January 2019

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY BRIAN RICHARDSON

Sunday 6th January 10.30am and 2.30pm 

Free of charge, and suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. Lunch is available for £5.00 but needs to be booked in advance. 

This will be a day of Tranquil Abiding meditation, based on instructions in the book ‘Mind at Ease’ by Traleg Rinpoche.

Brian has been a student of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s for over twenty years and has been given a White Sangha robe as a symbol of permission to teach. 

Please join us and start the New Year in peaceful meditation with an aspiration for the happiness of all beings.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 20th January 10.30am and 2.00pm 

Fee for the day: £10, includes lunch.

For anyone wanting to improve their Tibetan, we will be reading and translating Dharma texts. Please join us, all welcome!

 

February 2019

 

MAHAKALA PRACTICE LED BY LAMA ALASDAIR 

Friday 1st February, Saturday 2nd February, and Sunday 3rd February. Daily at 2.30pm

By donation, all welcome. Lunch is available for £5.50 but needs to be booked in advance.

Traditionally, an extensive form of the Dharma Protector Mahakala practice is done before the New Year to avert obstacles for the year ahead.

Lama Alasdair has completed the traditional three-year retreat and was the resident Lama for many years at Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s centre in the Black Forest in Germany.

 

LOSAR CELEBRATIONS FOR THE TIBETAN NEW YEAR OF THE FEMALE EARTH PIG  

Tuesday 5th February at 2.30pm

Losar Tashi Deleg! Happy New Year! Please come and join us for a Lhasang bonfire on this joyful start to the Tibetan New Year. May the coming year bring peace and happiness to all.

Saturday 9th February at 2.30pm

All welcome. Lunch is available for £5.50 but needs to be booked in advance.

Come and celebrate with a tea party and bonfire. Traditionally, Losar is a holiday and time of celebration; join us for another Lhasang bonfire. Dress up, drink butter tea and party! We will also offer Khataks and have a recitation of ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’.

Please bring (vegetarian) food to share, also feel free to bring any unwanted Dharma texts or papers to burn.

 

TIBETAN LANGUAGE DAY

Sunday 17th February 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!

 

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CHENRESIG PUJA?’ LED BY  BRIAN RICHARDSON

Saturday 23rd February 10.30am to 4.30pm 

£15 for the day. Lunch is available for £5.50 but needs to be booked in advance.

The Chenresig Puja is one of the main daily practices at Marpa House. There are many visualisations included in it. The first aim of the day will be to learn how to write the six-syllable mantra of Chenresig. This will support our visualisation during the Puja. There will then be a sequence of slowly paced guided meditations to familiarise ourselves with the different stages of the Puja. This will be based on a commentary by Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. Finally we will practice the Puja slowly in English and Tibetan. All are welcome to a peaceful day of practice.

 

March 2019

 

INTRODUCTION TO LUCID DREAMING, LED BY BEN HENRIQUES 

Saturday 2nd March 10.30am to 5.00pm £15 for the day.

Lunch is available for £5.50 but needs to be booked in advance.

Lucid Dreaming is being aware that you are dreaming during the dream itself. This awareness is a key part of Vajrayana dream practice and brings many personal and psychological benefits. For practitioners it can be a gateway to greater insights and far deeper meditation practice than is possible in the waking state.

Anyone can lucid dream and even one experience of the practice can be profoundly helpful. At this event, we will explore the role of lucid dreaming in the Tibetan tradition, the benefits of the practice and learn techniques we can apply in the waking state to help us get lucid while we dream. The focus will be on the basic techniques for getting lucid and absolutely no previous experience or knowledge is required. All you need is motivation and an open mind!

Ben has been a student of Kyabje Chime Rinpoche’s for over ten years and ran the Young Sangha retreats until 2016. He has a white robe from Rinpoche as a symbol of permission to teach.

 

MEDITATION PRACTICE DAY LED BY A STUDENT OF KYABJE CHIME RINPOCHE  

Sunday 3rd March 10.30am and 2.30pm

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

A day of meditation practice.

 

VOLUNTEERS’ WEEKEND

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 

Free meals and accommodation in exchange for some hard work! Day volunteers are also very welcome. 

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers to help our hard working staff and committee spruce up the House and garden. No special knowledge or skills required, and tools are provided. Please come and join in!

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 in 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.