Learn about the Chakra energy centres that are used within both the Hindu & Tibetan traditions…
These energy centres can help us develop, understand and have insights into our human experience as well as access our full potential.
Candida Valentino will teach you the process of chanting the Bījā Mantra and the pronunciation of the Sanskrit alphabet.
Both the main seed syllable and the secondary seed syllables of the mantra will be chanted as a meditation in a rhythmical and melodic way using call and response. At the end of the chanting there will be silence and a then chance to share your experience.
June 3rd 10.30-13.30
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Vesak Fish Release
Let's show compassion to other beings this year for Vesak Day!
On Vesākha Day, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha.
Our center is organizing a special event for this occasion buying fish and releasing them after.
In Tibetan this practice is known as 'tshe thar', life release. Save the lives of fish awaiting slaughter in celebration of the Buddha's birth and enlightenment.
The fish will be blessed with mantras and given myong grol (liberation through tasting), precious substances that give the animals a good cause for higher future rebirth.
It is customary to save a number of animals equal to your age.
So for example a 25 year old would save 25 fish. However, you can choose to save any number of animals that you want.
Since a human being can commit no greater transgression than taking the life of another living being, by implication, there is no greater source of accumulating merit than saving life.
NOTE: It is especially beneficial to save fish if the astrological aspect relating to one's life force or 'sog' is negative in the current year. This depends on your year of birth.
As advised in the astrological system devised by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and found in the Merigar Diary, in this current year those who are particularly advised to save lives are those people born in the following years (beware that the Tibetan lunar year usually starts in February or March so you must check exactly in which year his birth is considered to have taken place in): 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1993, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1981, 1980, 1978, 1977, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1957, 1956, 1954, 1953, 1945, 1944, 1942, 1941, 1933, 1932, 1930, 1929, 1921, 1920.
By buying fish you are saving their lives and also contributing to the activities of Shang Shung institute UK and of the sangha of H.E Chatral Rinpoche.
Thank you for your participation!
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Colourful Tibetan doors @ Shangri-La ... 104/365
Representing the fire element.
symbolizes freedom from hopes and fears.
Listen to Ian Baker's talk on Whispered Lineage : The Radical Buddhism of the Tantric Mahasiddhas.
This talk was presented by Shang Shung UK in London in 2017.
Ian Baker is an anthropologist and author of seven books on Himalayan art, culture, medicine and environment.
The 1 hour 49 minutes video is available on the website.
Link in bio
This is one of my favorite symbols📿🌺
In Tibetan iconography the golden fish are part of the 8 auspicious symbols.
Gold fish are always depicted together, are parallel and sometimes cross slightly.
Originally the two gold fish were used to represent the two most important rivers of India: the Ganges and the Yamuna that symbolize an inexhaustible source of clean water that generates wealth and life for every people, therefore symbols of abundance.
The two fishes also want to indicate an innate or acquired ability to succeed in overcoming difficulties, they represent a win over the suffering that life can provide us or that it will procure.
The two fish, free to swim anywhere in the river, are also a symbol of the attainment of liberation from the limitations that life imposes on us.
The two gold fishes are the perfect symbol to accompany us in this life.
JOURNEY INTO EASTERN TIBET
Is one of the many articles available on our website.
Here is a short extract "Day 6. We woke up to a gorgeous view of the glacial mountain behind nearby Dzogchen monastery.
The spectacular views now made everyone happy with the simple but clean accommodations.
We ate meals in a kind of nomad tent in the courtyard and had the best momo dumpling experience.
We explored Dzogchen Monastery, a huge, dazzling place (Dzogchen Mar a Lago as Scott Diamond put it). Incredible amounts of gold and huge gompas in the beautiful compound that fills a small valley, with a glacier towering above. In the afternoon we hiked up the mountain to a cave behind the monastery where Paltrul Rinpoche had written ‘Words of My Perfect Teacher’. You can find the link to the article and many others in the link in bio
The Bhutan Pavilion Star attraction at Hanover’s expo 2000 to be offered at auction
Who will resurrect the Jewel of Bhutan? Answer in Burgundy on March 29 (6 pm) !
www.interencheres.com – Quai des enchères – Jérôme Duvillard (Macon)
The Kingdom of Bhutan: Journey into the Heart of the Himalayas
One of the 5 Buddha statues on the altar of the Bhutan Pavilion which is currently at the « Thousand Buddha temple » in the commune of La Boulaye in Saône-et-Loire while waiting for the rebuilding of Bhutan Pavilion !
The 300m2 Bhutan Pavilion for Hanover’s EXPO 2000 was specially constructed from stone and Bhutan pine by dozens of experienced Bhutan craftsmen. The year-long project was carried out under the supervision of locally-based Swiss architect Peter Schmidt. No nails or mortar were used. The Pavilion was widely acclaimed as one of the highlights of EXPO 2000, and subsequently the target of potential buyers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United States (including Richard Gere). It was ultimately acquired by the French département of Saône-et-Loire in Burgundy (already home to the ‘Thousand Buddha’ Temple – the first Himalayan temple in Europe) to serve as a tourist and cultural attraction but sadly, despite the best efforts of the association Himalaya en Bourgogne, this has not proved possible. Now the commune of La Boulaye, where the ‘Thousand Buddha’ Temple is located, has asked regional auctioneer Jérôme Duvillard to offer the Pavilion for sale. This unique auction will take place in riverside Mâcon, 250 miles south-east of Paris, on Friday March 29. @richardgereofficial
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Thank you to all whom purchased the Tibetan Prayer Flags! 🙏
Today, the 17th March a part of the flags have been hung in the sacred area of Parphing in Nepal.
Other flags will be soon empowered and hung in the mountainous district of Manang in Nepal.
We are so happy that 13.000 flags have been bought and the profits will be used to support the continuous activities of Shang Shung UK.
A lot of activities are scheduled every week.
You can read more about us and the activities of the center on the website.
Link in bio.
May all beings be happy! Let's continue to sustain the Tibetan Culture 🙏
The lotus flower is part of the 8 Tibetan auspicious symbols
The lotus flower (in Sanskrit padme, in Tibetan padma) does not grow in Tibet, so it is designed in a much simpler and more stylized way than in Indian or Japanese art representations. The fact that it is present in Tibet is to indicate how its iconographic use is strictly symbolic and indicates purity and beauty.
One of the most famous Tibetan symbols, it symbolizes purity because, although it has its roots in the mud of the ponds, it produces white flowers above the water. It therefore represents purity, particularly spiritual purity, and that is why the images of Buddha and Bodhisattvas are often depicted seated on a throne in the shape of a lotus flower.
The symmetry of the petals of the lotus flower, from eight to twelve petals, represents the order of the cosmos and for this reason it is used as a model for the creation of mandalas.
The image of the lotus is used in the Ngalso self-healing practice to identify and balance our five chakras.
"Dance has been a part of me since early childhood. When I was 19 years old, Professor Namkhai Norbu introduced me to a form of Tibetan modern dance called ‘Khaita' meaning 'Harmony in the Space.
I was passionate about this form of movement from the very beginning.
Then in my early 20s I started to dance in a professional way with a neo-classical, modern Jazz Company.
But with ‘Khaita’ I knew I had found a different and valuable direction besides my professional career - a place where I could relax and release my mind from all the usual prejudices related to dance. ‘Khaita' has changed my life, as well as that of many others, by introducing a direct experience of our connection with others and a sense of inner joy."
Svetlana Vajnine, one of the teachers of this Sunday Joyful Dances.
Svetlana and Tomy will teach you on Sunday from 11am to 5pm at Lekdanling this traditional Tibetan form of dance, Khaita.
No booking required but recommend.
This is a donation based event!
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“Phya” is the term denoting the special barley dish made up by mixing of barley, butter, sugar and other delicious ingredients. Later on as the time went by this term started to denote the special occasion when a father throws party to members of the society on birth of a child usually a boy. Since during the yester days barley and other ingredients were very sparse in amount these type of delicacy was highly prized. Thus to have offered phya for a child meant alot for the child. It meant he or she is a precious one for their child. Usually only during the birth of the eldest child phya is offered. Please refer to the last video to see how one of our member demonstrate the way to eat phya. #culture #tibetantradition #tibetanfood #tsampa #limivalley
SPITI VALLEY - TIBETAN TRADITION PROGRAM
Apart from Buddhist philosophy, you'll also learn some basic meditation and cleaning techniques practiced by the monks, called Longro (the practice of cleaning ones body of the 3 poisons every morning through breathing techniques and meditation).
Meditation forms an important aspect of spiritual practices at the monastic institutions – however the practices of meditation in the Nyingma tradition need specific initiations – since one has to take refuge in Yidams (deities) as per the tantric teachings.
During the course of our stay at the monastery we shall also get an insight into Bhoti (Tibetan) language, as most of the major Tibetan Buddhist treatise are available only in this language. Bhoti is also the medium of instruction and learning at all higher levels
and integral for those who wish to go deeper into the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
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Prayer Flag Making Workshop - Families welcomed Saturday, 16th February from 2pm to 5pm Lekdanling - Tibetan Cultural Centre
Come and learn more about the Tibetan culture by making you personal prayer flags using traditional hand carved wood blocks.
This is a great opportunity to explore one of the traditions from Tibet, a cultural activity for individuals or families on a Saturday afternoon in London.
The prayer flags are created during the Losar Tibetan New Year, and they are meant to bring fortune, fulfil the desires and bring blessings. Meritorious to create Dharma images, great gifts and during Losar Tibetan New Year
This is donation based event to sustain the cultural activities of the Tibetan Center in London.
Recommend donation: £8
No booking required, just come along alone or with your dear ones!
Lungta can be translated to Wind Horse The word lungta (ཀླུང་རྟ་, klung rta) is composed of two syllables: the first, lung, represents the element 'space' in the fivefold classification of the elements 'earth, water, fire, air and space' and signifies 'universal foundation' or 'omnipervasiveness'. The second syllable ta (horse) refers to the 'excellent horse' (རྟ་མཆོག་, rta mchog), and since in ancient times in Tibet the horse was the symbol of travelling with the greatest speed, in this case it seems to refer to the transmutation of everything that depends on the five elements from negative to positive, from bad to good, from misfortune to good fortune, from baleful portents to auspicious signs, from poverty to prosperity, and it implies that this should ensue with the greatest speed.
In more recent times the custom has arisen of spelling this word རླུང་རྟ་, rlung rta (wind horse), ascribing to it the meaning 'that which rides the wind', but I think this is derived from the practical function of the lungta flags of being raised in the sky and moved by the wind. (Norbu:1995) #familyworkshop #printmaking #london #tibetanculture #artofmerit #prayerflags #printmakingworkshop #lungta
Nowadays you must have seen such prayer flags on bikes, cars or put on walls as a fancy accessory. But these flags are not supposed to be put on just for show.
Prayer flags are hoisted with some true intentions and belief. People put them on high mountain peaks, so that they could bless the surroundings. Prayer flags are also put on various places with a particular wish or a prayer, and it is believed that whenever the wind blows these prayers/wishes travel through air to the Almighty.
This is the reason the prayer flags should be put or hoisted at a place where the wind blows. It should not be put in cars or hung on walls as a fancy accessory.
If you have noticed there 5 colours of the flags and there are some mantras inscribed on it. Each colour symbolizes an element of the nature.
White symbolises air, red is fire, green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is sky. According to traditional Tibetan Medicine, health and harmony are produced through the balance of these five elements.
You can see "Om Mani Padme Hum" inscribed on these flags. This mantra does not have one particular meaning. It’s a combination of values like compassion, ethics, patience, diligence, renunciation and wisdom. It is said that if you recite the mantra during meditation, it can cure pride, jealousy, ignorance, greed and aggression.
So now when you see these flags you know what they actually symbolize and where they should be put or hoisted.
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Maitreya's Day; "Buddha of the Future." Labrang Monastery, Xihae, Gansu region, #china
The 1500 monks, with their yellow hats, Ghelugpa, line up in front of the statues, singing the mantras, trumpets, cymbals and drums, in a bath of colors and sounds, receiving the symbolic blessing of the future Buddha.
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More spinning to meditate your worries away..! Sizes 6.5 to 9 available
For the lovers of one of a kind, undiscovered places on our beautiful planet - visit to Phukchong village during the Spiti Valley program, would have to be a highlight! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Phukchong is a small village with a population of 65 people. The entire village is one of its kind in the world and serves only one purpose, that of meditation. Perched on the mountains are stone caves where the monks from the Kungri Gompa retreat for meditations during the Tantra phase. Typically, the monks meditate for 3 years at a stretch, and are not allowed to see or meet any outsiders during this time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For further information, to download itinerary or to book visit our site, link in bio ☝🏼
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