In this section

September 2015 Newsletter

Posted on 5 Sep 2015

September 2015 Newsletter
eptember 2015


Samye Dzong London

Monthly newsletter

Dear Lama  


Welcome to the September Newsletter.  This month we have a few extras which aren't in the printed programme, a visit from Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche on the 22nd September, an evening of Cham Dance with the Tashi Lhunpo monks, and an extra one-day introduction to meditation course.  To find out about all this and on. 


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


  • A one-day introduction to meditation will take place at Spa Road on Saturday 26th September.  Full details can be found on the website.
  • The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva with Lama Zangmo will be taking place this month on Saturday 12th September.  Please note, this is one week earlier than advertised in the printed programme.


This is an opportunity to spend an informal evening with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche who will be visiting Samye Dzong London on Tuesday 22nd Sept. The door will be open from 6.00 pm and there will be plenty of homemade food and drinks for those hungry at the end of a long day at work, various health treatments offered and an opportunity to sponsor Stork Bundles for the mothers and babies supported by the Circle of Nourishment.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Lama Zangmo and Ani Lhamo visited the Circle of Nourishment project in South Africa at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town in February this year and were inspired to try to help. The MMH serves the impoverished and poorest communities in Cape Town, seeing 150 to 200 pregnant women daily, with over 1,000 births recorded every month. The social workers see many cases where poorer mothers give birth and, having no possessions, wrap their babies in just an old tee shirt. Many of these pregnant women suffer from malnutrition, are very young and unsupported. They come to the hospital without any toiletries for themselves and have no provisions for the babies. 

The Circle of Nourishment is set up and run by volunteers from Samye Dzong Cape Town. They provide sandwiches and fruit weekly for the mothers at their hospital visits and "Stork Bundles" with soap, clothing, nappies and blankets for the babies.

Although Samye Dzong London is usually closed on Tuesdays, this event will be held on Tuesday evening, 22 Sept from 7.00 - 9.00 pm due to the auspicious visit of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

Bring your friends and family along for a wonderful evening. All funds raised go to the Circle of Nourishment.

If you are unable to attend this event, but would still like to make a donation towards the Circle of Nourishment, you can do so using the donate button at the bottom of the page for this event on the website.  Thank you.

We are delighted to announce that as part of their UK tour, eight tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be visiting Kagyu Samye Dzong London.
They will be in London for one week and on Wednesday 16th September at 7.00 pm we will be hosting them for an evening of Cham Dance called The Power of Compassion. 

The Power of compassion is a dramatic, entertaining and informative, ninety-min performance of the majestic masked dances and the sacred chant from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

The dances and chants are introduced by a short description of their background and meaning. This helps audiences appreciate the depth of t
he sacred world of Tibet which is filled with the chanting of Buddhist texts, recitation of mantras, ringing of bells and cymbals and the beating of drums. The monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India bring a programme of dances and music which illustrates the full range and diversity of this astonishing culture.
The Power of Compassion takes place at Spa Road on Wednesday 16th September starting at 7.00 pm. As this is a visiting group of monks the minimum suggested donation for the evening is £10, but  please give generously via the button on the bottom of the page on the website. 
3 - Drawing the Medicine Buddha with Ani Semchi
The practice of the Medicine Buddha is a very effective and powerful way to bring our physical, mental and spiritual health into balance and help us to maintain it. The participants of the course have the opportunity to become more familiar with this wonderful practice through drawing the Medicine Buddha, which is so beneficial not only if we struggle with our physical or mental health but is also for all those who are working in the medical professions or are involved with healing work.

Ani Semchi will show how to draw this particular Buddha-aspect according to traditional proportions and will also give explanations about the meaning of this precious practice.

Previous experience is not essential. Please bring paper, 30cm-ruler, eraser, pencil (HB) and sharpener.

Drawing the Medicine Buddha with Ani Semchi takes place on the weekend of the 5th-6th September, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, at Spa Road. As this is an art course and not a Dharma course there is a suggested donation of £55 (concessions £40). You can book your place on this course using the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on the website.

Anxiety and the mind: how mindfulness can transform our worries

We all get anxious. It's part of our DNA - but there are levels at which normal fear responses become chronic and we live a life that is seamed through with constant worrying, planning, catastrophizing that is neither appropriate nor healthy. 
This Mindsprings course at Spa Road is designed to explore this ubiquitous human experience.
Anxiety can be a horrible and debilitating presence in our lives - one we often avoid by turning to short-term solutions like alcohol, drugs, workaholism, unsuitable relationships, addictions. Less dramatic experiences of anxiety can also be a less intense but constant comparison, so widespread in our lives that we barely notice the impact it has on our experience: deadening our joy, smothering adventurousness, making us wary and suspicious of others.
Alistair combines the Buddhist practice of mindfulness with a therapeutic awareness of the human underpinnings of anxiety, in a group workshop weekend that shines a light on the mechanisms of chronic or ambient anxiety and also offers some tools to work with it in the form of meditation and breathwork.
Anxiety: a Mindful Approach with Alistair Appleton takes place on the weekend of 5th-6th September.  You can book your place via the Mind-Springs website.
5 - Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.
Introduction to Meditation - an 8 week course with Bernard Mordan at Spa Road
Wednesday evenings from 2nd September -  21st October, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Drawing the Medicine Buddha with Ani Semchi at Spa Road
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th September, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Anxiety - a mindful approach - with Alistair Appleton at Spa Road
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th September, 10:00am - 5:00pm 

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - with Lama Zangmo
Saturday 12th September, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Afternoon at Manor Place
Saturday 12th September, 2:00 - 6:00pm

Medicine Buddha Puja at Spa Road
Sunday 13th September, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Power of Compassion with The Tashi Lhunpo Monks at Spa Road
Wednesday 16th September, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Dorje Sempa Retreat Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha at Spa Road
Sunday 20th September, 10:00am - 5:00pm

A joyful evening with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche dedicated to the Circle of Nourishment - at Spa Road
Tuesday 22nd September, doors open at 6.00 pm, event 7.00 - 9.00 pm

A one-day introduction to meditation - at Spa Road
Saturday 26th September, 10.00 am - 3.30 pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja at Spa Road
Sunday 27th September, 7:00 - 8:30pm