Numerous teachings are available from the teachers listed below.  Most of these recordings are in MP3 format.  Copies of these recordings can be ordered from Kagyu Samye Dzong Cape Town.  Your contribution supports the Centre in making these teachings available.  

Contact Details

Kagyu Samye Dzong Cape Town Tel: +27 21 761 2978 Email: capetown@kagyu.org.za

 

List of Teachers

 

H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

Website: http://www.kagyuoffice.org/

Biography:

His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Born in Eastern Tibet on 26 June 1985, he was recognized at the age of seven through a prediction letter that had been written by his previous incarnation. His Eminence Tai Situpa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed the identification. In June 1992, he returned to Central Tibet and Tolung Tsurphu Monastery, the main seat of the previous Karmapas, where he was enthroned. In late 1999, in order to meet his teachers in India, the Karmapa left Tibet for India, where he traveled to see the Dalai Lama.

The Indian government granted him refugee status, and he continues to stay at his temporary residence in Gyuto Monastery, not far from the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala. He is studying Buddhist philosophy and meditation while receiving the transmissions and empowerments from the masters of his lineage. With a special interest in books, he has worked to preserve ancient texts; he has also encouraged the practice of meditative rituals. His artistic abilities have flourished over the years. In addition to writing poetry, he has become a skilled artist in drawing, painting, and calligraphy. The Karmapa has presided over these major ceremonies since 2001. Thousands visit the Karmapa at Gyuto Monastery where he gives public teachings. (Info from: http://www.kagyu.org/kagyulineage/karmapa/kar00.php and http://www.rumtek.org/HHGK/hh00.php)

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost (R)
aMP069 Dorje Sempa Practice Jun 1989 01:23:00 50.00

 

 

H.E. the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche

Website: http://www.palpung.com/rinpoche.php

Biography:

Born in Eastern Tibet in 1954, the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche left Tibet for Sikkim in 1960, where he was united with His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He established his monastery Palpung Sherab Ling in northern India in 1976. He has travelled widely – visiting North America, Europe, South-East Asia and New Zealand and lecturing on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. A renowned artist and calligrapher, Tai Situ Rinpoche speaks fluent English and is the author of several books in which he illuminates Buddhist teachings in commonsense terms using down-to-earth examples.

He is currently involved in the advancement of inter-faith and inter-cultural humanitarian efforts and was the inspiration and motivator for the 1989 Pilgrimage for Active Peace. In addition, Rinpoche is the founder and Spiritual Head of the extensively enlarged Sherab Ling Monastery. Rinpoche was also involved with the recognition and enthronement of His Holiness, 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP017 Tibetan Buddhism 1981 08:39:58 R50.00
aMP018 Gyud Lama 1981 06:56:05 R50.00
aMP019 Life of Naropa 1981 02:31:13 R50.00
aMP020 Shi-Né Meditation Instruction 1981 01:21:22 R50.00
aMP021 Therapy Oct 1985 07:03:42 R50.00
aMP022 Mahamudra Teaching 1988 08:21:46 R50.00
aMP023 Meditation in Action 1988 05:36:02 R50.00
aMP117 Mahamudra Teaching 1988 03:52:47 R50.00
aMP024 Guru Rinpoche Teaching Aug 1988 03:51:14 R50.00
aMP025 Death and Dying Aug 1988 06:49:36 R50.00
aMP026 Public Talks Aug 1994 04:01:23 R50.00
aMP027 Dorje Chang Tungma Prayer Oct 1994 03:00:55 R50.00
aMP028 The Six Paramitas Aug 1995 01:14:14 R50.00
aMP029 General Talk on Buddhism Aug 1995 01:07:31 R50.00
aMP030 Talk on Devotion Sep 1995 01:10:04 R50.00
aMP031 The Five Skandhas 1996 02:25:31 R50.00
aMP032 Prajna Paramita Sept 1996 02:54:30 R50.00
aMP118 Mahamudra - Guided Meditations 2009 06:15:05 R50.00

 

 

Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Website: http://www.samyeling.org

Biography:

Chöje Akong Rinpoche was born in 1939 in Eastern Tibet and discovered as a tulku at the age of two. In addition to receiving spiritual and formal education, he also trained in traditional Tibetan medicine. As a teenager, he travelled from community to community, performing religious ceremonies and treating the sick. His spiritual training as a holder of the Kagyu lineage was completed under the guidance of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

In 1959, he fled from Tibet to India, and a few years later, he and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche travelled to Oxford, where they learned English, and began to introduce the West to Tibetan religion and culture. This led to the foundation of the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre, in Scotland, the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the West. The current abbot of Samye Ling is Akong Rinpoche’s brother, the Ven. Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche.

Akong Rinpoche is the head of the Samye Dzong Buddhist Centres in South Africa.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP124 Talk on 17th Karmapa unknown 00:44:15 R50.00

 

 

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

Website: http://www.samyeling.org

Biography:

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche is the well-loved abbot of our mothership (and the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West) – Samye Ling in Scotland. He has spent at least 20 years in various retreats, and was recognised by the former Kalu Rinpoche as one of the most highly attained meditators in the world. To be able to meet and meditate in his presence is a rare and precious opportunity.

Born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche escaped from Tibet as a teenager in 1959, arriving in India along with Akong Rinpoche, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a handful of other exhausted refugees. From 1967, he served as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, until leaving to join his brother Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Samye Ling in Scotland two years later. After accompanying H.H. Karmapa on a tour of the United States, he and Lama Tenzin Chonyi established and managed the Karma Triyana Dharmacakra Centre in Woodstock New York, which is now H.H. Karmapa's main seat in the U.S.

In 1980, he was ordained as a Gelong monk by H.H. Karmapa, before entering entered a strict, long-term solitary retreat under the guidance of the Abbot of Karma Triyana, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. He has also received teachings from many of the highest Kagyu Lamas, including H.H. the 16th Karmapa,and from The 12th Tai Situpa, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, and the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche. He has completed two 49-day Bardo retreats in total solitude and darkness. He has been instrumental in establishing a long-term Buddhist Retreat Centre and an Interfaith Centre for World Peace and Health on Holy Island, a small island off the coast of Scotland.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP089 Teachings by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche 2012 05:08:31 R50.00
aMP141 Dealing with Obstacles, Hindrances and Delusions on the Path Mar 2015 01:15:08 R50.00
aMP142 Joyful Living through Meditation Mar 2015 01:03:28 R50.00

 

 

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Website: http://www.bodhicharya.org/

Biography:

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters, including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.

Since 1990, he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and Meditation at Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centers in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith and Science and Buddhist dialogues. He authored several books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP062 The Noble Eightfold Path Sep 2011 01:41:44 R50.00
aMP063 From Milk to Yoghurt Sep 2011 09:19:29 R50.00
aMP064 Discovering Basic Sanity Sep 2011 01:35:30 R50.00

 

 

Ven. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Website: http://www.nalandabodhi.org/

Biography:

The founder and president of Nalandabodhi, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, is a leading Buddhist teacher in North America and an advocate of American and Western Buddhism.

A lover of music, art and urban culture, Rinpoche is a poet, an avid photographer, an accomplished calligrapher and visual artist, as well as a prolific author.

Rinpoche is fluent in English and well-versed in Western culture and technology. He is also the founder of Nitartha International, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to preserving the contemplative literature of East Asia.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP052 The Treasury of Knowledge Aug 1992 and Sep 1993 21:16:01 R100.00

 

 

Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche

Website: http://www.rinpoche.com/

Biography:

The Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Kham, Tibet in 1933, and was formally recognised at the age of five. He fled from Tibet to India in 1959, where he studied at Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, the seat in exile of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, becoming the Abbot of Rumtek Monastery and being heavily involved in teaching. Since 1976, he has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

Thrangu Rinpoche, a recognised master of Mahamudra meditation, has taught in over twenty-five countries and has seventeen centres in twelve countries. He is especially known for making complex teachings accessible to Western students. Because of his vast knowledge of the Dharma and his skill as a teacher, he was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP033 Gyud Lama of Asanga / Maitreya 1980 19:51:20 R50.00
aMP036 Ornament of the Precious Liberation 1980 19:41:58 R50.00
aMP037 The Four Ordinary Foundations 1980 05:39:47 R50.00
aMP038 The Four Special Foundations 1980 02:59:55 R50.00
aMP034 Life of Marpa 1981 05:09:35 R50.00
aMP035 Life of Milarepa and Gampopa 1981 04:54:10 R50.00
aMP039 History of Indian Buddhism 1981 05:26:33 R50.00

 

 

Chögyam Trungpa

Website: http://www.shambhala.org/teachers/chogyam-trungpa.php

Biography:

Taken from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa):

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (28 February 1939 – 4 April 1987) was a Buddhist meditation master and holder of both the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, the eleventh Trungpa tülku, a tertön, supreme abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, artist, and originator of a radical re-presentation of Shambhala vision.

Recognized both by Tibetan Buddhists and by other spiritual practitioners and scholars as a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, he was a major, albeit controversial, figure in the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism to the West, founding Vajradhatu and Naropa University and establishing the Shambhala Training method.

Among his contributions are the translation of a large number of Tibetan texts, the introduction of the Vajrayana teachings to the West, and a presentation of the Buddhadharma largely devoid of ethnic trappings. Regarded as a mahasiddha by many senior lamas, he is seen as having embodied the crazy wisdom (Tib. yeshe chölwa) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Some of his teaching methods and actions were the topic of controversy during his lifetime and afterwards.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP123 Chögyam Trungpa Live 1976 01:07:30 R50.00

 

 

Lama Tsondru

Website: http://www.kagyu.it/eng/home.html

Biography:

Lama Tsondru, who received monastic ordination in 1985, has received many teachings from important Masters like His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and many others. She has completed two 4-year retreats at Samye Ling in Scotland.

With Lama Jinpa Gyamso she guides the Spanish centers connected with Kagyu Samye Ling monastery and the students currently committed to the first traditional retreat of Karma Kagyu lineage in Spain.

In June 2000, in recognition of her dedication and hard work over many years, and her ability to benefit many people through her example and her teaching, she was granted the title of “Lama” by Akong Rinpoche.

Lama Tsondru is well known and loved by her many friends and students for her warm, approachable, easy-to-understand teaching style, as well as for her dedication and hard work in serving the Kagyu Lineage and helping others.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP116 Kleshas Dec 2002 02:18:56 R50.00
aMP066 The Heart of Compassion Sep 2009 09:23:04 R50.00
aMP067 The Feminine Aspect of Buddhism Sep 2009 02:59:14 R50.00
aMP068 Chenrezig Puja & Instruction Unknown 01:07:08 R50.00
aMP119 Talk on Buddhism and Meditation 2009 01:17:28 R50.00
aMP134 The Art of Happiness Mar 2014 10:55:52 R50.00
aMP135 Buddha Nature Mar 2014 01:39:21 R50.00

 

 

Lama Zangmo

Website: Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Biography:

Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist when she arrived at Kagyu Samye Ling in 1977 and took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. Having received teachings from many highly respected lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she completed several four-year closed retreats, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist nun. Since 1998, she has been helping with running the Kagyu Samye Dzong Centre in London. That year, she was one of a group of nuns who accompanied Lama Yeshe Losal to India, where she became fully ordained as a Gelongma (Bhikkuni) in Bodhgaya. This will in turn enable others to take full Gelongma ordination within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the future.

Lama Zangmo's strong connection with Kagyu lineage and in particular with Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal has inspired her to work tirelessly and joyfully in service to the Dharma and helping others. In recognition of her long experience, selfless qualities and commitment, she became the first person in the UK to be honoured with the title of Lama in June 2001.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP091 Introduction to Medicine Buddha and Tara Mar 2012 02:07:13 R50.00
aMP092 Refuge, Bodhicitta and Ngondro (with Ani Lhamo) Mar 2012 03:47:13 R50.00
aMP093 The Bardo of Death Mar 2012 01:38:03 R50.00
aMP143 Generosity Mar 2015 01:20:09 R50.00
aMP144 Courage, Confidence and Compassion Mar 2015 00:54:01 R50.00

 

 

Rob Nairn

Website: http://www.robnairn.net/

Biography:

Rob Nairn is one of the pioneers in presenting Buddhist philosophy and practice in a way that is accessible to the Western mind. In 1980, he resigned as professor of criminology at the University of Cape Town to commit full-time to his spiritual path. His training in psychology and Buddhism – including a four-year isolation retreat at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland – enables him to translate ancient Eastern wisdom into concepts we can understand and apply.

Currently Rob is the representative of Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche for Kagyu Africa: three Kagyu Buddhist centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Harare, as well as two retreat centres. He spends half the year at the centres in Africa and half the year teaching in the United Kingdom and Europe. In the UK Rob is involved with the Mindfulness Scotland initiative together with National Health, and associate lecturer of the education faculty at Aberdeen University in Scotland, where he designed and founded the very popular three-year Master’s degree in Mindfulness.

Rob is author of three books – all of which are popular in many languages and selling well in Africa, the USA, UK and Europe: Tranquil Mind – An introduction to Buddhism and meditation; Diamond Mind – Psychology of meditation; and Living Dreaming Dying – Wisdom of Tibetan psychology.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP001 Diamond Mind Course unknown 06:36:05 R50.00
aMP099 Tranquility Through Meditation Early 1990's 03:06:17 R50.00
aMP100 Psychology Through the Ages Early 1990's 03:26:15 R50.00
aMP101 Ngondro Practice Early 1990's 02:29:38 R50.00
aMP102 Aspects of Practice Early 1990's 03:03:17 R50.00
aMP103 Living, Dreaming, Dying Jan 1994 04:31:00 R50.00
aMP108 Looking at Personality Types Nov 1995 02:23:50 R50.00
aMP109 The Wheel of Life Feb 1996 02:37:38 R50.00
aMP110 About Positive & Negative Thinking, Peace of Mind and Karma Jun 1996 04:09:17 R50.00
aMP104 In/Out Retreat Dec 1996 04:00:12 R50.00
aMP105 Tantra Lectures and Workshops Apr 1997 18:01:57 R50.00
aMP112 Vajrayana Practice Nov 1997 01:18:18 R50.00
aMP113 Meditation and Transformation May 1999 08:12:57 R50.00
aMP106 Retreat at Ixopo Oct 2000 18:49:28 R50.00
aMP114 Seven Points of Mind Training Apr 2002 05:02:48 R50.00
aMP115 Introduction to Tantric Practice May 2002 01:11:20 R50.00
aMP097 Successful Living - The Psychology of Happiness Nov 2002 03:06:37 R50.00
aMP011 Learn to Meditate Mar 2005 07:43:17 R50.00
aMP012 What is Buddhism? Apr 2005 02:14:00 R50.00
aMP013 Cape Mountain Retreat – Seven Points of Mind Training Dec 2005 07:10:03 R50.00
aMP014 Cape Mountain Retreat – Understanding Emptiness Dec 2005 10:30:17 R50.00
aMP015 Creating a New Reality Feb 2006 04:26:23 R50.00
aMP121 Retreat Teachings Feb 2008 23:59:02 R50.00
aMP061 Cape Mountain Retreat – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Dec 2008 – Jan 2009 17:26:52 R50.00
aMP082 The Power of Dream May 2009 01:48:52 R50.00
aMP083 Wisdom, Compassion and Insight Training Nov 2009 29:05:01 R50.00
aMP055 The Enquiry Process Mar 2010 01:09:11 R50.00
aMP122 Observing the Observer 2010 17:10:12 R50.00
aMP016 Mindfulness, Insight & Awareness Nov 2010 36:13:34 R50.00
aMP045 Wheel of Life Feb 2011 23:46:05 R50.00
aMP040 Compassion Training Mar 2011 01:20:17 R50.00
aMP041 Introduction to Insight (with Beryl Schutten) Mar 2011 04:40:00 R50.00
aMP042 Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep (Charlie Morley with Rob Nairn) Mar 2011 13:02:01 R50.00
aMP043 Psychology of Meditation Mar 2011 02:37:57 R50.00
aMP044 Mindfulness – The Key to Living Fully Mar 2011 01:12:46 R50.00
aMP046 Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation Mar 2011 01:07:56 R50.00
aCD002 Guided Meditation – Settling, Grounding, Resting Mar 2011 00:18:03 R30.00
aMP084 The Secret of Relationships - Beyond the Rational Oct - Nov 2011 33:23:15 R50.00
aMP085 Compassion Training Part II - The Path to Insight Dec 2011 - Jan 2012 15:51:08 R50.00
aMP086 Progressing in Mindfulness - The Path to Insight Jan 2012 16:50:50 R50.00
aMP087 Psychology of Buddhism Feb 2012 02:53:21 R50.00
aMP088 The Spiritual Journey and Meditation Feb 2012 06:28:28 R50.00
aMP126 Maturing the Mind Nov 2012 32:26:25 R50.00
aMP132 Wheel of Life - The Cycle of Interdependent Origination Jan 2014 09:00:50 R150.00
aMP133 Introduction to: Insight & Compassion Training Jan 2014 11:17:50 R100.00
aMP147 Beginner's Meditation Instruction Feb 2015 06:00:51 R50.00
aMP148 Graduated Mind Training Feb 2015 18:02:29 R100.00
aMP149 The Effect of doing Vajrayana Practices Feb 2015 01:20:04 R50.00
aMP154 Insight Training Jan 2016 09:44:45 R100.00
aMP155 Wheel of Life Jan 2016 04:56:41 R100.00
aMP156 Medicine Buddha - Medicine, Healing and Transformation Feb 2016 01:50:05 R50.00
aMP157 Living Dreaming Dying Feb 2016 07:26:49 R100.00
aMP158 Beginner's Meditation Course Feb 2016 05:36:53 R50.00

 

 

Beryl Schutten

Biography:

Beryl has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has completed a 6 month retreat.  She is authorized to teach by His Eminence the 12th Kentin Tai Situpa.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP041 Introduction to Insight (with Rob Nairn) Mar 2011 04:40:00 R50.00

 

 

Charlie Morley

Website: http://charliemorley.com/

 Biography:

Charlie Morley, based in London, is a Lucid Dreaming teacher and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism specialising in the use of both Western scientific and Tibetan Buddhist dream practices with the aims of bringing mindful awareness into all stages of dream, sleep and waking life. He is the co-creator of a new holistic approach to conscious sleeping and lucid dreaming called “Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep”.

Charlie began to teach lucid dreaming within the context of Tibetan Buddhism in late 2008, at the personal request of his mentor and well-known meditation teacher Rob Nairn. He has also received the traditional Tibetan Buddhist “authorisation to teach” from Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal. Since then he has run numerous Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep workshops, courses and retreats around the UK, Europe, Brazil and USA as well as a bi-yearly tours of South Africa.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP042 Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep (Charlie Morley with Rob Nairn) Mar 2011 13:02:01 R100.00
aMP096 Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep May 2012 09:26:32 R50.00
aMP127 Lucid Dreaming and Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep Aug 2013 07:54:43 R50.00
aMP136 Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep: The potential of 24 hour awareness Aug 2014 01:34:19 R50.00

 

 

Donal Creedon

Website:

Biography:

Donal Creedon is a meditation teacher with many years experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness and sincerity. Donal has spent 12 years in retreat and was also a fellow of the Krishnamurti Foundation of India for 3 years.

This allows him to balance a clear and thorough understanding of Tibetan Buddhism with the non-sectarian and uncomplicated teachings given by Krishnamurti, helping Donal to communicate the heart of Buddhist teachings beyond language and culture.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP071 Onrus Retreat Mar 1998 02:55:32 R50.00
aMP072 Mahamudra Course Jan, Feb, Mar 1998 04:40:36 R50.00
aMP073 Meditation Course for Beginners Jan, Feb, Mar 1998 08:04:13 R50.00
aMP074 Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Feb, Mar 1998 06:14:00 R50.00
aMP075 Dharma Talk Feb 1998 01:08:31 R50.00
aMP076 Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation Instruction Feb 1998 00:43:46 R50.00
aMP077 Lojong Practice and Tonglen Meditation Mar 1998 02:02:30 R50.00
aMP094 Introduction to Mahamudra Apr 2012 01:09:00 R50.00
aMP120 Loving Kindness Meditation 2004 01:17:52 R50.00

 

 

Ken Holmes

Website: http://samyeling.org/

Biography:

Ken Holmes, born in London in 1947, travelled to India in 1970, where he spent some time in Dharamsala, studying with the monks and lamas around His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On his return to England, he went to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, where he has been based for the past 36 years, devoting his life to making Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy available to the Western world.

He is currently Director of Studies at Kagyu Samye Ling. His life is spent teaching in Samye Dzongs in various countries, assisting Akong Rinpoche, writing and translating dharma works, and he also occasionally interprets for visiting Tibetan lamas. He has also lectured in elementology and astro-science for the Tara-Rokpa College of Tibetan Medicine.

He was a founder member of the Scottish Inter Faith Council and has worked with the British Cabinet Office and the European Community on training programmes. He represented Buddhism at the seminal 2002 meetings in Brussels to discuss religious representation in the new European constitution. Ken has also developed and implemented a three year distance learning programme for the study of Buddhism.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP004 Dorje Chang Tungma Mar 2006 01:59:09 R50.00
aMP002 Cape Town Teachings Oct 2008 12:27:46 R50.00
aMP003 The Six Paramitas Oct 2008 07:01:13 R50.00
aMP005 Goedgedacht Retreat – Understanding Consciousness Oct 2008 09:29:57 R50.00
aMP006 Bardo Teachings Oct 2010 04:02:16 R50.00
aMP007 Cape Town Teachings Oct 2010 12:19:57 R50.00
aMP008 Bodhi Khaya Retreat - Perfect Mind (1 DVD) Oct 2010 41:51:15 R50.00
aMP009 Bodhi Khaya Retreat - Perfect Mind (3 CDs) Oct 2010 41:51:15 R50.00
aMP010 Buddha Nature Undated 12:47:55 R50.00
aMP053 The Torch of Certainty Undated 22:45:28 R100.00
aMP056 Bardo Teachings - Supporting Peaceful Dying (Jan Webster and Ken Holmes) Nov 2009 02:53:24 R50.00
aMP057 Gurus - Karmapa, Akong Rinpoche, Kagyu Lineage Nov 2009 01:35:38 R50.00
aMP058 Meditation Refresher Nov 2009 01:40:37 R50.00
aMP059 Four Keys to Paradise - Vajrayana Visualisation Explained Nov 2009 01:44:03 R50.00
aMP060 Tibetan Astrology and the Moon in Buddhism Dec 2009 01:34:37 R50.00
aMP098 The Six Paramitas and Guided Chenrezig Oct 2010 10:36:59 R50.00
aMP079 The Three Kayas Nov 2011 01:43:27 R50.00
aMP080 Compassion and Devotion Nov 2011 01:36:07 R50.00
aMP081 Meditation Nov 2011 04:25:16 R50.00
aMP111 Awakening the Real Chenrezik Nov 2013 01:16:12 R50.00
aMP129 The Bardo(s) Nov 2013 01:42:05 R50.00
aMP130 Bodhi Khaya Retreat – Heart of Love, Breath of Compassion Nov 2013 41:11:59 R100.00
aMP138 Real Bodhisattvas Sep 2014 08:44:06 R50.00
aMP139 Reincarnation and Karma Oct 2014 05:23:30 R50.00
aMP140 The Real Mahamudra Oct 2014 08:40:29 R50.00
aMP150 The Six Paramitas Oct 2015 01:30:20 R50.00
aMP151 Insight into Insight Oct 2015 03:32:43 R50.00
aMP152 Chenrezig Practice Instruction Oct 2015 01:37:05 R50.00
aMP153 Voidness for Dummies Oct 2015 08:40:29 R50.00
aMP159 Overview of Tibetan Buddhism Oct 2016 09:19:45 R100.00
aMP160 Short Prayer to Vajradhara Oct 2016 06:36:09 R100.00

 

 

Ken and Katia Holmes

 Biography:

Ken and his French wife Katia are based at Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, Scotland, where he is Director of Studies.

They both have been assisting Ven. Akong Rinpoche for about 40 years, translating Tibetan texts and interpreting for lamas.

They both are much respected internationally for their inexhaustible knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, which they impart with wisdom and clarity, humility and an infectious sense of humour.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP007 Cape Town Teachings Oct 2010 12:19:57 R50.00
aMP008 Bodhi Khaya Retreat - Perfect Mind (1 DVD) Oct 2010 41:51:15 R100.00
aMP009 Bodhi Khaya Retreat - Perfect Mind (3 CDs) Oct 2010 41:51:15 R100.00
aMP098 The Six Paramitas and Guided Chenrezig Oct 2010 10:36:59 R100.00
aMP130 Bodhi Khaya Retreat – Heart of Love, Breath of Compassion Nov 2013 41:11:59 R100.00

 

 

Alan Muller

Website:

Biography:

Alan Muller took refuge in 1997 with Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He has completed a one year and two six month closed retreats under the guidance of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

Alan was also a monk for six years and has dedicated his time fully to Kagyu centres since 2000. Some of the teachers he has received teachings from are H.H. Dalai Lama, Thrangu Rinpoche, Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Minjur Rinpoche and Drupon Rinpoche.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP161 Vajrayana Deity Practice Instructions Oct 2016 12:05:21 R100.00

 

 

Ken Holmes and Jan Webster

Website: http://www.comacare.com/

Biography:

Jan Webster is a founding member and initiator of an innovative Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), ComaCARE, and has for many years been communicating and working with patients in comas.

ComaCARE aims to change attitudes and care practice of those in extreme and altered states of consciousness, specialising in coma patients. Jan is an organisation development consultant, trainer and coma care worker.

She has worked with many NGOs, mainly in the field of mental health and human rights.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP056 Bardo Teachings - Supporting Peaceful Dying (Jan Webster and Ken Holmes) Nov 2009 02:53:24 R50.00

 

 

Chodrak

Website:

Biography:

Chodrak is a fully ordained monk in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has taken Gelong ordination with Tai Situ Rinpoche. He divides his time between the Tergar Institute in BodhGaya India where he is program co-coordinator for Mingyur Rinpoche, and teaching in South Africa, Germany and the United Kingdom. In the UK Chodrak also works for the National Health Service in mental health as a healthcare assistant. He presents mindfulness workshops for health professionals and runs his own Zen shiatsu therapy practice.

Chodrak is is very knowledgeable in all rituals associated with the various practices and pujas. Chodrak studied and became proficient in the Tibetan language in a short time and was interpreter and attendant for Lama Thubten from 1983 until 1989.  From 1989, Chodrak was on a four-year retreat at Samye Ling, part-time in position as chef to all the retreatants.

In 1994, Chodrak visited South Africa as resident monk at the Cape Town Samye Dzong Centre, and also oversaw the Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Harare Centers. In 2000, Chodrak moved to Sherabling, Tai Situ Rinpoche's seat in northern India. Whilst living there for 4 years he became the secretary and translator for Mingyur Rinpoche. He also acted as translator on all of Mingyur Rinpoche's visits to the UK.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP047 Bardo Workshop Jul 2008 06:29:45 R50.00
aMP048 Ngondro Jul 2008 00:41:35 R50.00
aMP049 Joyful Wisdom Jun 2009 05:26:25 R50.00
aMP050 Bardo - Preparation for Death and Beyond Jul 2009 01:41:09 R50.00
aMP051 Inner Peace - Enriching your World Jul 2009 01:49:58 R50.00

 

 

Gelong Thubten

Website: 

Biography:

Born into a Buddhist family, Thubten was ordained in 1993. During his early years as a monk, he completed a total of 200 pairs of the Nyungney fasting practice in retreat. He has been able to receive teachings and transmissions from many of the greatest Kagyu Lamas. Later he travelled widely, teaching at Samye Dzong centres around the world, and he regularly served as Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's assistant on teaching tours.

He has taught meditation as a method of stress management for business executives in top UK companies, as well as within the NHS, in prisons, and to addiction counselling services, local councils and social workers. In June 2005, Gelong Thubten entered the first long retreat to take place at Samye Dechen Shing on the Isle of Arran.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP054 Vajrayana Deity Practice Feb 2010 01:19:22 R50.00
aMP070 The Four Ordinary Foundations Unknown 00:58:52 R50.00
aMP162 Meditation, Mindfulness and Inner Happiness Jan 2017 01:16:30 R50.00
aMP163 Meditation, Mindfulness and the Path of Compassion Jan 2017 07:51:11 R50.00
aMP164 Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and the Bardo Jan 2017 01:36:04 R50.00
aMP165 The 3 Vehicles and the Special Tradition of Vajrayana Jan 2017 01:40:08 R50.00

 

 

Ani Lhamo

Website: Kagyu Samye Ling

Biography:

Ani Lhamo is a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has completed a four-year cloistered retreat, and is an experienced teacher of meditation and Dharma courses. Currently working in adminstration at Samye Ling, as Lama Yeshe's secretary for the last seven years, she has learnt how to integrate the peace and stability of meditation into her busy, working life.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP092 Refuge, Bodhicitta and Ngondro (with Lama Zangmo) Mar 2012 03:47:13 R50.00
aMP145 Creating a Stable Foundation for Practice Mar 2015 01:30:33 R50.00
aMP146 Refuge Mar 2015 00:55:27 R50.00

 

 

Melanie Polatinsky

Website: Randburg Centre: Melanie Polatinsky

Biography:

Melanie is a psychotherapist, lecturer and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been empowered by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche to teach. She has worked and taught in a variety of fields with individuals and groups for the past 40 years. These include meditation, dream work, death and dying, bereavement, inner child work, relationships, karma and reincarnation, inner peace, discovering your true potential and many others.

Melanie gives weekly Buddhist lectures at the Randburg Centre on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings on many different dharma topics from how to clear our psychological karmic imprints to the deeper Vajrayana Buddhist teachings.

She is also currently running a bardo training group once per month to prepare individuals for death and dying and to train people to assist others with death, dying and bereavement.

Recordings:

Code Title Date Length Cost
aMP107 A Tantric Approach to Dreams, Death and Sadhana Practice Jun 2012 09:31:34 R50.00
aMP125 Mirror-Like Wisdom Reflected through Relationships Feb 2013 09:20:17 R50.00

 

Pujas

Code Title Date Length Cost
aCD001 Chenrezig Practice (With Guided Visualisation) with Ken Holmes Oct 2010 01:00:00 R30.00
aCD003 Chenrezig Practice (Complete Puja) with Ken Holmes Oct 2010 00:59:00 R30.00
aCD004 Chenrezig Practice (Short Form) with Ken Holmes Oct 2010 00:29:00 R30.00
aCD014 Chenrezig Puja with Pam Sheehan 2012 01:08:16 R20.00
aCD017 Chenrezig Puja (short version) n/a 00:21:17 R20.00
aCD013 Ngondro - Refuge and Bodhicitta n/a 01:06:55 R20.00
aCD008 Medicine Buddha Puja n/a 00:49:55 R20.00
aCD015 Green Tara Puja with Akong Rinpoche n/a 01:06:21 R20.00
aCD016 Green Tara Puja with Thrangu Rinpoche n/a 00:44:59 R20.00
aCD019 Green Tara Puja with H.E. the 12th Tai Situpa n/a 01:03:39 R20.00
aCD011 Guru Rinpoche Puja n/a 00:22:29 R20.00
aMP065 Amitabha Buddha Puja 1997 00:38:19 R30.00
aCD007 Mahakala Puja n/a 00:48:47 R20.00
aMP131 Milarepa Guru Yoga - for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche n/a 00:46:41 R20.00

 

Video Recordings

Code Title Date Length Cost
aDVD001 Akong Rinpoche at Cape Mountain Retreat Feb 2006 01:18:18 R50.00
aDVD003 Buddhism - Finding the Peace Within (SABC Production) 2008 00:49:49 R20.00
aDVD004 Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in conversation with Rob Nairn Feb 2007 01:31:33 R50.00
aDVD005 CMR Inauguration and CPT Samye Dzong Nov 2005 00:08:37 R20.00

 

 

Other Recordings

Code Title Date Length Cost
aCD005 Tibetan Incantations n/a 01:14:24 R20.00
aCD006 Learning Tibetan - Ani Kunzang n/a 00:45:14 R20.00
aCD009 Lotus Sutra n/a 00:58:58 R20.00
aCD010 Amitabha Sutra n/a 01:00:19 R20.00
aCD012 Dorje Chang Tungma n/a 00:06:35 R15.00