KSDH Newsletter ~ January 2013

To download a copy of January’s newsletter, click this link ~ KSDH News.Vol 13.January 2013

In this issue

  • What’s on in 2013 – Visiting Teachers
  • Opening of Dharma Library – Sunday 20th January 11.00 – 12.30noon at KSDH
  • Five-day Meditation Retreat – 6th – 11th April at Susurumba, Nyanga
  • Dr. Melanie Politanski on ‘Relationships as Mirrors of  Our True Selves’: weekend retreat 1st – 3rd March
  • Donal Creedon 12-day retreat in Susurumba on ‘Search for the Meaning of Security’: 16th – 27th March
  • Three year Buddhism Study Programme 2013 – 2015, starting 9th February
  • Beyond our Borders… – other retreats at Kagyu Samye Dzong, Scotland and Tara Rokpa Centre, South Africa
  • List of regular events at KSDH
  • Contact details

What’s on in 2013 – Visiting Teachers

Melanie Politanski 1st – 3rd March 2013 Melanie, from the Randburg Centre, is a psychologist, devoted student of Lama Yeshe and a dharma teacher full of fun and energy. She will be offering
a long-weekend retreat on the search for our true selves, how we relate
to others, and how we can change the way we relate to ourselves and others.
Donal Creedon 16th – 27th March 2013- 12-day retreat Donal is considered to be one of the most experienced meditators in the
Western world. He will be leading a retreat in Susurumba, Nyanga on “The Search for the Meaning of Security: Time and Change as the
Rhythm of Life and Death”.
Ken and Katia Holmes 2 weeks in October/November We are once again privileged to have Ken and Katia Holmes, two well-known
and respected Buddhist teachers, visit Zimbabwe. Details to follow.
Charley Morley Dates still to be confirmed – December 2013 After Charley’s successful visit in June 2012, he will be returning
to Harare to continue training people in the use of Tibetan Buddhist and
Western dream-work techniques.

Note: more information on all events advertised 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.


Opening of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare Tibetan Dharma Shop

Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare are pleased to announce the opening of their new Tibetan Dharma shop at The Harare Temple, 7a Ernie’s Lane, Monavale

Date: Sunday 20th January 2013

Time: 11.00 am – 12.30 p.m.

On offer: Prayer flags and dharma cards, Texts and study guides, Meditation cushions and mats, Gift Vouchers, A variety of books and CD’s (in MP3 format) by The Dalai Lama, Soygal Rinpoche, H.E. 12th Tai Situpa,Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,  Chogyam Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh,  Rob Nairn, Ken Holmes, Donal Creedon and much more!

Please come and join us!

Teas and eats will be served (together with freshly baked pancakes!) and a raffle will be on offer with a selection from the shop. Tickets $10 each.

Opening Hours: 1st Sunday of every month from 11.00am – 12.30am and during courses and teachings.

For further information please email Pam Sheehan on zimsheehans [at] @gmail [.] com or phone 0772-404129


Five day meditation retreat – “Developing our mindful awareness” – 6-11 April 2013

We are pleased to offer a meditation retreat at Susurumba, Juliasdale, Nyanga – a spectacular setting nestled amongst granite kopjies. The theme will be on developing our mindful awareness through guided meditation practice sessions, interspersed with mindful walking. A retreat setting is an ideal place to let go of one’s usual daily preoccupations and come to understand oneself more deeply. Read more

Relationships are the reflecting mirrors in our search for our true selves – A long weekend Retreat with Dr. Melanie Polatinsky 1-3 March 2013

We invite you to a wonderful weekend in Harare to clear your mind, relax, meditate and contemplate the deep issues of learning a different Buddhist perspective as to who we truly are; why we find ourselves trapped in the karmic binds of some relationships; and how relationships can provide a mirror for us to glean wisdom. Read more

“The Search for the Meaning of Security:
Time and Change as the Rhythm of Life and Death” – Donal Creedon 12-day Retreat 16-27 March 2013

Venue: Susurumba, Nyanga

Time, as W.H. Auden said, ‘only knows the price we have to pay’. The truth of the flux of time and change is central to Buddha’s teaching. Although easy to understand it is not so easy to live with thus there is a constant effort to secure oneself in a world that is moving, changing, disappearing in palpable and subtle ways. The ultimate change is death, yet Buddha taught about a deathless state beyond the flux of time and change.

How do we meet these changes? Can time, the process of becoming, end? We will explore these and other issues in the context of Mahamudra meditation and inquiry. Read more

Three Year Buddhism (Dharma) Study Programme  2013-2015

Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare is offering a 3 year study programme based on the Kagyu Samye Ling Dharma Study Programme, kindly produced by Ken Holmes, the Director of Studies for Kagyu Samye Ling, Scotland.

The programme consists of 30 modules. We plan to cover approximately one module per month with  two months off during  the year for a rest (e.g December and possibly one other month).

First study group Saturday 9th February 2013. Second study group Saturday 9th March. Read more


Beyond our Borders… – other retreats at Kagyu Samye Dzong, Scotland and Tara Rokpa Centre, South Africa

For those of you who are interested in attending a 7-day retreat in Kagyu Samye Ling (where Lama Yeshe and Akong Rinpoche reside) or have the passion and commitment to undertake a 6-month Ngondro retreat, see below:

1.   Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland: 26th July – 4th August 2013
Drupen Rinpoche, a high lama and venerable teacher, will be offering a short retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland from 26th July – 4th August 2013. Over the last few years Drupon Rinpoche has only given long periods of teaching in Samye Ling. Many people who wish to receive his teachings are without the favourable circumstances to be able to come for such long periods of time. Thus, Drupon Rinpoche has kindly agreed to offer this shorter period of combined retreat and instruction.

Akong Rinpoche particularly requests that all Samye Ling residents and all those involved with Samye Dzong centres around the world attend this course. He would also like those engaged in Tara Therapy to attend.

For more information, see the Samye Ling website www.samyeling.org or contact Dave Sheehan at zimsheehans [at] gmail.com

2.   Tara Rokpa Centre in South Africa: 6-month Ngondro retreats
Tara Rokpa Centre, situated in Groot Marico in the North West Province in South Africa, is delighted to offer the following 6-month Ngondro retreats:

  • Women’s retreat, commencing 2nd July 2013
  • Men’s retreat, commencing in March 2014

Both retreats are structured 6-month Ngondro retreats led by an experienced Ngondro practitioner who has spent over 10 years practicing and teaching this essential foundational  Vajrayana practice. Whether you are starting the Ngondro for the first time, or continuing the process, this is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice in a protected and supportive closed retreat environment.  It will also give you an opportunity to experience how you respond to a retreat of this length in preparation for a long term closed retreat that you may be considering in the future.

To find out more, or to request an application form, please email trcngondroretreat [at] gmail.com


Regular Events and Contacts

For details of our regular events click here.

Contact details for Sangha members click here.


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For issues to be included in the next Newsletter send your email to:

  • Sabina Gomo – rokpa [at] 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

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