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March 2016 Newlsetter

Posted on 9 Mar 2016


March 2016 Newlsetter
 
 

Kagyu  Samye

Dzong London

Monthly newsletter
Welcome to the March 2016 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
  • His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will visit Europe again this year.This visit has now been confirmed and all necessary clearances have been given by the relevant authorities. His Holiness will teach in Geneva (21-22 May), Zürich (28-29 May) and Paris (4-5 June). Details can be found on the Karmapa Foundation Europe website. A group from KSD London will go to Paris for this wonderful occasion on the 4th-5th June.
  • The film 'Akong - A Remarkable Life' is now at its final stage.
    Chico Dall'Inha has worked tirelessly on this project, and has finished the editing. He is now working on the music for the film. After a private screening in Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery on 24th March the film will go on tour. This is the first ever documentary film about the inspirational life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefited the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations.
  • A group from Kagyu Samye Dzong London went to the Kagyu Monlam and came back inspired after receiving teachings and blessings from HHK and the Lineage Masters. You can see some of the photos here on Facebook.
  •  The Venerable Fifth Minyak Rinpoche, Tulku Ogyen Nyima visited us this last weekend giving teachings and Amitabha and Chenrezig empowerments. It was an extremely busy, enjoyable and uplifting weekend.  Some photos from the weekend can be found on ourFacebook page.
  • Volunteer opportunitiesWe welcome people who are interested in helping out regularly on a weekly basis in the Tibetan Tearoom. We also welcome other volunteers who can make a weekly commitment to help in whatever way is needed.
    If you would like to join our wonderful team of volunteers at the Centre, please contact the office.

Following the Amitabha initiation given by the Venerable Fifth Minyak Rinpoche last Saturday, we are fortunate to have Gelong Thubten offering instructions on this practice on Sunday 13th March, from 10.00 - 4.00 pm.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: As this course will provide instruction in Vajrayana deity practice, it is only open to those who have taken refuge and have also received Amitabha initiation.
His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche recommended that, to create auspicious conditions for the rebirth of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche,  all of Rinpoche's students accumulate 100 Million of the following Mantras: Chenrezig, Amitabha, Dorje Sempa, and Guru Rinpoche. So far there have been less Amitabha Mantras accumulated. To increase the accumulations we are holding some Amitabha practice days this year. Everyone is welcome to attend those and simply sit and recite the mantras. With the initiation and these instructions, we hope that you will be inspired to join in contributing to this total.

You can book your place on this day via the event page on the website.  Donations can be made using the PayPal button at the bottom of the page.  
In this course we will study the Sutra of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. This teaching of Lord Buddha provides profound and practical adviceon the development of mindfulness, using four aspects:
  • Body
  • Feelings
  • Mind
  • Dharmas
We will look at the various aspects of mindfulness, and there will be explanation of practical methods.

There are many secular forms of mindfulness yet they all have their roots in the Buddhist path. When it comes down to actual practice there isn't such a division between secular or non secular, as the training of the mind is beyond such definitions. Buddhism is often referred to as the Science of Mind, and this sutra provides us with excellent material for investigating our mind and developing deeper stability and clarity.

The Buddha's teaching on mindfulness with Gelong Thubten starts on Friday 11th March, 7.00-8.30 pm and continues on Saturday 12th 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.  
 
Over  three Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo will explore how we can develop the three important qualities of courage, confidence and compassion and look at what hinders us in the process of that development.
  • Courage and fearlessness is the quality of a Buddha; fear is the underlying insecurity of a dualistic experience, and the realm of duality is where most of us find ourselves.
  • Confidence in our innate purity and potential is the basis for all our practice on the spiritual path. We trust that we can change for the better, that it is possible to tame the mind.
  • Compassion starts to arise as we begin to see the similarities of ourselves and others. We all want to be happy. 
Lama Zangmo will also give meditation instructions during these evenings. Each session will have time for questions and meditation.
The talks are suitable for those who have already taken part in an introduction to meditation course as well as anyone who would like to gain better skill and undestanding in their meditation practice and in developing these qualities in everyday life.
Courage, Confidence and Compassion through Meditation with Lama Zangmo takes place on three Thursdays from 17th March - 7th April, 7.00-8.30 pm (there is no class on 24 March).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 -  Taming the Mind through Meditation

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Over the weekend of 26th-27th March, Lama Zangmo will teach different aspects of shinay ("calm abiding") meditation, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and find inner peace. There will also be several short sessions of walking meditation.
This weekend is a combination of meditation instructions and actual practice. It is suitable as a follow-up for beginners and also for anyone who wants to refresh their understanding.

Taming the Mind through Meditation with Lama Zangmo takes place on the weekend of 26th-27th March, 10.00 - 4.00 pm. Book your place now via the event page on the website. Donations can be made using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.  
 
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5- Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.

MARCH 2016

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout March, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8.00 am 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 9th March
Wednesdays from 9th - 30th March, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
To guarantee admission to this course it is essential to book in advance.

Film night
Thursday, Mar. 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Video teaching with His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Suitable for all.  

The Buddha's teaching on mindfulness - with Gelong Thubten
Fri, 11th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sat, 12th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
An explanation of the traditional Buddhist approach to mindfulness training.

Teachings on the Amitabha Sadhana - with Gelong Thubten
Sun 13th, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.
  

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Mar. 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Courage, Confidence and Compassion through Meditation
Thursdays, Mar. 17 - Apr 7, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Achieving greater stability of mind through meditation creates an inner space in which negative emotions can be subdued and positive qualities such as courage, confidence and compassion can develop.

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path
Sat, Mar. 19, 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 spiritual practice.
     
Mindfulness Practitioner Foundation Course
Mar. 19 - 20, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Mar. 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. 

Taming the Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo
Mar. 26 - 27, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Different aspects of shinay ("calm abiding") meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and find inner peace. 

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, Mar. 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
     

APRIL 2016

Chenrezig Instructions
Sat, Apr. 2, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.

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
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.

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.