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Transforming the Emotions Through Meditation

Posted on 1 Mar 2020


Transforming the Emotions Through Meditation
 

Kagyu Samye

Dzong London

March Newsletter

 

News in Brief

  • There will be a Refuge Ceremony at Samye Ling over Easter with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche for those who would like to formally become Buddhist. Full details can be found on the Samye Ling website.  There will also be a Refuge Ceremony in Samye Dzong London in July.
  • Drupon Rinpoche  
    will be visiting us once again to give teachings on Thursday 21st May, 7.00 - 9.00 pm. Details of the teachings will be available nearer the time. 
  • The third UK Kagyu Monlam takes place at Kagyu Samye Ling from 30th May - 5th June inclusive. For more information, visit the Samye Ling website
  • Earth Day 2020 - we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday 22nd April from 6.30 - 9.00 pm. Join us for an evening of interaction and discussion with like-minded people. 
  • Tantra - enlightenment to revolution is a new exhibition which will take place at the British Museum from 23rd April - 6th July. There will be a number of events associated with the exhibition, one of which will include Lama Zangmo on the platform on Friday 24th April. Full details of the event and booking form can be found on the British Museum website.
  • The book launch of Self Sufficient Herbalism by Lucy Jones takes place at the Centre on Saturday 2nd May from 5.00 - 7.30 pm. Full details can be found on the website
  • Buddhism at the Movies
    Akong: a remarkable life can now be rented on Vimeo, as can
    The Dalai Lama - Scientist - an excellent film which we hope to be able to show at the Centre later this year. In the meantime, there' no harm watching it online. 
  • Transforming Fear and Negative Emotions - you may not have been able to make the teachings given by Lama Zangmo at the Buddhist Society recently, but luckily for us they recorded the event and have put it on YouTube. Click below to watch the whole event which runs for 1 hour 17 minutes.

Transforming Fear and Negative Emotions by Lama Zangmo 
Transforming Fear and Negative Emotions by Lama Zangmo
 

1 - Visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche


 
We are delighted to announce that the annual visit of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, will take place from the 24th - 26th July. For health reasons he was not able to come last year, so it is very good news that he is getting better and is able to travel.

The programme for his visit will be varied and will include teachings on meditation topics (still to be decided) as well as teachings on the meaning of taking refuge.  During this visit he will give a Refuge Ceremony for those wishing to officially become Buddhists, and there will be an opportunity for parents to bring their children of any age along for a Children's Blessing.
 
As you may know, due to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's illness last year he spent some time in Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he was helped greatly by all the doctors and nurses. He subsequently decided he wants to raise funds for the hospital as a way to thank them for all their kindness. We will therefore also be having a fundraising auction during his visit, as well as an ongoing raffle. All funds raised will go to the Dumfries hospital. You will hear more about that in future mailings
 
Can you help with our raffle?
 
We would like to ask anybody who would be happy to help us sell raffle tickets to please get in touch. The main prize is a brand new MacBook Air (worth about £1000), so the raffle  tickets can be sold widely to your work colleagues, in schools, to family members, neighbours and friends. If you would like to help selling the tickets please contact us, the more people who can get involved the better.

 2 - Transforming the Emotions Through Meditation

 

Over four Wednesday evenings, 7.00-8.30 pm, Lama Zangmo will be leading this course which is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.

Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. 

To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.

There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.

Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.

We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.  

Transforming the Emotions Through Meditation, with Lama Zangmo takes place over 4 Wednesday evenings from 4th - 25th March, 7.00 - 8.30 pm. For full details, and to book your place, please visit the event page on the website.   

 3 - Sitting with the Body

 

Alistair Appleton will be teaching Sitting with the Body - Seated Somatic Practice over the weekend of the 14th - 15th, 10.00 - 5.00 pm 

Meditation practice usually conjures up images of people bolt-upright in full-lotus with beatific smiles. For many of us coming to meditation as beginners, it's cramping legs, sore backs, busy minds, and needles-and-pins.

It's a shame that sitting meditation comes with all these ideas of stillness and perfect poise, because properly inhabited, the sitting body can be a space of enormous joy and fascination. By following the steps of somatic practice - starting with full relaxation and connection to the warmth and support of the Earth - sitting practice is relaxed and open field. Rather than an blank zoned-out space, sitting is full of micro movements, flows of information-rich energy, a growing sense of expansiveness and curiosity about the raw stuff of life.

This weekend involves building up this somatic form of sitting. It offers everyone who comes a vibrant and alive form of this simple practice of "just sitting".

Full details of this course and booking are available on the Mind Springs website. Cost £120 (£60 concessions).

       4 - The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma

 

On Saturday 7th March, Lama Zangmo will be teaching about the four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma:
  • impermanence;
  • the preciousness of our life;
  • karma, cause and effect; and
  • the general dissatisfaction of samsara.
There will be time for contemplation and questions and answers.
The point of meditating on the meaning of our 
precious human birth is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.
Meditating on impermanence is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma. Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases ones' ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully.
Karma, cause and effect should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.
Considering the defects of samsara, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive.
Buddhism defines true happiness as liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations.
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhism.
The Four Thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma, with Lama Zangmo, takes place on Saturday 7th March, 10.00 - 4.00 pm. Reserve your place via the course page on the website. 
 

5 - Forthcoming Events

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

There is a separate page listing all the meditation sessions each week.

MARCH

Instructions in the Ngondro: Dorje Sempa Practice - with Lama Zangmo
Sun, Mar. 1, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo
Wednesdays from , Mar. 4th - 25th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course  
Thursdays , from 20th February - 12th March, 7:00pm - 8:30pm 

Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo  
Thursdays from 5th March - 23rd April, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma - with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Mar. 7, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Mar. 14, 10:00am - 4:30pm  

Sitting with the Body - Somatic Seated Practice - with Alistair Appleton
Mar. 14 - 15, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Mar. 15, 9:30am - 5:00pm

SUN, Mar 29, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

APRIL

Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March
Thursdays from 5th March - 23rd April, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - with Lama Zangmo
SAT, APR. 11, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Lucid dreaming weekend workshop - with Charlie Morley
APR. 11 - 12, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan 
Thursdays from 16th April - 7th May, 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo
SAT, APR. 18, 10:00AM - 4:30PM

Simply Meditation Day
SUN, APR. 19, 9:30AM - 5:00PM

Green Tara Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo
SAT, APR. 25, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Mindfulness of Dream Sleep: For Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns - with Charlie Morley
SAT, APR. 25, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Calm Mind, Peaceful Heart, with Lama Zangmo
SUN, APR. 26, 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Ngondro Prostration Practice Day
SUN, APR. 26, 10:00AM - 3:00PM