London Shambhala Meditation Centre: UK Registered Charity No 1073977


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.


Sunday 2 November

Shambhala Art Salon

The bi-monthly Art Salon is back and we kick off this month with an exploration of the idea and experience of Basic Goodness through Art. The focus will be on feelings and using the senses through a series of guided drawings and other art related activities.


Salons are gatherings to create an awake culture.

The Shambhala Art Salon is an opportunity to explore topics from the Shambhala Art teachings as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

We will investigate concepts of ‘awake art’ and ‘enlightened society’, as well as offering the opportunity for people to share their artwork or creative practice.

Please bring along a sketch pad, a couple pencils and erasers.

The salon is open to artist of any persuasion or none. It will be lead by artist Caroline Kha.

Come enjoy the afternoon with your fellow creatives!


For more information please contact art&


Timings: 3.30 - 5pm

Cost: Free of charge, donations welcome


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 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.

Sunday 2 November

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 group is part of our monthly Open Afternoon.   


Timings: 5pm - 8pm

Cost: £5 (concessions available)

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

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

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


Monday 10 November

Open House Talk: 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: Victory over Aggression

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

Timings: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Cost: £6 (concessions available)

Monday 8 December

Open House Talk: Transcending Hope and Fear




A look at devotion as the practice of transcending the small self’s demand that things turn out the way one wants, which entails releasing energy normally tied up in hoping for the best and fearing the worst.

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

Cost: Suggested donation £3


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 and Richard Bleckman.

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.

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.

Dates: Tuesday evenings: 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


Residential weeekend retreats are held from time to time at IvyBank our retreat house in Hampshire. No retreats are available for listing at present

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