End-of-Year Retreat 2019 - Part One: Buddha Nature

9:45am 24 December 2019 - 4:00pm 28 December 2019

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

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Tibetan, Pureland and Zen Buddhism are all rooted in the Buddha’s teachings on our potential for enlightenment or buddha nature. The great 4th century Indian manster Asanga gathered these in one clear, deep text that has become the refernce on this. Understanding buddha nature is vital for practice of vajrayana Buddhism and in particular for Mahamudra meditation.

In 1977, the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa entrusted the translation of these teachings of Asanga to Ken and Katia Holmes. This led to a series of publications of the root texts and commentaries. Ken was authorised to teach on this profound topic in the 1980s, having received detailed transmission from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso.

Part One: Buddha Nature: Dec 24 – 28
The first four chapters deal with the Three Refuges (Buddha, Dharma & Sangha) but uniquely from the point of view of ultimate truth. The fourth deals, in detail, with how the peace, wisdom and love of a buddha is already perfectly present within us, yet hidden, like a buried treasure. Instruction in the tonglen practice will be given daily during this course. Open to all.

Starts 09.45 24th Dec, ends 16.00 28th Dec

Daily Timings

09:45 - 11:15 Morning teaching
11:45 - 12:30 Informal Discussion & Questions
15:00 - 16:15 Afternoon Teaching
17:00 - 18:00 Meditation Instruction and Practice: day by day, step by step, guided meditations for the Tonglen practice.

First Session: 09:45 Tuesday 24th December

Wed 25th Teaching in both mornings sessions. No 15.00 session due to long Mahakala prayers in shrine, 17.00 session as usual.

Sat 28th 19.00 Welcome & Introduction to Part Two of Course

Last Session ends 16:00 Thursday 2nd January

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

Tariff and Charges Guest Info
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