A rare opportunity for those who meditate in the Chan/Zen tradition but have not taken any formal training, followed by a short reteat. This unique prgramme will enbale you to practicce at home, in group or indeed anywhere. Group practice is a recommended form of practise which helps in cultivating instrests and learning among others. Visit our website for regular group practice. www.chanmeditationlondon.org Retreat booking is available on site.
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Chan Meditation DDMBA London UK
28 the Avenue London Nw6 7YD
The Chan Meditation Workshop will continue to provide a free place for Chan/Zen practice.
The first group Chan/Zen workshop 2016 falls on Saturday 9th January
Chan/Zen teaching given by Guo Gu followed by Q & A session
Door opens @ 11:00pm for beginners with instructions
Mindful eating: 12:15pm to 13:15pm
Workshop starts 13:30pm for experience practitioners
(beginners are welcome to stay)
'Tibet’s Secret Temple’ explores Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and their connections to physical and mental wellbeing.
Inspired by an exquisite series of 17th century murals from a private meditation chamber for Tibet’s Dalai Lamas in Lhasa’s Lukhang Temple, the exhibition features over 120 objects including scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts, archival and contemporary film, together with a wide range of ethnographic and ritual artefacts. Three of the murals from the temple have been recreated, by photographer Thomas Laird, as life-sized digital artworks that form the centrepiece of the exhibition.
‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’, by bringing the mural images together with a unique set of objects, will uncover till now unseen stories behind the ancient, esoteric and once secret practices illustrated in the Lukhang murals and show their relevance to the expanding and wide-ranging contemporary interest in meditative wellbeing.
Meditation in Chan is about developing focus and awareness. It’s not about zoning out into bliss or thinking “nothing.” To learn more, one needs to practise regualrly. - Guo Gu
Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche Teachings and Empowerments London 2015
Friday 23rd of October:
Over the course of two days Khenpo Rinpoche will be conferring teachings and empowerments.
We have the great honour of hosting Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche who is one of the main teachers of the renowned Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, the largest Buddhist academy of its kind in the world. He trained closely with Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche, one of the great luminairies of his generation.Teachings and Empowerments
2pm - 4pm: Teaching on 35 Buddhas Confession and Purification
- The 35 Buddhas Confession prayers, otherwise known as the Sutra of Three Heaps, is a common confession prayer recited in the varoius schools of Mahayana Buddhism. It is used as an effective way to purify negative deeds and any breakages of vows and commitments related to the Pratimoksha and Bodhisattva vows. It is know as the "Sutra of Three Heaps" as the prayer has three distinct sections: 1) Hommage 2) Confession 3) Rejoicing and Dedication.
- Purification is an important part of the dharma path. Over many lifetimes we have accumulated countless negative deeds commited with our body, speech and mind. These deeds pose an obstacle to our spiritual development and thus it is necessary to purifiy our minds through various skillful means.
- DOORS OPEN for Registration at 1PM
7.30pm - 9.30pm: Thousand Buddhas Empowerment
Saturday 24th of October:
9.30am - 11.30am: Training in Compassion and Compassionate Action
- Compassion is the essence of the Buddhas teachings. It is the wish to free all sentient beings from suffering and the causes of suffering. Being a key mental attitude that needs to be nurtured, it is the main cause for the acheivement of complete Enlightenment. The compassionate mental attitude can be described as being a positive wish or aspiration, and compassionate action can be described as the actual fulfillement of that wish. This amounts to any act that helps to alleviate the suffering of others in the short and long term by helping to bring others to complete Enlightenment.
- DOORS OPEN for Regisration at 9:00AM
2pm - 4pm: Chenrezig Empowerment
- Chenrezig, otherwise known as Avolakiteshvara (Skt.) or Quanyin (Chinese), is the embodiment of the love and compassion of all the Buddhas .
Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche
Khenpo Sodargye was born in the eastern region of Tibet known as Kham in 1962, and was ordained in 1985 at the renowned Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, the largest Buddhist academy of its kind in the world, also in present-day Sichuan Province of the PRC.
Khenpo Sodargye studied the traditional course of philosophical treatises and also received the entire corpus of Tibetan esoteric Buddhist transmissions. He also served as Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche’s main translator for Chinese disciples and was assigned by Rinpoche to teach them.
Khenpo Sodargye has become one of the most eminent contemporary Buddhist masters. As a Tibetan lama, a Buddhist scholar and teacher, a prolific translator into Chinese, and a modern Buddhist thinker, he is renowned across Asia and the west for his interest in the integration of traditional Buddhist teachings with global issues and modern life.
Reflections on a life of teaching and translating Tibetan Buddhism across cultures - Khenpo Sodargye
This is an opportunity to spend an informal evening with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche who will be visiting Samye Dzong London on Tuesday 22nd Sept. There will be food and drinks available, various health treatments offered and an opportunity to sponsor Stork Bundles for the mothers and babies supported by the Circle of Nourishment.
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Lama Zangmo and Ani Lhamo visited the Circle of Nourishment project in South Africa at the Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town in February this year and were inspired to try to help. The MMH serves the impoverished and poorest communities in Cape Town, seeing 150 to 200 pregnant women daily, with over 1,000 births recorded every month. The social workers see many cases where poorer mothers give birth and, having no possessions, wrap their babies in just an old tee shirt. Many of these pregnant women suffer from malnutrition, are very young and unsupported. They come to the hospital without any toiletries for themselves and have no provisions for the babies.
The Circle of Nourishment is set up and run by volunteers from Samye Dzong Cape Town. They provide sandwiches and fruit weekly for the mothers at their hospital visits and "Stork Bundles" with soap, clothing, nappies and blankets for the babies.
Although Samye Dzong London is usually closed on Tuesdays, this event will be held on Tuesday evening, 22 Sept from 7 - 9pm due to the auspicious visit of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.
Bring your friends and family along for a wonderful evening. All funds raised go to the Circle of Nourishment.
If you are unable to attend this evening, but would still like to make a donation towards teh Circle of Nourishment, you can use the Donate button below. Thank you.