All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-21 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" 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/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-21 Embracing Death and Dying Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying-day/?date=2019-11-23 <h2>Embracing Death and Dying day - a celebration of life through reflection on death</h2> <p>Join us on Saturday 23rd November for our fifth annual Death &amp; Dying Day: A Celebration of Life Through Reflection on Death', organised by the Samye Dzong London Bardo Group. Our previous events were a huge success, and after taking a break last year, we would like to welcome you all again this year.</p> <p>The event is an opportunity to <strong>explore and reflect on death and dying</strong> through a number of talks and workshops hosted by a variety of speakers.</p> <p><span>In addition to the events listed below we will also be featuring on the day; poetry, film, an exhibition of coffins and, of course, a cafe serving food and drink.</span></p> <table style="width: 700px;" border="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td> <p><span>10.00 - 10.35</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>‘What happens when you die’</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>Dr. Angela Halley</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>Angela is a consultant in Palliative Care Medicine at the Royal Marsden Hospital and has spoken at our Centre in previous years.</span></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><span>10.40 - 11.15</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>The role of mindfulness in palliative care</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>Simon Robey</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>Simon Robey is a practitioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine and manages the complementary therapy and Namaste Care teams at St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney.</span></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>11.15 - 11.45</span></p> </td> <td> <p> BREAK</p> </td> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>11.45 - 12.20</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Research on the dying process</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Dr Peter Fenwick</span></p> </td> <td> <p>Dr Peter Fenwick is Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and neurophysiologist who is known for his studies on epilepsy and end of life phenomena.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>12.25-13.00</span></p> </td> <td> <p> The <span>Buddhist approach to death &amp; dying</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Lama Zangmo</span></p> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> 13.00 - 14.00</p> </td> <td> <p> LUNCH BREAK</p> </td> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>14.00 - 14.35</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Will writing and advanced care planning</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Douglas McQuaid</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span> </span></p> <p><span>Douglas McQuaid at Hillman Legal Partnerships specialises in Wills and Probate, including Trusts, Lasting Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Inheritance Tax. </span></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>14.40 - 15.15</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>The modern funeral director; a holistic approach</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Poppy’s funerals</span></p> </td> <td> <p><span>Poppy’s Funerals are a modern funeral directors' based in Lewisham, providing a meaningful, personalised funeral</span><span> </span><span>service</span><span>.  </span></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>15.15 - 15.45</span></p> </td> <td> <p> BREAK</p> </td> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>15.45 - 16.20</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Death is not a swear word; lucid dreaming, conscious dying</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Charlie Morley</span></p> </td> <td> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling Hay House author and teacher of lucid dreaming and shadow work.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p> <span>16.30 - 17.00</span></p> </td> <td> <p> <span>Prayers to Remember Loved Ones</span></p> </td> <td> <p> </p> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p>If you'd like to get a flavour of previous years, you can check out the programme and video from <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=807]">our 2017 event</a>, and you can also listen to the talks recorded in 2016 which can be streamed or downloaded <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1050]" target="_blank">from the website</a>.</p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:23:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying-day/?date=2019-11-23 Meditation and Mindfulness as a Way of Life, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-as-a-way-of-life-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-11-27 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This is a course especially for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers. </p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from the 6th-27th November between 19.00 - 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <hr/><p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </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 style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" 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="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <p> </p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-as-a-way-of-life-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-11-27 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-28 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" 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/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-28 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2019-11-30 <p>Come to the Centre for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:43:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2019-11-30 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-01 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course OR <span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">people who can read and have some basic knowledge</span> of Tibetan will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:40:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-01 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-12-05 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" 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/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-12-05 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2019-12-14 <p>Come to the Centre for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:43:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2019-12-14 Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-12-14 <h2>'The importance of working with anxiety and panic' </h2> <p>So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety is at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic. </p> <h2>Effective embodied tools that work</h2> <p>For millenia, Buddhist practitioners have known that the source of all this anxiety is the thinking mind. Our bodies are naturally programmed to feel fear and panic – and these are healthy things. But our thinking minds can imagine endless triggers for these bodily states and so we get trapped in cycles of chronic anxiety. </p> <p>For more than 6 years, <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=283]">Alistair Appleton</a></strong> has been teaching and researching this topic and looking at the best ways of working with anxiety and panic.   This weekend is an introduction to his<a href="https://mind-springs.org/blog/somatic-meditation/"> </a>‘somatic’ approach to anxiety. </p> <h2>During the weekend we will explore: </h2> <ul><li>the neurobiological overview of how stress and anxiety work </li> <li>an exploration of the difference between FEAR and PANIC in the body</li> <li>the modern understanding of the vagus nerve and polyvagal theory</li> <li>ways to release anxious tension in the body and connect with the Earth</li> <li>simple but effective exercises to bring us out of flight-and-fight and collapse</li> <li>on-going meditations to condition our autonomic nervous system away from anxiety</li> </ul><h2>What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course</h2> <ul><li>We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation</li> <li>There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.</li> <li>Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.</li> <li>Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice</li> <li>We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks</li> <li>You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.</li> <li>After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates</li> </ul><h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-2/" target="_blank">the Mindsprings website</a><a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic/" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:01:28 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-12-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-12-15 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:16:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-12-15 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-15 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course OR <span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">people who can read and have some basic knowledge</span> of Tibetan will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:52:31 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-15 Winter Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2019-12-16 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The Centre will close after the Chenrezig Puja on <strong>Sunday 15th December</strong> and will reopen at 5.00 pm on<strong> Wednesday 8th January 2020</strong>.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>We wish everybody a very happy holiday season. <br/></span></h3> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:54:51 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2019-12-16 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 9th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-09 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-09 Maitri and Internal Family Systems - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/maitri-and-internal-family-systems-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-01-11 <p> Maitri meditation offers a really powerful and useful practice for understanding what makes us tick. It also gives us the means to love ourselves wisely. </p> <p>This weekend is drawing on Alistair Appleton’s work as a therapist and his experience as a meditator in the Buddhist tradition.<br/>The Tibetan teacher, Chögyam Trungpa calls appreciation of others “compassion”. Appreciation of our selves is called “maitri”. The one without the other is, he says, a ‘dead-end’.</p> <p>Some of us rush towards helping, caring and looking after others in the name of compassion. But without a deep appreciation of the structure of our own being then our love tends to be tangled and distorted. The practice of ‘maitri’ is the practice of bringing warmth, wisdom and curiosity to the structure of existence we call “self”.</p> <p>In his work as a therapist, Alistair has seen how effective and illuminating the Internal Family Systems model is. It was developed by the American psychotherapist Richard Schwartz, IFS gives a way of staying embodied in a field of open-hearted awareness (“Self” with a capital S). From this you grow aware of the multiple structures of our “little self” (with a small s). This weekend will be exploring how we can use the IFS model in our practice to truly bring our self into the field of maitri.</p> <p>In this weekend we’ll be exploring:</p> <p>• the fundamental exercises of somatic meditation that dissolve unnecessary bodily tension<br/>• opening into a sense of the ‘Big Self’ through the somatic portal of the heart<br/>• relaxing back into a field of warmth and tenderness<br/>• becoming aware of the ‘parts’ the play out in our existence<br/>• understanding the IFS categories of firefighters, managers and exiles<br/>• learning to work with our parts from a place of open-hearted curiosity, compassion and ease<br/>• laying the basis for internal openness and peace<br/>• opening the heart forward to connect with other people real existence and pain</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/maitri-meditation-and-internal-family-systems/" target="_blank">the</a></strong><strong><a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/maitri-meditation-and-internal-family-systems/" target="_blank"> Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <h6><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></h6> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:44:43 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/maitri-and-internal-family-systems-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-01-11 A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-15 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-15 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 9th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-16 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-16 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-16 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-16 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-01-18 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:55:38 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-01-18 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-01-19 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:09:03 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-01-19 A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-22 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-22 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 9th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-23 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-23 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-23 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-23 Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-June-Sept-Nov) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2020-01-25 <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 29th - 30th JUNE – 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  7th - 8th 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 2nd - 3rd 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 OBSERVER</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> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 14:57:56 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2020-01-25 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=2020-01-25 <p>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>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>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on how to start the first of the special foundations, the refuge and prostrations.</p> <p><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 prostrations.</strong></em></p> <p>For any questions, please contact the office or make an appointment to speak to Lama Zangmo.</p> <p>You will need to bring a Ngondro text to the teachings. (available from the shop).</p> <p>If there is enough interest we will add a monthly Ngondro practice Day to the programme.</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> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 12:06:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/instructions-in-the-ngondro-refuge-and-prostrations-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-01-25 A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-29 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-01-29 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-30 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-30 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 9th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-30 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-30 A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-02-05 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-02-05 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-02-06 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-02-06 Introduction to Buddhism - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-buddhism-series.-1-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-08 <p>This is the first part of an Introduction to Buddhism series, which will give an overview and understanding of the framework for the Buddhist path, covering an explanation of the three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. There will also be time for Q&amp;A.</p> <h5>The Four Noble Truths</h5> <p>This was the very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment. It is referred to as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma' because it represents the first phase of the Buddha's teaching. It is called a 'wheel' because it is a means for travelling the path to enlightenment in much the same way that a wheel enables a vehicle to move along a road.</p> <h5>The Noble Eightfold Path</h5> <p>The Noble Eightfold Path is the essence of the Middle Way, the path between the extremes of self-indulgence and denial. It contains eight interrelated aspects that make up the 'skilful living' that the Buddha taught is necessary to uproot suffering and its causes, and thus to sever the cycle of conditioned existence.</p> <p>The Noble Eightfold Path comprises the three essentials of Buddhist training, ethical conduct, mental development and wisdom. (Please note that 'right' in this instance means 'skillful and wise'.)</p> <p>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series.</p> <p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:40:04 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-buddhism-series.-1-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-08 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-15 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:56:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-15 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-02-16 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:09:37 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-02-16 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-20 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-20 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-27 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-27 Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2020-02-29 <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama will go through the text and the course will include instructions in the <strong>meaning</strong>, <strong>visualisation</strong>, <strong>mantra</strong> and <strong>mudras</strong>.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Texts are available from the shop.</p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so.</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation. </p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The Chenrezig practice takes place every <strong>Saturday</strong> and most <strong>Sunday</strong> every month. Please refer to the <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]"><strong>weekly programme</strong> </a>for more details.</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> </p> Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:47:42 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2020-02-29 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-04 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-04 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-05 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-05 The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-07 <p>This is a day of introduction to Buddhism through focusing on impermanence, the preciousness of our life, karma, cause and effect and the general dissatisfaction of samsara. There will be time for contemplation and questions and answers.</p> <p>The point of meditating on the meaning of our <strong>precious human birth</strong> is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.</p> <p>Meditating on <em>impermanence</em> is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma. Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases ones’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully.</p> <p><strong>Karma, cause and effect</strong> should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.</p> <p><strong>Considering the defects of samsara</strong>, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive.</p> <p>Buddhism defines true happiness as liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations.</p> <p><strong>This day can be attended as a course on its own or as a part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series.</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:57:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-07 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-11 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-11 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-12 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-12 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-14 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:56:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-03-15 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:10:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-03-15 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-18 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-18 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-25 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-25 Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 <p>Taking refuge is the first formal step on the Buddhist path. This day will be an explanation of what it means to take refuge. Spiritual refuge is a protection and eventual freedom from the confusion and suffering of cyclic existence (samsara).</p> <p>The genuine sources of spiritual refuge are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The ultimate refuge is our own mind, our Buddha nature.</p> <p>It is because the Buddha Nature, or potential, is common to all beings that they are capable of attaining enlightenment. For example: a stone doesn’t have the potential to produce oil, and so no matter how much you might press it and grind it—even if you use modern tools and machinery—you will never extract any oil. A sesame seed, on the other hand, does have the potential to produce oil, and by pressing it in the right way, sesame oil can and will be produced. Like that the potential exists as part of our basic nature.</p> <p>The day of teachings will also cover topics such as the importance of receiving refuge from an authentic and unbroken lineage of transmission, the role of faith and trust, and how to relate to the refuge ceremony itself, as well as the importance of taking refuge with the right motivation.</p> <p>Akong Tulku Rinpoche used to say that if you want to use the Buddhist teachings to work on yourself to become a better human being, in order to benefit yourself and be of benefit to others, then you are ready to take refuge.</p> <p><strong>This day can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series.</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</em></strong></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:07:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:57:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:11:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise 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.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 Green Tara Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25 <p>This is a day of practice instructions in the text of Green Tara, which is practiced every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong. If understood properly, Green Tara practice helps us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt.</p> <p>Tara is called the Mother of all the Buddhas, as she represents the wisdom that gives birth to enlightenment, the ultimate realisation of a Buddha.</p> <p>In the tales associated with Tara it is said that Green Tara and White Tara sprang from two tears on Chenrezig’s face, to help the bodhisattva of infinite compassion in his task of liberating all sentient beings from suffering. Thus when our practice of compassion can be coupled and sustained with that of swift, fearless and wise activity, it can produce powerful results.</p> <p>During this day of instructions, Lama Zangmo will explain the visualisations and mudras that accompany the practice.</p> <p><em><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so at the next opportunity.</strong></em> Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>Please bring the Green Tara sadhana text (available from the KSDL shop).</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, 10 Nov 2019 13:15:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25