Courses http://london.samye.org/programme/special/ Transforming the Emotions with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-03-30 <p>From a Buddhist perspective our negative emotions are rooted in the ignorance that misapprehends reality.</p> <p><strong>Dza Patrul Rinpoche</strong>, a great 19th century Nyingmapa Master, says: “<em>Do not chase after the object of  your anger; look at the angry mind</em>.”</p> <p>During this course each of the negative emotions will be looked at in turn.</p> <p><strong>They are usually classified as such:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Ignorance</strong></li> <li><strong>Anger</strong></li> <li><strong>Desire</strong></li> <li><strong>Greed</strong></li> <li><strong>Jealousy</strong></li> <li><strong>Pride</strong></li> </ul><p>This course will also cover how they can be <strong>transformed into wisdom</strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Participants are recommended commit to come to all the teachings.</span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="GXZVALDPJXDYL"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-03-30 Chenrezig Instructions http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2017-04-01 <p class="BasicParagraph">Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">We will go through the text and the course will include instructions in the <strong>meaning</strong>, <strong>visualisation</strong>, <strong>mantra</strong> and <strong>mudras</strong>.</p> <p class="BasicParagraph">Texts are available from the shop.</p> <h6 class="BasicParagraph">In order to receive these instructions participants should have formally taken Refuge or be intending to do so. Taking Refuge means formally becoming a Buddhist by taking Refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha.) If you are unsure whether you wish to take Refuge, it would be better that you don't join this course just now. You are welcome to attend the more general courses on Buddhism and meditation<strong>.</strong></h6> <blockquote> <h4>Course donations</h4> <p> <strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> </p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="U3NQGQP34R358"]</p> </blockquote> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:57:35 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/chenrezig-instructions/?date=2017-04-01 Transforming the Emotions with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-06 <p>From a Buddhist perspective our negative emotions are rooted in the ignorance that misapprehends reality.</p> <p><strong>Dza Patrul Rinpoche</strong>, a great 19th century Nyingmapa Master, says: “<em>Do not chase after the object of  your anger; look at the angry mind</em>.”</p> <p>During this course each of the negative emotions will be looked at in turn.</p> <p><strong>They are usually classified as such:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Ignorance</strong></li> <li><strong>Anger</strong></li> <li><strong>Desire</strong></li> <li><strong>Greed</strong></li> <li><strong>Jealousy</strong></li> <li><strong>Pride</strong></li> </ul><p>This course will also cover how they can be <strong>transformed into wisdom</strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Participants are recommended commit to come to all the teachings.</span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="GXZVALDPJXDYL"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-06 Transforming the Emotions with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-13 <p>From a Buddhist perspective our negative emotions are rooted in the ignorance that misapprehends reality.</p> <p><strong>Dza Patrul Rinpoche</strong>, a great 19th century Nyingmapa Master, says: “<em>Do not chase after the object of  your anger; look at the angry mind</em>.”</p> <p>During this course each of the negative emotions will be looked at in turn.</p> <p><strong>They are usually classified as such:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Ignorance</strong></li> <li><strong>Anger</strong></li> <li><strong>Desire</strong></li> <li><strong>Greed</strong></li> <li><strong>Jealousy</strong></li> <li><strong>Pride</strong></li> </ul><p>This course will also cover how they can be <strong>transformed into wisdom</strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Participants are recommended commit to come to all the teachings.</span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="GXZVALDPJXDYL"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-13 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-15 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:16:17 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-15 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-04-16 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:10:03 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-04-16 Transforming the Emotions with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-20 <p>From a Buddhist perspective our negative emotions are rooted in the ignorance that misapprehends reality.</p> <p><strong>Dza Patrul Rinpoche</strong>, a great 19th century Nyingmapa Master, says: “<em>Do not chase after the object of  your anger; look at the angry mind</em>.”</p> <p>During this course each of the negative emotions will be looked at in turn.</p> <p><strong>They are usually classified as such:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Ignorance</strong></li> <li><strong>Anger</strong></li> <li><strong>Desire</strong></li> <li><strong>Greed</strong></li> <li><strong>Jealousy</strong></li> <li><strong>Pride</strong></li> </ul><p>This course will also cover how they can be <strong>transformed into wisdom</strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Participants are recommended commit to come to all the teachings.</span></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="GXZVALDPJXDYL"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p> </p> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/transforming-the-emotions-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-04-20 Changing Habits of a Lifetime with Clive Holmes http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/changing-habits-of-a-lifetime-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-04-22 <p>This course will be about exploring new horizons within our minds to help us accept and transform those habits that limit our freedom. Along the way we will realise that a lot of our habits are “not our fault.” We can forgive, take responsibility and look forward to a better quality of life rather than being stuck in the past. We do this through developing helpful rather than harmful habits. The Buddha emphasised again and again the value of “taming the mind”. This we do with kindness like being a “mind-whisperer” rather than using a whip or too much force. “The doorway to serenity cannot be forced open.” Some simple exercises to develop will-power and help the mind become stronger will be shared.</p> <p><em><strong>This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in meditation and mindfulness, whether beginner or more experienced, whether Buddhist or</strong></em><strong> <em>Non-Buddhist</em>.</strong></p> <hr/><p> <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=274]"><strong>Clive Holmes</strong></a> has been teaching meditation for the last 20 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 "<em><strong>Taming the Tige</strong></em>r" and "<em><strong>Restoring the Balance</strong></em>" by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. 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 the 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> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p> <strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma.</p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p>[PaypalButton hosted_button_id="4JAMRB9C6BGKA"]</p> </blockquote> Sun, 08 May 2016 11:34:24 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/changing-habits-of-a-lifetime-with-clive-holmes/?date=2017-04-22 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-04-29 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:21:25 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-04-29 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-05-06 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:11:01 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-05-06 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Feb-May-July) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-feb-may-july/?date=2017-05-06 <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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE </strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">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, 09 Feb 2017 09:33:30 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-feb-may-july/?date=2017-05-06 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-10 <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on the 1st April.<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have begiven to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="D8EU6P3ZUNZX6"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-10 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-17 <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on the 1st April.<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have begiven to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="D8EU6P3ZUNZX6"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-17 Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/compassion-practitioner-certificate-course/?date=2017-05-20 <p>We are re-running this successful and comprehensive training in compassion which is a follow on programme for those who have completed the one year Mindfulness training. This training is delivered over <strong>three weekends</strong> and is a <strong>secular</strong> and<strong> experiential training</strong>. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong> and <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and<strong> Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is a big conversation going on between Buddhism, Science and Psychology about the meaning and application of compassion, and this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <p><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=610]"><strong>Choden</strong> </a>one of the <strong><a href="http://www.mindfulnessassociation.org/Home.aspx" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association</a></strong> tutors has been heavily involved in the development and facilitation of the Compassion One Year Training course. Choden has recently co authored a book with <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=609]"><strong>Paul Gilbert</strong></a> (a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby) called <strong>Mindful Compassion</strong>. This new book offers practical step by step advice for using the skills of <strong>Mindfulness</strong> and <strong>Compassion</strong> to build our inner capacity for responding more wisely and kindly to the stresses of our inner emotional lives and the conflicting pressures of our everyday lives. Recent research has shown that the ability to develop Compassion towards oneself and others has a profound impact on our minds, health, happiness and those we relate to, whilst Mindfulness enables us to stand back and be more objective. The book is available for £20.00 plus postage from the <a href="http://www.samyelingshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=46_192&amp;products_id=2670&amp;inf_contact_key=0eb4caaeb404a3faea0197e2c1c7e9b3da573ff8ea4e7ff1792ded53b3986626"> Samye Ling Book Shop for more information please click here.</a></p> <h5>Weekend One - Introduction to Compassion</h5> <p>In the first module, we build self- compassion into the core mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the evolutionary model of compassion that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. This will include working with compassionate imagery.</p> <h5>Weekend Two – Working with the Self Critic</h5> <p>In the second module, we continue to build our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice. At this point, we approach the self -critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism?</p> <h5>Weekend Three – The Four Limitless Qualities</h5> <p>This is the point where we move from self- compassion towards compassion for others. Although, self- compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we focus on the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5>Weekend Four – Compassion in Action</h5> <p>It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to embody compassion in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training.</p> <p><strong>The tutors </strong>will be Jennifer Rylands and Alan Hughes</p> <p>If you have completed a Compassion Practitioner Foundation course, <strong>to book this course</strong> place please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a> for the booking link.</p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> £560 for all four weekends, including manuals, payable in four monthly installments of £140.</p> <p> </p> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:12:35 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/compassion-practitioner-certificate-course/?date=2017-05-20 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-05-20 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:19:32 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-05-20 Simply Meditation Day http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-05-21 <p>Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.</p> <p>The emphasis will be on <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings for the shrine, such as flowers, fruits, drinks etc. as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:11:46 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2017-05-21 Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 10th May http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-24 <p>In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called <strong>mindfulness</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> is the art of finding <strong>peace</strong> and <strong>happiness</strong> within by using simple methods of <strong>calming</strong> and <strong>stabilising</strong> our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a <strong>natural sense of peace</strong> and <strong>well-being</strong> that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly tend to sleep better, handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and relate to others with more compassion and warmth.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place <strong>every Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from <strong>19.00</strong> and<strong> 20.30</strong> and is perfect for beginners. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <h3><strong>Important Information</strong></h3> <p>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</p> <p><strong>Booking for this course opens on the 1st April.<br/></strong></p> <p>We do ask that people booking for this course <strong>commit to attend all the scheduled classes.</strong> If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have begiven to someone else.<strong>  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="D8EU6P3ZUNZX6"]</p> </blockquote> http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-10th-may/?date=2017-05-24 Saga Dawa Buddha's Enlightenment and Parinirvana - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/saga-dawa-buddhas-enlightenment-and-parinirvana-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-05-26 <p>The day of Buddha’s enlightenment is known as <strong>Wesak</strong> or <strong>Saga Dawa Duchen</strong> by Tibetan Buddhists. It is celebrated on the <strong>15<sup>th</sup> day of Saga Dawa</strong>, the <strong>fourth month</strong> of the<strong> Tibetan lunar calendar</strong> and considered the holiest time of the year. The entire month of Saga Dawa is seen as a very good time for any Buddhist practice, as the outcomes of any action carried out during this time, good or bad, are considered to be far greater than at other times of the year. Wesak in particular is seen to be a very auspicious day for good activity. Those Buddhists who aren’t vegetarian might refrain from eating meat on that day. They may give donations to monasteries or nunneries. Many recite prayers such as the refuge prayer or mantras such as the Om Mani Padme Hung mantra. They also give alms to beggars and in some Tibetan communities in India, such as McCleod Ganj in Dharamsala, beggars line the streets knowing that there will be many people eager to do a good deed.</p> <p>Join us in Samye Dzong London for an <strong>evening of auspicious prayers</strong> dedicated to the long life of <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=67]">His Holiness 17<sup>th</sup> Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje</a></strong>, the swift rebirth of our precious Founder, <a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>, as well as the long life and good health of our Abbot,<a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]"><strong> Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a>, and all the great Masters and Lineage Holders who work ceaselessly for the benefit of others. </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>After the prayers there will be some food and refreshments. Offerings of food to share are welcome.</strong></span></p> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:37:39 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/saga-dawa-buddhas-enlightenment-and-parinirvana-with-the-kagyu-samye-dzong-sangha/?date=2017-05-26 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-06-17 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:20:00 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-06-17 The Science of Mind with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-science-of-mind-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-06-24 <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>A weekend course on mindfulness and meditation, and how they can help reduce stress and increase mental focus and compassion. There will be a combination of theory and guided practice throughout the weekend.</p> <p>There will be some basic explanations of the neuroscience of meditation, and how practice improves the chemistry of our brain and body. Research shows that through meditation we can reduce the body’s overload of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increase the production of oxytocin which is connected to feelings of happiness and unconditional love.</p> <p>There will be teachings on how to integrate mindfulness into our work life, through training in micro-moments of awareness throughout even a busy day, as well as how to increase compassion and a sense of connection to others. We will look at how meditation improves our sense of inner joy, where happiness becomes a choice, and is therefore the cause rather than the result of our experiences.</p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p> <strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma.</p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="B2TL2QWDU5KBS"]</p> <img src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_GB/i/scr/pixel.gif" alt="" width="1" height="1"/></blockquote> <p> </p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:14:13 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-science-of-mind-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-06-24 Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche Visit 2017 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-visit-2017/?date=2017-07-08 <p style="text-align: left;">We are pleased to announce that Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Abbott of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, will be visting Kagyu Samye Dzong London for a weekend of <strong>teachings</strong> and <strong>meditation</strong> instructions. Rinpoche will also conduct a <strong>Refuge ceremony</strong> and a <strong>Children's blessing</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The schedule of events has not yet been formalised.</p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</span></p> <p>Venerable Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche was born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet. He spent his formative years in education at Dolma Lhakang Monastery where his brother Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was Abbot. After escaping from Tibet in 1959, Lama Yeshe continued his education at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, India before leaving in 1967 to serve as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.</p> <p>In 1969, Lama Yeshe joined Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland where they had founded Kagyu Samye Ling. Five years later he accompanied H.H. Karmapa on a tour of the United States. At this time, he and Lama Tenzin Chonyi were asked to establish and run Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Centre in Woodstock, New York, which is H.H. Karmapa's main seat in America.</p> <p>In 1980 he took full ordination as a Gelong monk from His Holiness. Following his ordination Lama Yeshe entered a long-term solitary retreat. In 1985, at the request of his brother Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe returned to Scotland to continue his retreat at Samye Ling and in 1988 became Retreat Master with responsibility for the western practitioners who were in the cloistered four year retreat.</p> <p>Despite his heartfelt wish to remain in retreat for twenty years, towards the end of 1991 Lama Yeshe was asked to take responsibility for the running of Kayu Samye Ling and the Holy Island Project which he consented to do and took on with characteristic vigour and determination. Lama Yeshe's vision of building an Interfaith Retreat Centre on Holy Island where people of all beliefs can come together to develop themselves physically, mentally and spiritually has inspired numerous people. Many visit Holy Island to benefit from the pure and natural environment and to restore themselves and others come to stay and work, giving their time voluntarily to further this most precious and unique project.</p> <p>Kagyu Samye Ling also continues to attract thousands of visitors each year who come to view the beautiful temple and grounds or to attend one of the many courses on offer. Under Lama Yeshe's guidance, the number of resident ordained sangha has grown to more than 40 monks and nuns and in 1995 the title of "Abbot" was conferred upon him by Khentin Tai Situpa.</p> <p>Rokpa Trust has many parts including Samye Ling, The Holy Island Project and numerous charitable projects both at home and overseas. Lama Yeshe Losal is the Trust's indefatigable Chairman whose energy and inspiration fuel its far-reaching activites, which benefit so many people.</p> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:10:54 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche-visit-2017/?date=2017-07-08 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-07-15 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:23:37 +0100 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-07-15 Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Feb-May-July) http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-feb-may-july/?date=2017-07-15 <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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVE </strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £140 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">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, 09 Feb 2017 09:35:49 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-nov-feb-may-july/?date=2017-07-15 The Three Vehicles of Buddhism with Gelong Thubten http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-vehicles-of-buddhism-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-07-22 <p>Teachings on the three yanas, or vehicles, which are the three levels of training taught by Lord Buddha, and which are practiced as a unity in Tibetan Buddhism. There will be special instructions on how to deal with negative emotions through the methods presented in the different vehicles. Traditionally these are Hinayaya, the path of letting go, Mahayana, the path of transformation, and Vajrayana, the path of pure perception.</p> <p>We will explore how the three yanas are practiced together in the Tibetan tradition, and there will be teachings on subjects such as renunciation and the Four Noble Truths, compassion and the Six Paramitas, and Buddha Nature and the visualisation of deities. There will also be teachings on the importance of lineage and following an authentic tradition under the guidance of one’s teachers.</p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p> <strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong></p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma.</p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="8BXGR56MEMCKU"]</p> <img src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_GB/i/scr/pixel.gif" alt="" width="1" height="1"/></blockquote> <p> </p> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:27:39 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-vehicles-of-buddhism-with-gelong-thubten/?date=2017-07-22 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-09-02 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:34:59 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-09-02 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:52:18 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-09-16 Empathic resonance in relationship: interpersonal mindfulness training for mindfulness teachers http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/empathic-resonance-in-relationship-interpersonal-mindfulness-training-for-mindfulness-teachers/?date=2017-09-23 <p><br/>The aim with this CPD weekend is to expand and enrich our capacity as Mindfulness teachers to effectively interact and communicate with program participants. Qualities associated with silent meditation like mental stability, calmness, kindness and clear and spacious awareness are developed in practice with others. By integrating these meditative qualities directly into relationship one experiences greater freedom interpersonally and increased ability for attuned responses with others.<br/><br/>During the CPD weekend we will explore what enhances empathic resonance interpersonally by deepening the skill of inquiry, using the four foundations of Mindfulness to see how we buy into the story and how we can deconstruct our conditioned responses. We will also use the group as an object for contemplation to enable insight into our social habitual patterns, our projections and triggers for reactivity. Being aware of our habitual patterns, and seeing the layers underneath our reactivity, creates freedom of choice and the ability to experiment with new more attuned behaviour to our present reality both internally and interpersonally.<br/><br/>Through deepening awareness we will encourage participants to explore their own case-studies through the use of role-play. This will be particularly helpful where we may have felt challenged during the practice of mindful inquiry or mindful presence in relation to another during our teaching practice.</p> <p><strong>Tutors:</strong>     Angie Ball and Annick Nevejan</p> <p><strong>Dates</strong>:      23-24 September 2017<br/>      <br/><strong>Cost:</strong>     £140, including manual.</p> <p>To book your place on this course, please go to the <a href="https://rsb92458.infusionsoft.com/saleform/nathniwfo" target="_blank">Mindfulness Association website</a>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:20:20 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/empathic-resonance-in-relationship-interpersonal-mindfulness-training-for-mindfulness-teachers/?date=2017-09-23 Lucid Dreaming with Charlie Morley http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2017-10-07 <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><strong><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Teachers-and-Course-Leaders/_resampled/resizedimage246168-charlie-morley1-300x205.jpg" alt="charlie morley1 300x205" height="168" width="246"/></strong>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 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 Hay House author and lucid dreaming teacher. He received the traditional “authorisation to teach” within the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism from <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a> in 2008 and has since developed the holistic approach to dream work called Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep alongside mindfulness expert <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/about/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/rob-nairn/">Rob Nairn</a>.</strong></p> <p>For the past 8 years Charlie has run retreats and workshops around the world and written two books on the subject which have been translated into 10 languages.</p> <p>He’s spoken at Cambridge University, been featured in <strong>The Guardian</strong>, spoken on BBC Radio 1 and 4 and given the first ever talk on lucid dreaming at the well-known <strong>TED conferences</strong>.</p> <p>Charlie has taught in more than 20 countries and continues to teach internationally. He has lived at <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/">Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre</a> </strong>in London for the past 6 years.</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="MJAW4U572MRU2"]</p> </blockquote> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:45:10 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/lucid-dreaming-with-charlie-morley/?date=2017-10-07 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-14 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:52:47 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-10-14 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-10-14 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:35:58 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-10-14 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:53:40 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-11-18 Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 <p>This successful and comprehensive training in compassion is a follow on program for those who have completed the Level 1 Mindfulness training. This training is a secular and experiential training, which is delivered over three weekends. During the training we will be drawing on certain wisdom resources, in particular <strong>Evolutionary Psychology</strong>, <strong>Neuroscience</strong> and <strong>Mahayana Buddhism</strong>. While there have been many approaches to compassion throughout the ages, right now there is an exciting conversation going on between these three disciplines about the meaning and application of compassion, and so this will be our main focus. Emphasis is placed on <strong>experiential learning</strong>, and for this reason there are home practices between weekends that include regular compassion practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND ONE – MINDFUL COMPASSION</strong></h5> <p>In the first module, we build <strong>self-compassion</strong> into the core sitting mindfulness practice of settling, grounding, resting and support. We contextualise this practice within the <strong>evolutionary model of compassion</strong>, that is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. A key insight here is that we are caught in an ‘evolutionary set up’ that is not of our choosing and not our fault. We link this insight to the Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of the ‘lotus in the mud’: how true compassion grows out of the mud of our lives (the disowned, disliked and difficult parts of ourselves). We then begin to cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource from which to approach the difficulties that are part and parcel of being alive. We explore building our inner compassionate resource through compassionate imagery and mindful self- compassion practice.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND TWO – FOUR LIMITLESS QUALITIES</strong></h5> <p>In the second module, we approach the<strong> self-critic</strong>: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do. First, we experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of its repeated attacks, and then we look behind the critic to what is driving it; and in this way we begin to develop compassion for this part of ourselves. This raises the question - what would it be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live your life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self- criticism? This is the point where we move from <strong>self-compassion towards compassion for others</strong>. Although, self-compassion always remains as the foundation of our practice because this is what makes our practice real and allows us to understand what others go through. In this module we begin an exploration of the four limitless qualities of equanimity, love, compassion and joy. They bring a sense of balance and perspective to our practice of compassion by helping us step outside our narrow preferences, by generating love and friendliness to our inner and outer worlds, by responding appropriately to pain and suffering, while also appreciating the good things in our lives. We will also introduce tonglen, the practice of taking and sending, through which we actively engage with and transform the suffering we encounter in our lives.</p> <h5><strong>WEEKEND THREE – COMPASSION IN ACTION</strong></h5> <p> It is not enough to learn about compassion or do compassion practices – the crucial thing is how to <strong>embody compassion</strong> in the way we live, work and relate. In this module, we look at how to work skilfully with the blocks to compassion and we explore how to integrate compassion into all that we do. We also bring the threads together from the previous three modules and provide an opportunity for deepening practice supported by individual practice reviews with the tutors, during which we support each participant in their next steps after the training</p> <hr/><p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>This course meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.</em></span></p> <hr/><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;">Please contact </span><a style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;" href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 9pt; font-weight: bolder;"> for the booking link</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Times:    Runs over three weekends, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">Cost:     £420.00 for all three weekends, including manuals, payable in three monthly installments of £140.00</span></p> <h4 style="font-weight: bolder;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><span style="font-size: 9.0pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif';">This course is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></h4> <p> </p> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:36:35 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-2-mindfulness-training-responding-with-compassion/?date=2017-12-02 Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16 <p>The Way of the Bodhisattva otherwise known as the Bodhicharyavatara is a text that is treasured by Buddhists from many different traditions. It is a <strong><a href="http://london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=33]">Mahayana</a></strong> text composed by the great Indian scholar <strong>Shantideva</strong>. It is an excellent guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta) and to generating the qualities of <strong>limitless love</strong>, <strong>compassion</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>.</p> <p>This text which has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries is presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse.  Its main function is to outline the path that Bodhisattvas need to take, principally the 6 Paramitas. These are <strong>generosity</strong>, <strong>discipline</strong>, <strong>patience</strong>, <strong>diligence</strong>, <strong>meditation</strong> and <strong>wisdom</strong>. Bodhisattvas are those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment (Nirvana) and vow to attain Buddhahood for the sake of liberating all beings from Samsara.</p> <p>The course will be held one <strong>Saturday</strong> every month (typically the third Saturday of the month with a few exceptions). The course will consist of teachings on the text and meditation instructions for ongoing daily practice.</p> <p>Copies of the text can be bought as book sold in the shop with the title "<strong>The Way of the Bodhisattva</strong>" (Shambala translation). This is the recommended text for the course.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>It is recommended that participants commit to come to all the teachings and to do the daily practice sessions at home.</strong> </span></p> <h6>The dates of the teachings are:</h6> <ul><li><strong>25th March<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>15th April</strong></li> <li><strong>20th May</strong></li> <li><strong>17th June</strong></li> <li><strong>15th July</strong></li> <li><strong>No teachings in August<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th September<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>14th October<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>18th November<br/></strong></li> <li><strong>16th December</strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> <br/></span></li> </ul><blockquote> <h4><strong>Course donations</strong></h4> <p><strong>From January 2015 all our Dharma and meditation courses will be offered without a suggested course fee.</strong> </p> <p>In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma. </p> <p>Please read <a href="http://london.samye.org/about-us/donate/" target="_blank">Lama Zangmo's letter</a> for further information.</p> <p> [PaypalButton hosted_button_id="QFUZ6HLUS9M4A"]</p> </blockquote> <p> </p> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:51:07 +0000 http://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/bodhicharyavatara-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2017-12-16