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April Newsletter

Posted on 2 Apr 2015


April Newsletter
April 2015
 

Kagyu  Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Dear Lama  

 

Welcome to the April Newsletter.      

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

 

  • The Centre will be closed on the 4th and 5th April while theNyungney Easter Weekend Retreat takes place. There will be no public pujas over this weekend.
    Please get in touch if you can you help serve tea and food on Saturday 4th April to those taking part in the Nyungney Retreat. Break times can be found on the retreat page on the website.
     
  • The Introduction to Meditation course, due to start on 8th April, is now fully booked.

  • Changes to the printed programme -
    The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva scheduled for 13th June has been brought forward to the 6th June.
    The Meditation Retreat on the 6th June has been cancelled.
     
  • Hitler made us (temporarily) homeless - strange but true!  On Monday 23rd March we were evacuated from Spa Road by the police following the discovery of a 1,000lb WWII bomb on a building site behind the Centre, dropped during an air raid in May 1941. Luckily the army were able to defuse and remove it on Tuesday afternoon. If you'd like to see what sort of bang it made, there's a video of the excavation and subsequent detonation in a giant sand pit in Kent.
     
  • Akong: a Remarkable Life - progress on the film. Before Akong Tulku Rinpoche was killed in tragic circumstances in October 2013, he authorised Chico Dall'Inha to make a film to tell the story of his life. A full update on progress in making the film can be found on the website, but to give you a flavour of it, watch the video below. 
AKONG - A Remarkable Life
AKONG - A Remarkable Life
  
 
Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha for this auspicious purification retreat of 1000 Armed Chenrezig, the deity associated with great compassion. This will consist of one set of Nyungneys, with a set taking two days. This practice involves not eating, drinking or speaking on the second day of each set. On both days, the Sadhana of 1000-armed Chenrezig is recited three times, with each session of practice lasting for approximately two hours and containing chanting, meditation and prostrations. Everyone is welcome to participate for their own personal benefit and for the benefit of all living beings.

 

THIS IS A CLOSED RETREAT. UNLESS YOU HAVE BOOKED A PLACE THROUGH THE CENTRE IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO ATTEND.

 

Nyungney practice is renowned as a supreme method of purification as well as for the development of loving-kindness and compassion. Through giving up food and drink, we learn to accept discomfort and to pray for those who are suffering the torments of the lower realms.

 

We hope that as many people as possible will join us for this precious practice, and to facilitate this there will be no retreat fee, although donations are always welcome.

 

Breakfast and lunch will be served on the eating day only to those who are participating in the entire retreat and are engaging in the full practice.

 

To participate in the retreat it is a must to have taken Refuge, received the Chenrezik empowerment as well as the intructions for this practice.  

 

Please read the Behaviour Guidelines which are listed below the daily programme on the website. Texts are available from the shop. Advance booking is essential!

  

The Nyungney Easter Weekend Retreat runs from Saturday 4th April and ends on Easter Monday morning, 6th April. Full details of this retreat, including the daily programme and Behaviour Guidelines, can be found on the website.  

 

On Saturday 18th April Lama Zangmo will start a series of five monthly teachings on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva.   

 

In his book "Travelling the Path of Compassion", HH 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje writes:

 

"When we study and reflect on a teaching, we should choose a text that provides a broad understanding of the Buddha's teaching as a whole. The great Master Atisha said that within all the sciences there is so much to know that one lifetime would not suffice. We do not have the time to study every one of the teachings of the Buddha, and life is too short to go through every commentary and root text. Therefore, we choose a text that allows us to know everything by studying a single one; like the rising sun, it can illuminate all things. A famous statement runs: Knowing one, you know all. Studying a particular text in depth, we can cut through all doubts, so there is great benefit in narrowing our focus in this way.

 

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is this kind of text. It is mainly a teaching on mind training from the Kadampa tradition. In Tibet many great masters from all the lineages have studied, reflected and meditated on this text, and they have also written commentaries and taught it. The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is considered both deep and broad, comprehensive and concise.  It includes all the necessary points for understanding the practices of a bodhisattva."


The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road, starts on Saturday 18th April, 10.00 - 4.00 pm. You can book your place using the link at the bottom of the course page. We ask that participants commit to the best of their ability to attend the full course.   
Drawing upon the traditional construction guidelines of the classical Uchen script, Tashi Mannox leads an intensive course in how to correctly form the letters of the Tibetan alphabet, vowels signs and subjoined letters. 

 

This is a workshop suitable for beginners who wish to learn a firm foundation in writing Tibetan, as well as for those more advanced who wish to further their skills in Tibetan calligraphy.

 

Tashi will also give a public talk on the role of Calligraphy and art within Dharma on Friday 24th April open to all.  For those attending the workshop it is advised to bring along your own writing implements and materials.   

 

Tibetan Calligraphy with Tashi Mannox takes place on the weekend of 25th-26th April, 10.00-5.00 pm. On the evening before the workshop, Friday 24th, 7.00-8.30 pm, Tashi will also be talking about The Role of Calligraphy and Art within Dharma. His presentation will include the sacred meaning of writing and iconography in Tibetan Buddhism and its role in the practice of Dharma.  

 

PLEASE NOTE - This workshop must be booked in advance and, as it is not a Dharma course, it has a charge of £55 for attendance and the talk on Friday evening is £10. You can book your place using the link at the bottom of the course page. 

In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.  

 

On Saturday 2nd May, Lama Zangmo will be teaching a one-day course - Taming the Mind. During the day Lama Zangmo will talk about the benefits and the common difficulties encountered when first learning to meditate, and explain how to deal with them.  Sometimes being reminded of small things can make a great difference. When we are alone or under the influence of negative surroundings, we can't always see the bigger picture or put things into perspective. For that reason it is helpful to be reminded and to gain more understanding of how the mind works and how to train it.   

 

Bernard Mordan's class, Introduction to Meditation, commencing on 8th April is now fully booked. However Bernard will be running this course again commencing 3rd June. If you've missed out this time, please try and book reasonably well in advance for this increasingly popular course which takes place every Wednesday evening for eight weeks from 7.00-8.30 pm.  It is perfect for beginners and will cover posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.  

 

For those who have already received meditation instructions and would like to deepen their practice there is More Meditiation with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place. This course runs over six Thursday evenings from 30th April from 7.00-8.30 pm and is ideal for those who have done the Beginners Meditation courses.  

 
Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of Compassion who made a vow not to rest until he had liberated all beings. The Chenrezig sadhana is practiced every weekend in the centre and is a training in compassion through the six-syllable mantra Om Mani Peme Hung.

Lama Zangmo will give instructions in the practice and go through the text and the meaning and benefits of doing this meditation. You will need the Chenrezig text (available from the shop), pen and paper.

   

Please book in advance

so we know how many people will be attending.

Chenrezig Practice Instructions with Lama Zangmo takes place at Spa Road on Sunday 3rd May, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.  

To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.

 APRIL 2015

  

Nyungney Easter Weekend Retreat at Spa Road 

Saturday to Monday Apr. 4 - 6

THIS IS A CLOSED RETREAT SO UNLESS YOU HAVE BOOKED THROUGH THE CENTRE IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO ATTEND AS THE CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED. There will be no pujas on Saturday and Sunday evening. 

 

Green Tara Puja at Spa Road 

Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara which is a practice that helps to remove fear and obstacles. PLEASE NOTE - there will be no puja on Sunday 5th April while the Nyungney Retreat is in progress.  

As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9am if you would like to join us for Green Tara please contact us to let us know that you would like to attend.

 

Introduction to Meditation 

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 

Wednesdays 8th April - 27th May, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

 

Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course at Spa Road 

Saturday - Sunday Apr. 11 - 12, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Mindfulness Association are re-running this successful and comprehensive training in compassion which is a follow on programme for those who have completed the one year Mindfulness training.  

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place 

Saturday, Apr. 11, 2:00 - 6:00 pm

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.  

  

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road 

Sunday, Apr. 12, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the *Medicine Buddha* practice is an effective way to balance the physical, mental and spiritual health of ourselves and others. 

 

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road 

Saturday, Apr. 18, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Dorje Sempa Retreat Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road 

Sun, Apr. 19, 10:00 - 5:00 pm

This day is devoted to the Dorje Sempa practice and dedicated to the swift return of our precious Founder and teacher, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. 

 

The Role of Calligraphy and Art within Dharma with Tashi Mannox at Spa Road 

Fri, Apr. 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Prior to his weekend workshops on Tibetan Calligraphy, Tashi Mannox will give a talk on the role of calligraphy and art within Dharma.  

 

Simply Meditation Day at Manor Place 

Sat, Apr. 25, 10:- 5:30 pm

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. 

 

Tibetan Calligraphy workshop with Tashi Mannox at Spa Road 

Sat - Sun Apr. 25 - 26, 10:00 - 5:00 pm

Drawing upon the traditional construction guidelines of the classical Uchen script, Tashi Mannox leads an intensive course in how to correctly form the letters of the Tibetan alphabet, vowels signs and subjoined letters.  

 

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja at Spa Road 

Sun, Apr. 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

  

More Meditation - with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place 

Apr. 30 - Jun. 4, 7:00 - 8:30pm

This is an ideal course for those who have already received meditation instructions and would like to deepen their practice.     

 

MAY 2015 

 

Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sat, May. 2, 10:00am - 4:00pm
This is an opportunity for those who are unable to come to evening courses, to come and receive meditation instructions and gain familiarity with Shinay / Shamatha meditation.    

 Green Tara Puja at Spa Road 

Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara which is a practice that helps to remove fear and obstacles.

As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9am if you would like to join us for Green Tara please contact us to let us know that you would like to attend.

 

Chenrezig Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sun, May. 3, 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Dorje Chang Tungma - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
May. 7 - 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Dorje Chang Tungma is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one's own Root Lama.

Mind the app: meditation in the age of Twitter - with Alistair Appleton at Spa Road
May. 9 - 10,
Smart phones have brought the Internet into the nooks and crannies of our life. More than 60% of mobile phone users turn them on within 15 minutes of waking, many of us fall asleep with them on our... Read more...

Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep - 2nd weekend with Charlie Morley and Fay Adams at Spa Road
May. 9 - 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place
Sat, May. 9, 2:00pm - 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.

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road
Sun, May. 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sat, May. 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mantra Recitation Day for Akong Tulku Rinpoche with Kagyu Samye Dzong London at Spa Road
Sun, May. 17, 9:30am - 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.

Green Tara - The Female Buddha - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sat, May. 23, 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.

Simply Meditation Day at Manor Place
Sat, May. 23, 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.

Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate Course at Spa Road
May. 23 - 24, 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 Practice Day with Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha at Spa Road
Sun, May. 24, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Green Tara practice is used to help us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt.

The Buddha's Birthday - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Tue, May. 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This day marks the birth of Prince Siddharta Gautama in Lumbini, present-day Nepal around 500BC.

Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course at Spa Road
May. 30 - 31, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja at Spa Road 
Sun, May. 31, 7.00pm - 8.30 pm