Jampa Ling Newsletter: Dec 2016-Jan 2017

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His Holiness’s Noble Peace Prize Anniversary – Saturday 10th December 2016

Awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1989 in recognition of His untiring work for peace in the world. Every year we gather together in celebration of the award. We begin in the Shine Room with prayers for peace and a reading of a statement from the Central Tibetan Administration in India. Offerings were made to His Holiness by Ven. Rinpoche. Afterwards we joined together for tea and light refreshments.

Tsong Khapa Anniversary – Sunday 18th December 2016

Many students gathered together to celebrate the life of the lineage holder and founder of the Gelugpa Tradition – Lama Tsong Khapa. Prayers were recited and students lit candles. A procession around the grounds was led by Ven. Rinpoche, with candles being placed at various sites. The weather was splendid for the occasion.

      

Christmas Dinner in Jampa Ling – Sunday 25th December 2016

Many students and friends of Jampa Ling gathered together for dinner on Christmas Day. Several people helped in the preparations and we would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who came and helped. Ven. Rinpoche was present for the occasion.

Winter Teachings – Finding Peace and Happiness in Everyday Life

We are honoured and extremely grateful that Ven. Rinpoche has accepted our request to teach during 2016 and 2017. Our third teaching was on the weekend of 14th and 15th January. Ven. Rinpoche taught on ‘Bringing Enthusiasm into Daily Life’.

The text used for the teachings is ‘The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ by Shantideva. We express our sincere thanks to Ven. Rinpoche for his teachings.

Upcoming Teaching – 11th & 12th February 2017

Developing a Flexible Mind through Meditation

Meditation is the tool that is used to quieten the mind’s activity, allowing the mind and body to relax. The mind can then be used to focus without distraction on the vital points of contemplation. Meditation is also used to become increasingly familiar with the process and contents of our mind. Our mind has been formed during many lifetimes, and consequently relays much old conditioning to our body, senses, and speech. It is this state of mindful awareness which can be used in daily life to transform the mind bringing peace and happiness to yourself and others. 

Upcoming Teaching – 11th & 12th March 2017

Recognition of the Nature of Wisdom

Buddhism teaches there are two truths: the ultimate truth and the conceptual or relative truth. The mind that we experience is a mind which obscures us from seeing or experiencing the ultimate truth of our mind. It is by learning how our conceptual mind functions, through the illusion of our emotions and senses, that the ultimate compassion and wisdom of the Bodhisattvas can be realised.

Yoga and Meditation Workshop – Saturday 28th January & Saturday 4th February 2017

Due to demand we had two successful Yoga and Meditation Workshops led by one of our volunteers and yoga teacher-in-training, Isabella. Both days began with some yoga and breathing exercises (pranayama) in the morning and with a tour of the house and a meditation session in the Shrine Room in the afternoon. There was an opportunity for questions and answers about Buddhism and Jampa Ling. A final yoga session concluded the day.

All proceeds were in aid of the House Purchase Fund

Yoga with Isabella

One of our volunteers, Isabella, is a yoga teacher in training and she offers weekly yoga classes in Jampa Ling. Please contact us for further information. Donations are in aid of the House Fund.

Community Gardening

Come and join us every Wednesday for our community gardening day from 10pm. 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.

WWOOFers

This January we have three WWOOFers, all arriving on different weeks throughout the month – Tomáŝ from Czech Republic, Linda from the Netherlands and Marion from France. We are so grateful for all their help so far.

Raffle Tickets

We would like to remind you about the raffle tickets that you may have received recently. There is no obligation to sell the tickets but we would really appreciate anyone who can. Unsold tickets can be returned to the office at Jampa Ling by 21st April 2017 should you wish.