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Lama Oser - Gomde Lindholme Hall - The centre for Tibetan Buddhism in the UK

Lama Oser

Lama Oser is one of our very senior monks at the Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling monastery. He has studied under many great masters and for a number of years was the personal assistant of the great Dzogchen master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. We are therefor every fortunate that lama will offer teachings here at Gomde Lindholme Hall 

As well as week end and longer courses Lama will also off free Sunday teachings on 13 August, 7 October & 29 October. Full teaching schedule below. 

Notes on charges: 
To enable more people to attend the teachings, the teachings are offered by donation, which is in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. For residential teachings Gomde will only charge the normal daily rate for room and board (£35) and participants can then make a donation for the teachings. For day visitors charge is £12 per day.
 

Full Teaching Schedule for Lama Oser, 2017


The Great Path of Awakening: The Seven Points of Mind Training

Booking form for The Great Path of Awakening

3 Week-end Teachings to enable us cover the entire text, however it is possible to only attend individual week ends.
18 - 20 August
22 - 24 September
29 Sept- 1 October
 
Daily Schedule- for all Lama Oser teaching courses

Friday
6 pm Supper
7.30 pm Teaching in the Meditation hall

Saturday
7 am Practice in the Meditation Hall
8 am Breakfast
9.30 -12 noon Teaching
1 pm Lunch
2.30- 4.30 pm Teaching
6 pm Supper
7.30 pm Practice in the Meditation Hall

Sunday
7 am Practice in the Meditation Hall
8 pm Breakfast
9.30- 12 noon Teaching
1 pm Lunch
End of retreat


The Seven Points of Mind Training is a classic lojong text containing fifty-nine provocative slogans. These have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and to awaken kindness, gentleness, and compassion. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances.

As Trungpa Rinpoche says in the opening to his commentary on this text, "Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is."

To study and practice this text, therefore, is to revolutionise our heart and mind--to transform our destructive, ego-centred states of mind into an egoless, open heart filled with the light of genuine love and compassion.

We have the wonderful opportunity to study and contemplate this amazing text in detail with Lama Oser using Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche’s famed commentary over the course of three weekends.It will be helpful if participants purchase a copy of this book for the course. 

Mind Training Part 3. 29 September – 1 October, coincides with our much-awaited guest lecture by Luana Laxley who has researched extensively into the fascinating subject of Tulku system and particularly complex issues surrounding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.
Will there be a 15 Dalai Lama? Takes place on Sat 30 September at 7.30pm Entry by donation


Annual Tara Practice Retreat - The Profound Essence of Tara

24th - 28th August

Booking form for Annual Tara Practice Retreat

Begnning on the Thursday evening at 6pm, concluding after lunch on the Sunday - approximately 2pm. It is possible to arrive for this course early on Friday morning.  

Over the course of a long weekend, holding four sessions each day, Lama Oser will lead us in the inspiring and profound practice of Tara known as The Essence of the Two Accumulations. This sadhana is very popular. It is practiced widely throughout all Tibetan Buddhist traditions and renowned for its swift blessings. It is also the outer sadhana for Tara’s Triple Excellence.

Participants are welcome to attend all or some of the sessions, as their time allows.
Daily schedule for the Tara Retreat

Thursday
6pm Supper
7.30- 8.30 pm  Introduction

Friday-Sunday
6.45 – 8.15 am 1st practice session
8.15 am Breakfast
9.30- 12 noon   2nd practice session with teaching
12.30 pm  Lunch
2.30 - 5 pm   3rd practice session with teaching
5.30 pm Supper
7 pm  4th practice  session

Monday
6.45- 8.15 am  1st practice session
8.15  am Breakfast
9.30 - 12 noon   2nd practice session with teaching
12.30 pm  Lunch
Retreat Concludes

 

The Gateway to Knowledge: The Aggregates & the Correct and Incorrect
September 1st - 3rd.

Beginnning at 6pm on the Friday evening, concluding after lunch on the Sunday (2pm).
 
Booking form for The Gateway to Knowledge
Daily Schedule as Mind Training schedule see above

The Gateway to Knowledge is a condensation of the Tripitaka and its accompanying commentaries. This rich source book embodies the basics of Prajnaparamita and Madhyamika as well as Abhidharma from both the Mahayana and Hinayana perspectives.
Its author, the Tibetan master Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912) was an exceptional treasure of wisdom, compassion, and scholarship. His accomplishments in practice, learning, composition, and teaching are immense. Through his clear and concise presentation in The Gateway to Knowledge we can begin to comprehend the meaning of the major works of Buddhist philosophy.

As Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche said, "When you want to extract the meaning of the major works of Buddhist philosophy, you need an expert system, a key. The Gateway to Knowledge is like that key, a magical key that opens up the treasury of precious gemstones in the expansive collection of Buddhist scriptures."

From among the various chapters that comprise this great work, we will study the chapters on the aggregates and the correct and incorrect. An understanding of these topics can greatly help deepen our understanding of the profound Prajnaparamita teachings, such as The Heart Sutra that Choki Nyima Rinpoche elucidated for us during this year’s annual seminar.

 

Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes, 14th - 21st October

 
Beginning at 2pm on the 14th, concluding at 2pm on the 21st.

Booking for for Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes
 
Daily Schedule as ´Mind Training´ see above 
This famed text, often referred to by its Sanskrit title, Madhyantavibhaga, is part of a collection known as the Five Maitreya Teachings. Maitreya, the Buddha´s regent, is held to have entrusted these profound and vast instructions to the master Asanga in the heavenly realm of Tushita.

 About this Treatise
In pithy verses, Distinguishing the Middle from Extremes employs the principle of the three natures to explain the way things seem to be, as well as the way they actually are. Unraveling the subtle processes that condition our thinking and experience, Maitreya´s teaching reveals a powerful path of compassionate vision and spiritual transformation.

During these teachings, we will follow the root text together with the commentaries by two outstanding masters of Tibet´s nonsectarian Rime movement: Khenpo Shenga and Ju Mipham, both masterfully translated by Dharmachakra Translation Committee. Maitreya and Asanga, who lived during the fourth century C.E., are the progenitors of the Approach of Vast Activity, one of two great currents of Mahayana view and practice. Their works have achieved the status of unique spiritual classics.

Maitreya describes the multifaceted interdependent processes whereby consciousness manifests and expresses itself. When on this path of experience we equally acknowledge the expressions of mind and their intrinsic nature, we will, he promises, discover a flawless and bountiful perspective--a discovery of unlimited resources.

The Teachings
This week-long teaching is a rare and precious opportunity to delve into Maitreya’s text in a concentrated and detailed way. Lama Oser will guide us through the text, helping us to unravel the profound points contained therein and explaining how they can be applied in practice. The subject matter, namely the three natures and the gradual stages of the Buddhist path and practice, is of critical relevance to us all as aspiring scholar-practitioners. Knowledge and understanding of these points can deeply inform and enhance our personal practice.

We hope you can join us for this precious and meaningful week of study, contemplation, and practice. People can attend for part or all of the retreat. It is recommend that those who wish to attend part of the retreat attend the first part.

Annual Trinley Nyingpo Practice Retreat
3rd - 8th November

Booking form for Trinley Nyingpo

5 day retreat,  Friday evening (6pm) - Wednesday after lunch (2pm)
For Retreat schedule Please see Tara Retreat Schedule above

Tukdrub Trinley Nyingpo is a short, concise, yet extremely rich practice for Guru Rinpoche, the precious Lotus-born Master. To read more about this wonderful practice, please click here.
Lama Oser will lead us in four daily sessions of this blessed practice, performing a tsok (gathering offering) each afternoon. This is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with sadhana and ritual practice.


Sunday teachings 1.30-4.30pm 

Sunday 13 August, Avalokiteshvara Teaching and Practice
This Sunday, Lama Oser will guide us in the beautiful and widespread practice of Avalokiteshvara, (the embodiment of compassion) Extending Throughout Space for the Benefit of Beings. Lama will begin by introducing the practice and explaining the deep and vast meaning of the mani mantra: om mani pema hung.  Following that, we will engage in this precious practice together.

Sunday 8th October, Meditation
This Sunday, Lama Oser will teach about Buddhist meditation and in particular shamatha (calm abiding), and also guide us in a meditation session.

Shama means ‘peace’, tha means ‘to dwell’ or ‘stability’.  There are two central meditation practices on the Buddhist path: calm abiding and clear seeing. The method of calm abiding is to work with the conceptual mind. When you are able to go beyond that and reach the domain of the wisdom of rigpa, it is called clear seeing or vipashyana (Skt.).

Shamatha meditation is a crucial tool to help us calm and still our minds and thereby reveal our natural love, compassion, and wisdom so we can become genuinely calm, kind, and clear.

Sunday 29 October  4 Mind Changings 

The Four mind-changings are the indispensable contemplations on the precious human life, impermanence, samsara´s defects, and karma. As Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche says:

When it comes to realizing our innate nature, the four mind-changings are conducive circumstances. These four general reflections are helpful to make us more sincerely interested in actually practicing the dharma. In particular, they are the way to turn our mind toward the essential truth, to what really matters. 

 The four mind-changings are not complicated to understand; small children can learn the four mind-changings. What we need is to personally take them to heart. Unless a wild horse has been tamed, you cannot ride it. It would be dangerous and harmful for the rider. In the same way, unless we have really taken to heart these four mind-changings, it is very difficult to make genuine progress in dharma practice. The person who has not really reflected on the four mind-changings is like someone trying to ride a wild horse.