All Events https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ The Four Thoughts that turn the Mind to the Dharma - Introduction to Buddhism - in person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-introduction-to-buddhism/?date=2022-06-26 <p>This is an introduction over two Sundays to the teachings on impermanence, the preciousness of our life, karma, cause and effect and the general dissatisfaction of samsara.</p> <p>The point of meditating on the meaning of the preciousness of our life is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.</p> <p>Meditating on impermanence inspires one to seek out the Dharma, while practicing the Dharma increases ones’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to reach a result. <br/>Karma, cause and effect should be considered in a broad way. As we all are interdependent, everything we do not only affects ourselves, our family, or people close to us, but has an effect on the whole world. It is very important, therefore, that we all take responsibility for our actions.<br/><br/>Considering the defects of samsara, fundamentally all beings want to be happy; no one wants to suffer. However, when we ask ourselves what real happiness is, some of the things we wish for are counterproductive. Buddhism defines true happiness as liberation from negative actions, afflictions and mental obscurations.</p> <p><strong>This two-part course is especially for beginners but is suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings. This is an in-person only course.</strong><br/><br/></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:47:30 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-thoughts-that-turn-the-mind-to-the-dharma-introduction-to-buddhism/?date=2022-06-26 KSDL Fundraising event for Ukrainian refugees - in person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ksdl-fundraising-event-for-ukrainian-refugees/?date=2022-07-09 <h1>Can you join us at the Centre on Saturday 9 July 2022 from 2pm to 5pm?</h1> <h2>Kagyu Samye Dzong London is fundraising to help Rokpa International through their offfice in Poland, assist refugees from Ukraine. Your participation on the day is everything!</h2> <h3>The afternoon's event is a fundraiser in aid of Ukrainian refugees in Poland. All funds from the day will go to ROKPA Poland towards food, shelter and medical aid for the current influx of refugees from Ukraine. <a href="https://www.rokpa.org/en/what-we-do/covid-19-relief.html" target="_blank">Click here to find out more about this critical work and why we support it!</a></h3> <h4><strong>Why come along (and bring friends and family too!)- check out the fun schedule below:</strong></h4> <h4><span><strong>Part 1. An interactive talk with Charlie Morley</strong>  will explore how we can use breath-work, deep relaxation, chi gong and of course lucid dreaming to sleep better and rest deeper. Based on his new book Wake up to Sleep: 5 Powerful Practices to Transform Stress and Trauma for Peaceful Sleep and Mindful Dreams Charlie will introduce us to the five core practices of this holistic approach to stress or trauma affected sleep. This talk will also serve as a taster for the Wake Up to Sleep weekend workshop that he will be offering at Samye Dzong London (in person!) on 30-31st July.</span></h4> <h4><span><strong>Part 2. A Skills Auction or Auction of Promises</strong> - Our community, near and far, has come together to donate their time and expertise to raise funds. We have some exciting auction items, such as, 2 nights accommodation in Berlin, online training advise from experienced athletes, skills to learn such as TRE and the Alexander technique, lots of cooking classes and recipes on offer, live music sessions and training courses, a beautiful Thangka and other gifts as well as restful sessions of yoga, Qigong, massage, reflexology and so much more. Charlie and the KSDL team will lead the auction (expect lots of laughs and fun surprises). Winning bidders will then be able to arrange a day and time that suits them to receive their prize (or collect it on the day if its one of our fabulous donated gifts).</span></h4> <h4><span><strong>Part 3. Light Offering and Prayers for Ukraine with Lama Zangmo</strong> in our flower garden will close the event for the day.</span></h4> <p><span> </span></p> <p> </p> Fri, 27 May 2022 18:27:05 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ksdl-fundraising-event-for-ukrainian-refugees/?date=2022-07-09 The Three Jewels - Introduction to Buddhism - in person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-jewels-introduction-to-buddhism/?date=2022-07-10 <p>This course will give an introduction over two Sundays to the three Jewels - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path with time for Q&amp;A.</p> <p>This was the very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment. It is referred to as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma' because it represents the first phase of the Buddha's teaching.</p> <h6>The Noble Eightfold Path</h6> <p>The Noble Eightfold Path is the essence of the Middle Way, the path between the extremes of self-indulgence and denial. It contains eight interrelated aspects that make up the 'skilful living' that the Buddha taught is necessary to uproot suffering and its causes, and thus to sever the cycle of conditioned existence.<br/><br/>The Noble Eightfold Path comprises the three essentials of Buddhist training: ethical conduct, mental development and wisdom.</p> <p><strong>This two-part course is especially for beginners but is suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings. This course is in-person only.</strong><br/><br/></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2022 12:00:44 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-three-jewels-introduction-to-buddhism/?date=2022-07-10 Simply Meditation - with Lama Zangmo - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-07-16 <h3>From 16 July 2022 we will open this session all day for your silent meditation practice.</h3> <p>This is an opportunity to spend time in silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and 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 silent meditation, focusing on the breath, and walking meditation.  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, although Lama Zangmo might give brief instructions.</p> <h5>Sessions are open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish, however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">T<span style="font-size: 1.1em; text-decoration-line: underline;">he only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></span></h5> <h4><strong>Schedule</strong></h4> <h5>Morning Schedule</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>9.30am - 10.30am - Shinay Meditation </li> <li>10.30am - 11.00am - Break</li> </ul><ul><li>11.00am - 12.30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>12:30pm - 2pm - Lunch Break</strong></li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Saturday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> <li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.45pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Sunday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.15pm Light offering in the courtyard</li> <li>4.15pm - 5pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><p align="center"><br/>*People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="https://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sun, 22 May 2022 15:57:20 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-07-16 Online Death Cafe - online only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2022-07-23 <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">You are invited to attend an online Death Cafe.<br/></span></p> <h4><span style="font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold;">What is a Death Cafe?</span></h4> <p><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. On this occasion we sit at virtual tables, in breakout rooms, with 5 people on each table facilitated by a member of the KSDL Bardo Group. The Death cafe is an opportunity to explore your unheard views on death and to listen and delight in the views of others on the same subject. The objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group and is not a grief support or counselling session.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Our Death Cafes are always offered:</span></p> <ul><li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> On a not for profit basis</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> In an accessible, respectful and confidential space</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!</span></li> </ul><p><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic;">Please note, there are only 15 places available. If you would like to join us, please register your interest by </span><a style="font-size: 12px; color: #0000ff; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="mailto:kitty_dcosta@hotmail.co.uk" target="_blank">emailing Kitty D'Costa</a><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic;"> who will get in touch with you.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic;"><span style="font-size: 12px; color: black; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Important: As places are limited, please make sure to cancel your booking if you are unable to attend, so that we can allocate your place to someone on the waiting list. </span></span></p> Sat, 28 May 2022 15:28:13 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/death-cafe/?date=2022-07-23 Wake Up to Sleep, with Charlie Morley - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/wake-up-to-sleep-with-charlie-morley-in-person-only/?date=2022-07-30 <h2><strong>Wake up to sleep: 5 Powerful Practices to Transform Stress and Trauma for Peaceful Sleep and Lucid Dreams</strong></h2> <p>Originally developed for British military veterans, Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is a holistic approach to better sleep for people affected by stress or trauma.   </p> <p>In this immersive weekend workshop we’ll learn how to transform the harmful effects that stress and trauma can have on the third of our life that we spend asleep by regulating our nervous system through the breath and the body.</p> <p>Using scientifically verified mindfulness-based techniques alongside breath &amp; body-work practices, deep relaxation and lucid dreaming the Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep protocol helps to reduce stress before bed, integrate trauma and optimize sleep quality.</p> <p>Mindfulness of Dream &amp; Sleep is based on a non-pathologizing approach to sleep &amp; dreams supported by five core pillars:</p> <p>1.  Sleep Awareness (learning how sleep works)  <br/>2.  Rest &amp; Relax (hypnagogic mindfulness/ non-sleep deep rest)  <br/>3.  Breath-Body-Mind (coherent breathing &amp; chi gong)  <br/>4.  Transforming Nightmares (befriending trauma dreams)  <br/>5.  Lucid Dreaming (consciously healing your dreams)</p> <p>From common work-related stress to the more serious effects of trauma, this workshop will teach you effective techniques to help you sleep better and wake up healthier. <br/><br/>These practices are very effective. Independent analysis found that 87% of participants reported significantly improved sleep quality while 77% reported significantly lowered levels of anxiety around sleep after the workshop. <br/><br/>The workshop will also explore:</p> <p>• The Science of Sleep Cycles<br/>• The Neuroscience of Trauma<br/>• Optimising our Sleep Health<br/>• Dream-work for Trauma Integration</p> <p>Whether you currently have stress of trauma affected sleep or not, learning these practices is still deeply beneficial and so everybody is welcome!  <br/><br/></p> <h3><span>Kindly Note that this is a DONATION based course with all donations going to the Rokpa Poland Charity helping Ukrainian Refugees. Please don't let lack of funds prevent you from attending but if you can donate to this good cause then please do.</span></h3> <h4><strong>All donations will go to ROKPA to support Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Please use the button below and give as generously as you are able. Thank you for whatever you can offer.</strong></h4> <p> </p> <p><span style="color: #0099ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=2F9S598HUTBF4&amp;source=url" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #0099ff;"> </span></p> <p> </p> Fri, 27 May 2022 18:10:30 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/wake-up-to-sleep-with-charlie-morley-in-person-only/?date=2022-07-30 Summer Closure https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2022-08-01 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The centre will close at 5<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369086"><span class="aQJ">.00 pm</span></span> on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369087"><span class="aQJ">Sunday 31st July </span></span>a</span><span>nd will re-open at 2.00 </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369088"><span class="aQJ">pm</span></span><span> on </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369089"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday 24th August</span></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sun, 22 May 2022 15:54:06 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2022-08-01 Introduction to Meditation with Lama Zangmo - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-03 <p>During this weekend course Lama Zangmo will introduce methods to bring a sense of ease to the mind through the practice of meditation. This course is especially suited for complete beginners.<br/><br/><strong>Calm abiding meditation</strong> (Shinay in Tibetan; Shamatha in sanskrit) is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an ongoing awareness in the moment. By training in focusing this awareness steadily in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.<br/><br/>Meditation and mindfulness, practised regularly over time, have strong potential to make one’s general state of mind more positive: increasingly we can become free of habitual reactivity, unhelpful emotional patterns, and limited ways of seeing ourselves and others. With a more open and relaxed mind we will have less stress resulting from our living situation, and less tendency to be thrown by the ups-and-downs that life presents.<br/><br/><strong>This course is for people who are new to meditation</strong> and will introduce the techniques and understanding to establish an ongoing and fruitful practice of calm abiding meditation. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing, walking meditation and other relevant aspects of practice. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and can help to calm an overactive mind, as well as bring more understanding in a deeper sense of who we are. <br/><br/>It is essential to attend both afternoons of this course. Each afternoon will consist of two sessions with a comfortable break in the middle and time for Q&amp;A. <br/><br/><strong>This is an In-Person course only, and will not be on line.</strong><br/><br/></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:52:59 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-03 The Eight Verses of Mind Training - in-person and online https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-verses-of-mind-training-in-person-and-online/?date=2022-09-10 <p>The Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind on the Mahayana path. It was composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa. (1054-1123)<br/><br/>The function of mind training practice is the reorientation and transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.<br/><br/>Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourselves at the expense of others. However, mind training teaches us to reverse this process, viewing others as friends, and recognizing that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.<br/><br/>As we practice the lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace a wholesome and compassionate attitude. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated self importance, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind. A handout of the text itself will be provided. <br/><br/>We ask participants to attend all the sessions if booking for this course.<br/><br/>The course will be in-person and online.</p> Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:32:53 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-eight-verses-of-mind-training-in-person-and-online/?date=2022-09-10 Simply Meditation - with Lama Zangmo - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-11 <h3>From 16 July 2022 we will open this session all day for your silent meditation practice.</h3> <p>This is an opportunity to spend time in silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and 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 silent meditation, focusing on the breath, and walking meditation.  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, although Lama Zangmo might give brief instructions.</p> <h5>Sessions are open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish, however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">T<span style="font-size: 1.1em; text-decoration-line: underline;">he only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></span></h5> <h4><strong>Schedule</strong></h4> <h5>Morning Schedule</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>9.30am - 10.30am - Shinay Meditation </li> <li>10.30am - 11.00am - Break</li> </ul><ul><li>11.00am - 12.30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>12:30pm - 2pm - Lunch Break</strong></li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Saturday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> <li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.45pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Sunday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.15pm Light offering in the courtyard</li> <li>4.15pm - 5pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><p align="center"><br/>*People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="https://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:05:00 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-11 The Ngondro Practice of Prostrations and Refuge - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-ngondro-practice-of-prostrations-and-refuge-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-18 <h4>This is a two-part course over two Sunday afternoons, Sunday 18th September and Sunday 2nd October 2022. This is an in-person only course.</h4> <p>Join Lama Zangmo to learn about the Ngondro, a practice text by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, consisting of the four ordinary foundations and the four special foundations.<br/> <br/><strong>The four Ordinary Foundations</strong> are contemplations on the four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma, namely the preciousness of human life, impermanence, karma, cause and effects, and the sufferings of samsara.<br/> <br/><strong>The four Special Foundations</strong> are purification and accumulation practices and are: prostrations, recitations of the Dorje Sempa hundred syllable mantra, mandala offerings and guru yoga practice.<br/> <br/><strong>The function of the prostrations</strong> is to deepen our sense of refuge in the Three Jewels and take root in the Lineage, and help us appreciate the importance of Dharma practice. It is a method of purification of obscurations and accumulation of merit.</p> <p>Lama Zangmo will give instructions on how to start the first of the special foundations, the refuge and prostrations.</p> <h4><strong>This course is suitable for those who have taken REFUGE and who wish to start the practice of performing one hundred thousand prostrations.</strong></h4> <p><strong>For any questions about whether to join this course</strong>, please contact the office or make an appointment to speak to Lama Zangmo.</p> <p>You will need to bring a Ngondro text to the teachings. (available from the shop).<br/><br/>The instructions will be followed up with an afternoon of prostrations on Sun 2 October from 2-5pm  in order to get started properly on the practice.</p> <p>If there is enough interest we will also add a monthly Ngondro group  practice day to the programme. <br/><br/>For those who wish to start prostrations for the first time, it is best to attend both those dates. This course will be In-Person only.</p> <p> </p> Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:47:17 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-ngondro-practice-of-prostrations-and-refuge-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-18 The Great Big Green Sunday - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-great-big-green-sunday-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-25 <p class="btn">This year we will celebrate the Great Big Green Week at Kagyu Samye Dzong London with speakers from a variety of organisations.</p> <p>We have been fortunate to organise this event in conjunction with SFI, <a href="https://www.sfitogether.org/about/" target="_blank">Strengthening Faith Institutions</a> who have also created a Sustainable Sanctuaries handbook with tips on how to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly Place of Worship. <br/><br/><strong>This event is in-person only.</strong></p> <h4><strong>Programme<br/></strong></h4> <table style="width: 750px;" cellspacing="20" cellpadding="5" border="0" align="left"><tbody><tr><td style="width: 100px;">10.00</td> <td><strong>Arrival of Participants</strong><br/><br/>On arrival, participants can scan a QR code which will take them to a linktree site. This will give them access to resources incl., the Sustainable Sanctuaries Handbook, a link to find their nearest Friends of the Earth local group and a sign-up sheet to become a volunteer at the centre etc.<br/><br/></td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">11:15-11:30</td> <td><strong>Opening Speeches:</strong><br/>                <br/>Lama Zangmo, KSDL &amp; Meghan Taylor, Strengthening Faith Institutions <br/><br/></td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">11:30-12:15</td> <td><strong>First batch of talks:</strong><br/><br/>Rehena Harilall, from ‘Buddhists Across Traditions’<br/><br/>Representative from Friends of the Earth <br/>                <br/>Rabbi Dr Natan Levy, Author of ‘Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims’<br/><br/></td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">12:15-12:30</td> <td><strong>BREAK</strong></td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">12:30–13:15</td> <td> <strong>Workshop</strong>: How to go Plastic Free by Plastic Free Hackney (TBC)</td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">13:15–14:00</td> <td><strong>LUNCH</strong></td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">14:00–14:45</td> <td> <strong>Second batch of talks: </strong><br/><br/>Julie Hogarth, Practitioner Member from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment <br/><br/>Dr Stewart Yarlett, Faiths United Youth Network</td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">14:45–15:00</td> <td><strong>Closing remarks:</strong> Lama Zangmo &amp; Meghan Taylor</td> </tr><tr><td style="width: 100px;">15:00-15:15</td> <td> <strong>Light Offering</strong> for World Peace in the Courtyard.</td> </tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong><br/><br/></strong><br/><strong><br/></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Fri, 27 May 2022 18:07:05 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-great-big-green-sunday-in-person-only/?date=2022-09-25 Simply Meditation - with Lama Zangmo - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-09 <h3>From 16 July 2022 we will open this session all day for your silent meditation practice.</h3> <p>This is an opportunity to spend time in silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and 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 silent meditation, focusing on the breath, and walking meditation.  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, although Lama Zangmo might give brief instructions.</p> <h5>Sessions are open to all and there is <strong>no need to book in advance</strong>. Participants are welcome to join in as many sessions as they wish, however, <strong>once a session has started, it is not possible to join. </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">T<span style="font-size: 1.1em; text-decoration-line: underline;">he only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></span></h5> <h4><strong>Schedule</strong></h4> <h5>Morning Schedule</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>9.30am - 10.30am - Shinay Meditation </li> <li>10.30am - 11.00am - Break</li> </ul><ul><li>11.00am - 12.30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>12:30pm - 2pm - Lunch Break</strong></li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Saturday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> <li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.45pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><h5>Sunday Session afternoon timetable</h5> <ul><ul><ul><li>2.15pm - 3:30pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3.30pm - 4.00pm – Break</li> <li>4pm - 4.15pm Light offering in the courtyard</li> <li>4.15pm - 5pm (sitting and walking meditation)</li> </ul></ul></ul><p align="center"><br/>*People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <h6>Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless and those receiving the teachings practice generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the centre. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given, freely from the heart, in appreciation for receiving the precious instructions that can help better one’s life and the lives of others.</h6> <h6>Making a donation directly helps to provide all the necessary conditions for the study and practice of meditation and Buddhism, bringing teachers to teach and maintaining a spiritual community as well as contributing to the considerable expenses that are involved in running a centre. We are grateful for your support and hope to continue to provide a space of peace and calm dedicated to promoting world peace and good health of body and mind.</h6> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="https://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p> </p> Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:05:58 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-with-lama-zangmo-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-09 Inner Medicine - Meditation and working with pain and sickness - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/inner-medicine-meditation-and-working-with-pain-and-sickness-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-15 <p>In this talk, Gelong Thubten will explain the Buddhist approach to healing the mind during times of discomfort, pain and illness. We will explore how to transform our mental attitudes so we can use challenges as catalysts for the development of compassion and spiritual growth. <br/><br/>Sickness and pain are often the most difficult experiences in life, but for a meditator they can become helpful methods for training the mind and cultivating qualities of patience, tolerance and compassion. When we learn to view our pain with a more mindful and creative attitude, we can become courageous, as we free ourselves from some of our habits of resistance and fear.<br/><br/>This talk is not intended to replace medical treatment or advice, but simply to suggest how we can strengthen our minds when faced with life’s greatest challenges. </p> <p><strong>Gelong Thubten</strong> is a Buddhist monk, meditation instructor and author. He became a monk 29 years ago at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and served for many years as Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s attendant and secretary, as well as spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years long.<br/><br/>Thubten is director of Samye Dzong Scarborough and also helps with Samye Dzong centres in Cardiff and the Highlands. He is a trustee of the humanitarian aid charity ROKPA International. Thubten was one of the early pioneers of teaching meditation in universities, schools, global companies, hospitals, prisons and addiction rehabilitation centres. He lectures at Oxford University and for the United Nations, and trains medical students, doctors and nurses in meditation. He collaborated with Ruby Wax and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura on the book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ and his next book, ‘Handbook for Hard Times’, will be published in 2023.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:07:51 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/inner-medicine-meditation-and-working-with-pain-and-sickness-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-15 Energising one’s practice - how to improve enthusiasm for the path - in-person only https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/energising-ones-practice-how-to-improve-enthusiasm-for-the-path-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-16 <p>This talk will explain methods for improving our motivation for meditation practice, and how to strengthen our diligence. True diligence is not to view our practice as a task or a burden, but to approach it with a sense of joyful enthusiasm, born from a deeper understanding of the profound benefits of regular practice. <br/><br/>We will examine our motivation for practice - why we are meditating - and how to upgrade our intentions from simply looking for rest and relaxation, and instead a profound journey of compassion and path to liberation. <br/><br/>These talks are suitable for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, as well as beginners and more experienced practitioners of meditation and mindfulness. </p> <p><strong>Gelong Thubten</strong> is a Buddhist monk, meditation instructor and author. He became a monk 29 years ago at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and served for many years as Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s attendant and secretary, as well as spending over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years long.<br/><br/>Thubten is director of Samye Dzong Scarborough and also helps with Samye Dzong centres in Cardiff and the Highlands. He is a trustee of the humanitarian aid charity ROKPA International. Thubten was one of the early pioneers of teaching meditation in universities, schools, global companies, hospitals, prisons and addiction rehabilitation centres. He lectures at Oxford University and for the United Nations, and trains medical students, doctors and nurses in meditation. He collaborated with Ruby Wax and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura on the book ‘How to be Human’. Thubten is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book ‘A Monk’s Guide to Happiness’ and his next book, ‘Handbook for Hard Times’, will be published in 2023.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:13:33 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/energising-ones-practice-how-to-improve-enthusiasm-for-the-path-in-person-only/?date=2022-10-16 Melting Anxiety into Freedom - with Alistair Appleton - in-person and online https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/melting-anxiety-into-freedom-with-alistair-appleton-in-person-and-online/?date=2022-12-03 <p><strong>Anxiety is part-and-parcel of the human condition. But it should come in little sporadic sparks not in permanent firestorms.</strong> <br/><br/>Alistair has been working for many years to find sustainable ways to bring anxiety back into controllable measures. Using tips and tricks from yoga, pranayama, energy psychology and embodied meditation, he has put together the most up-to-date version of his Anxiety course. And they work - and he himself is testament to their power. His anxiety is so much less than ever before. <br/><br/><strong>The crucial thing is not to fight or to fear anxiety but to come into a relationship with it.</strong> You don't have to like those horrible feelings. But when we know what they mean and how we can metabolise them, then something opens up. <br/><br/><strong>Melting anxiety is a good description of these practices</strong>. Sure, we still get anxious but those flashes of fear and panic are more spaced-out and  - most importantly - we don't buy into the thinking that pours petrol on the fire. <br/><br/><strong>Spread over two days</strong> with plenty of practice time to integrate the techniques , this week will be focusing mainly on symptom reduction. <br/><br/>This will be first time Alistair is teaching at the beautiful London Samye Dzong centre in Bermondsey since the beginning of the lockdown in 2020. <br/><br/>And <strong>for those of you who might feel anxious about coming to London or feel the need to shield, we will also be offering a streamed version on Zoom for a reduced price</strong>. Please select either the in-person or online options when you book!</p> <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.mind-springs.org/event-details/melting-anxiety-into-freedom" target="_blank">Click here to book your place on this course through Alistair's website.</a></strong></span></h4> Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:37:54 +0100 https://london.samye.org/programme/all-events/melting-anxiety-into-freedom-with-alistair-appleton-in-person-and-online/?date=2022-12-03