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Mind training with Drupon Rinpoche

Posted on 30 Sep 2018

Mind training with Drupon Rinpoche

 Kagyu Samye Dzong London

October Newsletter

Welcome to the October newsletter. We've just had a wonderful weekend of teachings from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and we'll barely have time to draw breath before Drupon Rinpoche's visit on Wednesday 3rd October. We hope to see as many of your there as possible. To find out more about this, among the many other events taking place here this October, read on.... 

News in Brief 

  • Drupon Khen Rinpoche  will be giving teachings on Mind training at Samye Dzong London on Wednesday 3rd October7.00-9.00 pm  (not the 4th as initially advertised). This is prior to the Meditation Practice Retreat he will be leading at Samye Ling from the 8th-15th October. 
  • Dates for your diary
  • Death Cafes - on the 2018 Day of the Dead (Friday 2nd November), we will be hosting two "Death Cafes" at which you will have the opportunity to have tea, cake and a chat about death! These tend to be popular, so you will need to book in advance for either the  3.00-4.30 pm cafe, or the later 6.30-8.00 pmevent.
  • The Topsy-Turvey World of Tonglen with Alistair Appleton takes place on the 27th-28th October. Check out the course details and booking arrangements on the Mindsprings website.
  • Kagyu Samye Dzong London is looking for a part-time or full-time cookAnyone interested in this opportunity, please contact the office for more information.

1 - Mindtraining and meditation with Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu

We are extremely delighted and honoured to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on 3rd October.

Drupon Rinpoche will give teachings on Mindtraining and meditation, and will give instructions and guidance that is suitable for all, beginners and more advanced practitioners alike. Anyone is welcome to attend this evening, whether Buddhist or not.

You can read more about Drupon Rinpocheon the event page.  

Drupon Rinpoche will teach in Tibetan and his translator Kunga will translate into English. 

As we expect this to be a busy event, please let us know if you are coming, and please arrive in good time to be seated by 7pm. 

2 - Anniversary of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche


Akong Rinpoche Side portrait

Difficult though it may be to believe for those who knew him, we are now coming up to the 5th anniversary of the death of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - founder of Samye Ling...and so many other things that there isn't space here to list them all.  

At Samye Dzong London  this year Chenrezig prayers will be dedicated for Rinpoche's swift return on Sunday 7th October at 7pm. Come and join us for this evening of prayers and dedications in his memory and everything he has done to benefit us and thousands of others.

At Samye Ling,

5th anniversary prayers for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche will take place at Samye Ling on Monday 8th October in the morning. A full programme will be published nearer the time. Keep an eye on the Samye Ling website for updates.

3 - Eight verses for training the mind - with Lama Zangmo 

Geshe langri tangpaJoin Lama Zangmo for a four week course on Eight Verses for Training the Mind bythe Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123).

Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness.

The main focus of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.

We tend to cherish the welfare of ourself above that of others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as true friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.

This course will run over four Thursday evenings from the 18th October to the 8th November, 7.00-8.30 pm. It is a requirement to commit to attend all four classes. Unless you are able to attend all the classes, we ask you not to book for the course.

Each class will have time for instructions, questions and answers, as well as time for actual meditation.

 4 - Enlightened Enterprise - bringing compassionate mindfulness to business

In this inspiring workshop, on 13th-14th October, Vin Harris and Chloe Homewood, of the Mindfulness Association, share teachings and practices which they have found to be really helpful in shaping a vision for living and working that is in alignment with the values and aspirations that emerge from compassionate mindfulness practice.

Vin says:

"Enlightened Enterprise is a way of being at work that allows us to become clear about what really matters to us so that we are guided by our principles, rather than being driven by our reactions to circumstances. This opens up the possibility of seeing the situations we find ourselves in from the perspective where the maximum benefit to both ourselves and others becomes the priority; opportunities for authentic action then present themselves naturally."

Whether you are just starting out on your personal mission to teach and share mindfulness with others or perhaps you hope to find an authentic way of being in the organisation you work for, this course will be valuable both personally and professionally.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 10 hours of CPD. In preparation for the courses we will be sending out some questions for reflection and optional suggested reading.

This course is run by the Mindfulness Association and you can book your place via their website.