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So much for a quiet August

Posted on 29 Jul 2017

So much for a quiet August

August 2017


Kagyu Samye  Dzong London

Monthly newsletter
Dear Lama  

Welcome to the August Newsletter and to a month that is usually pretty quiet and uneventful.  This year is slightly different with one positive (the 50th Anniversary of Samye Ling) and one potentially negative in the shape of a proposal to build a tower block immediately next to the Centre.  To find out more, read 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
    • Summer closure -
      please note that the Centre will be closed from the 24th July - 15th August inclusive.
    • Multi-storey development proposal - We would like to let friends of Samye Dzong London know that developers are about to submit plans to the Council to build a tower block right next to the Centre.
      Samye Dzong London and the area's resident associations are working together as a community group to try to reduce this development in size. We are not against redevelopment per se, but we believe that the height and scale of the current plans are out of proportion to the area, and will impact the Centre adversely in terms of noise and loss of light.
      Once the planning application goes in in a few weeks, we'd appreciate if as many people as possible would contact the planners to try to get the plans reduced in size. Please get in touch if you are happy to contact the planners and voice your concern, and we will send you more details.
    • The visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche
    • The weekend of teachings with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in July were full of joy, wisdom and blessings. Apart from the teachings, a large group of happy people took refuge on the Saturday, and on the Sunday families with children of all ages, the youngest being one week old, came for the special children blessing.
    • The fundraising evening was also a great success and raised a total of £6,465 which has been split equally between the Akong Memorial Foundation and The Rokpa Circle of Nourishment, Cape Town.  Many thanks to all those who participated, whether organising, donating, or just being around and making it a special evening. You can relive the evening in the photo gallery that's been uploaded. 
    • Master Hai Tao's visit on the 22nd July also meant that our final weekend before the summer closure was a memorable one. Naturally some of those memories were captured on camera and you can see some of them in a gallery on our Facebook page.

"This year it is 50 years since Samye Ling was first established and we had hoped that His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa would be here to preside over the 50th Anniversary Celebrations and give them true meaning.
However, due to His Holiness' short visit to the UK this year, he was only able to go to London, so we are definitely looking forward and praying that he will come back again next year, that he will be able to stay longer and that he will come to Samye Ling - and then we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Samye Ling properly. 

We feel that only if His Holiness is actually here will it be truly worthwhile to celebrate 50 years of Samye Ling and fulfil the wishes of all his students.
Although His Holiness Karmapa cannot be with us this year, we will still celebrate this 50th year in a spiritual way with a Guru Rinpoche Drupcho - from 21st to 25th August - and then the Annual Tea Party on Sunday 27th August.
We invite you all to come to participate in the Drupcho and also the Tea Party

7:30pm   25 August 2017

50th Anniversary Event
We are delighted to host a narrated cinematic slideshow showing key moments in the construction of Samye Ling from the late 1960's when Akong Rinpoche and Trungpa Rinpoche arrived at Johnstone House right through to the present day. This project was sanctioned by Akong Rinpoche and is the culmination of 5 years' scanning and organising of over 42,000 images by some of Rinpoche's students. 
Clive Holmes
If you are a budding circus performer...this course isn't for you!  Unless you are interested in dealing with something much more difficult to tame than a tiger.

This weekend course will be an in-depth exploration of how to tame the mind. There are three fundamental forces that destroy our equilibrium and drive us into all kinds of trouble. They are fear/anger; desire/insecurity and ignorance/bewilderment. They each have their appropriate remedies.
Through meditation practices based on the teachings of Thrangu Rinpoche we will learn how to tame our minds and overcome the forces that result in harm. There will also be references to teachings in the book, "Taming the Tiger" by Akong Tulku Rinpoche, which Clive helped to edit.

Please bring an open mind.

Taming the Tiger with Clive Holmes takes place on the weekend of 26th-27th August, 10.00 - 4.00 pm. You can book your place on this course by clicking on the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on our website.

3 - Learn to meditate at Samye Dzong London 

For all those who would like to learn how to meditate, we have yet more opportunities coming up in the near future. 

Meditation and mindfulness for beginners led by Gelong Trinley is a one-day workshop which takes place on Sunday 20th August, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.

An Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan commences on Wednesday 6th September, 7.00 - 8.30 pm (advance booking is essential).

Finally, for those with a little experience (you may have already done one of the two courses listed above), Lama Zangmo will be leading a one day course, Taming the Mind, on Saturday 2nd September, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.  
Over four Thursday evenings Lama Zangmo  will give beginners an understanding of the fundamentals and framework for the Buddhist path.

The very first teaching that the Buddha gave after he attained enlightenment was the Four Noble Truths. It is also referred to as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma' because it represents the first phase of the Buddha's teaching. It is called a 'wheel' because it is a means for travelling the path to enlightenment in much the same way that a wheel enables a vehicle to move along a road.

An introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo takes place on four Wednesday evenings from the 7th - 28th September, 7.00 - 8.30 pm. You can book your place on the course using the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on our website.

At the moment of his enlightenment the Buddha defeated the force of ignorance and suffering, known as Mara, by uttering the words: "I see you, Mara".

Taking that as the starting point, Alistair will use this weekend to unmask the 'psychological Mara' that confounds our natural happiness and warm-heartedness with layer upon layer of deadening beliefs about our selves and the world.

Meditation and therapy give us tools to cut through those heavy stories about ourselves - in particular, the Buddha's insight into 'dependent origination', which explains how they arise so compulsively. Once we see 'Mara' in action then we can cut through the distortions and start living in a freer, more spontaneous and more light-hearted way.

This is a course suitable for beginners and practitioners wanting to refresh their practice. Some of the practises will be done lying down.

"I see you Mara" - using meditation to cut through toxic thinking takes place on the weekend of the 9th - 10th September, 10.00 - 5.00 pm. Please book your place on this course viathe Mindsprings website.
6 - Forthcoming Events
To see the full programme of activities at the Centre, please visit the website.

There is a separate page listing all the meditation sessions each week.


Summer Closure
Jul. 24 - Aug. 15 inclusive

Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners - a one day course with Gelong Trinley
Aug. 20, 10:00 - 4:00

Taming the Tiger with Clive Holmes
Aug. 26 - 27, 10:00 - 4:00


Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion
Sep. 2 - 3, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Sep. 2, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan from 6th September
Wed, Sep. 6, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

An introduction to Buddhism over four evenings - with Lama Zangmo
Thu, Sep. 7, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

"I see you Mara" - using meditation to cut through toxic thinking - with Alistair Appleton
Sep. 9 - 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm            

Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Sep. 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Sep. 17, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Empathic resonance in relationship: interpersonal mindfulness training for mindfulness teachers
Sep. 23 - 24, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Chenrezig Instructions
Sat, Sep. 23, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Apr-July-Sep-Feb)
Sep. 30 - Oct. 1, 10:00am - 5:00pm