February 2014 Newsletter

Posted on 13 Feb 2014


February 2014 Newsletter
 
 
Shrine roomKagyu Samye
 
Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Dear Friend,

 

Welcome to the February Newsletter. 

Contents
 
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

  • The Jewel Ornament of Liberation classes which were due to restart this month have been cancelled. Lama Zangmo is focusing on developing a new programme which will commence in April, including a new class on Thursday evenings.
  • Shinay Meditation Retreat - at Spa Road from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th February, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm each day. You are welcome to attend as much, or as little as you are able. 
  • Mahakala Puja - on Friday 28th February, from 2.00-4.00 pm at Spa Road the Samye Dzong sangha will engage in the annual Protector (Mahakala ) prayers, to dispel obstacles accumulated in the past year, an unexpectedly difficult one for many of us.  
  • For Losar, the Tibetan New Year of the Wood Horse, the weekend of the 1st and 2nd March will give all who attend the chance to help launch the next chapter of life in the best way possible, see the full programme on the website.     
  • Our Centre at Manor Place has an active programme with introduction to meditation classes, intermediate meditation and practice afternoons. Visit the website for full details of what's happening at Manor Place.   

 

 

The essence of all the teachings taught by the Buddha concern taming one's mind so it can return to its natural state of freedom.

 

Starting this Wednesday, 5th February, Lama Zangmo will teach a weekly class on the Seven Points of Mind Training. It is compiled in pithy points and slogans, and is one of the most well known, profound and traditional practices and text's to develop bodhicitta.

 

This is an ideal follow up course to the Beginners and Intermediate Meditation classes for those who would like to learn more about Buddhism and Buddhist Practices. 

 

The Seven Points of Mind Training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 5th February - 26th March, 7.00-8.30 pm. Suggested contribution £55. Go to the website to book your place now. The donate button is at the bottom of the page.   

Last year our wonderful building manager, Colin Panrucker, ran the Brighton Marathon in aid of charity. This year, inspired by Colin's example, three of Colin's friends are joining him in running the 2014 Brighton Marathon on Sunday 6th April to raise funds for 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 people as possible will be supporting the Rokpa Runners - Colin Panrucker, Ruo Wu, James Roe and Matt Jenkins. Just click on the name (or names) of those you'd like to sponsor to go to their page at JustGiving.com. It would be great if the amount they raise reflects the efforts they are putting in, not just running the marathon, but in the weeks and months of training leading up to it.

Thank you.

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The spiritual path is about transforming our mind, becoming better human beings who are able to benefit ourselves as well as others. On the path we need to understand what the five disturbing emotions are and learn how not to be overpowered by anger, jealousy, pride etc. so we can live happier, more fulfilling lives.
 
Lama Zangmo will be leading this weekend workshop at Spa Road on Saturday and Sunday 15th-16th February from 10.00-4.00 pm. Suggested contribution £55. Go to the website to book your place now
Many of us who follow the spiritual or the therapeutic path are used to putting other people first. Most of the worlds religious traditions encourage us to spurn selfishness and think about others but, just as the air stewardess reminds us to fasten our own oxygen masks before attempting to help the person next to us, we have to make sure that we know how to 'self-care' in a meaningful way.


Our inclination to be a 'carer' often has roots in our family life where we may have happily been the one who looked after everyone else and we may have become so used to ignoring ourselves that we feel guilty about turning to self-care. This course is designed to counter those tendencies to 'erase' our self and puts the argument that a strong and happy sense of self is essential before it can be meaningfully used in the world to help others.


Over the course of the weekend, Alistair Appleton and Kathy Osbourne will look at the obstacles to truely caring for ourselves and explore numerous techniques for ensuring our good health, well-being and satisfaction. Giving ourselves permission to put ourselves first can seem like a radical and even transgressive step but leads to a sense of fullness and energy that serves not only ourselves but all beings we come in contact with.

 

Self-care: a compassionate approach takes place at Spa Road on Saturday and Sunday, 8th-9th March, from 9.30-5.00 pm. Suggested contribution £90 (concessions £60). To book onto this course please visit the Mind-Springs website.

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.

 
FEBRUARY 2014

  

The Seven Points of Mind Training
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Wednesdays from 5th February - 26th March, 7.00-8.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £55

 

Shinay Meditation Retreat
at Spa Road
Friday 7th February to Sunday 9th February, 9.00-5.00 pm
It will be assumed that participants have already had some experience of meditation techniques. There will be no instructions during the retreat

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 8th February, 2.15-6.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Medicine Buddha Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 9th February, 7.00-8.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Transforming the Emotions into Wisdom
with Lama Zangmo at Spa Road
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th February, 10.00 - 4.00 pm
Suggested donation: £55

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 22nd February, 2.15-6.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 23rd February, 7.00-8.30 pm
All are welcome

 

Mahakala Puja
at Spa Road
Friday 28th February, 2.00-5.00 pm

  

MARCH 2014

 

Losar - Tibetan New Year
at Spa Road
Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd March, 9.30-5.00 pm

 

Beginners Meditation
with Bernard Morden at Spa Road
Wednesdays from 5th March - 23rd April, 7.00-8.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £60

 

Selfcare: a compassionate approach
with Alistair Appleton and Kathy Osbourne at Spa Road
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th March, 9.30 - 5.00 pm
Suggested contribution: £90 (concessions, £60)

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 8th March, 2.15-6.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Medicine Buddha Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 9th March, 7.00-8.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Introduction to Buddhism
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 15th March, 2.15-5.30 pm
Suggested contribution: £15

 

Simply Meditation Afternoon
with Gelong Trinley at Manor Place
Saturday 22nd March, 2.15-6.00 pm
All are welcome

 

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
at Spa Road
Sunday 30th March, 7.00-8.30 pm
All are welcome