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June 2015 Newsletter

Posted on 1 Jun 2015


June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015

 
Kagyu  Samye Dzong London
Monthly newsletter

Dear Lama  

 

Welcome to the June Newsletter. The photo at the top this month is a detail from some of the decoration recently added to our upstairs shrine. You can see the full effect next time you visit us.  
Please also note that due to the number of visiting teachers coming over the next four months, quite a few changes have been made to our printed programme. The most up-to-date information can be found on the website, with the latest changes listed in News in Brief below.     

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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
  • Celebrate the Buddha's enlightenment with the Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road on Tuesday 2nd June, 7.00-9.00 pm. This is considered to be a very auspicious day for Buddhist practice.
  •  Lama Zangmo is giving a series of individual talks on Thursday evenings starting with a talk on Generosity on 25th June, followed by Carefulness - Ethical Conduct on 2nd July and Patience - the Remedy for Anger on the 9th July.
  • Volunteer Day - if you are available on Wednesday 17th June we would be grateful for any help you give us in preparing the Centre for the visit of Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. Full details of the day are on the website.
  • Update - Fundraising for Nepal - Many thanks to all those who made donations which totaled just over £3,000. This has enabled ROKPA to buy 47 metal shelters which will keep people safe and dry during the coming monsoon.  You can see the latest news and photos on  ROKPA's Facebook page.
  • An award winning Centre - on Saturday 16th May, in Southwark Cathedral, Kagyu Samye Dzong London was awarded the Honorary Liberty of the Neighbourhood of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Southwark.  On behalf of the Centre Colin Panrucker went up to accept the award which was given for outstanding services to the local community. You can catch the photos of the event on Facebook
  • Retreat caretakers needed - for both the Men's Retreat on Arran and the Women's Retreat on Holy Isle. The initial commitment is for one year, with a view to continuing for up to four years. See the Samye Ling website for further information.
  • Dates for your diary -
    11th - 12th July - Ringu Tulku will be giving a weekend of teachings at Spa Road
    16th September - we are hosting the monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastary who will perform a mid-week evening of Cham Dance called The Power of Compassion.
    24th - 27th September - Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche  will be giving teachings at Spa Road.
  • Changes for your diary - the good news is the number of amazing visiting teachers we are hosting.  The down side of that is the number of changes to our printed programme! These changes include:
    The Meditation Retreat on Saturday 6th of June has been cancelled to make way for:
    The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo which has been brought forward a week to Saturday 6th June and not the 13th as stated in the printed programme.
    Better health through meditation with Clive Holmes which is now taking place on the weekend of 4th-5th July, a week earlier than planned.
    Compassion with Lama Zangmo in September will be three weeks long and now finishes on the 17th rather than the 24th.
    Gelong Thubten's courses in September will be rescheduled and appear in our new programme in due course.
 

We are delighted to welcome Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, to Kagyu Samye Dzong London on the weekend of 20th-21st June. This is an opportunity to receive meditation instructions and advice from a highly accomplished meditation Master who has spent many years in solitary retreat. He will be assisted over the weekend by Ani Lhamo, an experienced nun who has spent more than four years in retreat.

 

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche teaches from the Buddhist perspective on life and gives meditation instructions and practical advice on how to integrate the teachings into everyday life. The full programme for the weekend is as follows:

Saturday 20th June

10.00 - 11.00 am  Developing your Inner Potential with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

11.30 - 12.30 pm  Taking Compassion into Everyday Life with Ani Lhamo

Lunch break

2.00 - 2.30pm  Children's Blessing with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche ( babies, children and young people of any age are welcome for this ). Katas for the children to offer to Lama Yeshe are available in the shop.

3.00 - 4.00 pm Milarepa Tsok Puja - KSDL Anniversary Celebration with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and Sangha (Offerings of fruit, flowers, nuts, snacks etc are welcome for the tsok puja)

7.00 - 8.00 pm Chenrezig puja

Sunday 21st June

10.00 - 11.00 am   Developing your Inner Potential with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

11.30 - 12.30 pm  The Meaning of Refuge and the Benefits of Precepts with Ani Lhamo

Lunch Break

2.00 - 3.00 pm Refuge Ceremony

If you want to formally become Buddhist by taking refuge, please let the office know in advance. During the ceremony everyone presents an offering and a white kata (scarf). There will also be an opportunity to take precepts at this time, which will be explained beforehand in Ani Lhamo's morning talk.  

 

3.30 - 4.30 pm Shinay Meditation with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

7.00 - 8.00 pm Chenrezig Puja 

 
HH the 17th Karmapa teaches on taking Refuge
HH the 17th Karmapa teaches new ways to understand  Refuge

(April 18, 2015 - Kingston, New York)  

 

"The Karmapa began by explaining the refuge vow as both the gateway to the Dharma and its essence. Encouraging people to

reflect and find the reasons for taking refuge, he cited the Buddha's famous lines from the Sanskrit: Examine my teachings as carefully as you would gold before purchasing it. The Pali text adds: Do not take anything just because it comes from a teacher or a family tradition. Engage only when you know the valid reason for doing so.

 

You can read the rest of this article on the KarmapaAmerica2015 website.  

 

If you are interested in formally becoming Buddhist, Lama Yeshe will be conducting a Refuge Ceremony at Spa Road on Sunday 21st June.  Full details can be found in the programme for Lama Yeshe's teachings on our website. 

 

Join us on the 13th-14th June for a weekend of teachings by the Venerable Master Hai Tao.

"Vowing to save the sentient beings from suffering rather than seeking personal happiness" is the code of conduct for the Venerable Master Hai Tao. The Venerable Master Hai Tao is the founder of Compassion for Life Organization. He first became a monk in 1993 after visiting Huei-Rhi Lecture Hall in Taipei; an experience in which he was touched by the Buddha statue's low brows and gracious eyes"; as well as the relaxing manner of the monks.

  

After becoming a monk, Venerable Hai Tao actively preached Buddha's teachings. He not only established Taiwan Life TV airing shows 24 hours a day; but also created many diverse social organizations in order to help the worldly bodhisattvas(people) gradually achieving Bodhisattva-hood.

 

Master Hai Tao will be teaching in Chinese in our downstairs shrine room, and there will be a screen in our upstairs shrine room with an English translation available.  

 

If you would like to attend, please book in advance using the donate button at the bottom of the page for this event on our website.  We are expecting a large turnout and admission is only guaranteed for those who have booked in advance. 

  

More details about the life and work of Master Hai Tao can be found on his website. While the programme for the weekend can be found on ours.
Join Clive Holmes at Spa Road on the weekend of 4th-5th July to learn about better health through meditation.

The secret of good health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate trouble, but to live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly.

Over this weekend, we will learn how to use the breath to help heal the mind and the body. Exercises on breathing from "Taming the Tiger" by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche will be shared.

 

There will be visualisations based on the four healing powers: helpful image; words ;feeling; and confidence. Using visualisations we can cultivate our ability to relax and gain access to support, especially to help when times are difficult.

 

The Tibetan word for mindfulness has the sense of, "to bring a kind and precise attention to all of our experience." So we will learn skills on how to focus directly on our inner and outer "weather." There are no quick fixes, we need to cultivate a different attitude. We can't change events but we can transform our relationship to them. We all have the potential to develop attention and awareness in all aspects of our lives. Being mindful like this could have a direct benefit to our health.  

 

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in meditation and mindfulness, whether beginner or more experienced, whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist.

Clive Holmes has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.

You can book your place on this course using the button at the bottom of the course page on our website.
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.
  
JUNE 2015 

The Buddha's Enlightenment - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Tue, Jun. 2, 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.

Introduction to Meditation - an 8 week course with Bernard Mordan at Spa Road
Jun. 3 - Jul. 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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.

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sat, Jun. 6, 10:00am - 4:00pm
"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.

Green Tara Puja at Spa Road
Sundays throughout June, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8.00 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 you are planning to attend.

Mantra Recitation Day for Akong Tulku Rinpoche with Kagyu Samye Dzong London at Spa Road
Sun, Jun. 7, 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.

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road
Sun, Jun. 14, 7:00pm - 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*.

Volunteer Day - a day of post meditation activity at Spa Road
Wed, Jun. 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you have time to help Kagyu Samye Dzong London this Thursday,   there is plenty of opportunity for meritorious activity. We will be busy preparing the centre for the visit of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

Calming the Mind through Mindfulness and Meditation - with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Thursdays from Jun. 18 - Jul. 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds, through the practice of mindfulness.

Developing Your Inner Potential - with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche at Spa Road
Jun. 20 - 21, 10:00am - 4:00pm
We are delighted to welcome Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, to Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is an opportunity to receive meditation instructions and advice from a highly accomplished meditation Master.

Generosity - Developing an Open Mind - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Thu, Jun. 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
*Lama Zangmo will run a 5-week course on the Perfections.* Gampopa said that the first three perfections are for a positive and good life here and now, and the next three are the ways and means to escape... Read more...

Birthday Celebrations for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa at Spa Road
Fri, Jun. 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join everyone at Kagyu Samye Dzong London for prayers dedicated to the long life, good health and continuing activity of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.

Simply Meditation Day at Manor Place
Sat, Jun. 27, 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.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja at Spa Road
Sun, Jun. 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. 

JULY 2015  

Carefulness - Ethical conduct - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Thu, Jul. 2,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
The foundation for ethical conduct and good behaviour is non-attachment and carefulness. Non-harming is the essence of Buddhism but leaving a 'small footprint' is not always easy.

Better Health Through Meditation with Clive Holmes at Spa Road
Sat - Sun Jul. 4 - 5,  10:00am - 4:00pm
The secret of good health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate trouble, but to live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly.

Green Tara Puja at Spa Road
Sundays throughout June, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8.00 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 you are planning to attend.


Patience - the Remedy for Anger - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Thu, Jul. 9,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Carefulness and ethical conduct are the foundation for patience and non-aggression. Patience and tolerance develop out of good self-discipline. When we have good self -discipline it is not difficult to be patient.
 
A weekend of teachings with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Spa Road
Sat - Sun Jul. 11 - 12,
We are delighted to announce that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be teaching at Samye Dzong London in July.  Full details of the programme will be available nearer the time.

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road
Sun, Jul. 12,  7:00pm - 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.

A Joyful Approach - the Support for Practice - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Thu, Jul. 16,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
A joyful approach and sustained interest will mean we can progress and achieve something.  It is a state of mind that takes joy in positive activity. It gives power to our spiritual practice.

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Sat, Jul. 18,  10:00am - 4:00pm
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.

White Tara Retreat Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Sun, Jul. 19,  10:00am - 4:00pm

Meditation - Giving up Wandering Thoughts - with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Thu, Jul. 23,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meditative stability refers to a state called pliancy (shinjong in Tibetan).  It literally means 'thoroughly trained' or 'thoroughly purified'. It has two aspects - pliancy of body and pliancy of mind.

The Role of Calligraphy and Art within Dharma with Tashi Mannox at Spa Road
Fri, Jul. 24,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
Prior to his weekend workshops on Tibetan Calligraphy, Tashi Mannox will give a talk on the role of calligraphy and art within Dharma. 

Tibetan Calligraphy workshop with Tashi Mannox at Spa Road
Jul. 25 - 26,  10:00am - 5:00pm
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.

Simply Meditation Day at Manor Place
Sat, Jul. 25,  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 - weekend 2 -  at Spa Road
Jul. 25 - 26,  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.

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja at Spa Road
Sun, Jul. 26,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
 
Summer Closure
Jul. 27 - Aug. 14,
Both our Spa Road and Manor Place centres will be closed for their annual summer break from Monday 27th July and will re-open on Saturday 15th  August.