March 2019

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 17th March 10.30am and 2.00pm

Fee for the day: £10, includes lunch.

For anyone who can read Tibetan and use a dictionary, we will be reading and translating Dharma texts. Please join us, all welcome!

 

CHOD RETREAT LED BY VICKI TOFTS

Friday 22nd March 8.00pm to Sunday 24th March 5.00pm

£100 for the retreat including two nights’ accommodation and meals.

This weekend is for those who have taken part in previous Chod courses at Marpa House.  We will begin with Chod on Friday evening and continue with four sessions on Saturday and three on Sunday, with Mahamudra meditation sessions in between.  This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your connection to the practice in a wonderfully sacred space.

If you have your own instruments, please bring them along. Marpa House has a limited number of spare instruments for people to borrow.

Vicki has been a student of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s for over ten years and is a member of the White Sangha. We are delighted that she will be leading us through this beautiful practice here at Marpa House.

 

April 2019

MAHAMUDRA RETREATS LED BY LAMA KLAUS

From Saturday 30th March to Saturday 13th April

Enjoy exploring your own mind!  A wonderful chance to enjoy the depth and richness of a silent retreat.

Two retreat options – either really deepen your experience with a whole week of closed silent retreat OR enjoy a flexible week where you can join in as a day/overnight guest and get an inspiring dose of meditation practice in our beautiful shrine room. Or join us for the whole two weeks! You can also use the time for your personal practice and enjoy the supportive group atmosphere. Lama Klaus will be available for individual meditation advice and instruction.

Saturday 30th March 9.30am up to and including Saturday 6th April, 2.00pm.

£280 including accommodation and meals for the whole week. This includes a £50 non-refundable deposit payable when booking to secure your place.

Please note: Places for the one-week retreat are limited so early booking is advisable. Closed, silent Mahamudra retreat. The House will not be open to day visitors during this time.

Sunday 7th April 9.30am to Saturday 13th April 5.00pm

£15 for each day plus accommodation and meals (usual prices apply). 

Day retreat – sessions start 9.30am and 2pm each day.

Lama Klaus has been a student of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s for over thirty years and has completed the traditional three-year retreat at HH 17th Karmapa’s retreat centre, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

 

May 2019

MAY TEACHINGS AND GREEN TARA EMPOWERMENT WITH PASANG TULKU RINPOCHE

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May £30 each day.

Full programme will be published nearer the time.

Venerable Tulku Pasang Rinpoche is the Heart Son of His Eminence 18th Dulmo Choje Rinpoche, and a nephew of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche. He was recognised in 2003 by HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and HE 12th Chamgon Tai Situpa as the reincarnation of 3rd Chime Drubpi Wangpo Rinpoche, retreat master of Damkar Monastery. Currently, Pasang Rinpoche is Principal of the Damkar Institute as well as leading Damkar centre in Hong Kong and supporting the monastery and nunnery in Tibet. Fluent in English and Chinese as well as Tibetan, we are honoured and delighted that he is joining us to teach and give an empowerment this weekend.

Green Tara is a female Buddha of fearless compassion, who is said to swiftly benefit anyone who calls on her for help. She removes obstacles and bestows blessings, and her practice offers a complete path for achieving realisation. We perform her short sadhana daily at Marpa House; this empowerment is ideal for anyone wanting to establish or renew a connection with Green Tara and this exquisite practice.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 19th May 10.30am and 2.00pm

Fee for the day: £10, includes lunch.

For anyone who can read Tibetan and use a dictionary, we will be reading and translating Dharma texts. Please join us, all welcome!

 

LUCID DREAMING AND TIBETAN DREAM YOGA RETREAT LED BY PAUL WOOTTON

Saturday 25th May 10.30am to Monday 27th May lunchtime

£100 for the retreat including two nights’ accommodation and meals.

A weekend retreat exploring Western lucid dreaming techniques and Tibetan dream yoga. We will explore both daytime mindfulness techniques and those of the night.

Dream yogas begin with lucid dreaming and help us to develop meditative clarity while dreaming and while deeply asleep. If we learn to wake up out of delusional and unconscious awareness while dreaming and asleep we are more likely to see through our waking delusions.

Please note that this course is only open to those who have some prior experience in lucid dreaming or dream yoga.

Paul has been a student of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s since 1974 and is a member of the White Sangha. Paul began studying Western lucid dreaming techniques in 2007 and has subsequently received training in Tibetan dream yoga directly from Rinpoche over the last eight years.

 

June 2019

AN EXPLORATION OF THE ‘EIGHT CONSCIOUSNESSES’ AND HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE OUR OWN REALITY. LED BY FRANÇOISE GUILLOT

Saturday 1st June 10.30am and 2.30pm

£15 for the day, and suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Lunch is available for £5.50 but needs to be booked in advance.

We are all dreamers, trapped in a kind of trance. Everything we experience seems to be very real and tangible — the more we grasp at it and feed it with our thoughts and emotions, the more the world all around us appears to be real, solid, and immoveable.

The principle of the Eight Consciousnesses explains in a brilliant way how the mind is constructing, piece by piece, this reality of our daily life, and how to escape from this trance to full awakening!

Françoise Guillot is part of the White Sangha of her root-teacher Kyabje Chime Rinpoche. Rinpoche recently gave her permission to teach the Dharma, especially in the tradition of Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo, the root Guru of Chime Rinpoche, as well as an important teacher of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche.

Françoise’s heart concern is how to integrate the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha Dharma in our everyday life, connecting traditional, authentic instructions with practical advice for the difficulties of our present times.

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY FRANÇOISE GUILLOT

Sunday 2nd June 10.30am and 2.30pm

Free of charge, and suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.  Lunch is available for £5.50 but must be booked in advance.

A day of Shi-Neh or calm-abiding meditation practice.

 

PRAYER FLAGS – BLESSINGS CARRIED ON THE BREEZE

We will be busy making new prayer flags from Wednesday 5th June to Sunday 16th June.

When we first started making prayer flags many years ago, Rinpoche said that the prayer flag project is an opportunity for the artists and craftspeople among our Dharma community to offer their skills. In addition to the skills of printing and machine sewing there are many other jobs which are essential in making prayer flags, like ironing, cutting of fabric and hand stitching the flags onto the ropes. These are suitable for all!

Please volunteer to help us, whatever your skills.

Students working on the prayer flags can stay at Marpa House free of charge but a contribution towards the cost of the meals would be welcome.  We very much regret that we will not be able to accommodate any house or retreat guests during this time as the entire Marpa House building will be taken over by volunteers.

 

SUMMER TEA PARTY AND FLAG RAISING

Saturday 22nd June & Sunday 23rd June Free of charge.

Please join us for a wonderful weekend in the garden, and the raising of the new prayer flags, always a joyful occasion! Exact days and timings will be confirmed closer to the time.

 

July 2019

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY A STUDENT OF KYABJE CHIME RINPOCHE

Sunday 7th July 10.30am and 2.30pm

Free of charge, and suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.

Lunch is available for £5.50 but must be booked in advance. A day of Shi-Neh or calm-abiding meditation practice.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 14th July 10.30am and 2pm

Fee for the day: £10, includes lunch.

For anyone who can read Tibetan and use a dictionary, we will be reading and translating Dharma texts. Please join us, all welcome!

 

TRALEG KHANDRO

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019

We are absolutely delighted that Traleg Khandro is returning to Marpa House– please save the date! Full details to follow.