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Newsletter - April 2014

Posted on 23 Mar 2014

Newsletter - April 2014
April 2014
Kagyu Samye Dzong

Monthly newsletter

Dear Lama  


Welcome to the April Newsletter which opens with an unashamed plug for the Rokpa Runners who will take part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 6th April. A huge effort has gone into the preparation before they get anywhere near the start line. We can only  hope that the sponsorship they receive reflects the energy they've put into this event. Read more below.   

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 XVII. Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje is making his first visit to Europe this May.  You can find a provisional programme on the website of the Karmapa Foundation Europe  along with a link to where you will be able to book tickets and accommodation as and when they become available.  
  • Compassion beyond Culture: A Conference on the Life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - will take place on Saturday 24th May in Oxford  which we hope will be presided over, depending on travel permission, by the High Khenpo of the famous Serthar Monastery in Tibet.
    Our aim is that the contributions from this conference, as well as selected writings, will be collated into a book about Rinpoche's life. The 'Namtar' or life story is seen as vital for summarising the great deeds of an enlightened master as well as for the continuation of the beneficial work of the reincarnated Bodhisattva Lama. Further information and a booking form are available on the website.  
  • Nyungney retreat - we are looking for volunteers to help serve food for the retreatants on Saturday 19th April. If you would like to help and be part of this event please get in touch
  •  Evening talks during April - This month we have a number of talks including:
    Ethical Living with Lama Zangmo over two Wednesdays then with Gelong Thubten:
    Meditation and the Transformation of Stress  and
    The Meaning and Benefits of Vajrayana Deity Practice  
  • 24 hour Green Tara Practice with the Samye Dzong Sangha - join us for this practice which starts on Saturday 3rd May and goes through to the morning of Sunday 4th May. Full details on the website.  
  •  Change of time for weekly Green Tara Puja - starting from Sunday 27th April Green Tara will run from 8.00-9.00 am.   
  • Forever Young - ParkourDance classes for the over 60s - 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. More information can be found here
  • A new printed programme is currently at the printers and will be with us by the end of the week. In the meantime you can still check the website for the latest information. 
  • The Sangha and friends in Greenwich - last Monday 17th of March the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha and a few volunteers went to Greenwich for a picinic and a wander.  A few pictures were taken on the way.  
Just one of the pictures from the slideshow.

The Brighton Marathon is coming up very quickly now and in 2 weeks time the Rokpa Runners will be making their way around the 26 mile course. However those 26 miles are only the culmination of months of training running hundreds of miles in preparation - all in aid of Rokpa. 


Rokpa, meaning "help" in Tibetan, is an international charity which focuses on countries and regions where providing humanitarian aid is very challenging but desperately needed.  Helping communities in need in Tibetan areas of China. Rokpa also has projects in Nepal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Europe and the UK. Rokpa's aim is to improve the quality of life of the poorest peoples around the world irrespective of their religion, nationality or cultural background and to help people to help themselves. More details about Rokpa can be found on its website.   


We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to support both the runners and Rokpa via their pages on JustGiving.  Please give generously to this good cause which was so close to Rinpoche's heart. 

Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Sangha for this auspicious purification retreat of 1000 Armed Chenrezig, the deity associated with great compassion. This will consist of one set of Nyungneys, with a set taking two days. This practice involves not eating, drinking or speaking on the second day of each set. On both days, the Sadhana of 1000-armed Chenrezig is recited three times, with each session of practice lasting for approximately two hours and containing chanting, meditation and prostrations. Everyone is welcome to participate for their own personal benefit and for the benefit of all living beings.


Nyungney practice is renowned as a supreme method of purification as well as for the development of loving-kindness and compassion. Through giving up food and drink, we learn to accept discomfort and to pray for those who are suffering the torments of the lower realms.


We hope that as many people as possible will join us for this precious practice, and to facilitate this there will be no retreat fee, although donations are always welcome.


Breakfast and lunch will be served on the eating day only to those who are participating in the entire retreat and are engaging in the full practice.

To participate in the entire retreat it is a must to have taken Refuge, received the Chenrezik empowerment as well as the intructions for this practice. Gelong Thubten will be giving a day of instructions on Friday 18th April, full details of which are on the website. Those who haven't received the empowerment or instructions may still attend the sessions and meditate or quietly recite the Mani mantra. When doing the practice it is better to stay at, or not far from, the centre. Texts are available from the shop. Advance booking is essential!

: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April, finishing Easter Monday morning 21st April


Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April
  • Session 1: 6.00am - 8.45am: 7.00 Tea Break & Porridge
  • Session 2: 9.30am - 11.45am: 10.00 Tea Break
  • Lunch 12.00 (Saturday Only)  
  • Session 3: 14:00pm - 16.15pm: 14.30 Tea Break
  • Drinks: 17:00 (Saturday Only)  
  • Drinks: 20.00 (Saturday Only)  

The Nyungney practice concludes with an extended morning session on Easter Monday morning 21st April: 6.00am - 9.00am: 7.00 Tea Break & Porridge 

Clive Holmes

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional" Akong Rinpoche.


This down to earth weekend course includes a short exercise for teasing out the difference between pain and suffering based on the Sallatha Sutra and a range of practices to help us accept painful circumstances with kindness and compassion, whilst challenging our habits of suffering unnecessarily. There will also be walking meditations as well as exercises for developing gratitude and appreciation .


Based on the principles of the book "Taming the Tiger" by Akong Rinpoche, this course is suitable for all those who seek a better quality of life.


Clive Holmes has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet.   


Giving up Suffering takes place on the weekend of 26th-27th April, 10.00-4.00 pm. Suggested contribution £55. Book your place now by clicking on the Donate button at the bottom of the course description page. 

This weekend workshop gives an opportunity to find out more about Back to Beginnings therapy which forms part of the Tara Rokpa Therapy process.This has been developed over the past 25 years by Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and a group of western trained therapists.


Participants will be able to experience the main components of Back to Beginnings which include relaxation and visualisation exercises, the use of art materials as an integral part of the work and simple clothed massage. For many, the central component is the writing/remembering, an in-depth and systematic review of one's personal life story with the view to understanding its deeper implications for our ways of being and acting in the world. With mindful awareness participants come to see how relaxation and happiness are located in the mind. Many find this becomes the most meaningful element of what is a  two to three year process.


The weekend is open to anyone interested in starting Back to Beginnings and those who have had some experience of the relaxations. It is also suitable for anyone simply wanting to find out more about Tara Rokpa Therapy and wanting to relax.


Please bring a blanket or something suitable for relaxation on a floor.


About the Course Leader


Susan came to live near Samye Ling over 35 years ago to study and practice with Akong Rinpoche.

After a career in education she trained and qualified with Tara Rokpa Therapy as a psychotherapist. She travels throughout mainland Europe, the UK and South Africa to facilitate Tara Rokpa Therapy groups. She also has a private psychotherapy practice in Edinburgh and sees people in Dumfriesshire.  


Back to Beginnings takes place at Spa Road on the weekend of the 5th-6th April, 10.00-4.30 pm. Suggested contribution £60. For bookings and enquiries please email  or phone Susan Atkin on 0778 774 3934.



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.


APRIL 2014


Ethical Living with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Wednesday 2nd and 9th April, 7.00-8.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £15 


Simply Meditation  

with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place

Saturday 5th April, 10:00am - 5:30pm 


Introduction to Back to Beginnings
with Susan Atikin at Spa Road
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th April,10:00am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: £60

Medicine Buddha Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 13th April, 7.00-8.00 pm
All are welcome

Meditation and the Transformation of Stress
with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Wednesday 16th April, 7.00-8.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £10

The Meaning and Benefits of Vajrayana Deity Practice
with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Thursday 17th April, 7.00-8.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £10

Nyungney Instructions
with Gelong Thubten at Spa Road
Friday 18th April, 10.00-5.00 pm
Suggested contribution: £30

Nyungney Easter Weekend Retreat
at Spa Road
Saturday 19th - Monday 21st April

Forever Young - ParkourDance classes for the over 60s
at Spa Road
Tuesdays from 22nd April to 1st July, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Giving up Suffering
with Clive Holmes at Spa Road
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th April, 10.00 - 4.00 pm
Suggested contribution: £55

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 27th April, 7.00-8.30 pm
All are welcome 

MAY 2014


24-hour Green Tara Practice with Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha  at Spa Road 
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th May,10:00am - 10:00am


Forever Young - ParkourDance classes for the over 60s!  at Spa Road

Tue 6th 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.