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Some Recent Events...
TEACHER AT THE LAM RIM CENTRE
We were very happy to announce the arrival of a new resident teacher at Lam Rim, Geshe Samten la who joined us in South Africa from 27th June to 13th September 2010. During this period he gave Lam Rim teachings as did his predecessor, Geshe Ngawang Phende la and our Spiritual Director, Geshe Damcho Yonten la. We made the most of his short time with us and we were appreciative of the support from Lam Rim Wales in making this happen!
Geshe Samten Gyatso was born in Amdo, eastern Tibet in 1969. He has two brothers and a sister. He attended a village school from the age 7 to 9 and became a monk when he was 14 years old and entered a local monastery, called Ngarong Tashi Choeling. At the age of 16 he escaped to India and joined the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics at Dharamsala, where he studied Buddhist philosophy for 10 years and worked for the Institute for one and half years. In 1996 he joined Drepung Gomang monastery and studied for his Geshe Lharampa degree until 2004. In 2005 he completed the Geshe Lharampa degree and joined Gyumed Tantric University and studied Tantra for one year and obtained the Ngarampa degree.
with Geshe Samten-la
20 - 23 August, 2010
Venue: The Lam Rim Buddhist Centre
Check in time: Friday 20 August: 17h30 – 18h00.
Retreat ends: After lunch on Monday 23 August
Description of retreat: Click here to download the full programme of the retreat. In brief, each day included; prostrations; Chenrezig Sadhana and Green Tara puja with Teachings each day on the Three Principal Paths. There was time for one's own practise and yoga sessions formed part of the schedule. Geshe-la gave full guidance and explanations regarding practises, therefore newcomers were welcome.
On Sunday, those who wished to, took the Eight Mahayana precepts, which involved a more focused and reflective frame of mind whilst fasting from after lunch on Sunday until breakfast the following day; this was optional.
The retreat was open to everyone from beginner level to advanced. No previous experience was needed. Though not a strict, silent retreat, attendees were requested to maintain a respectful silence at all times and to refrain from idle chatter. This sustained a reflective environment for all participants.
World Peace & Compassion Tour ~ South Africa
16 - 22nd May 2010
Lam Rim Buddhist Centre
The Tibet Society of South Africa is proud to announce a visit of six Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Rizong monastery in Ladakh, who will be constructing sand mandalas for World Peace & Compassion during the month of May 2010 in Durban, Cape Town & Johannesburg.
This is also to acknowledge and highlight the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who works tirelessly for the benefit of mankind and the planet as a whole. His Holiness turns 75 years of age in 2010.
The Creation of a Sand Mandala
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with coloured sand is one of the most unique and exquisite and is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. These millions of grains of sand will be painstakingly laid into place over a period of five days and during this process explanations on the symbology of the mandala will be given as well as other events arranged.
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