September

 

BASE, PATH & FRUITION WITH VENERABLE LAMA SAMTEN

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 10.30am and 2.30pm £30 each day.

Lunch is available for £5 per day and must be booked in advance

‘Basis is the unity of the two truths. Path is the unity of the two accumulations. Fruition is the unity of the two Kayas’. Venerable Lama Samten will share – simply – how to practically develop an understanding of these three in our modern, hectic lives.

Lama Samten was born in West Tibet in 1944, fleeing his homeland with his family in 1959 when the Communist Chinese invaded. His entire family of 13 perished crossing the Himalayas. He took his ordination in India with the Very Venerable Kyabjé Kalu Rinpoche and completed 10 years of solitary retreat under his guidance in the Karma Kagyu tradition. In 1980, Lama Samten was sent to New Zealand by H.H. 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and spent 24 years developing the Buddhadharma, publishing books and cds including the Grammy Award winner Sacred Tibetan Chant – the monks of Sherab Ling. He now travels worldwide guiding his many students.

 

FAMILY WEEKEND LED BY JIGME DEERE

Saturday 29th September & Sunday 30th September 

Places must be booked in advance. Please contact the Secretary for further details, including pricing.

For families with children this is a lovely opportunity to all stay in the House and practice together – a chance for children to enjoy the Dharma and for parents to learn and practice together in the House.

 

October

 

 ‘SIX POINTS OF INSPIRATION’ WITH DAVID CRAWFORD 

Saturday 6th October 10.30am and 2.30pm

£15 for the day. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

‘Kyabje Chime Rinpoche has given guidelines for inspired living and Buddhist practice. The teaching will reflect Rinpoche’s valuable insights. By analogy, it is as if in a glorious offering, the springtime crocus opens six petals in sunlight and warmth, revealing the heart of the flower.’

David has been a student of Rinpoche’s for over 30 years and was ordained into Rinpoche’s White Sangha last year. His warm, gentle approach makes the teachings accessible to everyone and we are delighted that he is offering this weekend of teaching and practice. 

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY DAVID CRAWFORD

Sunday 7th October 10.30am and 2.30pm

By donation, all welcome. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

A day of ‘Shi-Neh’ or ‘Shamatha’ in Sanskrit; calm abiding meditation led by David Crawford.

 

KYABJE CHIME RINPOCHE’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Saturday 13th October 2.30pm

By donation, lunch is available for House guests only.

Please join us in prayers, practice, ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’ and offering of Khataks for Rinpoche’s birthday! Followed by birthday cake and a tea party- please bring vegetarian food to share.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 14th October 10.30am and 2pm

Fee for the day: £10 including lunch.

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

 

SILENT MEDITATION WEEKEND WITH LAMA KLAUS

Saturday 27th October & Sunday 28th October 10.30am – 5pm each day 

£15 each day. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

A weekend of silent meditation instruction & practice. Lama Klaus has been a student of Rinpoche’s for many years and has completed the three year retreat at Karma Triyana Darmachakra in New York. His highly accessible teaching style and joyful approach to meditation are an inspiration and we are delighted that he’s leading this weekend for us.

 

November

 

YOUNG SANGHA WEEKEND WITH LAMA KLAUS

Friday 2nd November 6.30pm – Sunday 4th November 5pm

For pricing and timing please contact the Secretary.

For any other enquiries please speak to Ben McCarthy (via Marpa House). Booking essential. The Young Sangha is for people aged 18 to 30ish who want to meet, practice, and learn about meditation in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. All welcome, no previous knowledge or experience needed. Lama Klaus will be on hand to guide us and answer questions.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 18th November 10.30am and 2pm 

Fee for the day: £10 including lunch.

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

 

THE UNITY OF CREATION & COMPLETION STAGES WITH VENERABLE LAMA SAMTEN

Saturday 24th  & Sunday 25th November 10.30am and 2.30pm £30 each day.

Lunch is available for £5 and must be booked in advance.

In Buddhist practice there are 2 kinds of methods to train the mind. One is called Che Rim which means creation stages and the other Dzog Rim which means completion stages.

These 2 methods are suitable for different kinds of people. Some can practice creation stages from the beginning and then gradually practice the completion stages.  Others, due to their nature and way of life, may need to practice the other way around.  The aim of taming the mind is the same.

Lama Karma Samten will explain in simple and practical terms how both can be practiced in unity.

 

December

 

HALF PRICE RETREAT WEEK 

Saturday 1st – Friday 7th December

Only £108 for a week’s retreat, in your own single room and three nourishing vegetarian meals a day.

Enjoy the deep peace and special atmosphere here in Marpa House. Very popular so please book early! ‘Practice alone in forest or mountain retreats. Rest, not practicing anything’ – Tilopa.

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY

Sunday 2nd December 10.30am and 2.30pm

By donation, all welcome. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

A day of calm abiding meditation, led by Karrim Rabi-laleh.

 

THE ESSENCE OF CHOD, LED BY VICKI TOFTS

Saturday 8th December 10.30am and 2.30pm

£15 for the day. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

A day of Chod pith instructions and practice.

Chod, or Cutting Through is a practice of compassion based on an understanding of emptiness. ‘When there is no more self, then there are no more demons’- Machig Labdron.

Vicki has been a student of Rinpoche’s for over ten years and last year was given a white robe as a symbol of permission to teach. Her clear teaching style and direct approach are a joy, and we are delighted she will be teaching in Marpa House again.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE TSOG OFFERING

Monday 31st December 2018 from 8pm

By donation

A Tsog is a lovely yet powerful practice and a way of repairing the sacred bond between students, teachers and the lineage. Come and join us as we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new together!

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY STUDENTS OF KYABJE CHIME RINPOCHE

Tuesday 1st January 2019 10.30am & 2.30pm

Suggested donation £10. Lunch is available for £5 but needs to be booked in advance.

Join us as we practice together, set our aspirations for the year ahead and send our love and prayers for the wellbeing of sentient beings everywhere.