All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-18 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-18 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-19 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-19 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 5th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-19 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="ACYB9CZ7LTUSA"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-19 Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-10-22 <p>A day of Tara practice with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</p> <p>The prayers that we will be reciting during the practice day is as follows:</p> <ul><li> <h6>Prayer to the Root Guru</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Refuge and Bodhicitta</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Seven Branch Prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Praises to Tara</h6> </li> <li> <h6>White Tara Mantra</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche's Long Life prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Dedication Prayers</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule for the Day</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning session: <strong>9.30am – 10.30am</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Morning Session: <strong>11am - 12.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Lunch Break: <strong>12:30 noon - 2pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Afternoon session: <strong>2pm - 3pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Last Session: <strong>3.30pm – 4.30pm</strong><br/><strong> </strong></p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:09:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-10-22 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 4th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-25 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st September<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="WEBP3ET7NU5CS"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-25 Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-26 <p>Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with <strong>Renunication</strong>, <strong>Devotion</strong> and <strong>Meditation</strong>.</p> <h3><strong>Renunciation</strong></h3> <p><span>Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.</span></p> <h3><strong>Devotion</strong></h3> <p><span>In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: <strong>longing</strong> and <strong>respect</strong>. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.</span></p> <h3><strong>Meditation</strong></h3> <p>Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an<strong> </strong>ongoing awareness<strong> </strong>of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind. </p> <p> </p> <ul><li>Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Important Information</strong></p> <p>We ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> </p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Course Donations</strong></h3> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="X8BNWRMGZ5NLE"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/renunciation-devotion-and-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-26 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 5th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-26 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="ACYB9CZ7LTUSA"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-5th-october/?date=2017-10-26 Tara Practice - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-10-26 <p>An evening of Tara prayers with the Kagyu Samye Dzong sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and the ongoing flourishing of Kagyu Samye Ling's activity.</p> <p>When visiting India recently a few members of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha met with <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a> </strong>and asked for what could be done to remove any obstacles to the long life and activity of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. His Holiness recommended that we recite 100 Million of the White Tara Mantra.</p> <p>In addition to this His Holiness recommended that to remove any obstacles for Kagyu Samye Ling we should recite 4 million of the Seven Branch Prayer. Around the same time His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche recommended that we recite the Green Tara Praises for the same purpose.</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book in advance for this evening of prayers.</strong></p> <h3>Order of prayers </h3> <ul><li> <h5>Refuge and Bodhicitta &amp; the Four Immeasurables</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Seven Branch Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Praises to Tara</h5> </li> <li> <h5>White Tara Mantra - OM TARE TUTARE TURE MAMA AYU PUNYE JNANA PUKTIM KURU SOHA</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Lama Rinpoche's Long Life Prayer</h5> </li> <li> <h5>Dedication</h5> </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>Copies of all the prayers will be made availale</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</strong></span></p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:01:59 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-10-26 Embracing Death and Dying http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying/?date=2017-10-28 <h2>Embracing Death and Dying day - a celebration of life through reflection on death</h2> <p>Join us for our fourth annual Death &amp; Dying Day: A Celebration of Life Through Reflection on Death'. Our previous events were a huge success and we would like to welcome you all again this year.</p> <p>The event is an opportunity to explore and reflect on death and dying through a number of talks and workshops hosted by a variety of speakers.</p> <p>[embed width=480 height=270 class=left thumbnail=https://i.ytimg.com/vi/1LcZ-Aca8B8/hqdefault.jpg?r]http://youtu.be/1LcZ-Aca8B8[/embed]</p> <h3 style="text-align: left;">Schedule for the day</h3> <h5><strong>To read more about the speakers please see below</strong></h5> <p><strong> </strong></p> <table style="width: 697px;" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <h2 align="center"><strong>Time</strong></h2> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <h2 align="center"><strong>Main Shrine Room</strong></h2> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <h2 align="center"><strong>Rigpe Dorje Shrine Room</strong></h2> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <h2 align="center"><strong>Reading Room</strong></h2> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <h2 align="center"><strong>Workshop Room</strong></h2> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>10:00</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong> &lt;&gt;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>10:40</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>What happens</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>as we die?</strong></p> <p align="center">Dr Angela Halley</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Coffin Exhibition</strong></p> <p align="center">All Day</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>10:50</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong> 11:30</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>The Buddhist Approach</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>to Death &amp; Dying</strong></p> <p align="center">Lama Zangmo</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;" rowspan="2"> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Death Café</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>10:50 - 11:50</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Break</strong></p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Meditation Session</strong></p> <p align="center">Damcho</p> <p align="center"><strong>11:35 -11:55</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>12:00</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong> 12:40</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Farewll.com. Leaving your will and other information online</strong></p> <p align="center">Dan Garrett</p> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Dying with Grace – Hospice Care from the Perspective of a Buddhist Doctor</strong></p> <p align="center">Dr Gaya Beaumont</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Lunch Break</strong></p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Covent Garden Poetry Collective</strong></p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>13:45</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>14:25</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>The challenges of working in a hospice and how it supports my spiritual practice</strong></p> <p align="center">Simon Robey</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Death the Unavoidable Art Therapy</strong></p> <p align="center">Philippe Jacquet</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>14:35</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong> 15:15</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Dreaming &amp; Dying - dissolution in sleep and death in the Buddhist tradition</strong></p> <p align="center">Charlie Morley</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Introduction to Meditation</strong></p> <p align="center">Gelong Trinley</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Break</strong></p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"> </p> </td> <td style="background-color: #e7d887; border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Meditation Session</strong></p> <p align="center">Damcho</p> <p align="center"><strong>15:20 – 15:40</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;" rowspan="2"> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><strong>Death Café</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>15:20 – 16:20</strong></p> <p align="center"> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>15:45</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>16:20</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>The modern funeral director; a holistic approach</strong></p> <p align="center">Kate Brewer</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Meditation Session</strong></p> <p align="center">Damcho</p> <p align="center"><strong>16:00 - 16:20</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>16:30</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&lt;&gt; </strong></p> <p align="center"><strong> 17:00</strong></p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p align="center"><strong>Prayers to Remember Loved Ones</strong></p> <p align="center">KSDL Sangha</p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> <td style="border-color: #000000; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px;"> <p> </p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><h1>About the Speakers:</h1> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Lama Zangmo - Director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London</strong></p> <p><strong>The Buddhist Approach to Death and Dying</strong></p> <p>Lama Zangmo has been a practising Buddhist since her arrival at Samye Ling monastery almost forty years ago. She has spent a total of eleven years in closed retreat. She has been the Director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London since its foundation in 1998. She was honoured with the title of Lama in 2001.</p> <h4><strong>Dr Angela Halley - Palliative Care doctor </strong></h4> <p><strong>What happens as we die</strong><br/><br/> Angela has worked in a number of hospitals and hospices as a specialty training registrar. She is currently studying to become a Palliative Medicine Consultant at the Chelsea &amp; Westminster and completing a Masters degree in palliative care.</p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Dr Gaya Beaumont - Meadow House Hospice</strong></p> <p><strong>Dying with Grace - Hospice care from the perspective of a Buddhist doctor</strong></p> <p>Dr Gaya Beaumont is currently training to be a Consultant in Palliative Care at Meadow House Hospice, London. She is interested in sharing the life lessons she has learnt in working in a hospice and caring for the dying eg. the benefits of mindfulness, self-care and balance and how practising these can lead to better care and decisions for the patients. </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Dan Garrett - Farewill.com</strong></p> <p><strong>Leaving your will and other information online</strong></p> <p> Life’s two great certainties are death and taxes. UK startup <a href="https://farewill.com/" target="_blank">Farewill</a> is hoping to combine the two with its launch of an online subscription will-writing service.</p> <p> <strong><span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Simon Robey - St. Joseph's Hospice</span></strong></p> <p><strong>The challenges of working in a hospice and how it supports my spiritual practice</strong></p> <p>Simon Robey is a practitioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and manages the complementary therapy and Namaste Care teams at St Joseph’s Hospice Hackney.  He is particularly interested in mindfulness and reflective practice which support his work in palliative and end of life care. </p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Charlie Morley - Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep</strong></p> <p><strong>Dreaming and Dying - Dissolution in sleep and death in the Buddhist Tradition</strong></p> <p>Charlie Morley is a bestselling Hay House author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow work. He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by <a href="http://www.samyeling.org/about/lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche/">Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 11 languages.</p> <h4><strong>Kate Brewer - Poppy's Funerals</strong></h4> <p><strong>The Modern Funeral Director; a Holistic Approach</strong></p> <p><span>Kate came from a creative background, studying Fine Art at university and subsequently working as a florist. She has been working for Poppy's Funerals for a little over 3 years and is proud to manage a wonderful team of caring and supportive individuals whose primary objective is to support families and friends during a difficult time.</span></p> <h4><strong>Philippe Jacquet - Psychoptherapist</strong></h4> <p><strong>Death, the unavoidable - Experential Art Therapy</strong></p> <p>Philippe Jacquet is a fully accredited psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach currently with two private practices in London. He has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field and over 40,000 hours of one-on-one therapeutic work with clients.</p> <p> Mr. Jacquet adheres to the highest professional standards and is voluntarily accredited by the highest accreditation bodies in the United Kingdom. These include BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists), HCPC (Health Care Professionals Council) and the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).</p> <hr/><h1>If you are willing to help us advertise the day then feel free to download a copy of the poster along with the schedule and distribute in your local community. </h1> <h3><a href="http://london.samye.org/[file_link,id=1519]" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to download the poster</strong></a></h3> <h3><a href="http://london.samye.org/[file_link,id=1521]" target="_blank"><strong>Click here to download the schedule</strong></a></h3> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:06:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying/?date=2017-10-28 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2017-10-29 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> <h2>PLEASE NOTE - The September Guru Rinpoche will be the shortened "Shower of Blessings" and not the full tsok puja.</h2> </div> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:30:55 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2017-10-29 Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-02 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct </span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">attend the full course.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a style="color: #336699; text-decoration-line: none;" href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1506262307266000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYBQuzODU1JaFAmFcRaca5w259Ew">Gampopa</a></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">, also known as</span> </strong>Dhakpo Rinpoche<strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">,<span style="font-weight: normal;"> is one of the most important figures in the </span></strong>Kagyu lineage and <strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School.</span><br/></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Train In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Persevere In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Inspire Yourself;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Go Astray;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">and more</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="52ZPQWYFXEQSJ"]</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">.</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-02 Acceptance, Purification and Letting Go - with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/acceptance-purification-and-letting-go-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-11-04 <p>Most people want a peaceful happy life. These three principles help to make it happen. Simple, practical purification meditations will be shared and explained. These will help us purify our streams of consciousness so that we are less agitated and more capable of enjoying our lives.</p> <p>To let go does not mean, “I get rid of.” It is much more subtle. To let go means to be able to let be with wisdom and kindness, allowing new things to arise. If we leave our thoughts alone, to some degree, they will leave us alone. Of course, this is “context specific.” Letting go is not so wise for mountain climbers!</p> <p>This weekend will also introduce the ideas of deep-rooted acceptance that is necessary because of our tendency to resist pain that causes us so much intense suffering. Life is hard, to be human is very difficult but we can train the mind to face and cope with whatever arises. The essence is what attitude we hold to whatever “weather” is going on either outside or within us. That essence is kindness.<br/><br/></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QUZKW9CYT5TW4"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:41:38 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/acceptance-purification-and-letting-go-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-11-04 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-08 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-08 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 9th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-09 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h4><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h4> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="DPPQGLA7CBLP2"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-09 Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-09 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct </span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">attend the full course.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a style="color: #336699; text-decoration-line: none;" href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1506262307266000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYBQuzODU1JaFAmFcRaca5w259Ew">Gampopa</a></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">, also known as</span> </strong>Dhakpo Rinpoche<strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">,<span style="font-weight: normal;"> is one of the most important figures in the </span></strong>Kagyu lineage and <strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School.</span><br/></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Train In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Persevere In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Inspire Yourself;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Go Astray;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">and more</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="52ZPQWYFXEQSJ"]</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">.</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-09 Lhabab Duchen http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lhabab-duchen/?date=2017-11-10 <p>This Buddhist festival celebrates the Buddha's descent from the Tushita heaven. Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha for the recitation of prayers on this auspicious, merit-multiplying date. Offerings of flowers and food for the shrine are welcome, and add to the accumulation of merit.</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:32:45 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lhabab-duchen/?date=2017-11-10 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Jan-Mar-May) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2017-11-11 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 11th-12th November – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO 20th-21st January – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE 17th-18th March– SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR 12th - 13th May – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:17:10 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2017-11-11 Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2017-11-11 <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">We 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> <h6 class="BasicParagraph">In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so. 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<strong>.</strong></h6> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p> <strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> </p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="U3NQGQP34R358"]</p> </blockquote> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:15:50 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2017-11-11 The Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche - A Cinematic Slideshow of the Construction of Kagyu Samye Ling. http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-vision-of-akong-tulku-rinpoche-a-cinematic-slideshow-of-the-construction-of-kagyu-samye-ling./?date=2017-11-11 <p>We are delighted to announce that Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling, will join us for this event in Kagyu Samye Dzong London.<br/><br/>This beautiful and fascinating cinematic slideshow shows key moments in the construction of Kagyu Samye Ling from the late 1960’s when Akong Rinpoche and Trungpa Rinpoche arrived at Johnstone House right through to the present day. <br/><br/>This project was sanctioned by Akong Rinpoche and is the culmination of 5 years' scanning and organising of over 42,000 images by some of Rinpoche’s students, particularly thanks to the dedication of Christian Dutton.<br/><br/>There is no charge for entry, although donations will be collected on the evening. All proceeds from this event will go to the Akong Memorial Foundation.</p> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:11:53 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-vision-of-akong-tulku-rinpoche-a-cinematic-slideshow-of-the-construction-of-kagyu-samye-ling./?date=2017-11-11 Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-11-12 <p>A day of Tara practice with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</p> <p>The prayers that we will be reciting during the practice day is as follows:</p> <ul><li> <h6>Prayer to the Root Guru</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Refuge and Bodhicitta</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Seven Branch Prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Praises to Tara</h6> </li> <li> <h6>White Tara Mantra</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche's Long Life prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Dedication Prayers</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule for the Day</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning session: <strong>9.30am – 10.30am</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Morning Session: <strong>11am - 12.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Lunch Break: <strong>12:30 noon - 2pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Afternoon session: <strong>2pm - 3pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Last Session: <strong>3.30pm – 4.30pm</strong><br/><strong> </strong></p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:51:38 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-11-12 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2017-11-12 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:27:47 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2017-11-12 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-15 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-15 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 9th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-16 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h4><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h4> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="DPPQGLA7CBLP2"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-16 Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-16 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct </span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">attend the full course.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a style="color: #336699; text-decoration-line: none;" href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1506262307266000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYBQuzODU1JaFAmFcRaca5w259Ew">Gampopa</a></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">, also known as</span> </strong>Dhakpo Rinpoche<strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">,<span style="font-weight: normal;"> is one of the most important figures in the </span></strong>Kagyu lineage and <strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School.</span><br/></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Train In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Persevere In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Inspire Yourself;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Go Astray;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">and more</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="52ZPQWYFXEQSJ"]</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">.</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-16 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:53:40 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-11-19 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:01:36 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-11-19 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-22 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-22 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 9th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-23 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h4><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h4> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="DPPQGLA7CBLP2"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-23 Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-23 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct </span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">attend the full course.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a style="color: #336699; text-decoration-line: none;" href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1506262307266000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYBQuzODU1JaFAmFcRaca5w259Ew">Gampopa</a></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">, also known as</span> </strong>Dhakpo Rinpoche<strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">,<span style="font-weight: normal;"> is one of the most important figures in the </span></strong>Kagyu lineage and <strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School.</span><br/></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Train In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Persevere In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Inspire Yourself;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Go Astray;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">and more</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="52ZPQWYFXEQSJ"]</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">.</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-23 Death and the Bardo - with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-and-the-bardo-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-11-25 <p><br/><br/>Tibetan Buddhism contains a vast wealth of knowledge concerning every stage of the death process and how best to prepare for it. The famous teachings of the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" explain the 'bardo', or state between lives. In fact, six bardos are traditionally explained. These six are: life, dreams, meditation, the moment of death, luminosity and transmigration. This weekend course will provide an explanation of these key moments and how best to train the mind for awakening.<br/><br/>As well as exploring how to transform our attitudes around death and dying, we will also look at the subject of impermanence in general and how to train the mind to recognise and accept change. This reduces both clinging and fear, and enables us to live in the present with joy and compassion.</p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="RCFVHTUDMEB8S"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:45:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-and-the-bardo-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-11-25 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2017-11-26 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> <h2>PLEASE NOTE - The September Guru Rinpoche will be the shortened "Shower of Blessings" and not the full tsok puja.</h2> </div> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:31:35 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2017-11-26 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from the 8th Nov http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-29 <p>     In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this maybe. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.<br/><br/><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of <strong>finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our <strong>minds</strong>. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a<strong> natural sense</strong> of peace and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on 1st of October.</strong></p> <p><strong>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else.<strong>  </strong><br/></strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="NQJVFSFBLKK6C"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-the-9th-nov/?date=2017-11-29 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 9th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-30 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h4><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h4> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="DPPQGLA7CBLP2"]</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-9th-november/?date=2017-11-30 Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-30 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct </span><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">attend the full course.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><a style="color: #336699; text-decoration-line: none;" href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/karma-kagyu-lineage/golden-rosary/gampopa/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1506262307266000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYBQuzODU1JaFAmFcRaca5w259Ew">Gampopa</a></strong><span style="font-weight: normal;">, also known as</span> </strong>Dhakpo Rinpoche<strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">,<span style="font-weight: normal;"> is one of the most important figures in the </span></strong>Kagyu lineage and <strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-weight: normal;">the founder of the monastic order of the Kagyu School.</span><br/></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The course will cover the following verses:</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Train In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Things to Persevere In;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Inspire Yourself;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">The Ten Ways to Go Astray;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">and more</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;"> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="52ZPQWYFXEQSJ"]</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px 25px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12px; line-height: inherit; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: #000000;">.</p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/verses-from-the-precious-garland-of-the-sublime-path-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-30 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:36:35 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 The Embodied Science of Deep Meditation - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-embodied-science-of-deep-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-12-02 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>In the last few decades of neuroscience, there has been an explosion of fascinating research into 'embodiment'. This field looks at the way that the thinking mind is much less important in a healthy life than we have previously thought. The body becomes central.<br/><br/>Using his mix of research, therapy and Buddhist meditation, Alistair is running a 2-day exploration of this revolutionary way of experiencing ourselves. Using the tools of somatic meditation and focusing, we will look at how a stronger sense of interoception can deepen our understanding of our emotions, lessen the power of toxic thinking, reduce stress and heighten the sense of connection to others and the World. <br/><br/>Research shows that a healthy sense of ourselves as embodied can protect against depression, disordered eating, unregulated anxiety and a lack of vitality. <br/><br/>Come along to the lovely space of the Spa Road shrine room and open up to the wonders of the Body. <br/><br/>Beginners and all levels welcome.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via <a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/course/bodying-out-mind-0" target="_blank">the Mindsprings website</a>.</strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></p> <p> </p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:54:16 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-embodied-science-of-deep-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2017-12-02 Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/compassion-practitioner-certificate-course-20th-21st-may-cancelled/?date=2017-12-09 <p>We are re-running this successful and comprehensive training in compassion which is a follow on programme for those who have completed the one year Mindfulness training. This training is delivered over <strong>three weekends</strong> and is a <strong>secular</strong> and<strong> experiential training</strong>. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong> and <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and<strong> Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is a big conversation going on between Buddhism, Science and Psychology about the meaning and application of compassion, and this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=610]"><strong>Choden</strong> </a>one of the <strong><a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.org/Home.aspx" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association</a></strong> tutors has been heavily involved in the development and facilitation of the Compassion One Year Training course. Choden has recently co authored a book with <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=609]"><strong>Paul Gilbert</strong></a> (a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby) called <strong>Mindful Compassion</strong>. This new book offers practical step by step advice for using the skills of <strong>Mindfulness</strong> and <strong>Compassion</strong> to build our inner capacity for responding more wisely and kindly to the stresses of our inner emotional lives and the conflicting pressures of our everyday lives. Recent research has shown that the ability to develop Compassion towards oneself and others has a profound impact on our minds, health, happiness and those we relate to, whilst Mindfulness enables us to stand back and be more objective. The book is available for £20.00 plus postage from the <a href="http://www.samyelingshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=46_192&amp;products_id=2670&amp;inf_contact_key=0eb4caaeb404a3faea0197e2c1c7e9b3da573ff8ea4e7ff1792ded53b3986626"> Samye Ling Book Shop for more information please click here.</a></p> <h5>Weekend One - Introduction to Compassion</h5> <p>In the first module, we build self- compassion into the core mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the evolutionary model of compassion that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. This will include working with compassionate imagery.</p> <h5>Weekend Two – Working with the Self Critic</h5> <p>In the second module, we continue to build our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice. At this point, we approach the self -critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism?</p> <h5>Weekend Three – The Four Limitless Qualities</h5> <p>This is the point where we move from self- compassion towards compassion for others. Although, self- compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we focus on the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5>Weekend Four – Compassion in Action</h5> <p>It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to embody compassion in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training.</p> <p><strong>The tutors </strong>will be Jennifer Rylands and Alan Hughes</p> <p>If you have completed a Compassion Practitioner Foundation course, <strong>to book this course</strong> place please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a> for the booking link.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> £560 for all four weekends, including manuals, payable in four monthly installments of £140.</p> <p> </p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:30:41 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/compassion-practitioner-certificate-course-20th-21st-may-cancelled/?date=2017-12-09 Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-09 <p class="BasicParagraph">Different aspects of shinay (“calm abiding”) meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and find inner peace.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">The day will be a combination of meditation instructions and actual practice sessions, including some walking meditation.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Suitable as a <strong>follow-up for beginners</strong> and for those who want to <strong>refresh</strong> their understanding.</p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="78CDF3SZM2QXA"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 20:05:03 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-09 Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-12-10 <p>A day of Tara practice with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha, dedicated to the long life and good health of our precious Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. Offerings for the shrine are welcome.</p> <p>The prayers that we will be reciting during the practice day is as follows:</p> <ul><li> <h6>Prayer to the Root Guru</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Refuge and Bodhicitta</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Seven Branch Prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Praises to Tara</h6> </li> <li> <h6>White Tara Mantra</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche's Long Life prayer</h6> </li> <li> <h6>Dedication Prayers</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Schedule for the Day</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: center;">Morning session: <strong>9.30am – 10.30am</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Morning Session: <strong>11am - 12.30pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Lunch Break: <strong>12:30 noon - 2pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Afternoon session: <strong>2pm - 3pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br/>Last Session: <strong>3.30pm – 4.30pm</strong><br/><strong> </strong></p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 09:52:14 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tara-practice-day-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-12-10 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2017-12-10 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:28:16 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2017-12-10 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:51:07 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:20:25 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-12-17 Winter Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2017-12-18 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The Centre will close after the Chenrezig Puja on <strong>Sunday 17th December</strong> and will reopen on<strong> Wednesday 10th January 2017</strong>.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>We wish everybody a very happy holiday season. <br/></span></h3> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:35:55 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/winter-closure/?date=2017-12-18 Residential Meditation Retreat - Training for This Life and Beyond http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/residential-meditation-retreat-training-for-this-life-and-beyond-/?date=2017-12-28 <p>This retreat starts with supper on 28th Dec and finishes with lunch on 2nd Jan.</p> <p>It provides participants with an opportunity to start the new year with a positive intention and positive activity which will be of benefit into the coming year and beyond. </p> <div dir="auto"> <p>We will do that amongst others by contemplating impermanence and the four thoughts, and by meditating on selfless compassion and loving kindness. Lama Zangmo will give daily instructions on related topics. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p>The retreat will be in silence. Participants are asked to attend all the daily sessions of the retreat. Partial  attendance or coming and going during the retreat will not be possible.  </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong>Accommodation</strong> will be mainly in dormitories, although a few single rooms are available. There will be a simple rota to help with daily clearing up/cleaning after meals. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p>As the Centre is closed to the general public, arrival will only be possible between 5 - 6 pm on Thursday 28 Dec. On Tuesday 2nd Jan there will be time for packing up before lunch; with departure by 2 pm. </p> </div> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong>The price for the full retreat</strong> is £150 for dormitory accommodation and £200 for single rooms, and includes accommodation and 3 vegetarian/vegan meals a day, plus tea and coffee available in the breaks. </p> </div> <p><em><strong>The retreat is <span style="text-decoration: underline;">not</span> suitable for complete beginners</strong></em>. Those wishing to attend should <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">email the office</a> first to check availability, as places are limited. If you are offered a place on the retreat it will only be confirmed once we have received <em>full</em> payment.</p> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:48:57 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/residential-meditation-retreat-training-for-this-life-and-beyond-/?date=2017-12-28 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-10 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-10 Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners – a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 11th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-11 <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</strong> meditation (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamtha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an <strong>ongoing awareness</strong> of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.</p> <p>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.</p> <p> This course is designed to provide those with rather little or no meditation experience what they need, in terms of techniques and understanding, to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h4><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-size: 1.6em;">Important Information</strong></h4> <p>This course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be given to someone else.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Course donations</strong></p> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="UR6DQR9AEBKEQ"]</p> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:16:05 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/meditation-and-mindfulness-for-beginners-a-4-week-course-with-gelong-trinley-from-11th-january/?date=2018-01-11 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th January http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-17 <p> In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could be been given to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="L4KBWPPYHCF2N"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-january/?date=2018-01-17 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-20 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong></span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>Since January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses have been offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:09:00 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-01-20 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Jan-Mar-May) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2018-01-20 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 11th-12th November – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO 20th-21st January – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE 17th-18th March– SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR 12th - 13th May – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:17:40 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-jan-mar-may/?date=2018-01-20 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-01-21 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:02:04 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-01-21