All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ CANCELLED - Eight Verses for Training the Mind, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-09 <p> Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-09 CANCELLED - Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>Taking refuge is the first formal step on the Buddhist path. This day will be an explanation of what it means to take refuge. Spiritual refuge is a protection and eventual freedom from the confusion and suffering of cyclic existence (samsara).</p> <p>The genuine sources of spiritual refuge are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The ultimate refuge is our own mind, our Buddha nature.</p> <p>It is because the Buddha Nature, or potential, is common to all beings that they are capable of attaining enlightenment. For example: a stone doesn’t have the potential to produce oil, and so no matter how much you might press it and grind it—even if you use modern tools and machinery—you will never extract any oil. A sesame seed, on the other hand, does have the potential to produce oil, and by pressing it in the right way, sesame oil can and will be produced. Like that the potential exists as part of our basic nature.</p> <p>The day of teachings will also cover topics such as the importance of receiving refuge from an authentic and unbroken lineage of transmission, the role of faith and trust, and how to relate to the refuge ceremony itself, as well as the importance of taking refuge with the right motivation.</p> <p>Akong Tulku Rinpoche used to say that if you want to use the Buddhist teachings to work on yourself to become a better human being, in order to benefit yourself and be of benefit to others, then you are ready to take refuge<strong> .</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhism:</strong></strong></p> <ol><li><strong><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]"> </a><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></strong></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:07:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 CANCELLED - Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 CANCELLED - Eight Verses for Training the Mind, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-16 <p> Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-16 CANCELLED - Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:57:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 CANCELLED - Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to 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, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:15:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 CANCELLED - Earth Day 2020 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/earth-day-2020/?date=2020-04-22 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Come join us for a fabulous evening of discussions and interactions with like-minded people trying to learn more about how we all can reduce our environmental impact.</strong></p> <p>At Samye Dzong, we will be hosting an event on the 22<sup>nd</sup> April celebrating the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Earth Day. The ever-present issue of climate change continues to be a topic of discussion and we have based our event on the 2020 theme of Climate Action.</p> <p>We are very fortunate to have Sarah and Dale from Bermondsey Street Bees, Hannah from Greener Habits and Oliver Hade from Walworth gardens to discuss how they are fighting climate change in their personal and professional lives.</p> <p>We would love for you to join us on this special occasion.</p> <p>If you would like to find out more information about the global Earth Day campaign that started in 1970, please see a link to their website <a href="https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1583057966364000&amp;usg=AFQjCNG0892SC5N3-I_BPZy6qkJZGXTUBg">https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/</a>.</p> <div> <p><strong>Walworth garden</strong>- <a href="http://www.walworthgarden.org.uk/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.walworthgarden.org.uk/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1583057966364000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGp4h2Fl2EHlqeqVPS-g2rdZz3Rvg">www.walworthgarden.org.uk</a></p> <p>Walworth is a garden center described as an urban oasis in the heart of Southwark. Established in 1987 as a community garden from reclaimed derelict land, the garden remains true to its founding ethos of providing a place of tranquillity, growth and opportunity. The multicultural hub offers education, training and therapy for the wider community as well as a place to relax and unwind in a natural environment.</p> </div> <div> <p><strong>Bermondsey Street Bees</strong>- Sarah and Dale <a href="http://www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1583057966364000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEmoUWRIXRr6L5e_ZkazTPh16PtfA">www.bermondseystreetbees.co.uk</a> </p> <p>The company was founded in 2007 by Dale Gibson &amp; Sarah Wyndham Lewis as a sustainable beekeeping practice focusing on bee health and biodiversity. Using traditional and artisial production methods, the company produces multi-award winning raw honey that has delicate flavor and high nutritional quality. The company has gone from strength to strength since and has been awarded many accolades over the years. Some notable ones are the 'Best Honey in London' at National Honey Show: 2019, 2017 &amp; 2011 and the 2016 ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ at the Great Taste Awards, just to name a few.</p> </div> <div> <p><strong>Greener Habits</strong>- Hannah <a href="http://www.greenerhabits.com/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.greenerhabits.com/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1583057966364000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEmIsUJOwMqpgltF9sVUY9ayCpC0w">www.greenerhabits.com</a> </p> <p>Hannah is the founder of Greener Habits Co. which is a zero waste, plastic free &amp; vegan bulk food &amp; home essentials store. The business is based on the concept of reducing the carbon footprint on the world and facilitating options for customers to do the same. Not only does it have an environmental focus but it also helps support the Friend Farm Animal Sanctuary in Kent. A small percentage from each sale is donated to support the work and future of this Sanctuary.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> <p> </p> Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:27:13 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/earth-day-2020/?date=2020-04-22 CANCELLED - Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 CANCELLED - Eight Verses for Training the Mind, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-23 <p> Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-cancelled/?date=2020-04-23 CANCELLED - Green Tara Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>This is a day of practice instructions in the text of Green Tara, which is practiced every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong. If understood properly, Green Tara practice helps us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt.</p> <p>Tara is called the Mother of all the Buddhas, as she represents the wisdom that gives birth to enlightenment, the ultimate realisation of a Buddha.</p> <p>In the tales associated with Tara it is said that Green Tara and White Tara sprang from two tears on Chenrezig’s face, to help the bodhisattva of infinite compassion in his task of liberating all sentient beings from suffering. Thus when our practice of compassion can be coupled and sustained with that of swift, fearless and wise activity, it can produce powerful results.</p> <p>During this day of instructions, Lama Zangmo will explain the visualisations and mudras that accompany the practice.</p> <p><em><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so at the next opportunity.</strong></em> Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>Please bring the Green Tara sadhana text (available from the KSDL shop).</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:15:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25 CANCELLED - Mindfulness of Dream Sleep: For Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns - with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-of-dream-sleep-for-stress-or-trauma-affected-sleep-patterns-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-25 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>Originally developed for British military veterans, Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is a holistic approach to healing for people with stress or trauma affected sleep patterns.</p> <p>In this practical workshop we’ll learn how to transform the harmful effects that stress and trauma can have on the third of our life that we spend asleep.</p> <p>Using scientifically verified mindfulness-based techniques alongside breath and body-work practices the MODS Method helps to reduce stress before bed and optimise sleep quality.</p> <p>Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is based on an unconditionally compassionate approach to sleep &amp; dreams and is made up of five core practices:</p> <ol><li>Normalisation of Trauma Affected Sleep</li> <li>Hypnagogic Mindfulness (Yoga Nidra)</li> <li>De-stigmatising Nightmares</li> <li>Coherent Breathing (the <a href="https://www.breath-body-mind.com/" target="_blank">Breath-Body-Mind</a> approach)</li> <li>Lucid Dreaming</li> </ol><p>From common work-related stress to the more serious effects of trauma, this workshop teaches effective techniques to help you sleep better and wake up healthier.</p> <p>The workshop will also explore:</p> <ul><li>The Science of Sleep Cycles</li> <li>Reframing our Nightmares</li> <li>The Neuroscience of Trauma</li> <li>Optimising our Sleep Health</li> <li>Dream-work for Trauma Integration</li> </ul><p>Whether you currently have stress of trauma affected sleep or not, learning these practices is still really beneficial and so everybody is welcome to come and learn!</p> <h2>About Charlie:</h2> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He has been lucid dreaming for 20 years and was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. He has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 14 languages.</p> <p>For over 10 years Charlie has run workshops &amp; retreats in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He’s spoken at Cambridge University, the Ministry of Defence Mindfulness Symposium, The Houses of Parliament and given the first ever TED talk about lucid dreaming.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “Mindfulness Based PTSD Treatment in Veterans” and continues to teach sleep &amp; dream practices to armed forces veterans and civilians with Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns.</p> <p>He formally became a Buddhist at the age of 19 and lived at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre for 7 years. In his past life he trained and worked as an actor before running a hip-hop collective in his early 20’s.</p> <p>He lives in London with his wife, astral projection researcher Jade Shaw. When he’s not teaching he enjoys martial arts (he has a black-belt in Kickboxing), going dancing and pretending to meditate.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:20:50 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-of-dream-sleep-for-stress-or-trauma-affected-sleep-patterns-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-25 CANCELLED - Calm Mind, Peaceful Heart, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/calm-mind-peaceful-heart-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-26 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others.<br/> With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially suited for those who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and who may not be able to attend the evening classes. It is also suitable for those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability. Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and the day will include actual time for meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:17:36 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/calm-mind-peaceful-heart-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-26 CANCELLED - Ngondro Prostration Practice Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-04-26 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p> Come to the Centre for a day of practicing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Practice days will be held on the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">last Sunday</span> of each month:</p> <p> It is beneficial to practice together and keep the connection with each other, the centre and Lama Zangmo. Lama Zangmo will also meet us in the first hour for a Question and Answer session if she is not already teaching.</p> <p> <span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p>Please note that this day is <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">only for people</span></strong> who have already <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">taken refuge</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">received the practice instructions</span></strong>  and have already contemplated the <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">4 Ordinary Foundations</span></strong>. This is purely a practice day and so <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">no instructions</span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>for this practice will be given.</p> <p>If you are interested in participating, please <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@Samye.org">email the office</a> to be added to the Prostration Practice Day mailing list.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:04:28 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-04-26 CANCELLED - Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-30 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-30 Book launch - Self-Sufficient Herbalism http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/book-launch-self-sufficient-herbalism/?date=2020-05-02 <p><strong>Self Sufficient Herbalism</strong> is the first ever practical guide to the growing, gathering, and preserving of medicinal herbs for a working dispensary. Written by a practising herbalist with a high street clinic, it covers everything you need to know to become truly self sufficient in creating and dispensing your own herbal medicine.</p> <p>Relying on only a small allotment and access to the fields and woodlands of rural England, Lucy Jones provides a masterclass in the wild crafting, growing, harvesting, drying, storage, and processing of medicinal herbs. Her passion for the plants and traditional ways of preserving them for medicine shines through as she explores the deeper implications of self-sufficiency and the transformative impact it has had on her practice.</p> <p>The guide includes a glossary of detailed notes on the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of 108 individual herbs arranged by the seasons. It is a must read for practising herbalists, herbal students, herb gardeners, and all those who love herbs.</p> <p><strong>Lucy Jones</strong><span> is a medical herbalist with a busy high street practice in Somerset, UK. She grows or gathers the majority of the herbs that she works with and is a passionate proponent of self-sufficient herbalism. Prior to qualifying in western herbalism, she studied Tibetan Medicine with the great master Khenpo Troru Tsenam. This experience deeply influences her approach to therapeutic practice as well as the way that she grows and processes her herbs. She originally trained in Agriculture and Forestry and has two degrees from the University of Oxford.</span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:10:20 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/book-launch-self-sufficient-herbalism/?date=2020-05-02 CANCELLED - Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-05-07 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-05-07 The Spiritual Friend - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-spiritual-friend-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-09 <p>We all need guidance on how to change our old negative habits and how to live according to ethics and the Dharma. Therefore we need teachers and guides who can lead us along the path.</p> <p>This course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path. </p> <p>The Tibetan word for spiritual friend literally means “friend in goodness”. This is a friend who can lead us towards goodness, who can guide us on the path of virtue and ethics. A spiritual friend can lead us on the path that will eliminate suffering and guide us onto the path of happiness and goodness.</p> <p>There are five topics on a spiritual friend.</p> <ul><li>First is the reason why we need a spiritual friend.</li> <li>Second are the different types of spiritual friends.</li> <li>Third the characteristics of each type of spiritual friend.</li> <li>Fourth, how we should relate to and rely on a spiritual friend.</li> <li>Fifth, the benefits that come from relying on a spiritual friend.</li> </ul><p>Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation.</p> <p><strong><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhism:</strong></strong></p> <ol><li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:11:52 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-spiritual-friend-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-09 CANCELLED - Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-16 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:57:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-16 CANCELLED - Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-05-17 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to 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, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:16:03 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-05-17 Public Teaching - Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/public-teaching-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2020-05-21 <p>We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on Thursday 21 May 2020 from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.</p> <p>The teaching will be suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners and the topic will be announced nearer the time. In the meantime this is definitely one to put in your diaries. </p> <h2><span>About Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu</span></h2> <p><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/Drupon-Rinpoche-resized1.jpg" alt="Drupon Rinpoche resized1" width="253" height="300"/></p> <p class="Default">As a child Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu was always very concerned for others and especially protective of animals.</p> <p class="Default">At the age of seven, he started to receive training in Tsabtsa monastery, learning the rituals and procedures for many of the vajrayana practices. At fourteen, Rinpoche went forth and took novice ordination from Khenpo Palga.</p> <p class="Default">A deep renunciation for the mundane pre-occupations of everyday life filled his heart when he was around seventeen years old and so he decided to go to retreat. He was given the opportunity to enter one of Tsabtsa Monastery’s retreat centres, in which a cycle of retreat was due to start when he was eighteen. Being eager and unable to wait, Rinpoche went to practise in a hut at the edge of the retreat centre’s boundary. Here he received teachings from the retreat master, Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab, and from Lama Senge, and he practised the preliminaries before entering the retreat centre proper a year later.</p> <p class="Default">These two lamas were exceptional yogi meditators who had spent decades in solitary mountain retreats. They took a special interest in Rinpoche, this young and diligent monk who soaked up everything they taught. Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab gave the instructions to Rinpoche and the other lamas for the formal retreat practices; and Lama Senge would meet with Rinpoche often, answering his questions and offering words of advice. Through their conversations Rinpoche came to fully understand meditation and the mind; making Lama Senge his root lama. His rapid development of meditative understanding, experience and realisation impressed his lamas greatly and they composed songs of praise and joy about their beloved heart son.</p> <p class="Default"><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=276]">Continuing read here</a></strong></p> <p class="Default"> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:15:52 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/public-teaching-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2020-05-21 Emotional Intelligence to help with stress, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/emotional-intelligence-to-help-with-stress-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-05-23 <p>Emotions play a far greater role in our health, well-being and success that we realise. We can be quite clever but still be immature and unhappy, a stranger to our own bodies and emotions. Through the five simple core principles of emotional intelligence we can begin to improve the quality and richness of our lives. The five core principles are: self-awareness, self-mastery with meditation, healthy motivation, empathy/compassion and social/relationship skills.</p> <p>This course is about the journey from our head to our heart balancing the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of our lives. This will enable us to be more mature and less stressed in our lives.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:13:32 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/emotional-intelligence-to-help-with-stress-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-05-23 Tapping and meditation - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-and-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-05-30 <p>One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of “tapping” or – more formally – energy psychology (EP). Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. Alistair Appleton has found that combining tapping with meditation is particularly powerful.</p> <p>Tibetan practitioners have long understood about the lung or ‘wind horse’. These are the energetic patterns within our bodies that underpin our physical, mental and spiritual health.</p> <p>Energy psychologists work directly with this energy body as a way of removing some of the energetic patterns that might be holding us back. But they combine them with a modern understanding of trauma. In this way, tapping becomes a powerful tool in undoing the knots of the past that bedevil the present.</p> <p>Most of these forms of EP are currently mostly used in a therapeutic setting. But long-time meditator and psychotherapist, Alistair Appleton has seen how powerfully they can impact our sitting practice.</p> <p>Tibetan Buddhism believes that we are already enlightened. The ‘buddha nature’ is pristine in all of us. However, we don’t believe we have it. Or heavy events from our past have encased it in protective defences. Or habits of mind consistently distract us away from it. However, there are many practices in tantric Buddhism that aim to cleanse these impediments from our own inherent brightness. In many ways, tapping offers a similar process of seeing, acknowledging and releasing delusions about our True Self.</p> <p>What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover:</p> <ul><li>the background and history of energy psychology</li> <li>how EP can be integrated into our meditation practice</li> <li>understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body</li> <li>the somatic foundation of tapping work</li> <li>the basic sequence of the tapping protocol</li> <li>opportunities and examples of use</li> <li>considering EP on the Buddhist path</li> </ul><h4><span>How to book and financial support</span></h4> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/sitting-with-the-body-somatic-seated-practice/" target="_blank">the</a></strong><strong><a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/tapping-and-meditation-in-london/" target="_blank"> Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span><em><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></em></span></p> <p> </p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:26:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-and-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-05-30 CANCELLED - Ngondro Prostration Practice Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-05-31 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p> Come to the Centre for a day of practicing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Practice days will be held on the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">last Sunday</span> of each month:</p> <p> It is beneficial to practice together and keep the connection with each other, the centre and Lama Zangmo. Lama Zangmo will also meet us in the first hour for a Question and Answer session if she is not already teaching.</p> <p> <span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p>Please note that this day is <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">only for people</span></strong> who have already <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">taken refuge</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">received the practice instructions</span></strong>  and have already contemplated the <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">4 Ordinary Foundations</span></strong>. This is purely a practice day and so <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">no instructions</span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>for this practice will be given.</p> <p>If you are interested in participating, please <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@Samye.org">email the office</a> to be added to the Prostration Practice Day mailing list.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:05:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-05-31 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-04 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-04 Refuge - What it Means to be a Buddhist, with Lama Zangmo - a two week course from 10th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2020-06-10 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation and to Buddhism which focuses especially on what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will explain what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, explain what happens in a refuge ceremony, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre along with some of the main principles in Buddhism.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the much anticipated yearly visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in July.<br/><br/> Quote from a teaching on taking refuge by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche in Kagyu Samye Ling:</p> <p><em>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism.</em><br/><br/><em>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."</em></p> <p><strong>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 2 weeks and it is a requirement to attend all two classes.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2020-06-10 Bringing Obstacles to the Path, with Lama Zangmo - a three week course from 11th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-11 <p>The practice of shamatha or “tranquillity” is carried out to calm down coarse thoughts and kleshas, and the practice of vipashyana or “insight” is practiced in order to see the nature of one’s mind just as it is and in that way to eradicate defects and increase qualities that abide within oneself.</p> <p>Generally we can divide all things into confusion and that which is un-bewildered. Bewilderment or ignorance is what we call samsara or “cyclic existence.” That which is un-bewildered is what we call nirvana. Vipashyana is practiced in order to recognize one’s true nature that exists in the absence of bewilderment.</p> <p>Until one actually attains that fruition, one still has to deal with adversity; thoughts, kleshas, suffering, illness, and so on, all the various obstacles that arise in life. So bringing obstacles to the path is how to deal with adversity through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>This meditation course is not for complete beginners</strong>, but is suitable for those who are already familiar with and have practised shamatha meditation for some time.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-11 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-11 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-11 Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/cultivating-bodhicitta-loving-kindness-and-compassion-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-06-13 <p>We need to practice the Dharma with a recognition that loving kindness, compassion and wisdom are how we can overcome suffering, how we can benefit ourselves and others.</p> <p>At the moment we have compassion and some degree of kindness but it is very partial, limited and conditional. It only goes to a few people who are close to us. We find it very hard to love those who are not kind to us, who don’t benefit us in some way or other. We need to cultivate the pure motivation of bodhicitta, wanting to reach enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.</p> <p>Bodhicitta is compared to a philosophers stone. It is said that when it touches any other substance it can change that substance into pure gold. In the same way the pure motivation of bodhicitta can transform suffering and negative experiences of beings into great happiness.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the different aspects of bodhicitta, loving kindness and compassion and how to cultivate a pure motivation. The day will include instructions and time for meditation on loving kindness and compassion.</p> <p><strong><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhism:</strong></strong></p> <ol><li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 15:14:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/cultivating-bodhicitta-loving-kindness-and-compassion-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-06-13 Refuge - What it Means to be a Buddhist, with Lama Zangmo - a two week course from 10th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2020-06-17 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation and to Buddhism which focuses especially on what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will explain what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, explain what happens in a refuge ceremony, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre along with some of the main principles in Buddhism.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the much anticipated yearly visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in July.<br/><br/> Quote from a teaching on taking refuge by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche in Kagyu Samye Ling:</p> <p><em>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism.</em><br/><br/><em>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."</em></p> <p><strong>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 2 weeks and it is a requirement to attend all two classes.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2020-06-17 Bringing Obstacles to the Path, with Lama Zangmo - a three week course from 11th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-18 <p>The practice of shamatha or “tranquillity” is carried out to calm down coarse thoughts and kleshas, and the practice of vipashyana or “insight” is practiced in order to see the nature of one’s mind just as it is and in that way to eradicate defects and increase qualities that abide within oneself.</p> <p>Generally we can divide all things into confusion and that which is un-bewildered. Bewilderment or ignorance is what we call samsara or “cyclic existence.” That which is un-bewildered is what we call nirvana. Vipashyana is practiced in order to recognize one’s true nature that exists in the absence of bewilderment.</p> <p>Until one actually attains that fruition, one still has to deal with adversity; thoughts, kleshas, suffering, illness, and so on, all the various obstacles that arise in life. So bringing obstacles to the path is how to deal with adversity through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>This meditation course is not for complete beginners</strong>, but is suitable for those who are already familiar with and have practised shamatha meditation for some time.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-18 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-18 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-18 CANCELLED - Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-06-20 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:58:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-06-20 CANCELLED - Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-06-21 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to 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, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:16:34 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-06-21 Bringing Obstacles to the Path, with Lama Zangmo - a three week course from 11th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-25 <p>The practice of shamatha or “tranquillity” is carried out to calm down coarse thoughts and kleshas, and the practice of vipashyana or “insight” is practiced in order to see the nature of one’s mind just as it is and in that way to eradicate defects and increase qualities that abide within oneself.</p> <p>Generally we can divide all things into confusion and that which is un-bewildered. Bewilderment or ignorance is what we call samsara or “cyclic existence.” That which is un-bewildered is what we call nirvana. Vipashyana is practiced in order to recognize one’s true nature that exists in the absence of bewilderment.</p> <p>Until one actually attains that fruition, one still has to deal with adversity; thoughts, kleshas, suffering, illness, and so on, all the various obstacles that arise in life. So bringing obstacles to the path is how to deal with adversity through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>This meditation course is not for complete beginners</strong>, but is suitable for those who are already familiar with and have practised shamatha meditation for some time.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bringing-obstacles-to-the-path-with-lama-zangmo-a-three-week-course-from-11th-june/?date=2020-06-25 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-25 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-25 CANCELLED - Ngondro Prostration Practice Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-06-28 <p>Dear Friends,<br/><br/>As a spiritual community and a place of refuge we have a responsibility to do our best to protect the wellbeing and safety of our visiting guests, our teachers and<br/>our residential community.<br/><br/>In light of the coronavirus pandemic we have been closely monitoring the developing situation and, being mindful of government recommendations and also the advice from our trustees, we have decided to close the centre after Sunday 22 March. The centre will remain closed throughout April and all activities including classes, teachings and regular group practice will be cancelled during this period.<br/><br/>We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media.<br/><br/>Here is a helpful link to the NHS advice page:<a href="https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/" target="_blank">https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/</a><br/><br/>With best wishes for your health and happiness<br/><br/>Lama Zangmo.</p> <p> </p> <p> Come to the Centre for a day of practicing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Practice days will be held on the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">last Sunday</span> of each month:</p> <p> It is beneficial to practice together and keep the connection with each other, the centre and Lama Zangmo. Lama Zangmo will also meet us in the first hour for a Question and Answer session if she is not already teaching.</p> <p> <span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p>Please note that this day is <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">only for people</span></strong> who have already <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">taken refuge</span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;">received the practice instructions</span></strong>  and have already contemplated the <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">4 Ordinary Foundations</span></strong>. This is purely a practice day and so <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">no instructions</span></strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>for this practice will be given.</p> <p>If you are interested in participating, please <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@Samye.org">email the office</a> to be added to the Prostration Practice Day mailing list.</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2020 12:05:37 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day/?date=2020-06-28 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 2nd July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-02 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-02 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 2nd July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-09 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-09 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 2nd July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-16 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-16 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 2nd July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-23 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2020-07-23 Visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-2/?date=2020-07-24 <div><span>We are now able to give you the much anticipated dates of the annual visit of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. For health reasons he was not able to come last year, so it is very good news that he is getting better and is able to travel.<br/><br/>The programme for his visit will be varied and will include teachings on meditation topics (still to be decided) as well as teachings on the meaning of taking refuge.  During this visit he will give a Refuge Ceremony for those wishing to officially become Buddhists, and there will be an opportunity for parents to bring their children of any age along for a Children's Blessing.</span></div> <div><span> </span></div> <div><span>Due to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's illness last year he spent some time in Dumfries &amp; Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he was helped greatly by all the doctors and nurses. </span></div> <div><span>He subsequently decided to raise funds for the hospital as a way to thank them for all their kindness. We will therefore also be having a fundraising auction during his visit, as well as an ongoing raffle. All funds raised will go to the Dumfries hospital.</span></div> <div><span> </span></div> <div><span>You will hear more about that in future mailings, but for now we would just like to ask for anybody who would be happy to help us sell raffle tickets to </span><span>please</span><span> </span><span>get in touch.</span><span>  The main prize is a brand new Rose Gold MacBook Air (worth about £1000), so the raffle  tickets can be sold widely to your work colleagues, in schools, to family members, neighbours and friends. If you would like to help selling the tickets please contact us, the more people the better.</span></div> Sat, 29 Feb 2020 11:39:50 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-2/?date=2020-07-24 Summer Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2020-07-27 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The centre will close at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369086"><span class="aQJ">9.00 pm</span></span> on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369087"><span class="aQJ">Sunday 26th July </span></span>after the Chenrezig Puja a</span><span>nd will re-open at 5.00 </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369088"><span class="aQJ">pm</span></span><span> on </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369089"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday 19th August</span></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:01:15 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2020-07-27 The Somatic Path Through Anxiety and Panic - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-somatic-path-through-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-08-29 <p>So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety are at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic.</p> <p>For more than 6 years, Alistair Appleton has been teaching and researching this topic and looking at the best ways of working with anxiety and panic. This weekend is an introduction to his ‘somatic’ approach to anxiety along with insight from the world of Internal Family Systems and Energy Psychology (‘tapping’) and Buddhist practice.</p> <p>For millennia, Buddhist practitioners have known that the source of all anxiety is the thinking mind. Our bodies are naturally programmed to feel fear and panic – and these are healthy things. But our thinking minds can imagine endless triggers for these bodily states and so we get trapped in cycles of chronic anxiety.</p> <p>Also, we can suffer from internal wars between competing parts of our psyche. Judges who battle with addicts to ice cream. Perfectionists who beat up parts that feel inadequate. Working somatically with these parts can bring great relief.</p> <p>During the weekend we will explore:</p> <ul><li>the neurobiological overview of how stress and anxiety work</li> <li>an exploration of the difference between FEAR and PANIC in the body</li> <li>the modern understanding of the vagus nerve and polyvagal theory</li> <li>ways to release anxious tension in the body and connect with the Earth</li> <li>simple but effective exercises to bring us out of flight-and-fight and collapse</li> <li>stopping pouring energy into defences against anxiety and finding the trigger thought</li> <li>understanding the internal system and how hidden parts can generate unconscious anxiety</li> <li>working with energy psychology to remove the trigger thoughts</li> </ul><h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the</strong><strong> <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/the-somatic-path-through-anxiety-and-panic/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></em></span></p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:29:55 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-somatic-path-through-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-08-29 Better Health through Meditation - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/better-health-through-meditation-ancient-wisdom-for-modern-living-with-clive-holmes-2/?date=2020-09-05 <p>Meditation can help us both care for our health and improve our quality of life. The teachings will be based on the Tibetan forms of therapy ("tso-wa” meaning to heal wounds already there and trying to prevent future wounds occurring). The weekend will incorporate visualisation, breathing methods and meditation exercises from “Taming the Tiger”.</p> <p>One secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment; wisely and earnestly. So, we will learn how “to bring a kind and precise attention to all of our experience.” We will learn skills on how to respond directly to our inner and outer “weather” and not be slaves to moods or feelings that come and go like clouds. Cultivating such awareness could have a direct benefit to our health.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:36:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/better-health-through-meditation-ancient-wisdom-for-modern-living-with-clive-holmes-2/?date=2020-09-05 Lucid dreaming weekend workshop - with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-weekend-workshop-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-10-03 <p>This workshop will teach you how to become conscious within your dreams and make use of the third of your life that you spend sleeping to be “more awake, more aware and more kind!”</p> <p>By using the best of both Tibetan Buddhist and Western dream-work techniques Charlie’s workshops offer a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the core aims of psychological growth and nocturnal spiritual practice.</p> <p>The workshop includes an overview of the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western psychological and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, exploration of how sleep works and of course plenty of techniques for becoming lucid within your dreams.</p> <p>Lucid dreaming is an important precursory skill to the Tibetan tradition of Dream Yoga and these teachings offer a practical way to learn this incredibly beneficial skill.</p> <p>What will we learn at the workshop?</p> <ul><li>How to lucid dream from scratch and/or develop your practice.</li> <li>The benefits of lucid dreaming.</li> <li>How to use lucid dreaming to integrate nightmares.</li> <li>How to heal our inner world while we sleep.</li> <li>Using sleep for spiritual practice.</li> </ul><p>The aim of this workshop is not just to learn how to lucid dream but also how to tap into the wellspring of wisdom that resides in the dreaming mind.</p> <p>Lucid dreaming can help us to wake up to life and to live lucidly with joy and confidence, so come and learn how! All ages and abilities are welcome.</p> <h2>About Charlie:</h2> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He has been lucid dreaming for 20 years and was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. He has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 14 languages.</p> <p>For over 10 years Charlie has run workshops &amp; retreats in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He’s spoken at Cambridge University, the Ministry of Defence Mindfulness Symposium, The Houses of Parliament and given the first ever TED talk about lucid dreaming.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “Mindfulness Based PTSD Treatment in Veterans” and continues to teach sleep &amp; dream practices to armed forces veterans and civilians with Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns.</p> <p>He formally became a Buddhist at the age of 19 and lived at the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Buddhist Centre for 7 years.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:13:04 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-weekend-workshop-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-10-03 Restoring the Balance, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/restoring-the-balance-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-11-07 <p>Based on the principles of the book "Restoring the Balance" by Akong Rinpoche, this course is suitable for all those who seek a better quality of life.</p> <p>“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional” - there will be presented a range of practices to help us accept painful circumstances with kindness and compassion, whilst challenging our habits of suffering unnecessarily.</p> <p>Life is hard! On the outside we may seem very well but our inner life can be unnecessarily unhappy. We can restore balance to our inner life if we find out who we truly are, our true nature. We can slow down and inwardly, at least, find balance.</p> <p>Alongside these teachings, there will be some instruction on coordination and how it is so important for our lives. The other subject will be impermanence and how to be flexible and adaptable rather than rigid and easily upset by change.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:42:34 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/restoring-the-balance-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-11-07 Loving from the Open Field - Somatic Compassion - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/loving-from-the-open-field-somatic-compassion-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-11-14 <p>Many of us, especially Buddhist practitioners, feel that we need to work at being compassionate. Subtly or not a sense of effort and tension creeps into our loving. Shoulds and shouldn’t start popping up.</p> <p>Exploring the Buddhist path of compassion or ‘awakening heart’, Alistair Appleton reconnected to the effortless quality of truly embodied or ‘somatic’ loving. He draws on the teaching of Chögyam Trungpa who makes a distinction between ‘maitri’ (appreciation of self) and ‘karuna /compassion’ (appreciation of others).</p> <p>In other courses, Alistair has explored how resting in the open space of awareness allows us to have a different relationship with the parts that make up our self. This is maitri practice.</p> <p>Once we have some tender relationship with these, often warring, parts and can breathe the gentleness of Big Self or ultimate bodhicitta on them, then the space clears for us to connect truely with the vast panoply of the world around us – people, animals, the natural world, the Universe.</p> <p>It’s like we’ve been hypnotised into thinking that the endless spiralling of our inner world is the world, but the World with a capital W is a sacred one that is dazzling and ego-shattering when we really touch into it. The move from maitri to karuna is one that brings great joy but also a huge spur to wise action. We recognise how our own patterns have held us back from this luminosity and great space, then we can’t help but want that others feel it too. Their constriction becomes part of our expanded awareness and we are unable to judge in anyway whatsoever.</p> <p>In the embodied space of the expanded heart, the illusion of a separate ‘other’ falls away and we rest in a state of Mahakaruna or Great Compassion.</p> <h4>What this workshop on Somatic Compassion will cover:</h4> <ul><li>revisiting the somatic understanding of relaxation and awareness</li> <li>connecting with the open-field of awareness accessed through the heart-centre</li> <li>requesting our ‘parts’ to step out of the way as we connect outwards</li> <li>‘beholding’ practice</li> <li>being with another human being without fear or tension</li> <li>being with the natural world</li> </ul><h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the</strong><strong> <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/loving-from-the-open-field-somatic-compassion/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></p> <p> </p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:37:41 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/loving-from-the-open-field-somatic-compassion-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-11-14