All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Establishing a regular practice of meditation, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/establishing-a-regular-practice-of-meditation-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-07-21 <p>Many people want to meditate and relax but good intentions often falter. It is all very well to talk about the benefits of meditation but unless we actually do it, it is like counting other people’s money and calling it our own. The benefits of meditation will not arise without <strong>effort</strong> and establishing some sense of <strong>regularity</strong> and <strong>prioritisation</strong>.</p> <p>We will develop the kind of motivation to lift our spirits when we are down and also overcome obstacles to our regular practice of meditation. There will be an emphasis on the <strong>development of emotional resilience</strong> and how to “ride the waves” of whatever weather is presenting itself at the time. Olympic athletes have to train so hard but if we train even a little in awareness, then we can have every day a chance to anchor our wandering mind and restless emotions.</p> <p>We need to give something in order to receive something. Investment in our daily practice could help us “stand on our own two feet”, and face our life situations with <strong>courage</strong> without being overwhelmed or losing our focus.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">About Clive Holmes</strong></p> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<span><strong>Taming the Tige</strong></span><strong>r</strong>" and "<span><strong>Restoring the Balance</strong></span>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:13:47 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/establishing-a-regular-practice-of-meditation-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-07-21 Introduction to meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 12th July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-26 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. 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</strong> of peace 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 Thursday</strong> evening for 3 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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>This course will run over three Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all three classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-26 Summer Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2018-07-30 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The centre will close at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369086"><span class="aQJ">9pm</span></span> on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369087"><span class="aQJ">Sunday 29th July </span></span>after the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja a</span><span>nd will reopen at </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369088"><span class="aQJ">2pm</span></span><span> on </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369089"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday 22nd August</span></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:52:21 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2018-07-30 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-08-26 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:52:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-08-26 Attitude of Gratitude, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-09-01 <p> Attitude is more important than events, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. The remarkable thing is <strong>we have a choice</strong> every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day, but few of us exercise the muscle of this choice and consequently are thrown about like feathers in the wind.</p> <p>We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is<strong> take charge of our Attitudes</strong>. Every moment is an opportunity to wake up from our negativities, assumptions, prejudices and habits. Gratitude can be fun too. Not some “heavy duty” thing to add to our to-do list.</p> <p>The heart of the weekend will be to look at f<strong>our progressive levels of cultivating gratitude</strong> based on the seven points of mind training - a deep text from the Tibetan tradition.</p> <hr/><h4><strong>About Clive Holmes</strong></h4> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<strong>Taming the Tige</strong><strong>r</strong>" and "<strong>Restoring the Balance</strong>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:20:51 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-09-01 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-06 <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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>This course will run over fourThursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-06 The Four Limitless Meditations with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th to the 27th of September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-06 <p>The Four Limitless Meditations - Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity- are also known as the <strong>Four Immeasurables</strong>, or the<strong> Brahmaviharas</strong>. These four qualities are taught to provide the answer to all situations we may encounter in our lives. They are the <strong>great removers of tension</strong>, the<strong> great peace-makers</strong> in social conflict, and the <strong>great healers of wounds</strong> suffered in the struggle of existence.</p> <p>Through contemplation and dedicated practice of The Four Immeasurables, we <strong>transform</strong> our <strong>delusion</strong>, <strong>greed</strong>, <strong>self-centredness</strong>, and <strong>negativity</strong>. We heal the afflictions of anger, hatred, loneliness, sorrow, and unhealthy attachments.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will go through these over four weeks. Each session will have time for questions as well as meditations to help these attitudes become our inseparable companions, and so we become mindful of them in our daily activities. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience in Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Thursday evening</strong>s and it is a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong></span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>not to book</strong></span> for the course. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation. </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-06 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-09-08 <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 26th - 27th May – 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 – 8th - 9th September 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 – 24th - 25th November 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 – 25th - 26th January 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 £150 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 09:45:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-09-08 The Seven Branch Prayer, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-seven-branch-prayer-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-08 <p dir="auto">Lama Zangmo will explain the Seven Branch prayer which are often found in the various sadhana texts (pujas) and aspiration prayers. There are many versions of the seven branch prayer that one can find in different texts. This day is an opportunity to get more familiar with the importance of the Seven Branches.</p> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a></strong> stated: “The key points of the Seven Branch Payer is to gather the accumulations and purify the obscurations. There is no practice that is not included within these two. Gathering the accumulations means gathering all the favourable conditions for developing the path within our beings. Purifying misdeeds and obscurations means clearing away the conditions that counteract developing the path within.”</p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">The Seven Branches are:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong>Prostrations</strong></li> <li><strong>Making offerings</strong></li> <li><strong>Confessing past wrongs</strong></li> <li><strong>Rejoicing in virtue</strong></li> <li><strong>Requesting the buddhas to teach the Dharma</strong></li> <li><strong>Supplicating the buddhas not to abandon the world</strong></li> <li><strong>Dedicating the roots of virtue</strong></li> </ol><p>Lama Zangmo will explain these branches in more detail. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience. </p> </div> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:18:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-seven-branch-prayer-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-08 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-09-09 <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, 03 Dec 2017 16:30:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-09-09 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-12 <p>This course is suitable for anyone who has had some previous meditation instruction and would like to learn more about Shamatha meditation.</p> <p>The course can be attended as a follow-up to the<strong> Guide to Shamatha Meditation</strong> course that took place in June as well as a follow up to the <strong>Introduction to Meditation </strong>courses, or simply as a way to continue to deepen ones understanding, clarify uncertainties and gain more experience in ones meditation.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will explain topics such as: <strong>Developing Mindfulness</strong> and <strong>Introspection</strong>; How to <strong>deal with difficulties</strong> and problems in Shamatha meditation; Explanation of <strong>The Nine Stages of the Path to Shamatha</strong> ; The <strong>Prerequisites for attaining Shamatha</strong>.</p> <p>There will be time for sitting and walking meditation, and explanation on <strong>how to bring awareness into daily life </strong>outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>.</strong> Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-12 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-13 <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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>This course will run over fourThursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-13 The Four Limitless Meditations with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th to the 27th of September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-13 <p>The Four Limitless Meditations - Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity- are also known as the <strong>Four Immeasurables</strong>, or the<strong> Brahmaviharas</strong>. These four qualities are taught to provide the answer to all situations we may encounter in our lives. They are the <strong>great removers of tension</strong>, the<strong> great peace-makers</strong> in social conflict, and the <strong>great healers of wounds</strong> suffered in the struggle of existence.</p> <p>Through contemplation and dedicated practice of The Four Immeasurables, we <strong>transform</strong> our <strong>delusion</strong>, <strong>greed</strong>, <strong>self-centredness</strong>, and <strong>negativity</strong>. We heal the afflictions of anger, hatred, loneliness, sorrow, and unhealthy attachments.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will go through these over four weeks. Each session will have time for questions as well as meditations to help these attitudes become our inseparable companions, and so we become mindful of them in our daily activities. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience in Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Thursday evening</strong>s and it is a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong></span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>not to book</strong></span> for the course. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation. </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-13 Sitting with the feeling: exploring emotions in meditation, with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/sitting-with-the-feeling-exploring-emotions-in-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-09-15 <p><span>Drawing on his experience as a long-term practitioner, therapist and Buddhist, Alistair Appleton is leading a 2-day workshop for those interested in working more skilfully with their emotions. </span></p> <p><span>Many of us have the tendency to pathologise what we feel and beat ourselves up for the negative emotions that can spring up from nowhere. Working with the body as the safe container for our practice, Alistair is looking at ways of cultivating a more curious, compassionate and embodied dance with the energy of our feelings. </span></p> <p><span>Suitable for all levels. </span></p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/working-emotions-meditation/">Mindsprings website</a>.</strong></p> <p><span><span><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:11:55 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/sitting-with-the-feeling-exploring-emotions-in-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-09-15 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-15 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:21:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-15 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-09-16 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:16:16 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-09-16 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-19 <p>This course is suitable for anyone who has had some previous meditation instruction and would like to learn more about Shamatha meditation.</p> <p>The course can be attended as a follow-up to the<strong> Guide to Shamatha Meditation</strong> course that took place in June as well as a follow up to the <strong>Introduction to Meditation </strong>courses, or simply as a way to continue to deepen ones understanding, clarify uncertainties and gain more experience in ones meditation.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will explain topics such as: <strong>Developing Mindfulness</strong> and <strong>Introspection</strong>; How to <strong>deal with difficulties</strong> and problems in Shamatha meditation; Explanation of <strong>The Nine Stages of the Path to Shamatha</strong> ; The <strong>Prerequisites for attaining Shamatha</strong>.</p> <p>There will be time for sitting and walking meditation, and explanation on <strong>how to bring awareness into daily life </strong>outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>.</strong> Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-19 The Four Limitless Meditations with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th to the 27th of September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-20 <p>The Four Limitless Meditations - Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity- are also known as the <strong>Four Immeasurables</strong>, or the<strong> Brahmaviharas</strong>. These four qualities are taught to provide the answer to all situations we may encounter in our lives. They are the <strong>great removers of tension</strong>, the<strong> great peace-makers</strong> in social conflict, and the <strong>great healers of wounds</strong> suffered in the struggle of existence.</p> <p>Through contemplation and dedicated practice of The Four Immeasurables, we <strong>transform</strong> our <strong>delusion</strong>, <strong>greed</strong>, <strong>self-centredness</strong>, and <strong>negativity</strong>. We heal the afflictions of anger, hatred, loneliness, sorrow, and unhealthy attachments.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will go through these over four weeks. Each session will have time for questions as well as meditations to help these attitudes become our inseparable companions, and so we become mindful of them in our daily activities. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience in Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Thursday evening</strong>s and it is a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong></span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>not to book</strong></span> for the course. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation. </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-20 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-20 <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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>This course will run over fourThursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-20 The Eight Consciousnesses and The Five Buddha Families - with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2018-09-22 <p>Each of the five Buddha families represents a particular enlightened wisdom. When the five disturbing emotions of anger, attachment, ignorance, pride, and envy are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms shine forth.<br/><br/>We can also look at this as a process of purifying our ordinary mind, consisting of eight consciousnesses. When these consciousnesses are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms are revealed.<br/><br/></p> <ul><li>Saturday 22nd September - <strong>11.00 am</strong> - <strong>5.00 pm</strong></li> <li>Sunday 23rd September - <strong>10.00 am</strong> - <strong>4.00 pm</strong></li> </ul><h3><strong>About Ringu Tulku Rinpoche</strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Lamas/_resampled/resizedimage190272-ringu-tulku.jpg" alt="ringu tulku" width="190" height="272"/></p> <p>Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.</p> <p>Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Asia. He participates in various interfaith and ‘Science and Buddhism’ dialogues and is the author of a number of books on Buddhist topics. These include Path to Buddhahood, Daring Steps, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Confusion Arises as Wisdom, the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series, as well as several children’s books, available in Tibetan and European languages.</p> <p>  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; float: none; display: inline;"> </span></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:35:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2018-09-22 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-26 <p>This course is suitable for anyone who has had some previous meditation instruction and would like to learn more about Shamatha meditation.</p> <p>The course can be attended as a follow-up to the<strong> Guide to Shamatha Meditation</strong> course that took place in June as well as a follow up to the <strong>Introduction to Meditation </strong>courses, or simply as a way to continue to deepen ones understanding, clarify uncertainties and gain more experience in ones meditation.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will explain topics such as: <strong>Developing Mindfulness</strong> and <strong>Introspection</strong>; How to <strong>deal with difficulties</strong> and problems in Shamatha meditation; Explanation of <strong>The Nine Stages of the Path to Shamatha</strong> ; The <strong>Prerequisites for attaining Shamatha</strong>.</p> <p>There will be time for sitting and walking meditation, and explanation on <strong>how to bring awareness into daily life </strong>outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>.</strong> Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-26 The Four Limitless Meditations with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th to the 27th of September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-27 <p>The Four Limitless Meditations - Loving-kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity- are also known as the <strong>Four Immeasurables</strong>, or the<strong> Brahmaviharas</strong>. These four qualities are taught to provide the answer to all situations we may encounter in our lives. They are the <strong>great removers of tension</strong>, the<strong> great peace-makers</strong> in social conflict, and the <strong>great healers of wounds</strong> suffered in the struggle of existence.</p> <p>Through contemplation and dedicated practice of The Four Immeasurables, we <strong>transform</strong> our <strong>delusion</strong>, <strong>greed</strong>, <strong>self-centredness</strong>, and <strong>negativity</strong>. We heal the afflictions of anger, hatred, loneliness, sorrow, and unhealthy attachments.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will go through these over four weeks. Each session will have time for questions as well as meditations to help these attitudes become our inseparable companions, and so we become mindful of them in our daily activities. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience in Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Thursday evening</strong>s and it is a <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong></span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>not to book</strong></span> for the course. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation. </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-limitless-meditations-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-6th-to-the-27th-of-september/?date=2018-09-27 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-27 <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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>This course will run over fourThursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-27 Instructions in the Ngondro: Refuge and Prostrations, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/instructions-in-the-ngondro-refuge-and-prostrations-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-29 <p dir="auto">The Ngondro is a practice text by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, consisting of the four ordinary foundations and the four special foundations. </p> <p dir="auto">The function of the Ngondro is to help us appreciate the importance of Dharma  practice, and is a method to practice purification and accummulation of merit.</p> <p dir="auto">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on how to start the first of the special foundations, the refuge and prostrations. </p> <p dir="auto"><em><strong>This course is only suitable for those who have taken REFUGE and are already familiar with the four ordinary foundations, and who wish to start the practice of performing one hundred thousand prostations.</strong></em> For any questions, feel free to contact the office.</p> <p dir="auto">You will need to bring a Ngondro text to the teachings. (available from the shop). </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making a Donation</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:19:11 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/instructions-in-the-ngondro-refuge-and-prostrations-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-29 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-09-30 <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 11:52:45 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-09-30 Mindtraining and Meditation with Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindtraining-and-meditation-with-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2018-10-03 <p><span>We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on 3rd October.</span></p> <p><span>Drupon Rinpoche will give teachings on <strong>Mindtraining</strong> and <strong>meditation</strong>, and will give instructions and guidance that is suitable for all, beginners and more advanced practitioners alike. Anyone is welcome to attend this evening, whether Buddhist or not.</span></p> <p><span>Drupon Rinpoche will teach in Tibetan and his translator Kunga will translate into English.</span><span>  </span></p> <p><span><strong>As we expect this to be a busy event, please let us know if you are coming, and please arrive in good time to be seated by 7pm.</strong></span></p> <h3>About Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu</h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/Drupon-Rinpoche-resized1.jpg" alt="Drupon Rinpoche resized1" width="253" height="300"/>Drupon Rinpoche spent many years of intense study at Serta Larung Ga and other seats of Dharma, where he came to possess a brilliant command of the teachings and pith instructions. </p> <p>Most of the year Rinpoche now resides at <strong>Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre</strong> in Nepal, where he guides and gives daily teachings to two groups of retreatants:  a traditional three-year retreat for the lamas of Thrangu Monastery, and a six-year programme of study, contemplation and meditation for students of all nationalities. He gives tremendous importance to the foundational contemplations and particularly lojong or mind training. These are among the most effective means for disrupting the ego’s tenacious tentacles and for planting the seeds of the good and wholesome. He is also responsible for guiding the practitioners engaged in long-term practice in the <strong>Kagyu Samye Ling retreat centres</strong>.</p> <p>As a guiding teacher Rinpoche has the unique ability to communicate teachings often seen as abstruse and remote in a very direct and personal way. He impacts the student not only with lucid explanation but also, in an uncanny way, reveals their thought processes and neurotic blind spots. His words are personal to our own thinking and act like a close mirror to our habitual psychological patterns and the mind poisons</p> <p>The way he lives naturally displays the qualities of one whose mind is suffused with Dharma, and is as far from the worldly mentality as the sun is from the earth. He has an easy way with life and death and an innocent generosity. In the person of Rinpoche one finds the embodiment of the bhikshu’s discipline and rigour, the vast compassionate mind of the bodhisattva and the incandescent free spirit of the vajrayana siddha.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 06 May 2018 11:47:49 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindtraining-and-meditation-with-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2018-10-03 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-11 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-11 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-18 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-18 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-20 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:22:41 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-20 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-10-21 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:16:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-10-21 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-25 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-25 The Topsy-Turvey World of Tonglen with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-topsy-turvey-world-of-tonglen-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-10-27 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In this 2-day workshops, Alistair Appleton is leading us through a very embodied engagement with this classic Buddhist practice. </p> <p><span><span>Most of us live by grabbing hold of what we want and pushing away the nasty bits of life, but tonglen turns this completely on its head: what happens if we welcome the negative and give away the good? Crazy as it sounds, practicing this from a strongly embodied and open-hearted place leads to long-lasting shifts in our experience of the world. We can feel happier, less paranoid and a whole lot more connected. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Drawing on his work as a therapist, and his long engagement with Buddhist meditation, Alistair welcomes practitioners of any level to this weekend. </span></span></p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via<a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/topsy-turvey-logic-tonglen/" target="_blank"> the Mindsprings website</a>.</strong></p> <p><span><span><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></span></span></p> <p> </p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:16:44 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-topsy-turvey-world-of-tonglen-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-10-27 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-10-28 <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 11:53:02 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-10-28 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-11-01 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-11-01 Death Cafe http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2018-11-02 <p><span>On the 2018 Day of the Dead, Samye Dzong London will be hosting two <strong><a href="http://deathcafe.com/" target="_blank">Death Cafes</a></strong>, one from 3.00-4.30 pm and the second from 6.30-8.00 pm.</span></p> <p><span>At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. </span><br/><br/><span>Our objective is </span>'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'<span>. </span><br/><br/><span>A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. <em><strong>It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.</strong></em> </span></p> <p><span><span>The Death Cafe is offered: </span><br/><br/></span></p> <ul><li> On a not for profit basis </li> <li> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space </li> <li>With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action </li> <li>Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake! </li> </ul><p><span><strong>Spaces are limited and you will need to book a seat in the Death Cafe.</strong> You can do this by<strong> <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">emailing the office</a></strong> and stating which cafe you'd like to attend (3.00 pm or 6.30 pm).</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:29:36 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2018-11-02 Death Cafe http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2018-11-02 <p><span>On the 2018 Day of the Dead, Samye Dzong London will be hosting two <strong><a href="http://deathcafe.com/" target="_blank">Death Cafes</a></strong>, one from 3.00-4.30 pm and the second from 6.30-8.00 pm.</span></p> <p><span>At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. </span><br/><br/><span>Our objective is </span>'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'<span>. </span><br/><br/><span>A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. <em><strong>It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.</strong></em> </span></p> <p><span><span>The Death Cafe is offered: </span><br/><br/></span></p> <ul><li> On a not for profit basis </li> <li> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space </li> <li>With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action </li> <li>Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake! </li> </ul><p><span><strong>Spaces are limited and you will need to book a seat in the Death Cafe.</strong> You can do this by<strong> <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">emailing the office</a></strong> and stating which cafe you'd like to attend (3.00 pm or 6.30 pm).</span></p> <p><span> </span></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:30:17 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2018-11-02 Better Health through Meditation - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/better-health-through-meditation-ancient-wisdom-for-modern-living-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-11-10 <p>Meditation can help us both care for our health and improve our quality of life. The teachings will be based on the Tibetan forms of therapy ("tso-wa” meaning to heal wounds already there and trying to prevent future wounds occurring). The weekend will incorporate <strong>visualisation</strong>,<strong> breathing methods</strong> and <strong>meditation exercises</strong>.</p> <p>One secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to<strong> live in the present moment, wisely and earnestly</strong>. So, we will learn how “to bring a kind and precise attention to all of our experience.” We will learn skills on how to respond directly to our inner and outer “weather” and not be slaves to moods or feelings that come and go like clouds. Cultivating such awareness could have a direct benefit to our health.</p> <p>The  “<strong>Four Healing Powers</strong>” will also be shared – these are helpful and healing images, words, feelings and encouraging confidence. They have been taught successfully for hundreds of years in Tibet but are not so well known in the west.</p> <p>Using visualisations we can <strong>cultivate our ability to relax</strong> and gain internal access to support, especially to help when times are difficult. <strong>Self-compassion</strong> can also help us overcome shame and low self-esteem.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">About Clive Holmes</strong></p> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<strong>Taming the Tige</strong><strong>r</strong>" and "<strong>Restoring the Balance</strong>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;"> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:25:12 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/better-health-through-meditation-ancient-wisdom-for-modern-living-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-11-10 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-11-11 <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, 03 Dec 2017 16:31:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-11-11 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-11-17 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:23:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-11-17 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-11-18 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:18:07 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-11-18 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 22nd November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-11-22 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. 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</strong> of peace 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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong><strong> <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>. </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-11-22 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-11-24 <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 26th - 27th May – 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 – 8th - 9th September 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 – 24th - 25th November 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 – 25th - 26th January 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 £150 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 09:46:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-11-24 Lineage, Devotion and the Three Roots with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lineage-devotion-and-the-three-roots-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2018-11-24 <p>This weekend course will explain some of the principal points of the practice of Vajrayana, which is the most profound aspect of Lord Buddha’s teachings and the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. In Vajrayana we take refuge in six supports: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which are the Three Jewels, and the Three Roots are the Lamas - the source of blessing, the Yidams - the source of accomplishment, and the Protectors and Dakinis - the source of activity.</p> <p>Through studying the significance of these Six Refuges, we will come to understand the <strong>key elements of the Vajrayana path</strong>, in particular the importance of <strong>devotion</strong> and the <strong>transmission of lineage</strong>.</p> <p>We will look at the meaning of devotion in the different levels of Buddhist training, and methods for giving rise to it as well as deepening it. We will also learn the meaning of transmission and blessing and the significance of empowerments or initiations. There will also be an explanation of the history of Buddhism in Tibet and the different schools. </p> <p>This course will be suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced, and will help to clarify some of the common questions concerning Tibetan Buddhism.</p> <hr/><h3><strong>Gelong Thubten</strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Teachers-and-Course-Leaders/_resampled/resizedimage151208-093802d-thubten-gelong-buddhist-monk-d-ah1.jpg" alt="093802d thubten gelong buddhist monk d ah1" width="151" height="208"/></p> <p><strong>Gelong Thubten</strong> has been a monk since 1993, and for many years served as Akong Tulku Rinpoche's secretary and assistant. Thubten also gives courses at Samye Ling and the Samye Dzong centres.</p> <p>In his early years as a monk he completed 200 pairs of the Nyung Ney fasting practice in retreat, and more recently he completed a four year retreat and a one year retreat at Samye Ling's long term retreat centre on Arran.</p> <p>His work also involves teaching meditation in organisations such as companies, hospitals, schools, prisons and the social services.</p> <p>Thubten is director of <a href="http://www.ksdscarborough.org.uk/" target="_blank">Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough</a> and a trustee of <a href="http://www.rokpa.org/sui/en/home/">ROKPA Switzerland</a>.</p> <hr/><p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><span> </span></p> Sun, 03 Jun 2018 15:04:51 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lineage-devotion-and-the-three-roots-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2018-11-24 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-11-25 <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 11:53:24 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-11-25 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 22nd November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-11-29 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. 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</strong> of peace 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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong><strong> <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>. </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-11-29 Lucid Dreaming with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2018-12-01 <p>We sleep for a third of our lives. Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep allows us to make use of that time and gives us the tools to train our minds, reprogram our habits and to enter into a friendship with every aspect of our psyches, all while we’re sound asleep.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage225200-charlie-croppped-balcony.jpg" alt="charlie croppped balcony" width="225" height="200"/>By using the best of both <strong>Western dream-work</strong> and <strong>Tibetan Buddhist techniques Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep</strong>  Charlie offers a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the aims of <strong>psychological growth</strong> and<strong> mind training</strong>!</p> <p><span>This weekend workshop does </span><strong>not </strong><span>include a sleep over.</span></p> <p> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is available for people of all ages and abilities.</span></p> <hr/><p><strong>Charlie Morley</strong> is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]" target="_blank">Lama Yeshe Rinpoche </a>in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 13 languages.</p> <p>He’s spoken at Cambridge University,  The Houses of Parliament, is a regular expert panellist for <a id="LPlnk274975" href="https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/sep/10/how-to-improve-your-public-speaking-live-chat">The Guardian </a>and has been named one of  <a id="LPlnk556237" href="http://www.sonima.com/meditation/mindful-living/meditation-instructors/">The Next Generation of Meditation Teachers</a>.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a <a id="LPlnk175768" href="https://www.wcmt.org.uk/apply/what-churchill-fellowship">Churchill Fellowship</a> grant to research “mindfulness based PTSD treatment” and continues to teach on retreats for armed forces veterans.</p> <p>For the past 10 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He lived at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in London 7 years and now lives nearby with his wife Jade Shaw.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:16:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2018-12-01 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 22nd November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-12-06 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. 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</strong> of peace 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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong><strong> <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>. </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-12-06 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion (Oct 2018) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion-oct-2018/?date=2018-12-08 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE 20th-21st October – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO 8th-9th December – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE 16th-17th February 2019 – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span>Please contact </span><a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span> for the booking link</span></p> <p><span>Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p><span>Cost:   <strong>  £450.00</strong> for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of <strong>£150.00</strong></span></p> <h4><span><em><span>This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:48:55 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion-oct-2018/?date=2018-12-08 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-12-09 <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, 03 Dec 2017 16:32:24 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-12-09 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 22nd November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-12-13 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. 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</strong> of peace 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 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> <h4><strong>Important Information</strong></h4> <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>This course will run over four Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes.<strong><strong> <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>. </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-22nd-november/?date=2018-12-13