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Tuesday 29 April 2014

Bodhicitta and Chamtrul Rinpoche's 2014 UK Teachings

Chamtrul Rinpoche came to the UK for the first time in 2013. His teaching tour took him to several places across the land, where he captivated and inspired many old and new students with his uplifting presence and renowned teachings.  The teachings are open to all, and are by donation. Booking isn't required, please just come along.

Please find your way to the venues in good time so that you can settle yourself in, well before Chamtrul Rinpoche begins to teach. 

For further information please visit the Bodhicitta website 

30 MAY 7-9PM

The Practice of the Four Immeasurables
To Open the Heart

By thinking about and meditating on the Four Immeasurables, we lessen our disturbing emotions and attitudes, and we begin to open the heart, benefiting ourselves and others.

Immeasurable Love is the wish for all beings to have both happiness and its causes.

Immeasurable Compassion is the wish for all beings to be free from suffering and its causes.

Immeasurable Joy is the wish for all beings to never be apart from happiness and for it to increase more and more.

Immeasurable Equanimity is the wish for all beings to be free from attachment and aversion, that keeps some close and others distant.

Chamtrul Rinpoche will also speak about how these four are the foundation of bodhicitta - the mind of enlightenment - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

1 JUNE 3-5PM

Finding Meaning in Everyday Life

Chamtrul Rinpoche will explain how by recognising the conditions that create suffering and those that generate inner peace, we can find greater meaning and purpose in everyday life, helping ourselves and others.

2 JUNE 7-9PM

The Healing Power of Tonglen

Tonglen is a Tibetan word - 'tong' means giving, and 'len' means taking.

In brief, this practice aims at taking on the suffering and pain of others, while giving them well-being.

If Buddhism asserts that it's not possible to literally take away and experience somebody else's karma, how does tonglen work?

It is said that for tonglen to be most effective, we would first have to have a deep karmic connection with the other individual, built up from this life, or a previous life.

Tonglen would then act as a condition for the surfacing and ripening of a portion of each individual's karma, which would otherwise be buried under their other ripening karma. This causes the person performing tonglen to experience something similar to what the other individual had been experiencing, while they experience well-being instead.

On this deepest level, tonglen is an incredibly powerful practice to engage in. A practice that relies not just on a deep karmic connection, but on great compassion and courage too.

Whether we have the ability to practice this deepest level or not, there are other levels of practice too. Whatever level that we engage in, it's extremely beneficial, as it will dramatically weaken the self-cherishing attitude, and will undoubtedly strengthen our positive qualities, and our bodhicitta aim - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

Saturday 19 April 2014

Aberystwyth Buddhist Group

The Aberystwyth Buddhist Group is for people interested in Buddhism in Aberystwyth.

The group meets for Buddhist meditation and general discussio every Wednesday at Merched y Wawr, Vulcan Street, SY23 1JH (Map) at 7.45 for 8pm.

They are a friendly, non-sectarian group interested in exploring Buddhism, its relevance and benefits for modern living.

All are welcome, beginners and more experienced meditators; of whatever religious belief, or none.

Web site http://aberbuddhism.wordpress.com/

Further details from:
Ian: 01970 625762
Maurice: 01970 627356

Thursday 17 April 2014

Aro Ling Cardiff - April Newsletter

Aro Ling Cardiff is now open daytime Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Saturday mornings (where possible)

Call in any time we're open to enjoy personal practice, meditation, a quiet space, to browse the library books, or to share a chat and a cuppa with Ngakma Nor’dzin.

The meditation group is on Tuesday evenings 7 – 8:30, everyone is welcome.

Saturday Samplers

We will be running a series of teachings on Saturday mornings from 10-12.  These give a taste of the teachings a practices of the lineage.  A donation is requested of £10 adults, £3 children

May 3rd : meditation – what is it, why do it? – with Ngakma Nor’dzin
May 10th : namkha – weaving thread crosses – with Ngakma Shé-zèr
May 17th : photography – visual awareness – with Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin
May 24th : amulets – woven designs – with Ngakma Nor’dzin
May 31st : music, song & instruments – come and try playing drums, bells and cymbals
June 7th : sKu-mNyé (Tibetan Yoga) – with Naljorma Dzü’drül
June 17th : Tibetan medicine – the Aro system – with Ngakma Nor’dzin

Please note: Aro Ling Cardiff will be closed daytime 17 – 26 April because we are on pilgrimage in Nepal, but the Tuesday meditation group on 22nd April will still run, hosted by Ngakpa Samten. 

Aro Ling Cardiff
rear of 35 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1DB (Map)
07092 010756

Email: aro.ling.cardiff@gmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/arolingcardiff
Blog:  aro-ling-cardiff.blogspot.co.uk 
Meetup: meetup.com/aro-ling-cardiff
Facebook: facebook.com/arolingcardiff

Friday 11 April 2014

Lam Rim Buddhist Centre

Lam Rim Buddist Centre

Lam Rim Chö Ling is a retreat centre located in the beautiful countryside on the Welsh/English borders in Monmouthshire.

Their website states that they “embrace Buddhist principles and values, while providing quality facilities, enabling people to experience more fulfilling ways of living within a peaceful and harmonious environment. Lam Rim Buddhist Centre is open to anybody who is interested in visiting.”
Front porch of Lam rim Buddhist Center
The resident teacher is Geshé Damchö Yonten. He is teaching in South Africa until May 2nd and their new schedule begins on May 18th.

For more details Click Here

Thursday 3 April 2014

Cardiff Chan Group

Cardiff Chan Group's aim is to offer a mutually supportive environment for individuals who wish to develop their own practice. There is no requirement to be Buddhist.

Cardiff's group leader is Eddy Street, a Retreat Leader within the Western Chan Fellowship, who has over 30 years experience behind him.

Rob Stratton is the primary contact for any enquiries about our activities. Rob is an approved Meditation Instructor with the Western Chan Fellowship.

Wednesday Evening Meditation

Cardiff Chan Group meets for regular practice every 1st, 3rd (and 5th if there is one) Wednesday of the month in the scout hall at 72a Severn Grove, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9EP. (Door has a fleur-de-lis and "St. Catherine's" painted above it). You are welcome to arrive from 7pm for a 7.15 start.

Newcomers welcome (please contact Rob Stratton if you are coming for the first time).

Suggested donation: £3/£1 (unwaged)

Contact & mailing list

Rob Stratton, tel: 029 20 229 665 or email

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