Tuesdays: Jong Dar 10:30 -11:30; Meditation & Yogic Song 12:00 – 13:00; Meditation Group 19:00 – 20:30
Monthly Events on the first weekend of the month:
10:00 – 17:00 day retreats with Ngakma Nor’dzin & Ngakpa ‘ö-Dzin on a topic of Vajrayana Buddhism (as advertised – all welcome)
10 – 11:30 Meditation & yogic song (all welcome)
12:30 Tsog’khorlo ceremony (prior introduction to this practice is required for attendance)
14:30 Dance – Georgian dancing and occasional Tibetan folk dance (all welcome)
Jong Dar is a term that covers all the physical practices of the Aro Tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. Each class is 1 hour. The session includes Ying’khor, sKu-mNyé, walking meditation, and standing meditation. The 25 Ying ’khor exercises involve subtle movement in a standing position. Some include visualisation of coloured light energy synchronised with the breath. A few involve sound as vocalised syllables. sKu-mNyé (pronounced ‘Kum-nye’) in the Aro tradition is a system of 111 repetitive physical exercises which massage the spatial nerves of the subtle, energetic body – giving rise to extraordinary sensations. In these unusual sensations it is possible to find the presence of non-dual awareness—rigpa—momentary enlightenment. It offers a range of movements, from simple and gentle to demanding and vigorous – so there is something for everyone. All are welcome whatever age or level of fitness. A wonderful form of exercise that is refreshing and invigorating.
Meditation groups and daytime meditation – beginners and experienced meditators welcome. Short periods of meditation are interspersed with yogic song and chant. Discover emptiness and self-awareness. Daytime £3, evening £5 donation requested. Introductory session every first Saturday of the month – £5 donation requested.
Tsog’khorlo ceremony – a Tantric ritual practice of meditation, visualisation, mantra, and sharing food. Practitioners view one another as realised beings and celebrate the sharing of delightful food and inspiring company. It is necessary to have attended other events prior to joining a tsog’khorlo ceremony, and to have an understanding of its principle and function.
Dance – many qualities of natural dignity are encompassed in dance: considerate awareness of the other dancers, politeness and dignity, sensitivity and enjoyment, and light-hearted and wholehearted engagement with the pattern and movement of the dance.
Retreats encompass teachings on Vajrayana Buddhism, practice in everyday life, and living as honourable people with humour and warmth. Some events include Vajrayana craft activities. Please bring a packed lunch. Beverages provided for morning and afternoon tea break, and at lunchtime. A donation of £25 is requested.
The Aro gTér is a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition concerned with transforming our experience of everyday being. We aim to engender cheerful courage, perceptive consideration, graciousness, sincere determination, creativity, natural gallantry, and spaciousness. Our teachers are not monks or nuns, but rather ordained Tantrikas who live quite ordinary lives. Aro gTér teachings come to us from a lineage of enlightened women, including a female Tantric Buddha, Yeshé Tsogyel, and the visionary Lama, Aro Lingma. The Vajrayana path is suited to those who use their everyday circumstances as the path to realisation and who appreciate humour.