Welcome to 2018, the year of the Male Earth Dog – many Tashi Delegs to you all, may it be filled with blessings and may all beings benefit.
Here are some words from a recent talk by His Holiness 17th Karmapa in New York – “In the Buddhist tradition, the coming of the New Year is a sign of impermanence – the fact that nothing remains the same, but shifts and changes. So when we come to the New Year, we can take it as a reminder of impermanence and also as an opportunity to change. Whatever might have happened in the past, we do not need to remain stuck there. We can always take a step forward and find new hope and courage…Sometimes, we have the hope that the mere passage of time will deliver positive changes, so we sit and wait for them. But time itself is changing moment to moment and so are things, such as our bodies. We cannot remain passive and just wait for time to shift our life around. We need to look into ourselves and find the changes we want to see. And then we are the ones who must initiate these changes and take responsibility ot transform ourselves. What is it that mainly needs to change? Our way of thinking and our motivation. If we can change these two, we will create a big shift in our lives”
On Saturday 10th February we did the practice of Tsetar, or Life Release. A large group met up at Howth Pier, including some canine companions – very apt as we are in the year of the dog! Following a trek around the various establishments we determined that all the Irish lobsters had been smart enough to avoid the lobster pots, and only their Canadian cousins were available – and due to communication issues (the Canadian accent being alien to the Dub lobsters!) we decided to postpone our efforts for another date. But we did manage to liberate the two luckiest crabs in Dublin, and we sent them on their way blessed by prayers. Saving the life of a being destined for slaughter is the ultimate act of compassion. To date we have saved nearly 1000 lives and it is truly a wonderful act to participate in. We will do another release on Saturday 23rd June to celebrate the Birthday of His Holiness Karmapa – more details closer to the date. If you can’t join us but would like to help liberate lives, you can still donate to the Animal Release fund – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 4537427 for more information.
Our first workshop of the year – Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude with Clive Holmes – was a wonderful weekend, with a lovely group of people leaving very ‘grateful’! Many thanks to Clive for sharing his wisdom and kindness, as always, and we look forward to having him back later this year.
Coming in March/April, Donal Creedon will be back to host three Tuesday evening sessions with the theme ‘The Four Noble Truths’, based on the first teachings given by the Buddha, This will be a short course offering a good introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, open and suitable for all. See more on our events page buddhism.ie/events
We will also have some amazing events coming later this year, including another visit from Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche in June (fingers crossed!), Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche in October, and Charlie Morley (of Lucid Dreaming fame) in November. Details for each visit will be posted on our Events page as they are confirmed.
For upcoming events in the Centre please see our events page http://buddhism.ie/events/ – this changes all the time so check back regularly! And below are details of the regular weekly events in the Centre – check the Regular Programme page for more details and any changes due to other events.
Introduction to Buddhism Evenings - The first Tuesday of every month. This introductory evening covers aspects of Buddhism such as the life story of the Lord Buddha, the teachings of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism througout Asia and now throughout the Western World, and explaining the differences (or similarities!) between the different aspects of Buddhism – Tibetan, Zen etc. Talks are facilitated by the practitioners of Kagyu Samye Dzong and all are welcome to attend.
Meditation Instruction for Beginners - to ensure that you get off to the best possible start in your practice of Meditation, we offer instruction in the traditional Buddhist practice of Meditation on a Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm – 8.45pm and Saturday mornings from 10.30am – 11.30am (this is followed by a short meditation session from 12pm – 12:30). Learning the correct posture and techniques are vital to ensure that you get the most benefit from your practice, and it is also important to receive these instructions from a qualified and authorised teacher. In KSD Dublin these instructions are given by Emile, umzi (practice leader in Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin), an experienced meditator and practitioner who has been authorised by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche to do so.
Iyengar Yoga classes for all levels! New Year New You! Yoga works on each individual for their growth and betterment – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Through the practice of physical postures (called asanas) one develops strength, mobility and stability, and makes the body a firm foundation for the practice of meditation. Classes take place on Tuesdays at 6pm-7.15 and Thursdays 7.30pm-8.45pm. See our events page for more info http://buddhism.ie/events/
Check our Events page regularly, as events are confirmed we will get them on the web!
Following the instruction of our Abbott and Director, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, we are expanding Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin to help us bring the Dharma to an even greater number of people and eventually build the first Tibetan Temple in Dublin.
We hope that you will all join with us on this journey. The growth of the Centre was the dream of our Founder, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and on his last visit to Dublin in April 2013, he told us that this was what we have to make happen. This will require effort and support, both financial and physical, from the whole community of Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin, to realise his dream of a bigger Centre for Dublin.
To enable us to achieve this goal we are looking for people to become ‘Supporters of Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin’ – we are looking for 108 participants – who will agree to commit to contributing just €5 per month (or more if you can manage it). This will provide us with a regular income stream to allow us to meet repayments. If you are in the lucky position to be able to make a more significant financial commitment to the Centre – either in the form of a once-off donation or an interest-free loan, please let us know. Contact us by phone 01 4537427 or by email email@example.com to find out how you can donate. You can also download a Membership form and Membership leaflet, print it off, fill in and send it to your bank, or use the details to set up a standing order online
Looking forward to seeing you in the Centre soon!!!