30 May 2019

Interfaith Event for Buddha Day

At Aro Ling we were delighted to be part of a series of events being organised by different faith communities in association with the Interfaith Council of Wales. We hosted an Interfaith Fire Ceremony to celebrate Buddha Day. It was a joyful occasion. The weather was perfect for an outdoor event, and everyone enjoyed taking part in the celebration.


First I gave a short talk on the significance of Buddha Day for Buddhists, and the format of the ceremony itself.



The fire was created over a mandala, and oil was poured onto it as an offering throughout the ceremony.



A thread-cross was burned at the end of the ceremony. The woven threads symbolise the elements earth, water, fire, air, and space, using the colours yellow, white, red, green, and blue. The elements represent physical and psychological qualities. The threads are woven to decrease distortion of the elements, and to increase the enlightened qualities.




After the ceremony, while the fire was still lively, those attending were invited to place messages in the fire. The symbolism of burning messages is to let go of something unhelpful, such as a grudge or an irritation, and to effectuate something helpful, such as a good wish for someone, or a personal aspiration.

15 April 2019

Aro Ling Cardiff newsletter - spring events

Greetings from Aro Ling Cardiff! 
We hope that you are enjoying the arrival of spring and all the sensory delights it offers. 
The Tuesday evening meditation group continues as usual, 7 – 8:30. Please see details below. Please note that there will not be a meeting on 23rd April. Unfortunately, due to personal retreats, there is no one available to be at Aro Ling to host the meditation session on that day. We hope to welcome you on the following week, 30th April.  
Aro Ling Cardiff is hosting an Interfaith event in May as part of the ‘Faiths in Focus’ series of the Interfaith Council for Wales (poster above). Please book your ticket.
The next Saturday Espresso Retreat will be on June 8th – please see the schedule for the day below. All are welcome.
Hope to see you soon.
All best wishes,
Nor’dzin and ’ö-Dzin
2019 schedule
Tuesdays  Meditation Group
7 – 8:30: cushions and chairs provided, disabled access, a donation is requested
7 – 8: yogic song and silent meditation; 8 – 8:30 refreshments and chat
Saturday 8th June  Espresso Retreat
Come for the whole day’s activities, or just for a little as preferred.
A donation is requested
9:30  10:30 yogic song and meditation
10:30 11:00 refreshments 
11:00  12:30 Vajrayana study – study and discussion of topics of Vajrayana Buddhism
13:00  14:00 lunch break – please bring a packed lunch 
14:00  16:00 Tantric crafts, please bring your own project to work on, or contact Nor’dzin to discuss what you might like to do in this session
16:00 onwards – apprentices of the Aro gTér Lineage only: riwo sang-chö practice, tsog’khorlo, and the Vajrayana Film Club 

28 January 2019

Aro Ling newsletter - no meeting 5th February because of Tibetan New Year



Greetings and Happy Losar - Tibetan New Year. We will be celebrating this over three days: 5th, 6th, and 7th of February. So please note that there will not be a meditation group gathering on Tuesday 5th February.

The Espresso Retreat on January 12th was a marvellous and inspiring day. Thank you to everyone who attended. The next two Espresso Retreats will be this coming Saturday, 2nd February, and then on the 9th March. Please see below for the schedule for these day-long retreats. The topic for the study session in February is namkha. Please have a look at this page on aroencyclopaedia.org for more information on this topic:
 http://www.aroencyclopaedia.org/shared/text/n/namkha_cr_01_nrp_01_eng.php.

The Interfaith Council for Wales is taking part in the St. David’s Day Parade on March 1st. The Aro gTér Lineage is a member of this Council through its connection with the Buddhist Council of Wales, and Nor’dzin is currently chair of the Interfaith Council. You are all warmly invited to join us on the St David’s Day parade. Assembly time is 12 noon in King Edward VII Avenue, between Cardiff City Hall and the Law Courts, and the parade starts at 12.30p.m.

Hope to see you soon.

All best wishes,
Nor’dzin and ’ö-Dzin

2019 schedule
Tuesdays -- Meditation Group
7 -- 8:30: cushions and chairs provided, disabled access, a donation is requested
7 -- 8: yogic song and silent meditation; 8 -- 8:30 refreshments and chat

Saturday 2nd February and 9th March -- Espresso Retreat
Come for the whole day’s activities, or just for a little as preferred.
A donation is requested
9:30 -- 10:30 yogic song and meditation
10:30 --11:00 refreshments 
11:00 -- 13:00 Vajrayana study -- study and discussion of topics of Vajrayana Buddhism
13:00 -- 14:00 lunch break -- please bring a packed lunch 
14:00 -- 16:30 Tantric crafts, please bring your own project to work on, or contact Nor’dzin to discuss what you might like to do in this session
16:30 onwards -- apprentices of the Aro gTér Lineage only: riwo sang-chö practice, tsog’khorlo, and the Vajrayana Film Club 

19 July 2018

meeting on 24th, summer recess

Aro Ling Cardiff has one more meeting before the summer recess:

meditation group - 24th July - 7 to 8:30.

We will then be closed throughout August.

Meditation group meetings will recommence on September 4th.

Have a great summer everyone!


17 May 2018

June and July at Aro Ling Cardiff



EVENTS AT ARO LING CARDIFF
TUESDAYS 7 - 8:30
meditation group - every week, all welcome, just turn up

FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
09:30 - 10:30  Meditation & Yogic Song
10:30 - 13:00  Exploring Vajrayana
14:00 - 17:00 Tantric Craft
June 2nd
July 7th

Meetings continue as usual throughout May, June, and July. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you.

After the last Tuesday meditation group meeting in July - July 31st - Aro Ling Cardiff will have its summer break. There will be no weekly meditation group or Saturday events in the month of August. This gives us a chance to do a bit of maintenance on the meditation room.

For details of Aro Ling Cardiff events please go to the calendars at
aro-ling.org/cardiff
or MeetUp.com/Aro-Ling-Cardiff/.
You can also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arolingcardiff/
email: aro.ling.cardiff@gmail.com
phone: 07875 716644

The charity of the Aro gTér Lineage in the UK is called ‘Sang-ngak-chö-dzong’ (UK charity number 1019886). This was the name given by Kyabjé Düd’jom Rinpoche. Currently we are fund-raising to establish a residential retreat centre in Wales, which will be called ‘Drala Jong’. For information about this appeal, please see http://arobuddhism.org/drala-jong/drala-jong-appeal.html or go to the Drala Jong appeal blog.  

Extracts from Aro gTér Lineage publications appear once a week on a blog called Aro Quotation. If you would like to receive the Aro Quotations by email, please go to the blog and subscribe.

The Aro gTer Lineage also offers a free meditation course. The course is delivered in weekly emails. 


22 February 2018

happy Losar and events at Aro Ling Cardiff

Happy New Year.



Welcome to the year of the Earth Dog.

February is whizzing by and soon it will be the first weekend of March: 3rd and 4th. Details of events below. Donations received over and above running costs at Aro Ling Cardiff are given to support the Drala Jong appeal (see information below). Aro Ling Cardiff donated £200 in February 2018. Thank you everybody.

EVENTS AT ARO LING CARDIFF
TUESDAYS 7 - 8:30
meditation group - every week, all welcome, just turn up

FIRST WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 Exploring Vajrayana
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00 Tantric Craft
Sunday 10:00 - 11:00 Meditation & Yogic Song
Sunday 11:30 - 12:30 Jong Dar
Weekends February to July 2018:
February 3rd and 4th
March 3rd and 4th
April 7th and 8th (NB not Sunday April 1st)
May 5th and 6th
June 2nd and 3rd
July 7th and 8th (NB not Sunday July 1st)

For details of these events please go to the calendars at aro-ling.org/cardiff or MeetUp.com/Aro-Ling-Cardiff/.
You can also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arolingcardiff/
email: aro.ling.cardiff@gmail.com
phone: 07875 716644 
The charity of the Aro gTér Lineage in the UK is called ‘Sang-ngak-chö-dzong’ (UK charity number 1019886). This was the name given by Kyabjé Düd’jom Rinpoche. Currently we are fund-raising to establish a residential retreat centre in Wales, which will be called ‘Drala Jong’. For information about this appeal, please see http://arobuddhism.org/drala-jong/drala-jong-appeal.html or go to the Drala Jong appeal blog.  

Extracts from Aro gTér Lineage publications appear once a week on a blog called Aro Quotation. If you would like to receive the Aro Quotations by email, please go to the blog and subscribe.

The Aro gTer Lineage also offers a free meditation course. The course is delivered in weekly emails.