Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche’s Winter Teachings 2017/2018
This winter we were honoured that Ven. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche taught from the text called ‘Easy Path.’
In January Ven. Rinpoche taught on Generosity, Ethics and Patience (the first of the six perfections). In February Ven. Rinpoche taught on Enthusiasm, Meditation and Wisdom.
We would like to express our sincerest thanks to Ven. Rinpoche for giving us these very important teachings.
Upcoming Easter Retreat – Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April
Please plan to arrive on Thursday, 29th March, if possible. This is a silent retreat. It is a led retreat using meditations on the teachings given by Ven. Rinpoche during the winter. It is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the teachings and integrate them into our daily life. As there is usually a waiting list, please inform us in good time if you have to cancel, so that your place can be offered to another person. Please book early, and send a €50 deposit (non-refundable) when booking.
Cost: (All residential) €275
Our winter programme is online and is timetabled up to May. Please check out our website and sign up to our mailing list to keep updated.
Other events in January and February
Losar – Tibetan New Year – The Year of the Earth Dog
Losar was celebrated at Jampa Ling on Sunday 11th February. It is the Tibetan New Year and Ven. Rinpoche has been celebrating Losar at Jampa Ling since his arrival to Ireland. It was a snowy day, but it cleared well for the smoke puja ceremony in the morning outside with the gracious presence of Ven. Rinpoche. Following from this were prayers in the Shrine room and the recitation of the Tibetan National Anthem. It was a bring-and-share vegetarian lunch, with many people bringing very delicious food. Thanks to all the cooks – the food was wonderful. Afterwards a trad session with music and singing was held.
Many Tibetans and Mongolian people came to see Rinpoche after the New Year for Blessing and prayers for the New Year 2018.
Transition Year Mindfulness Course at Jampa Ling
As part of their curriculum, Transition Year students from St Mogue’s College in Bawnboy are taking part in a Mindfulness Course in Jampa Ling. Students of Rinpoche were in contact with the school and organised the course. The course is taking place over a few months. Mindfulness has become very popular in recent years with many people practising and studying it. The course is designed and partly led by Kati Simpson a student of Rinpoche’s who is a qualified mindfulness teacher. Desmond Gough partly led the meditations for the students. In January the Transition Year students had a yoga class with Isabella, and in February they had a Tai Ji class with Romy.
Wilson’s Hospital School Visit
As part of their curriculum second year secondary school students from Wilson’s Hospital came to Jampa Ling. During their visit they had a presentation on the life of the Buddha and a walk around the stupa. Their visit concluded with a meditation and a questions and answers session in the Shrine Room. The children and teachers had the precious opportunity of having their photograph taken with Ven. Rinpoche. Wilson’s Hospital have been visiting our centre for many years.
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.
We had two one-day yoga workshops led by Isabella; one in January and one in February. The cost of the workshops goes towards 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.
This February we had one WWOOFer from France, Samuel. He was a wonderful help to all of us and we will be sorry to see him go. We wish him all the best in his travels.