The first Saturday of the month, Aro Ling Cardiff offers a number of events.
09:30 – 10:30 meditation and yogic song
10:30 – 11:00 tea/coffee break
11:00 – 13:00 Exploring Vajrayana
13:00 – 14:00 lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Tantric Crafts
All welcome – refreshments provided for morning tea break, please bring a packed lunch if staying for the whole day
A donation is requested.
Booking is not required.
Meditation and Yogic Song – open to anyone who wishes to learn about meditation, or wishes to strengthen and establish an existing practice.
Instruction on shi-nè meditation is offered, and the use of mantra,
yogic song and visualisation as aids to meditation practice. Practical
advice can also be given: on meditation posture, aids to sleepiness
and distraction, how to view meditational experiences.
Meditation cushions, and chairs are provided for your comfort, and song sheets and instruments are available.
Exploring Vajrayana – The Aro gTér is a small Nyingma Lineage. but encompasses a vast range of Buddhist teachings. Based in Dzogchen, the teachings include the scope of Sutra and Tantra, but always with reference to the Dzogchen view of nonduality. This morning session is open to all. Particular topics will be explored in detail at each session.
Tantric Crafts – The Arts are an important aspect of the practice of Tantra. In the Aro gTér. practitioners create and improve their practice equipment to make their relationship with such equipment more powerful and personal. Craftwork may include: creating a mat upon which to place instruments and a songbook; creating a rainbow banner (chö-phen) to decorate and balance a drum; filing bells and drums to make them finer; making bags to protect instruments when travelling; framing a thangka; making a meditation strap (gom-tag), and so on. Other items that can be created are specifically craft as practice – such as a protection amulet, or a namkha (woven thread cross) which weaves the elements of the emotions through the symbolism of coloured thread. Please bring your own tantric craft project. Instruction, and suggestions for projects, can be offered to people who are new or unfamiliar with tantric craftwork. Basic tools will be available, such as sewing machines, a dremel, files, etc. Materials are not generally provided, but some will be available to purchase at cost if needed.