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.
Saturday 20 December
Winter Solstice Party
The day will be a chance to come together as a Community and celebrate this time of both reflecting on the past year and looking to the year ahead.
We will begin at 4pm with a candlelit meditation session and then come together to enjoy mulled wine, food and offerings (performances).
If you have enough stamina to stick around for a bit longer, we will be playing some games and heading into the late hours with some celebratory dancing to music provided by our own in-house DJ. So if you've ever wanted to know what it would be like to dance in the Shrine room, this is the night for you.
Offerings: Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to share with us your unique talents on the night (it could be anything from reading poetry, playing an instrument, singing etc). Each offering will be short and sweet (3 mins) and there are a limited number of offering slots so get in while you can! The Community Day singing group led by Ali Warner will also be delighting us with an offering so if you would like to be part of that come along to the upcoming singing group session on December 7th for a rehearsal.
Dress code: Winter festive (or come as you are if dressing up is not your thing)
Volunteers - what do you enjoying doing and what are you good at? We are looking for members of the community to offer help with jobs throughout the day and evening. These include setting up the space, mulled wine making, soup-making, filling snack dishes, clean up at the end of the evening. If you would like to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally: We are looking for many many glass jars (of any size - they could be old jam jars, dessert jars, Uncle Ben’s sauce jars etc) to hold many many tea lights! If you have any lying around please bring them to the Centre when you are next there. We look forward to celebrating with you soon.
Timings: Please arrive between 3.30-4pm if you would like to join us for the 4pm meditation session. The evening will end at midnight.
Cost: free (but your help is priceless!) Home-made soup will be provided during the evening but please bring a side-dish or a snack to accompany it. Mulled wine will also be provided but please bring whatever else you would like to drink through the eveni
Saturday 20 December
'Compassion is not the relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship betweenequals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.'
From the book 'Places that Scare You' by Pema Chodron
Please join us for a session of candlelit meditaiton as part of our Winter Solstice Celebrations
Timings: Please arrive between 3.30-4pm if you would like to join us for the 4pm meditation session.
Free of Charge
Sunday 4 January 2015
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.
Timings: 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost: free of charge. Adult session by donation.
Sunday 4 January 2015
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.
Timings: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: £5 (concessions available)
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 January 2015
Work, Sex, Money
Work, sex and money; these are areas in our lives in which we instinctively look for satisfaction. We hope that we will find fulfilment and pleasure in them. Sometimes we do and at other times they are problematic. Often we search for practical advice on ways to handle them. The Shambhala teachings call on us to engage with the world, our environment, and the society we live in, as our practice. They teach us to find awake in that engagement. In this approach involvement with the world is a means to practice rather than a distraction. It is meditation in action. It is desirable for us to break down the artificial barriers we construct for ourselves between spiritual endeavours and the everyday aspects of our lives. The Shambhala path is designed to reveal the inherent sacredness of our ordinary living situations, which is how we connect with sanity on the spot. Sacredness is the notion that the world and the society in which we live are already basically awake. Accessing that is possible if we are willing to engage nakedly, with an attitude of curiosity and friendliness. This programme will be led 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.
Lunch will be included on both days
Friday: 7.30-9.30pm Sat: 9am arrival, 9.30am start, 6.30pm finish Sun:9.30am arrival, 10am start, 5pm finish and reception
Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 16 Jan 2015, £90 concession by prior application
Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 February 2015
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.
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 cheque made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)207 720 3207
to make a card payment by phone.
The weekend begins on Saturday at approximately 9.00 am and finishes around 6.00 pm. Sunday continues from 9.00am ending roughly at 6.30pm. Lunch is provided on both days.
Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 30 January 2015, £90 Concession available by prior application
Monday 12 January 2015
Open House Talk: Work, Sex, Money
with Acharya Orhun Cercel
Work, sex and money; these are areas in our lives in which we instinctively look for satisfaction. We hope that we will find fulfilment and pleasure in them. Sometimes we do and at other times they are problematic. Often we search for practical advice on ways to handle them.
Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion
Cost: Suggested donation £3
Tuesday 13 January to Tuesday 10 February 2015
Contentment in Everyday Life
An introductory evening course over five weeks
This course provides an exploration of mindfulness meditation, and meditation in action for daily life.
With meditation practice we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and good-humour.
The course includes meditation teachings, practice, discussion, personal instruction and readings. It offers both a good introduction for complete beginners and a fresh inspiration for those who already have some experience of meditation.
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.
Read more about the Way of Shambhala
Dates: 13, 20, 27 Jan, 3, 10 Feb 2015
Registration: Please send a cheque made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.
Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7:30pm, finish 9:30pm
Cost: £110, £80 if registering before 6 January 2015, £60 concession by prior application
Monday 29 to Wednesday 31 December
Deepening Our Practice
A winter retreat with Peter Conradi and Jim O'Neill
Ring out the old, ring in the new " [Tennyson]. The turn of the year is a traditional, sometimes challenging and also a good time to find renewed strength and consolation in our practice. Please do join us to explore how we enter 2015 with a spirit of courage and adventure.
Lunch will be provided. There will be daily guided instruction & short talks about Shamatha meditation. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one meditation interviews.
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 psychotherapist.
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Cost: £55 for 3 days, £40 for 2 days, £25 for 1 day