Date(s) - 30/11/2019 - 01/12/2019
Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin
We are delighted to welcome Lama Zangmo back to Dublin. She has very kindly offered to teach the Eight Verses for Training the Mind.
Composed by the Buddhist Master Langri Tangpa (1054-1123), Eight Verses for Training the Mind is a text which offers essential training for cultivating the mind of compassion, wisdom, and loving kindness, and reveal the true essence of the Mahayana path.
The fundamental theme of mind training practice is the reorientation of our basic attitude, both toward ourself and toward our fellow human beings, as well as toward the events around us. The goal of mind training practice is the transformation of our thoughts, attitudes, and habits.
Presently, we tend to cherish the welfare of ourself at the expense of all others. However, the mind training teaching challenges us to reverse this process. This involves a deep understanding of others as true friends, and the recognition that our true enemy lies inside of ourselves, not outside.
As we practice these lojong teachings in daily life, we train the mind to embrace reality in a wholesome and compassionate way. We train to eliminate our competitive, selfish, and emotionally reactive tendencies, as well as our exaggerated concepts of self, and to understand that the greed, jealousy, anger, pride, selfishness, and attachment, which cause us so much suffering, are not inherent conditions of our mind.
Further details on the schedule will be added closer to the date. However it is possible to book in for this course now.
Suggested donation (to help cover costs of bringing teachers to Dublin) :€35 per day (includes a simple lunch)
Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist when she arrived at Kagyu Samye Ling in 1977 and took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Having received teachings from many highly respected lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she was inspired to enter the four-year closed retreat in 1984, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist nun.
When the next long retreat started in 1989 Lama Zangmo wished to further her retreat experience and she was also asked to help and advise the new retreatants. Having completed that retreat in 1993, Lama Zangmo then entered a third long retreat and became the resident retreat teacher to the other women retreatants. That retreat ended in 1997, bringing the total number of years Lama Zangmo spent in retreat to eleven and a half.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche then asked Lama Zangmo to put her experience to good use by helping to run Kagyu Samye Dzong London, which was officially opened in 1998. Since then the London Centre has flourished under Lama Zangmo’s guidance and established itself as a much needed Dharma Centre in the capital city, providing a full and varied programme of teachings and events throughout the year.
In 1998 Lama Zangmo was one of a group of nuns who accompanied Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche to India, where she became fully ordained as a Gelongma (Bhikkuni) at a historic ceremony in Bodhgaya. This will in turn enable others to take full Gelongma ordination with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the future.
Lama Zangmo’s strong connection with Kagyu lineage and in particular with Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche has inspired her to work tirelessly and joyfully in service to the Dharma and helping others. In recognition of her long experience, selfless qualities and commitment, she became the first person in the UK to be honoured with the title of Lama by our organisation at a heart warming ceremony in Kagyu Samye Dzong London in June 2001.