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May Newsletter

Posted on 10 May 2014

May Newsletter
May 2014
Kagyu Samye
Dzong London

Welcome to the May Newsletter.   

Kagyu Samye Dzong aims to provide a place of peace and tranquility for all in central London, with the shrine room available for individuals to come and sit during the day.  For full details of the Centre, including the programme of evening meditations and forthcoming events, visit the website.
News in Brief
  • His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will be visiting Germany from 28th May to 9th June. You can keep up-to-date with the latest details at the Karmapa in Europe 2014 website. 
  • Cancelled - the 24-hour Green Tara Practice due to start at 10.00 am on Saturday 3rd May will not be taking place due to the visit of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.   
  • Weekly Green Tara Practice - please remember that this now takes place from 8.00-9.00 am on Sunday mornings.  
  • Lama Zangmo will be giving a series of three talks on Courage, Confidence and Compassion on Wednesday evenings from June 11th-25th.     
  • Mantra Recitation Day for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha for a day of accumulation of mantras for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche on Saturday 17th May. The morning will be dedicated to accumulating Guru Rinpoche mantras and the afternoon dedicated to accumulating the Chenrezig mantras. A schedule for the day is available on the website.  
  • Compassion beyond Culture: A Conference on the Life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - will take place on Saturday 24th May in Oxford.  If you are planning to attend, it would be helpful if you could book your place as soon as possible. Further information about the conference and a booking form are available on the website .    
  • Forever Young Parkour Dance Classes for the over 60s have started at Spa Road on Tuesday mornings. The Forever Young classes are taught in a fun relaxed manner but encourage participants to challenge themselves if they are physically capable of a movement. These free classes focus on play, exploration and creative movement with the aim to engage with the body and overcome obstacles. For more information, click here.  
  • Sangha at play in Richmond Park - a couple of weeks ago there was an excursion from the Centre to Richmond Park, for which we have photographic evidence! If you're wondering how come there's a Therevadin monk there, that just happens to be the Venerable Mettavihari, aka  Lama Zangmo's brother, who was visiting from Sri Lanka. 

We are delighted to welcome Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to Samye Dzong London on the 3rd and 4th May, when he will give teachings on the Kagyu Lineage as well as the four great seals of Mahamudra. 


The forefathers in the Kagyu Lineage are known as the "Golden Rosary." The lineage of the Kagyu emphasizes the continuity of oral instructions passed on from master to student. This emphasis is reflected in the literal meaning of "Kagyu."


The Four Seals of Mahamudra are the four main principles of Buddhism and are sometimes also called the 'Four Keys of the Buddha's teaching'. These four main principles that mark a doctrine as Buddhist are:

  1. All composite things are impermanent
  2. All that is tainted entails suffering 
  3. Realization is Peace
  4. All phenomena are devoid of independent entity
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India. He served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.

We have already had a large number of bookings for this weekend. To guarantee your place and to reduce problems with queuing on the day we strongly recommend advance booking which can be done online by following the link at the bottom of the event page on the website, or over the phone with the Centre's office which can be contacted on 020 3327 1650. Teachings take place on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd-4th May from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm and the suggested contribution is £55 (£35 concessions).


This weekend is ideal for those who would like to learn the basics of Buddhism. Sometimes we would like to be able to understand more about the teachings and also have an opportunity to ask questions about what we perceive when coming to a Buddhist centre and temple.


During this course there will be an introduction to the Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the weekend will also include talks on various useful topics such as:

  • How to set up your own shrine at home
  • The right etiquette in the shrine room; How to treat the dharma texts
  • The meaning of prostrations when entering the shrine room
  • Why we make offerings to the shrine
  • and much more...
Buddhism for beginners takes place at Spa Road on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.  The suggested contribution for the weekend is £55. To book your place now just follow the link at the bottom of the event page on the website, or contact the office on 020-3327 1650.

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 mindfulness.


Meditation is the art of finding peace and happiness within by using simple methods of calming and stabilising our minds. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being 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.


During the course you will learn about posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials. It is possible to drop in for one-off classes.

Introduction to Meditation with Bernard Mordan takes place at Spa Road on Wednesday evenings from 4th June - 23rd July, 7.00-8.30 pm. Suggested contribution £60. To book your place now just follow the link on the event page on our website, or contact the Centre Office on 020-3327 1650.


For those who already have some experience of meditation there are regular opportunities to extend your practice at both Spa Road and Manor Place.

Extended meditation practice at Samye Dzong London offers you 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.

On Saturday 17th May there is a Simply Meditation afternoon at Manor Place from 2.15-6.00 pm, while on Sunday 18th May there is a one-day retreat with the Sangha at Spa Road.  Follow the links for more information - for more experience, turn up on the day.
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.


PLEASE NOTE - for courses run by Samye Dzong London, prices mentioned are suggested course donations only. A lack of funds should not prevent anybody from attending.

MAY 2014


The Kagyu Lineage and the Four Seals of Mahamudra
with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Spa Road
Saturday and Sunday 3rd-4th May, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Over this weekend Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give teachings on the Kagyu Lineage as well as the four great seals ofMahamudra.  Suggested contribution: £55 (£35 concession).

Green Tara Puja at Spa Road
Sundays throughout May, 8:00am - 9:00am
Forever Young - ParkourDance classes for the over 60s!  at Spa Road

Tuesdays throughout May, 10:30am - 12:30pm


Buddhism for Beginners   
with Gelong Trinley at Spa Road

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th May, 10.00am - 4.00 pm.
Suggested contribution: £55   


Medicine Buddha Puja  at Spa Road

Sunday 11th May, 7.00-8.00 pm


Mantra Recitation Day for Akong Tulku Rinpoche  with the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha
at Spa Road

Saturday 17th May, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. 


Simply Meditation  with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place

Saturday 17th May, 2.15 - 6.00 pm. 


Meditation Retreat  with Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha at Spa Road

Sunday 18th May, 9.30 am - 5.00 pm.     


JUNE 2014 


Forever Young - ParkourDance classes for the over 60s! at Spa Road
Tuesdays throughout June, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Introduction to Meditation
with Bernard Mordan at Spa Road
Wednesdays from 4th June - 23rd July at Spa Road

Suggested contribution: £60

Meditation Retreat
with Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha at Spa Road
Saturday 7th June, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Green Tara Puja at Spa Road
Sundays throughout June, 8:00am - 9:00am

White Tara Practice Day
with Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Sunday 8th June, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This day of White Tara is dedicated to the good health and long life of our Abbott Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche in particular, as well as to  all the great Lineage Master in general.

Courage, Confidence and Compassion
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Wednesdays, June 11th, 18th and 25th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Three evening talks which will explore how to develop and increase these three important qualities, and what hinders us in the process of that development.

Suggested contribution: £20

Medicine Buddha Instructions
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Saturday and Sunday 14th-15th June, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Suggested contribution: £55   


Six Paramitas - with Clive Holmes at Spa Road
Saturday and Sunday 28th-29th June, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Suggested contribution:  £55