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

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.

2015 is the Year of the Wood Sheep. The sheep is a symbol of caring and compassion. It is trusting, empathetic, and group-oriented. Wood gives this year’s sheep extra pliability and strength. A good year for listening, social engagement, and artistic ventures.

From the Year of the Wood Sheep Shambhala Practice Calendar, 2015-16 

Wood Sheep Art by Alex Noble 

Timings:

09.30 Arrival

10.00 Meditation Practice

11.15 Shambhala Sadhana

12.30 Lunch

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 evening

Thursday 5 March

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 9pm

Free of charge

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)

WEEKEND PROGRAMMES

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.

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

Sunday 1 March

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.

Contact for more information

Timings: 1.30pm - 3.00pm followed by tea and snacks

Cost: free of charge. Suggested donation for adult session £5.

Sunday 1 March

Singing Group

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.

Contact for more information

Timings: 5pm - 8pm

Cost: £5 (concessions available)

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April

Singing Ourselves

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.

For further information & concessions please contact:

Timings: Friday 7.30-9.30pm, Saturday 9.30am Coffee & Arrival/10am-6pm, Sunday 9.30am Coffee & Arrival/10am-5.30pm followed by small reception

Cost: £160, £130 if registering by 10 April 2015, £90 concession available on prior application

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 April

Emptiness and Compassion

Entering the Mahayana Path

During this weekend we will discuss how we engage with the suffering of others and learn to serve our world. This can seem remote and daunting; yet also simple and immediate. As Trungpa Rinpoche wrote: “Compassion develops from Emptiness because we have nothing to hold onto, nothing to work with, no project, no personal gain, no ulterior motives. Therefore whatever you do is a clean job. So compassion and Emptiness work together”.

Shastri Peter Conradi, author of Going Buddhist, 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. This weekend offers further teachings on the Profound Treasury of Dharma.

There are no prerequisites for this weekend, lunch will be provided on both days.

 

For registration, information and concessions please email:

Saturday/ Sunday: 9.30am-6pm

Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 12 Apr, £90 concession

Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 May

Qi Gong

Balancing Body and Mind with Acharya Samten Kobelt

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the practice of Qigong. Experience increased vitality and radiant good health through this ancient Chinese system of movement exercises. Qigong is used as a tool to build the foundation for sitting meditation. This is an opportunity to receive instructions on two remarkable Qigong lineages: the lineage of Xientianwujimen and the lineage of Yiquan. No previous knowledge is required.

In level 1

Students will be in instructed in various techniques of outer and inner Qigong. Outer Qigong is concerned with strengthening the muscular-skeletal system: joints, muscles, tendons, bones, and spinal column. Techniques of tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage, and calisthenics will be taught. Inner qigong is concerned with nourishing the internal organs and cultivating Qi. Students will learn sleeping and walking qigong as well as standing qigong.

In level 2

The focus will be on tendon changing and self-massage. The Twelve Devas Tendon-Changing system and the Nine Self-massage system will be taught in its entirety. This course is the foundation for a progressive program of Qigong instruction presented by Eva Wong and authorized instructors, exclusively through Shambhala Centres.

Acharya Samten A. Kobelt was born and raised in Switzerland. Throughout his life he has engaged in body-mind disciplines of both eastern and western origin, such as Bugaku (Japanese dance), Lujong (tibetan yoga) and Contemplative Dance (developed at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado). He presents Qigong from the Lineage of Eva Wong with whom he studied since 2005. He has taught Shambhala and Buddhism as well as Qigong and Contemplative Dance in many places, including the US, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

 

For registration, information and concessions please email:

Saturday & Sunday 9am-5.30pm

£160/ £130 if registered by 26th April/ £90 concessions

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June

Chariot of Mahamudra

An intensive practice weekend using guided meditation and silence. Highly useful for tantrikas, it is also appropriate for all students who are serious about deepening their shamatha and vipashyana practice. This programme will be taught by Acharya Richard John

Acharya Richard John is an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Richard has taught Shambhala Buddhist programmes in the USA, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Chile for many years; he is now a full time teacher. Acharya Richard John and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

Cost: £160, £130 if registering before 29 May, £90 concession

TALKS

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.

 

Shastri Christina de Block, 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

Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Suggested Donation £5

Monday 9 March

Open House: Emptiness and Compassion

with Shastri Peter Conradi

 

Although we hear the words ‘Emptiness’ and ‘Compassion’ often, yet they remain somewhat mysterious. This talk will concern how we engage with the suffering of others: as Trungpa Rinpoche wrote: “Compassion develops from Emptiness because we have nothing to hold onto...”

 

Shastri Peter Conradi, author of Going Buddhist, 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.

 

 

Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Suggested donation: £5

Friday 1 May

Open Evening: Balancing Body and Mind

with Acharya Samten Kobelt

 

Taster Evening at the London Shambhala Centre. This evening will give an insight into the weekend programme of Qi Gong on the 2 - 3 May. What is this ancient Daoist practice and how can it benefit us?  

 

Acharya Samten A. Kobelt was born and raised in Switzerland. Throughout his life he has engaged in body-mind disciplines of both eastern and western origin

 

 

Open from 7.30pm, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Suggested donation: £5

COURSES

Tuesday 3 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.

 

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

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 Jane Hope and Sid Liddall

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.

Sid Liddall is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and currently teaches computer science. He has had various careers including shiatsu massage, web development and tree surgery and is particularly inspired by social and environmental transformation.

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

 

For information and concessions please email: info@shambhala.org.uk

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: Tuesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr and 5 May

 

Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7.30pm finish 9:30pm

Programme cost: £110/ £80 if registered by 1st April/ £60 concessions prior to application

RETREATS

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.

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 applications are recommended.

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