London Shambhala Meditation Centre: UK Registered Charity No 1073977

PROGRAMME LISTING

Unless otherwise stated, all events, programmes, classes and courses take place at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre in Clapham. Please see Location Map for directions. Evening sessions usually begin with a short session of meditation.

Click here to review a selection of past public events, programmes, classes and courses.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday 4 October

Shambhala Social Evening

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Please join us for an evening of simplicity, bring food and drink, family and friends for conversation and laughter. It is inherent within us to enjoy the company of others, and stregthen our connections to each other.

 

Timings 7pm - 11pm

Free - please bring food and drink to share

Sunday 5 October

Open Afternoon

with Meditation, Young People's Meditation, Tea Salon & Singing

All are welcome to our monthly Open Afternoon with Meditation, Young People's Meditation, Salon and Singing.

The afternoon's schedule:

2 – 3.30pm    Meditation

2 – 3.30pm    Young People's Meditation

3.30 – 5pm    Tea Salon   

5 – 8pm         Singing Group

Please save the date of the next Shambhala Open Afternoon which will be on 2nd of November

 

Cost: Meditation – £3 donation; Young People's Meditation & Tea Salon - £5 donation; Singing - £5

Wednesday 8 October

Sadhana of Mahamudra

 

 

 

We will be practicing the Sadhana of Mahamudra on Wednesday the 8 of October in the upstairs shrine room as there is open sitting meditation in the main building. As it is a week night, we will not be showing a video of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, we will go straight into the practice of the Sadhana.

 

 

 

The practice will be taking place again on the following date, Thursday 6 November. Once again as this is a week night event we will not be the teachings from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on the Sadhana of Mahamudra, we will resume screenings on 6 December which is the next weekend that the full moon falls, in the meantime we will just be practicing the sadhana.

 

 

 All are welcome

Arrival 7.15pm, start 7.30pm, finish 9pm

Free of charge

WEEKEND PROGRAMMES

Sunday 5 October

Young People's Meditation

A chance for young people aged 6-11 years old to learn the simple human practice of meditation and apply it to their daily lives of friends, school and family. Meditation can help us work with difficult emotions, develop a grounded connection to ourselves, and notice and enjoy the richness of our world.

We learn and practice sitting meditation, mindful movement and the expressive arts. The group will be led by Ali Warner.

A meditation session for adults will run at the same time in a separate room. Open to all parents. Meditation instruction will be available. Adult session offered by donation.

Ali Warner is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and is committed to bringing the meditative arts into children'’s education. She has taught meditation and embodied musicianship in schools, and is the Director of Shambhala London. 

This programme is part of our monthly Open Afternoon

Please save the date of the next Open Afternoon which will be on 2nd of November

Timings: 2pm - 3.30pm

Cost: free of charge. Adult session by donation.

Sunday 5 October

Tea Salon

As part of the Shambhala Community day, the Tea Salon gives us the opportunity to gather in an uplifted environment, to socialize with each other and engage in the simple joy of conversation and drinking fine teas and eating delicious, homemade cakes..

We invite you to share in conversations that matter to you and are relevant to our world.

This programme is part of our monthly Open Afternoon 

Please save the date of the next Shambhala Community day which will be on the 2nd of November

Timings: 3.30 - 5.30pm

Cost: £5 donation

Sunday 5 October

Singing Group

Join us for a monthly practice of exploring our voices through vocal exercises, and simple traditional songs and chants.

Inspired by the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus, we will practice making sound in a way that enriches our connection to ourselves and others. All welcome. No experience of singing necessary.

This group will be led by Ali Warner.

Ali Warner is a meditation student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and follows the teaching of Frank Kane with his mastery of embodied voice through the study of ancient singing practices.

She sings traditional song and experimental free improvisation, and continues to explore how the expressive voice can strengthen communities.

This programme is part of our monthly Open Afternoon

Please save the date of the next Open Afternoon which will be on 2nd of November

 

 

Timings: 5pm - 8pm

Cost: £5 (concessions available)

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 October

Choosing Sanity over Confusion: Taking Refuge

What helps us, as meditators?

We are said to have three sources of inspiration. There was the Buddha who sets us the first example of someone liberated from confusion. There are the Truths he discovered (the Dharma); and finally the company and stimulus of our fellow-Seekers (the Sangha).

We will explore what it means today to take refuge in these “three jewels” for our lives as practitioners. (It is hoped that the Refuge Vow will be offered in London, for those interested, during the coming months.)

Shastri Peter Conradi will teach from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, a comprehensive presentation of the three-Yana journey of the `Buddhist path. There are no pre-requisites for this weekend.

Peter Conradi is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He is English Professor Emeritus at Kingston University, and the author of a number of books including Going Buddhist and Iris Murdoch: A Life. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

 

Registration: Please send a £20 cheque as a deposit, made payable to the 'London Shambhala Meditation Centre' to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call 020 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.  

Timings: Saturday/Sunday 9.30am - 6pm. Lunch will be provided on both days

Cost: £120 (£100 if registering before 10 Oct). £80 Concessions available by prior application

Sunday 2 November

The Further Adventures of King Gesar!

An arts and storytelling workshop for young people

 

Explore more incredible adventures of the legendary Tibetan King Gesar, known as the ‘superhuman warrior ruler of the Kingdom of Ling’. Follow his journey through the six realms of existence as he travels from the underworld to the realm of the Gods and everywhere in between, meeting some interesting characters along the way.

Bring the story to life with mask-making, games, sounds, movement and imagination!

Led by Tansy Troy from KINSHIP, with Ali Warner. KINSHIP believe in empowering children through creative play in both the UK and in Tibetan Zanskhar.

Suitable for young people aged 5-10yrs old – older & younger people may also enjoy taking part, please contact youngpeople@shambhala.org.uk if needed.

Bring your friends!

Please bring lunch to share.

 

Contact: Please contact Ali at to register

Timings: 10am arrival, 10.30am-3.30pm (lunch with parents 12.30-1.30pm, showing to parents 3pm)

Cost: £8 per child including mask materials.

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November

Aspiration of Mahamudra by Rangjung Dorje

with Jim Scott

Rangjung Dorje, the third Karmapa, was famous as a great scholar and great mediator. He composed the Aspiration of Mahamudra out of his compassion for beings that the realisation of mahamudra may arise in our minds. This aspiration is also a concise step by step guide that provides instruction to all levels of practitioners. Mahamuda is the highest state of realisation of the Kagyu Buddhist pathway.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche personally invited Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche to teach his students help make these profound teachings accessible to us. Understanding the ultimate goal enables our practice to be more fruitful and effective. The Aspiration of Mahamudra can be understood as simple instruction on how to be a good human being dealing with the complexities of life all the way through to instructions on how to realise our ultimate nature.

Jim Scott has been a student and translator for Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche for 37 years. He is a gifted teacher who brings the Aspiration of Mahamudra to life by teaching it in its original style as a song.

 

Registration: Please send a £20 cheque as a deposit, made payable to the 'London Shambhala Meditation Centre' to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY 

 

For more information or to ask about concessions please email vajrayana@shambhala.org.uk

Timings: Friday 7.30pm - 10pm, Saturday 9.30am - 6pm and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

Cost: £120 (£80 concession available with prior arrangement)

TALKS

Monday 13 October

Making Life Choices

with Acharya Richard John

We make choices every moment, often without paying attention. Sometimes we make important decisions that will alter the course of our entire life. How do we choose? Are our choices based on accumulated habits, or on sound wisdom? Will our choices create benefit for ourselves and others, or will they lead to confusion and hardship? We will explore these questions, and look at practical criteria drawn from the Shambhala Buddhist teachings

 

 

 

 

 

Acharya Richard John - An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Chile. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Acharya John and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

 

 

 


Open from 7.30pm: tea and biscuits 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Cost: Suggested donation £3

Monday 10 November

Practicing Peace in a Time of Conflict

We can’t always control what happens to us in life, but during times of fear, loss and groundlessness, there is one thing that we can always change and that is our own state of mind. Times of conflict help us to see that we always face ‘a moment of opportunity’ in which we can open our hearts and minds or we can go on contributing to the chain reaction of aggression and self-interest.

 

Shastri Hope was appointed a senior teacher in both London and Ukraine. She will be sharing her experience in how to work with our mind in times of war and conflict.

Open from 7.30pm: tea and biscuits 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Cost: Suggested donation £3

Friday 28 November

Public Talk: Protecting peace

Working with conflict

Question : What would you do if there were no conflict?  
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche: "It would be deadly. Working with conflict is precisely the idea of walking the spiritual path. The path is a wild, winding mountain road with all kind of curves; there are wild animals, attacks by bandits, all kinds of situations cropping up. As far as the occupation of our mind is concerned, the chaos of the path is the fun." - Chögyam Trungpa – Dawn of Tantra

 

In any situation or society, conflict can arise. In the Shambhala teachings there are many ways of working with this and of developing skilful means. The Dorje Kasung is a service organisation within Shambhala, which was formed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Its motto is Victory Over War. It is a means of taking the mindfulness and awareness we experience in our meditation practice out into the world. Meditation is a means of protecting our mind and being able to create space and remain steady when situations become chaotic or uncertain.

We extend this into every situation we encounter in our daily lives with the aspiration to create a world based on basic goodness, contentment and peace rather than speed, aggression and inequality. This training aims to deepen our connection with basic goodness so that true kindness can flourish. It will examine how to realize and integrate that vision into Shambhala councils and communities, and also develop confidence in caring for situations of disharmony or obstruction.

The talk on Friday evening is public and open to all.

For information and registration, please contact:protectingpeace@shambhala.org.uk

Timings: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Cost: £6

COURSES

Tuesday 4 November to Tuesday 9 December

Basic Goodness of Being Human

'Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human' is the first of three new courses collectively called the Basic Goodness Series. This series is oriented towards universal questions that have arisen in some form thoughout human history, in most cultures and traditions.

The second course is called 'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society', and the third course is entitled 'What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality'. These courses are intended to create learning communities where we can come together and reflect on our own experience and the world.

In general the Basic Goodness Series presents teachings in an experiential way, with an emphasis on understanding the view and meaning of these teachings, and how they can be applied to our lives. This series is a powerful journey through the complete view and experience of basic goodness - our personal experience, our experience with others, and our relationship with the reality of life itself.

In addition to welcoming us into an experience of the wakefulness and dignity of being human, the Basic Goodness Series is also describing the underlying understanding of a social revolution. Shambhala vision is not limited to individual awakening; it is a vision for human society and “shifting” human history.

This first course focuses on the sense of self. It includes teachings on basic goodness, selflessness, the arising of ego and the five skandhas, cocoon, buddha nature, and the confidence of warriorship. We will practice contemplative investigations of the self based upon the four Foundations of Mindfulness, a core teaching from the Buddhist tradition.

Open to all. Both newer and seasoned practitioners could find these courses meaningful and enriching. This course will be taught by Acharya Orhun Cercel.

Acharya Orhun Cercel has been meditating since 1990 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His varied career has taken him from investment banking to Chinese medicine and psychotherapy. He spends much of his time travelling in Europe teaching Shambhala programmes.

Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25, November and 2,9 December 2014

To pre-register please call 020 7720 3207 to make a card payment over the phone or send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY

Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7.30pm finish 9:30pm

Cost: £60 (£50 if booking before 28th October). Concessions available by prior application

RETREATS

Saturday 4 to Saturday 11 October

Cultivating Compassion: a Meditation Retreat

A seven day retreat at Lamledra House on the south Cornwall coast, with Shastri Peter Conradi and Shastri Jim O’Neill, Sat 4th – Sat 11th October 2014.

This retreat will be a time for meditation practice, enriched by teachings. It is open to both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

We will explore how the practice of meditation can help us make friends with ourselves and cultivate compassion for others.

Peter Conradi is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He is English Professor Emeritus at Kingston University, and the author of a number of books including Going Buddhist and Iris Murdoch: A Life. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Jim O'Neill is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher. He also works full time as a psychoanalyst.

 

Lamledra (http://lamledrahouse.co.uk/index.htm) is a spacious Edwardian house in a secluded setting overlooking the sea, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you are interested in attending this retreat and would like further details please email northlondon@shambhala.org.uk. The maximum number of participants is 20, so early application is encouraged.

The cost is £400, early bird £375, which includes all meals and accommodation.

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