Mulled wine and minced pies!

mulled wineDear all,

Please don’t forget to come to meditation this coming Monday 12th December at 7.30pm. We’re looking forward to hosting our annual minced pies and mulled wine evening – the mulled wine will be served after meditation, naturally!

As usual – all are welcome, it’s always free to join our meditation evenings, and people new to Buddhism are very much invited to come.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Buddhism Today – a weekend course

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We are really excited to announce that Tomek Lehnert will be visiting Hong Kong in September. Tomek has been instrumental in bringing the timeless methods of Diamond Way Buddhism to the modern world, having been the travelling companion and secretary of Lama Ole Nydahl for more than 25 years.

So, what is Buddhism? Buddha used the best description himself. During the 1,500 years the teachings existed in India, they were called Dharma, and for the last 1,000 years in Tibet, the name was Chö. Both mean “the way things are.”

Understanding “the way things are” is the key to every happiness. Buddha himself is both teacher, example, protector and friend. His teachings allow us to avoid suffering and to enter a state of increasing bliss while also liberating and enlightening others.

Simply put, Buddha’s teachings enable us to experience lasting happiness. By using suitable meditations, our theoretical knowledge turns into direct experience leading to the goal of Buddha’s teachings – the full development of body, speech and mind.

But in today’s fast paced world, how can we use these timeless methods in our modern, busy lives?

Starting with a talk on Friday evening, Tomek will give an overview of Buddhist teachings and their relevance in our modern societies, and will continue with a series of talks about important topics providing a complete overview of Diamond Way buddhism over the course of the weekend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and take part in several guided meditations.

In summary, the course will explore some of the central teachings of Buddhism and provide practical advice on how one can use the teachings, methods and meditations in our everyday life in Hong Kong – working with whatever situation arises to develop fearlessness, joy and compassion into our lives.

You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the teacher

Tomek was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnics of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In the early eighties, he became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in the then communist Poland.

In 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became his student. He began traveling with Lama Ole in 1987. Together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl, he organised Lama Ole’s activity for twenty years and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centers in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Russia and Western and Eastern Europe. Tomek translated for Lama Ole at his lectures in Poland and Latin America for more than ten years.

He is also the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’ (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998), a chronicle of the events surrounding  the recognition of HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

So please join us to hear Tomek’s inspiring teachings full of humour and tales of his times travelling on the road with Lama Ole (including being kidnapped at gun-point in Columbia by FARC guerrillas!).

Programme

The programme for the weekend is as follows:

Introduction to Buddhism: Friday 23 September, 7pm

Karma – Cause and Effect: Saturday 24 September, 11am
Working with Disturbing Emotions: Saturday 24 September, 3pm

Meditation practice: Sunday 25 September, 11am
The Teacher and Student in Diamond Way Buddhism: Sunday 25 September, 3pm

All are invited to join us for dinner on Saturday evening after the afternoon talk.

Other Information

Cost:
Whole course will cost HK$400 (HK$250 for concessions)
Individual sessions will cost HK$100 (or HK$60 for concessions)

Venue: 
Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Hong Kong, 2/F, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Weekly Meditation Evenings

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Weekly Meditations – Mondays at 7.30pm

We orgnanise regular introduction talks and guided meditations every Monday. The meditation which is practiced is called the 16th Karmapa Meditation. The methods employed in this meditation have been used in Buddhism since the time of the Buddha 2,500 year ago. Focused on fully developing the human potential, the meditation brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

Every Monday, we start at 7.30pm with a short explanation about the meditation and Buddhism more generally. The meditation itself follows straight away and takes around 20-30 minutes. If you are new to Buddhism or meditation, it is an ideal place to start. There is no need to bring or wear anything special, and there is no charge for coming along.

The venue is the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Sheung Wan. We are conveniently located in a quiet street in the Central / Sheung Wan area, a short walk from either MTR station. There are various bus routes that run up and down either Queen’s Road Central or Des Voeux Road Central, and we are also very close to the tram.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Meditation – the art of happiness

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Please join our series of events on Meditation: The Art of Happiness, which take place from Tuesday 23rd to Wednesday 24th February 2016. We are delighted to announce that Tomek Lehnert will be in Hong Kong to lead the events.

In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realising compassion and wisdom, or by meditating on Buddha forms.

The most effective meditation methods found in Buddhism are the constant identification with one’s own potential to be a Buddha. Here we experience the richness of every situation in life.

Meditation is focused on fully developing our potential and brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

The events all take place in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island. Please note the venues in the information below.

Meditation: The Art of Happiness – Public Talk 
Tuesday 23rd February at 7pm
Venue: Paragon Culture, The Pemberton, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

Meditation: The Art of Happiness – Meditation Session
Wednesday 24th February at 2pm
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

Buddhism Today – Public Talk
Wednesday 24th February at 7pm
Venue: Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Jervois Street, Sheung Wan (map)
Cost: HK$100 (HK$80 for concessions) – tickets can be bought on the door.

About the speaker, Tomek Lehnert

Tomek was born in 1956 in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic of Gdansk and English literature at the University of Poznan, Poland. In the early eighties, he became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in then communist Poland. In 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became his student. He began traveling with Lama Ole in 1987. Together with Ole’s wife Hannah Nydahl, he has organised Lama Ole’s activity over the last thirty years and helped start Diamond Way Buddhist centers in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe. Tomek translated for Lama Ole at his lectures in Poland and Latin America for more than ten years.

He is also the author of ‘Rogues in Robes’ (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998), a chronicle of the events surrounding the recognition of HH the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Please join us to hear Tomek’s inspiring teachings full of humour and tales of his times travelling on the road with Lama Ole (including being kidnapped at gun-point in Columbia by FARC guerrillas!).

Lama Jampa Thaye: 15-17 January 2016 in Hong Kong

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We would like to welcome Lama Jampa Thaye to Hong Kong, who is coming on 15-17 Janruary 2016 to give a teachings on the Prayer to Vajradara.

About the talk:

Pengkar Jampal Zangpo’s ‘Dorjechang Thungma’ (Short Prayer to Vajradhara).

This Prayer has the power to open our hearts to the Lama and so allow transmission to occur.

This very beautiful Kagyu prayer is included in the Guru yoga part of the Kagyu Ngondro. The prayer is very important because it has two purposes: firstly that when we chant this prayer and meditate, it brings about an enhancement of mahamudra itself, so the prayer is a way of giving rise to mahamudra and stabilising the mahamudra experience; the second benefit of this prayer is that it contains the major stages of the Kagyu path, so that if one wants a very short summary of Kagyupa teachings one can find it in this beautiful short prayer.

Lama Jampa will give three teaching sessions using the commentary by Karma Chagme Rinpoche:

Friday 15th -7.30pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Saturday 16th –  2.30pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Sunday 17th -2.30 pm: Prayer to Vajradhara

Please note that the venue for this talk is The Karma Kagyu Lineage Centre in Chai Wan.

About the speaker:

Lama Jampa was born in England in 1952. In 1974 His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa appointed Lama Jampa to the Karma Kagyu Trust (UK) and he is often invited to teach in the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in Delhi.

Lama Jampa started practicing the Dharma at an early age of 20. Karma Thinley Rinpoche, HH Sakya Trizin and Ngor Phende Shabdrung Rinpoche became his important teachers and bestowed upon Lama Jampa innumerable initiations, transmissions and instructions from all the 4 main Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Lama Jampa was entrusted, by his teachers, with the responsibility of opening and taking care of Dharma centres in England. In 1988, as a result of his completion of the necessary retreats and textual studies, he was given the authority to carry out the activities of a lama, such as bestowing vajrayana initiations. Since then he has travelled extensively giving teachings and initiations in many countries.

Lama Jampa is the author of various works, which have been published in 5 languages. He holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work on Tibetan religious history and lectured for over twenty years at universities.

More information about Lama Jampa can be found on his website.

Jigme Rinpoche in Hong Kong

Dear all,

Jigme Rinpoche is one of the most important teachers of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and it is wonderful to announce he will be back in Hong Kong to teach in December 2015. For details of the schedule, please refer to the attachment below for full details.

Lama Jigme Rinpoche is the representative of the Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje in Europe and travels throughout various countries giving empowerments, talks and other programs. He is the spiritual head of Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, a retreat centre in France.

You can find more information about Jigme Rinpoche from his website here.

The talks will be held at the New Horizon Buddhist Centre in Chai Wan.

We warmly welcome all to attend the talks with this inspiring teacher.

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November News: Lots Of Events This Month!

Dear friends,

We have a busy month ahead! We have two talks on Wednesday 11 and Saturday 14 November, and then a Weekend Course on 21-22 November! All details below – look forward to seeing you at the centre!

Two Talks: The Meaning of Buddhist Refuge and Working with Emotions

The Meaning of Buddhist Refuge
What are timeless values? This talk explains how to upgrade a modern urban lifestyle with a meaningful world view. This talk will be followed by a guided meditation.
Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm, HK$80 (HK$50 concessions)

Working with Emotions using Buddhist Meditation 
Learn about the different ways that Buddhism has to offer to work with our emotions. Creating distance, applying intelligent antidotes, and using the energy of emotions are all easier when we meditate. This talk will be followed by a guided meditation.
Saturday 14 November, 2.00pm, HK$80 (HK$50 concessions)

About the speaker: Eckart Dross became Buddhist in 1998 and founded the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has been instrumental in setting up other buddhist centres and retreat places throughout South America. He has been travelling and teaching Buddhism internationally since 2005, giving lectures and courses throughout South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Buddhism in Everyday Life – Weekend Course

So, what is Buddhism? Buddha used the best description himself. During the 1,500 years the teachings existed in India, they were called Dharma, and for the last 1,000 years in Tibet, the name was Chö. Both mean “the way things are.” Understanding “the way things are” is the key to every happiness.

The course will explore some of the central teachings of Buddhism and provide practical advice on how one can use the teachings, methods and meditations in everyday life situations to bring fearlessness, joy and compassion into our everyday lives.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and take part in guided meditations throughout the weekend course. You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the speaker: We are very happy to invite to host Marcin Baranski again for these talks. Marcin has been practicing Buddhism for 20 years and has been teaching since 2001. He is the vice president of the Buddhist Association in Poland since 2007, and is a keen horse rider and traditional fencer.

Weekend Program

Saturday 21 November
11 am – Talk: Buddhism in Everyday Life I
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism in Everyday Life II

Sunday 22 November
11 am – Brunch and meditation together
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism in everyday Life III

Price: $80 / $50 (concessions) per talk.

All these events take place at the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Regular Meditation Sessions

We meet every Monday for meditation at our centre in Sheung Wan. As usual, we start at 8pm and all are welcome to join. If you are new to Buddhism, you can come along a bit earlier at 7.30pm where one of our regular members will give a short talk to introduce the meditation and explain a little about who we are and what we do. On Saturdays, we meet for meditation practice at 11am for those who would like to carry on with their own practice with friends.
Quote of the month

“As everything is in essence already perfect, all you have to do is let go.”
– Lama Ole Nydahl

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes!

Diamond Way Buddhism Hong Kong

Unit 3, 2nd Floor, 3-5 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tel. 2537 7553 | info@buddhism.hk | www.buddhism.hk

Buddhism Today

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So, what is Buddhism? Buddha used the best description himself. During the 1,500 years the teachings existed in India, they were called Dharma, and for the last 1,000 years in Tibet, the name was Chö. Both mean “the way things are.”

Understanding “the way things are” is the key to every happiness. Buddha himself is both teacher, example, protector and friend. His teachings allow us to avoid suffering and to enter a state of increasing bliss while also liberating and enlightening others.

The program for the weekend will include a public lecture on Friday evening at 7pm, meditation sessions, and further talks, also open to all.

In summary, the course will explore some of the central teachings of Buddhism and provide practical advice on how one can use the teachings, methods and meditations in our everyday life in Hong Kong – working with whatever situation arises to develop fearlessness, joy and compassion into our lives.

You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the speaker

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Weekend Program

Fri 3 July
7 pm – Lecture: Buddhism Today

Sat 4 July
11 am – Talk: Buddhism Today II
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism Today III

Sun 5 July
11 am – Brunch together (meet at the centre)
12 pm – Meditation together
3 pm – Talk: Buddhism Today IV

Other information

Location:
Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price:
$100 / $60 (concessions) per talk

Lama Ole Nydahl visiting Hong Kong in 2015

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We are delighted to announce that Lama Ole Nydahl will be visiting Hong Kong from 27th February to 1st March to give teachings on Meditation and The Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra / Tib. Chag Chen).

Meditation: The Key to Lasting Happiness

In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realising compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body’s energy channels and meditating on Buddha forms. The most effective methods are the constant identification with one’s own potential to be a Buddha and experiencing the richness of every situation in life; both of which are taught in Diamond Way Buddhism. Meditation is focused on fully developing our potential and brings about lasting results for those who not only want to learn about their minds, but have a direct experience of it.

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy

The Great Seal is the crown jewel of the Buddha’s teachings and was taught by him to fully awaken mind’s potential and to seal its enlightened nature, an experience of limitless space and bliss. When one rests in the totality of the seer, what is seen and the act of seeing at all times, the goal, Mahamudra, is reached. Including basis, way and goal, it brings about the direct experience of mind’s enlightened nature. Lama Ole Nydahl will give his contemporary commentary on the Great Seal Wishes, a classic Mahamudra text composed by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339).

The weekend course will start with an introductory talk on Friday evening. Over the weekend, Lama Ole will introduce The Great Seal and the progressive stages which lead to this state. There will be several meditations throughout the course.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule

Meditation: The Key to Lasting Happiness – Friday 27th February, 7.00pm

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy – Saturday 28 February, 10.00am

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy – Saturday 28 February, 3.00pm

Meditation in Daily Life – Sunday 1 March, 10.00am *

The Great Seal: Limitless Space and Joy – Sunday 1 March, 3.00pm

Event Information

Full course: HK$580 (HK$430 for concessions)

Individual talks: HK$120 (HK$90 for concessions)

Venue: Bradbury School, 43C Stubbs Road, HK.

* venue for this talk is the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Sheung Wan

The talks will be in English, translation into Cantonese will be provided.

Accommodation

If you are travelling from overseas and need accommodation, we have organised rooms at the Holiday Inn in Sheung Wan (near the Hong Kong buddhist centre). We can offer a standard room for HK$1,000 / night + 10% tax. This rate includes a breakfast buffet and WiFi internet access. If you want to reserve a room, you must register via the link below – make sure you fill in the accommodation section.

Registration

Please take a few moments to register for the course by following this link. Registration is not compulsory, but it really helps us to prepare everything properly!

Meditation in Daily Life

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The Buddha taught many methods for skilfully working with mind. Among these, meditation techniques are very important and have several aims: they free us from disturbing emotions; help us to realise the dreamlike nature of our experience (while strengthening our compassionate ability to help others to do the same); and allow us to recognise the timeless and perfect potential of mind.

This short series of talks will give an overview of the types of Buddhist meditation, focussing in particular on how these methods can be used in our daily lives, and will include guided Diamond Way Buddhist meditations. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You don’t have to come to all the sessions to attend. All are welcome!

About the speaker

Wojtek Tracewski, born in 1962 in Poland, graduated from the Art Academy of Warsaw and for several years was a painter. He took refuge with Lama Ole Nydahl in 1980, and in 1988 he started to translate Lama Ole’s lectures and books. At the request of Lama Ole, he began giving lectures in 1992. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Polish Buddhist magazine “Diamond Way.”

Weekend Program

Fri 5 Dec
7 pm – Lecture: Buddhism in Everyday life

Sat 6 Dec
11 am – Lecture: Meditation in Daily Life I
3 pm – Lecture: Meditation in Daily Life II

Sun 7 Dec
11 am – Brunch together (meet at the centre)
12 pm – Meditation together
1 – 3 pm – Lecture: Teacher and Student in Buddhism I
3 – 4 pm – afternoon tea / free time
4 – 6 pm – Lecture: Teacher and Student in Buddhism I

Other information

Location:
Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, Sheung Wan Hong Kong

Price:
$100 / $60 (concessions) per talk