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Online Death Cafe on 13th December...and other good news from Samye Dzong London

Posted on 8 Dec 2020

Online Death Cafe on 13th December...and other good news from Samye Dzong London

Welcome to the December newsletter - the last one of a challenging year that none of us expected on the 1st January. However, as we move deeper into the month we come towards the Winter solstice, the turning of the year from darkness and back towards light again; a time of festival and celebration for people of many traditions. Given the year we've had, maybe this is the time for us to celebrate what we do have, to appreciate the positive things in our lives, the people and things that support us, and to bring ourselves into this present moment and enjoy it as it is without thinking of past and future for a while.

Of course, having just said that, I'm now about to talk about both past and future in this newsletter!

First of all, for those of you who join us for the Chenrezig Puja on our YouTube channel on Sunday evenings, it would be great if you could let us know how many mantras you get through after each puja. We're hoping to accumulate at least 1 million mantras during the Centre's closure, dedicated to the happiness of all beings, and especially those suffering due to the virus. Please only count completed rounds of your mala - 100 mantras for each completed round - and email your number to the office please. We'll keep you updated on progress through this newsletter.

Many copies of Only the Impossible is Worth Doing - the book about Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche - have been posted out now, including to countries abroad, but due to postal delays it seems many haven't arrived yet. If yours hasn't arrived yet, hang in there, and keep fingers crossed. And for those who haven't ordered one yet, we still have some left, so if you would like a copy please contact us.

Tai Situ Rinpoche is currently offering online teachings on "What really matters - the two most critical things in life". Full details can be found here.

Finally, earlier in November Lama Yeshe Rinpoche was interviewed by Frances Hume of Interfath Scotland about Buddhism and connection to the environment. You can see this interview on YouTubeAlso, recently added to our own YouTube channel is Lama Yeshe's talk in 2017 filmed by LifeTV who interviewed him around the time when HH17th Karmapa visited the Centre. You can watch it here 

Best wishes,

David Bates

Newsletter Editor

PS - you are more than welcome to join us online each day in meditation on our YouTube channel, whether you join us live at 8.30 in the morning for Shinay, 7.00 pm on Sundays for Chenrezig, or if you watch a recording later on.

Death Cafe with the Bardo Group - Sunday 13th December

Join the Samye Dzong London Bardo Group for tea and a chat at this online "Death Cafe" from 2pm to 3pm on Sunday 13 December. Please bring a cup of tea and a piece of cake and arrive promptly.

At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death and dying and all the issues surrounding that. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. 

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Each ‘table’ is facilitated by someone from the Bardo Group. There will be four tables and four facilitators: Charlie, Peter, Lee and Mark. Kitty will support them on zoom.

We can accommodate 24 participants. If you would like to join us, please register your interest by email Kitty D'Costa to reserve your place.  

An Introduction to Meditation - online with Lama Zangmo

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.

This 3-week course is suited for those who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and who would like to attend our morning online meditation sessions. It will also cover a brief introduction to the chants and prayers recited in those sessions.

An introduction to Meditation, online with Lama Zangmo comprises three classes on Saturday mornings from 11.00 - 11.45 from 16th - 30th January 2021. Email the office to request a place.

A full list of our current and forthcoming online courses can be found on the website.

Calling all photo editors - A Stroll around Holy Isle


Christian Dutton writes:

With Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s permission, I am producing a professionally narrated slideshow to honour the 30th anniversary of ROKPA’s custodianship of Holy Isle. The slideshow will use photographs from the Holy Isle archive to show how Holy Isle has been restored and developed over the last 30 years under Rinpoche’s guidance.

I am seeking a small team of reliable photo editors with at least intermediate level photoshop skills to retouch the photos, specifically straighten, remove any major blemishes and make the images look more vibrant so we can really showcase the Holy Isle project.

We have shortlisted 500 photos (from the archive of over 50,000 which I scanned) and split them into batches of 50 which will be distributed among the team. The deadline to complete this aspect of the project is Spring 2021.

If you are interested in this voluntary project and have the necessary experience (or please tell someone who might) I’d love to hear from you. Please email me for more details.

Thank you,