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 10pm
Free of charge
Sunday 11 October
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 11 October
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 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 )
Saturday 21 November
The Way You Do the Things You Do
Dharma Art in the Shambhala Household with Acharya David Schneider
Dharma art refers to creative acts arising from, and contributing to, a meditative or contemplative state of mind.These are not limited to the “fine arts.”The idea of a Shambhala household is as the fundamental building block of good human society. Altogether the point is that the little actions we take all day long, every day — from scribbling a note to placing a hairbrush— can either contribute to an uplifted culture or make it more difficult to realize.
This one-day workshop, which will include sitting meditation and group discussions, will focus on handwriting and object arrangement as fields of experimentation, discovery, fun, and practical application.
Participants are asked to bring writing materials they enjoy using. Also, please bring one object from your kitchen, and one from your bathroom.
Acharya David Schneider has been teaching Dharma Art and Shambhala Art for decades. His own calligraphy has been exhibited internationally, and included in numerous collections and books
For registration, information and concessions please email:
Programme cost: £80/ £65 early bird by 11th Nov/ £45 concessions prior to application
Friday 20 November
Book Launch: 'Crowded by Beauty' The Life and Zen of Poet Philip Whalen by David Schneider
David Schneider in conversation with Peter Conradi followed by a celebratory reception
Philip Whalen was an American poet, Zen Buddhist, and key figure in the literary and artistic scene that unfolded in San Francisco in the 1950s and 1960s. Among the Beat writers, the erudite, shy, and profoundly spiritual Whalen was revered and much loved. He not only had a profound influence on his immediate circle of writers, but his powerful, startling, innovative work would also come to have an impact on American poetry that continues to this day.
Drawing on Whalen’s journals and personal correspondence—the latter with Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Joanne Kyger, Lew Welch, and Michael McClure, among others—David Schneider shows the deep and intimate bonds between these poets as they supported one another in their art and their spiritual paths. Schneider, an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, provides an insider’s view of Whalen’s struggles and breakthroughs in his thirty years as a Zen monk. When Whalen died in 2002, he had retired as abbot of the Hartford Street Zen Center, and was hailed by his own teacher as a patriarch of WesternBuddhism. Crowded by Beauty chronicles the course of Whalen’s life and focuses on his unique, eccentric, and humorous literary-religious practice.
Start 7.30pm, Finish 9.30pm
Thursday 1 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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