New Year, New Beginnings

This course is now closed

7:00pm 27 January 2023 - 4:00pm 29 January 2023

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling


This time of year is one traditionally to make resolutions to improve quality of life.

Unfortunately, our minds are wild and hard to tame. We think we know everything and it’s all a “done deal.” We believe everything we think.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. We have the raw material of unnecessary suffering. We need to work on this to turn it into the path of liberation or, at least, begin to overcome suffering.

At any moment, we have a choice to be true to our inherent spirituality and evolve. If we don’t take the opportunity, we just go round in circles.

Meditation can help us start afresh, “back to zero with fresh intelligence.”

To transform the habits of a life time, three fundamental principles will be shared. The three means are:

  • remembering we are a body not so much we have a body;
  • secondly to not believe everything we think and transform our relationships with our brain/mind;
  • and thirdly we need to learn to have courage, face the situation and accept everything that comes into our experience.

In simple terms, how to be calm, kind, compassionate and joyful in all situations.

To place your name on a wait list for this course please send an email to

There is no fee for this course although donations are welcome. Your offering will help with the Monastery's considerable running costs.  Donations may be made in the Reception Office.

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The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche