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Karma, Cause and Effect, with Ringu Tulku

Posted on 18 Apr 2019

Karma, Cause and Effect, with Ringu Tulku

Kagyu Samye Dzong London

May 2019

News in Brief

  • Dates for your Diary 
  • Earth Day takes place this Sunday, 21st April. This year our focus will be showing a series of films related to the environment, each of which will be followed by a guided discussion. One of the aims is to help everyone have a better understanding of what they can do to reduce their impact on the environment. A full programme is available on the website. 
  • The next Death Cafe takes place on Friday 10th May. You do need to book in advance for this event. Check out the website for more information. 
  • The Meaning of Taking Refuge is a four week course with Lama Zangmo which takes place on Wednesday evenings from 15th May to the 5th June, at 7.00 - 8.30 pm each week. And for those wishing to become Buddhists... 
  • There will be a Refuge Ceremony during the visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche at 11.30 am on Saturday 6th July.
  • Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche will be visiting the Centre from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July, teaching about The Path of Joy and Wisdom Through Meditation. Full details of the programme can be found on the website. We hope to see as many of you as possible. 
  • New addition to the programme: Lama Zangmo is starting a new Thursday evening course from 16th May to 6th June on the Life of the Great Yogi Milarepa and some of his spiritual teachings. 
  • Spring Clean Volunteer Day, Sunday 26th May, Volunteers welcome to help spruce up the centre. Wear work clothes, please bring your own rubber gloves if you have any. Arrival time either 9.30 am or 2 pm, Please only come if you can stay for the day, and let us know in advance if you are coming.
  • The Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training course, Being Present, starts on the weekend of the 29th - 30th June. Full details of the course, along with the booking form, can be found on the Mindfulness Association website. 

1 - Teachings with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

We are delighted to welcome Ringu Tulku Rinpoche for two evenings of teachings this May. He will be talking about:

The Eight Worldly Dharmas on Tuesday 7th May, from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

The Eight worldly Dharmas are Pleasure and Pain, Gain and Loss, Fame and Defamation, Praise and Criticism.

We live our life governed by trying to seek pleasure and avoid loss, feeling happiness once we have gained something new or feeling sadness or anger when something is lost. We seek fame and feel upset when we become infamous, and we are caught in the turmoil of seeking praise and feeling discouraged or angry when criticized. Most of the problems in the world arise due to these eight worldly attitudes.

A true Dharma practitioner is someone who is free of these worldly concerns and who has a true understanding of impermanence and the many defects of samsara.

Karma, cause and effect on Wednesday 8th May, 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

The law of Karma, Cause and effect is a topic of vital importance to understand and reflect upon. It is necessary to have a good understanding of this fundamental law for us to be able to grasp the breadth and depth of the Buddha's teachings. Faith in the law of Karma is a basic belief that we need to possess if we are to consider ourselves Buddhist. There will be an opportunity to offer a katag (white scarf) at the end of this evenings teachings.


        a22 - The Second UK Kagyu Monlam

The second UK Kagyu Monlam is taking place at Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery from 10th - 17th June and will be presided over by Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, the Retreat Master of Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, who has kindly agreed to make an extra visit to the UK.


We hope that this second Monlam will be a magnificent event and that as many people as possible will take part. 


In 2009, HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, gave a special address in Bodhgaya on the relationship between the Kagyu Monlam and the environment.


"One reason to have the Monlam is that by gathering here in the sacred place of Bodhgaya, where our Teacher attained complete and perfect awakening, we can remember our Teacher's deeds. 

A single hunter can kill many animals in one day, and some areas or mountains have almost no animals left. Fishermen go out in technologically advanced fishing boats and can put out their nets and catch many tens of thousands of fish at a time. In many areas, the fish are being wiped out. It is similar with butchers. In olden times, the best of butchers could kill perhaps a hundred animals in one day. Nowadays, because of technology, they can kill hundreds of beings in just a few minutes. The earth's inherent nature is such that it could be sustained for a very long time, but the negative actions and karma of sentient beings are so powerful that there is a danger that life on earth will not be sustainable for much longer. If the earth is destroyed, there will be no Dharma, no earth, or anything at all left. We need to consider this carefully.

These days there is a lot of discussion about global warming. Some people seem to be unable to hear it; some people are able to hear it and are paying attention. But whether we know it or not, if we just look at the physical situation, the world is getting warmer. In Tibet, the primordial glaciers are melting, and there is not much of them left any more. We always talk about the snow mountains of Tibet, but these days there are just dark rocks; there is no longer any snow to be seen. When these are all gone, there will be a great danger for the humans and all the creatures who live on the shores of the world's oceans. How many people died in the tsunami a few years ago? It is not impossible that an even stronger and more terrible one might happen in the future. When that happens, it will not help to say, "What did we do?" We have already had warnings this would happen. We are all the same in wanting to be happy and free of suffering. Knowing that such a danger is coming but nevertheless turning our backs on it is wrong. It is carelessness and a lack of mindfulness and awareness. Our selfish pride and attention to our own wants is like poisonous food. If we can develop our altruistic thoughts, then I think that participating in the Kagyu Monlam will have been meaningful.

During the Monlam we should make the aspiration that this virtue becomes the seed of peace and happiness for all the limitless beings throughout space, and that it becomes a cause which increases and gives power to our love and affection. In particular, we should keep in mind those beings with whom we are directly connected, the beings who live on this planet, and dedicate the virtue we have done to them. We should make the vast aspiration that they may receive this just as we have dedicated it. "

Bodhgaya, January 11, 2009,

We hope that as many people as possible will be able to join us at Samye Ling so that we can collectively strengthen these aspirations and, from that, our positive actions. 

The Second UK Kagyu Monlam takes place at Kagyu Samye Ling from 10th - 17th June. Full details are available on the Kagyu Samye Ling website.


3 - The Six Paramitas with Clive Holmes

The six Paramitas are a way to live based on wisdom and compassion -these are mainstream Buddhist practices.

The paramitas lead into one another. They are:

  • generosity

  • ethical conduct

  • fortitude and forbearance

  • joyful perseverance

  • mental stability

  • wisdom

The essence of Tibetan Buddhism is wisdom and compassion: - compassion being skilful means and wisdom being transcendent understanding. Wisdom and compassion are like the two wings of a bird (i.e. the first five paramitas as one wing, wisdom as the other). They are inseparably connected and both are required if we are going to reach the other shore. With only one wing we could end up going around in circles, so without wisdom we could get in a flap and extend huge energy to get precisely nowhere. On the other hand, we could become cold-hearted and remote without compassion. Alone they could be quite beneficial but inseparable they can bring a long-term benefit.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in meditation and mindfulness, whether beginner or more experienced, whether Buddhist or Non-Buddhist.

The Six Paramitas with Clive Holmes takes place on the weekend of the 18th - 19th May, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.  Full details are available on the website. Clive will also be teaching on The Four Immeasurables on the weekend of 27th-28th July. Feel free to put this in your diary now.


    4 - Tapping into Freedom: meditation and energy psychology with Alistair Appleton

On the weekend of the 1st - 2nd June, Alistair Appleton will be leading his workshop "Tapping into Freedom: meditation and energy psychology".

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. 

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. 

What this workshop on Meditation and Energy Psychology will cover: 

  • the background and history of energy psychology
  • understanding practice in a right-brain experience of the body
  • the somatic foundation of tapping work
  • the basic sequence of the tapping protocol
  • opportunities and examples of use
  • further practice and use

Tapping into Freedom: meditation and energy psychology takes place on the weekend of the 1st - 2nd June, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.Advance booking is essential and you can book your place on the Mind-Springs website.