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.
Thursday 2 July
Sadhana of Mahamudra
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
Sunday 5 July
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 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 Chögyam 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
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 to Tuesday 14 July
Joy in Everyday Life
Through the gentle discipline of meditation we begin to trust in our own basic goodness. Our minds become free from fear and hesitation and we discover an innate energy and confidence that allows us to stay open to all the circumstances of our lives. By changing our attitudes in this way, we are moving in the direction of a future that includes joy, compassion and freedom.
This programme will be taught by:
Shastri Jim O’Neill is a long-term student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been appointed by Sakyong Mipham as a ‘shastri’, or senior teacher. He also works full time as a psychotherapist.
Richard Bleckman is a veterinary surgeon and the director of Roehampton Veterinary Clinic. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years and is Director of Practice and Education for Shambhala London.
Sid Liddall is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He currently teaches computer science. He is particu-larly inspired by social and environmental transformation and has been Director of Societal Health and Well-being for Shambahal London
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Dates: 16, 23, 30 June, 7, 14 July
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 7:30 to 9:30pm
Cost: £110 (£80 if booking before). Concessions available
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.
For further information email: email@example.com
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. The maximum number of participants is 20, so early applications are recommended.