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June 2016 Newsletter

Posted on 1 Jun 2016

June 2016 Newsletter
June 2016



Monthly newsletter
Dear Lama  
Welcome to the June Newseltter. And what a few weeks we have ahead of us, with Lama Yeshe teaching here on the last weeked of June and Ringu Tulku teaching here on the first week of July.  You wait months to see a great Tibetan teacher and then two come along at once! 
Kagyu Samye Dzong aims to provide a place of peace and tranquility for all in central London, with the shrine room available for individuals to come and sit during the day.  For full details of the Centre, including the programme of evening meditations and forthcoming events, visit the website.
News in Brief
    • June Closure-
      The Samye Dzong London Sangha and many of the resident volunteers will be travelling to Paris to receive teachings from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.  The Centre will therefore close at 9.00 pm this coming Thursday 2nd June and will not re-open until Wednesday 8th June. This means the following weekly practices won't be taking place:
      Friday 3rd - Shinay Meditation
      Saturday 4th - Chenrezik Puja
      Sunday 5th - Green Tara and Chenrezik Pujas
      Any classes held in our workshop rooms will not be affected and will take place as planned.
    • Amitabha Practice days - The Amitabha Practice day scheduled for Sunday 5th June has been moved to Saturday 11th June as the Sangha will be attending the Karmapa's teachings in Paris. For all the Amitabha Practice days, you are welcome to attend as many (or few) of the sessions as you can.
    • Volunteer day Sun 12th June - It would be great to have a lovely clean Centre to welcome Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche...which of course means we need help with the cleaning!  We would really appreciate any help you can offer on Sunday 12th June. Please let us know in advance if you can come, and please arrive either at 9.30am or 1.30pm.
    • Raffle tickets in support of the Circle of Nourishment are now for sale from the office.  Please buy lots of them and help sell them if you can. 1st Prize is a large, beautiful thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha, framed in brocade. There are other great prizes too! Tickets are £2 each. The winning tickets will be drawn by Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche during the Courtyard Fundraising Party on Friday 24th June.
    • Skills Auction - If you would like to offer your time and skills for the Skills Auction on 24th June, all in aid of the Circle of Nourishment, please get in touch with the office.
    • SUMMER CLOSURE - The Centre will be taking its annual summer break starting when we close at 9.00 pm on Sunday 24th July until we reopen on Wednesday 17th August at the usual time. 
Over the weekend of 24th-25th-26th June we are delighted to welcome our precious Abbott Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, who has a full programme with teachings on Joyful Living Through Meditation, assisted by Ani Lhamo. 

Those of you who have attended Lama Yeshe's teachings before will know how busy things can get.  To make life easier for all you are encouraged to book your place for the weekend using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche teaches through his experience of many years spent in solitary retreat, and gives meditation instructions and practical advice on how to integrate the teachings into everyday life. 


Friday 24th June - 7.00 - 9.00 pm 
Courtyard Fundraising Party in aid of the Circle of Nourishment
Be prepared to enjoy live music, excellent food, not to mention the thrill of our exciting auctions. 
Saturday 25th June

10.00 - 11.00 am  Appreciation as a Way of Life with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

11.30 - 12.30 pm  The Importance of Lineage with Ani Lhamo

Lunch break - 12.30 - 2.00 pm

2.00 - 3.00pm  The Meaning of Refuge and the Benefits of Precepts with Ani Lhamo

3.30 - 4.30 pm Refuge Ceremony with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche 
If you want to formally become Buddhist by taking refuge, please let the office know in advance. During the ceremony everyone presents an offering and a white kata (scarf). There will also be an opportunity to take precepts at this time. Everything will be explained beforehand in Ani Lhamo's talk.  

7.00 - 8.00 pm 
Chenrezig puja   
Sunday 26th June

Birthday Celebration for His Holiness Karmapa during which there will be an opportunity for everyone to come up and offer a Kata to the throne of His Holiness.
We have made some changes to this morning's programme, please see the updated programme below.

10.30 - 12.00 pm   Offerings to the Sixteen Elders (Neten Chagchod,) Aspiration Prayers and Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja attended by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and Venerable Master Hai Tao. These prayers will be dedicated to the long life, good health and continuing activity of  His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje on his birthday, as well as celebrating the Anniversary of Samye Dzong London. Everyone will be invited to offer a kata to the throne of His Holiness. Offerings of fruit, flowers, nuts, snacks etc are welcome for the tsok puja.

Lunch Break - 12.00 - 2.15 pm

2.15 - 2.45 pm Children's Blessing with Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche (babies, children and young people of any age are welcome for this).

3.30 - 4.30 pm Joyful Living through Meditation with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

7.00 - 8.00 pm 
Chenrezig Puja (There will be no Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja this month)

The full programme for Joyful Living Through Meditation with Lama Yeshe (24th-25th June) is now available on the website. Due to the numbers of people expected to attend we suggest that you book in advance.  Donations for the weekend can be made using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.  
We are very pleased to welcome Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to teach again at Kagyu Samye Dzong London on the weekend of the 2nd-3rd July.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher of the Kagyu Lineage. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 
He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years.  He is know for his warm and humorous teaching style, and will teach in English.
This weekend Ringu Tulku will teach on the meaning of the Wheel of Life and the Twelve Links of Interdependence. Full details of the programme are available on the website

As this will be a busy event please book your place in advance to make sure we have seats available.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be teaching on The Wheel of Life and the Twelve LInks of Interdependence on Saturday 2nd July, 11.00-5.00 pm and on Sunday 3rd July from 10.00 - 4.00 pm. You can book your place using the PayPal button at the bottom of the event page.
3 - Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.

JUNE 2016
Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 1st June
Wed, Jun. 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This "Introduction to Meditation" course is limited to 50 participants. 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.

The Seven Points of Mind Training with Lama Zangmo
Thursdays until, Jun. 16,  7:00pm - 8:30pm
This course is suitable for those who would like to engage with spiritual practice, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, on a practical daily level.

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout June, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara practice. As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9.00 am, please arrive in time to be let in before the puja starts.

Amitabha Practice Day with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sat, Jun. 11, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
A day of Amitabha practice and mantra accumulation dedicated to the swift return of our precious Founder and Teacher, Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Offerings for the Shrine are welcome.

Volunteer Day
Sun, Jun. 12, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm
Help us give Kagyu Samye Dzong London a good clean before the visit of Chöje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche (see above). Please let us know in advance if you can come.

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Jun. 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Jun. 18, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Jun. 19, 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm

Rokpa Courtyard Fundraising Party with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Fri, Jun. 24, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Joyful Living Through Meditation with Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Jun. 25 - 26, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm

JULY 2016

The Wheel of Life and the Twelve Links of Interdependence with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Jul. 2 , 11:00am - 5:00pm
Jul. 3, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Green Tara Puja
Sundays throughout July, 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us every Sunday morning at 8am for Green Tara practice. As the Centre's main doors are not open until 9.00 am, please arrive in time to be let in before the puja starts.

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 29th June 20th July
Wednesdays, Jul. 6th, 13th & 20th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Film night - "Never Give Up - the Heart of Compassion"
Thu, Jul. 7, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Samadhi - the missing peace with Alistair Appleton
Jul. 9 - 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Jul. 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Film night - Animals and the Buddha
Thu, Jul. 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

A Precious Garland of the Sublime Path
Sat, Jul. 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Jul. 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Come and join the Sangha for a day of silent meditation practice.

Film night
Thu, Jul. 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Video teachings with His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, covering topics relevant for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. Suitable for all.

Taking Care Of The Present - Improving Our Quality Of Life with Clive Holmes
Jul. 23 - 24, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Mindfulness Association Introductory Teaching Skills course
Jul. 23 - 24, 10:00am - 5:00pm
This Introductory Teaching Skills course is for anyone who has completed the Mindfulness Practitioner Certificate course or Mindfulness One Year training and who would like to develop their teaching skills as a facilitator of secular Mindfulness training courses.

Summer Closure
Jul. 25 - Aug. 16, All Day
The centre will close after Chenrezig puja on Sunday July 24 and will reopen at 14.00 on Wednesday August 17.