All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Taming the Tiger with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-tiger-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-08-26 <p>This weekend course will be an in-depth exploration of how to tame the mind. There are three fundamental forces that destroy our equilibrium and drive us into all kinds of trouble. They are fear/anger; desire/insecurity and ignorance/bewilderment. They each have their appropriate remedies.<br/><br/>Through meditation practises based on the teachings of Thrangu Rinpoche we will learn how to tame our minds and overcome the forces that result in harm. There will also be references to teachings in the book, “Taming the Tiger” by Akong Tulku Rinpoche, which Clive helped to edit. <br/><br/>Please bring an open mind.</p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4MU85R4LDAGH6"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:06:28 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-tiger-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-08-26 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-09-02 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:34:59 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-09-02 Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-02 <p class="BasicParagraph">Different aspects of shinay (“calm abiding”) meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and find inner peace.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The day will be a combination of meditation instructions and actual practice sessions, including some walking meditation.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Suitable as a <strong>follow-up for beginners</strong> and for those who want to <strong>refresh</strong> their understanding.</p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="78CDF3SZM2QXA"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:43:28 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-02 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-06 <p>        In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="HRHUGVCG983PY"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-06 An introduction to Buddhism over four evenings - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-07 <div class="BasicParagraph">Over four Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo  will give beginners an understanding of the fundamentals and framework for the Buddhist path.</div> <div class="BasicParagraph">The very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths. It is also 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.</div> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8EUHBDRFX4HZ8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-07 "I see you Mara" - using meditation to cut through toxic thinking - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/i-see-you-mara-using-meditation-to-cut-through-toxic-thinking-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-09-09 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>At the moment of his enlightenment the Buddha defeated the force of ignorance and suffering, known as Mara, by uttering the words: "I see you, Mara".</p> <p>Taking that as the starting point, Alistair will use this weekend to unmask the 'psychological Mara' that confounds our natural happiness and warm-heartedness with layer upon layer of deadening beliefs about our selves and the world.</p> <p>Meditation and therapy give us tools to cut through those heavy stories about ourselves - in particular, the Buddha's insight into 'dependent origination', which explains how they arise so compulsively. Once we see 'Mara' in action then we can cut through the distortions and start living in a freer, more spontaneous and more light-hearted way.</p> <p>This is a course suitable for beginners and practitioners wanting to refresh their practice. Some of the practises will be done lying down.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">Mindsprings website.</a></strong></p> <p><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> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:49:33 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/i-see-you-mara-using-meditation-to-cut-through-toxic-thinking-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-09-09 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-13 <p>        In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="HRHUGVCG983PY"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-13 An introduction to Buddhism over four evenings - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-14 <div class="BasicParagraph">Over four Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo  will give beginners an understanding of the fundamentals and framework for the Buddhist path.</div> <div class="BasicParagraph">The very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths. It is also 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.</div> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8EUHBDRFX4HZ8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-14 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:52:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-09-17 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:18:43 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-09-17 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-20 <p>        In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="HRHUGVCG983PY"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-20 An introduction to Buddhism over four evenings - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-21 <div class="BasicParagraph">Over four Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo  will give beginners an understanding of the fundamentals and framework for the Buddhist path.</div> <div class="BasicParagraph">The very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths. It is also 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.</div> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8EUHBDRFX4HZ8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-21 Empathic resonance in relationship: interpersonal mindfulness training for mindfulness teachers http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/empathic-resonance-in-relationship-interpersonal-mindfulness-training-for-mindfulness-teachers/?date=2017-09-23 <p><br/>The aim with this CPD weekend is to expand and enrich our capacity as Mindfulness teachers to effectively interact and communicate with program participants. Qualities associated with silent meditation like mental stability, calmness, kindness and clear and spacious awareness are developed in practice with others. By integrating these meditative qualities directly into relationship one experiences greater freedom interpersonally and increased ability for attuned responses with others.<br/><br/>During the CPD weekend we will explore what enhances empathic resonance interpersonally by deepening the skill of inquiry, using the four foundations of Mindfulness to see how we buy into the story and how we can deconstruct our conditioned responses. We will also use the group as an object for contemplation to enable insight into our social habitual patterns, our projections and triggers for reactivity. Being aware of our habitual patterns, and seeing the layers underneath our reactivity, creates freedom of choice and the ability to experiment with new more attuned behaviour to our present reality both internally and interpersonally.<br/><br/>Through deepening awareness we will encourage participants to explore their own case-studies through the use of role-play. This will be particularly helpful where we may have felt challenged during the practice of mindful inquiry or mindful presence in relation to another during our teaching practice.</p> <p><strong>Tutors:</strong>     Angie Ball and Annick Nevejan</p> <p><strong>Dates</strong>:      23-24 September 2017<br/>      <br/><strong>Cost:</strong>     £140, including manual.</p> <p>To book your place on this course, please go to the <a href="https://rsb92458.infusionsoft.com/saleform/nathniwfo" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association website</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:20:20 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/empathic-resonance-in-relationship-interpersonal-mindfulness-training-for-mindfulness-teachers/?date=2017-09-23 Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event/?date=2017-09-23 <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will give intructions for the <strong>Chenrezig <em>sadhana</em></strong> practice that we do at Samye Dzong London every week.</p> <p>The instructions will include the chanting, mantra and visualisation.</p> <p><strong>In order to receive these instructions one should have formally taken Refuge or have the sincere intention to do so in the near future.</strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 04 May 2017 16:33:48 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event/?date=2017-09-23 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-27 <p>        In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace and well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <div> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  <br/></strong></p> </div> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="HRHUGVCG983PY"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2017-09-27 An introduction to Buddhism over four evenings - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-28 <div class="BasicParagraph">Over four Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo  will give beginners an understanding of the fundamentals and framework for the Buddhist path.</div> <div class="BasicParagraph">The very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths. It is also 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.</div> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8EUHBDRFX4HZ8"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-buddhism-over-four-evenings-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-28 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Apr-July-Sep-Feb) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2017-09-30 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:46:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2017-09-30 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-04 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-04 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-05 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-05 Lucid Dreaming with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2017-10-07 <p>We sleep for a third of our lives. Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep allows us to make use of that time and gives us the tools to train our minds, reprogram our habits and to enter into a friendship with every aspect of our psyches, all while we’re sound asleep.</p> <p><strong><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Teachers-and-Course-Leaders/_resampled/resizedimage246168-charlie-morley1-300x205.jpg" alt="charlie morley1 300x205" width="246" height="168"/></strong>By using the best of both <strong>Western dream-work</strong> and <strong>Tibetan Buddhist techniques Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep</strong>  Charlie offers a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the aims of <strong>psychological growth</strong> and<strong> mind training</strong>!</p> <p> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is available for people of all ages and abilities.</span></p> <hr/><p><strong>Charlie Morley</strong> is a Hay House author and lucid dreaming teacher. He received the traditional “authorisation to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism from <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a> in 2008 and has since developed the holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep alongside mindfulness expert <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/about/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/rob-nairn/">Rob Nairn</a>.</strong></p> <p>For the past 8 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops around the world and written two books on the subject which have been translated into 10 languages.</p> <p>He’s spoken at Cambridge University, been featured in <strong>The Guardian</strong>, spoken on BBC Radio 1 and 4 and given the first ever talk on lucid dreaming at the well-known <strong>TED conferences</strong>.</p> <p>Charlie has taught in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He has lived at <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/">Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre</a> </strong>in London for the past 6 years.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="MJAW4U572MRU2"]</p> </blockquote> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:45:10 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2017-10-07 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-11 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-11 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-12 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-12 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-14 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:52:47 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-14 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-10-14 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:35:58 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-10-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-10-15 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:19:33 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-10-15 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-18 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-18 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-19 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-19 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-25 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-25 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-26 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-26 Embracing Death and Dying http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying/?date=2017-10-28 <h2>Embracing Death and Dying day - a celebration of life through reflection on death</h2> <p>Join us for our fourth annual Death &amp; Dying Day: A Celebration of Life Through Reflection on Death'. Our previous events were a huge success and we would like to welcome you all again this year.</p> <p>The event is an opportunity to explore and reflect on death and dying through a number of talks and workshops hosted by a variety of speakers.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">We hope you will save the date in your diary and join us this year!</p> <p><span style="color: #141823;"> </span><br style="color: #141823;"/>           </p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:06:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying/?date=2017-10-28 Acceptance, Purification and Letting Go - with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/acceptance-purification-and-letting-go-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-11-04 <p>Most people want a peaceful happy life. These three principles help to make it happen. Simple, practical purification meditations will be shared and explained. These will help us purify our streams of consciousness so that we are less agitated and more capable of enjoying our lives.</p> <p>To let go does not mean, “I get rid of.” It is much more subtle. To let go means to be able to let be with wisdom and kindness, allowing new things to arise. If we leave our thoughts alone, to some degree, they will leave us alone. Of course, this is “context specific.” Letting go is not so wise for mountain climbers!</p> <p>This weekend will also introduce the ideas of deep-rooted acceptance that is necessary because of our tendency to resist pain that causes us so much intense suffering. Life is hard, to be human is very difficult but we can train the mind to face and cope with whatever arises. The essence is what attitude we hold to whatever “weather” is going on either outside or within us. That essence is kindness.<br/><br/></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QUZKW9CYT5TW4"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:41:38 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/acceptance-purification-and-letting-go-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-11-04 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-08 <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 Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-08 Lhabab Duchen http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lhabab-duchen/?date=2017-11-10 <p>This Buddhist festival celebrates the Buddha's descent from the Tushita heaven. Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha for the recitation of prayers on this auspicious, merit-multiplying date. Offerings of flowers and food for the shrine are welcome, and add to the accumulation of merit.</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:32:45 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lhabab-duchen/?date=2017-11-10 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-15 <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 Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-15 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:53:40 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-22 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-22 Death and the Bardo - with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-and-the-bardo-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-11-25 <p><br/><br/>Tibetan Buddhism contains a vast wealth of knowledge concerning every stage of the death process and how best to prepare for it. The famous teachings of the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" explain the 'bardo', or state between lives. In fact, six bardos are traditionally explained. These six are: life, dreams, meditation, the moment of death, luminosity and transmigration. This weekend course will provide an explanation of these key moments and how best to train the mind for awakening.<br/><br/>As well as exploring how to transform our attitudes around death and dying, we will also look at the subject of impermanence in general and how to train the mind to recognise and accept change. This reduces both clinging and fear, and enables us to live in the present with joy and compassion.</p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="RCFVHTUDMEB8S"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:45:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-and-the-bardo-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-11-25 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-29 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-29 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:36:35 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 The Embodied Science of Deep Meditation - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-embodied-science-of-deep-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-12-02 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In the last few decades of neuroscience, there has been an explosion of fascinating research into 'embodiment'. This field looks at the way that the thinking mind is much less important in a healthy life than we have previously thought. The body becomes central.<br/><br/>Using his mix of research, therapy and Buddhist meditation, Alistair is running a 2-day exploration of this revolutionary way of experiencing ourselves. Using the tools of somatic meditation and focusing, we will look at how a stronger sense of interoception can deepen our understanding of our emotions, lessen the power of toxic thinking, reduce stress and heighten the sense of connection to others and the World. <br/><br/>Research shows that a healthy sense of ourselves as embodied can protect against depression, disordered eating, unregulated anxiety and a lack of vitality. <br/><br/>Come along to the lovely space of the Spa Road shrine room and open up to the wonders of the Body. <br/><br/>Beginners and all levels welcome.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/course/bodying-out-mind-0" target="_blank">the Mindsprings website</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> <p> </p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:16 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-embodied-science-of-deep-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-12-02 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:51:07 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:20:25 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Apr-July-Sep-Feb) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2018-02-10 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:46:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-apr-july-sep-feb/?date=2018-02-10