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 20 to Sunday 21 September

Harvest of Peace Celebration

with Interfaith Walk

The Harvest of Peace Celebration is an opportunity to practice together, to share food and connect with others, and to appreciate our year so far. With people returning from their holidays, retreats and other activities, and the chance to meet others in the broader community, we have the opportunity to share the wealth of our experiences with each other.

At a time when there is so much conflict and suffering in our world at all levels, we can mark this time of year by practising and celebrating peace together.

The Harvest of Peace Celebration will take place over a weekend, with activities focusing on our own community and on meeting new friends from the local area. Please feel free to come to the whole weekend, or all or part of each day.

Day 1, Saturday 20 September

Shambhala will be hosting guests for the first time from the Interfaith Walk in Lambeth that takes place each year, where walkers visit different centres of faith in the local area. Please come and help us welcome our guests to the Centre, and also join the walk - more details here.

Day 2, Sunday 21 September

We will have a special opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana together, to enjoy a shared celebratory meal & drinks, to hear about developments in the Centre and opportunities to contribute, and watch a recorded address from the Sakyong.

This celebration is open to anyone who feels a connection with Shambhala and there will be no charge.

Please email to let us know if you plan to attend. We would welcome help in setting up and ensuring the smooth flow of each day's activities, so if you're willing to lend a hand, then email and let us know.

Timings: Day 1, Saturday 20 September: Walk 10.15am-4.30pm, Shambhala Centre Visit 11.30am-12.20pm Day 2, Sunday 21 September: 10.30am-6pm (final timings tbc)

Cost: Free of charge. There will be an opportunity to make donations to the Centre on the day.

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

Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 September

The Art of Being Human

Shambhala Training Level One

'The way of the Great Eastern Sun is based on seeing that there is a natural source of radiance and brilliance in the world, which is the innate wakefulness of human beings.' Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The Shambhala Training path of study and practice or the Way of Shambhala begins with The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One.

The Way of Shambhala consists of five weekend programmes ("levels") and five evening courses which offer meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions and interviews.

Completing the Way of Shambhala provides the tools you need to establish a personal meditation discipline and take the basic principles of warriorship forward into your daily life.

Level One introduces the rich Shambhala tradition, which inspires and encourages us to explore and celebrate what it is to be human. During the weekend we begin to work with the practice of meditation which allows this gentle exploration to take place. This weekend will be taught by Richard Bleckman.

Richard Bleckman is a veterinary surgeon and the director of a busy veterinary hospital. He studied Tibetan medicine with Kempo Tsenam Tsuru for 6 years. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years and a member of Shambhala for the last 25 years. He currently holds the position of Director of Practice and Education for Shambhala London.

Level One offers both a good introduction for complete beginners and a fresh inspiration for those who may already have some experience of meditation within their own spiritual traditions.

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

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.

 

The weekend begins on Saturday at approximately 9.00 am and finishes around 6.30-7 pm. Sunday continues from 9.00am ending roughly at 6.30-7pm. Lunch is provided on both days.

Cost: £120 (£100 if registering before 20 Sept). £70 Concessions available by prior application

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)

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

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

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 29 September

Open House Talk: Taking Refuge, Choosing Sanity over Confusion


 

Peter Conradi will explore three traditional sources of inspiration: the Buddha who first liberated himself from confusion; the Truths he discovered (The Dharma); and the company and stimulus of our fellow-Seekers (The Sangha)

 

 

 

 


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

Cost: Suggested donation £3

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

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

Thursday 18 September to Thursday 16 October

Meditation in Everyday Life

An introductory evening course over five weeks

This five week evening course provides tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life. With simple instructions and support, mindfulness meditation can become part of our everyday lives and reveal our innate stability, clarity and strength.

Meditation in Everyday Life is one of the main introductions to meditation that we offer and we highly recommend it for anyone interested in meditation, Buddhism or Shambhala. It is suitable for complete beginners and can also provide fresh inspiration for those who may already have some experience of meditation within their own spiritual traditions.

This course is also one of the first parts of the evening course curriculum from the Way of Shambhala, an ongoing training in meditation and how we can use Buddhist teachings to awaken to our inherent potential.

The course will be taught by Shastri Christina De Block and Angie Nehring.

Shastri De Block studied with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the 1980's and is a student of his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is now retired after many years working in London as a teacher and language therapist.

Angie Nehring is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been an active member of Shambhala since 2001. She has held various senior positions within the organisation, including Director of Culture and Decorum and Shambhala Training Coordinator. She works at the BBC as a producer.

 

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

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

Dates: Thursdays 18th, 25th September, 2nd, 9th, 16th October

 

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

£60 (£50 if booking by 11th September). £40 Concessions

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

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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