Volume 9, February 2012
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In this issue:
- Welcome and why the new name?
- What’s on in 2012 – a lot! Visiting teachers, a Rokpa Film Festival, retreats, regular practices and more
- List of regular events at Rokpa
- Practice Day – 19th February 2012, 9am-12noon, KSDH, 7a Ernie’s Lane
- Mindfulness practice – 25th February 2.00pm. – 4.30 p.m. 29 Swallow Hill, Helensvale
- Rokpa Film Festival 2nd – 4th March 2012, Rokpa Centre, Quendon Road
- Mindfulness Retreat 29th Feb – 4th March 2012, Susurumba, Nyanga
- KSDH Auction – Sunday 11th March (entrance to pre-paid ticket holders only – see below)
- Lama Yeshe Rinpoche visit – 26th March – 3rd April 2012
- Special Buddha Days – including Full Moon Chenrezig, 8th March 2012
- Contact details
Welcome to the first KSDH Buddhist News of 2012 – a new year and a new name
Welcome to 2012 which promises to be a year filled with much activity for those interested in mindfulness training and/or Buddhist meditation. Programmes on offer throughout the year include regular weekly meditation, talks and courses on aspects of Buddhism including compassion, mindfulness, Tara Rokpa Therapy, death and dying, dreams and relieving stress, as well as a film festival on ‘Raising Consciousness’ and other activities to help us live happier, more mindful lives.
You will notice we have changed the name of our newsletter. Our main reason for doing this is to acknowledge our direct spiritual connection to the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland, led by Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, and to distinguish between the dharma (spiritual practice) aspect of our activities and our charity activities. All the other Kagyu centres in Southern Africa – that is, the centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg, the Rand and Groote Marico – are known as Kagyu Samye Dzong.
Rokpa Trust (both in Zimbabwe and internationally) is the charity wing of Kagyu Samye Ling, working in Tibet and other places in the world to ‘provide help where help is needed’. In Zimbabwe, this includes support to people living with HIV and women of disabled children.
We hold events both at the KDSH centre at 7a Ernies Lane, and at Rokpa Centre situated at 34 Quendon Road.
What’s on in 2012 – Calendar of Events
Rokpa Film Festival: Exploring Consciousness
|2nd – 4thMarch 2012Quendon Road 10am -7pm||12 movies will be shown over 3 days, 5 movies a day. USD5/movie. Cafe open|
|Mindfulness Retreat||29th Feb – 4thMarchSusurumba, Nyanga||For more information, contact Pam or Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|KSDH Auction and Lunch||Sunday 11thMarch 201229 Swallow Hill, Borrowdale||In aid of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s visit. USD15 w lunch. Starting at 10.45amEntrance to pre-paid ticket holders only – contact email@example.com to purchase a ticket|
|KSDH AGM||Saturday, 24thMarch||It is that time of the year again. Details about the Annual General Meeting to follow.|
|Lama Yeshe Rinpoche||26th March – 3rdApril 2012||Lama Yeshe is a meditation master from Samye Dzong in Scotland and an inspiration to our centre. Keep this week open – there will be a lot happening: lectures, private interviews and a weekend retreat|
|Donal Creedon||26th April – 10thMay||Donal is considered to be one of the most experienced meditators in the Western world He will be leading a retreat in Susurumba 28th April – 7th May|
|Charley Morley||6th – 11th June||Charley uses Tibetan Buddhist and Western dream-work techniques to create a uniquely holistic approach to lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping to support our psychological growth and spiritual awakening|
|Chodrak||July/August(dates still to be confirmed)||Chodrak will help with Sanga and individual practice. He is also an excellent Shiatsu therapist.|
|Melanie Polatinsky||September(dates still to be confirmed)||Melanie, from the Randburg Centre, is a devoted student of Lama Yeshe and a dharma teacher full of fun and energy.|
|Rob Nairn||September/October(dates still to be confirmed)||Rob is one of the leading pioneers in presenting Buddhist philosophy and practice in a way that is accessible. He will run a Retreat at Nyanga and some talks in Harare – details tba|
|Edie Erwin||Late October||Edie is a Senior Tara Rokpa Therapist. She will work with existing groups & introduce TRT to those interested|
Note: more information on all events advertised are either available in this newsletter or will be sent to you closer to the time. Please contact the Rokpa office at 304202 (mornings only) for details.
PLEASE NOTE THAT INABILITY TO PAY SHOULD NOT BE AN OBSTACLE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE ABOVE EVENTS – LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE SO WE CAN FIND THE MIDDLE WAY.
Unless otherwise mentioned, these events take place at either the Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare Temple (7a Ernies Lane, Monavale) or at Rokpa Centre Shrine Room (34 Quendon Road, Mabelreign, opposite the Italian Club).
|Monday||Meditation followed by soup and socializing||5.30pm – 6.10pm||Quendon Road|
|Tuesday||Amitabha and Dorje SempaYoga (Angie)||8.00am – 10.00am5.30pm – 6.30pm||Quendon RoadQuendon Road|
|Thursday||Green Tara||7.30am – 8.45am||Quendon Road|
|Friday||Chenrezig||5.30pm – 6.10pm||Ernie’s Lane (KSDH)|
|Saturday||Yoga (Roger or Pippa)||7.30am – 9.00am||Quendon Road|
|First Sundayof every month||Meditation Retreat||8.30am – 12.00pm||Ernie’s Lane (KSDH)|
|Third Sundayof every month||Practice Morning (Ngondro, Chenresig, sitting meditation, or whatever your practice is)||9.30am – 12.30pm||Ernie’s Lane (KSDH)|
Practice Day – 19th February 2012
“Beyond practicing always, there is no other diligence”
Please come and join us in the KSDH Shrine Room, 7a Ernie’s Lane Monavale. You can do whatever practice you like: Chenrezig to pick up our mantras count, prostrations, Dorje Sempa, anything else, or just sit quietly. The best part is that all of us there will get the benefit!
We will start at 9.00 am and go on until 12 noon with a break for tea.
Please bring something to share for tea.
The next Practice sessions are on the 18th March and 22nd April.
For further details, email Jayne: rayjane [at] zol.co.zw
Rokpa 3-day Film Festival: Exploring Consciousness
Friday 2nd March to Sunday 4th March from 10am to 7pm
Five showings per day: 10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 4pm and 5.30pm
Where: Rokpa Centre, 34 Quendon Road, Monavale
Parking for USD1.00 at the Italian Club across the road.
What: Over 12 films, including Elizabeth Kubler-Ross on ‘Facing Death’, Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, A Celtic Journey with John O’Donahue, and more!
Cost: USD5 per movie with a number of specials – the more movies you see, the less you pay
Food and drink, cafe style, will be available throughout the 3 days.
3-course lunch for USD10 on Saturday and Sunday.
Full programme forthcoming.
Proceeds from the festival will go toward repairs of the shrine room at Quendon Road
For more information, contact the Rokpa Centre at 304202, mornings only.
5-day Retreat at Susurumba, Juliasdale, Nyanga
Wednesday 29th Feb 2pm to Sunday 4th March, noon
The focus will be to develop a more stable mind through guided practices, both sitting and throughout the day, absorbing the tranquil and inspiring setting of Susurumba . Evening sessions will focus on understanding and developing Loving Kindness and Compassion This retreat will be conducted in partial Noble Silence.
Retreat fees: $200 shared accommodation, or $45 per day; $150 camping or $35 per day. Retreatants may be asked to prepare a meal and in which case we are happy to refund cost of ingredients.
AS ALL THESE COURSES WILL HAVE LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY WILL YOU PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE BY EMAILING DAVE/PAM SHEEHAN ON EMAIL sheehan [at] utande.co.zw
PLEASE NOTE THAT INABILITY TO PAY SHOULD NOT BE AN OBSTACLE – PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE SO WE CAN FIND THE MIDDLE WAY.
Visit of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche – Meditation Master
26th March – 3rd April 2012
The Buddhist community in Harare is once again privileged to host one the foremost meditation masters alive today – Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.
Lama Yeshe will be accompanied by Lama Zangmo, a western female Lama and Ani Lhamo a Buddhist nun.
Lama Yeshe’s public programme is outlined below. It includes a public talk on Wednesday 28th March at 5.30pm, as well as a weekend meditation retreat from Saturday 31st March to Sunday 1st April. Both of these events will be at our centre in Monavale at 7A Ernie’s Lane. This will be a rare opportunity to receive simple instructions and sit with a master.
The visitors will be here for a week and have a full program, including a variety of teachings and private interviews with meditators. If you would like more information regarding any of the above or the rest of their visit, please phone
Sabina Gomo at the Rokpa Offices at 304202 (mornings only).
Sun 1st10.30 -12.00Meditation Lama Yeshe7a Ernies Lane Sun 1st3.00 – 4.30Meditation with Lama Yeshe7a Ernies Lane
Lama Yeshe’s Public Program – March 2012
5.30 – 7.00
|Trish Swift talk on a Lama`s visit||34 Quendon Rd|
|Rob Nairn mindfulness &Lama Talk||6 B’dale Lane|
5.30 – 7.00
|Trish talk on Refuge||34 Quendon Rd|
3.30 – 4.30
|Talk on Refuge Ani Lhamo||7a Ernies Lane|
4.30 – 5.30
|Refuge ceremony Lama Yeshe||7a Ernies Lane|
|Public Talk . “Joyful Living in Stressful Times” Lama Yeshe||$5|
Meditation weekend with Lama Yeshe
|Sat 31st||9.00 – 10.00||Meditation session with Lama Yeshe||7a Ernies Lane||$10 for day|
|Sat 31st||10.00 -10.30||Tea|
|Sat 31st||10.30 -12.00||Meditation Lama Yeshe||7a Ernies Lane|
|Sat 31st||12.00 – 3.00||Lunch: Bring and share|
|Sat 31st||3.00 – 4.30||Meditation with Lama Yeshe||7a Ernies Lane|
|Sun 1st||9.00-10.00||Meditation with Lama Yeshe||7a Ernies Lane||$10 for day|
|Sun 1st||10.00 -10.30||Tea|
|Sun 1st||12.00 – 3.00||Lunch: Bring and share|
The full programme for the week will be circulated on the KSDH News mailing list by early March.
Special Buddha Days
There are four major Special Buddha days or “Festivals” (düchen) in a year which relate to the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. During these days, it is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times, so practice is strongly advised.
On the 22nd of February, it is the Tibetan New Year followed by Chotrul Düchen which is a festival that covers the first two weeks of the new year. It is celebrated because the Buddha displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples. During these days extra practice is highly advised. This ends with a full moon on Thursday 8th of March a very auspicious time for practice. There will be Chenrezig that day from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm in the shrine room at 7a Ernies Lane.
A notice will go out with more information later, but please diarize!
|Rokpa Office||Sabina Nkonde Gomo||304 202|
|MC Chairperson||Barbara Vitoria||0772 309 211|
|Monday meditation||Debra Chimuka||0772 336 017|
|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|
|Sunday Meditation||Kala Antao||302 137|
|Sunday Practice||Jayne Pilosoff||861 030|
For issues to be included in the next Newsletter send your mail to
Sabina Gomo: rokpa 9at] zol.co.zw or Barbara Kaim: zimbarbs [at] gmail.com
Note that the Rokpa office is only open in the mornings 8am – 1pm Monday – Friday