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May 2023 Newsletter

Subject: Prayers for Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche at Samye Dzong London on Saturday 29th April from 2pm to 5pm afternoon. Emaho!

In the next few weeks, starting this Saturday 29th April, a number of events are taking place commemorating our founder Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, as well praying for the long life and celebrating the 80th birthday of his brother, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Abbot of Samye Ling Monastary. On top of that we also have visits from Drupon Rinpoche and Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in June and during May we've got a few of our own courses running as well. Talk about spoiled for choice! To find out about everything that is happening, just read on. Best wishes, David Bates Newsletter Editor

News in Brief

At Samye Ling this month:

There is still time to book for the 3rd UK Kagyu Monlam. Running from the 27th May to the 2nd June and presided over by Drupon Khen Rinpoche, full details here.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's 80th birthday will be celebrated at the end of the 3rd UK Kagyu Monlam at Samye Ling, on Friday 2nd June. All are welcome. Would you like to Take Refuge? Many people have been asking when there will be an opportunity to take Refuge, so you might like to know that on the morning of the 3rd of June, Lama Yeshe will be holding a Refuge Ceremony at Samye Ling from 09.30 - 12.00. Full details on the Samye Ling website. Meanwhile, here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London....

A new Introduction to Meditation class starts on Wednesday 4th May, 18.30 - 20.00 pm, for four weeks, led by Joelle Peeters. On Thursdays, also from 18.30 - 20.00 pm, Lama Zangmo continues to teach on A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path. This is a seminal text by Gampopa and, like a string of pearls, each teaching has value on its own, or all together. Everyone is welcome to attend. This month's Introduction to Buddhism covers Entering the Buddhist Path. Taking refuge is the first formal step on the Buddhist path. Join Lama Zangmo on Saturday 20th May from 10.00 - 15.30 to find out what it means to take refuge. This will be particularly pertinent if you are planning on Taking Refuge with Lama Yeshe at Samye Ling on the 3rd June. Special Pujas for Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe at the Centre on Saturday, 29th April, with the Tashi Lhunpo Monks

We are very fortunate that eight monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India will be leading an afternoon of prayers between 14.00 - 15.00 pm at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. These prayers are for the swift rebirth of our precious Founder, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and the Long Life of our precious Abbot, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. We hope as many of you as possible will join us on the day, both older students and new, for the prayers for our precious teachers. Everybody is welcome. This is an RSVP event to help us plan for attendance on the day. Please take the time to RSVP this event via the website.

Akong: a remarkable life - special screeningAs the years pass since the death of Akong Rinpoche, more and more people attend the Centre who never had the chance to meet our precious founder. However you can watch this inspirational film.

Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefitted the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations. We are also fortunate to have the screening hosted by Chico Dall'Inha, the Director, Editor & Producer. We hope you can join us on Sunday 7th May from 15.00 - 17.00 pm. Full details of the screening can be found on the website.

Visit of Drupon Rinpoche on 3rd - 4th June

We are delighted to welcome Drupon Rinpoche to the Centre on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of June. On Saturday 3rd June Rinpoche will give a short morning teaching, from 10.00 - 12.00 on Faith and Intelligence in Buddhism. Sunday 4th June sees a full day of teaching from 10.00 - 17.00 on Taming the Mind Through Meditation. We hope that as many of you as possible are able to join us for this special weekend. To help give us an idea of the number attending, please book your place via the website using the links above.

Ringu Tulku visiting on 14th & 15th June

Ringu Tulku makes another very welcome return to Samye Dzong London to give two evening teachings on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th June from 19.00 - 21.00. On Wednesday the 14th June he will be teaching on The Twelve Links of Interdependence. By understanding how interdependence works in our mind, we see in sequence how one thing produces another through the twelve links of causation. On Thursday the 15th June the theme will be Transforming Confusion into Clarity and will focus on how to deal with mental confusion and negative emotions such as anger, attachment, stress and fear.


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