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.
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is a tantric meditation text practice open to the whole Shambhala community, performed on the new and full moon days of the lunar calendar. The practice consists of meditation and chants, and lasts about an hour. Sadhana may be translated as "means of accomplishment." The Sadhana of Mahamudra was written in 1968 by Trungpa Rinpoche at Taktsang in Bhutan, in a cave where the great Tibetan Saint Padmasambhava meditated--a site held in great reverence in Buddhism. The Sadhana is the result of Trungpa Rinpoche's exposure to both Western spiritual materialism and the wisdom of the traditional Buddhist approach to reality. The Sadhana of Mahamudra has been acknowledged as terma, which is Tibetan for "treasure" and refers to authoritative religious literature said to have been preserved in hidden places to be recovered at a point in time when needed by the world.
As a sadhana that combines the Kagyu mahamudra tradition of Karma Pakshi with the Nyingma ati tradition of Dorje Trolo, this is a unique upaya ("skillful means") that speaks directly to overcoming the three lords of materialism of our current age. Its essential teaching is that the nature of the practice itself undercuts any ideas of spiritual materialism.
All are welcome
Arrival 7pm, start 7.15pm, finish 9.15pm
Free of charge
Monday 11 May
Open Evening: What's so special about the Dorje Kasung?
with Merlin Cox
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala, was a teacher of extraordinary creativity.
Not only did he invent new ways of using the English language to accurately transmit the traditional Kagyü and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to a Western audience, and to reveal the Shambhala terma teachings, he was also active in a wide range of disciplines including translation, poetry, art, calligraphy, photography, flower-arranging, theatre, psychology and equestrianism. He founded important dharma centres and the first Buddhist-inspired university in the West.
However, perhaps one of his most extraordinary achievements was the foundation of the Dorje Kasung, a path of service in the tradition of the dharmapala (dharma protector) principle.
The Dorje Kasung is both an integral part of Shambhala and a path in its own right, with its own unique teachings and practices, some of which draw on military forms such as uniforms, drill and mess.
This talk will introduce the Dorje Kasung and some of its key principles: the three metaphors of wind, container and horizon.
Merlin Cox is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been a member of the Dorje Kasung since 1986. He first encountered the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (the founder of Shambhala) in 1977 and attended Vajradhatu Seminary in 1988. He served as Co-Director and Director of the London Shambhala Centre from 2004 to 2011. He works as a software engineer and is married with one son.
Photograph by Ray Ellis
Time: 7.30pm: Arrival, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion
Cost: £5 suggested donation
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April
A Voice Workshop with Frank Kane
Join us for an exploratory workshop that will allow us to release untapped vocal resources and deepen the connection to our voices, to each other, and to ourselves.
Our voices are an essential part of our experience of being human.
Many of us know the satisfaction of a good conversation, the pain of an argument, the delight of laughter, the sharpness of feeling silenced.
Ancient cultures respected and celebrated the power of sound to nourish the growth and development of people and communities, where songs and chants were used to empower work on the land, childrearing, physical healing and sacred practice.
In this weekend, we will use simple vocal exercises and the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus as a laboratory in which to expand the strength and depth of our voices and ourselves.
Students of all levels of experience are welcome. No experience of singing necessary. Frank Kane is a master teacher of voice. He has studied Georgian polyphonic song, music & culture as well as energetic resonance and body-mind disciplines. Frank has developed a distinctive approach using ancient Georgian chants as a medium of vocal expression and path of self-discovery and exploration; transforming the patterns that constrict the voice and leading us beyond the familiar.
There will be a feast with toasts & songs on Saturday evening for weekend participants. A simple lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a small reception at the end of the weekend on Sunday evening. £10 contribution for the feast if attending.
Registration: Please send a cheque for full payment or £30 deposit made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207+44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.
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Timings: Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 9.30am Coffee & Arrival/10am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am Coffee & Arrival/10am-5.30pm followed by small reception
Cost: £160, £130 if registering by 10 April 2015, £90 concession available on prior application
Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 April
Emptiness and Compassion
Entering the Mahayana Path
During this weekend we will discuss how we engage with the suffering of others and learn to serve our world. This can seem remote and daunting; yet also simple and immediate. As Trungpa Rinpoche wrote: “Compassion develops from Emptiness because we have nothing to hold onto, nothing to work with, no project, no personal gain, no ulterior motives. Therefore whatever you do is a clean job. So compassion and Emptiness work together”.
Shastri Peter Conradi, author of Going Buddhist, 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. This weekend offers further teachings on the Profound Treasury of Dharma.
There are no prerequisites for this weekend, lunch will be provided on both days.
For registration, information and concessions please email:
Saturday/ Sunday: 9.30am-6pm
Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 12 Apr, £90 concession
Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 May
Balancing Body and Mind with Acharya Samten Kobelt
Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of Qigong. Experience increased vitality and radiant good health through this ancient Chinese system of movement exercises. Qigong is used as a tool to build the foundation for sitting meditation. This is an opportunity to receive instructions on two remarkable Qigong lineages: the lineage of Xientianwujimen and the lineage of Yiquan. No previous knowledge is required.
In level 1
Students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner Qigong. Outer Qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. Techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics will be taught. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating Qi. Students will learn sleeping and walking qigong as well as standing qigong.
In level 2
The focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing system and the Nine Self-massage system will be taught in its entirety. This course is the foundation for a progressive program of Qigong instruction presented by Eva Wong and authorized instructors, exclusively through Shambhala Centres.
Acharya Samten A. Kobelt was born and raised in Switzerland. Throughout his life he has engaged in body-mind disciplines of both eastern and western origin, such as Bugaku (Japanese dance), Lujong (tibetan yoga) and Contemplative Dance (developed at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado). He presents Qigong from the Lineage of Eva Wong with whom he studied since 2005. He has taught Shambhala and Buddhism as well as Qigong and Contemplative Dance in many places, including the US, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
For registration, information and concessions please email:
Saturday & Sunday 9am-5.30pm
£160/ £130 if registered by 26th April/ £90 concessions
Sunday 10 May
Young People's Meditation Group
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.
Contact for more information
Timings: 1.30pm - 3.00pm followed by tea and snacks
Cost: free of charge. Suggested donation for adult session £5.
Sunday 10 May
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.
Contact for more information
Timings: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: £5 (concessions available)
Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June
Chariot of Mahamudra
with Acharya Richard John
This is a rare opportunity for practitioners at all levels—tantrikas and newer students—to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound meditation traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct. The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind, on the cushion and in everyday life.
In this program we will use shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. We will begin with an overview talk on Friday evening, then practice all day Saturday and Sunday. Most of the time we will maintain silence, but there will be an opportunity for discussion at the end of each day, and a celebration at the conclusion on Sunday.
The prerequisite for the program is Shambhala Training Level One, but anyone committed to meditation practice may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.
ACHARYA RICHARD JOHN An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. Acharya John is known for his experiential and practical approach, which encourages participants to connect with the teachings personally and apply them in daily life.
Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 29 May, £90 concession
Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July
Marcia Shibata: Kado - The Way of Flowers and Nature
Kado is a contemplative art practice that studies nature - as it is.
Kado originated in China, over 2000 year ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japanese culture, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living flowers”. Kado is more than flower arranging in the "Asian way" or to make pleasant flower arrangements, Kado is a path based on the truth of nature, the way things are. It is at the same time, an art form, a contemplative discipline and a guide to our lives.
Human beings are part of nature, we follow the same patterns as does all life on this planet. Kado teaches us to see the wisdom of nature clearly, which is the same in ourselves and others. We simultaneously study the human condition when working with natural materials from the earth; which enables us to develop respect for all things animate or inanimate.
This course is suitable for beginners and advanced students. Marcia Wang Shibata is the master Shambhala Kado Instructor within Shambhala. She founded Shambhala Kado with her long term students. She was a student of Chögyamg Trungpa Rinpoche and now is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Marcia has studied and practiced both classical and modern Ikebana schools in Japan and in the West. Marcia teaches from the view of nature’s truth, the Buddha Dharma and Shambhalian warriorship.
To pre-register, please send a deposit of £30 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call 0207 720 3207 between 1pm-5pm Mon-Fri to arrange a card payment.
PLEASE NOTE: Registrations for the programme closes at 9pm on the 9th July, this is due to the need to purchase flowers the following morning for the course.
Timings: The course will start on Friday evening at 7.30pm with an open talk, everybody welcome (£5 suggested donation, free for weekend participants). Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am-6pm
Course fee: £170, £140 early bird (register before 3 July), £100 concessions
Monday 13 April
Open House Talk: Are we Truly Human?
with Acharya David Hope
What do we mean by ‘being human’, beyond the biological definition? Is human nature good or not, and how far do we live up to its possibilities? How is humanness different from humaneness?
This talk will explore our assumptions about these terms that we often take for granted.
Acharya David Hope has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for the past 30 years. He helped establish the London Shambhala Centre and has taught widely in Europe and many countries worldwide. He lived for several years with his wife, Christina de Block near Dechen Chöling. The couple recently returned to the UK.
7.30pm: Arrival 8.00-9:30pm: talk and discussion
Cost: Suggested donation £3
Friday 1 May
Open House: Balancing Body and Mind
with Acharya Samten Kobelt
“Synchronizing body and mind is not a concept or a random technique someone thought up for self improvement. Rather, it is a basic principle of how to be a human being and how to use your sense perceptions, your mind and your body together.” Chögyam TrungpaRinpoche
Acharya Samten A. Kobelt is a senior treacher within Shambhala; born and raised in Switzerland. Throughout his life he has engaged in body-mind disciplines of both eastern and western origin. He has taught Shambhala and Buddhism as well as Qigong and Contemplative Dance in the US, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion
Suggested donation: £5
Friday 10 July
Marcia Shibata: Open Art Evening
Explore the way of flowers and nature. Kado demonstration with teachings on a path that observes nature, the way things are. Human beings are part of nature, we follow the same patterns as does all life on this planet.
Marcia Wang Shibata is the master Shambhala Kado Instructor within Shambhala. She founded Shambhala Kado with her long term students. She was a student of Chögyamg Trungpa Rinpoche and now is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Marcia has studied and practiced both classical and modern Ikebana schools in Japan and in the West. Marcia teaches from the view of nature’s truth, the Buddha Dharma and Shambhalian warriorship.
7.30pm: Arrival 8.00-9:30pm: talk and discussion
Suggested donation: £5
Tuesday 7 April to Tuesday 5 May
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. This programme will be taught by Shastri Jane Hope and Sid Liddall
Jane Hope is a long-term student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and a founding member of the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She has been appointed by the Sakyong as a 'shastri', or senior teacher, for the UK and the Ukraine.
Sid Liddall is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and currently teaches computer science. He has had various careers including shiatsu massage, web development and tree surgery and is particularly inspired by social and environmental transformation.
For information and concessions please email: email@example.com
To pre-register please call 020 7720 3207020 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
Programme cost: £110/ £80 if registered by 1st April/ £60 concessions prior to application
Thursday 21 May to Thursday 25 June
How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society
'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society' is the second of three courses collectively called the Basic Goodness Series which offers us 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.
This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society?
The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).
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. They are intended to create learning communities where we can come together and reflect on our own experience and the world.
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.
Each course consists of six classes. This course is 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 psychotherapy and acupuncture. He spends much of his time travelling in Europe teaching Shambhala programmes.
Dates: 21, 28 May 4, 11, 18, 25 June 2015
To pre-register please send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call 0207 720 3207 to arrange a card payment.
Timings: 7.15pm - 9.30pm, 7.15pm arrival and registration, 7.30pm class starts
Cost: £110 (early bird price £80 for registration by 14 May) £60 Concession
Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August
with Shastri Jim O'Neill and Shastri Peter Conradi
A nine day meditation retreat open to beginners and experienced meditators led by Peter Conradi and Jim O’Neill supported by Jude Hudson and Lee Howson, long-term students of Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Bleddfa (near Knighton on Powys) offers both on-site accommodation in dorms and also camping in the orchard; while two tied cottages at Cwmygerwyn, within walking distance, provide individual rooms.
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