Marpa Monthly – March 2015

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Meditation Practice Day
Sunday 1 March 10.30 am and 2.30 pm

Free of charge (lunch is available at £5 but needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance)

A day of several sessions of silent meditation. The structure of the day is very relaxed and informal.  Ideal for beginners as well as for those who have been meditating for longer.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the Sangha to practise together, share ideas and simply to spend a day in the tranquillity of Marpa House. 

This Sunday will be led by Gail Oliver, a long term student of Chime Rinpoche. If you plan to come, please contact the Secretary on: 01799 584415 or via

The Venerable Lama Ato Rinpoche THE IMPORTANCE OF BUDDHA, DHARMA AND SANGHA IN EVERYDAY LIFE Sunday 8 March -10:30 am and 2:30 pm Course fee £15 per session (lunch is available at £5 but needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance) In his talk, Lama Ato Rinpoche will touch on the Noble Eightfold path and the songs of Shabkar.
If you plan to come, please contact the Secretary on: 01799 584415 or via
Car Parking Arrangements

There are only a limited number of car parking spaces available at the House.  If you park on the grass verge on Rectory Lane, near the House, please be mindful not to park beyond the big tree opposite the Rectory. We have arranged to use the village Baptist Church overflow car park (off Radwinter Road). Please do not park on the tarmac but at the back of the car park, in front of the hedge.

Volunteers Weekend Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March         Free meals and accommodation; day volunteers welcome. Please give the secretary at least 48 hours notice if you wish to participate. We need volunteers to help us to wake up the Marpa House garden from its winter slumber. There will be a lot of tidying up to do and we would very much appreciate your coming to this weekend. There will be someone at hand to advise on what needs doing and there will also be plenty of time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the House. Please bring your own gloves and gardening implements if you have them.

Tibetan Language Day

Sunday 22 March – 10.30 am and 2 pm  

Fee for the day: £10 (including lunch)

Anyone with some knowledge of Tibetan (who can read Tibetan and use a dictionary) is welcome to join in a day of reading and translating. Texts will be provided.  


Silent Retreat with Lama Klaus
Saturday 28 March to Monday 6 April (Easter Monday)
Course fee: £360 for all ten days, including food and accommodation There is still one place available on this retreat.

You will have to commit to the full course. It will not be possible to attend as a day visitor. To secure your booking we are asking for a non-refundable deposit of £100. Please contact the Secretary on: 01799 584415 or via

Lama Klaus will give an introductory talk at 5pm on Saturday afternoon and the retreat will formally start after the Chenrezig puja.There will be scheduled meditation sessions in the shrine room every day. During the week there will be time for Q&A sessions and one to one discussions with Lama Klaus. The retreat will conclude with a Tsok puja.

Marpa House will be silent until the morning of Easter Monday 6 April.


A big Welcome to our new secretary, Emma. You will all enjoy her joyful presence here at the house.

We are happily still running the house with a full team of staff but will need a new cook from 7 April and a cleaner from 15 May.Marpa House operates with semi-permanent volunteers who keep the house open to visitors, retreatants and those attending large and small courses taking place during the year. As a long-term volunteer, you live at the house and receive a small honorarium.   All meals and accommodation are provided free of charge, and you have the opportunity to work, practise and study at Marpa House. To find out more, please contact the Secretary via



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with best wishes,
Marpa House Committee

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