Rokpa Sept/Oct Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Compassion: Excerpts from a talk given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Karma Dzong, USA in 1999 – visiting South Africa early September (trip to Zimbabwe cancelled due to visa problems. See www.kagyu.org.za for more information on his SA itinerary).
  •  September/October events
    • Rokpa Film Club: ‘Enlightenment Guaranteed’ on Thursday 8th September at 5.30pm.
    • Rob Nairn: 21st September – 13th October: 3 public talks, 10-day retreat, and more!
    • Tom Soper and Rob Nairn: Talk on “Dealing with Radical Change”  Thursday 22nd September at 5.30pm, followed by two more talks by Rob Nairn on Wednesday 5th October and Wednesday 12th October
  • Forthcoming events
    • Calendar of Visiting Teachers – 2011/2012

·      List of regular events at Rokpa and contact details

Compassion:

Excerpts from a talk given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

From a Buddhist point of view, compassion is the most fundamental practice. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says, ‘I have just one simple religion, and that is ‘kind heart’.  There’s nothing else but that.’…

…Sometimes people think that to be compassionate means to be weak, to be excessively tolerant and to just take whatever anybody gives you. However much anyone puts you down, uses you, terrorizes you, you just have to sit there and smile.

But this is wrong. As Mahatma Gandhi used to say, compassion is not being weak.  Compassion is being strong.  Compassion is not cowardly, compassion is courageous.  Compassion is not violence but neither is it surrender to violence.  It’s standing against violence. It is about standing against oppression – without violence, but with compassion, with love…                                                                                                                                                        

…Compassion is to do with wishing well – for everybody, including myself – and working for the good and welfare of everybody. If I’m really compassionate, then I might sometimes do something that you don’t like.  I’m not concerned about whether you like me or you don’t like me. I’m concerned about what is good for you. Compassion is based on the intention of well-being, the intention of helping and wanting good things, wishing well. That is the inspiration of compassion. It’s not just being nice or merely tolerating what others are doing to me.  It’s not necessary that I just let everybody walk over me. It’s not having no backbone. That’s not the correct thing. Compassion is about making a stand.  

To read more of Rinpoche’s teachings, see: www.new.bodhicharya.org

ROKPA FILM CLUB

Rokpa Trust Zimbabwe is happy to announce another evening of entertainment and thought-provoking discussion over drinks and snacks

When:           Thursday, 8th September 2011 at 5.30pm

                        (Note change of day, from a Friday to a Thursday!)

Place:            St. Georges College, Lecture Theatre (near the church)

What:            Enlightenment Guaranteed (2001, 105 minutes

Cost:              $10 including film, snacks and drinks

                        (school-age youth and senior citizens – $5)

A heart-warming comedy about two brothers from Germany who set off together to go on retreat at a Zen Buddhist centre in Japan. Arriving in Japan, they get horribly and hilariously lost in Tokyo, but eventually reach the monastery. Through the discipline of the retreat and teachings, both brothers learn more about themselves and are changed by what they discover. Filmed on location in Germany and Sojiji Monastery in Japan, ‘Enlightenment Guaranteed’ is a delightful story about how to let go of the encumbrances of live and open up to its depth, heart and magic.

This is certain to be another stimulating and enjoyable evening.

For more information, contact rokpa@zol.co.zw or phone 304202, mornings only.

German with English subtitles.

 “Dealing with Radical Change”

A talk with Tom Soper and Rob Nairn

Thursday 22nd September at 5.30pm at KHSD,

7a Ernie’s Lane, Monavale

Just over 2 years ago, Tom Soper had a motor vehicle accident which severed his spinal cord and left him completely paralyzed below the neck. Following 7 months in hospital, Tom returned to Zimbabwe, his family and his work. He will be talking to Rob Nairn about how he is dealing with this radical change in his life and revealing some of the insights that have arisen through the use of reflection and mindfulness in accepting his condition and giving him a fresh perspective on life.

As anyone who knows Tom or has visited his website (www.tomgilessoper.com ) will tell you, Tom is an extraordinary person who in his quiet, honest and non egotistical way, manages to inspire and calm all those around him. He reminds us, every day, that even though we all face a variety of challenges in our lives,

it is the moment of ‘being’ that really counts.

And…

Two more public talks on the theme of

“Dealing with Radical Change”

with Rob Nairn

Wednesdays 5th and 12th October 5.30pm

at KHSD,  7a Ernie’s Lane, Monavale

Continuing the theme introduced by Rob and Tom, Rob Nairn will give two more talks as follows:

Wednesday 5th October 5.30pm

“Dealing with radical change – Gaining access to our inner wisdom”

Wednesday 12th October 5.30pm

“Dealing with radical change – The psychology of mindfulness”

ROB NAIRN 10-DAY RETREAT

SUSURUMBA, NYANGA

FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2011

Understanding Insight”

Mindfulness training enables us to settle our Minds and begin moving towards stability.

Meditation is learning about our Minds through direct discovery. This requires insight – the ability to see clearly and objectively what forces are at work in the deeper layers of the Mind.

We will explore this inner environment through enquiry, reflection and acceptance; the spiritual path does not exempt us from experiencing our negative and conflicting emotions.  Transformation and purification involves honest acceptance, and feeling the feelings.

  1. This retreat is recommended for EXPERIENCED MEDITATORS
  2. Shared accommodation will be limited – those who pay first will be assured of a place.
  3. Costs: Shared bedrooms  – $350 for whole retreat or $40 per day

Camping/own accommodation –  $250 for whole retreat or $30 per day.

(Please bring all camping equipment including tent, mattress and pillow)

5% discount for paid-up Annual ROKPA members

  1. Please complete the booking form below by 13th Sept and send it Dave and Pam Sheehan at sheehan@utande.co.zw , together with any queries you might have. (Dave Sheehan 0772-317424 and Pam Sheehan 0772-404129)

N.B.  A 10% levy will be charged for all bookings and payments received after 13th September.

  1. If you would like to sponsor someone who is unable to afford the costs of attending, please contact Dave and Pam. All sponsored meditators will receive a 50% discount.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT RETREATS

REGARD JOINING THE RETREAT AS AN ACT OF COMPASSION TO YOURSELF. Retreats offer us ‘time out’ of our busy, often stressful lives, to ground ourselves in our meditation/ mindfulness practice.   The peaceful seclusion and mountainous setting of Susurumba, Nyanga, assists in the process of allowing our busy, distracted minds to settle, allowing our deeper energies of kindness, compassion, wisdom and clarity to reveal themselves.  Retreatants can find solace and a deeper inner peace through meditation, taking breathtaking walks, swimming in the clear mountain dams, etc.

VENUE:  ‘Susurumba’, Juliasdale, Nyanga (immediately behind Pine Tree Inn which is approximately 70kms from Rusape – one takes the Pine Tree turnoff, follows the driveway through to this hotel and just after the boom one branches left to go behind the hotel buildings).  Follow this driveway for +- 1 km keeping to the left hand side.

WHAT TO BRING:

  1. Bedding (remember Nyanga can be quite cold –especially early mornings), pillows, bath towel
  2. Raincoats/umbrellas (it can rain at this time of the year)
  3. Torches/headlamps & spare batteries (very important)
  4. Toiletries/bath soap. Hand washing powder if you need to do personal laundry
  5. Comfortable walking shoes (plus optional CROCS?)
  6. Loose, comfortable clothing
  7. Warm clothing plus wraps for when sitting in the meditation room (tracksuits, extra socks)
  8. Hat & sunblock cream
  9. Notebook and pens
  10. Towels and swimming costumes (lovely refreshing mountain dams and small swimming  pool).
  11. Personal meditation cushions/mats/blankets
  12. 1 x candle stick holder, 4 candles, matches
  13. 2 x rolls toilet paper per person.

FOOD: Vegetarian cuisine – participants may be asked to assist by bringing some prepared food and overseeing food preparation.

TRANSPORT: Please complete the attached form indicating whether you need or can offer transport. It is suggested that you contribute to fuel costs if you are given a lift.

ARRIVAL: Suggested arrival Friday 23rd September from 14.00 hrs; please try to arrive by 18.00 hrs for evening soup which will be followed by an introductory talk and instruction.

Accommodation, Payment and Transport Booking Form

 ROB NAIRN 10-DAY RETREAT

SUSURUMBA, NYANGA

FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2011

“Understanding Insight”

 

NAME :         ………….…………………………………………………………………………………….

EMAIL  :       ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

MOBILE PHONE NO :       …………………………………………………………………………….

HOME  PHONE NO:          …………………………………………………………………

DATES : ARRIVAL  …………..                  DEPARTURE ………….. (no. of nights …..……)

TRANSPORT REQUIRED  ……….    OFFERED ………… (no. of passengers)

ACCOMMODATION : Camping …….. …          Shared Bedroom …………..

PAYMENT AMOUNT  :   …………….

QUERIES : …………………. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

VISITING TEACHERS CALENDAR – 2011/2012

Rob Nairn 21st September – 13th October

 

Fri 23rd Sept – Sun 2nd October: experienced meditators retreat “Understanding Insight”.

 

Fri 7th – Sun 9th October: Chikukwa visit – opening of Hangani Centre.

Ken Holmes Approx 14th – 24th November Zimbabwe visit including 7+ day retreat at Susurumba.  Details to be finalised
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche 26th March – 3rd April  2012

 

Details to be finalised

With thanks to everyone who helped make the Relics Tour such a success. It was good to see so many people visiting our beautiful temple – we estimated over 1 000 people came to see the relics!

REGULAR EVENTS

Unless otherwise mentioned, these events take place at either the Kagyu Harare Samye Dzong Temple (7a Ernies Lane, Monavale) or at Rokpa Centre Shrine Room (34 Quendon Road, Monavale, opposite the Italian Club).

Day

Event/Practice

Time

Venue

Monday

 

Meditation followed by soup and socializing 5.30pm – 6.10pm Quendon Road
Tuesday Amitabha and Dorje Sempa

Yoga (Angie)

8.00am – 10.00am

5.30pm – 6.30pm

Quendon Road

Quendon Road

Thursday

 

Green Tara 7.30am – 8.45am Quendon Road
Friday

 

Chenrezig 5.30pm – 6.10pm Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)
Saturday

 

Yoga (Roger) 7.30am – 9.00am Quendon Road
First Sunday

of every month

Meditation Retreat 8.30am – 12.00pm Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)
Third Sunday

of every month

Practice Morning (Ngondro, Chenrezig, shine, or whatever your practice is) 9.30am – 12.30pm Ernie’s Lane (KHSD)


Contact Details

Rokpa Office                            Sabina Nkonde Gomo                304 202

MC Chairperson                        Barbara Vitoria                        0772 309 211

Monday meditation                   Marie Andrews                         302 051

Chenresig                                      Kala Antao                                302 137

Amitaba / Dorje Sempa            Maia C. Repond                         303 591

Green Tara                              Tania Dos Remedios                  744724

Yoga                                         Roger Castelin                          0712 630 698

Angela Neighbour                     740 580

Sunday Meditation                   Kala Antao                                 302 137

Sunday Practice                        Jane Pilosoff                            861 030

 For issues to be included in the next Newsletter send your mail to

Sabina Gomo: rokpa@zol.co.zw or Barbara Kaim: zimbarbs@gmail.com

Note that the Rokpa office is only open in the mornings 8am – 1pm Monday – Friday

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