27 March 2015

April Newsletter – retreat: Heroes and Heroines of Enlightenment

Spring seems to be having trouble deciding whether or not it has arrived. I hope you are enjoying the sunny days and managing to keep warm in the evenings.

Aro Ling Buddhist Centre will be closed for the first week in April because we are away on retreat. So please note that our 1st Saturday of the month event, Discovering the Spaciousness of Mind, will not take place on Saturday 4th, and classes and groups for the following week are cancelled.

We will be open again on Tuesday 14th with a slightly adjusted schedule for the summer term. Please do check out the revised schedule at the bottom of this post.

Our April retreat is entitled Heroes and Heroines of Enlightenment.

April 24 –26
Heroes & Heroines of Enlightenment
A weekend retreat of 5 sessions – attend 1 or as many sessions as you wish
£6 a session, £25 for all 5 sessions paid as one sum

Session 1:  Friday April 24th  19:00 – 20:30
Buddhasstories of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha; and Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel, the Tantric Buddhas.

Session 2:  Saturday April 25th  10:00 – 12:00
Tibetan YogisMany realised masters wandered Tibet as incognito yogis and yoginis, often unrecognised – such as Dza Paltrül Rinpoche and Do Khyentsé Yeshé Dorje.

Session 3:  Saturday April 25th  14:00 – 16:00
Wisdom Eccentrics Kyabjé Chhi’mèd Rig’dzin Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche were modern-day mahasiddhas – realised masters who manifested crazy wisdom.

Session 4:  Saturday April 25th  17:00 – 19:00
Tantric Empowerment

Session 5:  Sunday April 26th  10:00 – 12:00
The Aro gTér Lineage the Aro gTér Lineage traces its origins back to Yeshé Tsogyel through a lineage of realised women – the Mother Essence Lineage.

Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin will lead this weekend of stories of realised Buddhist practitioners. These tales function as inspiration for our own Buddhist practice, but are also often most entertaining. They may challenge our view of morality and societal norms, and enable us to step out of our habitual patterns of perception and conduct. Questions about the stories are warmly welcomed throughout the weekend, so that they can provide a basis for further insight into Buddhist view and practice.

On Saturday evening, Ngakma Nor’dzin and Ngakpa ’ö-Dzin will offer tantric empowerment.

Regular events:
Discovering the Spaciousness of Mind – first Saturday of each month, 10 – 12, £5 (not April 4th)
Tibetan Yoga for the over 50s – Tuesday 10:30 11:30 requested donation £3
Song & Meditation – Tuesday 12:00 – 13:00 requested donation £3  

Siop Siarad Tuesday 13:15  
Meditation Group –
Tuesday 19:00 – 20:30 requested donation £5

Tibetan Yoga – Wednesday 14:00 15:00 requested donation £3
Yogic Song & Mantra – Wednesday 15:15 – 16:00 requested donation £3

Siop Siarad Wednesday 16:15
Tibetan Yoga – Wednesday 17:30
18:30 requested donation £3

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