Venerable Rinpoche in Mongolia
In 1995 Ven. Rinpoche visited Mongolia with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At the end of the visit His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked Ven. Rinpoche to stay, teach, and help the Mongolian people. Since then Ven. Rinpoche has visited every summer, and this year he left for Mongolia at the end of July. Ven. Rinpoche arrived safely back home in early September.
Please see our website (www.jampaling.org) for more details of Ven. Rinpoche’s overseas charity work.
Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche’s Winter Teachings 2017/2018
This winter we are honoured that Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche will teach from the text called ‘Easy Path.’ It was first taught by the 1st Panchen Lama during a summer retreat to an assembly of monks at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet.
The ‘Easy Path’ is a path which can take practising students to the state of enlightenment. It is achieved by listening to these teachings, given by a realised Master, with a clear lineage to the Buddha and then studying and meditating on his teachings and the text.
This teaching is presented here by Ven. Rinpoche in a concise form during these winter teachings. The ‘Easy Path’ is even more relevant today in a world which is highly confused, angry and stressed, even as people continue to search for security and understanding.
We can learn, however, to realise that as human beings we are extraordinary in our ability. We are able to be still during meditation. We can find the deep ethical commitment and determination necessary to purify the mind, so we can develop love and compassion for all sentient beings. We can develop our own potential to harness the inner energy of the mind that brings freedom from suffering and thus realise lasting peace and happiness. This path only then becomes ‘easy’ when it is internalised and integrated into one’s daily life.
1st Teaching Weekend: 7th-8th October 2017
Foundation for Developing love and Compassion–including the Four Immeasurables and equalising self and others.
Please contact our office if you would like to book in for any of the teaching weekends.
Jampa Ling Open Day Monday 7th August
As part of a local festival, the Bawnboy Community Festival, we have our annual open day on the bank holiday Monday that afternoon. On the day we have book sales, cake sales, plant and vegetable sales, tours of the house, shrine room and gardens. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are served. We were very fortunate to have such lovely weather that day for all. We had lots of help that day. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our events, such as the open day, please contact our centre.
Killeshandra Senior Group
On Friday 11th August the Killeshandra Senior Group came to our centre for a talk and a guided tour. They were a lovely group and had many questions.
Stories of Owendoon 22nd August
As part of Heritage Week, we hosted an evening event called ‘Stories of Owendoon’, which was organised by Desmond. There was a great turnout. The name suggested the theme. People who knew Mrs Johnson, Owendoon’s previous owner who died in the 1970s, along with many others from the area, were invited to come to the event with their stories. This included the younger generation who were growing up during Jampa Ling’s early years in the 1990s. The event was a great success and there were very interesting and unusual stories, from finding a broach from the Iron age, to the finding of a hippopotamus skull. We would like to thank everyone who took part and helped out in any way.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Derry/Londonderry – Sunday 10th September
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited by Children in Crossfire to join Richard Moore, the founder of Children in Crossfire, in Derry/Londonderry for the 20th anniversary of the charity’s inception. Ven. Rinpoche and many of his students and friends of Jampa Ling attended the public talk called Compassion in Action.
Over August and September we had many different events, including Meditation for Beginners, Yoga and Meditation, A Peaceful Mind – A Peaceful Life, A Day of Yoga, White Tara Retreat, Yamantaka Retreat, as well as some evening yoga workshops. They were very enjoyable weekends, which concluded our summer programme.
Tara House Hired Out
Over August and September Tara House was hired out to a few private groups. If you are interested in hiring out Tara House please contact our office for more details.
Yoga with Isabella
One of our volunteers, Isabella, offers weekly yoga classes in Jampa Ling, as well as some evening workshops. Please contact us for further information. Donations are in aid of the House Fund.
Come and join us every Wednesday for our community gardening day from 10am. Our main gardener, Aisling, will be there and she and the other volunteers would really love you to give them a hand.
Meditations at Jampa Ling
We have three meditation practices every day at Jampa Ling. We also have two additional meditation practices – Meditation for Beginners every Monday night from 7pm to 8pm and a Mindfulness/Awareness Mediation every Wednesday night from 7pm to 8pm – both are in Tara House. There is no need to book to come to these, just simply show up. They are donation-based.
Our summer programme is coming to an end now and our winter programme will be coming out soon. Please check out our website and sign up to our mailing list to keep updated.
WWOOFers & Volunteers
This August we had one WWOOFer, Jenny from the US. She had been a tremendous help to us here. Our garden interns, April and Sage, have been a wonderful help to us here. They will be greatly missed. Both left in the middle of August to continue with their studies, and Jenny left at the beginning of September. We wish them all the best in their future.
This September we have two WWOOFers, Stephanie from Germany, and Jean-Baptiste from France. Jean-Baptiste WWOOFed with us last year. It’s wonderful to see familiar faces returning.