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Posted on 25 Apr 2016


May Newsletter

May 2016

 

Kagyu
Samye  

Dzong
London

Monthly newsletter
Dear Lama  
 
Welcome to the May 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 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.
    For this coming weekend 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.
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be teaching in Samye Dzong London on the weekend of the 2nd - 3rd July.  The topic of his teachings is The Wheel of Life and the Twelve Links of Interdependence. Details of the weekend can now be found on the website.
  • Volunteer day Sun 12th June - to help clean the Centre. Please let us know in advance if you can come. Please arrive either at 9.30am or 1.30pm.
  • 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, 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 24th June.
  • Are you able to help us sell some raffle tickets at your work, in schools or to your family and friends? Please contact the office for a bundle of tickets.
  • Skills Auction - If you would like to offer your time and skills for the Skills Auction on 24th June, all in aid of the Circle of Nourishment, please get in touch with the office.
  • Great Merit - One of our nuns, Ani Sherab who many of you will know, will be moving to Samye Ling Monastery to start 108 pairs of Nyungney. We wish her courage in her practice.

Over the weekend of 24th-25th-26th June we are delighted to welcome Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, who has a full programme with teachings on Joyful Living Through Meditation, assisted by Ani Lhamo. We will also be celebrating the birthday of His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, on Sunday 26th June.

We are happy to welcome Venerable Master Hai Tao as a special guestfor these celebrations on the morning of the 26th June. Master Hai Tao visited Samye Dzong London last year and has a close connection with His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.

During the birthday celebrations there will also be an opportunity for everyone to come up and offer a Katta to His Holiness's throne. 
 
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 suggest that you book in advance.  Donations for the weekend can be made using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.  
"How far would you go to save your dying culture?"
"Sometimes you have to give up your children in order to save them."

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".With the building of a road connecting Padum, the heart of Zanskar, with Leh, the heart of neighboring Ladakh, the route which previously took up to two days by car will take only 4-5 hours. As economic growth descends on Zanskar it will bring with it an end to this unbroken Buddhist social tradition.  

On the instructions of the Dalai Lama, two monks from Zanskar's Stongde Monastery do everything in their power to ensure 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.

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.

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.  
 
"Continual practice of meditation and attention to everyday conduct go together - they are two aspects of practice rather than two unrelated activities....When we work with both aspects, the habits of ego-clinging fall away...."

So writes Ken McCloud in the introduction to his translation of The Great Path of Awakening which sets out the Seven Points of Mind Training and the sayings / slogans associated with them.

In these classes, Lama Zangmo will go through the Seven Points of Mind Training to help put the focus on regular practice, applied to daily life in a practical way.

The Seven Points of Mind Training takes place on Thursday evenings, from 12th May - 16th June, 7.00 - 8.30 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 - Impermanence, karma and interdependence with Gelong Thubten
A course exploring the Buddhist teachings on the impermanent and interconnected nature of all things. Without understanding this, we fall into the trap of clinging to an illusion of permanence, and we lose sight of the importance of the effects of our actions.

The word karma is the Sanskrit term for action, encompassing not only the initial action itself, but also all its consequences. Thus it is called 'karma, cause and effect'. A seed does not cease to exist when it falls into the ground: it just disappears from sight, to develop later into a shoot which eventually becomes a fully-matured plant. Like buried seeds in winter, the imprints of actions rest dormantly in the 'storehouse consciousness', as potential prime causes of future experience. When this psychological potential meets with certain supportive circumstances - the equivalent of the seed being awakened by the spring sun and rain - results start to emerge. Thus it is not until one meets the trigger of certain people or places that a specific karma from past lives will start to manifest...read the full course description on the website.

Impermanence, karma and interdependence with Gelong Thubten starts on Friday 27th May, 7.00 - 8.30 pm, and continues over the weekend of 28th -29th May, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. You can book your place using the PayPal button at the bottom of the course page. 
 
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6 - Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.
   
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 day of White Tara practice dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbott, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. 

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo
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

JUNE 2016 
 
Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 1st June
Wed, Jun. 1, 2016 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 Seven Points of Mind Training with Lama Zangmo
Thursdays until, Jun. 16,  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.

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout June, 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 Day with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, Jun. 11, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
A day 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.

Volunteer Day
Sun, Jun. 12, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Help us give Kagyu Samye Dzong London a good clean before the visit of Chöje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche (see above). Please let us know in advance if you can come.

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Jun. 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Jun. 18, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Jun. 19, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm

Rokpa Courtyard Fundraising Party with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Fri, Jun. 24, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Joyful Living Through Meditation with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Jun. 25 - 26, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm