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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