Enlightening Activities of Arya Tara

Buddhism Tara

About the Teaching
Arya Tara is a manifestation of the activities of loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom of all the buddhas. She is not only swift in her enlightening activities, bestowing favourable conditions for our practice, but even more importantly, dependence on her also generates a mind of loving kindness and compassion. In our practices of the path to enlightenment and when engaging in projects for the purpose of sentient beings’ welfare and liberation, obstacles can arise. To prevent and pacify these obstacles, the dependence on Arya Tara is often advised as well. Geshe Namdak has kindly agreed to explain the Praises of the Twenty-One Taras, give basic advice on how to do the Four-mandala Offering to Tara and also to give the oral transmissions of these two practices.

Is this for me?
This teaching will be most relevant for those who have a prior knowledge of Buddhism (specifically the Indian and Tibetan tradition), or for those who identify as Buddhist.

What can I expect?
An explanation of one of the principal archetype deities in the Tibetan and Indian Buddhist pantheon, as well as her associated liturgies and practices.

Schedule

  • 10:00 – 11:15
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:30 – 15:30

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

POSTPONED: Restoring Freedom Through the Body and Kum Nye #HealingBodyHealingMind

This event is part of the online conference ‘Healing the Body, Healing the Mind’

Healing the Body, Healing the Mind is a free event – a weekend of online talks, workshops and classes on the art and science of healing.

In these 2-day digital events (12 – 13th June) the speakers will explore the relationship between mind and body from the perspectives of contemporary science, spirituality, and traditional medicine.

Find practical methods to improve and maintain your own mental and physical wellbeing.

#HealingBodyHealingMind

Register for the weekend

Read the full schedule for 12 – 13th June.

Restoring Freedom Through the Body and Kum Nye with Jason Upton

About this workshop
During this time of the COVID pandemic, our bodies have really come into view. Much attention is given to the empirical or objective view of the body. This includes the biological effect of the virus upon one’s physical health and all the behavioural precautions required to reduce its transmission. However, alongside this is also the subjective experience that comes with having to abide by social distancing and other lockdown measures. These ‘rules’ have directly affected our bodies by limiting our daily routines, behaviour patterns and contact with others. This has curtailed our freedom and agency through impositions on what we can or cannot do with our bodies. Thus, we experience an imbalance between our capacity to freely act as an agent versus the oppressive experience of the behavioural confinement of lockdown. And, the body is where this is all experienced.

In this workshop, Jason will offer a brief reflection on how the bodily impositions of lockdown may affect one’s subjective well-being. He will introduce Kum Nye, a Tibetan yoga practice, and discuss how it can help restore the imbalance between embodied freedom and embodied imposition. He will demonstrate how Kum Nye can help restore a sense of freedom and agency through the body. There will be the chance to experience some of the movements and its associated breathing. Participants are encouraged to find an appropriate space where they can stand and move their arms freely. It would also be helpful to have a meditation cushion, or something similar, to sit on. The movements will be simple and combined with slow and fast breathing. Most people should be able to perform them at a level comfortable for their ability.

About Jason Upton
Jason Upton is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist and dance movement therapist with many years’ experience in the fields of trauma, sexual abuse and sexual offending. He is a senior lecturer at Regent’s University and sees clients in private practice. Jason has practised Kum Nye and other Tibetan movement practices for over 17 years. He is also doing a PhD at SOAS which takes a phenomenological perspective on early Tibetan Buddhist practices which involve the body and sense perception.

How to join the event?

This is a free event, you can register for this session here or for the entire weekend on Eventbrite.

Read the full schedule for 12 – 13th June.

PLEASE NOTE: All times are in British Summer Time.

Healing the body, Healing the Mind is a collaboration between Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, Science & Wisdom LIVE and Land of Medicine Buddha.

New Session! Healing the Whole Person: Body, Mind, Spirit #HealingBodyHealingMind

Science Wisdom Live | Event

This event is part of the online conference ‘Healing the Body, Healing the Mind’

Healing the Body, Healing the Mind is a free event – a weekend of online talks, workshops and classes on the art and science of healing.

In these 2-day digital events (12 – 13th June) the speakers will explore the relationship between mind and body from the perspectives of contemporary science, spirituality, and traditional medicine.

Find practical methods to improve and maintain your own mental and physical wellbeing.

#HealingBodyHealingMind

Register for the weekend

Read the full schedule for 12 – 13th June.

Healing the Whole Person: Body, Mind, Spirit with Paula Chichester

About this workshop
This workshop will offer a few simple exercises to explore how our breath and movement can affect the winds (or prana or chi) that flow in our bodies. These winds govern the state of all the systems in our body, including the nervous system. In these times, especially now with the stress of lockdown, most of us often experience the nervous system in its fight or flight mode, the mode of excitement and activity. We become accustomed to abiding in an over-active state of being. Over time, this can lead to physical illness or unbalanced mental states.

The essence of the ancient healing traditions, whether we choose yoga or chi gong or lu jong, etc., all use breath, imagination and movement to switch the winds into the slowed down and relaxed parasympathetic nervous system where healing naturally occurs. Balanced winds produce inner states of well being. We come home to inner peace, connectedness and clarity, where we can allow afflictive emotions to open into gratitude and love, compassion and understanding, so we can function in all aspects of life from a state of wellness and wisdom and find our way into wholeness when stress overtakes us.

About Paula Chichester
Paula is a student of healing through body work, yoga, dance, meditation and buddhism since she was a teenager. She is known for leading experiential Buddhist meditations that are based in breath and body awareness. Choosing an unusual life, she gave up livelihood, home and family in 1982 to devote the life to intensive practice and study in isolated hermitages for 35 years or more, following the traditional path of the yogi in Lama Tsong Khapa’s Ear Whispered Lineage under the direction of Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Her university training in the systems approach to ecosystem management and earlier years of yoga,chi gong, holistic healing and dance transformed and informed her adventure into the world of traditional Tibetan Buddhism.

How to join the event?

This is a free event, you can register for this session for the entire weekend on Eventbrite.

Read the full schedule for 12 – 13th June.

PLEASE NOTE: All times are in British Summer Time.

Healing the body, Healing the Mind is a collaboration between Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, Science & Wisdom LIVE and Land of Medicine Buddha.