A letter from Lama Zangmo
Posted on 25 Feb 2022
Happy Losar, Tibetan New Year. I hope you are in good health, and full of optimism for the year ahead and the coming spring and summer. We have been very fortunate to receive teachings from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, and from HE Tai Situ Rinpoche, as well as receiving precious advice and meditation instructions from our Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. It has been wonderful to join our Dharma brothers and sisters online for these events.
Many people have been asking when the centre is going to open for in-house courses again, so I would like to share the good news that Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be opening further very soon and we look forward to seeing many of our friends back in the centre for courses again.
We started opening for weekly visits in September last year, and we now plan to gradually increase our activities over this coming spring and summer, according to the situation and to our capabilities. After almost 2 years of closure it is likely going to take a little time to get back to normal again, but we feel positive about it and hope you do too.
As a start, from 5th March we will be opening for in-house courses on Saturday afternoons. You will be able to join the new courses in person, and we will still continue to stream them live online for those people who are unable to come to the centre. We will also continue to be open on Weds afternoons for meditation.
From 5th March our Tea Room will also be open on Weds and Sat afternoons, and we will have some surprises for you.
When the days get longer and lighter, we will open up for the weekly Medicine Buddha puja and Chenrezig puja, where we dedicate prayers especially for those who are ill and those who have died. Meanwhile we will continue to strem the prayers online.
During this long period of closure, we have had cases of covid within Kagyu Samye Dzong London several times. Fortunately, everyone affected recovered well, but seeing how serious it can be for some, and how quickly it can spread within the community, we have been, and continue to be, cautious in our approach.
We therefore ask everyone who visit the centre in the future to please be mindful of others. Please follow government recommendations, and when appropriate please wear a facecovering, especially if in crowded, enclosed spaces.
We look forward to starting this new chapter, and we hope to see many of you again soon.
With all good wishes