All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 15th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-calm-abiding-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-15th-january/?date=2020-01-29 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-calm-abiding-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-15th-january/?date=2020-01-29 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 9th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-30 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-17th-january/?date=2020-01-30 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 16th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-30 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-01-30 A Guide to Calm Abiding Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 15th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-calm-abiding-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-15th-january/?date=2020-02-05 <p>During this 4 week course we will explore the methods employed to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation.</p> <p><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p>This course is aimed for people who are new to meditation and will give them the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include <strong>posture, relaxation, breathing</strong> and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks</strong> from 19.00 and 20.30 and <em><strong>we ask that praticipants attend all four classes</strong></em>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-calm-abiding-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-15th-january/?date=2020-02-05 Freedom from the Sixteen Fears - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 16th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-02-06 <p>Green Tara represents swift activity to overcome obstacles, fears and dangers of many kinds, in particular the sixteen fears and dangers. These sixteen fears represent eight external and eight internal fears and dangers.</p> <p>When we are in a state of uncertainty, all sorts of possibilities arise and this can give rise to fear and worry. What is around the corner? What is in the darkness? Anything could happen. Lack of certainty and clarity creates fear and this can give rise to many negative emotions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through these in detail to give more understanding of both the Tara practice itself, which is done every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, as well as give more understanding of how to deal with the harmful emotions.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-5/?date=2020-02-06 Introduction to Buddhism - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-buddhism-series.-1-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-08 <p>This is the first part of an Introduction to Buddhism series, which will give an overview and understanding of the framework for the Buddhist path, covering an explanation of the three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. There will also be time for Q&amp;A.</p> <h5>The Four Noble Truths</h5> <p>This was the very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment. It is referred to as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma' because it represents the first phase of the Buddha's teaching. It is called a 'wheel' because it is a means for travelling the path to enlightenment in much the same way that a wheel enables a vehicle to move along a road.</p> <h5>The Noble Eightfold Path</h5> <p>The Noble Eightfold Path is the essence of the Middle Way, the path between the extremes of self-indulgence and denial. It contains eight interrelated aspects that make up the 'skilful living' that the Buddha taught is necessary to uproot suffering and its causes, and thus to sever the cycle of conditioned existence.</p> <p>The Noble Eightfold Path comprises the three essentials of Buddhist training, ethical conduct, mental development and wisdom. (Please note that 'right' in this instance means 'skillful and wise'.)</p> <p><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series which comprises 5 one day teachings:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:40:04 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-buddhism-series.-1-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-08 Akong Tulku Rinpoche in Tibet, 2011 - a slideshow with Barbara Pfeiffer http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/akong-tulku-rinpoche-in-tibet-2011-a-slideshow-with-barbara-pfeiffer/?date=2020-02-09 <p>For decades Akong Tulku Rinpoche used to travel annually within Kham and the Tibetan areas of Western China, teaching and meeting people of  the many projects he founded to help the Tibetan people.   </p> <p>Akong Rinpoche's monastery, Tsawa Dolma Lhakang, is situated in Chamdo province of the autonomous region of Tibet, an area where Westerners are not able to travel very easily these days. </p> <div> <p>In 2011 Rinpoche gave a teaching to the community in a town called Bathang. He especially talked about the change in daily habits and the effects of those changes on the environment. </p> <p>Barbara Pfeiffer travelled with Akong Rinpoche in Tibet over many years and  <span>is nowadays organizing group trips to the Tibetan areas, travelling in the footsteps of Akong Rinpoche</span>. She will tell stories and show pictures of Akong Rinpoche's teaching on the environment in Bathang and of his monastery Dolma Lhakang.</p> <p>Everybody is welcome to this inspirational event at  Kagyu Samye Dzong London on Sunday, February 9th at 5.00 pm.  </p> </div> Sat, 11 Jan 2020 12:30:08 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/akong-tulku-rinpoche-in-tibet-2011-a-slideshow-with-barbara-pfeiffer/?date=2020-02-09 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-15 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:56:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-02-15 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-02-16 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:09:37 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-02-16 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-20 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-20 Happiness and challenges in the 21st century - with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/happiness-and-challenges-in-the-21st-century-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2020-02-22 <p><strong>Happiness in the 21st Century - Saturday</strong></p> <p>Gelong Thubten will share insights from his new book 'A Monk’s Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century'.<br/>The day will consist of a combination of talks, meditation instructions and practice sessions. At the end of the afternoon there will be a book signing - copies of the book will be available in the centre’s shop.</p> <p>Thubten’s talks will explore how we can learn to be truly happy. What is the nature of happiness, and what are our personal and cultural attitudes concerning happiness and suffering? How can meditation and mindfulness practices help us train our minds, so that we can tap into our innate happiness and inner freedom? There will also be an explanation of how to develop compassion as a core value in our practice and our lives.</p> <p>Gelong Thubten’s new book was published in June 2019 and quickly became a bestseller. The book helps to demystify the practices of meditation and mindfulness with easy to follow exercises, illustrating how such techniques can bring sustainable happiness to our busy lives. The book also emphasises the practice of ‘micro-moments’ of mindfulness throughout the day.</p> <p>In ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ Thubten presents a clear understanding of what brings lasting happiness rather than the short-term, unsatisfying type of ‘buzz’ - which ultimately leaves us hungry for more. He explains how meditation can help us to master our thoughts so we can achieve true inner fulfilment, something especially challenging in our frantic modern world.</p> <p><strong>Challenges in the 21st Century - Sunday</strong></p> <p>A day of talks and meditation instruction aimed at addressing the struggles of modern life. The pace of life today can leave us feeling pressurised and stressed. Thubten will explain stress from the Buddhist understanding as well as the point of view of neuroscience, and he will offer methods for creating greater resilience.</p> <p>As life becomes increasingly busy, people can find it hard to maintain a daily practice, and perhaps feel that their minds are ‘too busy’ for meditation. Thubten will offer tips for creating sustainable diligence in a stressful world.</p> <p>There will be a discourse on the effects of technology, social media and the explosion of fast-moving news and advertising, and how these elements have increased our levels of anxiety and insecurity. We will then look at how daily meditation can provide protection, helping to keep our minds more independent and less busy.</p> <p>We will look at how to transform difficult relationships through training in forgiveness. We will also explore how to deepen our ability to face challenging situations in a creative manner. If we know how to approach life’s difficulties skilfully, then those very problems can help us to grow and gain more wisdom and compassion.</p> <p><br/><strong>BIOGRAPHY</strong>:</p> <p>Gelong Thubten became a monk 26 years ago at Samye Ling, and his training has included spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was four years long. He spent many years as the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s secretary and assistant, and he teaches at many of our centres. He is based at Samye Dzong Scarborough but he also helps to run Samye Dzongs in Cardiff and near Loch Ness.</p> <p>Thubten provides meditation courses to Silicon Valley technology companies and many other global organisations. He also works with schools, major universities, hospitals, prisons and charities. He trains medical students in meditation at the National University of Ireland. Thubten is considered a world pioneer, as he introduced techniques to these sectors over 20 years ago, before the mindfulness trend had emerged. The approach he uses, as instructed by Akong Rinpoche, contains a strong focus on the development of compassion, which greatly enhances the benefits of the training.</p> <p>Thubten previously collaborated on the book ‘How to be Human’ with Ruby Wax and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, and his own book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ is a Sunday Times bestseller.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 14:26:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/happiness-and-challenges-in-the-21st-century-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2020-02-22 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-27 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-02-27 Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2020-02-29 <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama will go through the text and the course will include instructions in the <strong>meaning</strong>, <strong>visualisation</strong>, <strong>mantra</strong> and <strong>mudras</strong>.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Texts are available from the shop.</p> <p style="font-size: 12px;"><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so.</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 12px;">Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation. </p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The Chenrezig practice takes place every <strong>Saturday</strong> and most <strong>Sunday</strong> every month. Please refer to the <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]"><strong>weekly programme</strong> </a>for more details.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:47:42 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2020-02-29 Instructions in the Ngondro: Dorje Sempa Practice - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/instructions-in-the-ngondro-dorje-sempa-practice-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-01 <p>This day is devoted to the Dorje Sempa practice instructions for those who have already received the Dorje Sempa empowerment. </p> <p>Dorje Sempa, or Vajrasattva, is the bodhisattva associated with purification. The Dorje Sempa practice is especially relevant in the context of the Ngondro practice.</p> <p>The Ngöndro practice comprises the "Four Ordinary Foundations" and the "Four Special Foundations". The four Ordinary Foundations are contemplations on the four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma, namely the preciousness of human life, impermanence, karma and its effects, and the sufferings of samsara.</p> <p>The four Special Foundations are purification and accumulation practices and are: prostrations, recitations of the Dorje Sempa hundred syllable mantra, mandala offerings and guru yoga practice.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give the meditation instructions on the Dorje Sempa practice and talk about the importance of purification and accumulation.</p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Please bring a copy of the Ngöndro text, available from the Samye Dzong shop.</strong></span></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong> </strong></span></em></p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 17:03:42 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/instructions-in-the-ngondro-dorje-sempa-practice-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-01 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 4th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-04 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-04 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-05 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-05 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-05 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-05 The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-07 <p>Today we will look at the four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma:</p> <ul><li>impermanence;</li> <li>the preciousness of our life;</li> <li>karma, cause and effect; and</li> <li>the general dissatisfaction of samsara.</li> </ul><p><br/>There will be time for contemplation and questions and answers.</p> <p>The point of meditating on the meaning of our <strong>precious human birth</strong> is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.</p> <p>Meditating on <em>impermanence</em> is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma. Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases ones’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully.</p> <p><strong>Karma, cause and effect</strong> should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.</p> <p><strong>Considering the defects of samsara</strong>, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive.</p> <p>Buddhism defines true happiness as liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations.</p> <p><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhim:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:57:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-07 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 4th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-11 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-11 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-12 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-12 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Morden - a 4 week course from 20th February http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-12 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-2/?date=2020-03-12 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-14 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:56:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-03-14 Sitting with the Body - Somatic Seated Practice - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-03-14 <p>Meditation practice usually conjures up images of people bolt-upright in full-lotus with beatific smiles. For many of us coming to meditation as beginners, it’s cramping legs, sore backs, busy minds, and needles-and-pins.</p> <p>It’s a shame that sitting meditation comes with all these ideas of stillness and perfect poise, because properly inhabited, the sitting body can be a space of enormous joy and fascination. By following the steps of somatic practice – starting with full relaxation and connection to the warmth and support of the Earth – sitting practice is relaxed and open field. Rather than an blank zoned-out space, sitting is full of micro movements, flows of information-rich energy, a growing sense of expansiveness and curiosity about the raw stuff of life.</p> <p>This weekend at the Spa Road Centre, Bermondsey, is building up this somatic form of sitting. It offers everyone who comes a vibrant and alive form of this simple practice of “just sitting”.</p> <h4>What this workshop on Sitting with the Body will cover:</h4> <ul><li>basic understanding of how the body’s tension prevents happy meditation</li> <li>somatic exercises for relaxing bodily tension and increasing awareness</li> <li>simple ways to connect with the earth and bring the support of the ground into our posture</li> <li>pain-free sitting and a strong, stable seated posture</li> <li>how the posture can wake us up</li> <li>working with distractions, thinking and other problems</li> <li>resting in the wisdom of the soma</li> <li>understanding ‘samatha’ and ‘vipashyna’ practices</li> </ul><p><span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.9em;">How to book and financial support</span></p> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/sitting-with-the-body-somatic-seated-practice/" target="_blank">the</a></strong><strong><a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/sitting-with-the-body-somatic-seated-practice/" target="_blank"> Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></em></span></p> <p> </p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:14:19 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/new-calendar-event-3/?date=2020-03-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-03-15 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:14:49 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-03-15 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 4th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-18 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-18 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-19 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-19 Transforming the Emotions through Meditation - a 4 week course with Lama Zangmo from 4th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-25 <p>This four week course is suitable for beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their meditation instructions and become more familiar with working with the emotions. It is a good follow-up for anyone who already attended an introduction to meditation course.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and will especially focus on how we can deal with painful emotions such as anger, attachment, stress, fear and confusion. </p> <p>To apply an antidote we need to be able to recognise the emotion, reflect on the negative impact it has, and then apply the appropriate remedy. With time and practise we gradually become able to pacify and transform them.</p> <p>There will be explanation of techniques and remedies, as well as general introductory guidelines and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is essential.</p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else. </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-2/?date=2020-03-25 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-26 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-03-26 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-02 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-02 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-09 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-09 Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 <p>Taking refuge is the first formal step on the Buddhist path. This day will be an explanation of what it means to take refuge. Spiritual refuge is a protection and eventual freedom from the confusion and suffering of cyclic existence (samsara).</p> <p>The genuine sources of spiritual refuge are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. The ultimate refuge is our own mind, our Buddha nature.</p> <p>It is because the Buddha Nature, or potential, is common to all beings that they are capable of attaining enlightenment. For example: a stone doesn’t have the potential to produce oil, and so no matter how much you might press it and grind it—even if you use modern tools and machinery—you will never extract any oil. A sesame seed, on the other hand, does have the potential to produce oil, and by pressing it in the right way, sesame oil can and will be produced. Like that the potential exists as part of our basic nature.</p> <p>The day of teachings will also cover topics such as the importance of receiving refuge from an authentic and unbroken lineage of transmission, the role of faith and trust, and how to relate to the refuge ceremony itself, as well as the importance of taking refuge with the right motivation.</p> <p>Akong Tulku Rinpoche used to say that if you want to use the Buddhist teachings to work on yourself to become a better human being, in order to benefit yourself and be of benefit to others, then you are ready to take refuge<strong> .</strong></p> <p><strong><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhim:</strong></strong></p> <ol><li><strong><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]"> <strong/></a><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></strong></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:07:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taking-refuge-and-entering-the-buddhist-path/?date=2020-04-11 Lucid dreaming weekend workshop - with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-weekend-workshop-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-11 <p>This workshop will teach you how to become conscious within your dreams and make use of the third of your life that you spend sleeping to be “more awake, more aware and more kind!”</p> <p>By using the best of both Tibetan Buddhist and Western dream-work techniques Charlie’s workshops offer a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the core aims of psychological growth and nocturnal spiritual practice.</p> <p>The workshop includes an overview of the history, science and practice of lucid dreaming from both the Western psychological and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, exploration of how sleep works and of course plenty of techniques for becoming lucid within your dreams.</p> <p>Lucid dreaming is an important precursory skill to the Tibetan tradition of Dream Yoga and these teachings offer a practical way to learn this incredibly beneficial skill.</p> <p>What will we learn at the workshop?</p> <ul><li>How to lucid dream from scratch and/or develop your practice.</li> <li>The benefits of lucid dreaming.</li> <li>How to use lucid dreaming to integrate nightmares.</li> <li>How to heal our inner world while we sleep.</li> <li>Using sleep for spiritual practice.</li> </ul><p>The aim of this workshop is not just to learn how to lucid dream but also how to tap into the wellspring of wisdom that resides in the dreaming mind.</p> <p>Lucid dreaming can help us to wake up to life and to live lucidly with joy and confidence, so come and learn how! All ages and abilities are welcome.</p> <h2>About Charlie:</h2> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He has been lucid dreaming for 20 years and was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. He has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 14 languages.</p> <p>For over 10 years Charlie has run workshops &amp; retreats in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He’s spoken at Cambridge University, the Ministry of Defence Mindfulness Symposium, The Houses of Parliament and given the first ever TED talk about lucid dreaming.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “Mindfulness Based PTSD Treatment in Veterans” and continues to teach sleep &amp; dream practices to armed forces veterans and civilians with Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns.</p> <p>He formally became a Buddhist at the age of 19 and lived at the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Buddhist Centre for 7 years.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:00:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-weekend-workshop-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-11 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-16 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-16 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-16 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:57:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-18 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:15:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-04-19 Eight Verses for Training the Mind - an 8 week course with Lama Zangmo from 5th March http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-23 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)</p> <p>The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.</p> <p>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.</p> <p>As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the eight classes to the very best of your ability. If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</strong></em></p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p><strong>This eight-week course is suitable for</strong> those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind-an-8-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-5th-march/?date=2020-04-23 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-23 Green Tara Practice Instructions - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25 <p>This is a day of practice instructions in the text of Green Tara, which is practiced every Sunday morning at Kagyu Samye Dzong. If understood properly, Green Tara practice helps us overcome inner and outer obstacles, and especially the obstacles of our own fears and self-doubt.</p> <p>Tara is called the Mother of all the Buddhas, as she represents the wisdom that gives birth to enlightenment, the ultimate realisation of a Buddha.</p> <p>In the tales associated with Tara it is said that Green Tara and White Tara sprang from two tears on Chenrezig’s face, to help the bodhisattva of infinite compassion in his task of liberating all sentient beings from suffering. Thus when our practice of compassion can be coupled and sustained with that of swift, fearless and wise activity, it can produce powerful results.</p> <p>During this day of instructions, Lama Zangmo will explain the visualisations and mudras that accompany the practice.</p> <p><em><strong>In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so at the next opportunity.</strong></em> Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation.</p> <p>Please bring the Green Tara sadhana text (available from the KSDL shop).</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:15:51 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/green-tara-practice-instructions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-25 Mindfulness of Dream Sleep: For Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns - with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-of-dream-sleep-for-stress-or-trauma-affected-sleep-patterns-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-25 <p>Originally developed for British military veterans, Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is a holistic approach to healing for people with stress or trauma affected sleep patterns.</p> <p>In this practical workshop we’ll learn how to transform the harmful effects that stress and trauma can have on the third of our life that we spend asleep.</p> <p>Using scientifically verified mindfulness-based techniques alongside breath and body-work practices the MODS Method helps to reduce stress before bed and optimise sleep quality.</p> <p>Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is based on an unconditionally compassionate approach to sleep &amp; dreams and is made up of five core practices:</p> <ol><li>Normalisation of Trauma Affected Sleep</li> <li>Hypnagogic Mindfulness (Yoga Nidra)</li> <li>De-stigmatising Nightmares</li> <li>Coherent Breathing (the <a href="https://www.breath-body-mind.com/" target="_blank">Breath-Body-Mind</a> approach)</li> <li>Lucid Dreaming</li> </ol><p>From common work-related stress to the more serious effects of trauma, this workshop teaches effective techniques to help you sleep better and wake up healthier.</p> <p>The workshop will also explore:</p> <ul><li>The Science of Sleep Cycles</li> <li>Reframing our Nightmares</li> <li>The Neuroscience of Trauma</li> <li>Optimising our Sleep Health</li> <li>Dream-work for Trauma Integration</li> </ul><p>Whether you currently have stress of trauma affected sleep or not, learning these practices is still really beneficial and so everybody is welcome to come and learn!</p> <h2>About Charlie:</h2> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He has been lucid dreaming for 20 years and was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2008. He has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 14 languages.</p> <p>For over 10 years Charlie has run workshops &amp; retreats in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He’s spoken at Cambridge University, the Ministry of Defence Mindfulness Symposium, The Houses of Parliament and given the first ever TED talk about lucid dreaming.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship grant to research “Mindfulness Based PTSD Treatment in Veterans” and continues to teach sleep &amp; dream practices to armed forces veterans and civilians with Stress or Trauma Affected Sleep Patterns.</p> <p>He formally became a Buddhist at the age of 19 and lived at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre for 7 years. In his past life he trained and worked as an actor before running a hip-hop collective in his early 20’s.</p> <p>He lives in London with his wife, astral projection researcher Jade Shaw. When he’s not teaching he enjoys martial arts (he has a black-belt in Kickboxing), going dancing and pretending to meditate.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 11:20:50 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-of-dream-sleep-for-stress-or-trauma-affected-sleep-patterns-with-charlie-morley/?date=2020-04-25 Calm Mind, Peaceful Heart, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/calm-mind-peaceful-heart-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-26 <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others.<br/> With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially suited for those who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and who may not be able to attend the evening classes. It is also suitable for those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability. Lama Zangmo will give meditation instructions and the day will include actual time for meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><em><strong> </strong></em></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:17:36 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/calm-mind-peaceful-heart-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-04-26 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-30 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-04-30 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 16th April http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-05-07 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-21st-march/?date=2020-05-07 The Spiritual Friend - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-spiritual-friend-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-09 <p>We all need guidance on how to change our old negative habits and how to live according to ethics and the Dharma. Therefore we need teachers and guides who can lead us along the path.</p> <p>This course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path. </p> <p>The Tibetan word for spiritual friend literally means “friend in goodness”. This is a friend who can lead us towards goodness, who can guide us on the path of virtue and ethics. A spiritual friend can lead us on the path that will eliminate suffering and guide us onto the path of happiness and goodness.</p> <p>There are five topics on a spiritual friend.</p> <ul><li>First is the reason why we need a spiritual friend.</li> <li>Second are the different types of spiritual friends.</li> <li>Third the characteristics of each type of spiritual friend.</li> <li>Fourth, how we should relate to and rely on a spiritual friend.</li> <li>Fifth, the benefits that come from relying on a spiritual friend.</li> </ul><p>Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation.</p> <p><strong><strong>This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly series of talks on essential aspects of Buddhim:</strong></strong></p> <ol><li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1218]">Introduction to Buddhism</a> - 8th February</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1220]">The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma</a> - 7th March</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1221]">Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path</a> - 11th April</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1222]">The Spiritual Friend</a> - 9th May</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1223]">Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion</a> - 13th June</strong> </li> </ol><p><em><strong>Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:11:52 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-spiritual-friend-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-09 Advice From a Yogi, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-16 <p>This course will focus on the text called “Advice for the People of Dingri” by Padampa Sangye, an Indian yogi who is said to have travelled to Tibet on three occasions for his first, middle and final stay there.</p> <p>Padampa Sangye spent most of his final visit to Tibet in the southern region of Dingri, near the border with Nepal. Before he passed away, the parting advice he gave his disciples was these One Hundred Verses of Advice, which cover all aspects of Dharma practice, from the beginning of the path to the result, but as this was his last advice it especially has a lot of emphasis on impermanence.</p> <p>People of twelfth century Tibet were apparently just as prone to distraction, attachment and the busyness of worldly life as we are today, and Padampa Sangye's teachings are as relevant to contemporary practitioners as they were to his disciples.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through the text monthly over seven months, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, but please note the exact dates.</p> <p>This is an ongoing course and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a regular daily meditation practice each month.</p> <p><em><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all the monthly classes to the very best of your ability.</strong> </em>If you are unable to attend a class for a good reason, please contact the office in advance before booking.</p> <p>A handout of the text itself will be provided.</p> <p>This ongoing course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice and Buddhist understanding, and who have a basic familiarity with meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Sun, 27 Oct 2019 15:57:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/advice-from-a-yogi-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2020-05-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-05-17 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>ThIs an opportunity to come and join the Sangha and other practitioners for a day of silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and helps to gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation, focusing on the breath,</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:16:03 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2020-05-17 Public Teaching - Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/public-teaching-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2020-05-21 <p>We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on Thursday 21 May 2020 from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.</p> <p>The teaching will be suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners and the topic will be announced nearer the time. In the meantime this is definitely one to put in your diaries. </p> <h2><span>About Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu</span></h2> <p><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/Drupon-Rinpoche-resized1.jpg" alt="Drupon Rinpoche resized1" width="253" height="300"/></p> <p class="Default">As a child Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu was always very concerned for others and especially protective of animals.</p> <p class="Default">At the age of seven, he started to receive training in Tsabtsa monastery, learning the rituals and procedures for many of the vajrayana practices. At fourteen, Rinpoche went forth and took novice ordination from Khenpo Palga.</p> <p class="Default">A deep renunciation for the mundane pre-occupations of everyday life filled his heart when he was around seventeen years old and so he decided to go to retreat. He was given the opportunity to enter one of Tsabtsa Monastery’s retreat centres, in which a cycle of retreat was due to start when he was eighteen. Being eager and unable to wait, Rinpoche went to practise in a hut at the edge of the retreat centre’s boundary. Here he received teachings from the retreat master, Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab, and from Lama Senge, and he practised the preliminaries before entering the retreat centre proper a year later.</p> <p class="Default">These two lamas were exceptional yogi meditators who had spent decades in solitary mountain retreats. They took a special interest in Rinpoche, this young and diligent monk who soaked up everything they taught. Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab gave the instructions to Rinpoche and the other lamas for the formal retreat practices; and Lama Senge would meet with Rinpoche often, answering his questions and offering words of advice. Through their conversations Rinpoche came to fully understand meditation and the mind; making Lama Senge his root lama. His rapid development of meditative understanding, experience and realisation impressed his lamas greatly and they composed songs of praise and joy about their beloved heart son.</p> <p class="Default"><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=276]">Continuing read here</a></strong></p> <p class="Default"> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:15:52 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/public-teaching-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2020-05-21 Emotional Intelligence to help with stress, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/emotional-intelligence-to-help-with-stress-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-05-23 <p>Emotions play a far greater role in our health, well-being and success that we realise. We can be quite clever but still be immature and unhappy, a stranger to our own bodies and emotions. Through the five simple core principles of emotional intelligence we can begin to improve the quality and richness of our lives. The five core principles are: self-awareness, self-mastery with meditation, healthy motivation, empathy/compassion and social/relationship skills.</p> <p>This course is about the journey from our head to our heart balancing the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of our lives. This will enable us to be more mature and less stressed in our lives.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Wed, 01 Jan 2020 14:13:32 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/emotional-intelligence-to-help-with-stress-with-clive-holmes/?date=2020-05-23 Tapping and meditation - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-and-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-05-30 <p>One of the revolutionary facets of modern psychotherapy is the advent of “tapping” or – more formally – energy psychology (EP). Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. Alistair Appleton has found that combining tapping with meditation is particularly powerful.</p> <p>Tibetan practitioners have long understood about the lung or ‘wind horse’. These are the energetic patterns within our bodies that underpin our physical, mental and spiritual health.</p> <p>Energy psychologists work directly with this energy body as a way of removing some of the energetic patterns that might be holding us back. But they combine them with a modern understanding of trauma. In this way, tapping becomes a powerful tool in undoing the knots of the past that bedevil the present.</p> <p>Most of these forms of EP are currently mostly used in a therapeutic setting. But long-time meditator and psychotherapist, Alistair Appleton has seen how powerfully they can impact our sitting practice.</p> <p>Tibetan Buddhism believes that we are already enlightened. The ‘buddha nature’ is pristine in all of us. However, we don’t believe we have it. Or heavy events from our past have encased it in protective defences. Or habits of mind consistently distract us away from it. However, there are many practices in tantric Buddhism that aim to cleanse these impediments from our own inherent brightness. In many ways, tapping offers a similar process of seeing, acknowledging and releasing delusions about our True Self.</p> <p>What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover:</p> <ul><li>the background and history of energy psychology</li> <li>how EP can be integrated into our meditation practice</li> <li>understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body</li> <li>the somatic foundation of tapping work</li> <li>the basic sequence of the tapping protocol</li> <li>opportunities and examples of use</li> <li>considering EP on the Buddhist path</li> </ul><h4><span>How to book and financial support</span></h4> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/sitting-with-the-body-somatic-seated-practice/" target="_blank">the</a></strong><strong><a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/tapping-and-meditation-in-london/" target="_blank"> Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span><em><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></em></span></p> <p> </p> Sun, 24 Nov 2019 15:26:48 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-and-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2020-05-30 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-04 <h1 id="page-title">Beginners Meditation Course -</h1> <p>Initially training in meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Shinay Meditation is the process of using simple methods such as focusing on the breath to stabilise our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this.</p> <p>Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better and handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This weekly beginners meditation course is taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials, and there will be small break-out groups to enable discussion.</p> <p>Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. <em><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.</strong></em></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> <p> </p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2020-06-04