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The Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Posted on 1 Nov 2017

The Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche

November 2017


Kagyu Samye  Dzong London

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Dear Lama  

As we move beyond October we go into uncharted territory with no printed programme. We have decided to stop producing our printed course programme in order to reduce waste and expense. To keep up-to-date with what's going on at the Centre just check out the website and, of course, this newsletter where we'll let you know what's coming up.  
It would be great to let you know what the highlights are at the Centre in November, but with so much going on it could get to be quite a long list - so I'll stick to the most obvious one which is Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's visit on Saturday 11th November for the slide-show about the Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche. To find out about everything else that's happening, you'll just have to read on...  
  1. The Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche
  2. Acceptance, purification and letting go
  3. Verses from the Precious Garland
  4. Death and the Bardo
  5. Residential Retreat: Training for This Life and Beyond
  6. Forthcoming Events   
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

  • Embracing Death and Dying - we now have the full programme for the day up on the website, giving you time to check out which sessions you'd most like to attend and plan your day accordingly. We hope to see you next Saturday, 28th October between 10.00 - 5.00 pm.
  • Training for this life and beyond - our winter residential retreat, running from 28th December to 2nd January, also has a full programme up on the website.  This isn't an event you can book online and places are limited. If you're interested in attending, please contact the office as soon as possible.
  • Some dates for your diary:
    Lhabab Duchen - this Buddhist festival celebrates the Buddha's descent from the Tushita heaven. Join the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha for the recitation of prayers on Friday 10th November, 7.00 - 8.30 pm.
    Chenrezig Instructions with Lama Zangmo take place on Saturday 11th November, 10.00-4.00.
    Taming the Mind with Lama Zangmo on Saturday 9th December is a day focused on calm abiding meditation (Shinay), and is suitable as a follow-up course for beginners or those who want to refresh their understanding. Given the busyness of the Christmas period shortly after, th
    is could be exactly what we allneed!
  • New courses for 2018 - we may not have a printed programme, but that doesn't mean we're not thinking ahead. We hope these six courses are a good starter for what 2018 will bring at Samye Dzong London. 
    The Four Dharmas of Gampopa with Gelong Thubten, 24th-25th February.
    Transforming Time Terror, with Alistair Appleton, 3rd-4th March.
    Emotional Intelligence, with Clive Holmes, 24th-25th March.
    Meditation and the Transformation of Stress, with GelongThubten, 28th-29th April.
    Drawing Green Tara, with Ani Semchi, 5th-6th May.
    Establishing a Regular Meditation Practice, with Clive Holmes, 21st-22nd July.


Clive Holmes
Most people want a peaceful happy life. These three principles help to make it happen. Simple, practical purification meditations will be shared and explained. These will help us purify our streams of consciousness so that we are less agitated and more capable of enjoying our lives.

To let go does not mean, "I get rid of." It is much more subtle. To let go means to be able to let be with wisdom and kindness, allowing new things to arise. If we leave our thoughts alone, to some degree, they will leave us alone. Of course, this is "context specific." Letting go is not so wise for mountain climbers.

This weekend will also introduce the ideas of deep-rooted acceptance which is necessary because of our tendency to resist pain that causes us so much intense suffering. Life is hard, to be human is very difficult but we can train the mind to face and cope with whatever arises. The essence is what attitude we hold to whatever "weather" is going on either outside or within us. That essence is kindness.

"Acceptance, Purification and Letting go" with Clive Holmes takes place on 4th-5th November, 10.00 - 4.00. You can book your place now by clicking on the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on the website. 
3 - Verses from the Precious Garland with Lama Zangmo
In "A Precious Garland" Gampopa gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation and conduct and succinctly outlines what we need to know at every stage of the path in order to perfect our spiritual practice.
Over five Thursday evenings during November Lama Zangmo will go through some of the verses in this text and explain them in more detail.
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and meditation practice. People are asked to attend all five evenings, the full course.
Gampopa, also known as Dhakpo Rinpoche,is one of the most important figures in the Kagyu lineage and the founder of the monastic order of the Karma Kagyu School.  
"Verses from the Precious Garland" with Lama Zangmo runs from Thursday 2nd - 30th November, 7.00-8.30 pm. You can book your place using the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on our website, where you can also read more about the course.
Tibetan Buddhism contains a vast wealth of knowledge concerning every stage of the death process and how best to prepare for it. The famous teachings of the "Tibetan Book of the Dead" explain the 'bardo', or state between lives. In fact, six bardos are traditionally explained. These six are: life, dreams, meditation, the moment of death, luminosity and transmigration. This weekend course will provide an explanation of these key moments and how best to train the mind for awakening.

As well as exploring how to transform our attitudes around death and dying, we will also look at the subject of impermanence in general and how to train the mind to recognise and accept change. This reduces both clinging and fear, and enables us to live in the present with joy and compassion.
Death and the Bardo with Gelong Thubten takes place on the weekend of the 25th-26th November, 10.00 - 4.00 pm.  You can book your place now by using the Donate button at the bottom of the course page on our website.

This retreat starts on 28th Dec and finishes on 2nd Jan and the daily schedule is now up on the website.

It provides participants with an opportunity to start the new year with a positive intention and positive activity which will be of benefit into the coming year and beyond. 

We will do that amongst others by contemplating impermanence and the four thoughts, and by meditating on selfless compassion and loving kindness. Lama Zangmo will give daily instructions on related topics. 

The retreat will be in silence. Participants are asked to attend all the daily sessions of the retreat. Partial  attendance or coming and going during the retreat will not be possible.  

Accommodation will be mainly in dormitories, although a few single rooms are available. There will be a simple rota to help with daily clearing up/cleaning after meals. 

As the Centre is closed to the general public, arrival will only be possible between 5 - 6 pm on Thursday 28 Dec. On Tuesday 2nd Jan there will be time for packing up before lunch; with departure by 2 pm. 

The price for the full retreat is £150 for dormitory accommodation and £200 for single rooms (limited), and includes accommodation and 3 vegetarian/vegan meals a day, plus tea and coffee available in the breaks. 

PLEASE NOTE: this retreat is not suitable for complete beginners.  
To book your place on this retreat: please email the office telling us what  previous retreat experience you have. If you are offered a place on the retreat it will only be confirmed once we have received payment in full. 
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.


Verses from The Precious Garland of the Sublime Path with Lama Zangmo
Thursdays, Nov. 2nd - 30th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Acceptance, Purification and Letting Go - with Clive Holmes
Nov. 4 - 5, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Introduction to Meditation - a 4 week course with Bernard Mordan 
Wednesdays, Nov. 8th - 29th , 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Meditation and Mindfulness for Beginners - a 4 week course with Gelong Trinley from 9th November
Thursdays, Nov. 9th - 30th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lhabab Duchen
Fri, Nov. 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Chenrezig Instructions
Sat, Nov. 11, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Level One Mindfulness Training: Being Present (Nov-Jan-Mar-May)
Nov. 11 - 12, 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Vision of Akong Tulku Rinpoche - A Cinematic Slideshow of the Construction of Kagyu Samye Ling, with our Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, attending the evening.
Sat, Nov. 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sun, Nov. 12, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Nov. 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Bodhicharyavatara with Lama Zangmo
Sat, Nov. 18, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Simply Meditation Day
Sun, Nov. 19, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Death and the Bardo - with Gelong Thubten
Nov. 25 - 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja
Sun, Nov. 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mindfulness Association Level 2 Mindfulness Training: Responding with Compassion
Dec. 2 - 3, 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Embodied Science of Deep Meditation - with Alistair Appleton
Dec. 2 - 3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Taming the Mind - with Lama Zangmo 
Dec. 9,  10:00am - 4:00pm

Compassion Practitioner Certificate Course
Dec. 9 - 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tara Practice Day - with the Kagyu Samye Dzong Sangha
Sun, Dec. 10, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Medicine Buddha Puja
Sun, Dec. 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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

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

Winter Closure
Dec. 18, - Jan. 9, 2018 All Day

Residential Meditation Retreat - Training for This Life and Beyond
Dec. 28, - Jan. 2, 2018 All Day

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