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November 2013 Newsletter

Posted on 3 Nov 2013

November 2013 Newsletter
November 2013
Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Dear Friend,


At the time of writing this it seems difficult to believe that it's only just over 3 weeks since Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche died so suddenly and unexpectedly. The impact he had on so many lives is reflected in the widespread reaction to his death, and the hole left by his absence is correspondingly large.

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


  • Following the death of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, the Centre's  programme has changed significantly.  Full details can be found on the website.  The main changes include the following: 
    A number of courses and events have been cancelled, 
    including the evening talks by Gelong Thubten and Experiential Art Therapy and Spirituality with Phillipe Jacquet.  Please check the programme on the website for the latest information.    
    The usual programme of pujas has been replaced by a daily Milarapa Guru Yoga Puja
     at Spa Road which takes place from 7.00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, while on Sundays there will be a Milarepa Tsok Puja also starting at 7.00 pm. The last day of these prayers will be Friday 29th November.
  • Akong: A Remarkable Life is the title of the first documentary to be made about Rinpoche's life.  You can find out more about this film and how you can help its production at indiegogo.  
  • The Four Ordinary Foundations - Gelong Trinley will be giving a series of five evening talks at Spa Road on Thursdays from Thursday 21st November.  
  • Learning to Relax - a one-day course at Spa Road on Saturday 7th December can be attended as a one-off workshop, or can be the first step of Tara Rokpa Therapy which was developed by Akong Tulku Rinpoche.   
Dear Friends,

This month we would like to dedicate our newsletter to Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, our most precious teacher and Founder. He was the source of everything for tens of thousands of people around the world. He was the example we have been following for decades showing us how to be true dharma practitioners. He was the embodiment of active compassion, gentle nurturing kindness and great impartiality. His powerful presence was an honesty beyond any form of manipulation. He was a true Pawo, a Bodhisattva, a Hero of the 21st century, working in seemingly ordinary ways but accomplishing extraordinay things.

It is said in the dohas by the lineage Masters: "Meeting a Great Teacher is like meeting the barely existing, still existing. What a rare, good fortune!"

How can we possibly repay his kindness! The texts tell us that the best offering to our teacher is to practice, to study the dharma and to support his activities. All of us who knew Rinpoche, know that the best offering we can make is by becoming kinder, more patient, less selfish individuals. Whatever form the practise takes for you, please do what you feel you can.

May you be well and happy,

Lama Zangmo.
       The Akong Labrang Memorial Fund
To all the dear friends of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche,

The tragic news of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's sudden death has deeply affected everyone who knew him.

Rinpoche was highly respected and loved by many thousands of people all over the world and we intend to do everything to honour the passing of such a great being. Therefore we have established the Akong Labrang Memorial Fund, dedicated to his memory and to continuing his work.

We are committed to raising enough money to ensure that all the appropriate prayers are done for him for the traditional 49 days in many major Monasteries, and these will all require substantial offerings. We also need to build a Kudung for Rinpoche's remains as well as doing everything we can to continue funding the many humanitarian projects he has established that benefit so many needy people. We cannot let them down and indeed we should improve and increase the help we give, as Rinpoche would have wished.

Therefore I ask any of you who wish to support Rinpoche to send whatever you can - whether a single amount or monthly installments. To make a single offering please click here, and for information about making monthly payments please contact

I thank you for your help and for all your kind messages of sympathy.  Every one of them is appreciated.

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
In the wake of the untimely passing of our precious teacher Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Ani Rinchen Kandro has been asked by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche to compile personal remembrances from those people whose lives he touched. This will become a beautiful 'Book of Remembrance Commemorating the Life of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche'. Hence we are contacting Dharma Centres and individuals who knew Rinpoche, to request contributions.

Your contribution can be short and sweet, which would be so typical of Rinpoche, or it might be an anecdote, a poem, a teaching or piece of advice from Rinpoche. Photographs are also welcome. Tulku Orgyen will be putting together the Tibetan content and Rinchen Kandro will compile the English.

Please email your contributions by December 15th and mark your email Akong Rinpoche Remembrance.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situpa has requested that all students of Akong Tulku Rinpoche work together to recite One Hundred Million of each of the following mantras:

Amitabha (Om Ami Dewa Hrih)
Chenrezig, (Om Mani Peme Hung)
Guru Rinpoche (Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung)
and the short Dorje Sempa mantra (Om Benza Satto Hung)

We ask that as many people as possible choose one or more of the mantras to take as part of their daily practice. Karma Namjal is the appointed representative here in Samye Dzong London who will keep a record of the mantras recited and the amount. Please send the numbers of mantra you have recited and which mantras to Please send rounded whole numbers bearing in mind that 108 (one round of the mala) should be counted as 100. You can listen to a recording of Rinpoche reciting some of these mantras here.

His Holiness Karmapa has composed a swift return prayer for Rinpoche which you can find on our website.
We hope that as many people as possible can take part so that we can ensure that we all achieve our aim, with the aspiration of a swift return for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and the fulfillment of his Dharma and Charitable activities.
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit thewebsite.



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.




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

Wednesdays throughout November, 10.30-12.00.

"Create, Dance, Play" 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. 


Guru Rinpoche Instructions at Spa Road

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th, 10.00 - 4.00 pm 

Guru Rinpoche with 25 disciples This weekend will consist of instructions in the peaceful practice of Guru Rinpoche which is done regularly at the centre, as well as instructions and preparation for the coming Guru Rinpoche Drubcho.   


Guru Rinpoche Drubcho at Spa Road

Wednesday 13th - Sunday 17th November, 9.30 - 4.30 pm 

Join the KSDL sangha for five days of intensive practice on Guru Rinpoche to overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. The event is free, but contributions towards the daily tsok offerings of fruit & nuts etc. are welcome.


The Four Ordinary Foundation at Spa Road

Thursday 21st November, 7.00 - 8.30 pm 

Join us for five evenings of talks on the *Four Ordinary Foundations*. These prelimanry foundations are comprised of the four thoughts that help turn the mind to wanting to practice and engage in the Dharma. 


24 Hour Lucid Dreaming Sleep Over at Spa Road
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th November, 11.00 am to 11.00 am 

Join lucid dreaming teacher Charlie Morley for a special 24 hour sleepover workshop! We will spend the daytime learning the techniques and practices of Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep found within Charlie new book "Dreams of Awakening".


Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place

Saturday 23rd November, 2.15 - 6.00 pm 

Spending time doing extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation by applying oneself through a series of short meditation sessions.   

Milarepa Tsok Puja & Lhachab Duchen Light Offering at Spa Road

Sunday 24th November, 7.00 - 8.30 pm 

Lhachab Duchen commemorates the day that the Buddha descended from Tushita. A light offering will be dedicated to the swift rebirth of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.     


Beginners Meditation

Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December at Spa Road, 10.00 - 4.00 pm

People from all walks of life are learning to meditate and discovering the great benefit it can bring them in their everyday life. In essence, meditation is simply the practice of paying attention to what we are doing




The Four Ordinary Foundations at Spa Road 

Thursday 5th Dece,ber, 7:00pm - 8:30pm  


Learning to Relax at Spa Road
Saturday 7th December,  9:30am - 5:00pm 

Learning to Relax  with Carol Sagar and Soo Dawson. This course offers breathing and relaxation  exercises, simple movement stretches, gentle  self massage and art exploration  which help us to develop a relaxed approach to life with mindful awareness and compassion. 


Anxiety: A Mindful Approach at Spa Road

Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm

This is a powerful weekend looking at a ubiquitous human experience: anxiety.  


Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place 
 Saturday 7th December, 2:15pm - 6:00pm 
Shinay Meditation Retreat: at Spa Road
Friday 13th  - Sunday 15th December, 9:00am - 5:00pm 

A weekend of extended meditation practice is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation by applying oneself through a series of short meditation sessions.  


Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Module Two: Working with Distraction.  Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis between modules one and two, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind works. 
Winter Closure at Spa Road
Saturday 21st December - Tuesday 7th January
The centre will be closed for its annual winter break after Shinay Meditation on Friday the 20th of December. We will re-open on Wednesday 8th January.