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 Harvest of Peace Celebration is an opportunity to gather as a community, hear teachings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and practice the Shambhala Sadhana together.
On this occasion, we will also have the opportunity to witness the handover of the Directorship of our Centre from Ali Warner to Lee Howson - all welcome.
The schedule will be as follows:
14.00 Shambhala Sadhana
16.00 Harvest of Peace broadcast address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
17.00 Presentations & Ceremonies including Director Handover
18.30 Drinks, Food & Dancing!
Please email if any queries
Timings: 14.00 until late
Cost: Free of charge. There will be an opportunity to make donations to the Centre on the day.
Sunday 6 September
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: 1.30pm - 3.00pm followed by tea and snacks
Cost: free of charge. Suggested donation for adult session £5.
Sunday 6 September
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)
Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September
The Art of Being Human
Shambhala Training Level One
It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelli-gence. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human be-ings. We practice meditation to develop peace and calm but also to cultivate a clear mind so we can recognize what causes us to suffer and what truly gives rise to happiness.
The Way of Shambhala is an introduction to finding our truth and understanding our mind and heart through the practice of meditation. It is taught in five weekend programmes (“levels”) and five evening courses, which offer meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions and interviews. Level 1 introduces the Shambhala path and offers both an introduction for complete beginners and a fresh inspiration for those who already have some meditation experience.
Acharya Orhun Cercel is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by Sakyong Mipham as an ‘achaya’, senior teacher. 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.
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 6.00 pm. Sunday continues from 9.00am ending roughly at 6.30-7pm. Lunch is provided on both days.
Cost: £160 (£130 if registering before 12 September). £90 Concessions available by prior application
Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 October
Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
the Wisdom of Lo-Jong
The Wisdom of the Lojong Slogans can act as guides as to how to work with adverse circumstances in our lives.
The Mahayana teachings on ultimate loving kindness can seem frighteningly high-minded and difficult to accomplish. The genius of Lo-Jong slogans – by contrast – is to be humorous, earthy and “in-your-face”: a mysteriously simple series of user-friendly reminders accessible to everyone. Chögyam Trungpa as a young monk learnt these slogans by heart so they would pop into his mind for instant use: “I was relieved that Buddhism was so simple and that you could actually do something about it”, he recorded. We will study Trungpa Rinpoché’s presentation of some of the slogans associated with the teachings of Atisha, a 10th century Buddhist meditation master on Absolute and Relative Bodhicitta (Loving Kindness).
Shastri Peter Conradi (author of Going Buddhist) will teach from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoché’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma; a comprehensive presentation of the three Yana journey of the Buddhist Path.
There are no prerequisites for this weekend. For registration, information and concessions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme cost: £160/ £130 early bird by 16th Oct. (£90 concessions prior to application )
Friday 11 September
Shambhala Art - Open Art Evening with Judy Bond
Daily our lives present us with situations that are occasions for a response. From a Shambhala Art perspective, our responses can be various - a few heartfelt verses, a tasty meal, a funny story, an inspiring photograph - gracious, appropriate to the occasion, and of benefit to all.
Join us for an introductory evening in which we tap into the principles covered in Shambhala Art Parts I-V with visiting Shambhala Art teacher Judy Bond.
"Awareness practice is not just sitting meditation or meditation-in-action alone. It is a unique training in how to behave as an inspired human being. That is what is meant by being an artist.“
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Judy Bond first studied with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and has been active as a meditation instructor, Shambhala Training Director and Shambhala Art teacher since then under his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Professionally she was a science educator in astronomy and geology; artistically, she trained in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and with various calligraphers.
Thursday 24 September to Thursday 22 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.This programme will be taught by Richard Bleckman and Ali Warner
Richard Bleckman is a veterinary surgeon and is trained in Tibetan medicine and Body Psychotherapy. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years and a member of Shambhala for the last 25 years. He is Director of Practice and Education for Shambhala London.
Ali Warner is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Director of Shambhala London. She teaches whole systems leadership in public and private sector organisations using arts, communication and mindfulness practices. She is a practitioner of traditional singing and experimental voicework.
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
Programme cost: £110 (£80 if registered by 17 September) £60 concessions available by prior arrangement
Thursday 5 November to Thursday 3 December
Contentment in Everyday Life
An introductory evening course over five weeks
Meditation and the Shambhala teachings guide us to recognise that we are basically good and worthy as we are. This insight is key to finding contentment within ourselves. With meditation practice we learn to appreciate ourselves. Letting go of the constant need to struggle to ‘better’ our existing situation, we can find contentment with ourselves – and the world.
Contentment in Everyday Life offers 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 train-ing in meditation and how we can use Buddhist teachings to awaken to our inherent potential.
Shastri 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.
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.
Programme cost: £110 (£80 if registered by 29 October) £60 concessions available by prior arrangement
Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 October
Fear to Fearlessness
A Retreat at Lamledra
A seven-day retreat at Lamledra House on the South Cornwall coast, taught by Shastri Jane Hope and assisted by Tom Dillon. Sat 10th – Sat 17th October 2015.
The retreat will include meditation, contemplation, talks, discussion groups and individual instruction. Plus enough time to relax, go for walks and enjoy the surrounding countryside. It is open to both beginners and more advanced practitioners.
On the retreat we will be studying what are known as the Four Immeasurables. These are a series of transformational teachings that can help us to go beyond fear by cultivating the four aspirations of maitri (loving-kindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity. These practices give us the strength and openness we need to go beyond our familiar habits and patterns.
If you are interested in attending this retreat and would like further details please email email@example.com. The maximum number of participants is 20, so early applications are recommended.
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