All Events http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-18 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you are no longer able to attend this course please contact us so that we can give your place to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-18 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-07-20 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:30:41 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-07-20 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-07-21 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:14:56 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-07-21 Taming the Wild Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-24 <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more <strong>peaceful mind</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> and <strong>mindfulness</strong>, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially <strong>suited for beginners</strong> who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 3 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all three classes</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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-24 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-25 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you are no longer able to attend this course please contact us so that we can give your place to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-25 The Four Immeasurables - Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-immeasurable-loving-kindness-compassion-joy-and-equanimity-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-07-27 <p><span>The Buddha taught that better than living in a palace was to live within </span>the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. They do not have to be artificially created but can be discovered in our meditation practice, in our daily lives.</p> <p>This course will be experience based with a <strong>meditation exercise</strong> given for each. There will also be some teachings on self-compassion since in the West we often suffer unnecessarily from a lack of self-acceptance and a lack of self-respect!</p> <p>The four limitless meditation prayer is used widely and an explanation will be given into how it works. The course is suitable for beginners and those advanced alike.</p> <p>Please bring an open mind and a willingness to think, “outside the box!”</p> <h6><strong>“The mind is like a parachute-it works best when it is open.”</strong></h6> <hr/><p><span> </span><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 "<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> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong><br/>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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:57:57 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-immeasurable-loving-kindness-compassion-joy-and-equanimity-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-07-27 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-28 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:47:50 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-28 Summer Closure http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2019-07-29 <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 28th July </span></span>after the Chenrezig 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 28th 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=2019-07-29 Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic - with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-08-31 <h2>'The importance of working with anxiety and panic' </h2> <p>So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety is at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic. </p> <h2>Effective embodied tools that work</h2> <p>For millenia, Buddhist practitioners have known that the source of all this anxiety is the thinking mind. Our bodies are naturally programmed to feel fear and panic – and these are healthy things. But our thinking minds can imagine endless triggers for these bodily states and so we get trapped in cycles of chronic anxiety. </p> <p>For more than 6 years, <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=283]">Alistair Appleton</a></strong> has been teaching and researching this topic and looking at the best ways of working with anxiety and panic.   This weekend is an introduction to his<a href="https://mind-springs.org/blog/somatic-meditation/"> </a>‘somatic’ approach to anxiety. </p> <h2>During the weekend we will explore: </h2> <ul><li>the neurobiological overview of how stress and anxiety work </li> <li>an exploration of the difference between FEAR and PANIC in the body</li> <li>the modern understanding of the vagus nerve and polyvagal theory</li> <li>ways to release anxious tension in the body and connect with the Earth</li> <li>simple but effective exercises to bring us out of flight-and-fight and collapse</li> <li>on-going meditations to condition our autonomic nervous system away from anxiety</li> </ul><h2>What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course</h2> <ul><li>We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation</li> <li>There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.</li> <li>Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.</li> <li>Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice</li> <li>We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks</li> <li>You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.</li> <li>After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates</li> </ul><h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website.</a></strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:49:33 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-08-31 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-08-31 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:42:46 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-08-31 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-01 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 15:31:01 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-01 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-09-01 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:36:44 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-09-01 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 5th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-05 <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly course for beginners taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for <strong>4 weeks</strong> between <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h1><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bookings start on 1st of July</strong></span></h1> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you find that you are no longer able to attend this course then please contact us to cancel. </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-05 Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-June-Sept-Nov) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-09-07 <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 29th - 30th JUNE – 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  7th - 8th 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 2nd - 3rd 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 OBSERVER</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> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:19:14 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-09-07 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 5th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-12 <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly course for beginners taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for <strong>4 weeks</strong> between <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h1><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bookings start on 1st of July</strong></span></h1> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you find that you are no longer able to attend this course then please contact us to cancel. </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-12 Death Cafe - 13 Sept http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe-13-sept/?date=2019-09-13 <p>We appreciate the work of Jon Underwood in starting the Death Cafes and inspiring others to embrace Death, this often difficult subject.The overall objective of a Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.</p> <p>The Death Cafe doesn't have specific topics, set questions or guest speakers. It is a group directed session offering participants time to reflect on and share what they think is important.</p> <p>Being aware of impermanence and the frailty of existence can help us appreciate our lives more, and wake us up to the importance of making use of the opportunities we have, while we still have them.</p> <p><strong>Places need to be booked in advance, as the numbers are limited.</strong></p> <p>Please arrive early. It will start with an introduction and <strong>latecomers will not be able to enter</strong>.</p> <h3>EVENT FORMAT </h3> <ul><li>It is a group directed discussion with no agenda or theme.</li> <li> It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or a counselling session.</li> <li> On a not for profit basis, by donation for tea and cafe</li> <li> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space</li> <li> With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action</li> <li> Alongside refreshing drinks and cake. We are based in a Buddhist Centre but the Death Cafe is open to all.</li> <li> It is a secular experience, we follow the model started by Jon Underwood.</li> </ul><p><strong>Spaces are limited and you will need to book a seat in the Death Cafe.</strong> You can do this by<strong> <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@samye.org">emailing the office</a></strong> and stating which cafe you'd like to attend.</p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 12:04:11 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe-13-sept/?date=2019-09-13 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-09-14 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:42:59 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-09-14 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-09-15 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:37:06 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-09-15 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 5th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-19 <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly course for beginners taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for <strong>4 weeks</strong> between <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h1><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bookings start on 1st of July</strong></span></h1> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you find that you are no longer able to attend this course then please contact us to cancel. </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-19 A Song on Seizing the Kingdom of the Kagyu by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche with Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-song-on-seizing-the-kingdom-of-the-kagyu-by-kongtrul-rinpoche-with-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2019-09-21 <p><span>We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on the <strong>21st</strong> and <strong>22nd</strong> of <strong>September</strong>.</span></p> <p><span>Drupon Rinpoche will give teachings on <strong>A Song on Seizing the Kingdom of the Kagyu </strong>which is a text excerpted from<strong> Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye’s ‘The Essence of Nectar-like Advice’  </strong></span></p> <p><span>Drupon Rinpoche will teach in Tibetan and his translator Kunga will translate into English.</span><span> </span></p> <p><span>Anyone is welcome to attend this weekend, whether Buddhist or not. However we do ask that you <strong>commit to coming to both days</strong> of this course as it is not possible to attend just one day of this two day course.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">About Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu</span></p> <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"/></p> <p class="Default">As a child Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu was always very concerned for others and especially protective of animals.</p> <p class="Default">At the age of seven, he started to receive training in Tsabtsa monastery, learning the rituals and procedures for many of the vajrayana practices. At fourteen, Rinpoche went forth and took novice ordination from Khenpo Palga.</p> <p class="Default">A deep renunciation for the mundane pre-occupations of everyday life filled his heart when he was around seventeen years old and so he decided to go to retreat. He was given the opportunity to enter one of Tsabtsa Monastery’s retreat centres, in which a cycle of retreat was due to start when he was eighteen. Being eager and unable to wait, Rinpoche went to practise in a hut at the edge of the retreat centre’s boundary. Here he received teachings from the retreat master, Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab, and from Lama Senge, and he practised the preliminaries before entering the retreat centre proper a year later.</p> <p class="Default">These two lamas were exceptional yogi meditators who had spent decades in solitary mountain retreats. They took a special interest in Rinpoche, this young and diligent monk who soaked up everything they taught. Drupon Rinpoche Karma Sherab gave the instructions to Rinpoche and the other lamas for the formal retreat practices; and Lama Senge would meet with Rinpoche often, answering his questions and offering words of advice. Through their conversations Rinpoche came to fully understand meditation and the mind; making Lama Senge his root lama. His rapid development of meditative understanding, experience and realisation impressed his lamas greatly and they composed songs of praise and joy about their beloved heart son.</p> <p class="Default"><strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=276]">Continuing read here</a></strong></p> <p class="Default"> </p> <p> </p> Sun, 06 May 2018 11:47:49 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/a-song-on-seizing-the-kingdom-of-the-kagyu-by-kongtrul-rinpoche-with-drupon-khen-rinpoche-karma-lhabu/?date=2019-09-21 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 5th September http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-26 <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly course for beginners taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for <strong>4 weeks</strong> between <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong>. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h1><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bookings start on 1st of July</strong></span></h1> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else. If you find that you are no longer able to attend this course then please contact us to cancel. </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</p> <p>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-26 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-09-28 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:31:04 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-09-28 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-29 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:15:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-29 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-10-06 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:37:27 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-10-06 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Wednesday 9th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-09 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <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 beginners meditation course is taking place <strong>every Wednesday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-09 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-10-12 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:43:19 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-10-12 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Wednesday 9th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-16 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <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 beginners meditation course is taking place <strong>every Wednesday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-16 How to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude, with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/how-to-develop-an-attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-10-19 <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:20:51 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/how-to-develop-an-attitude-of-gratitude-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-10-19 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-10-19 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:31:25 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-10-19 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-10-20 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:15:41 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-10-20 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-10-20 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:39:46 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-10-20 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Wednesday 9th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-23 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <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 beginners meditation course is taking place <strong>every Wednesday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-23 Maitri: the Buddhist practice of self-acceptance with Alistair Appleton http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/maitri-the-buddhist-practice-of-self-acceptance-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-10-26 <h2>'What is maitri?'</h2> <p>The Buddhist conception of compassion is profound. On one level there is a strong drive to let go of ‘self’ and put others first. But, before we can truly do that we need profound self-acceptance. Otherwise we might waste our life-energy in self-hatred. Or worse still,  our ‘compassion’ will be eaten up in unconscious agendas. </p> <p>This is why the practice of ‘maitri’ or self-acceptance is central to what Buddhists call bodhicitta or the awakening heart. We have to accept the most unwanted parts of our own self-experience to really be of benefit to others. </p> <h2>The importance of the body in self-acceptance</h2> <p>In this weekend, <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=283]"><strong>Alistair</strong> </a>is teaching a profound somatic form of self-acceptance that begins with our human bodies. It can be a challenging practice because we often punish and sabotage our own happiness in many unconscious ways. Working with the body and the insights of his teacher, Reggie Ray, Alistair explores the real and lasting love for our human lives that can truly open our hearts. </p> <p>The grounded body also provides the strong container for us to work with parts of ourselves that we usually drive into the dark. </p> <h2>In this weekend we’ll be exploring: </h2> <ul><li>the fundamental  exercises of somatic relaxation of bodily tension</li> <li>within that wider field of somatic awareness, contacting the field of ‘ultimate bodhicitta’</li> <li>opening the heart and being able to stay with what is arising there</li> <li>recognising the tendencies to exit our experience through rejection, longing or dissociation</li> <li>holding negative and unwanted ‘parts’ of our self-experience in the open heart</li> <li>working with traumatised parts of our self and dissociation</li> <li>laying the foundation for ‘other-love’ and empathic compassion</li> </ul><h2>What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course</h2> <ul><li>We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation</li> <li>There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.</li> <li>Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.</li> <li>Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice</li> <li>We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks</li> <li>You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.</li> <li>After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates</li> </ul><p> </p> <h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the</strong><strong> <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/maitri-the-buddhist-practice-of-self-acceptance/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website</a><a href="http://www.mind-springs.org/courses/london" target="_blank">.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:02:53 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/maitri-the-buddhist-practice-of-self-acceptance-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-10-26 Lucid Dreaming with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2019-10-26 <p>We sleep for a third of our lives. Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep allows us to make use of that time and gives us the tools to train our minds, reprogram our habits and to enter into a friendship with every aspect of our psyches, all while we’re sound asleep.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage225200-charlie-croppped-balcony.jpg" alt="charlie croppped balcony" width="225" height="200"/>By using the best of both <strong>Western dream-work</strong> and <strong>Tibetan Buddhist techniques Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep</strong>  Charlie offers a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming with the aims of <strong>psychological growth</strong> and<strong> mind training</strong>!</p> <p><span>This weekend workshop does </span><strong>not </strong><span>include a sleep over.</span></p> <p> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is available for people of all ages and abilities.</span></p> <hr/><p><strong>Charlie Morley</strong> is a bestselling author and teacher of lucid dreaming &amp; shadow integration.</p> <p>He was “authorised to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism by <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]" target="_blank">Lama Yeshe Rinpoche </a>in 2008 and has since developed a holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep and written three books which have been translated into 13 languages.</p> <p>He’s spoken at Cambridge University,  The Houses of Parliament, is a regular expert panellist for <a id="LPlnk274975" href="https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/sep/10/how-to-improve-your-public-speaking-live-chat">The Guardian </a>and has been named one of  <a id="LPlnk556237" href="http://www.sonima.com/meditation/mindful-living/meditation-instructors/">The Next Generation of Meditation Teachers</a>.</p> <p>In 2018 he was awarded a <a id="LPlnk175768" href="https://www.wcmt.org.uk/apply/what-churchill-fellowship">Churchill Fellowship</a> grant to research “mindfulness based PTSD treatment” and continues to teach on retreats for armed forces veterans.</p> <p>For the past 10 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He lived at Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre in London 7 years and now lives nearby with his wife Jade Shaw.</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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:16:26 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2019-10-26 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from Wednesday 9th October http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-30 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <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 beginners meditation course is taking place <strong>every Wednesday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-thursday-7th-june-/?date=2019-10-30 Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-June-Sept-Nov) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-11-02 <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 29th - 30th JUNE – 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  7th - 8th 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 2nd - 3rd 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 OBSERVER</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> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 15:42:32 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-11-02 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-11-03 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 25 Nov 2018 15:32:11 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-11-03 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-11-03 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:40:05 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-11-03 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-14 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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 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>This course will run over three Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all three classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-14 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-11-16 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:32:00 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-11-16 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-11-17 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:15:59 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-11-17 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-11-17 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:40:20 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-11-17 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-21 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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 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>This course will run over three Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all three classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-21 Embracing Death and Dying Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying-day/?date=2019-11-23 <h2>Embracing Death and Dying day - a celebration of life through reflection on death</h2> <p>Join us on Saturday 23rd November for our fifth annual Death &amp; Dying Day: A Celebration of Life Through Reflection on Death', organised by the Samye Dzong London Bardo Group. Our previous events were a huge success, and after taking a break last year, we would like to welcome you all again this year.</p> <p>The event is an opportunity to <strong>explore and reflect on death and dying</strong> through a number of talks and workshops hosted by a variety of speakers.</p> <p>The schedule for the day will be publicised closer to the time, but will cover a wide range of topics: <strong>the process of death and dying</strong>; <strong>hospice care</strong>; <strong>funerals</strong>; <strong>Death Cafes</strong>...and <strong>more</strong>.</p> <p>If you'd like to get a flavour of previous years, you can check out the programme and video from <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=807]">our 2017 event</a>, and you can also listen to the talks recorded in 2016 which can be streamed or downloaded <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1050]" target="_blank">from the website</a>.</p> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:23:46 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/embracing-death-and-dying-day/?date=2019-11-23 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-28 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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 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>This course will run over three Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all three classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-11-28 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-11-30 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:43:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-11-30 Beginners Tibetan Language Class: PART TWO with Tenzin Choephel http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-01 <p>This course is the second part of an ongoing Tibetan Language class which strated in March. Only participants from the first part of this course will be accepted on this course.</p> <p>This class will focus mainly on continuiung to learn reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script with more ease, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>1st</strong> and <strong>3rd</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from September to <strong>December</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to <strong>pay for this course in advance</strong> and the cost for all 8 classes is <strong>£130</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 09:40:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-part-two-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-12-01 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 14th November http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-12-05 <h1>Beginners meditation course -    </h1> <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 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>This course will run over three Thursdays and it is a requirement to commit to attend all three classes. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <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://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=Z7WACF3D6HFAU&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong><strong> </strong></strong></p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-a-3-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-12th-july/?date=2019-12-05 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-12-14 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:43:56 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-12-14 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-12-15 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join</strong> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:16:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-12-15