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Rain of Blessings
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Dear friends; new, old and yet to be,

The very nicest thing about living in the centre of a peat moor is that it is only possible to rejoice when it rains here. Rain nurtures this rare habitat and all the species that depend upon it. In the midst of the downpours last night suddenly the light changed, softened and a quiet expectancy unfolded; a double rainbow flooded the sky heralding blessings about to manifest. We are overjoyed that Khen Rinpoche and Lama Oser arrive at Gomde today! It is indeed wonderful for the centre and all our students and visitors. If you would like to spend a few days at Gomde during this precious time, please do not hesitate to contact us to make arrangements.  

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Our annual programme is rich. Please see below an overview. With the support of Rinpoche, the monastery and Lama Oser we steadily move towards a comprehensive curriculum for all; from very beginners to long term practitioners. We do hope you have the good fortune to visit and look forward to welcoming all our friends; new, old and yet to be. 
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Gomde UK Programme 2019
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29 June, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Lindholme Hall Annual Community Fete
Everyone welcome!   A time where many of our the community gather to celebrate.  We´d love you to join us for our annual summer fete, a day of music, games, good food, and just time to sit and relax in the Lindholme´s grounds.  All your usual favourites -  new this year, Live Medieval History and ‘Have a Go Archery’ with the Danum Archers  
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7 July  
Lama Oser: Teaching on the Treasury of Blessings
This is the practice based on Buddha Shakyamuni which we do every morning at Gomde Lindholme Hall and also in our Tuesday weekly meditation study group.  It is wonderful for beginners as it is easy to understand and supports many core teachings. The text is also a treasure trove of teachings for those who want to delve a little deeper.  This is a free teaching. Lunch is available for £6.  

Please contact paulette@gomde.uk if you would like to attend.
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19 - 21 July 
Lama Oser: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
An overview of Tibetan Buddhism—everything you wanted to know but never dared to ask! 
This course will help people move into more regular practice. Suitable for all

For more information and to register 
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26 - 31 July 
Lama Oser: Meditation retreat
This is a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in the theory and practice of calm abiding, or Shamatha meditation; the base upon which all other meditations stand. This course is suitable for all, including all newcomers as well as experienced practitioners who want to refine their meditation and stability. Seminar attendance is possible for either the weekend (26-28 July) or the whole six days.

For more information and to register 
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4 August
Resounding the Dharma
To celebrate the first turning of the wheel of Dharma, we host our annual day of Resounding the Dharma. Sutras, translated into English, are read aloud in the meditation hall, with everyone reading a different Sutra creating a cacophony of sacred words.  ALL WELCOME – come for all or part of the day

Contact paulette@gomde.uk 
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21 - 27 August
Annual Seminar with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
This seminar is open to for those who are Buddhist or those with a sincere interest in Buddhism.
We have just heard that Rinpoche will teach
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The Refined Essence of Oral Instructions'; a teaching given by Padmasambhava to Yeshe Tsogyal, found in the book Dakini Teachings. Please understand such teachings are rare and profound and provide a special opportunity for all serious practitioners. 
Rinpoche has kindly agreed to offer the refuge ceremony during the seminar for new practitioners. 
Seminar includes on Sunday, 25 August Ngakso Puja – Ocean of Amrita.
Places are filling fast. Please book early. 
For more information and to Register 

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15 September
Annual Kora walk
Join us for our annual 12 hour sponsored Kora walk around the Lindholme Island. Includes also our kinship of Faiths gathering at 2 pm Everyone welcome - old friends and friends we have not yet met! A date for your diary more information to follow.

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20-22 September
Vajrakilaya Retreat
Lama Oser will lead this retreat, providing authentic guidance instructions on ritual, mantra and mudra.  Please note the empowerment is required for this retreat.

For more information and to register
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11 - 13 October
Kate Roddick: Tibetan Medicine and Ayuerveda  
Work with your elements and change your life. Building on last year´s course, we will deepen our experience through greater knowledge as well as practical and simple adjustments to lifestyle and diet and the way we think. 
The course is suitable for all, including newcomers and all followers of Kate´s teachings. ‘Catchup/Refresher Pack’ available prior to the teachings.

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25- 30 October 
Wisdom chapter from The Way of the Bodhisattva
The Wisdom chapter from this centrally significant Mahayana text offers great insight into the nature of our minds, how we can know it and bring it within our stream of being.  

For more information and to register
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8 - 10 November
Lama Oser:  Kurekule Retreat 
To create the auspicious and necessary conditions for the Dharma to flourish, the Three Roots are required: Guru, Yidam, and Dakini.  Kurekule is the Dakini, and Lama Oser will give us introductory teaching on this magnetizing Dakini. 
Suitable for those with some experience of Sadhana practice. 

More information and to register
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15 - 17 November 
Lama Oser: Trinley Nyingpo Retreat 
The sadhana of Padmasambhava and his 12 manifestations is one of the key practices from the Chokling Tersar and is renowned as the dispeller of all obstacles.  

More information and to register
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Date to be Confirmed
Andreas Doctor – the Buddhist response to the Climate Crisis
Does an ancient religion have anything meaningful to contribute to a time filled with such unprecedented climate challenges? Weekend workshop and open public talk.

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Khenpo Tokpa Tulku recently finished an amazing set of teachings which included using The Wheel of Life – "Buddha’s first power point!" Khenpo has a rare gift of making the teachings very accessible real and applicable.  Here is one of the many jewels Khenpo shared with us   ‘We think that freedom is being able to do what we like, following after all the things we think about. When you properly consider this view, it is easy to see that it is entirely mistaken and only leads to suffering’

One day very soon, may we all be truly free
Team Gomde
June 2019

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