All Events http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ Volunteer Day http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/volunteer-day/?date=2019-05-26 <p>Help us give Kagyu Samye Dzong London a good spring clean.</p> <p><span>Volunteers are welcome to practice some meditation in action and help spruce up the centre. Wear work clothes, please bring your own rubber gloves if you have any. Please arrive at either 9.30 am or 2 pm, Please only come if you can stay for the day, and <a href="mailto:ksdlondon@Samye.org">let us know in advance</a> if you are coming.</span></p> Sun, 24 Feb 2019 13:13:23 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/volunteer-day/?date=2019-05-26 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-26 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:46:35 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-05-26 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-05-26 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:37:14 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-05-26 The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-29 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will explain what it means to take refuge in the <strong>Three Jewels</strong>, the <strong>Buddha</strong>, <strong>Dharma</strong> and <strong>Sangha</strong>, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the <strong>fundamental principles in Buddhism</strong>.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]">visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> </strong> in July.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <span><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></span>.  </p> <p> Quote from a <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/" target="_blank">teaching on taking refuge</a></strong> by <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a> in Kagyu Samye ling:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism. </strong></p> <p><strong>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."  </strong></p> </blockquote> <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="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-05-29 The Life and Teachings of Milarepa a four week course with Lama Zangmo from 16th May http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-life-and-teachings-of-milarepa-a-four-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-16th-may/?date=2019-05-30 <h3><strong>The Life and Teachings of Milarepa</strong></h3> <p>Becoming familiar with the spiritual biographies of the <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=107]">Kagyu Lineage Masters</a></strong> is a source of great inspiration and show us that whatever our circumstances or lifestyle, we can also practice these teachings and tame our mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Milarepa</strong> </a>is one of the greatest yogis to have lived in Tibet, and his lifestory is known through his many <strong>Dohas</strong>, or <strong>spiritual songs of realisation</strong>, as can be found in the books, <strong>The Life of Milarepa,</strong> or the <strong>Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa</strong>. His lifestory in particular provides us with <strong>encouragement</strong> and <strong>inspiration</strong> to continue when we ourselves encounter difficulties on our spiritual path. </p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through some of these teachings which point out the <strong>essential qualities</strong> needed for a practitioner on the path of liberation.</p> <p>Suitable for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Kagyu Lineage and the teachings of Milarepa.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <hr/><p>During the annual visit of <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]"><strong>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a>, the Abott of Kagyu Samye Ling monastery, <strong>Ani Lhamo</strong> his assistant will be giving a talk on Milarepa and there will also be a Milarepa Tsok puja both taking place on Sunday the 7th of July. <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to see the programme of events for that weekend.</p> <hr/><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="http://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> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-life-and-teachings-of-milarepa-a-four-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-16th-may/?date=2019-05-30 Tapping into Freedom: Meditation and Energy Psychology with Alistair Appleton http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-06-01 <p>Energy psychology is the name given to therapeutic tapping techniques like EFT, AIT and EMDR. For example, EMDR is a NICE approved treatment for trauma. </p> <p>This Summer, Alistair Appleton is giving a weekend introduction to how these techniques work together with somatic meditation. For more than 10 years, Alistair has used tapping with his therapy clients to untie the knots of their bodily trauma. On a personal level, he also consistently used tapping along side his somatic meditation practice to unblock the path of meditative peace and open-heartedness. This June he is sharing these insights. </p> <p>What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover: </p> <ul><li>the background and history of energy psychology</li> <li>understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body</li> <li>the somatic foundation of tapping work</li> <li>the basic sequence of the tapping protocol </li> <li>opportunities and examples of use</li> <li>further practice and use</li> </ul><p>We begin at <strong>10am</strong> and end at <strong>5pm</strong> on both days.</p> <p>Book your place via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology/" target="_blank">Mind-Springs website</a>.</p> <div><span><em><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">T</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">his course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></span></em></span></div> Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:25:18 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/tapping-into-freedom-meditation-and-energy-psychology-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-06-01 The Root Verses on the Six Bardos with Lama Zangmo - from 2nd March http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-06-01 <h1 id="page-title">The Root Verses on the Six Bardos -</h1> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through this text by Karma Lingpa with teachings on impermanence, death and dying and on the intermediate states called Bardos, with a focus on putting the teachings into effective practice during this life. A copy of the text will be provided at the beginning of the course.</p> <p><strong>Karma Lingpa </strong>(1326–1386), who composed this short text on the Bardos, was born in southeast Tibet as the son of a great Vajrayana practitioner. At an early age Karma Lingpa engaged in esoteric practices and showed great signs of accomplishment. </p> <p>When he was fifteen years old, he discovered several terma texts on top of Mount Gampodar, including a collection of teachings entitled "<strong>Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones</strong>", which include the Bardo Thodrol, the so-called "<strong>Tibetan Book of the Dead</strong>".</p> <p>According to <strong>Chogyam Trungpa</strong>, Karma Lingpa was a Nyingma teacher, but all of his students belonged to the Kagyu school. His teachings were transmitted in the Surmang monasteries of the Trungpa-lineage, and from there also spread to the Nyingma school.</p> <h4><strong>Requirements for attendance:</strong></h4> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course is not for complete beginners to Buddhism</span></strong>. In order for the course to be of the most benefit, those attending are required to have taken refuge, or at the very least have the intention to take refuge when the next opportunity arises. </p> <p>The course will run over <strong>four Saturdays</strong>, on the first Saturday of each month. In order to attend it is essential to <strong>commit to coming to the full course</strong> of all four Saturdays. <strong>Unless you are able to come to all of it, we ask that you do not book for this course</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:10:33 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-root-verses-on-the-six-bardos-with-lama-zangmo-from-2nd-march/?date=2019-06-01 Simply Meditation Day http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-06-02 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It 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 <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is 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> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</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="http://www.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, 18 Nov 2018 11:14:06 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-06-02 The Meaning of Taking Refuge, with Lama Zangmo - a four week course from 15th May http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-06-05 <p>This course is one of a series of Wednesday evening courses for those who are new to meditation which focuses especially on the meaning of taking refuge and what it means to be a Buddhist.</p> <p><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong> will explain what it means to take refuge in the <strong>Three Jewels</strong>, the <strong>Buddha</strong>, <strong>Dharma</strong> and <strong>Sangha</strong>, and will introduce the refuge prayers used regularly in the Centre. She will also explain some of the <strong>fundamental principles in Buddhism</strong>.</p> <p>For those wishing to become Buddhists, there will be an opportunity to take refuge in a refuge ceremony during the <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]">visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</a> </strong> in July.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <span><strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong></span>.  </p> <p> Quote from a <strong><a href="http://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge/" target="_blank">teaching on taking refuge</a></strong> by <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=121]"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a> in Kagyu Samye ling:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>"Taking refuge in Buddhism does not mean that you have to shut yourself away from society. It is the opposite. It is about learning how you can lead a more useful life and how you can help to create a more positive society. You make a commitment to Buddhism in order to develop your own spiritual path so that you may be better able to help other people. You enter the path for both your own self-development and, at the same time, to learn how to help others. Taking refuge is more like a resolution to learn and deepen your understanding of how things are seen through the principles of Buddhism. </strong></p> <p><strong>I think taking refuge has great benefit because then you cannot be lazy; you cannot change your ideas all the time, "Today I like everything and everybody", and you go round like a ray of sunshine! The next day you think, "Today I am fed up with everything and everybody and cannot be bothered"! I think the fact that you have taken Refuge guides you and protects you from negative emotions, from feeling negative about experiences. I cannot promise that you will always be able to achieve it - but taking Refuge will channel your energy towards feeling positive, and I think that it will always be useful."  </strong></p> </blockquote> <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="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-meaning-of-taking-refuge-with-lama-zangmo-a-four-week-course-from-15th-may/?date=2019-06-05 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 6th June http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-06 <h1>Beginners meditation course</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-06 The Life and Teachings of Milarepa a four week course with Lama Zangmo from 16th May http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-life-and-teachings-of-milarepa-a-four-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-16th-may/?date=2019-06-06 <h3><strong>The Life and Teachings of Milarepa</strong></h3> <p>Becoming familiar with the spiritual biographies of the <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=107]">Kagyu Lineage Masters</a></strong> is a source of great inspiration and show us that whatever our circumstances or lifestyle, we can also practice these teachings and tame our mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=891]"><strong>Milarepa</strong> </a>is one of the greatest yogis to have lived in Tibet, and his lifestory is known through his many <strong>Dohas</strong>, or <strong>spiritual songs of realisation</strong>, as can be found in the books, <strong>The Life of Milarepa,</strong> or the <strong>Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa</strong>. His lifestory in particular provides us with <strong>encouragement</strong> and <strong>inspiration</strong> to continue when we ourselves encounter difficulties on our spiritual path. </p> <p>Lama Zangmo will go through some of these teachings which point out the <strong>essential qualities</strong> needed for a practitioner on the path of liberation.</p> <p>Suitable for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Kagyu Lineage and the teachings of Milarepa.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Thursday </strong>evening for 4 weeks from 19.00 and 20.30 and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>. <strong>Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course</strong>.</p> <hr/><p>During the annual visit of <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]"><strong>Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></a>, the Abott of Kagyu Samye Ling monastery, <strong>Ani Lhamo</strong> his assistant will be giving a talk on Milarepa and there will also be a Milarepa Tsok puja both taking place on Sunday the 7th of July. <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=1149]"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to see the programme of events for that weekend.</p> <hr/><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="http://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> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-life-and-teachings-of-milarepa-a-four-week-course-with-lama-zangmo-from-16th-may/?date=2019-06-06 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-06-09 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:46:52 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-06-09 Medicine Buddha Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-06-09 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:41:16 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-06-09 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 6th June http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-13 <h1>Beginners meditation course</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-13 Shinay Meditation http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-13 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:54:10 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-13 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 6th June http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-20 <h1>Beginners meditation course</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-20 Shinay Meditation http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-20 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:54:34 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-20 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-06-22 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><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="http://www.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, 18 Nov 2018 17:30:22 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-06-22 Simply Meditation Day http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-06-23 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It 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 <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is 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> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</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="http://www.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, 18 Nov 2018 11:14:33 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-06-23 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-06-23 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:47:11 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-06-23 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 6th June http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-27 <h1>Beginners meditation course</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly beginners meditation course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-6th-june/?date=2019-06-27 Shinay Meditation http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-27 <h1><span>Shinay meditation</span></h1> <p><span>is an opportunity to practice calm abiding (Shinay) </span>meditation with other meditators. As this is a group practice there will be no instuction or guidance given regarding meditation as this is purely a practice session. It is open to everyone and especially those who have already received meditation instructions.</p> <p>The session begins with a short prayer in Tibetan and ends with a short prayer as well. Prayers are available in the shrineroom should you wish to chant along</p> <p><strong>There is no need to book this in advance.</strong></p> <p>If you are interested in participitaing in a regular weekly group practice then we also do the same practice on <strong>Wednesday</strong> and <strong>Friday</strong> evenings from <strong>7pm</strong> to <strong>8pm</strong>. Check our <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=427]">weekly programme</a></strong> for more information.</p> <p><span> </span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:54:51 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/shinay-meditation-thufri-aug-dec/?date=2019-06-27 Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-June-Sept-Nov) http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-06-29 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 29th - 30th JUNE – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO  7th - 8th SEPTEMBER – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE 2nd - 3rd NOVEMBER– SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR 25th - 26th JANUARY – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVER</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £150 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:18:05 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-06-29 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-06-29 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 20:47:24 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-06-29 Recording of Teachings on the Nature of Reality by His Holiness the Dalai Lama http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-06-30 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and Sangha to listen to recordings of teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Realtiy.</p> <p>We listened to the first two of six parts on Saturday the 26th of January however it is still possible to come on one or both of the following days to continue listening to the rest of this teaching. </p> <p><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;"> </strong></p> <p><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Sunday 30th of June</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Morning session Part 3:</strong> 10am - 12pm</li> <li><strong>Afternoon session Part 4:</strong> 2pm - 4.30pm</li> </ul><p> </p> <h3><strong>Sunday 14th of July</strong></h3> <ul><li><strong>Morning session Part 5:</strong> 10am - 12pm</li> <li><strong>Afternoon session Part 6:</strong> 2pm - 4.30pm</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:12:49 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-06-30 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-06-30 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:37:32 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-06-30 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-04 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-04 Visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche/?date=2019-07-06 <h1>The Path of Joy and Wisdom through meditation</h1> <p>The Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling and spiritual director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London, Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, returns for his traditional annual visit to our centre.</p> <p><span>To all who have met him, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche is a <strong>living embodiment of the joy of practice</strong>, and he will be sharing the wisdom of his extensive experience in meditation during this three-day schedule. </span></p> <p>During the course of the weekend there will be a <strong>Refuge Ceremony </strong>for those who wish to become Buddhist. Please inform the office if you are planning on taking refuge.</p> <p>Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will offer teachings in his straightforward and heartfelt style on how to create the inner conditions for gratitude and joy. He will draw on his huge wealth of personal experience, and how he has managed to bring joy and meaning into his own life through the practice of meditation.</p> <p>Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will give instructions on how to meditate in a simple and effective way and talk about the importance of motivation and cultivating appreciation for everything and everyone in our lives.</p> <p>Ani Lhamo will talk about the Kagyu Lineage Masters as well as other topics. She will also give an explanation of the meaning of taking refuge.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The weekend will be suitable for all.</strong></span></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <h3><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">Schedule</strong></h3> <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-size: 1em;">Saturday 6th July - 10am to 5pm</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>10am</strong> - <strong>The Meaning of Taking Refuge</strong> with Ani Gelongma Lhamo</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Break</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>11.30am</strong> - <strong>Refuge Ceremony</strong> with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>12.30pm</strong> - Lunch break</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>2pm</strong> - <strong>Children's blessing</strong> with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche. (lasts half an hour) Children are encouraged to bring a drawing or little gift along to offer to Lama Yeshe.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>2.45pm</strong> - <strong>Reincarnation and the Importance of Lineage</strong> with Ani Gelongma Lhamo</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Break</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>4pm</strong> -<strong>The Path of Joy and Wisdom through Meditation</strong> with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>7pm</strong> - <strong>Chenrezig Puja</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"> </p> <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong>Sunday 7th July - 10am to 5pm</strong></h3> <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">8am </strong><span style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">- </span><strong style="font-size: 12px; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Green Tara puja</strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>10am </strong>- <strong>Women in Buddhism</strong> with Ani Gelongma Lhamo</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Break</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>11.30am</strong> - <strong>The Path of Joy and Wisdom through Meditation</strong> with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Lunch break</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>1.45pm</strong> - <strong>The Yogi Milarepa and the Practice Lineage</strong> with Ani Gelongma Lhamo</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Break</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>3.15pm </strong>-  <strong>Milarepa Tsok puja</strong> with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>7pm</strong> - <strong>Chenrezig Puja</strong></p> <h3><strong> </strong></h3> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Lamas/Lama-Yeshe/LamaYesheLivingDharma2ndEdCover-squared.jpg" alt="LamaYesheLivingDharma2ndEdCover squared" width="444" height="436"/></p> <h3><strong>About Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche</strong></h3> <p><strong>Chairman of Rokpa Trust</strong></p> <p><strong>Abbot and Retreat Master of Kagyu Samye Ling</strong></p> <p><strong>Executive Director of The Holy Isle Project</strong></p> <p><span>A Short Biography</span><br/><br/>Born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet, Lama Yeshe spent his formative years in education at Dolma Lhakang Monastery where his brother, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, was Abbot. After a harrowing six month journey escaping from Tibet as a teenager in 1959, Lama Yeshe arrived in India along with Akong Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a handful of other exhausted refugees. On leaving the Tibetan Refugee Camp he attended the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie and left in 1967 to serve as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.<br/><br/>In 1969 Lama Yeshe joined Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Scotland where they had founded Kagyu Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Europe, Five years later, having tasted and become disillusioned with modern Western culture, from the trappings of materialism to the false highs of sixties hippydom, he was reunited with H.H. Karmapa and accompanied him on a tour of the United States. At His Holiness's request Lama Yeshe and his friend Lama Tenzin Chonyi established and managed the Karma Triyana Dharmacakra Centre in Woodstock New York which is now H.H. Karmapa's main seat in the U.S.<br/><br/>In 1980 he took full ordination as a Gelong monk from His Holiness Karmapa, on the auspicious date of the anniversary of Lord Buddha's Nirvana and Parinirvana, at a ceremony attended by the most eminent Tibetan Lamas of the time. Following his ordination Lama Yeshe entered a strict, long-term solitary retreat under the guidance of the Abbot of Karma Triyana, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe Losal also received teachings from many of the highest Kagyu Lamas, including extensive instruction and initiations from his root guru H.H. the 16th Karmapa, and from The 12th Tai Situpa, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche.<br/><br/>Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche received transmission in Nepal from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche on the 49 day Bardo practice, that has to be accomplished in total solitude and darkness. He has since completed two more of these highly specialised retreats, once on Holy Isle and, more recently, at the Purelands retreat centre in Samye Ling. This rare accomplishment has made him one of the foremost meditation Masters alive today, about whom His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa recently said, "If you want to know about meditation, look no further than Lama Yeshe Losal."....<strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]">continue reading here</a></strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <h3><strong><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage600600-ani-lhamo4.jpg" alt="ani lhamo4" width="600" height="600"/>About Ani Lhamo</strong></h3> <p>Ani Lhamo is a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has completed a four year cloistered retreat, and is able to speak from her own experience on her path of meditation. She is the personal secretary of the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche,  and also assists him on his travels to the many branch centres. Her warmth and sense of humour makes her a popular speaker.</p> <p><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=122]"><strong> </strong></a></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="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p class="m_3544769307425248638m_6207248154957364060gmail-BasicParagraph"><span> </span></p> <p><span> </span></p> Sun, 30 Sep 2018 12:13:32 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/visit-of-choje-lama-yeshe-losal-rinpoche/?date=2019-07-06 Taming the Wild Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-10 <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more <strong>peaceful mind</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> and <strong>mindfulness</strong>, 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. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially <strong>suited for beginners</strong> who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 3 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</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="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-10 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-11 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-11 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-07-13 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:42:21 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-07-13 Recording of Teachings on the Nature of Reality by His Holiness the Dalai Lama http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-07-14 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and Sangha to listen to recordings of teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Realtiy.</p> <p>We listened to the first two of six parts on Saturday the 26th of January however it is still possible to come on one or both of the following days to continue listening to the rest of this teaching. </p> <p><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;"> </strong></p> <p><strong style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Sunday 30th of June</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Morning session Part 3:</strong> 10am - 12pm</li> <li><strong>Afternoon session Part 4:</strong> 2pm - 4.30pm</li> </ul><p> </p> <h3><strong>Sunday 14th of July</strong></h3> <ul><li><strong>Morning session Part 5:</strong> 10am - 12pm</li> <li><strong>Afternoon session Part 6:</strong> 2pm - 4.30pm</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:13:00 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/recording-of-teachings-on-the-nature-of-reality-by-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama/?date=2019-07-14 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-14 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:47:33 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-14 Medicine Buddha Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-07-14 <div class="body"> <p>Employing the skilful techniques of mantra and visualisation the <strong>Medicine Buddha</strong> practice is an effective way to balance the <strong>physical</strong>, <strong>mental</strong> and<strong> spiritual health of ourselves and others</strong>. It can be of great help to all practitioners and particularly those in the medical profession.</p> <p>The main motivation of the Medicine Buddha was to remove all suffering of beings in general, but especially to remove the physical and mental suffering caused through imbalance of the elements, which we know as physical and mental illness.</p> <p><strong>For those unfamiliar with the practice</strong> and who would like to know more, Lama Zangmo will be giving <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=719]">a day of instructions on the Medicine Buddha practice</a> on Sunday 10th June, 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:41:49 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/medicine-buddha-puja/?date=2019-07-14 Taming the Wild Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-17 <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more <strong>peaceful mind</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> and <strong>mindfulness</strong>, 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. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially <strong>suited for beginners</strong> who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 3 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</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="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-17 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-18 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-18 The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo from the 16th of March REGISTRATION CLOSED http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-07-20 <h1>The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva</h1> <p>Is a text by Gyalse Thogme which beautifully portrays the central Mahayana teachings on loving kindness and compassion together with their cultivation through the practice of these 37 verses of advice.</p> <p>Although the root text was composed in the thirteenth century, it remains highly relevant today due to its <strong>down-to-earth instructions</strong> and straight forward approach. It summarises the <strong>Mahayana path</strong> in a way that has made it a dear treasure to spiritual practitioners throughout the centuries.</p> <p>The latter verses in the text encourage us to see all phenomena as illusion and to understand their empty nature. They also explain <strong>how to bring painful circumstances onto the path through the force of compassion and insight</strong>.Thus the aspiring bodhisattva trains to be able to skillfully remain in the midst of the most challenging situations by means of the power of insight united with compassion.</p> <p>This is an <strong>ongoing course</strong> running till the end of the year and is a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to engage deeply in the buddhist teachings. Participants will gain more understanding of the dharma, and will be given a <strong>regular daily meditation practice</strong> each month. </p> <p><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=120]"><strong>Lama Zangmo</strong></a> will go through the text monthly, mostly on the third Saturday of each month, <strong>but please note the exact dates</strong>. She will explain the meaning of the text in detail and give meditation instructions to be practiced between each teaching.</p> <p><strong>It is a requirement to commit to attend all  of the monthly classes</strong><span>. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.</span></p> <h5> <strong>Following dates:</strong></h5> <ul><li>April 20</li> <li>May 18 </li> <li>June 22 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>July 20</li> <li>Sept 28 (note that this is not the third Saturday of the month)</li> <li>Oct 19</li> <li>Nov 16</li> </ul><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="http://www.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, 18 Nov 2018 17:30:41 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-thirty-seven-practices-of-a-bodhisattva-with-lama-zangmo-from-the-16th-of-march/?date=2019-07-20 Simply Meditation Day http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-07-21 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It 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 <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is 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> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</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="http://www.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, 18 Nov 2018 11:14:56 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-07-21 Taming the Wild Mind - with Lama Zangmo http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-24 <p>Calm abiding meditation (Shamatha/Shinay) is accomplished through the development of <strong>mindfulness</strong>, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more <strong>peaceful mind</strong>.</p> <p><strong>Meditation</strong> and <strong>mindfulness</strong>, 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. A regular meditation practice can bring a greater sense of inner peace and calm an overactive mind.</p> <p>This course is especially <strong>suited for beginners</strong> who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and those who wish to learn how to continue and take their meditation practice further in order to attain long term stability.</p> <p>This is a weekly course taking place every <strong>Wednesday</strong> evening for<strong> 3 weeks</strong> from <strong>19.00</strong> and <strong>20.30</strong> and it is a <strong>requirement to commit to attend all four classes</strong>.</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="http://london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/taming-the-mind-with-lama-zangmo/?date=2019-07-24 Beginners Meditation with Bernard Mordan - a 4 week course from 4th July with Bernard Mordan http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-25 <h1>Beginners meditation course -</h1> <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly <strong>beginners meditation </strong>course taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-meditation-with-bernard-mordan-a-4-week-course-from-4th-july-with-bernard-mordan/?date=2019-07-25 The Four Immeasurables - Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity with Clive Holmes http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-immeasurable-loving-kindness-compassion-joy-and-equanimity-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-07-27 <p><span>The Buddha taught that better than living in a palace was to live within </span>the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. They do not have to be artificially created but can be discovered in our meditation practice, in our daily lives.</p> <p>This course will be experience based with a <strong>meditation exercise</strong> given for each. There will also be some teachings on self-compassion since in the West we often suffer unnecessarily from a lack of self-acceptance and a lack of self-respect!</p> <p>The four limitless meditation prayer is used widely and an explanation will be given into how it works. The course is suitable for beginners and those advanced alike.</p> <p>Please bring an open mind and a willingness to think, “outside the box!”</p> <h6><strong>“The mind is like a parachute-it works best when it is open.”</strong></h6> <hr/><p><span> </span><strong style="color: #224d72; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em;">About Clive Holmes</strong></p> <p><strong>Clive Holmes</strong> 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.</p> <p>He is co-editor of the books "<strong>Taming the Tige</strong><strong>r</strong>" and "<strong>Restoring the Balance</strong>" by <a href="http://www.london.samye.org/about-us/teachers/dr.-choje-akong-tulku-rinpoche/"><strong>Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche</strong></a>. He has a degree in western philosophy, an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.</p> <hr/><blockquote> <h3><strong><br/>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="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage232150-Website-Kindlink-donation-button3.JPG" alt="Website Kindlink donation button3" width="232" height="150"/></a></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:57:57 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/the-four-immeasurable-loving-kindness-compassion-joy-and-equanimity-with-clive-holmes/?date=2019-07-27 Beginners Tibetan Language Class with Tenzin Choephel http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-28 <p>This beginners Tibetan class will focus mainly on learning the Tibetan alphabet, basic reading skills, basic grammar and vocabulary and after having completed this course one will be able to read the Tibetan script, know some vocabulary and basic grammar skills.  </p> <p>The class will follow a Tibetan Language textbook called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which was created by Tenzin Choephel the teacher of this class. This textbook will be an introduction to modern colloquial Tibetan where the lessons and excercises will be based on everyday situations that the speaker will encounter in real life. </p> <p>This class will take place on the <strong>2nd</strong> and <strong>4th</strong> <strong>Sunday</strong> from <strong>March</strong> to <strong>July</strong> from<strong> 4.30pm</strong> to<strong> 6.30pm</strong>.</p> <p>It is a requirement to pay for this course in advance and the cost for all 10 classes is <strong>£160</strong>. This will mainly cover Tenzin's fee and travel expenses as he will be travelling back and forth from Oxford which is a four hour round trip. </p> <p>The textbook for this course can be purchased from the shop. It costs <strong>£25</strong>. You will need a textbook to take part in the course.</p> <p>There will need to be a <strong>minimum of 10 people</strong> for the class to take place. If by <strong>Sunday</strong> the <strong>17th</strong> of <strong>February</strong> we have less then 10 people booked <strong>this course will not go ahead</strong> so it is essential that you book for this course as soon as possible.</p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="http://www.london.samye.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/resizedimage350350-Tenzin-Choephel.JPG" alt="Tenzin Choephel" width="350" height="350"/></p> <h3><strong>About Tenzin Choephel</strong></h3> <p><strong>Tenzin Choephel</strong> was born and raised in Tibet and then subsequently traveled to India to receive further education. In total Tenzin spent ten years of his life as a Buddhist monk which gave him the opportunity to study the Buddhist philosophy deeply. </p> <p>He received a <strong>BA in Buddhist studies</strong> from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a <strong>BA in Tibetan Studies</strong> from the College for Higher Tibetan studies. Tenzin's goal at present is to preserve the beautiful Tibetan Language by teaching the language to others.</p> <p>Tenzin was a <strong>Tibetan History and Culture Teacher</strong> at the College for Higher Tibetan Sutdies and also spent two years designing and delivering the Tibetan Language class at Thosamling Institue in India. He has also composed a Tibetan Language book called the <a href="https://photos.app.goo.gl/MyMAEa89LhFj1CMT9" target="_blank"><strong>Manual of Authentic Tibetan</strong></a> which is what he uses as a basis for delivering his Tibetan Language classes at present.</p> <p>At present he is currently studying for a Masters degree in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies at the University of Oxford.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p> </p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:47:50 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/beginners-tibetan-language-class-with-tenzin-choephel/?date=2019-07-28 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-07-28 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:20:18 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-07-28 Summer Closure http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2019-07-29 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"><span>The centre will close at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369086"><span class="aQJ">9pm</span></span> on <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369087"><span class="aQJ">Sunday 28th July </span></span>after the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja a</span><span>nd will reopen at </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369088"><span class="aQJ">2pm</span></span><span> on </span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_238369089"><span class="aQJ">Wednesday 21st August</span></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="center"> </p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:52:21 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/summer-closure/?date=2019-07-29 Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-08-25 <div class="body"> <p>Guru Rinpoche is the guiding power which emanates from pure mind, anywhere in time and space: the universal teacher. The dialogue between disciple and guru is really the age-old interplay of illusion and truth, darkness and light, the relative and the ultimate. Guru Rinpoche is the archetypal perfect teacher: a role model.</p> <p>Join the KSDL Sangha for the monthly Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja which is said to help overcome external and environmental obstacles and inner mental obstacles. Please bring food as an offering for the Tsok.</p> </div> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 13:37:54 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/guru-rinpoche-tsok-puja/?date=2019-08-25 Worried Minds, Peaceful Bodies: working with anxiety and panic - with Alistair Appleton http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-08-31 <h2>'The importance of working with anxiety and panic' </h2> <p>So many modern people live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We might be conscious of it: in panic attacks, anxious moods, obsessive worry or phobias. Or we might be unconscious of it: compulsive busyness, addictions, self-criticism or grandiosity. Anxiety and the avoidance of anxiety is at the root of a whole host of mental disturbances. But shockingly, few of us know sensible ways of working with anxiety and panic. </p> <h2>Effective embodied tools that work</h2> <p>For millenia, Buddhist practitioners have known that the source of all this anxiety is the thinking mind. Our bodies are naturally programmed to feel fear and panic – and these are healthy things. But our thinking minds can imagine endless triggers for these bodily states and so we get trapped in cycles of chronic anxiety. </p> <p>For more than 6 years, <strong><a href="http://www.london.samye.org/[sitetree_link,id=283]">Alistair Appleton</a></strong> has been teaching and researching this topic and looking at the best ways of working with anxiety and panic.   This weekend is an introduction to his<a href="https://mind-springs.org/blog/somatic-meditation/"> </a>‘somatic’ approach to anxiety. </p> <h2>During the weekend we will explore: </h2> <ul><li>the neurobiological overview of how stress and anxiety work </li> <li>an exploration of the difference between FEAR and PANIC in the body</li> <li>the modern understanding of the vagus nerve and polyvagal theory</li> <li>ways to release anxious tension in the body and connect with the Earth</li> <li>simple but effective exercises to bring us out of flight-and-fight and collapse</li> <li>on-going meditations to condition our autonomic nervous system away from anxiety</li> </ul><h2>What you can expect on a Mindsprings weekend course</h2> <ul><li>We aim to provide a safe, friendly and tolerant space to explore the benefits of body-based meditation</li> <li>There’s a good mix of teaching, experiential practice, and discussion. Talking helps make sure we’ve got it.</li> <li>Some practices are done lying down, some sitting up. Weather permitting, we may work outside too.</li> <li>Alistair’s training as a therapist is always available for one-on-one support when things arise during practice</li> <li>We start at 10am and finish at 5pm each day – with an hour’s break for lunch and some tea/pee breaks</li> <li>You’ll receive electronic notes and a recording of the teaching and guided meditation after the course.</li> <li>After the weekend, we will try and keep the group together online and with email updates</li> </ul><h2>How to book and financial support</h2> <p>Mindsprings tries to offer good quality instruction at a reasonable cost. We offer a concessionary rate to anyone who is struggling financially, to students and to the unemployed. We never want to turn someone away because they can’t pay. However, the full-price tickets help subsidise these cheaper places, so we ask people to use their discernment when buying a concession.</p> <p><strong>Please book your place on this course via the <a href="https://mind-springs.org/courses/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic/" target="_blank">Mindsprings website.</a></strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></p> Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:49:33 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/worried-minds-peaceful-bodies-working-with-anxiety-and-panic-with-alistair-appleton/?date=2019-08-31 Ngondro Prostration Practice Day with KSDL Sangha http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-08-31 <p>Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practing the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Lama Zangmo will give some time to clarify any doubts regarding the practice and there will also be time for group practice.<strong> No instructions</strong> in this practice will be given.</p> <p>This day is <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>only for people</strong></span> who have already <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>received the practice instructions</strong></span>  and have already contemplated the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>4 Ordinary Foundations</strong></span>. </p> <p><span style="color: #e08b36; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 1.6em;">Schedule for the Day:</span></p> <ul><li> <h6>10:00 - 11:00: Session with Lama Zangmo</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:00 - 11:30: Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>11:30 - 12:30: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> <li> <h6>12:30 - 13:45: Lunch Break</h6> </li> <li> <h6>13:45 - 15:00: Prostration Practice session</h6> </li> </ul><p> </p> Sat, 25 May 2019 14:42:46 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/ngondro-prostration-practice-day-with-ksdl-sangha/?date=2019-08-31 Simply Meditation Day http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-01 <h1>Simply Meditation Day</h1> <p>Is an opportunity to come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice. This is a chance to get together with fellow practitioners and gain greater depth in the experience of meditation. It 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 <strong>silent sitting meditation</strong> and <strong>walking meditation</strong>  It will be assumed that participants have already had some instructions, such as having attended Introduction to Meditation or other courses.</p> <p>The Sangha will lead the practice, signalling the beginning and end of each session. There will be no instructions during the retreat but in the breaks participants will be able to ask questions related to the practice.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">This practice is 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> therefore the only requirement is to arrive before the start of a session.</span></p> <h5>Participants are always welcome to bring offerings of flowers for the shrine as part of meritorious activity.</h5> <hr/><h4> <strong>Sessions Schedule</strong></h4> <ul><li><strong>9.30 am - 10.30 am</strong> - Shinay Meditation</li> <li><strong>10.30 am - 11.00 am</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>12.30 pm - 2.00 pm</strong> - Lunch Break</li> <li><strong> 2.00 pm - 3:00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation, 25 min Sitting)</li> <li><strong>3.00 pm - 3.30 pm</strong> - Break</li> <li><strong>3.30 pm - 5.00 pm</strong> (25 min Sitting, 10 min Walking meditation 25 min Sitting, 15 min Walking Meditation, 20 min Sitting)</li> </ul><p style="text-align: left;"><br/> *People are welcome to join for any or all of the sessions.*</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="http://www.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, 25 Nov 2018 15:31:01 +0000 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/simply-meditation-day/?date=2019-09-01 Beginners Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 5th September http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-05 <p>Meditation is essentially the practice of paying attention to what we are doing while we are doing it, whatever this may be. In the Buddhist tradition, this type of attention is called mindfulness.</p> <p>Meditation is practiced using simple methods of focusing and stabilising our minds as well as developing acceptance and non-preference while letting thought come and go. Modern life can be stressful and busy. Most of the time we are carried along by the force of emotions, habits and conditioning and end up feeling tired and stressed by everyday life. Practicing meditation can change this. Meditation can help bring about a natural sense of peace and well-being that can extend to every aspect of our lives. People who meditate regularly develop tools to handle the ups and downs of daily life with more clarity and ease and become able relate to others with more understanding and tolerance.</p> <p>This is a weekly course for beginners taking place every Thursday evening for 4 weeks between 19.00 and 20.30. It will include posture, relaxation, breathing and other meditation essentials.</p> <h2><strong>Important Information</strong></h2> <p><strong>This “Introduction to Meditation” course has limited spaces. Our courses tend to fill up quickly, so booking a place in advance is absolutely necessary. We can only guarantee admission to those with a confirmed booking.</strong></p> <p><strong>We ask that people booking for this course commit to attend all the scheduled classes. If you are unable to commit to full attendance, please do not reserve a place which could have be given to someone else.  </strong></p> <blockquote> <h3><strong>Making Donations</strong></h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://donate.kindlink.com/kagyu-samye-dzong-london-tibetan-buddhist-centre/824" target="_blank"><img class="left" title="" src="http://www.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> <p> </p> http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/introduction-to-meditation-a-4-week-course-with-bernard-mordan-from-5th-september/?date=2019-09-05 Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (May-June-Sept-Nov) http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-09-07 <p>This course is an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners and for those who already have a Mindfulness practice. Participants will be taught progressive skills in Mindfulness through presentations, guided practice and smaller group sessions. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning, and for this reason there are home assignments between weekends that include regular mindfulness practice, daily life exercises and journal writing.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND ONE 29th - 30th JUNE – START WHERE YOU ARE</strong></h4> <p>Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgmental and kind. We are initiated into this graduated process through the core sitting practice of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice bodyscan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for selfcompassion.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND TWO  7th - 8th SEPTEMBER – NOTICING DISTRACTION</strong></h4> <p>Having had the opportunity to practice settling, grounding, resting and support on a daily basis since Weekend One, we are now in a position to become more familiar with how the mind moves and the unique pathways of habit it follows. We become increasingly familiar with the changing dynamic of mindfulness and distraction, and begin to see how distraction reveals an inner world of habitual patterning that ensnares our energies. We also begin to recognise attitudes of preference - like and dislike - and see how they narrow and contract our awareness, imprisoning us. In this context we learn to be able to see the difference between habitual reactions driven by conditioning and informed choices based on intelligent discernment.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND THREE 2nd - 3rd NOVEMBER– SELF-ACCEPTANCE</strong></h4> <p>Throughout our training we are working in two areas - redirecting our attention to the present moment by using a mindfulness support, while at the same time learning to accept the diverse range of our inner experience. Part of mindfulness practice is learning to work with strong emotions that arise and developing the capacity to 'hold' difficult experiences within body and mind. Identifying our reactive patterns of preference reveals how working on attitude is all important, and so, through training in acceptance we learn to acknowledge and come to terms with difficult thoughts and emotions by paying them close attention with a kind and inclusive attitude. This leads to a gradual dis-identification with the contents of our experience and shift in perspective in which we come to see that we are not our thoughts.</p> <h4><strong>WEEKEND FOUR 25th - 26th JANUARY – UNDERCURRENT AND OBSERVER</strong></h4> <p>During this module we bring together all the themes from the previous three modules and help participants set up an ongoing mindfulness practice for going forward in their lives. At this point we explore the model of 'undercurrent and observer' as a way of mapping out the inner landscape of our mind and identifying where change can take place. The 'undercurrent' refers to the continuous stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and images that stream through our mind moment by moment, whether we like it or not. The 'observer' refers to that part of our mind that sees the undercurrent and has the capacity to reflect on itself. As our practice deepens we learn to step out of the undercurrent and simply leave it alone. Instead, we focus on working with the attitudes of preference in our observer as this is where genuine change can take place.</p> <p>After completing the frist weekend you will be contacted directly by the Mindfulness Association in regards to joinging the last three weekends of the training. It is expected that you will complete all three weekends of training in the location of your choice to minimise disruption to the group going through the training. If you cannot attend all of the last three weekends it may be possible in certain circumstances for one of the weekends to be attended at a different time or location for an administration fee of £25 per weekend (if this applies to you then please contact <a href="mailto:info@mindfulnessassociation.net">info@mindfulnessassociation.net</a>). It is also expected that you will attend the whole of each weekend, although exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances by contacting your course tutor.</p> <p>All courses must be booked two weeks prior to the start date.</p> <p><strong>The cost is £150 for each weekend.</strong></p> <p><span><em><span>This course on offer is not being offered by Kagyu Samye Dzong London but by the course leaders personally.   Kagyu Samye Dzong London is not responsible for what takes place in the class and accepts no liability in respect thereof.</span></em></span></p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:19:14 +0100 http://www.london.samye.org/programme/all-events/mindfulness-association-level-one-mindfulness-training-being-present-may-june-sept-nov/?date=2019-09-07