A message from Lama Zangmo
Posted on 24 Dec 2020
I hope you are well, healthy and in good spirits, despite all the uncertainty these days. It is a difficult time for many people, and I hope that the Dharma is a strong and stabilizing focus in your life.
We had of course all hoped that the virus would have subsided by now, but sadly we are in the grip of another wave of infections. For the sake of everyone the trustees of Rokpa Trust have therefore decided that Samye Ling and the Samye Dzong centres should remain closed until we can be certain it is safe to open again.
So here in Kagyu Samye Dzong London we will continue our closure, which has become like a gentle retreat. Gentle in the sense that we don’t follow a gruelling schedule, but keep a pace we can maintain long-term.The days flow one into another with a daily rhythm of group meditations, work around the centre, or work online for some, meals, and online classes and pujas. Everyone in the centre seem to feel settled and, like in retreat, as your mind quietens down there is less of a need to verbalise whatever pops up.
It is a good time to contemplate the teachings, to really take to heart the truth of impermanence and the preciousness of life. There isn’t a more powerful reminder of impermanence than what is happening in the world right now. It is a good time to consider what our priorities are, and what will be the most meaningful way to focus our energy moving forward. It is not often there is a gap which gives an opportunity to take stock and allow us to consider how to improve our own life, and how we can try to make the world a better place.
We might feel our options are very limited, but even during this strange time, which is so difficult for many, there are positive aspects and opportunities. The many stories of kindness and generosity show that loving kindness is what is most important to everyone. Doing something to help others is how we can also help ourselves. By sharing and giving we feel enriched ourselves. By reaching out and caring for others our own loneliness dissolves. The choices are ours.
Moving from a challenging year into 2021, I wish you a bright, healthy and happy New Year, and all of us in Kagyu Samye Dzong London look forward to the time when we can open the doors and welcome you to the centre once again.