All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-05-26 <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 26th - 27th May – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – 8th - 9th September NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – 24th - 25th November SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – 25th - 26th January UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £150 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:54:44 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-05-26 A Guide to Shamatha Meditation with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-06 <p>This is a follow-up course for those people who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses on Wednesdays or Thursdays. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the different aspects of Shamatha meditation, or Shinay meditation in Tibetan. Each class will have time for instructions, as well as questions and answers and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Different aspects of meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and develop calm abiding.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</span></p> <p><span>The course will run over four Weds and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><em><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></em><span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</span><span><br/></span></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-06 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Thursday 7th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-07 <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 style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">mindfulness</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span></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.We</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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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 have begiven to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-07 Developing a Good Foundation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-07 <p>These four evenings will cover what is usually called <span>the four thoughts that turn the mind to the dharma. Their function is to make us more aware of the importance of dharma practice. Through contemplating the topics, we come to develop an appreciation of our current situation and we are less likely to waste the opportunities that arise.</span></p> <h3>The four thoughts are:</h3> <ul><li> <p><strong>Appreciation of the precious human birth</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Recognition of death and impermanence</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Understanding of cause &amp; effect</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Dissatisfaction with worldly existence  </strong></p> </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will give explanation of these four important topics, as well as an explanation of the meaning of taking <strong>refuge</strong>. There will be an opportunity to take refuge in a <span>Refuge Ceremony with </span><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</a></strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]"> </a> during his <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]">visit to Samye Dzong London in early July</a></strong>.</p> <p><span>This course will run over<strong> four Thursdays</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span> <span>Each class will have time for <strong>instructions</strong>, <strong>questions</strong> and <strong>answers</strong>, as well as time for <strong>meditation</strong>.</span> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-07 Medicine Buddha instructions and practice with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-instructions-and-practice-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-10 <p><strong>The practice of Medicine Buddha, or Sangye Menla, is a profound Vajrayana method to engender health and well-being of oneself and others.</strong></p> <p>The Medicine Buddha Sadhana is an effective way to balance the physical, mental and spiritual health of ourselves and others. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove the sufferings of beings in general, but especially the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements which manifests as physical and mental illness.</p> <p>Over <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1719615159"><span class="aQJ">this Sunday</span></span> Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the sadhana text, the visualisations, meditations and benefits of this practice, and at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1719615160"><span class="aQJ">7pm</span></span> there will be the monthly Medicine Buddha Puja led by the Samye Dzong Sangha. </p> <h4>Ideally one should have received the <strong>Medicine Buddha empowerment</strong>, however, you can still attend the instructions without the empowerment as long as you have taken <strong>Refuge</strong>. Please bring the text (available from the shop) pencil, pen and paper.</h4> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:09:52 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-instructions-and-practice-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-10 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-06-10 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:54:56 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-06-10 A Guide to Shamatha Meditation with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-13 <p>This is a follow-up course for those people who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses on Wednesdays or Thursdays. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the different aspects of Shamatha meditation, or Shinay meditation in Tibetan. Each class will have time for instructions, as well as questions and answers and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Different aspects of meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and develop calm abiding.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</span></p> <p><span>The course will run over four Weds and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><em><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></em><span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</span><span><br/></span></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-13 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Thursday 7th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-14 <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 style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">mindfulness</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span></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.We</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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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 have begiven to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-14 Developing a Good Foundation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-14 <p>These four evenings will cover what is usually called <span>the four thoughts that turn the mind to the dharma. Their function is to make us more aware of the importance of dharma practice. Through contemplating the topics, we come to develop an appreciation of our current situation and we are less likely to waste the opportunities that arise.</span></p> <h3>The four thoughts are:</h3> <ul><li> <p><strong>Appreciation of the precious human birth</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Recognition of death and impermanence</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Understanding of cause &amp; effect</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Dissatisfaction with worldly existence  </strong></p> </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will give explanation of these four important topics, as well as an explanation of the meaning of taking <strong>refuge</strong>. There will be an opportunity to take refuge in a <span>Refuge Ceremony with </span><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</a></strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]"> </a> during his <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]">visit to Samye Dzong London in early July</a></strong>.</p> <p><span>This course will run over<strong> four Thursdays</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span> <span>Each class will have time for <strong>instructions</strong>, <strong>questions</strong> and <strong>answers</strong>, as well as time for <strong>meditation</strong>.</span> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-14 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-16 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:01:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-06-17 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:54:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-06-17 A Guide to Shamatha Meditation with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-20 <p>This is a follow-up course for those people who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses on Wednesdays or Thursdays. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the different aspects of Shamatha meditation, or Shinay meditation in Tibetan. Each class will have time for instructions, as well as questions and answers and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Different aspects of meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and develop calm abiding.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</span></p> <p><span>The course will run over four Weds and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><em><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></em><span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</span><span><br/></span></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-20 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Thursday 7th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-21 <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 style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">mindfulness</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span></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.We</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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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 have begiven to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-21 Developing a Good Foundation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-21 <p>These four evenings will cover what is usually called <span>the four thoughts that turn the mind to the dharma. Their function is to make us more aware of the importance of dharma practice. Through contemplating the topics, we come to develop an appreciation of our current situation and we are less likely to waste the opportunities that arise.</span></p> <h3>The four thoughts are:</h3> <ul><li> <p><strong>Appreciation of the precious human birth</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Recognition of death and impermanence</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Understanding of cause &amp; effect</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Dissatisfaction with worldly existence  </strong></p> </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will give explanation of these four important topics, as well as an explanation of the meaning of taking <strong>refuge</strong>. There will be an opportunity to take refuge in a <span>Refuge Ceremony with </span><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</a></strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]"> </a> during his <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]">visit to Samye Dzong London in early July</a></strong>.</p> <p><span>This course will run over<strong> four Thursdays</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span> <span>Each class will have time for <strong>instructions</strong>, <strong>questions</strong> and <strong>answers</strong>, as well as time for <strong>meditation</strong>.</span> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-21 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-06-24 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:51:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-06-24 A Guide to Shamatha Meditation with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-27 <p>This is a follow-up course for those people who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses on Wednesdays or Thursdays. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the different aspects of Shamatha meditation, or Shinay meditation in Tibetan. Each class will have time for instructions, as well as questions and answers and time for actual meditation.</p> <p>Different aspects of meditation will be taught, including using sight, breathing and inner focus as a method to tame the mind and develop calm abiding.</p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">If time and space allows, there will also be an introduction to walking meditation, and instructions on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</span></p> <p><span>The course will run over four Weds and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><em><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></em><span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</span><span><br/></span></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> </span></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-guide-to-shamatha-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-27 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Thursday 7th June http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-28 <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 style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">mindfulness</strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">.</span></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.We</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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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 have begiven to someone else.<strong> </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2018-06-28 Developing a Good Foundation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-28 <p>These four evenings will cover what is usually called <span>the four thoughts that turn the mind to the dharma. Their function is to make us more aware of the importance of dharma practice. Through contemplating the topics, we come to develop an appreciation of our current situation and we are less likely to waste the opportunities that arise.</span></p> <h3>The four thoughts are:</h3> <ul><li> <p><strong>Appreciation of the precious human birth</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Recognition of death and impermanence</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Understanding of cause &amp; effect</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Dissatisfaction with worldly existence  </strong></p> </li> </ul><p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]">Lama Zangmo</a></strong> will give explanation of these four important topics, as well as an explanation of the meaning of taking <strong>refuge</strong>. There will be an opportunity to take refuge in a <span>Refuge Ceremony with </span><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</a></strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]"> </a> during his <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1095]">visit to Samye Dzong London in early July</a></strong>.</p> <p><span>This course will run over<strong> four Thursdays</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span> <span>Each class will have time for <strong>instructions</strong>, <strong>questions</strong> and <strong>answers</strong>, as well as time for <strong>meditation</strong>.</span> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/developing-a-good-foundation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-06-28 Visit of Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and 20th Anniversary Celebrations http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choeje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-and-20th-anniversary-celebrations/?date=2018-07-06 <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"><span>The Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling and spiritual director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London, Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, returns for his traditional annual visit to our centre. To all who have met him, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche is a living embodiment of the joy of practice, and he will be sharing the wisdom of his extensive experience in meditation during this three-day schedule. The weekend will be suitable for all.</span></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"><span>On <strong>Saturday</strong> evening there will be a <strong>refuge ceremony</strong> and if you would like to take refuge then please get in touch with our office.</span></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"><span>During Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s visit we will also celebrate the <strong>20th Anniversary</strong> since Kagyu Samye Dzong London first started in London in Carlisle Lane. We will also have a Refuge Ceremony for those wishing to formally become Buddhists and if you would like to take refuge then please get in touch with our office. There will also be an opportunity to bring your children for a special blessing.</span></p> <p> <span style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.9em;">Programme of Events</span></p> <h3>Friday  6th July</h3> <ul><li> <p> 9.00am - 12 noon<strong> Long Guru Rinpoche Puja <strong> - </strong></strong>offerings of fruits, sweet, and/or vegartian savoury snacks for the tsok are welcome</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Lunch break</strong></p> </li> <li> <p>2.30pm - 5pm<strong>  - Guru Rinpoche Tsok - </strong>offerings of fruits, sweet, and/or vegartian savoury snacks for the tsok are welcome</p> </li> <li> <p>7pm - 8pm<strong> Confession to 35 Buddhas and Shinay meditation.</strong></p> </li> </ul><p> <span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Saturday 7th July</span></p> <ul><li>9.30am - 12 noon<strong> Guru Rinpoche Tsok <strong> - </strong></strong>offerings of fruits, sweet, and/or vegartian savoury snacks for the tsok are welcome</li> <li><strong>Lunch break</strong></li> <li>2pm - 3pm<strong> Maintaining a Positive View through Meditation  with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</strong></li> <li><strong>Break</strong></li> <li>3.30pm - 4.15pm<strong>  The Meaning of Refuge with Ani Lhamo</strong></li> <li><strong>Short Break</strong></li> <li>4.30pm - 5.30pm<strong> Refuge Ceremony with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</strong></li> <li>6pm - 8pm<strong> - 20th Anniverysary Celebrations</strong> - with Light Entertainment, Music and More</li> </ul><p> <span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Sunday 8th July</span></p> <ul><li> 8am - 9am<strong> Green Tara Puja</strong></li> <li>10.00am - 11.00am<strong> The Importance of Lineage &amp; the Role of the Teacher/Student with Ani Lhamo</strong></li> <li><strong>Break</strong></li> <li>11.30pm - 12.15pm<strong> Guidance for Parents &amp; childrens blessing with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche -</strong> children of all ages are welcome<strong> </strong></li> <li><strong>Lunch break</strong></li> <li>2pm - 2.45pm<strong>  Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in the City with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</strong></li> <li><strong>Short Break  </strong></li> <li>3.00 - 5.00pm<strong> The Tashi Lhunpo Monks perform a Cham Dance: "The Power of Compassion" in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Kagyu Samye Dzong London (with an intermission during the performance)</strong></li> <li>7pm - 8pm<strong> Chenrezig Puja</strong></li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"><span> </span></p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 15:36:45 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choeje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-and-20th-anniversary-celebrations/?date=2018-07-06 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-07-08 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:30:22 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-07-08 Introduction to meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 12th July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-12 <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 Thursday</strong> evening for 3 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else</span>.<strong>  </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-12 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-07-14 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:02:09 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-07-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-07-15 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:55:06 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-07-15 Introduction to meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 12th July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-19 <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 Thursday</strong> evening for 3 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else</span>.<strong>  </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-19 Establishing a regular practice of meditation, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/establishing-a-regular-practice-of-meditation-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-07-21 <p>Many people want to meditate and relax but good intentions often falter. It is all very well to talk about the benefits of meditation but unless we actually do it, it is like counting other people’s money and calling it our own. The benefits of meditation will not arise without <strong>effort</strong> and establishing some sense of <strong>regularity</strong> and <strong>prioritisation</strong>.</p> <p>We will develop the kind of motivation to lift our spirits when we are down and also overcome obstacles to our regular practice of meditation. There will be an emphasis on the <strong>development of emotional resilience</strong> and how to “ride the waves” of whatever weather is presenting itself at the time. Olympic athletes have to train so hard but if we train even a little in awareness, then we can have every day a chance to anchor our wandering mind and restless emotions.</p> <p>We need to give something in order to receive something. Investment in our daily practice could help us “stand on our own two feet”, and face our life situations with <strong>courage</strong> without being overwhelmed or losing our focus.</p> <hr/><p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">About Clive Holmes</strong></p> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<span><strong>Taming the Tige</strong></span><strong>r</strong>" and "<span><strong>Restoring the Balance</strong></span>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:13:47 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/establishing-a-regular-practice-of-meditation-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-07-21 Introduction to meditation - a 3 week course with Bernard Mordan from 12th July http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-26 <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 Thursday</strong> evening for 3 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <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>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have been given to someone else</span>.<strong>  </strong></strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2018-07-26 Summer Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2018-07-30 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The centre will close at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369086"><span class="aQJ">9pm</span></span> on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369087"><span class="aQJ">Sunday 29th July </span></span>after the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja a</span><span>nd will reopen at </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369088"><span class="aQJ">2pm</span></span><span> on </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369089"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday 22nd August</span></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:52:21 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2018-07-30 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-08-26 <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> </div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:52:23 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-08-26 Attitude of Gratitude, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-09-01 <p> Attitude is more important than events, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. The remarkable thing is <strong>we have a choice</strong> every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day, but few of us exercise the muscle of this choice and consequently are thrown about like feathers in the wind.</p> <p>We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is<strong> take charge of our Attitudes</strong>. Every moment is an opportunity to wake up from our negativities, assumptions, prejudices and habits. Gratitude can be fun too. Not some “heavy duty” thing to add to our to-do list.</p> <p>The heart of the weekend will be to look at f<strong>our progressive levels of cultivating gratitude</strong> based on the seven points of mind training - a deep text from the Tibetan tradition.</p> <hr/><h4><strong>About Clive Holmes</strong></h4> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<strong>Taming the Tige</strong><strong>r</strong>" and "<strong>Restoring the Balance</strong>" by <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <p>You can find out more about Clive and his activites on his website "<a href="http://www.cliveholmes.net%22/" target="_blank">http://www.cliveholmes.net"</a></p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:20:51 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2018-09-01 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-06 <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<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising 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 and 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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <div> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-06 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-Sep-Nov-Jan) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-09-08 <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 26th - 27th May – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO – 8th - 9th September NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE – 24th - 25th November SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR – 25th - 26th January UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £150 for each weekend.</strong></p> <h6><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</em></span></h6> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:45:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-sep-nov-jan/?date=2018-09-08 The Seven Branch Prayer, with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-seven-branch-prayer-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-08 <p dir="auto">Lama Zangmo will explain the Seven Branch prayer which are often found in the various sadhana texts (pujas) and aspiration prayers. There are many versions of the seven branch prayer that one can find in different texts. This day is an opportunity to get more familiar with the importance of the Seven Branches.</p> <div dir="auto"> <p><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa</a></strong> stated: “The key points of the Seven Branch Payer is to gather the accumulations and purify the obscurations. There is no practice that is not included within these two. Gathering the accumulations means gathering all the favourable conditions for developing the path within our beings. Purifying misdeeds and obscurations means clearing away the conditions that counteract developing the path within.”</p> <p><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">The Seven Branches are:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong>Prostrations</strong></li> <li><strong>Making offerings</strong></li> <li><strong>Confessing past wrongs</strong></li> <li><strong>Rejoicing in virtue</strong></li> <li><strong>Requesting the buddhas to teach the Dharma</strong></li> <li><strong>Supplicating the buddhas not to abandon the world</strong></li> <li><strong>Dedicating the roots of virtue</strong></li> </ol><p>Lama Zangmo will explain these branches in more detail. This course is suitable for all, both beginners and those with some experience. </p> </div> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:18:17 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-seven-branch-prayer-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-08 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-09-09 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:30:57 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-09-09 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-12 <p>This course is especially for those who are new to meditation and it is a perfect <span>follow-up</span> for those who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will give instructions in the <strong>different aspects of Shamatha meditation</strong>, such as using <strong>sight</strong>, <strong>breathing</strong> and <strong>inner focus</strong> to tame the mind, and methods to <strong>develop compassion for oneself and others</strong>.</p> <p>If time and space allows, there will also be instructions in walking meditation, and explanation on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-12 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-13 <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<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising 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 and 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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <div> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-13 Working with emotions in meditation with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-emotions-in-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-09-15 <p><span>Drawing on his experience as a long-term practitioner, therapist and Buddhist, Alistair Appleton is leading a 2-day workshop for those interested in working more skilfully with their emotions. </span></p> <p><span>Many of us have the tendency to pathologise what we feel and beat ourselves up for the negative emotions that can spring up from nowhere. Working with the body as the safe container for our practice, Alistair is looking at ways of cultivating a more curious, compassionate and embodied dance with the energy of our feelings. </span></p> <p><span>Suitable for all levels. </span></p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/working-emotions-meditation/">Mindsprings website</a>.</strong></p> <p><span><span><strong>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</strong></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span> </span></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 19:11:55 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/working-with-emotions-in-meditation-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2018-09-15 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-15 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:21:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-15 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-09-16 <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> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:16:16 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2018-09-16 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-19 <p>This course is especially for those who are new to meditation and it is a perfect <span>follow-up</span> for those who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will give instructions in the <strong>different aspects of Shamatha meditation</strong>, such as using <strong>sight</strong>, <strong>breathing</strong> and <strong>inner focus</strong> to tame the mind, and methods to <strong>develop compassion for oneself and others</strong>.</p> <p>If time and space allows, there will also be instructions in walking meditation, and explanation on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-19 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-20 <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<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising 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 and 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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <div> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-20 The Eight Consciousnesses and The Five Buddha Families - with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2018-09-22 <p>Each of the five Buddha families represents a particular enlightened wisdom. When the five disturbing emotions of anger, attachment, ignorance, pride, and envy are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms shine forth.<br/><br/>We can also look at this as a process of purifying our ordinary mind, consisting of eight consciousnesses. When these consciousnesses are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms are revealed.<br/><br/></p> <ul><li>Saturday 22nd September - <strong>11.00 am</strong> - <strong>5.00 pm</strong></li> <li>Sunday 23rd September - <strong>10.00 am</strong> - <strong>4.00 pm</strong></li> </ul><h3><strong>About Ringu Tulku Rinpoche</strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Lamas/_resampled/resizedimage190272-ringu-tulku.jpg" alt="ringu tulku" width="190" height="272"/></p> <p>Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.</p> <p>Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Asia. He participates in various interfaith and ‘Science and Buddhism’ dialogues and is the author of a number of books on Buddhist topics. These include Path to Buddhahood, Daring Steps, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Confusion Arises as Wisdom, the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series, as well as several children’s books, available in Tibetan and European languages.</p> <p>  </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; float: none; display: inline;"> </span></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:35:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-consciousnesses-and-the-five-buddha-families-with-ringu-tulku-rinpoche/?date=2018-09-22 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-26 <p>This course is especially for those who are new to meditation and it is a perfect <span>follow-up</span> for those who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will give instructions in the <strong>different aspects of Shamatha meditation</strong>, such as using <strong>sight</strong>, <strong>breathing</strong> and <strong>inner focus</strong> to tame the mind, and methods to <strong>develop compassion for oneself and others</strong>.</p> <p>If time and space allows, there will also be instructions in walking meditation, and explanation on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-09-26 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-27 <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<strong> finding peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising 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 and 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 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> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <div> <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. <strong>Booking for this course opens on 17th of August.</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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> </div> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-6th-september/?date=2018-09-27 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-09-30 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:52:45 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2018-09-30 Training the Wild Mind Through Meditation - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-03 <p>This course is especially for those who are new to meditation and it is a perfect <span>follow-up</span> for those who have previously attended the Introduction to Meditation courses. It will give an opportunity to clarify any uncertainties, and to deepen ones understanding, as well as getting more experience in the meditation sessions.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will give instructions in the <strong>different aspects of Shamatha meditation</strong>, such as using <strong>sight</strong>, <strong>breathing</strong> and <strong>inner focus</strong> to tame the mind, and methods to <strong>develop compassion for oneself and others</strong>.</p> <p>If time and space allows, there will also be instructions in walking meditation, and explanation on how to bring awareness into daily life outside of formal meditation sessions.</p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Wednesday evenings</strong> and it is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</span>. Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/training-the-wild-mind-through-meditation-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-03 Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu Visit 2018 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu-visit-2018/?date=2018-10-04 <p>We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu will be visiting us once again to give teachings. </p> <p>At the present moment the subject matter for the teachings has yet to be decided.</p> <h3>About Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu</h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/Drupon-Rinpoche-resized1.jpg" alt="Drupon Rinpoche resized1" width="253" height="300"/>Drupon Rinpoche spent many years of intense study at Serta Larung Ga and other seats of Dharma, where he came to possess a brilliant command of the teachings and pith instructions. </p> <p>Most of the year Rinpoche now resides at <strong>Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre</strong> in Nepal, where he guides and gives daily teachings to two groups of retreatants:  a traditional three-year retreat for the lamas of Thrangu Monastery, and a six-year programme of study, contemplation and meditation for students of all nationalities. He gives tremendous importance to the foundational contemplations and particularly lojong or mind training. These are among the most effective means for disrupting the ego’s tenacious tentacles and for planting the seeds of the good and wholesome. He is also responsible for guiding the practitioners engaged in long-term practice in the <strong>Kagyu Samye Ling retreat centres</strong>.</p> <p>As a guiding teacher Rinpoche has the unique ability to communicate teachings often seen as abstruse and remote in a very direct and personal way. He impacts the student not only with lucid explanation but also, in an uncanny way, reveals their thought processes and neurotic blind spots. His words are personal to our own thinking and act like a close mirror to our habitual psychological patterns and the mind poisons</p> <p>The way he lives naturally displays the qualities of one whose mind is suffused with Dharma, and is as far from the worldly mentality as the sun is from the earth. He has an easy way with life and death and an innocent generosity. In the person of Rinpoche one finds the embodiment of the bhikshu’s discipline and rigour, the vast compassionate mind of the bodhisattva and the incandescent free spirit of the vajrayana siddha.</p> <p>4 Oct 2018</p> Sun, 06 May 2018 11:47:49 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu-visit-2018/?date=2018-10-04 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-11 <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 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>Important Information</strong></h4> <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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-11 Medicine Buddha Puja http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-10-14 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:31:29 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2018-10-14 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 11th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-18 <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 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>Important Information</strong></h4> <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> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-october/?date=2018-10-18 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-20 <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> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:22:41 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2018-10-20