much easier and quicker.
For those new to, or just interested in Buddhism and wanting to know more we have a number of events coming up in our new programme.

Lama Zangmo will be teaching on The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path over four Thursday evenings, starting on 14th January.  These are the foremost teachings of the Buddha and this course will give you a great introduction. Building on this are a number of other courses exploring aspects of these in more detail including: Gelong Thubten's The Buddha's Teachings on Mindfulness in March, and Impermanence, Karma and Interdependence in May; while Lama Zangmo will be teaching on Taming the Mind Through Meditation in March, The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma in April and May, and The Seven Points of Mind Training during May and June. 

Of course theory and practice need to go hand in hand and to support that, not only are there the frequent Introduction to Meditation courses run by Bernard Mordan, there are also weekly Shinay meditations in the Shrine Room on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.00 - 8.00 pm as well as other regular pujas listed in our weekly programme, not to mention monthly practice days, listed in the programme as Simply Meditation, the first one of which takes place on Sunday 24th January.

Inspiration also helps, as well as study and practice, and in June we will be receiving a visit from Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche who is very much the living embodiment of the topic of his teachings - Joyful Living Through Meditation.  Over the weekend of his visit, for those who would like to formally become Buddhist, there will be a Refuge Ceremony.

This is just a small selection of the many teachings and events going on at the Centre this year, but for those of you new to Buddhism, we hope it gives you a useful starting point.   
Starting on Friday 5th February, we can give you  the opportunity to learn Tibetan from a mother tongue native Tibetan speaker. Tenzin Samten is an experienced Tibetan language teacher, who is used to teaching non Tibetan speakers. He us currently already running courses at Jamyang Buddhist Centre.

The course starts from the basics with the alphabet and learning to read and write, as well as a bit of vocabulary along the way, but focusing mainly on developing good reading and writing skills and good pronunciation, with a view to continuing the class further.
 
This will enrich your experience and open up the door to a fuller appreciation of the texts, pujas and prayers as well as the richness of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture.
 
Places on this course are limited to only 12 students so, if you're interested, booking sooner rather than later would be advisable. Full course details are available on the website.

If you are interested in studying with Tenzin Samten then please book a place early by contacting the office.
 
In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct
and succinctly outlines in 28 categories what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.

Lama Zangmo will go through this text, and the course will consist of monthly Saturday classes with teachings on the text along with practice instructions for a graduated daily meditation schedule at home.

It is suited for those who would like to study Buddhism in more depth and wish to develop their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to attend the full course and commit to a regular daily meditation practice.

Full details of this course can be found on the website.
 
A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo runs on one Saturday a month, commencing on 23rd January.  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. 

PLEASE NOTE: As this weekend course will provide instruction in Vajrayana deity practice, it is only open to those who have taken refuge and have also received Amitabha  initiation.

This practice is a deity yoga which helps with preparation for death as well as praying for those who have passed away. Amitabha is the main deity of the Padma or Lotus family which symbolises the transformation of desire and attachment. Instructions will be given for the text and visualisation.

There will also be teachings on Amitabha's pure land, the realm of Dewachen (Sukhavati), the Place of Great Bliss. This is a very pure rebirth which one can aspire to, where one can achieve great benefit for oneself and others. There will be an explanation of how to visualise the appearance of Dewchen as well as how to train in the four causes for rebirth there.


Teachings on the Amitabha Sadhana with Gelong Thubten starts on Friday 15th January, 7.00-8.30 pm and continues over the weekend of the 16th-17th from 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.

This is a good time of year between western and Tibetan New Year to  look again at our lives and let go of the habits that limit our freedom. The way we can go forward is to  observe our habits in kind and wise attention. Then we can change the ones that are not helpful. This coming year can be wiser and kinder if we apply some effort, willpower and mindful attention.

This course will be practice and experience based. We will be exploring new horizons within our minds to help us accept and transform those habits that limit our freedom. Through mainstream exercises we will learn to how to develop an awakened attitude, fearless and mature. So, with a spirit also of playfulness, let's use meditation as a method to let go of what is not useful and adopt what is healthy in our lives. We will be learning how to appreciate the world around us and within us. Again and again the central message will be to simplify our ways of experience

This course is suitable for those totally new to meditation or those with a little meditation experience.  The course will include meditation instruction.

New Year, New Beginnings takes place on the weekend of the 30th-31st January, 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. 
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6- Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.
  
JANUARY 2016

 Winter Closure
Dec. 21, 2015 - Jan. 8, 2016
The Centre will close after the Chenrezig Puja on Sunday 20th December and will reopen on Saturday 9th January.

Green Tara - the female Buddha
Sun, Jan. 10,  10:00am - 4:00pm
This is a day of instructions in the practice and text of Green Tara. If understood properly, Green Tara practice helps us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt. Please... Read more...

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Jan. 10,  7:00pm - 8:00pm

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 13th January
Jan. 13 - Feb. 3,  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 Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path
Thursday evenings from Jan. 14 - Feb 4th 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Lama Zangmo will present an introduction to Buddhism based on the foremost teachings of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

Teachings on the Amitabha Sadhana - with Gelong Thubten
Fri, Jan. 15,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jan. 16 - 17,  10:00am - 4:00pm
This practice is a deity yoga which helps with preparation for death as well as praying for those who have passed away.

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path
Sat, Jan. 23,  10:00am - 4:00pm
In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines in 28 categories what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our... Read more...

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Jan. 24,  9:30am - 5:00pm
A day of extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation.   
New Year, New Beginnings - changing the habits of a lifetime with Clive Holmes
Jan. 30 - 31,  10:00am - 4:00pm
This is a good time of year between western and Tibetan New Year to  look again at our lives and let go of the habits that limit our freedom. The way we can go forward is to  observe.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, Jan. 31,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join the KSDL Sangha for the mothly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.

FEBRUARY 2016

The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path
Thu, Feb. 4,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Lama Zangmo will present an introduction to Buddhism based on the foremost teachings of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. The course runs over four Thursday evenings.

Tibetan Language for Beginners with Tenzin Samten
Fridays throughout February,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
An opportunity to learn Tibetan from a mother tongue native Tibetan speaker. Tenzin Samten is an experienced Tibetan language teacher, who is used to teaching non Tibetan speakers. He us currently already running courses at Jamyang Buddhist Centre.

Beingfulness weekend - embodied mindfulness with Alistair Appleton
Sat - Sun Feb. 6 - 7,  10:00am - 5:00pm
Mindfulness is all the rage but a close reading of the Buddha's teaching on this practice points to a lot more 'body' than 'mind'.

Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate Course 2015/16
Sat - Sun Feb. 6 - 7,  10:00am - 5:00pm
This provides a solid foundation in Mindfulness Practice and you are welcome to join this course after completing the Mindfulness Practitioners Foundation course or the Mindfulness in Education module.

Green Tara Puja
Sundays during February,  8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every *Sunday* morning at 8*am* for Green Tara which is a practice that helps to remove fear and obstacles. *As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9.00 am, please let us know if are planning to attend.

Losar Celebration - Losar Tashi Deleg - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Tues, Feb. 9,  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Everyone at Kagyu Samye Dzong London wishes you a Happy Tibetan New Year, the Year of the Male Fire Monkey.

Film night
Thursday evenings from Feb. 11 - 10 Mar,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Weekly video teachings with His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, covering topics relevant for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. Suitable for all.

Simply Meditation Day
Sat, Feb. 13,  9:30am - 5:00pm
*A day of extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation.*

Green Tara Practice Day with Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha
Sun, Feb. 14,  8:00am - 5:00pm
Green Tara practice helps us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt.

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Feb. 14,  7:00pm - 8:00pm

Amitabha Practice Weekend
Sat - Sun Feb. 20 - 21,  9:30am - 5:00pm
A weekend of Amitabha practice dedicated to the swift return of our precious Founder and Teacher, Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

Guru Rinpoche Mantra Day
Sun, Feb. 28,  9:30am - 5:00pm
This will be a day of  accumulation of Guru Rinpoche mantras for Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. This evening we also have our monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, Feb. 28,  7:00pm - 8:30pm