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Mantra recitations to remove obstacles for HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Posted on 31 May 2019

Mantra recitations to remove obstacles for HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Kagyu Samye Dzong London

June 2019


Welcome to the June newsletter. We'd like to particularly draw your attention to the request to recite the "Karmapa Khyenno" mantra to contribute to the removal of obstacles for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa's activity and pray for the longevity of all genuine gurus from all Lineages and their turning of the wheel of Dharma. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to take part in reaching the target of 100 million mantras. Full details can be found on our website.

And now, to find out what's coming up at Samye Dzong London, just  read on.

News in Brief

  • Mantra Recitations for HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa -  His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche requested everyone to chant "Karmapa Khyenno" to contribute to the removal of hindrances against HHK's retreat and obstacles for the lineage. The aim is to accumulate 100 million recitations between 3rd May and 3rd July. Full details can be found on the website.
  • The Second UK Kagyu Monlam - takes place in Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, Scotland, from 10th - 17th June. A group from Samye Dzong London will be attending, so the Centre will be fairly quiet during this period. 
  • Recordings of teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Nature of Reality will be played on Sunday 30th June and Sunday 14th July. Full details can be found on the website.
  • Simply Meditation Days at the Centre offer the perfect opportunity to deepen your meditation practice, with your next chance to attend being on Sunday 2nd June. You can join for just one or all sessions through the day. For details of forthcoming dates and the full schedule, please visit the website.  
  • Ngondro Prostration Practice Days take place each month. Join Lama Zangmo and the KSDL sangha for a day of practising the Prostrations as part of the Ngondro. Full details and new dates for the rest of the year  can be found on the website
We are delighted to welcome the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling and spiritual director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London, Chöje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, for his traditional annual visit to our centre on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July.
To all who have met him, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche is a living embodiment of the joy of practice, and he will be sharing the wisdom of his extensive experience in meditation during this three-day schedule.

During the course of the weekend there will be a Refuge Ceremony for those who wish to become Buddhist. Please inform the office if you are planning on taking refuge.

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. He will give meditation instructions suitable for all and talk about the importance of motivation and appreciation in our lives.
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will be assisted by Ani Gelongma Lhamo, a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has completed a four year retreat, and is able to speak of her own experience on her path of meditation. Her warmth and humour makes her a popular speaker. 

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.

The weekend is suitable for all, and will include a children's blessing.
To see the full schedule for the weekend please check on the website.
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.

Calm abiding meditation is accomplished through training the mind in mindfulness and awareness. By focusing this awareness stably in meditation and non-distraction we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.

Meditation and mindfulness, 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.

This course is especially suited for those 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.

Taming the Wild Mind takes place on three consecutive Wednesday evenings from 10th - 24th July, between 19.00 and 20.30.  It is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. To book your place, please visit the website.
The Buddha taught that better than living in a palace is to live within 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.

This course will be experience based with a meditation exercise 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!

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.

Please bring an open mind and a willingness to think, "outside the box!"

"The mind is like a parachute-it works best when it is open."
The Four Immeasurables, with Clive Holmes, takes place on the weekend of 27th - 28th July, 10.00 -4.00 pm. For more information about Clive, and for booking details, please visit the website.