All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Timely Methods for Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from the 6th Mar http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-27 <p>This is one of a series of Wednesday courses for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, plenty of time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-27 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 21st March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-03-28 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30 in our London centre. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This London “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so <strong>booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary</strong>. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span><strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes</strong>.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, <strong>please do not reserve a place</strong> which could have be given to someone else.  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-03-28 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-28 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-28 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-03-30 <p>Join Lama Zangmo for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.</p> <p>This day is ideal for people who have received instructions in this practice and would like to delve deeper into it all while practicing together with others.</p> <h3>Schedule for the Day:</h3> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:46:21 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-03-30 Working with the Emotions with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 3rd of April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-03 <h1>Working with the Emotions course with Lama Zangmo -</h1> <p>This course is for those who have already attended one of our <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=730]">Beginners Meditation</a> courses and focuses especially on working with the emotions. It is a four week course covering essential meditation instructions and guidance suitable for beginners. It is also a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introductory course.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a> will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on<strong> how we can deal with painful emotions</strong> such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion.</p> <p>When the afflictions overwhelm us, when the negative emotions take over and we are ruled by anger, greed, jealousy and pride, we are only thinking of our own benefit. Under the power of the afflictions, corruption and dishonesty take over. The negative emotions disturb our inner peace, and motivate actions that ripen into unhappiness.</p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to <strong>be able to recognise the emotion</strong>, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. <strong>With time and practice we become able to pacify and transform them</strong>.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation as well as questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 4 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</p> <h5><strong>Please Note: Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.  </strong></h5> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-03 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 21st March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-04-04 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30 in our London centre. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This London “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so <strong>booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary</strong>. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span><strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes</strong>.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, <strong>please do not reserve a place</strong> which could have be given to someone else.  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-04-04 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-04-04 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-04-04 The Root Verses on the Six Bardos with Lama Zangmo - from 2nd March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-04-06 <h1 id="page-title">The Root Verses on the Six Bardos -</h1> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through this text by Karma Lingpa with teachings on impermanence, death and dying and on the intermediate states called Bardos, with a focus on putting the teachings into effective practice during this life. A copy of the text will be provided at the beginning of the course.</p> <p><strong>Karma Lingpa </strong>(1326–1386), who composed this short text on the Bardos, was born in southeast Tibet as the son of a great Vajrayana practitioner. At an early age Karma Lingpa engaged in esoteric practices and showed great signs of accomplishment. </p> <p>When he was fifteen years old, he discovered several terma texts on top of Mount Gampodar, including a collection of teachings entitled "<strong>Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones</strong>", which include the Bardo Thodrol, the so-called "<strong>Tibetan Book of the Dead</strong>".</p> <p>According to <strong>Chogyam Trungpa</strong>, Karma Lingpa was a Nyingma teacher, but all of his students belonged to the Kagyu school. His teachings were transmitted in the Surmang monasteries of the Trungpa-lineage, and from there also spread to the Nyingma school.</p> <h4><strong>Requirements for attendance:</strong></h4> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is not for complete beginners to Buddhism</span></strong>. In order for the course to be of the most benefit, those attending are required to have taken refuge, or at the very least have the intention to take refuge when the next opportunity arises. </p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Saturdays</strong>, on the first Saturday of each month. In order to attend it is essential to <strong>commit to coming to the full course</strong> of all four Saturdays. <strong>Unless you are able to come to all of it, we ask that you do not book for this course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:09:37 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-04-06 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-04-07 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:12:27 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-04-07 Working with the Emotions with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 3rd of April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-10 <h1>Working with the Emotions course with Lama Zangmo -</h1> <p>This course is for those who have already attended one of our <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=730]">Beginners Meditation</a> courses and focuses especially on working with the emotions. It is a four week course covering essential meditation instructions and guidance suitable for beginners. It is also a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introductory course.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a> will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on<strong> how we can deal with painful emotions</strong> such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion.</p> <p>When the afflictions overwhelm us, when the negative emotions take over and we are ruled by anger, greed, jealousy and pride, we are only thinking of our own benefit. Under the power of the afflictions, corruption and dishonesty take over. The negative emotions disturb our inner peace, and motivate actions that ripen into unhappiness.</p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to <strong>be able to recognise the emotion</strong>, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. <strong>With time and practice we become able to pacify and transform them</strong>.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation as well as questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 4 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</p> <h5><strong>Please Note: Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.  </strong></h5> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-10 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 21st March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-04-11 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30 in our London centre. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This London “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so <strong>booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary</strong>. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span><strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes</strong>.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, <strong>please do not reserve a place</strong> which could have be given to someone else.  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-04-11 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-04-11 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-04-11 The Three Jewels - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-jewels-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-04-13 <h1>The Three Jewels - Introduction to Buddhism course with Lama Zangmo</h1> <p>During this day Lama Zangmo will explain some of the fundamental principles in Buddhism, such as an explanation of the three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha - and the meaning of taking refuge, as well as introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre.</p> <p>There will be an introduction to the <strong>meaning and symbolism of shrines and rituals</strong>, including <strong>practical advice</strong> on how to make a simple shrine in one’s own home, the <strong>meaning of the offerings</strong> on the shrine as well as the <strong>etiquette in the shrineroom</strong> and how to treat the texts and dharma objects. There will be time for questions and answers.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an <strong>opportunity to take refuge</strong> in a refuge ceremony during the <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]"><strong>visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a> in July.</p> <p>This day can be <strong>attended as a course on its own</strong> or as a part of a longer monthly <strong>Introduction to Buddhism</strong> series.</p> <p><strong>The other courses in this series are:</strong></p> <ul><li> <h6><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1170]">Turning the Mind to the Dharma on Saturday 16th February</a><br/></strong></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-part-2-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/"><strong>Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 2) on Saturday 9th March</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1173]"><strong>Buddhism in a Nutshell on Saturday 11th May</strong></a></h6> </li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 11:09:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-jewels-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-04-13 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-04-14 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:45:38 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-04-14 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-04-14 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:40:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-04-14 Working with the Emotions with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 3rd of April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-17 <h1>Working with the Emotions course with Lama Zangmo -</h1> <p>This course is for those who have already attended one of our <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=730]">Beginners Meditation</a> courses and focuses especially on working with the emotions. It is a four week course covering essential meditation instructions and guidance suitable for beginners. It is also a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introductory course.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a> will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on<strong> how we can deal with painful emotions</strong> such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion.</p> <p>When the afflictions overwhelm us, when the negative emotions take over and we are ruled by anger, greed, jealousy and pride, we are only thinking of our own benefit. Under the power of the afflictions, corruption and dishonesty take over. The negative emotions disturb our inner peace, and motivate actions that ripen into unhappiness.</p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to <strong>be able to recognise the emotion</strong>, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. <strong>With time and practice we become able to pacify and transform them</strong>.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation as well as questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 4 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</p> <h5><strong>Please Note: Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.  </strong></h5> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-17 Shinay Meditation http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-04-18 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:40:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-04-18 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-04-20 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:29:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-04-20 Earth Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/earth-day/?date=2019-04-21 <p>On Sunday 21st April, Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be celebrating Earth Day. This year our focus will be showing a series of films related to the environment, each of which will be followed by a guided discussion. One of the aims is to help everyone have a better understanding of what they can do to reduce their impact on the environment. </p> <p>Below is the shedule for the day. </p> <p>We are proud to follow the lead in this of <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/his-holiness-the-17th-gyalwang-karmapa-ogyen-drodul-trinley-dorje/">His Holiness the 17th Karmapa</a></strong>, who personally drew up environmental instructions for all his monasteries, and <a href="http://london.samye.org/assets/Downloadables/108-Things-to-Do-Karmapa.pdf" target="_blank">108 points of guidance</a> for other followers.<strong> <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</a></strong>, Abbott of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, has also implemented environmental conservation projects on Holy Isle and at Kagyu Samye Ling. </p> <p><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule</strong></p> <ul><li>11 am Introduction to the day by Lee Hill and Sarah Byng</li> <li>11.10am <strong>Film - Fuit of the Seed</strong> a film by Sitar Rose-<span> </span><span>This film </span>is a unique compilation of four films made in the eastern Tibetan areas of China between 2004 and 2016. Traditional Tibetan doctors tell their personal story of how they started their education at the Rokpa Orphanage school of Tibetan Medicine, set up in 1993 by Choye Akong Tulku Rinpoche who continues to inspire their work as traditional Tibetan doctors and in the preservation of medicinal plants and the environment today.</li> <li><strong>12.00 noon Discussion</strong></li> <li><strong>12.30pm to 1.30pm Lunch</strong></li> <li><strong>1.30pm Film - Plastic Ocean </strong>a film by Craig Leeson<strong> - </strong>This film documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.</li> <li><strong>2.00pm - Discussion</strong></li> <li><strong>2.30pm - 3.00pm - Break</strong></li> <li><strong>3.00pm - 4pm two short TedTalks regarding the view of Youth on the Climate Crisis and a talk regarding implementing a Zero Waste lifestyle. </strong>These talks will be  followed by a presentation and disucssion on how to start on the path to Zero Waste.</li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong> “Our world is facing an environmental crisis which is complex, overwhelming and affects us all, but it is difficult to know where to begin and what we can do. It is very important for all of us to change our behaviour and we need to start taking practical steps….</strong></p> <p><strong> "As Buddhist practitioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first."</strong></p> <p>- His Holiness the 17th Karmapa</p> </blockquote> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:08:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/earth-day/?date=2019-04-21 Working with the Emotions with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 3rd of April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-24 <h1>Working with the Emotions course with Lama Zangmo -</h1> <p>This course is for those who have already attended one of our <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=730]">Beginners Meditation</a> courses and focuses especially on working with the emotions. It is a four week course covering essential meditation instructions and guidance suitable for beginners. It is also a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introductory course.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a> will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on<strong> how we can deal with painful emotions</strong> such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion.</p> <p>When the afflictions overwhelm us, when the negative emotions take over and we are ruled by anger, greed, jealousy and pride, we are only thinking of our own benefit. Under the power of the afflictions, corruption and dishonesty take over. The negative emotions disturb our inner peace, and motivate actions that ripen into unhappiness.</p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to <strong>be able to recognise the emotion</strong>, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. <strong>With time and practice we become able to pacify and transform them</strong>.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation as well as questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 4 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</p> <h5><strong>Please Note: Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.  </strong></h5> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-3rd-of-april/?date=2019-04-24 Shinay Meditation http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-04-25 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:40:32 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-04-25 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Responding with Compassion (Dec - Feb - Apr) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-responding-with-compassion-dec-feb-apr/?date=2019-04-27 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">8th-9th December </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">– MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">16th-17th February 2019 </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">– FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE 27th - 28th April – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span>Please contact </span><a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span> for the booking link</span></p> <p><span>Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p><span>Cost:   <strong>  £450.00</strong> for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of <strong>£150.00</strong></span></p> <h4><span><em><span>This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sun, 02 Sep 2018 12:32:12 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-responding-with-compassion-dec-feb-apr/?date=2019-04-27 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-04-27 <p>Join Lama Zangmo for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.</p> <p>This day is ideal for people who have received instructions in this practice and would like to delve deeper into it all while practicing together with others.</p> <h3>Schedule for the Day:</h3> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:46:31 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-04-27 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-04-28 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:12:58 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-04-28 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-04-28 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:45:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-04-28 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-04-28 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:36:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-04-28 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 2nd May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-02 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><span>Important Information</span></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. 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.</strong></p> <p><strong>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 be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-02 The Root Verses on the Six Bardos with Lama Zangmo - from 2nd March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-05-04 <h1 id="page-title">The Root Verses on the Six Bardos -</h1> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through this text by Karma Lingpa with teachings on impermanence, death and dying and on the intermediate states called Bardos, with a focus on putting the teachings into effective practice during this life. A copy of the text will be provided at the beginning of the course.</p> <p><strong>Karma Lingpa </strong>(1326–1386), who composed this short text on the Bardos, was born in southeast Tibet as the son of a great Vajrayana practitioner. At an early age Karma Lingpa engaged in esoteric practices and showed great signs of accomplishment. </p> <p>When he was fifteen years old, he discovered several terma texts on top of Mount Gampodar, including a collection of teachings entitled "<strong>Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones</strong>", which include the Bardo Thodrol, the so-called "<strong>Tibetan Book of the Dead</strong>".</p> <p>According to <strong>Chogyam Trungpa</strong>, Karma Lingpa was a Nyingma teacher, but all of his students belonged to the Kagyu school. His teachings were transmitted in the Surmang monasteries of the Trungpa-lineage, and from there also spread to the Nyingma school.</p> <h4><strong>Requirements for attendance:</strong></h4> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is not for complete beginners to Buddhism</span></strong>. In order for the course to be of the most benefit, those attending are required to have taken refuge, or at the very least have the intention to take refuge when the next opportunity arises. </p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Saturdays</strong>, on the first Saturday of each month. In order to attend it is essential to <strong>commit to coming to the full course</strong> of all four Saturdays. <strong>Unless you are able to come to all of it, we ask that you do not book for this course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:10:05 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-05-04 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-05-05 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:16:16 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-05-05 The Eight Worldly Dharmas with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2019-05-07 <p>Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give teachings on the <strong>Eight Worldy Dharmas</strong>, which as Dharma practitioners, is what we need to avoid if we are to practice the path authentically.</p> <p>The Eight worldly Dharmas are <strong>Pleasure</strong> and <strong>Pain</strong>, <strong>Gain</strong> and <strong>Loss</strong>, <strong>Fame</strong> and <strong>Defamation</strong>, <strong>Praise</strong> and <strong>Criticism</strong>.</p> <p>We live our life governed by trying to seek pleasure and avoid loss, feeling happiness once we have gained something new or feeling sadness or anger when something is lost. We seek fame and feel upset when we become infamous, and we are caught in the turmoil of seeking praise and feeling discouraged or angry when criticized. Most of the problems in the world arise due to these eight worldly attitudes.</p> <p>A <strong>true Dharma practitioner</strong> is someone who is free of these worldly concerns and who has a true understanding of impermanence and the many defects of samsara. </p> <p>This evening talk will take place from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>9pm</strong></p> <h5><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">Important Notice</strong></span></h5> <p>As the centre is normally closed on Tuesdays we will be <strong>opening the doors at 6pm</strong>. </p> <p>Rinpoche will also be teaching on <strong>Karma, Cause and Effect</strong> on <strong>Wednesday</strong> the <strong>8th</strong> of <strong>May </strong>from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>9pm</strong>. <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1188]"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to register for this teaching.</p> <h3><strong>About Ringu Tulku Rinpoche</strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Lamas/_resampled/resizedimage190272-ringu-tulku.jpg" alt="ringu tulku" width="190" height="272"/></p> <p>Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.</p> <p>Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Asia. He participates in various interfaith and ‘Science and Buddhism’ dialogues and is the author of a number of books on Buddhist topics. These include Path to Buddhahood, Daring Steps, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Confusion Arises as Wisdom, the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series, as well as several children’s books, available in Tibetan and European languages.</p> <p>  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; float: none; display: inline;"> </span></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:35:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2019-05-07 Karma, Cause and Effect with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/karma-cause-and-effect-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2019-05-08 <p>During this evening talk Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give teachings on <strong>Karma, Cause and Effect</strong>.</p> <p>The law of Karma, Cause and effect is a topic of <strong>vital importance</strong> to understand and reflect upon. It is necessary to have a good understanding of this fundamental law for us to be able to grasp the breadth and depth of the Buddha’s teachings. Faith in the law of Karma is a basic belief that we need to possess if we are to consider ourselves Buddhist.</p> <p>This evening talk will take place from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>9pm</strong></p> <p>Rinpoche will also be teaching on <strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">The Eight Worldy Dharmas</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;"> on Tuesday </span><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">the <strong>7</strong></span><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">th</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;"> of </span><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">May </strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">from </span><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">7pm</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;"> to </span><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">9pm</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000;">. <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1115]">Click here</a></strong> to register for this teaching.</span></p> <h3><strong>About Ringu Tulku Rinpoche</strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Lamas/_resampled/resizedimage190272-ringu-tulku.jpg" alt="ringu tulku" width="190" height="272"/></p> <p>Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.</p> <p>Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Asia. He participates in various interfaith and ‘Science and Buddhism’ dialogues and is the author of a number of books on Buddhist topics. These include Path to Buddhahood, Daring Steps, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Confusion Arises as Wisdom, the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series, as well as several children’s books, available in Tibetan and European languages.</p> <p>  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><span> </span></p> Sat, 02 Mar 2019 20:02:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/karma-cause-and-effect-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2019-05-08 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 2nd May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-09 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><span>Important Information</span></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. 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.</strong></p> <p><strong>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 be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-09 Death Cafe - 10 May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-8/?date=2019-05-10 <p>We appreciate the work of Jon Underwood in starting the Death Cafes and inspiring others to embrace Death, this often difficult subject.The overall objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.</p> <p>The Death Cafe doesn't have specific topics, set questions or guest speakers. It is a group directed session offering participants time to reflect on and share what they think is important.</p> <p>Being aware of impermanence and the frailty of existence can help us appreciate our lives more, and wake us up to the importance of making use of the opportunities we have, while we still have them.</p> <p><span><strong>Places need to be booked in advance, as the numbers are limited.</strong></span></p> <p>Please arrive early. It will start with an introduction and <strong>latecomers will not be able to enter</strong>.</p> <h3><span>EVENT FORMAT </span></h3> <ul><li>It is a group directed discussion with no agenda or theme.</li> <li> It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or a counselling session.</li> <li> On a not for profit basis, by donation for tea and cafe</li> <li> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space</li> <li> With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action</li> <li> Alongside refreshing drinks and cake. We are based in a Buddhist Centre but the Death Cafe is open to all.</li> <li> It is a secular experience, we follow the model started by Jon Underwood.</li> </ul><p><strong>Spaces are limited and you will need to book a seat in the Death Cafe.</strong> You can do this by<strong> <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">emailing the office</a></strong> and stating which cafe you'd like to attend.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:03:03 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-8/?date=2019-05-10 Buddhism in a Nutshell - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/buddhism-in-a-nutshell-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-05-11 <p>This is a day of Introduction to Buddhism where we will look at the famous verse from the Dhammapada, the words of the Buddha, which summarises Buddhism in a nutshell:</p> <h4><strong>'Not to do any harm; to cultivate good; to tame one's mind - this is the teaching of all the Buddhas.' </strong></h4> <p>We will also look at the emotions as described in the Buddha's "Great Fire Sermon": </p> <p>'<strong>Your house is on fire, burns with the Three Fires; there is no dwelling in it</strong>'.</p> <p>The house he speaks of is the <strong>human body</strong>; the three fires that burn it are <strong>Desire/Thirst</strong>, <strong>Anger</strong> and <strong>Delusion</strong>. They are called '<strong>fires</strong>' because, untamed, they can rage through us and hurt us and others too. Properly calmed through spiritual training, however, they can be<strong> transformed into genuine warmth of real humanity</strong>.</p> <p>The idea of <strong>ahimsa</strong> or non-harming is very closely connected with <strong>compassion</strong>, the compassionate intention to cause no harm to all beings including animals and the world in general. Buddhism places great stress on <strong>self-reliance</strong> and helping beings to live their lives peacefully. The Buddha himself told his followers <strong>not to believe without questioning</strong>, but to test his words for themselves. </p> <p>This day can be <strong>attended as a course on its own</strong> or as a part of a longer monthly <strong>Introduction to Buddhism</strong> series.</p> <p><strong>The other courses in this series are:</strong></p> <ul><li> <h6><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/">Turning the Mind to the Dharma on Saturday 16th February</a><br/></strong></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-part-2-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/"><strong>Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 2) on Saturday 9th March</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-jewels-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/"><strong>The Three Jewels on Saturday 13th April</strong></a></h6> </li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 11:41:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/buddhism-in-a-nutshell-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-05-11 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-12 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:46:15 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-12 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-05-12 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:41:32 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-05-12 The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-15 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will explain what it means to take refuge in the <strong>Three Jewels</strong>, the <strong>Buddha</strong>, <strong>Dharma</strong> and <strong>Sangha</strong>, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the <strong>fundamental principles in Buddhism</strong>.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]">visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> </strong> in July.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <span><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></span>.  </p> <p> Quote from a <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/" target="_blank">teaching on taking refuge</a></strong> by <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a> in Kagyu Samye ling:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism. </strong></p> <p><strong>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."  </strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-15 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 2nd May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-16 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><span>Important Information</span></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. 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.</strong></p> <p><strong>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 be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-16 The Six Paramitas with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-six-paramitas-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-05-18 <p>The six Paramitas are a way to live based on wisdom and compassion -these are mainstream Buddhist practices.<br/><br/>The paramitas lead into one another. They are:</p> <ul><li><strong>generosity</strong></li> <li><strong>ethical conduct</strong></li> <li><strong>fortitude and forbearance</strong></li> <li><strong>joyful perseverance</strong></li> <li><strong>mental stability</strong></li> <li><strong>wisdom</strong></li> </ul><p><br/>The essence of Tibetan Buddhism is <strong>wisdom</strong> and <strong>compassion</strong>: - <strong>compassion</strong> being skilful means and <strong>wisdom</strong> being transcendent understanding. Wisdom and compassion are like the two wings of a bird (i.e. the first five paramitas as one wing, wisdom as the other). They are inseparably connected and both are required if we are going to reach the other shore. With only one wing we could end up going around in circles, so without wisdom we could get in a flap and extend huge energy to get  precisely nowhere. On the other hand, we could become cold-hearted and remote without compassion. Alone they could be quite beneficial but inseparable they can bring a long-term benefit.</p> <p><em><strong>This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in meditation and mindfulness, whether beginner or more experienced, whether Buddhist or</strong></em><strong> <em>Non-Buddhist</em>.</strong></p> <h3><strong><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Teachers-and-Course-Leaders/_resampled/resizedimage295196-Clive-3.jpg" alt="Clive 3" width="295" height="196"/>About Clive Holmes<br/></strong></h3> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last 20 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.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<em><strong>Taming the Tige</strong></em>r" and "<em><strong>Restoring the Balance</strong></em>" by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He has a degree in Western Philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching the MSc Mindfulness.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22" target="_blank"> </a></p> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22" target="_blank"> </a></p> Sun, 08 May 2016 11:23:45 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-six-paramitas-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-05-18 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-05-18 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:30:05 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-05-18 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-05-19 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 15:58:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-05-19 The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-22 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will explain what it means to take refuge in the <strong>Three Jewels</strong>, the <strong>Buddha</strong>, <strong>Dharma</strong> and <strong>Sangha</strong>, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the <strong>fundamental principles in Buddhism</strong>.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]">visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> </strong> in July.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <span><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></span>.  </p> <p> Quote from a <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/" target="_blank">teaching on taking refuge</a></strong> by <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a> in Kagyu Samye ling:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism. </strong></p> <p><strong>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."  </strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-22 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 2nd May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-23 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><span>Important Information</span></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. 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.</strong></p> <p><strong>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 be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-2nd-may/?date=2019-05-23 Mindfulness Association - Introductory Mindfulness Teaching Skills Level 1 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-teaching-skills-level-1/?date=2019-05-25 <ul><li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course provides training in the key mindfulness teaching skills of guiding the core mindfulness practices from the </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/mblc/">Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)</a> and leading enquiry.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course provides participants with </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">opportunities to lead guided practices and </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">enquiry with fellow participants in a safe </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">environment. Feedback will be provided in </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">weekend two by fellow participants.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">It is designed for those who have completed at </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">least the <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/level1/">Mindfulness Level 1 training</a> and is a </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">foundation for those who wish to go on to do </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">the <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/teacher-training/teaching2-mblc/">MBLC teaching skills retreat</a> to learn to </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">teach our <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/mblc/">8 week MBLC course</a>.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course takes place over two weekends spread out over a three month period and aims to </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">support participants to begin developing a safe and effective mindfulness teaching practice.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">The course emphasises the requirement for facilitators to be able to embody mindfulness and </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">compassion while facilitating secular mindfulness training courses. The key skill is learning to stay </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">fully present as you lead guided practices and enquiry. This skill depends entirely upon a sustained </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">and regular personal mindfulness practice.</span></li> </ul><p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Tutors</strong>: Alan Hughes and Graeme Armstrong</span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Dates</strong>: <strong>23-24 March 2019</strong> and <strong>25-26 May 2019</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Booking info:</strong> To book your place on the course please contact<strong> <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a></strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Times</strong>: The course runs from<strong> 9.30am</strong> till <strong>5pm</strong> on <strong>Saturday</strong> and <strong>Sunday</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Cost</strong>: £360.00 for two weekends payable in two monthly installments of £180.00</span></span></p> <h3><strong>ABOUT THE MINDFULNESS ASSOCIATION</strong></h3> <p>At the <strong><a href="https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association</a></strong> we recognise how Mindfulness frees us from the conditioning that governs and limits our lives. This results in the flourishing of our human potential to make choices about how we live in connection with ourselves and our world. We help people to transform their lives by training them in being present, responding with compassion and seeing deeply their habitual patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Our objectives are to offer high quality long term trainings in Mindfulness, which help people to establish a regular and effective mindfulness practice and which help people to bring mindfulness into all aspect of their daily lives.</p> <p><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></p> Sun, 02 Dec 2018 13:56:42 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-teaching-skills-level-1/?date=2019-05-25 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-05-25 <p>Join Lama Zangmo for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.</p> <p>This day is ideal for people who have received instructions in this practice and would like to delve deeper into it all while practicing together with others.</p> <h3>Schedule for the Day:</h3> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:46:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-05-25 Volunteer Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/volunteer-day/?date=2019-05-26 <p>Help us give Kagyu Samye Dzong London a good spring clean.</p> <p><span>Volunteers are welcome to practice some meditation in action and help spruce up the centre. Wear work clothes, please bring your own rubber gloves if you have any. Please arrive at either 9.30 am or 2 pm, Please only come if you can stay for the day, and <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@Samye.org">let us know in advance</a> if you are coming.</span></p> Sun, 24 Feb 2019 13:13:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/volunteer-day/?date=2019-05-26 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-26 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:46:35 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-26 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-05-26 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:37:14 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-05-26 The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-29 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will explain what it means to take refuge in the <strong>Three Jewels</strong>, the <strong>Buddha</strong>, <strong>Dharma</strong> and <strong>Sangha</strong>, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the <strong>fundamental principles in Buddhism</strong>.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]">visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> </strong> in July.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <span><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></span>.  </p> <p> Quote from a <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/" target="_blank">teaching on taking refuge</a></strong> by <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a> in Kagyu Samye ling:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism. </strong></p> <p><strong>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."  </strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-29 Tapping into Freedom: Meditation and Energy Psychology with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-06-01 <p>Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. </p> <p>This Summer, Alistair Appleton is giving a weekend introduction to how these techniques work together with somatic meditation. For more than 10 years, Alistair has used tapping with his therapy clients to untie the knots of their bodily trauma. On a personal level, he also consistently used tapping along side his somatic meditation practice to unblock the path of meditative peace and open-heartedness. This June he is sharing these insights. </p> <p>What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover: </p> <ul><li>the background and history of energy psychology</li> <li>understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body</li> <li>the somatic foundation of tapping work</li> <li>the basic sequence of the tapping protocol </li> <li>opportunities and examples of use</li> <li>further practice and use</li> </ul><p>We begin at <strong>10am</strong> and end at <strong>5pm</strong> on both days.</p> <p>Book your place via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology/" target="_blank">Mind-Springs website</a>.</p> <div><span><em><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">T</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">his course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></span></em></span></div> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:25:18 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-06-01