Ken Holmes is currently Director of Studies at Kagyu Samye Ling and is a world renowned scholar on Tibetan Buddhism. His life is spent teaching in the Samye Dzong Buddhist Centers established by the late Akong Tulku Rinpoche, in various countries, writing and translating dharma works. We are delighted to have Ken back for another round of inspiring teachings.
1. Weekend Teachings at Harare Buddhist Centre Temple – 14th/15th November and 21st/22nd November 2015
Venue: Kagyu Samye Dzong Harare temple, 7a Ernies Lane, Monavale, Harare.
Timings: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm (with bring and share lunch)
Cost: $40 for each weekend or $25 per day
Weekend of November 14-15: “Meditation: a Multi-Faceted Jewel”
Meditation is a broad term covering many methods for understanding, healing and awakening this precious human mind—our greatest asset. Those travelling the path of meditation need some sort of road-map indicating where its techniques take us. In the USA this year, the Gyalwa Karmapa highlighted two main areas of Buddhist meditation. The first deals directly with the mind, bringing it peace and stability. The second employs that newfound peace to develop clarity of understanding. Ken will explore these two areas and show the unique way they are channeled in Buddhism.
Weekend of November 21-22: “Blueprint to Happiness—Teachings of the Eightfold Path”
Omnipresent in a simplified form in Theravadin Buddhism and used in their specific, original context by the Tibetans, these teachings unveil a new and noble vision of happiness and describe the eight key elements Buddhists employ to attain it. They are: right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right meditation. Ken will highlight key points in an overview of this famous topic, in itself a lifetime’s work of meditation practice and study—the entire Buddhist path.
2. Four Night Retreat, Susurumba, Nyanga: “Voidness for Dummies”
Dates: 16th -20th November, 2015