Marpa Monthly – July 2013

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Welcome to the July 2013 Marpa Monthly Update, letting you know about events, volunteering opportunities and more at Marpa House.


Sponsored Walk Sunday 6 July

To celebrate and support Marpa House, Ben Henriques (a Marpa House Committee member) has organised a sponsored walk in the beautiful local countryside. We will walk from Newport Station to Marpa House, a fairly easy route of about 10 miles. We can stop for lunch at a nice pub if people would like to do that. If you want to sign up for the walk, or would like to sponsor somebody to walk, please contact the Marpa House Secretary, or donate directly via this PayPal link.

Meditation Practice Day Sunday 7 July – 10.30am and 2.30pm 

A day of calm abiding meditation which will be led by Tansy Miller.

Sessions are free of charge. Lunch £5
Members Weekend Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July

All Foundation and Subscribing Members of Marpa House are invited to a weekend of practice, discussion and sharing of experience and ideas. The House will be closed to other visitors during this weekend and there is a special lower rate of just £10 per night, which includes accommodation, meals and everything else. Day visitors are also very welcome. 

Tibetan Language Day Sunday 21 July – 10.30am  and 2.00pm This day is for students who attended the Tibetan Language Course with the Venerable Khenpo Gyurme. If you can read and write Tibetan and can use a Tibetan dictionary you are welcome to join in. We will meet once a month to continue our study of Tibetan. Fee: £5 to cover photocopy costs and other related expenses

Summer School with The Venerable Lama Chime Rinpoche in Baerenthal, France

Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August

For further details please contact the Secretary at Marpa House or log onto the Kagyu Benchen Ling website



Marpa House is currently looking for two more semi-permanent staff members, a cleaner and a gardener, who can help keep the House open to visitors, retreatants and those attending the various large and small courses that take place during the year. We are always looking for people to come onto staff, so if you can’t make the time now but you are interested in cooking, cleaning, or gardening in the future, we would also very much like to hear from you. As a volunteer you would live at the house and receive a small honorarium to cover basic costs of living. All meals and accommodation are provided free of charge and you can participate free of charge in all Marpa House events while you are here. To find out more please contact the Marpa House Administrator or speak to a member of the Committee.


You may feel that you want to get involved in Marpa House but can’t commit to being on staff or on Committee. We are always looking for willing volunteers to help out at events, and for people who have skills to bring to the maintenance and upkeep of Marpa House and gardens. If you want to volunteer for ad hoc jobs, you can enter your contact details on a list of volunteers who we can call upon when needed. It’s an extremely useful way to get involved. Just contact the Marpa House Administrator to add your name to the list.



40th Anniversary of the Official Opening of Marpa House Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER – Black Tie dinner and dance in Ashdon Village Hall. Half the tickets have already been sold! They cost £20 each and are available via Paypal or from the Secretary. The event will feature live music, food, dancing and much more.

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER – On this day, 40 years ago, HRH Crown Prince Tenzing Namgyal of Sikkim officially opened Marpa House. Further details on how we will be marking this special event will be circulated nearer the time. To book accommodation in Marpa House for the weekend (there are only a few places left) please contact the Secretary. 



A big thank you to the garden angels who came to help during the Volunteers Gardening Weekend. The sun shone, the garden was lovingly tended, and the desserts were delicious! We tidied the hedge and roadside verge, tamed the weeds in the veggie garden and raspberry beds, and did lots more. Thank you angels for being so enthusiastic and for helping us to keep the house working well!


It is easy to donate to Marpa House and to help ensure that Marpa House is here for at least another 40 years. All you have to do is click this button:

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in Marpa House!
with best wishes,
Marpa House Committee

  Marpa House Committee Members


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