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 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 8.30pm
Free of charge
Thursday 19 February
Shambhala Day: Opening with a Sunrise Ceremony
Meet the new year with the sound of 108 gongs at dawn, followed by the Sakyong’s Elixir of Life practice and a delicious breakfast.
What better way to start your day, and year!
07.00 Ceremony & Practice
We will celebrate Shambhala Day as a community on Saturday 21 February – more information here.
Cost: Suggested contribution for Breakfast - £6. Further donations welcome.
Saturday 21 February
Shambhala Day Celebrations: A Day of Practice, Community & Offering
Year of the Wood Sheep
Come together as a community to practice, to experience the richness of the Shambhala Sadhana (specially authorised for all on this occasion), to watch a screening of the Sakyong’s new year address, to talk, to drink, to eat, to dance and to make offerings (financial, voluntary, artistic..) that will support our Centre and the wider Shambhala community in the coming year.
10.00 Meditation Practice
11.15 Shambhala Sadhana
14.00 Sakyong’s Address
14.30 Community & Annual General Meeting (further details attached)
16.00 Blessing Ceremony & Meditation Practice
18.00 Drinks, Offerings & Fundraising
19.30 Buffet & Dancing until late..
Cost: Suggested contributions for meals include Lunch - £6; Evening Buffet - £6. Please bring your own drinks for the later part of the evening. We will be inviting various donations throughout the day.
Invitation for various offerings: We welcome your help throughout the Shambhala Day events, from assisting with meals and room set-up, to donating a cake or auction item (further details attached), to sharing a poem/song/toast in the evening, etc.
Please find a simple way to volunteer your help here – enter your name and select how you would like to help, and the relevant Shambhala Day session co-ordinator will get back to you. Do this now – it should only take a minute!
We look forward to practicing, celebrating and rousing good new year energy with you in February.
Timings: 9.30am-late, please feel free to attend all or parts of the day and evenin
Saturday 14 March
Learn to Meditate
An Introductory Workshop
Start to bring the simple yet profound practice of meditation into your everyday life with this one day introductory workshop.
This workshop offers you the opportunity to learn and practice meditation with qualified meditation teachers in a supportive environment. The day will involve guided meditation instruction, practice, teachings and group discussion. This course is open to those who are new to meditation and those who wish to refresh or deepen their connection to meditation practice.
Please bring your own lunch so that we can eat together at the Centre. Kitchen facilities are available.
Timings: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £35 (£20 Concessions)
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 January
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.
Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 16 Jan 2015, £90 concession by prior application
Sunday 1 February
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)
Sunday 1 February
Shambhala Art Salon
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.
The SA Salon is free and open to anyone with or without ‘art’ experience.
The Shambhala Art Salon is a bi-monthly event (first Sunday of the month).
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 - 3pm followed by tea and snacks
Cost: free of charge. Suggested donation for adult session £5
Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 February
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.
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
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April
A Voice Workshop with Frank Kane
Join us for an exploratory workshop that will allow us to release untapped vocal resources and deepen the connection to our voices, to each other, and to ourselves.
Our voices are an essential part of our experience of being human.
Many of us know the satisfaction of a good conversation, the pain of an argument, the delight of laughter, the sharpness of feeling silenced.
Ancient cultures respected and celebrated the power of sound to nourish the growth and development of people and communities, where songs and chants were used to empower work on the land, childrearing, physical healing and sacred practice.
In this weekend, we will use simple vocal exercises and the celebrated polyphonic songs of Georgia in the Caucasus as a laboratory in which to expand the strength and depth of our voices and ourselves.
Students of all levels of experience are welcome. No experience of singing necessary. Frank Kane is a master teacher of voice. He has studied Georgian polyphonic song, music & culture as well as energetic resonance and body-mind disciplines. Frank has developed a distinctive approach using ancient Georgian chants as a medium of vocal expression and path of self-discovery and exploration; transforming the patterns that constrict the voice and leading us beyond the familiar.
There will be a feast with toasts & songs on Saturday evening for weekend participants. A simple lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a small reception at the end of the weekend on Sunday evening. £10 contribution for the feast if attending.
Registration: Please send a cheque for full payment or £30 deposit made payable to the London Shambhala Meditation Centre to 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call +44 (0)20 7720 3207+44 (0)20 7720 3207 to make a card payment by phone.
Cost: £160, £130 if registering by 10 April 2015, £90 concession available on prior application
Monday 12 January
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
Monday 9 February
Open House: The Wisdom of the Lojong Slogans
with Shastri Chris De Block
The mind training slogans of Atisha, a 10th century Buddhist meditation master, can act as guides and inspiration in our lives. They put us back on the spot, reminding us of what is important in the way we live our everyday lives. They are guides as to how to work with adverse circumstances.
These inspirational slogans can be uplifting and sometimes irritating keys to bringing the truth to each moment, even when we would rather stay in the cocoon of our habitual reactions and our desire to control our world. With an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and others, and a sense of humour, we can train in developing courage, confidence and presence amidst our everyday life.
Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion
Suggested Donation £5
Tuesday 13 January to Tuesday 10 February
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.
This course will be taught by Jim O'Neill and Angie Nehring.
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.
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.
Cost: £110, £80 if registering before 6 January 2015, £60 concession by prior application
Tuesday 7 April to Tuesday 5 May
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 Shastri Chris De Block
Shastri Christina de Block has been a student of both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for many years. Born in South Africa, she lived in London for most of her adult life, where she taught meditation and Buddhism, and worked as a language teacher. She lived for many years in France near Dechen Chöling with her husband David Hope. The couple recently moved back to England.
For information and concessions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Programme cost: £110/ £80 if registered by 1st April/ £60 concessions prior to application
Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 March
What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality
A Retreat at Lamledra
A seven-day retreat at Lamledra House on the south Cornwall coast, with Acharya David Hope and Shastri Christina de Block, Sat 7th – Sat 14th March 2015.
This retreat will be a time for meditation practice, enriched by teachings that present the third of the Basic Goodness Series of Shambhala courses. It is open to both beginners and more advanced practitioners.
This course explores various approaches to the question: “What is real, and how do we know what is real?" How might we begin to ask this question in a way that is meaningful for our everyday lives? We will explore a number of views of reality from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, including the interdependence of all phenomena, the role of mind in perception, and the teachings on emptiness and its magical display through the elements and the natural ecosystem.
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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