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 2 June

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

WEEKEND PROGRAMMES

Sunday 31 May

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.

   

 

Timings: 5pm - 8pm

Cost: £5 (concessions available)

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June

Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

This is a rare opportunity for practitioners at all levels—tantrikas and newer students—to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound meditation traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct. The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind, on the cushion and in everyday life.

In this program we will use shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. We will begin with an overview talk on Friday evening, then practice all day Saturday and Sunday. Most of the time we will maintain silence, but there will be an opportunity for discussion at the end of each day, and a celebration at the conclusion on Sunday.

The prerequisite for the program is Shambhala Training Level One, but anyone committed to meditation practice may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.

ACHARYA RICHARD JOHN An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. Acharya John is known for his experiential and practical approach, which encourages participants to connect with the teachings personally and apply them in daily life.

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

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 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.

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

TALKS

Thursday 4 June

Looking for Happiness in the Wrong Places

A talk with Jane Hope at the North London Shambhala Meditation Group

 

 

 

The evening will start with guided meditation and end with refreshments; there will be time for questions and answers. It is open to complete beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

 

 

Venue: In Room C5, Bradbury St Workspace, 3 Bradbury St N16 8JN. If you ring the C5 doorbell someone will buzz you up

 

All welcome. As space is limited please RSVP to reserve a place:northlondon@shambhala.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Arrival: 6.45pm, Start: 7pm

A contribution of £3 would be appreciated

Monday 8 June

Open House Talk: Life is short. What matters?

with Acharya Richard John

Anyone wishing to wake up in their life and be of benefit must consider the altruistic work of helping others, the inner spiritual path of realisation, or both. This happens in all cultures, in all eras, and in all genuine wisdom traditions.

We know we have these excellent priorities. But what do we spend almost of all our time and energy doing? Are we preparing? Procrastinating? Or just distracted? We will explore these provocative and extremely relevant issues in this public talk, which will incorporate the view of the Shambhala Buddhist Path.

Acharya Richard John An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. Acharya John is known for his experiential and practical approach, which encourages participants to connect with the teachings personally and apply them in daily life.

 


Time: 7.30pm: Arrival, 8.00-9:30pm: meditation, talk and discussion

Cost: £5 suggested donation

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

COURSES

Thursday 21 May to Thursday 25 June

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

'How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society' is the second of three courses collectively called the Basic Goodness Series which offers us 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.

This course asks the question, “How can I help?” and explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society? 

The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society:  relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).

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. They are intended to create learning communities where we can come together and reflect on our own experience and the world.

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.

Each course consists of six classes. This course is 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 psychotherapy and acupuncture. He spends much of his time travelling in Europe teaching Shambhala programmes.

 

Dates: 21, 28 May 4, 11, 18, 25 June 2015

To pre-register please send a deposit of £20 payable to: 'The London Shambhala Meditation Centre' c/o London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call 0207 720 3207 to arrange a card payment.


Timings: 7.15pm - 9.30pm, 7.15pm arrival and registration, 7.30pm class starts

Cost: £110 (early bird price £80 for registration by 14 May) £60 Concession

Tuesday 16 June 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

 

Read more about the Way of Shambhala

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

RETREATS

Friday 31 July to Sunday 9 August

Cultivating Warriorship

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: retreat@shambhala.org.uk



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