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Posted on 1 Sep 2018

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Kagyu Samye Dzong London

September Newsletter

Welcome to the August / September newsletter. After a few quiet weeks at the Centre we don't lose too much time in kicking off a very busy Autumn schedule with visits from Ringu Tulku and Drupon Rinpoche in the pipeline. That's on top of all the other events that we have lined up for the latter part of 2018. To find out more, not to mention fill out your diaries, read on....  

News in Brief

  • We re-open on Wednesday 22nd August at 2.00 pm
    from which time all of our usual activities will resume - meditation, pujas, courses and the like. We'll look forward to seeing you soon.
  • Attitude of Gratitude - with Clive Holmes - what better way to kick off September than a course with Clive on the weekend of 1st-2nd September. Full details of the course can be found here. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. In Samye Dzong London we will dedicate Chenrezig prayers to the swift rebirth of Akong Rinpoche on Sunday 7th Oct at 7pm.
  • Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Eight Consciousnesses and the Five Buddha Families on the weekend of the 22nd-23rd September. Full details can be found on the website 
  • 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.
  • Kagyu Samye Dzong London is looking for a part-time or full-time cook. We are looking for someone with experience in cooking vegetarian food for around 15-20 people. Anyone interested in this opportunity, please contact the office for more information.


 1 - September with Lama Zangmo

Lama Zangmo is taking it easy this month as she's only leading the following well as running the Centre, giving personal interviews, travelling to teach...etc. Apart from this, it's all very quiet.

The Four Limitless Meditations - a four week course on Thursdays from 6th-26th September.

The Seven Branch Prayer on Saturday 8th September, 10.00-4.00 pm.  There are many versions of the Seven Branch Prayer.  This day is an opportunity to get more familiar with the importance of the Seven Branches. 

Taming the Wild Mind Through Meditation - is suitable for anyone who has had some previous meditation instruction and would like to learn more about Shamatha meditation. Running on three Wednesday evenings from 12th-26th September. 

Instructions in the Ngondro: Refuge and Prostrations - Saturday 29th September. Please note - this course is only suitable for those who have taken refuge, are already familiar with the Four Ordinary Foundations and who wish to start the practice of performing 100,000 prostrations. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

The Bodhicharyavatara -for those undertaking this course a reminder that teachings on this resume on Saturday 15th September. 

2 - Attitute of Gratitude with Clive Holmes

Join Clive Holmes on the weekend of 1st-2nd September for his workshop "Attitude of Gratitude". Clive writes:

"Attitude is more important than events, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day, but few of us exercise the muscle of this choice and consequently are thrown about like feathers in the wind.

We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is  take charge of our Attitudes. Every moment is an opportunity to wake up from our negativities, assumptions, prejudices and habits. Gratitude can be fun too. Not some "heavy duty" thing to add to our to-do list.

The heart of the weekend will be to look at four progressive levels of cultivating gratitude based on the seven points of mind training - a deep text from the Tibetan tradition."

3 - Sitting with the feeling: exploring emotions in meditation

Join Alistair Appleton for his latest weekend workshop on the 15th-16th September.

Many of us have the tendency to pathologise what we feel and beat ourselves up for the negative emotions that can spring up from nowhere. Working with the body as the safe container for our practice, Alistair is looking at ways of cultivating a more curious, compassionate and embodied dance with the energy of our feelings. 

Suitable for all levels. 

Please book your place on this course via the Mindsprings website