25 June 2014

July Newsletter

I hope you have all been enjoying the wonderful summer weather. The Saturday series of events have now finished and were most successful. Saturday events will recommence in September. We shall now be open only on occasional Saturdays through the summer, but will generally continue to be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays whenever possible. If the sign in the window says ‘OPEN’ please do call in. The Chh’imèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche Library​ has a good range of books on Buddhism and you are welcome to relax at Aro Ling reading. Ngakma Nor’dzin is available to talk about meditation, practising in ordinary life and to lead guided practice.

It is time for our yogic encampment in the lush green vale near Church Stretton.

Part of the encampment.
​A group of us will gather for a week to practice yogic song, meditation, dance, Tantric craft, Tibetan yoga and much more. 

The shrine in the yurt used as a gompa.
This is always a splendid and most inspiring event. 

Namkha weaving
The​ photographs ​are from last year’s retreat.

A namkha hanging in the woodland to benefit the area
Aro Ling Cardiff will be closed for that week: Saturday 28th June to Sunday 6th July. There will not be a meditation group on the 1st July, so the next one is 8th July.

The next newsletter will be in August when we announce the new courses and events for September. Look out for Tibetan Yoga, dance, teachings on romance as practice and much more.

Regency dancing
Next meditation group 8th July
Aro Ling closed
28 June - 6 July
New courses announced in next newsletter in August.


Have a wonderful summer.

Best wishes from us all at Aro Ling.​


23 June 2014

Yogic Song

As well as silent sitting meditation we also practice Yogic Song. 

The Aro practices of Yogic song are mainly short and simple. They can be learned relatively quickly and easily so that we can always have practice at our disposal. This simplicity, however, can be deceptive. The subtlety of the variations in yang need to be practised.

The core practices of Aro are: the Seven Line Song of Padmasambhava (Dorje Tsig-dün) to various tunes; the mantras of Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel; the Lama’i Naljor of Ma-gÇig Labdrön; the long life mantra of Padmasambhava and Mandarava; and long-life wish-paths.

To learn more, and to listen to the sung practices, please see Ngakma Nor'dzin's teaching on the practice of Yogic Song on the Arobuddhism.org website. 

19 June 2014

The Teachings of the Aro gTér Lineage

The teachings given at Aro Ling Cardiff come from the Aro gTér Lineage.

The Aro gTér Lineage is a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition whose unusual characteristics make it singularly appropriate for many Westerners. The Aro gTér is principally concerned with transforming our experience of everyday being, rather than achieving an esoteric or spiritualised mode of existence. Our aim is to engender cheerful courage, perceptive consideration, sincere determination, natural gallantry, graciousness, creativity, and spaciousness.

To learn more about the lineage please visit Arobuddhism.org . This site contains a wealth of teachings from the Aro Lineage.  There is also a comprehensive encyclopaedia at Aroencyclopaedia.org . Finally for a directory of all out websites, please see Aroter.org .

Please see our Meetup page for our calendar of events which includes regular meditation group and teaching events.

13 June 2014

Natural Heroism - Saturday, June 21, 2014

Natural Heroism—and the martial arts associated with this principle—enable us to discover ourselves as heroes and heroines. We can discover strength and fearlessness, whilst also embracing gallantry, gentleness and honour.

Ngakma Sang-gyé will demonstrate the physical practices associated with Natural Heroism. She is a practitioner of Tactile Responsiveness Therapy—Tibetan Massage—and has over 20 years experience massaging people from all walks of life and levels of fitness and health.

At this series of Saturday morning sessions you can sample a range of Vajrayana teachings and activities. These Saturday sampler sessions start at the beginning of May 2014 and run through till July. Each one runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Supervised children welcome and most of the sessions are suitable for them to enjoy joining in. Do come along and find out about a variety of subjects.

Cost: adults £10, children £3 concessions available

We hope to see you soon. Please come along and enjoy Aro Ling Cardiff, the Buddhist Centre in the heart of Whitchurch Village - just behind Chambers Estate Agents.

03 June 2014

June Newsletter

Aro Ling Cardiff – June

We are now settled into our new opening hours at Aro Ling Cardiff
Tuesday - Meditation Group, 19:00 - 20:30
Wednesday - open during the day
Thursday - open during the day
Friday - open during the day
Saturday - open 10:00 - 12:00
Sunday - closed
Monday - closed

(Sometimes other commitments mean our centre cannot be staffed, but usually we are able to open these times.)

Call in any time during these opening hours to see us, browse the library, practise meditation or just to enjoy the beautiful, peaceful space that is Aro Ling Cardiff. Nor'dzin will lead you in a meditation session if you wish, or make you a cup of tea and chat.

Please do like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Linkedin and Meetup, and check out the blog. We have just posted a rather fabulous virtual tour image of Aro Ling Cardiff. Experience our gompa in 3D.

The Saturday morning sampler sessions continue into June as follows:
June 07 sKu-mNyé: Tibetan yoga
June 14 Tibetan medicine: Aro pulse diagnosis
June 21 Natural Heroism: martial art & yoga
£10 adults, £3 children  10:00 - 12:00

We hope to see you soon. Please come along and enjoy Aro Ling Cardiff, the Buddhist Centre in the heart of Whitchurch Village.