The Heart Sutra - Video Conference The 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Heart Sutra - Video Conference The 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

Teaching Subject: The Heart Sutra
Dates: 28th and 29th September 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00

Venue: Cape Town Kagyu Samye Dzong, 6 Morgenrood Road, Kenilworth.

Cost: R300 for both days (Attendance for full transmission necessary)

Space is limited so please RSVP to Penny at capetown@kagyu.org.za

Please bring vegetarian meal to share.

At the request of students in Europe and Africa the 12th Champion Kenting Tai Situpa will be bestowing the Heart Sutra teachings through video conference at the end of September.  The teaching will be transmitted by two-way videoconference instead of one-way live-streaming and so only available at a limited number of dharma centres.

We are delighted to be one of about 20 centres in Europe and Africa to host this video conference.

About the present 12th Kenting Tai Situpa

The present twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyingche Wangpo, was born in the male wood-horse year (1954) in the Palyul District of Derge to a family of farmers. He was found and recognized by H.H the sixteenth Karmapa Rigpe Dorje. (Please click here to browse his detailed biography and pictures.)

The present twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa is a renowned Buddhist master. He is the main Guru of H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinlay Dorje in Mahamudra and training in turn the next generation of Buddhist masters. On a more personal level the present twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa is a scholar, poet, calligrapher, artist, author, architect and geomancer.

As a Buddhist teacher, he regularly tours the world giving teachings and empowerments at the request of the Dharma centers. These teachings are collected and published to nine books till now.

Kenting Tai Situpa's paintings are collected and published to four books till now. They are: Matition Art, Creativity: Magnification Images Will Be Born, Awakening: Meditation Art of the 12th Tai Situpa, Relative World, Ultimate Mind: The Art of the 12th Tai Situpa.
And, a collective book of Kenting Tai Situpa's photographs, Eye of the Eye, was published in 2000 in Taiwan.

Most of these art works and Kenting Tai Situpa's calligraphies were assembled to the book "Collection of the Creative Art Works of Xii Tai Situpa" in 2004 in Taiwan. Most of the paintings, photographs and calligraphies in this web site are scanned from this book.

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Letting Go! Workshop with Luke Younge
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Letting Go! Workshop with Luke Younge

A day workshop with Luke Younge
Saturday 17 Aug 10 am to 4 pm


“When you understand the nature of impermanence, you understand the genuine dharma.” — Nagarjurna

It is taught that it is our clinging to things as being real that is the source of suffering and that the view and realisation of emptiness frees us. In this workshop we continue our exploration of emptiness with a blend of theory and practice. There will be opportunities for silent reflection, dialogue and learning.

This time we will continue to use traditional Buddhist reasonings for emptiness and also bring in ideas from biology and philosophy to help ground it in something more familiar.


A basic familiarity with Buddhist ideas is preferable but not essential. Readings will be from Ponlop Rinpoche’s Nalandabodhi curriculum.

Please bring something for lunch to share.

Cost: Members R100, non-members R130
To book please email capetown@kagyu.org.za

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Beauties and the Beast: Our wild bees are in peril!
Jul
20
9:30 AM09:30

Beauties and the Beast: Our wild bees are in peril!

Photo Credit: Ujubee

Join conservationist & wild bee researcher Jenny Cullinan of Ujubee as she shares her passion for these amazing winged creatures...

Jenny’s talk will open our eyes to the amazing world of wild bees and also highlight the current threats to their wild existence. What would happen if we lost the wild bees? How we can all make a difference in stemming this loss.


Join fellow Eco-Sattvas in this important talk and fall in love with bees!

Saturday 20 July, Kagyu Buddhist Centre, 6 Morgenrood Road, Kenilworth

Join us at 9h30am for tea & coffee, talk with start promptly at 10h00am.


Minimum donation of R60 to Ujubee please! Ujubee is a self-funded research team – your donation keeps them in the field!

Please RSVP to capetown@kagyu.org.za or 021 7612978

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Tara Rokpa Therapist Trish Swift - Introduction to Back to Beginnings
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Tara Rokpa Therapist Trish Swift - Introduction to Back to Beginnings

The second phase of Tara Rokpa Therapy

Sat 22 June 9.30am - 4pm . Bring lunch to share
Sun 23 June 9.30am - 12.30pm followed by bring and share lunch and private interviews.
 
When Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche came from Tibet and found how the Western mind struggled with meditation he guided Edie Irwin into formulating a process now known as Tara Rokpa Therapy. This has involved years and years of hard work and dedication on her part and on those of the other therapists. We are very fortunate that Akong Rinpoche brought Tibetan Buddhism along with this therapy to Africa and it is sad that so few people here realise just what is being offered and don’t venture forth to explore this path which has been designed by him to help us develop self-awareness and compassion. There is no need to be a Buddhist to participate and there is, in fact, no criteria whatsoever.
 
Things are looking up - Pam Bishop, Zan Louw and Marybelle Donald are now facilitating a warm- hearted, committed group who are meeting every Saturday for Healing Relaxation sessions. Rinpoche felt that for self-exploration to occur in a beneficial way one first had to learn how to relax. These sessions involve visualisations using Edie Irwin’s recordings, simple exercises which help with interpersonal connection and compassionate massage which can be done to the self or in partners.
 
Back to Beginnings is a 2 year process which requires effort, determination and courage. One continues with the healing visualisations and begins writing one’s life story from the present backwards, then forwards and then backwards again finishing with an optional birthing retreat. There are various exercises given to help deal with the difficulties that arise while doing the writing. A large part of the program involves free painting and in fact one’s life story can be recorded in this way if preferred. Massage continues to play a very important part as it deepens compassion and healing. The group meets twice a month and provides a firm supportive structure for its participants but the journey itself is a very personal one. Trained Rokpa therapists visit 2 or 3 times a year to hold workshops and give private interviews. They are also contactable by phone should the need arise for their input. 
 
Cost: The workshop is R160 per day and private interviews a suggested donation of R100 plus. Please do not allow financial constraints to stop you from participating. Whatever you are able to offer is acceptable.

To book or for more information please contact Zan Louw on ziggizan@gmail.com or 082 783 8399.

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Green Tara Talk, Ngondro Instruction & Farewell Dinner
Mar
4
6:30 AM06:30

Green Tara Talk, Ngondro Instruction & Farewell Dinner

Hosted by the Facilitators

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

10am Ngondro Talk/ Practice Instruction

Cost: Public R100, Members R80

Please bring something vegetarian to share for lunch

2 pm Green Tara Talk - all are welcome

Cost: Public R100, Members R80

6pm Farewell Bring & Share Dinner and Slide Show on Samye Ling

Please bring something vegetarian to share for dinner

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Living Joyfully weekend course day 2
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Living Joyfully weekend course day 2

Day hosted by Eco-sattvas

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

Retreat (Day 2) @ 10am - 3pm Teachings and Meditation with Lama Katen & Ani Lhamo.

Please bring something vegetarian to share for lunch

Charge for Sat & Sun Retreat: Public R480, Members R380

Community Forum with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche @3:30pm - this is an open invitation to all those connected to the centre to join in this discussion with our Abbot.

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Living Joyfully Weekend course day 1
Mar
2
6:30 AM06:30

Living Joyfully Weekend course day 1

Day hosted by Buddhist Centre Association

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

Retreat (Day 1) @ 10am - 3pm Teachings and Meditation with Lama Katen & Ani Lhamo.

Please bring something vegetarian to share for lunch

Charge for Sat & Sun Retreat: Public R480, Members R380

Talk on Refuge by by Ani Lhamo @ 3.00pm

Children’s Blessing Ceremony with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche @ 3.45pm

Children can offer katas, give dana, flowers, something they have made themselves - they are welcome to do a drawing or write a wish - and give these to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche at the Ceremony

NB there is no charge for Children’s Blessing Ceremony, only your offering

Refuge Ceremony with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche @ 5pm

Taking Refuge: This is seen as the first step on the Buddhist path, it can also be seen as taking comfort in our own basic goodness. 

NB There is no charge for the Refuge Explantation & Ceremony only your dana offering

*Please let Penny know if you intend to take Refuge

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Compassion in Action - Buddhism & The Environment
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Compassion in Action - Buddhism & The Environment

Hosted by Dharma Buds

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

Meditation @ 9.30am to 10.30am

Talk by Ani Lhamo @ 3pm. Women in Buddhism.

Cost: Public R100, Members R80

Please bring something vegetarian to share for dinner

Talk by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche @ 7pm.  Compassion in Action – Buddhism and the Environment. 

Charge: Public R150, Members R120

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The Kagyu Masters, and the Importance of Lineage in Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Katen
Feb
28
6:30 AM06:30

The Kagyu Masters, and the Importance of Lineage in Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Katen

Hosted by the Bardo Group

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

Meditation @ 9.30am to 10.30am

3pm Meet with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche for an informal discussion on the Buddhist understanding of death. All welcome.

7pm Talk by Lama Katen – The Kagyu Masters, and the Importance of Lineage in Tibetan Buddhism.  Cost: Public R120, Members R100

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Rest Day & Circle of Nourishment
Feb
27
6:30 AM06:30

Rest Day & Circle of Nourishment

Hosted by Circle of Nourishment

Today our visitors will not be teaching but will have a rest day, and spend time with the Circle of Nourishment group, including a visit to their project Mowbray Maternity Hospital.

Green Tara @ 6.30am followed by a walk before breakfast

Meditation @ 9.30am to 10.30am

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Lama Katen
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Lama Katen

Lama Katen, the next Abbott of Samye Ling monastery and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s designated successor is visiting our centre.

From Fri 7 Dec to Sun 9 Dec. Please make a note of this event in your diaries.

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Jayne Pilossof Tara Rokpa Therapist
Oct
8
to Oct 15

Jayne Pilossof Tara Rokpa Therapist

Monday 8 October @6pm Bring and share supper followd by a relaxation session

Everyone is welcome to join us for a welcoming Bring and Share supper @ 6pm followed by a relaxation session at 7pm lead by Jayne.


There is no cost. Donations welcome if you wish.

Mon 15 Oct 6pm - 9pm Public talk Introduction to Tara Rokpa

Fee: By donation

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Lama Tsondru Weekend Teaching
Sep
15
to Sep 16

Lama Tsondru Weekend Teaching

The Eight Verses for Training the Mind

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sept 10.30am to 5pm

Bring & share lunch (both days)

The eight verses for training the mind is a teaching of Geshe Langri Tangpa, a Tibetan lama who lived in the eleventh century. It belongs to the lojong category and explains how to use  our relationships with people, our difficulties with others,  as the path to freedom.

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An Evening With Gelong Thubten
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening With Gelong Thubten

Gelong Thubten will be visiting the centre on the evening of September 6th. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has asked Thubten to show a slide show which documents Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s creation of Samye Ling, the first Buddhist Monastery in the West, the mother centre of our Samye Dzong.

After the slide show, Thubten will give a talk about meditation and compassion, drawing upon the teachings and example of Akong Rinpoche, to whom Thubten had the good fortune of serving as attendant for many years.

Cost Non-members R80 and Members R60

Bio

Gelong Thubten is a Buddhist monk, meditation instructor and author. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 21, he ordained as a monk at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. He has spent over six years in intensive meditation retreats, the longest of which was 4 years. He served as personal assistant to Akong Tulku Rinpoche for many years, right up until Rinpoche’s passing.

As well as teaching Buddhism at many of the Samye Dzongs, Thubten specialises in teaching mindfulness meditation internationally, in businesses, hospitals, schools, universities, prisons and addiction counselling centres. He works with major clients such as Google and LinkedIn, as well as many law firms and other companies. His work is often featured in the media, and he is well known for bringing mindfulness into the workplace, teaching people how to integrate it into their busy lives.

The funds from his work go to charity, to help establish Samye Dzong centres in the UK. Thubten is the Director of Samye Dzong Scarborough, and also helps at two other UK centres.

Thubten and the neuroscientist Ash Ranpura collaborated with Ruby Wax on her latest bestselling book, “How to be Human, the Manual”, and Thubten is now busy writing his second book.

Thubten is the co-founder and trainer at the Samten meditation app.

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Practicing Dharma in a Realistic Way with Choden
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Practicing Dharma in a Realistic Way with Choden

Fri 10 Aug @ 7 pm

For many of us it is hard to find enough time to practice the Dharma let alone penetrate its vastness and depth. The focus of this talk is how to practice the Dharma in a way that is authentic, consistent and yet realistic considering the many pressures and activities that fill our daily lives. The key is our view. The Mahayana Dharma hinges on our basic orientation and motivation. If we can make this clear and heartfelt then our meditation practice and the way we live flows from this. The main point is to integrate the view of emptiness with the daily practice of mindful awareness and compassion.

Choden will offer some teaching and practical advice on how to clarify our view and set up a daily meditation practice that fits within our time constraints and commitments. There will be teaching, guided mediation and an opportunity for questions and discussion. This talk is open to anyone – Buddhists, Mindfulness practitioners and anyone else who has a passion for letting the sacred touch their lives.

Cost: Members no cost; Public R60
Dana (offering) is suggested; Dana (offering) to the teacher allows participants an opportunity to practice generosity and the teacher an opportunity to practice unconditional gratitude.

To book or for more information please email capetown@kagyu.org.za or phone the Centre's office 021 7612978

Choden’s Bio

A monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three-year, three-month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and 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. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum. He co-wrote a book with Paul Gilbert in 2013, entitled ‘Mindful Compassion’ that explores the interface between Buddhist and Evolutionary approaches to compassion training. He is also the co-author of two upcoming books: ‘Mindfulness Based Living Course’ (due to be published in November 2018) and ‘From Mindfulness to Insight’ (due to be published by Shambhala in April 2019). In 2016 he completed a one-year retreat focused on the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

 

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Buddhism in a Nutshell - A Morning Teaching with Ani Tsondru
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Buddhism in a Nutshell - A Morning Teaching with Ani Tsondru

August 9, Women’s Day

9h30 for 10h00 to 12h30

Bring & share lunch

The path of a Buddhist practitioner unfolds in a natural way, as one realisation makes the ground ready for the next.  Gautama, who became the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, set out on the path because he really saw, clear-eyed, the suffering realities of life around him. He then walked this path all the way, to the ‘end' of suffering. 

The clear-eyed seeing can be understood through the Four Contemplations, while the path walked by the Buddha was explained in the very first teaching he gave, and called the Four Noble Truths.

As preparation for the visit and teachings by Lama Tsondru in September, we'll explore these Dharma teachings and contemplations of Buddhism, and what it means to practice Buddhism as a Buddhist.

Cost: Members no cost; Non-members R60
Dana (offering) is suggested; Dana (offering) to the teacher allows participants an opportunity to practice generosity and the teacher an opportunity to practice unconditional gratitude.

To book or for more information please email capetown@kagyu.org.za or phone 021 7612978

Ani Tsondru's Bio

Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche in 2007.

She first realized that she must be a Buddhist in the early 1990s when she attended a retreat at the BRC. After studying and working as a lawyer and environmental scientist she left it all behind to go to Spain with Lama Tsondru in 2003 to enter a traditional three and a half years closed retreat, followed by a second retreat of four years. Leading up to and during this time she received the traditional teachings and transmissions of the Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist lineage from HH Karmapa 17th, Situ Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Drupon Rinpoche, Akong Rinpoche, and the retreat Lamas, Lama Tsondru and Lama Jinpa.

Since returning to Cape Town she has served as the Buddhist member on the Board of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI, a multi-faith NGO), and also been its Executive Director.

In 2015 she spent a 10-day intensive with Joanna Macy in California, engaging with the Work that Reconnects (WTR). After returning, she began to offer the first Work that Reconnects workshops in Cape Town and South Africa. It is important to bring our spiritual practice into the world. Of particular interest is ecophilosophy and activism,  and the role that spirituality and ethics must play if we are to transform our economic and social systems in protection of Earth.  Now Tsondru incorporates the Work that Reconnects into the teaching of Engaged Buddhism, which includes both meditation and action.

Tsondru dedicates her time to helping people reconnect with inner wilderness through teaching, leading contemplative Wilderness Within trails in the iMfolozi wilderness and other areas, and to being of service to SAFCEI.

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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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