Ani Tsondru Weekend  Retreat
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Ani Tsondru Weekend Retreat

Engaged Buddhism. Subtle Activism. The Work That Reconnects.

Doing the work that reconnects us to our true nature, to one another, and to the earth

Weekend Retreat with Ani Tsondru

Sat 21 July & Sun 22 July 2018 @ 10am - 4pm

Bring & share lunch

Booking essential. 

Joanna Macy’s ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as her powerful methodology for its application, address the psychological and spiritual issues of the modern age, including the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Practices drawing from systems science, deep ecology and Buddhism can awaken in us the interconnectedness - of inter-being. Practising like this, we will explore the ways the Dharma can awaken us to peace, the creation of community with others, and an engaged care for the Earth.

Charges & dana offering: R200 for Centre Members & R260 for Non-Members + Dana (offering) to the teacher allows participants an opportunity to practice generosity and the teacher an opportunity to practice unconditional gratitude. 

An explanation on charges for this weekend retreat: 50% goes to a Green Fund, supporting the greening of the Centre (rain water tanks/LED lighting / worm farm etc) the balance contributes to the running of the centre and covers the costs related to the weekend teaching.

Note - no-one will be turned away for lack of funds, please contact Penny (capetown@kagyu.org.za or 021 761 2978) - concessions available.

Charges for this weekend retreat contributes to the running of the centre and covers the costs related to the weekend teaching.

 

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BEE-ing Mindful -  evening talk Friday 25 May
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

BEE-ing Mindful - evening talk Friday 25 May

Eco-sattva's of the South - evening talk

Join us at 6pm sharp for a bowl of soup, talk will start 6h45.
Minimum donation of R50 to Ujubee please. 

Join conservationist & wild bee researcher Jenny Cullanan of Ujubee as she shares her passion & learnings from these amazing winged creatures...

What do sharks and bees have in common?
"Looking back at the past 4 years of researching bees in the wild, I can see how my life has changed, I have become deeply aware of how everything in nature is intimately connected and that our species needs to make urgent changes in behavior so that we avert destroying nature and ourselves. In this talk I will not only speak about wild bees but how my personal journey with them has re-shaped my view of life".

This event is a fundraiser to help raise funds to get Ujubee to The Netherlands where they have been invited to participate and present at the first Wild Bee Conference in Amsterdam, hosted by the Natural Beekeeping Trust UK, BEETIME and Smart Beeing from 31 August – 02 September 2018.

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Visiting Teacher Alan Muller
May
5
to May 10

Visiting Teacher Alan Muller

Alan took refuge with Akong Rinpoche in 1997, and has been involved full time with Kagyu Centres since 2000.
He has done a one year retreat at Samye Ling monastery in Scotland under Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in 2002/2003 and has conducted retreats and talks since 2004.
He spent six years as a novice monk between 2002 – 2008 and completed two six month retreats at Tara Rokpa centre.
Some teachers whom he has received teachings from: HH Dalai Lama, Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Akong Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Drupon Rinpoche.

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Donal
Nov
12
to Nov 26

Donal

The world today is full of uncertainty, hopelessness, fear and sorrow. Sorrow is both an outward and inner experience and its source lies in the depths of the human heart.

The heart of our retreat will be meditation as taught in the Mahamudra tradition but we will address our human problems placed in the wider context of meditation as a way of life. Inquire if it’s possible to live our lives from a source beyond the spring’s of sorrow.

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Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Jayne Pilossof - Healing Relaxation

Healing Relaxation Introduction with Jayne Pilossof

Mon 23 Oct 7pm @ the centre

No Cost

All Welcome!

This is a highly practical relaxation program designed by Akong Rinpoche and Edie Erwin.

It is a unique way to help you repair the strain and tension of modern life. Intended for anyone who suffers from anxiety, stress and exhaustion. There is much to learn here about improving the quality of your life - and gaining in happiness.

This is open to all and for those interested in going on to do the Back to Beginnings module of Tara Rokpa Therapy.

Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring something warm to cover yourself.

 

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Oct
8
9:00 AM09:00

Chenrezig practice for Rinpoche

In memory of our beloved Akong Rinpoché - the founder of the Cape Town Samye Dzong, please join us on on the 4th annivesary of his death for a morning of Chenrézig practice which includes the recitation of the mantra om mani peme hung. This practice is to generate compassion and loving kindness for the benefit of all beings. It will be on Sunday 8th October starting at 9am and proceeding in four one hourly sessions through to 1pm. All are invited to attend either the whole morning or any of the individual sessions. No previous experience of this practice is necessary

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Oct
4
6:15 PM18:15

Akong - A Remarkable Life

Akong - A Remarkable Life
Director Chico Dall’Inha, producer Jorg Wagner,,cinematographer Gerry McCulloch,
Executive producer Vin Harris.
LIVE: Introduced by Gelong Thubten, Akong's personal attendant
Thursday5 October at 6.15pm
BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Ticket: R60
Please book with Webtickets here
or call the Labia on 021 424 5927.
The screening is co-hosted by ROKPA charity in Cape Town.
All proceeds to the Akong Memorial Trust.

'Only the impossible is worth doing.'

Akong Rinpoche founded the first Tibetan monastic complex in the West in 1967 together with Chogyam Trungpa - at Samye Ling in Scotland. 
Akong was the first Tibetan lama who visited and founded centres in Africa.  
He was teasingly known as 'the African lama'. 
 
View the trailer here
 
Akong – a Remarkable Life
It is, above all else, a film about compassion.  Almost 4 years since Akong Rinpoche’s senseless murder in Chengdu, China, his message of compassion-in-action needs to be heard more than ever.

Against a backdrop of stunning Himalayan photography, the film charts Akong Rinpoche’s perilous escape from Chinese-invaded Tibet, in 1959; to becoming a refugee, first in India, then in the UK; and his incredible life’s work, centred on the establishment and development of Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Scotland and of the many Buddhist Meditation Centres in Europe and Africa that have emanated from it. It charts an important period of history, from the political occupation in Tibet to social revolution in the West. It holds a spotlight to the many inspirational qualities that Akong Rinpoche embodied and the vast achievements beyond Samye Ling for which he was responsible, including his teaching, charity work, pioneering Tara Rokpa Therapy and the establishment of ROKPA International to name just some of the more notable.

Akong: A Remarkable Life is a story told by many of the people who knew him best. The sheer diversity of participants demonstrates the way that Akong Rinpoche’s embodiment of spiritual truth resonated through many walks of life and radiated in manifold directions. Among many others featured in the film are the Indian actor Kabir Bedi; the writer Mick Brown; and the politician Lord David Steele. It includes unseen footage of Akong Rinpoche himself and features appearances by great living Tibetan Masters, such as His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, OgyenTrinley Dorje, the 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche, the 12th Tai Situpa,  as well as other influential teachers in the West such as Akong Rinpoche's brother, Lama Yeshe, Ringu Tulku and Chime Rinpoche.

The life of Akong Rinpoche – together with this beautiful film documenting that life – is a clear, kind call to action. It is an encouragement to everyone to engage in compassionate action in the world, wherever help is needed, in whatever capacity circumstances require and in whatever ways are suited to the unique qualities of the giver, something Akong was able to recognise and nurture in people so insightfully.  
 

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Gelong Thubten
Oct
3
to Oct 6

Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk who teaches meditation and specialises in providing non-religious mindfulness workshops and training programmes for businesses and organisations. Thubten has been a monk for 24 years at Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, (www.samyeling.org), has trained under some of the world's most accomplished teachers of meditation, and has spent over five years in intensive meditation retreats.

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Mindfulness to Buddhism – Choden
Aug
7
to Aug 8

Mindfulness to Buddhism – Choden

Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) formally a monk for seven years within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Choden completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from Cape Town where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience.

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The Four Thoughts that Turn Mind to Dharma – Choden
Aug
5
to Aug 6

The Four Thoughts that Turn Mind to Dharma – Choden

Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) formally a monk for seven years within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Choden completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from Cape Town where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience.

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To Die with Presence
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

To Die with Presence

In one of his last teachings, Akong Rinpoche instructed his students to always reflect on the impermanence of life and to remember that when death comes there can be no holding back. To that end, the Bardo group invites you to join them for a morning of reflection and planning, as they introduce the “When I go” booklet.

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