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Embracing Death and Dying day - a celebration of life through reflection on death

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28/10/2017
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10:00am to 5:00pm
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Kagyu Samye Dzong London 15 Spa Road Bermondsey SE16 3SA Reception +44 (0)20 3327 1650 Reception ksdlondon@samye.org

Cultivating Compassion in Uncertain Times: What Would the Buddha Do? (Awakin Talk with Rev. Heng Sure)

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September 18, 2017, 7-9:30pm

We are delighted to invite you to an Awakin Talk with Rev. Heng Sure, an American Buddhist monk visiting from California, as he reflects on the evening's theme Cultivating Compassion in Uncertain Times: What Would the Buddha Do?  Rev Heng Sure has been a close friend of the ServiceSpacecommunity since the early days when we were planting seeds and has been a steadfast source of support and inspiration over the years. 

At gun point, the last thing you would do is bow to the man holding the gun. That's exactly what these monks -- Heng Sure and Heng Ch'au -- did. Three different times. Of course, bowing came a little easier to them because they'd been doing "three steps and a bow" for 800 miles. Yes, 800 miles for 2 years and 9 months straight. They were on a peace pilgrimage in the late 70's along California's highway 1, a pilgrimage to bring peace within and without.  

That journey to boundless compassion never ended, though. "To make peace on earth we must want it. To stop harm and fear in the world we must change our ways. To change our ways we must change our minds," Rev. Heng Sure says. "The power is ours. Evil and good, selfishness or compassion all come from the mind first. If more people care for others, the world will spontaneously grow brighter."

On Monday, September 18th, we plan to come together at St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace for an inspiration-filled gathering to listen to insights and wisdom from Rev. Heng Sure's incredible life journey.  He'll share stories from his own experiences of cultivating personal practices to embrace these turbulent times we live in, share some of the Buddha's teachings that can help us to navigate through uncertainty with a heart full of compassion and share some uplifting music on his guitar with songs from his incredible album!  And if we're lucky, he may even do a little Buddhist puppet show with his collection of animal puppets!

The plan for the evening is as follows...

  • 6:30pm - Doors Open
  • 7:00pm - Collective Silence
  • 7:15pm - Rev. Heng Sure's reflections and stories from his personal service journey
  • 8:30pm - Q&A and circle of sharing with the group
  • 9:00pm - Tea and light refreshments

It would be great to have you join us, share a contemplative space of reflection, and plant seeds for co-creating more goodness in the world.  To join, simply RSVP below and we'll send you a follow-up email with the details. The entire gathering is being offered anonymously as a pay-it-forward gift :) 

About Rev. Heng Sure

Words simply can't describe Rev. Heng Sure. You have to actually hear his riveting, wisdom-filled stories with his animated story-telling voices. You have feel his humility and how he can relate to and inspire just about anyone, from prisoners to monks, from recovering dot-commers to Macintosh fans, from kids to parents. You have to see how he moves entire audiences to tears with simple songs on his guitar.

Originally from Ohio, Christopher Clowery's life changed with a random phone call while pursuing graduate studies at UC Berkeley. Through a series of serendipitous events, he met a Chinese master who inspired him to dedicate his life to understanding and building virtue. He became Rev. Heng Sure.

Over the last 41 years as a monastic, Rev. Heng Sure has led a monastery in Berkeley, been a founding board member of United Religions Initiative (that has now spread to over 50 countries!), shared stories through his blog, made songs that open the heart, finished his PhD and has published books including bowing journals from their 800 miles pilgrimage.           

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St Ethelburga's, City of London

Chan/Zen Talk @ SOAS 14/08/2017

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14th August 2017
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7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chan is uniquely Chinese and was founded by an Indian Monk called Budhidharma who came to China in the late 5th century, later become the dominate method of meditaton. Some three hundreds years later, in 8th century, Chan was exported to Japan from China. The Chinese word is 禪 - pronounced in Chinese as Ch'an and in Japanese as Zen.  Today, people are looking at the origin or roots of 禪. Chan Master Sheng Yen, of the 20th century, introduced Chan to the West in a direct, simple and practical way of practice.  Guo Gu is one of his closest disciples and a much sought after Chan teacher in modern time.  He is current prof. of Buddhism at Florida State Univrsit of USA.

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London Chan group

DDMBA UK

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This is a public talk hosted by London Chan Group and supported by SOAS.  admission is FREE

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SOAS University of London 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Day Meditation Retreat

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18 March 2017 | Saturday
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10am - 4.30pm
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The Buddhist Society

Chan Meditation training followed by retreat

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19th September 2016

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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please download booking from from our website: www.chanmeditationlondon.org and read through, follow insrturction.  

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Chan Meditation DDMBA London UK

 

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www.chanmeditationlondon.org

28 the Avenue  London Nw6 7YD

text: 07914511303

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Buddhist Society, 58 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PH; Training: Greenwich Peninsular - North Greenwich; Chan Retreat: Buckden Towers, High St, Buckden, St Neots, Cambs PE19 5TA

spring Chan/Zen 7-day retreat 2016

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7th May - 14th May 2016
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7th May 2016
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4:30pm

for detailed information please visit: http://www.chanmeditationlondon.org

any queries please contact: info@chanmeditationlondon.org

or tex: 07914 511303 

Chan/Zen Meditation Workshop

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9th January 2016
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11:00am to 16:30pm

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

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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)

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The Prayer Space @ Greenwich Peninsula Find us by the side of Emirates Cable Car Station, nearest Underground Station - North Greenwich, Jubilee Line

Tibet’s Secret Temple

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Tibet's Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 to Sunday, 28 February 2016

'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.

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Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE

Chan/Zen Meditation Workshop

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10/10/2015
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1:30pm

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

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DDMBA London

Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche Teachings and Empowerments London 2015

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A Brief Introduction to Khenpo Sodargye

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23 Oct -24th 2015
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2:00pm to 9:30pm

 

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 .
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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.

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Kagyu Samye Dzong London 15 Spa Road Bermondsey SE16 3SA Reception (44) 020 3327 1650 Reception ksdlondon@samye.org

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