Posts Tagged ‘Teachings’

Thank you Lama Zangmo

April 29, 2015

BBG was very pleased to host Lama Zangmo from Samye Dzong in London a couple of weeks ago at our Thursday meeting, and also delighted to see so many people! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and the topic The Sixteen Fears and their remedies. We learnt from Lama Zangmo that these appear in the Green Tara practice, and refer to external and internal fears or dangers. Some of the external fears have changed since the time the text was written (not so many lions and poisonous snakes in England these days), but we can find plenty of our own: pollution, cars, war, environmental threats, crime….each one of us can add to this list. But of course the essence of the teaching is about our internal world, since external change can only happen after internal change. The basis of all our negative emotions is fear – a natural part of being human. Lama Zangmo told us that a good way of measuring our progress in mind-training is whether our negative emotions and behaviour are decreasing. No doubt some days we might take a little step forward, others a giant leap backwards…The eight inner fears are represented by external symbols – such as the elephant of ignorance or the snake of jealousy. We were urged to use the symbols as a way of contemplating the impact of our negative feelings, and were given ways to overcome them, such as generosity and humility, which don’t always rush to us in the heat of the moment! Thank you Lama Zangmo for a lovely talk – let’s hope she will come again soon. In the meantime there are plenty of excellent teachings on offer at Samye Dzong – programme here.

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Ven Rinchen at Bosham 14th May

April 29, 2015

Rinchen

Hot on the tails of Lama Zangmo’s visit last month, we are pleased to welcome Venerable Rinchen again – Thursday 14th May at Hamblin Hall, Bosham House starting 7.30 prompt.  He will be teaching on Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s pith instructions for the Dzogchen meditation.  Rinchen is based in the Caribbean where he runs Bodhicharya groups for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

Dzogchen is a Tibetan word that means Great Perfection. On the outer level it refers to a method of meditative practice that enables us to recognize our true nature. Ultimately, great perfection is that very nature: the natural, primordially pure nature of mind. (Lama Surya Das)

Day retreat teachings 17th May

April 3, 2014

Image We have a visit from Andy Wistreich booked for Saturday 17th May.

Andy is an old friend of BBG and has offered to give a day of teachings and meditations on the 8 Verses for Transforming the Mind, our current study topic.  It will be held at the Village Hall in Birdham, from 10.00 – 4.00, suggested donation for the day will be £10.00 to cover expenses including Andy’s travel.  

Andy’s teachings are a mix of theory and practice and all are welcome, experienced practitioners and newcomers alike, you are invited to bring lunch to share.

The address is: Birdham Village Hall, Crooked Lane, Birdham, Chichester, PO20 7HA, West Sussex, where there is ample car parking, you can click here for a map 

Andy Wistreich is from Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom Bristol.  He has been meditating for over thirty years, and has done some long retreats too in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  He is retired from full-time paid work in Education and now works full-time unpaid on Buddhist activities, study and practice.