All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Tara Practice - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-12-14 <p>An evening of Tara prayers with the Kagyu Samye Dzong sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and the ongoing flourishing of Kagyu Samye Ling's activity.</p> <p>When visiting India recently a few members of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha met with <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a> </strong>and asked for what could be done to remove any obstacles to the long life and activity of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. His Holiness recommended that we recite 100 Million of the White Tara Mantra.</p> <p>In addition to this His Holiness recommended that to remove any obstacles for Kagyu Samye Ling we should recite 4 million of the Seven Branch Prayer. Around the same time His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche recommended that we recite the Green Tara Praises for the same purpose.</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book in advance for this evening of prayers.</strong></p> <h3>Order of prayers </h3> <ul><li> <h5>Refuge and Bodhicitta &amp; the Four Immeasurables</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Seven Branch Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Praises to Tara</h5> </li> <li> <h5>White Tara Mantra - OM TARE TUTARE TURE MAMA AYU PUNYE JNANA PUKTIM KURU SOHA</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Lama Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Dedication</h5> </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>Copies of all the prayers will be made availale</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</strong></span></p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-12-14 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:51:07 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 <p>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 for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. 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> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:20:25 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 Winter Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2017-12-18 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The Centre will close after the Chenrezig Puja on <strong>Sunday 17th December</strong> and will reopen on<strong> Wednesday 10th January 2017</strong>.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>We wish everybody a very happy holiday season. <br/></span></h3> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:35:55 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2017-12-18 Residential Meditation Retreat - Training for This Life and Beyond FULLY BOOKED http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/residential-meditation-retreat-training-for-this-life-and-beyond-fully-booked/?date=2017-12-28 <p>This reterat is now FULLY BOOKED.</p> <p>This retreat starts with supper on 28th Dec and finishes with lunch on 2nd Jan.</p> <p>It provides participants with an opportunity to start the new year with a positive intention and positive activity which will be of benefit into the coming year and beyond. </p> <div dir="auto"> <p>We will do that amongst others by contemplating impermanence and the four thoughts, and by meditating on selfless compassion and loving kindness. Lama Zangmo will give daily instructions on related topics. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p>The retreat will be in silence. Participants are asked to attend all the daily sessions of the retreat. Partial  attendance or coming and going during the retreat will not be possible.  </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong>Accommodation</strong> will be mainly in dormitories, although a few single rooms are available. There will be a simple rota to help with daily clearing up/cleaning after meals. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p>As the Centre is closed to the general public, arrival will only be possible between 5 - 6 pm on Thursday 28 Dec. On Tuesday 2nd Jan there will be time for packing up before lunch; with departure by 2 pm. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong>The price for the full retreat</strong> is £150 for dormitory accommodation and £200 for single rooms, and includes accommodation and 3 vegetarian/vegan meals a day, plus tea and coffee available in the breaks. </p> </div> <p><em><strong>The retreat is <span style="text-decoration: underline;">not</span> suitable for complete beginners</strong></em>. Those wishing to attend should <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">email the office</a> first to check availability, as places are limited. If you are offered a place on the retreat it will only be confirmed once we have received <em>full</em> payment.</p> <p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: left;" align="center"><strong>28<sup>th</sup> Dec to 2nd Jan 2018</strong> </h3> <h4 style="text-align: left;" align="center"><strong>Daily Programme</strong></h4> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>6.00 am</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Rising Gong</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>6.30 – 7.30</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>7.30 – 8.30</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Breakfast and clear up</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>8.30 – 9.45</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Teaching </p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>9.45 – 10.15</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Break</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>10.15 – 11.15</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>11.15 - 11.30</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Short Break </p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>11.30 - 12.10</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Guided Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>12.30 – 1.30 pm</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Lunch &amp; clear up</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>1.30 - 3.30</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Free time – reading - resting - private meditation </p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>3.30 - 4.30</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Teaching </p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>4.30 - 5.00</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Break</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>5.00 - 6.00</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>6.00 – 7.00</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Soup and clear up</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>7.00 – 7.45</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Reading from the Life Stories of the Lineage Masters and Short Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>8.00 – 9.00</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Time for Private Meditation</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="189" valign="top"> <p><strong>10.00</strong></p> </td> <td width="412" valign="top"> <p>Lights out in public areas</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:48:57 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/residential-meditation-retreat-training-for-this-life-and-beyond-fully-booked/?date=2017-12-28 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-10 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-10 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 11th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-11 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="UR6DQR9AEBKEQ"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-11 A Precious Garland, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-11 <p>In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</p> <p>Over <strong>four Thursday</strong> evenings Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail. This course can be attended on its own, and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice.</p> <p>People are asked to <strong>attend all four sessions</strong>.</p> <hr/><h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Gampopa</span></strong></h4> <p class="BasicParagraph"><strong><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Buddhas-Deities-and-Lineage-Masters/_resampled/resizedimage125204-gampopa1.JPG" alt="gampopa1" width="125" height="204"/><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=892]">Gampopa</a></strong>, also known as <strong>Dakpo Rinpoche</strong>, is one of the most important figures in the <strong>Kagyu lineage</strong>. The foremost disciple of <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Jetsun Milarepa</strong></a>, he truly consolidated the Kagyu tradition by integrating its special teachings with those of the other main trends of Buddhism namely the Kadampa teachings prevalent during his time. Thus the Mahamudra, Six Yogas of Naropa and other vajrayana teachings which are unique to the Kagyu lineage became firmly set within the monastic lineages that form the basis of <strong>Hinayana</strong> Buddhism and the bodhisattva teachings of <strong>Mahayana</strong> Buddhism. <br/><br/>Gampopa was the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School and the lineages that branch out from him is known as the Dhakpo Kagyu. He founded the Dhaklha Gampo Monastery where throughout his life he continued his activities of teaching, meditation, and benefiting beings.</p> <hr/><p class="BasicParagraph">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>The Signs of a Sublime Person</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Useless Things</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Bring Your Own Ruin</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Do Yourself a Kindness </strong></li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;"><br/>Course donations</strong></p> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="895RJ9HNU76S8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-11 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-13 <p>This is a day of meditation instruction and guidance suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their instructions. It is also a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></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>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practice we become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be <strong>explanation of techniques and remedies</strong>, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p> <strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="FSY6F44HC9BCL"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:35:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-13 Tara and Chenrezig Practice Day - with the Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-and-chenrezig-practice-day-with-the-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-01-14 <p>This practice day with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha will be in several parts - the morning will be focused on the Tara mantra and Seven Branch Prayer, and the afternoon will be focused on the Chenrezig practice.<br/><br/>The Tara practice  is dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.<br/><br/>The prayers that we will be reciting during the morning are as follows:<br/><br/></p> <ul><li>    Prayer to the Root Guru</li> <li>    Refuge and Bodhicitta</li> <li>    Seven Branch Prayer</li> <li>    Praises to Tara</li> <li>    White Tara Mantra</li> <li>    Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche's Long Life prayer</li> <li>    Dedication Prayers</li> </ul><p><br/>The afternoon will consist of two sessions of the Chenrezig puja, the meditation on loving kindness and compassion,which is done regularly in Samye Dzong.</p> <p>Offerings for the shrine are always welcome.</p> <p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule for the Day</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning session: <strong>9.30am – 10.30am</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Morning Session: <strong>11am - 12.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Lunch Break: <strong>12:30 noon - 2pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Afternoon session: <strong>2pm - 3pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Last Session: <strong>3.30pm – 4.30pm</strong></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:54:42 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-and-chenrezig-practice-day-with-the-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-01-14 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-01-14 <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> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:50:25 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-01-14 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-17 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-17 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 11th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-18 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="UR6DQR9AEBKEQ"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-18 A Precious Garland, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-18 <p>In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</p> <p>Over <strong>four Thursday</strong> evenings Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail. This course can be attended on its own, and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice.</p> <p>People are asked to <strong>attend all four sessions</strong>.</p> <hr/><h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Gampopa</span></strong></h4> <p class="BasicParagraph"><strong><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Buddhas-Deities-and-Lineage-Masters/_resampled/resizedimage125204-gampopa1.JPG" alt="gampopa1" width="125" height="204"/><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=892]">Gampopa</a></strong>, also known as <strong>Dakpo Rinpoche</strong>, is one of the most important figures in the <strong>Kagyu lineage</strong>. The foremost disciple of <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Jetsun Milarepa</strong></a>, he truly consolidated the Kagyu tradition by integrating its special teachings with those of the other main trends of Buddhism namely the Kadampa teachings prevalent during his time. Thus the Mahamudra, Six Yogas of Naropa and other vajrayana teachings which are unique to the Kagyu lineage became firmly set within the monastic lineages that form the basis of <strong>Hinayana</strong> Buddhism and the bodhisattva teachings of <strong>Mahayana</strong> Buddhism. <br/><br/>Gampopa was the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School and the lineages that branch out from him is known as the Dhakpo Kagyu. He founded the Dhaklha Gampo Monastery where throughout his life he continued his activities of teaching, meditation, and benefiting beings.</p> <hr/><p class="BasicParagraph">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>The Signs of a Sublime Person</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Useless Things</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Bring Your Own Ruin</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Do Yourself a Kindness </strong></li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;"><br/>Course donations</strong></p> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="895RJ9HNU76S8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-18 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-20 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:09:00 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-20 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Jan-Mar-May) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2018-01-20 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 11th-12th November – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO 20th-21st January – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE 17th-18th March– SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR 12th - 13th May – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span><em><span>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.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:17:40 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2018-01-20 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-01-21 <p>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 for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. 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> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:02:04 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-01-21 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-24 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-24 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 11th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-25 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="UR6DQR9AEBKEQ"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-25 A Precious Garland, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-25 <p>In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</p> <p>Over <strong>four Thursday</strong> evenings Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail. This course can be attended on its own, and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice.</p> <p>People are asked to <strong>attend all four sessions</strong>.</p> <hr/><h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Gampopa</span></strong></h4> <p class="BasicParagraph"><strong><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Buddhas-Deities-and-Lineage-Masters/_resampled/resizedimage125204-gampopa1.JPG" alt="gampopa1" width="125" height="204"/><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=892]">Gampopa</a></strong>, also known as <strong>Dakpo Rinpoche</strong>, is one of the most important figures in the <strong>Kagyu lineage</strong>. The foremost disciple of <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Jetsun Milarepa</strong></a>, he truly consolidated the Kagyu tradition by integrating its special teachings with those of the other main trends of Buddhism namely the Kadampa teachings prevalent during his time. Thus the Mahamudra, Six Yogas of Naropa and other vajrayana teachings which are unique to the Kagyu lineage became firmly set within the monastic lineages that form the basis of <strong>Hinayana</strong> Buddhism and the bodhisattva teachings of <strong>Mahayana</strong> Buddhism. <br/><br/>Gampopa was the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School and the lineages that branch out from him is known as the Dhakpo Kagyu. He founded the Dhaklha Gampo Monastery where throughout his life he continued his activities of teaching, meditation, and benefiting beings.</p> <hr/><p class="BasicParagraph">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>The Signs of a Sublime Person</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Useless Things</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Bring Your Own Ruin</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Do Yourself a Kindness </strong></li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;"><br/>Course donations</strong></p> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="895RJ9HNU76S8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-25 New Year, New Beginnings with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-year-new-beginnings-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-01-27 <p>“Changing habits of a lifetime”</p> <p>Every time we give in to a harmful habit from our past, we reinforce our limitations. Maybe we could be more adventurous and be a pioneer of our own future instead. Once we truly see, and accept, our habits, we can then embrace the ones that are helpful and let go of the ones that are not. This is what we will do over this weekend. Of course, this is not so simple. So together we will encourage one another to make our meditation practice more authentic, more kind.</p> <p>This course will be <strong>practice</strong> and <strong>experience</strong> <strong>based</strong>. Through <strong>mainstream exercises</strong> we will learn to how to develop an awakened attitude, fearless and mature. We will be learning how to appreciate the world around us and within us. Again and again the central message will be to <strong>simplify our ways of experience</strong>. We cannot change the world to fit in with our expectations but we can learn to accept things as they are.</p> <blockquote> <p> <strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8MJ2JS235NK7W"]</p> </blockquote> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:31:57 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-year-new-beginnings-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-01-27 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-01-28 <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> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:49:28 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-01-28 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-31 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-31 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 11th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-02-01 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="UR6DQR9AEBKEQ"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-02-01 A Precious Garland, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-01 <p>In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</p> <p>Over <strong>four Thursday</strong> evenings Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail. This course can be attended on its own, and is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice.</p> <p>People are asked to <strong>attend all four sessions</strong>.</p> <hr/><h4 style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Gampopa</span></strong></h4> <p class="BasicParagraph"><strong><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Buddhas-Deities-and-Lineage-Masters/_resampled/resizedimage125204-gampopa1.JPG" alt="gampopa1" width="125" height="204"/><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=892]">Gampopa</a></strong>, also known as <strong>Dakpo Rinpoche</strong>, is one of the most important figures in the <strong>Kagyu lineage</strong>. The foremost disciple of <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Jetsun Milarepa</strong></a>, he truly consolidated the Kagyu tradition by integrating its special teachings with those of the other main trends of Buddhism namely the Kadampa teachings prevalent during his time. Thus the Mahamudra, Six Yogas of Naropa and other vajrayana teachings which are unique to the Kagyu lineage became firmly set within the monastic lineages that form the basis of <strong>Hinayana</strong> Buddhism and the bodhisattva teachings of <strong>Mahayana</strong> Buddhism. <br/><br/>Gampopa was the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School and the lineages that branch out from him is known as the Dhakpo Kagyu. He founded the Dhaklha Gampo Monastery where throughout his life he continued his activities of teaching, meditation, and benefiting beings.</p> <hr/><p class="BasicParagraph">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p> </p> <ul><li><strong>The Signs of a Sublime Person</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Useless Things</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Bring Your Own Ruin</strong></li> <li><strong>The Ten Ways to Do Yourself a Kindness </strong></li> </ul><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;"><br/>Course donations</strong></p> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="895RJ9HNU76S8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-precious-garland-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-01 Toward an Understanding of Spirituality - with Philippe Jacquet http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/toward-an-understanding-of-spirituality-with-philippe-jacquet/?date=2018-02-03 <p> In our society the idea of "Spirituality" is very fashionable. The multitude of spiritual programs, workshops and courses can be confusing and misleading. During this workshop we use <strong>Art Therapy</strong> to explore<strong> what " Spirituality" means for you</strong>  and what does it mean to be spiritual in your daily life....</p> <p id="m_-2884062222011585485m_-5411674102809897206gmail-m_-7817410509850893851yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511435993851_6108">This workshop will consist of  <strong>group talks</strong>, <strong>drawing</strong>, <strong>body movement</strong>,<strong> mindfulness exercises</strong> ....   There is no need to be skilled in arts to participate in the workshop, art is used as a medium to get in touch on a deeper level.</p> <p id="m_-2884062222011585485m_-5411674102809897206gmail-m_-7817410509850893851yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1511435993851_6325" dir="ltr">All funds raised from this workshop will go to the <strong><a href="https://akongmemorialfoundation.org/homepage/" target="_blank">Akong Memorial Foundation</a></strong>. Following the untimely death of <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]">Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</a></strong> in 2013, the AMF was set up to further his humanitarian work in the Tsawa Gang region of Tibet and supporting local families in need.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>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.</em></strong></p> <blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><strong style="color: #224d72; font-size: 1.1em;"><span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">To book a place on this course please click on the button below:</span></strong></p> <p dir="ltr">[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8WN2T2TJLPWRN"] </p> </blockquote> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:44:03 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/toward-an-understanding-of-spirituality-with-philippe-jacquet/?date=2018-02-03 Tara and Chenrezig Practice Day - with the Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-and-chenrezig-practice-day-with-the-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-04 <p>This practice day with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha will be in several parts - the morning will be focused on the Tara mantra and Seven Branch Prayer, and the afternoon will be focused on the Chenrezig practice.<br/><br/>The Tara practice  is dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.<br/><br/>The prayers that we will be reciting during the morning are as follows:<br/><br/></p> <ul><li>    Prayer to the Root Guru</li> <li>    Refuge and Bodhicitta</li> <li>    Seven Branch Prayer</li> <li>    Praises to Tara</li> <li>    White Tara Mantra</li> <li>    Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche's Long Life prayer</li> <li>    Dedication Prayers</li> </ul><p><br/>The afternoon will consist of two sessions of the Chenrezig puja, the meditation on loving kindness and compassion,which is done regularly in Samye Dzong.</p> <p>Offerings for the shrine are always welcome.</p> <p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule for the Day</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning session: <strong>9.30am – 10.30am</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Morning Session: <strong>11am - 12.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Lunch Break: <strong>12:30 noon - 2pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Afternoon session: <strong>2pm - 3pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Last Session: <strong>3.30pm – 4.30pm</strong></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:55:39 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-and-chenrezig-practice-day-with-the-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-04 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-07 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 11th January 2017<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4P4BUJA69A9BW"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-07 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 8th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-08 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="XJP9AR8CAJGZA"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-08 Tara Practice - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-08 <p>An evening of Tara prayers with the Kagyu Samye Dzong sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and the ongoing flourishing of Kagyu Samye Ling's activity.</p> <p>When visiting India recently a few members of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha met with <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a> </strong>and asked for what could be done to remove any obstacles to the long life and activity of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. His Holiness recommended that we recite 100 Million of the White Tara Mantra.</p> <p>In addition to this His Holiness recommended that to remove any obstacles for Kagyu Samye Ling we should recite 4 million of the Seven Branch Prayer. Around the same time His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche recommended that we recite the Green Tara Praises for the same purpose.</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book in advance for this evening of prayers.</strong></p> <h3>Order of prayers </h3> <ul><li> <h5>Refuge and Bodhicitta &amp; the Four Immeasurables</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Seven Branch Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Praises to Tara</h5> </li> <li> <h5>White Tara Mantra - OM TARE TUTARE TURE MAMA AYU PUNYE JNANA PUKTIM KURU SOHA</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Lama Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Dedication</h5> </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>Copies of all the prayers will be made availale</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</strong></span></p> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:55:32 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-08 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Apr-July-Sep-Feb) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2018-02-10 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>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.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:46:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2018-02-10 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-02-11 <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> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:52:04 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-02-11 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-14 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 11th January 2017<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4P4BUJA69A9BW"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-14 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 8th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-15 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="XJP9AR8CAJGZA"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-15 Tara Practice - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-15 <p>An evening of Tara prayers with the Kagyu Samye Dzong sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and the ongoing flourishing of Kagyu Samye Ling's activity.</p> <p>When visiting India recently a few members of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha met with <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a> </strong>and asked for what could be done to remove any obstacles to the long life and activity of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. His Holiness recommended that we recite 100 Million of the White Tara Mantra.</p> <p>In addition to this His Holiness recommended that to remove any obstacles for Kagyu Samye Ling we should recite 4 million of the Seven Branch Prayer. Around the same time His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche recommended that we recite the Green Tara Praises for the same purpose.</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book in advance for this evening of prayers.</strong></p> <h3>Order of prayers </h3> <ul><li> <h5>Refuge and Bodhicitta &amp; the Four Immeasurables</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Seven Branch Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Praises to Tara</h5> </li> <li> <h5>White Tara Mantra - OM TARE TUTARE TURE MAMA AYU PUNYE JNANA PUKTIM KURU SOHA</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Lama Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Dedication</h5> </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>Copies of all the prayers will be made availale</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</strong></span></p> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:59:31 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2018-02-15 Losar Celebration – Losar Tashi Deleg - Year of the Earth Dog http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/losar-celebration-losar-tashi-deleg-year-of-the-earth-dog/?date=2018-02-16 <div> <p>Happy Tibetan New Year. The Tibetan new year of 2018 is the year of the Earth Dog.</p> </div> <div>Join us for an evening of auspicious prayers for peace and happiness to bring in the New Year. We will offer a kata (white scarf) to the shrine, followed by food to share.</div> <div> <p>Offerings of food to share are welcome. Please feel free to bring along some vegetarian food and drink.</p> </div> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;"> </span><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Order of Service:</span></p> <ul><li><strong>Refuge Prayers</strong></li> <li><strong>Dorje Chang Tungma</strong></li> <li><strong>King of Aspirations Prayer</strong></li> <li><strong>Meditation</strong></li> <li><strong>Aspiration from the Way of the Bodhisattva</strong></li> <li><strong>Dedications</strong></li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:21:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/losar-celebration-losar-tashi-deleg-year-of-the-earth-dog/?date=2018-02-16 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-17 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:09:44 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-17 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-02-18 <p>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 for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. 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> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:02:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-02-18 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-21 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 11th January 2017<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4P4BUJA69A9BW"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-21 The Qualities of the Spiritual Teacher and Student, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-22 <p>This 5 week course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation. </p> <p>This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhism. Participants are asked to commit to attend the full course, 5 Thursday evening classes.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h2><strong>Course Donations</strong></h2> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QNJH7DCDYJ4BU"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-02-22 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 8th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-22 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="XJP9AR8CAJGZA"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-02-22 The Four Dharmas of Gampopa, with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-dharmas-of-gampopa-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2018-02-24 <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">During this weekend Gelong Thubten will provide an explanation of a well-known teaching by Gampopa, who was one of the great Forefathers of the Kagyu Lineage.</span><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">"May the mind turn towards the Dharma</span><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">May the Dharma follow the path</span><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">On the path, may confusion be dispelled</span><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">May confusion arise as primordial wisdom"</span><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><br style="font-size: 12.8px;"/><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">This concise yet profound teaching presents an overview of the main elements of the path. Explanations will be given on the four ways of changing the mind, the development of love, compassion and bodhicitta, the purification and transformation of emotions and the Vajrayana deity meditations. The teaching thus follows a clear path through the Three Vehicles or Yanas.</span></p> <hr/><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> </p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="KCVGNHRT9YXV8"]</p> <p> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:33:33 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-dharmas-of-gampopa-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2018-02-24 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-02-25 <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> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:49:53 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-02-25 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-28 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 11th January 2017<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4P4BUJA69A9BW"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-february/?date=2018-02-28 The Qualities of the Spiritual Teacher and Student, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-03-01 <p>This 5 week course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation. </p> <p>This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhism. Participants are asked to commit to attend the full course, 5 Thursday evening classes.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h2><strong>Course Donations</strong></h2> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QNJH7DCDYJ4BU"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-03-01 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 8th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-03-01 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</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.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h5><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h5> <p>This 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.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="XJP9AR8CAJGZA"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-8th-february/?date=2018-03-01 Transforming Time Terror with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-time-terror-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-03-03 <p>Most of us are terrorised by time. There are the daily stresses of commuting and childcare, of multitasking and meeting deadlines. Then there are the thoughts we torture ourselves with: "Have I done enough?" and "My life is slipping away". And finally those existential terrors presented by the internal body clock, the relentless footsteps of ageing and death and the environmental time-bombs of climate change and the planet's life-cycle.</p> <p>These and other manifestations of "time stress" can often leaves us paralysed, anxious and dissociated.<br/>But by facing the phenomena of personal time face-on and developing a skilful way of transforming our relationship to it, Life can be freed up in unimaginable ways.</p> <p>This weekend at Spa Road is looking at how meditation and the Buddhist teaching of the "Four Reminders" allows us to do just this: re-frame our relationships with time and turn the ticking clock into an inspiration rather than a terror.</p> <p>It's open to all levels - to beginners or people interested in approaching familiar dharma in a fresh light.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">Mindsprings website.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">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.</span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:02:53 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-time-terror-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-03-03 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-03-04 <p>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 for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. 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> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:30:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-03-04 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-march/?date=2018-03-07 <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. 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 <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on the 1st February<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have begiven to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="XDLD92T8KDNGU"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-7th-march/?date=2018-03-07 The Qualities of the Spiritual Teacher and Student, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-03-08 <p>This 5 week course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation. </p> <p>This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhism. Participants are asked to commit to attend the full course, 5 Thursday evening classes.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h2><strong>Course Donations</strong></h2> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p> In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p> Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>  [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QNJH7DCDYJ4BU"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-qualities-of-the-spiritual-teacher-and-student-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-03-08