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

Tuesday 9 September

Sadhana of Mahamudra

 

 

 

We will be practicing the Sadhana of Mahamudra on Tuesday the 9 of September, 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, Wednesday 8 October. 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

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.

WEEKEND PROGRAMMES

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 September

Marcia Shibata: Shambhala Art - Parts 1 - 3

Discover the true source of creativity

Shambhala Art is awakening us to our endless pool of clear, creative energy. The view taught in this program can confirm that this source is ever present in each person. Shambhala Art does not emphasize any particular art discipline or even being an artist, but rather helps anyone discover his or her genuine creativity. When we become aware of and learn to touch this source moment to moment, we can recognize that our basic nature, innate in all human beings is our most valued ally.

Naturally, it is up to us to make the effort to cultivate our chosen discipline as well as nurture our relationship to this genuine ground. And by doing so, our life can become a joyful fountain of authentic creativity.

Shambhala Art is taught in 5 parts, parts 1- 3 will be presented at this programme. Beginners start with part 1; students who have completed parts at a previous programme may join again at a reduced programme fee (concessionary rate) or complete the parts of their choice. This three-day programme is taught by Marcia Shibata with Claire van Rhyn.

Shambhala Kado Master Marcia Shibata

Marcia Wang Shibata is a Master Shambhala Kado instructor and founder of Shambhala Kado. She was a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and now is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Marcia is an artist and teaches Kado and Shambhala Art. She 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 Shambhala warriorship.

Claire van Rhyn

Claire is a Shambhala Art teacher and European coordinator. She is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in art and design, Claire is a professional art educationalist and researcher.

For registration, information & concessions email:

Programme timings: 10am-6pm

Friday- Sunday (SA parts 1-3) £150/£105 concession, Saturday (SA part 2) £50/ £35 concession, Sunday (SA part 3) £50/ £35 concession

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 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.  

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

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.

 

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

TALKS

No talks are available for listing at present.

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. Christina 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.

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

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

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 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


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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