All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2019-01-19 <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama will go through the text and the course will include instructions in the <strong>meaning</strong>, <strong>visualisation</strong>, <strong>mantra</strong> and <strong>mudras</strong>.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Texts are available from the shop.</p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so.</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation. Lama Zangmo is teaching on the Meaning of Refuge from the 22nd of May. <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1166]">Click here for more details about that course</a></strong>.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The Chenrezig practice takes place every <strong>Saturday</strong> and most <strong>Sunday</strong> every month. Please refer to the <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]"><strong>weekly programme</strong> </a>for more details.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:54:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2019-01-19 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-01-20 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:56:05 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-01-20 Beginners Meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 17th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2019-01-24 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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 <span>mindfulness</span><span>.</span></p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and <span>stabilising</span> our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <span>natural sense of peace</span> and <span>well-being</span> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place <span>every Thursday </span>evening for 3 weeks between <span>19.00</span> and<span> 20.30</span>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <p><span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.9em;">Important Information</span></p> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span style="font-size: large;">commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2019-01-24 Shinay Meditation http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-01-24 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:39:31 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-01-24 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2019-01-26 <p>This mindfulness course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 26th - 27th May – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – 8th - 9th September NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – 24th - 25th November SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – 25th - 26th January UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £150 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:46:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2019-01-26 Recording of Teachings on the Nature of Reality by His Holiness the Dalai Lama http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-01-26 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and Sangha to listen to recordings of teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Realtiy.</p> <ul><li><strong>Morning session:</strong> 10am - 12pm</li> <li><strong>Afternoon session:</strong> 2pm - 4pm</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:51:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-01-26 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-01-27 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:47:36 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-01-27 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-01-27 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:35:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-01-27 Beginners Meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 17th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2019-01-31 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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 <span>mindfulness</span><span>.</span></p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and <span>stabilising</span> our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <span>natural sense of peace</span> and <span>well-being</span> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place <span>every Thursday </span>evening for 3 weeks between <span>19.00</span> and<span> 20.30</span>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <p><span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.9em;">Important Information</span></p> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span style="font-size: large;">commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2019-01-31 Shinay Meditation http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-01-31 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:39:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-01-31 New Year, New Beginnings with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-year-new-beginnings-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-02-02 <p><span><span>“Changing habits of a lifetime!” </span></span></p> <p><span>At this time around the Tibetan New year, it could be useful to reawaken our commitment to meditate and have a better quality of life. We often begin with the best intentions but end up losing our way. To be successful in the ways of transformation, we need to know how our minds work and the helpful guidance of the meditation teachings.</span></p> <p><span>This course will be about <strong>exploring new horizons</strong> within our minds to help us <strong>accept</strong> and <strong>transform</strong> those <strong>habits</strong> that limit our freedom. Along the way we will realise that a lot of our habits are “not our fault.” We can forgive, take responsibility and look forward to the future rather than being stuck in the past. There is great value in “<strong>taming the mind</strong>”. This we do with kindness like being a “mind-whisperer” rather than using a "whip" or too much force. “The doorway to serenity cannot be forced </span>open.” Some simple exercises to develop will-power and helping the mind become stronger will be shared.</p> <hr/><p> </p> <h4><strong>About Clive Holmes</strong></h4> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<strong>Taming the Tige</strong><strong>r</strong>" and "<strong>Restoring the Balance</strong>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:31:57 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-year-new-beginnings-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-02-02 Losar Celebration – Losar Tashi Deleg - Year of the Earth Pig http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/losar-celebration-losar-tashi-deleg-year-of-the-earth-pig/?date=2019-02-03 <p>Happy Tibetan New Year. The Tibetan new year of 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig.</p> <p>Join us for an evening of <strong>Chenrezig Practice</strong> dedicated to world peace and happiness to bring in the New Year.</p> <p>We will offer a kata (white scarf) to the shrine, followed by food to share.</p> <p>Offerings of food to share are welcome. Please feel free to bring along some vegetarian food and drink.</p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:21:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/losar-celebration-losar-tashi-deleg-year-of-the-earth-pig/?date=2019-02-03 An Introduction to Calm Abiding - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th of Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-06 <h1>An Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation</h1> <p>Is a four week meditation course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation. We will explore methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. Calm abiding meditation (Shinay in Tibetan) 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. 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 for people who are new to meditation and will include instructions in correct posture. Different methods will be taught, using sight, breathing and inner focus as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-06 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-07 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-07 Measuring Ones Progress in Mind Training - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 7th Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-07 <p>We will look at some of the slogans from the 5th and 6th point of Geshe Chekawa's Mind Training teachings focusing on how to evaluate one's practice.</p> <p>The slogans are meant to be contemplated and are especially dedicated to measuring progress by establishing if we are becoming more self-centred and if our habitual tendencies are becoming stronger or weaker. They help us to look at our mind more clearly and use whatever arises, whether pleasant or painful, as part of the path. We learn to turn around our self centred attitudes which isolate us.</p> <p>Commitment and determination is an essential element in anything that requires time and effort, otherwise we give up. In Mind Training commitment relates to a determination to resist the seductions of our worldly, samsaric tendencies, and to respect and uphold the Bodhisattva training of working for the benefit of all beings.</p> <p>These teachings focus on the Mind Training teachings of Geshe Chekawa, and we will look at how the slogans can guide our practice and increase our understanding of the way to train our mind. These slogans show us the unwholesome attitudes or inclinations that may interfere with our practice and show us what we should avoid doing</p> <p>This course may be attended on its own or together with the following course in March. It is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-07 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-02-09 <p>On this Ngondro prostrations practice day Lama Zangmo will be available between 10.00am - 12.30pm for questions and answers for those people practicing the prostration part of the Ngondro.</p> <p>This course is ideal for people who have already received instruction in this practice and would like to clarify any doubts.</p> <p>The day will start with Q&amp;A and then continue with the actual prostration practice.</p> <p> </p> Sat, 03 Nov 2018 14:48:12 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-6/?date=2019-02-09 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-02-10 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:40:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-02-10 An Introduction to Calm Abiding - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th of Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-13 <h1>An Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation</h1> <p>Is a four week meditation course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation. We will explore methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. Calm abiding meditation (Shinay in Tibetan) 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. 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 for people who are new to meditation and will include instructions in correct posture. Different methods will be taught, using sight, breathing and inner focus as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-13 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-14 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-14 Measuring Ones Progress in Mind Training - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 7th Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-14 <p>We will look at some of the slogans from the 5th and 6th point of Geshe Chekawa's Mind Training teachings focusing on how to evaluate one's practice.</p> <p>The slogans are meant to be contemplated and are especially dedicated to measuring progress by establishing if we are becoming more self-centred and if our habitual tendencies are becoming stronger or weaker. They help us to look at our mind more clearly and use whatever arises, whether pleasant or painful, as part of the path. We learn to turn around our self centred attitudes which isolate us.</p> <p>Commitment and determination is an essential element in anything that requires time and effort, otherwise we give up. In Mind Training commitment relates to a determination to resist the seductions of our worldly, samsaric tendencies, and to respect and uphold the Bodhisattva training of working for the benefit of all beings.</p> <p>These teachings focus on the Mind Training teachings of Geshe Chekawa, and we will look at how the slogans can guide our practice and increase our understanding of the way to train our mind. These slogans show us the unwholesome attitudes or inclinations that may interfere with our practice and show us what we should avoid doing</p> <p>This course may be attended on its own or together with the following course in March. It is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-14 Death Cafe - 15 Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2019-02-15 <p>We appreciate the work of Jon Underwood in starting the Death Cafes and inspiring others to embrace Death, this often difficult subject.The overall objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.</p> <p>The Death Cafe doesn't have specific topics, set questions or guest speakers. It is a group directed session offering participants time to reflect on and share what they think is important.</p> <p>Being aware of impermanence and the frailty of existence can help us appreciate our lives more, and wake us up to the importance of making use of the opportunities we have, while we still have them.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Places need to be booked in advance, as the numbers are limited.</strong></span></p> <p>Please arrive early. It will start with an introduction and <strong>latecomers will not be able to enter</strong>.</p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">EVENT FORMAT </span></p> <ul><li>It is a group directed discussion with no agenda or theme.</li> <li> It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or a counselling session.</li> <li> On a not for profit basis, by donation for tea and cafe</li> <li> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space</li> <li> With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action</li> <li> Alongside refreshing drinks and cake. We are based in a Buddhist Centre but the Death Cafe is open to all.</li> <li> It is a secular experience, we follow the model started by Jon Underwood.</li> </ul><p><strong>Spaces are limited and you will need to book a seat in the Death Cafe.</strong> You can do this by<strong> <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">emailing the office</a></strong> and stating which cafe you'd like to attend.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:58:02 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2019-02-15 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Responding with Compassion (Dec - Feb - Apr) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-responding-with-compassion-dec-feb-apr/?date=2019-02-16 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">8th-9th December </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">– MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">16th-17th February 2019 </strong><strong style="font-size: 1.1em;">– FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE 27th - 28th April – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span>Please contact </span><a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span> for the booking link</span></p> <p><span>Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p><span>Cost:   <strong>  £450.00</strong> for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of <strong>£150.00</strong></span></p> <h4><span><em><span>This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:49:23 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-responding-with-compassion-dec-feb-apr/?date=2019-02-16 Turning the Mind to the Dharma - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-02-16 <h1>Turning the Mind to the Dharma</h1> <p>Is a day of introduction to Buddhism through focusing on impermanence and the preciousness of our life, with time for questions and answers.</p> <p>The point of meditating on the meaning of our <strong>precious human birth</strong> is so that we <strong>make use of it and that we don't waste it</strong>. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.</p> <p>Meditating on <strong>impermanence</strong> is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma.</p> <p>Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases followers’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully. </p> <p>Within the subject of impermanence, <strong>death</strong> is a special topic. We know that we will die, but we do not know what the conditions will be that will lead to our death, and when our time comes to pass away we are helpless to stop it. </p> <p>By first meditating on gross impermanence, then seeing how impermanence is the way more and more subtle things arise and cease again, a diligent practitioner finally realizes the equal nature of all things. </p> <p><strong>Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso</strong>, a great tibetan meditation teacher, said:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"If we have just a small run-in with impermanence, we get a small bit of renunciation, but if we have a big run-in with impermanence, we get big renunciation. That’s why impermanence is good – it’s a friend of Dharma. "</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>This day can be <strong>attended as a course on its own</strong> or as a part of a longer monthly <strong>Introduction to Buddhism</strong> series.</p> <p><strong>The other courses in this series are:</strong></p> <ul><li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1171]"><strong>Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 2) on Saturday 9th March</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1172]"><strong>The Three Jewels on Saturday 13th April</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1173]"><strong>Buddhism in a Nutshell on Saturday 22nd June</strong></a></h6> </li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"> </p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"> </p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"> </p> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 16:57:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-02-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-02-17 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:11:11 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-02-17 An Introduction to Calm Abiding - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th of Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-20 <h1>An Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation</h1> <p>Is a four week meditation course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation. We will explore methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. Calm abiding meditation (Shinay in Tibetan) 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. 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 for people who are new to meditation and will include instructions in correct posture. Different methods will be taught, using sight, breathing and inner focus as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-20 Measuring Ones Progress in Mind Training - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 7th Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-21 <p>We will look at some of the slogans from the 5th and 6th point of Geshe Chekawa's Mind Training teachings focusing on how to evaluate one's practice.</p> <p>The slogans are meant to be contemplated and are especially dedicated to measuring progress by establishing if we are becoming more self-centred and if our habitual tendencies are becoming stronger or weaker. They help us to look at our mind more clearly and use whatever arises, whether pleasant or painful, as part of the path. We learn to turn around our self centred attitudes which isolate us.</p> <p>Commitment and determination is an essential element in anything that requires time and effort, otherwise we give up. In Mind Training commitment relates to a determination to resist the seductions of our worldly, samsaric tendencies, and to respect and uphold the Bodhisattva training of working for the benefit of all beings.</p> <p>These teachings focus on the Mind Training teachings of Geshe Chekawa, and we will look at how the slogans can guide our practice and increase our understanding of the way to train our mind. These slogans show us the unwholesome attitudes or inclinations that may interfere with our practice and show us what we should avoid doing</p> <p>This course may be attended on its own or together with the following course in March. It is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-21 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-21 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-21 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-02-24 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:36:30 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-02-24 An Introduction to Calm Abiding - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 6th of Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-27 <h1>An Introduction to Calm Abiding Meditation</h1> <p>Is a four week meditation course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation. We will explore methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. Calm abiding meditation (Shinay in Tibetan) 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. 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 for people who are new to meditation and will include instructions in correct posture. Different methods will be taught, using sight, breathing and inner focus as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/an-introduction-to-calm-abiding-with-lama-zangmo-from-6th-of-feb/?date=2019-02-27 Measuring Ones Progress in Mind Training - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from 7th Feb http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-28 <p>We will look at some of the slogans from the 5th and 6th point of Geshe Chekawa's Mind Training teachings focusing on how to evaluate one's practice.</p> <p>The slogans are meant to be contemplated and are especially dedicated to measuring progress by establishing if we are becoming more self-centred and if our habitual tendencies are becoming stronger or weaker. They help us to look at our mind more clearly and use whatever arises, whether pleasant or painful, as part of the path. We learn to turn around our self centred attitudes which isolate us.</p> <p>Commitment and determination is an essential element in anything that requires time and effort, otherwise we give up. In Mind Training commitment relates to a determination to resist the seductions of our worldly, samsaric tendencies, and to respect and uphold the Bodhisattva training of working for the benefit of all beings.</p> <p>These teachings focus on the Mind Training teachings of Geshe Chekawa, and we will look at how the slogans can guide our practice and increase our understanding of the way to train our mind. These slogans show us the unwholesome attitudes or inclinations that may interfere with our practice and show us what we should avoid doing</p> <p>This course may be attended on its own or together with the following course in March. It is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/measuring-ones-progress-in-mind-training-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-7th-feb/?date=2019-02-28 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 7th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-28 <h1>Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2019-02-28 The Root Verses on the Six Bardos with Lama Zangmo - from 2nd March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-03-02 <h1 id="page-title">The Root Verses on the Six Bardos -</h1> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through this text by Karma Lingpa with teachings on impermanence, death and dying and on the intermediate states called Bardos, with a focus on putting the teachings into effective practice during this life. A copy of the text will be provided at the beginning of the course.</p> <p><strong>Karma Lingpa </strong>(1326–1386), who composed this short text on the Bardos, was born in southeast Tibet as the son of a great Vajrayana practitioner. At an early age Karma Lingpa engaged in esoteric practices and showed great signs of accomplishment. </p> <p>When he was fifteen years old, he discovered several terma texts on top of Mount Gampodar, including a collection of teachings entitled "<strong>Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones</strong>", which include the Bardo Thodrol, the so-called "<strong>Tibetan Book of the Dead</strong>".</p> <p>According to <strong>Chogyam Trungpa</strong>, Karma Lingpa was a Nyingma teacher, but all of his students belonged to the Kagyu school. His teachings were transmitted in the Surmang monasteries of the Trungpa-lineage, and from there also spread to the Nyingma school.</p> <h4><strong>Requirements for attendance:</strong></h4> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is not for complete beginners to Buddhism</span></strong>. In order for the course to be of the most benefit, those attending are required to have taken refuge, or at the very least have the intention to take refuge when the next opportunity arises. With that understanding, anyone with some previous knowledge of Buddhism who wishes to learn more is welcome to attend. </p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Saturdays</strong>, on the first Saturday of each month. In order to attend it is essential to <strong>commit to coming to the full course</strong> of all four Saturdays. <strong>Unless you are able to come to all of it, we ask that you do not book for this course</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> </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> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:07:20 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-03-02 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-03-03 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:11:33 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-03-03 Timely Methods for Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from the 6th Mar http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-06 <p>This is one of a series of Wednesday courses for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, plenty of time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-06 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-07 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-07 Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 2) - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-part-2-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-03-09 <h1>Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 2) </h1> <p>is a day of introduction to buddhism course focusing on karma, cause &amp; effect and the defects of samsara. There will be time for questions and answers throughout the day.</p> <p><strong>Karma, cause and effect</strong> should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.</p> <p>Considering the <strong>defects of samsara</strong>, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive, and although we want to be happy, all we achieve is suffering.   </p> <p>Buddhism defines true happiness as <strong>liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations</strong>.</p> <p><span>This day can be </span><strong>attended as a course on its own</strong><span> or as a part of a longer monthly </span><strong>Introduction to Buddhism</strong><span> series.</span></p> <p><strong>The other courses in this series are:</strong></p> <ul><li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1170]"><strong>Turning the Mind to the Dharma (Part 1) on Saturday 16th February</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1172]"><strong>The Three Jewels on Saturday 13th April</strong></a></h6> </li> <li> <h6><a href="http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/buddhism-in-a-nutshell-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/"><strong>Buddhism in a Nutshell on Saturday 22nd June</strong></a></h6> </li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 18:16:10 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/turning-the-mind-to-the-dharma-part-2-introduction-to-buddhism-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-03-09 Green Tara Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-03-10 <p>This is a day of instructions in the practice and recitation of 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><strong>Tara</strong> is called the<strong> Mother of all the Buddhas</strong>, as she represents the <strong>wisdom</strong> that gives birth to enlightenment, the ultimate realisation of a Buddha.</p> <p>In the tales associated with Tara it is said that <strong>Green Tara</strong> and <strong>White Tara</strong> sprang from two tears on <strong>Chenrezig</strong>’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><strong>During this day of instructions, <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=291]">Lama Zangmo</a> will explain the visualisations and mudras that accompany the practice</strong></p> <p><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so. </strong></p> <p>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><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Please bring the Green Tara sadhana text (available from the KSDL shop).</span></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> Sat, 03 Sep 2016 15:14:49 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-03-10 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-03-10 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:44:58 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-03-10 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-03-10 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:40:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-03-10 Timely Methods for Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from the 6th Mar http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-13 <p>This is one of a series of Wednesday courses for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, plenty of time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-13 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-14 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-14 Heart to Heart: Solving Relationships Problems the Embodied Way - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/heart-to-heart-solving-relationships-problems-the-embodied-way-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-03-16 <p>This March, Alistair Appleton is looking at how we can use embodied meditation to help us relate better. How can we connect heart-to-heart and avoid relationship problems?</p> <p>The answer is to be more embodied. All Alistair’s courses point to the importance of knowing what’s happening in our bodies. This is especially true in difficult relationships.  Can we stay present to our physical and emotional bodies as we argue or freeze up or lose the plot? </p> <p>Modern life, unfortunately, encourages us to self-isolate and disappear into technological bubbles. Online chats, emails and dating apps replace heart-to-hearts. Even intimate relationships can be wrecked by being too lost in our thoughts about one another. </p> <p>Trained in body psychotherapy and a student of celebrated meditation master, Reggie Ray, Alistair believes embodied meditation gives us crucial tools to live together more skilfully. This weekend explores ways to unravel relationship problems and come to a more heartfelt and human way of connecting. </p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="http://https//mind-springs.org/courses/heart-to-heart-solving-relationship-problems-the-embodied-way/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:49:33 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/heart-to-heart-solving-relationships-problems-the-embodied-way-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-03-16 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-03-16 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year 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 <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> <li>Dec 14 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:29:05 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-03-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-03-17 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:11:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-03-17 Timely Methods for Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from the 6th Mar http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-20 <p>This is one of a series of Wednesday courses for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, plenty of time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-20 Advice from the Mind Training Teachings - with Lama Zangmo a six week course from 7th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-21 <h1>Advice from the Mind Training Teachings course - with Lama Zangmo </h1> <p>The slogans in this course cover the guidelines and advice on self mastery in the Mind Training teachings. They relate to the overall lojong spirit we need in order to progress.</p> <p>The slogans studied are pithy sayings meant to trigger our memory and recall our attention to the present moment. They should be treated as mindfulness practice and help us to be aware of what we are meant to do, so that every aspect of life becomes part of training.</p> <p>This 6 week course can be attended on its own and is especially suitable for those familiar with the Mind Training teachings who wish to explore the slogans further, but is also suitable for those with basic familiarity with meditation, although not for complete beginners. </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday</strong> evening for 6 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all six classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-the-mind-training-teachings-with-lama-zangmo-a-six-week-course-from-7th-march/?date=2019-03-21 Beginners Meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 21st March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-03-21 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially 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>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 3 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <p><strong>Important Information</strong></p> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so <strong>booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary</strong>. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <span><strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes</strong>.</span> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, <strong>please do not reserve a place</strong> which could have be given to someone else.  </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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2019-03-21 Mindfulness Association - Introductory Mindfulness Teaching Skills Level 1 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-teaching-skills-level-1/?date=2019-03-23 <ul><li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course provides training in the key mindfulness teaching skills of guiding the core mindfulness practices from the </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/mblc/">Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)</a> and leading enquiry.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course provides participants with </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">opportunities to lead guided practices and </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">enquiry with fellow participants in a safe </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">environment. Feedback will be provided in </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">weekend two by fellow participants.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">It is designed for those who have completed at </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">least the <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/level1/">Mindfulness Level 1 training</a> and is a </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">foundation for those who wish to go on to do </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">the <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/teacher-training/teaching2-mblc/">MBLC teaching skills retreat</a> to learn to </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">teach our <a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/courses/mblc/">8 week MBLC course</a>.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">This course takes place over two weekends spread out over a three month period and aims to </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">support participants to begin developing a safe and effective mindfulness teaching practice.</span></li> <li><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">The course emphasises the requirement for facilitators to be able to embody mindfulness and </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">compassion while facilitating secular mindfulness training courses. The key skill is learning to stay </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">fully present as you lead guided practices and enquiry. This skill depends entirely upon a sustained </span><span class="xr_tl Normal_text">and regular personal mindfulness practice.</span></li> </ul><p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Tutors</strong>: Alan Hughes and Graeme Armstrong</span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Dates</strong>: <strong>23-24 March 2019</strong> and <strong>25-26 May 2019</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Booking info:</strong> To book your place on the course please contact<strong> <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a></strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Times</strong>: The course runs from<strong> 9.30am</strong> till <strong>5pm</strong> on <strong>Saturday</strong> and <strong>Sunday</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="xr_tl Normal_text"><span class="Normal_text"><strong>Cost</strong>: £360.00 for two weekends payable in two monthly installments of £180.00</span></span></p> <h3><strong>ABOUT THE MINDFULNESS ASSOCIATION</strong></h3> <p>At the <strong><a href="https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association</a></strong> we recognise how Mindfulness frees us from the conditioning that governs and limits our lives. This results in the flourishing of our human potential to make choices about how we live in connection with ourselves and our world. We help people to transform their lives by training them in being present, responding with compassion and seeing deeply their habitual patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Our objectives are to offer high quality long term trainings in Mindfulness, which help people to establish a regular and effective mindfulness practice and which help people to bring mindfulness into all aspect of their daily lives.</p> <p><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></p> Sun, 02 Dec 2018 13:55:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-teaching-skills-level-1/?date=2019-03-23 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-03-24 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:45:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-03-24 Timely Methods for Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo a four week course from the 6th Mar http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-27 <p>This is one of a series of Wednesday courses for those who are new to meditation. It will cover various simple methods easy to apply in this 21st century busy lifestyle, taught as a way to tame the mind and develop calm abiding. If time and space allows, there will be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions in how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.<br/> <br/>Each session will be a combination of teachings, plenty of time for meditation, as well as time for questions and answers.  </p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/timely-methods-for-taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-the-6th-mar/?date=2019-03-27