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Gomde UK Tibetan Buddhist Centre

An international centre for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the UK
A national centre for the development of environmental Buddhism. 
Lindholme Hall is situated in the centre of Lindholme Island, a 180 acre estate which lies in the heart of the Hatfield Moor National Nature reserve.  This creates a perfect environment for study, reflection and meditation; a refuge for contemplation away from the business of everyday life. It also offers extensive opportunities for the practice of environmental Buddhism.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2015

Further detailed event inforamtion can be located under ´Seminar and Retreats´.

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Annual Seminar 23 June- 28  June 2015

Once again Rinpoche has kindly agreed to visit us to give profound teachings from our most precious and respected lineage.
Details of the seminar will be released in the New Year but Rinpoche’s dates are confirmed so please keep the date in your diary. Registration opens 11th March.

Erik Pema Kunsang
Shamata Vipashyna Retreat 1-4 May 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche said of Erik Pema Kunsang,
"Erik shows rare signs of having taken the teachings to heart". Erik Pema Kunsang is one of the greatest translators of our time. A personal long term student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Erik was requested to teach the Dharma by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche just a few years ago.

The teachings Erik gave at gomde, lindholme Hall in 2014 were incredibly moving and significant. The teachings in 2015 will delve deeper into shamata (calm abiding) and vipashyana (clear seeing) meditation, through a journey of discovery based on insights from the profound oral instructions Erik has received from many great masters.  Erik’s accessible and open style enables these teachings to be open to all and beginners are very welcome.
We also invite all established practitioners to come and get a breath of fresh air, profound inspiration and reconnect with the heart of the teachings.

We anticipate this seminar will be very popular. Please register early to guarantee a place. Registration will open on 11 March.

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 "There are many types of philosophy, truth - seeking positions about what is. Buddhist philosophy has one special quality; that the awakened state is within, and we are in a state of readiness; it is ready to be discovered. It is said in a scripture, “All sentient beings are buddhas, but they are covered by temporary obscurations”. Every sentient being has as their nature original wakefulness – what in the general teachings is called buddha nature. Because of possessing this original mind, the buddha potential, everyone can become enlightened. Everyone is allowed to be a buddha; everyone has that ability, that readiness.

From ´Indisputable Truth´: Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

 

 

Understand that, briefly stated,
Bodhichitta has two aspects,
The mind aspiring to awaken
And Bodhichitta that´s enacted

Just as one understands the difference
Between wishing to go and setting out upon the journey,
The wise should understand these two,
Recognising the difference and their order.

Bodhicitta in aspiration brings about great results,
Even as we continue to circle about in samsara:
Yet it does not bring about a ceaseless stream of merit,
For that will come solely from active Bodhichitta.

From the moment we genuinely take up
This irreversible attitude-
The mind that aspires to liberate entirely
The infinite realm of beings,

From then on, even while asleep,
Or during moments of inattention,
A plentiful, unceasing force of merit
Will arise, equal to the vastness of the sky.

The Brightly Shining Sun.v15-19 Patrul Rinpoche