All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ 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