Events

A rich programme of events will accompany the exhibition. Admission to the exhibition itself, the daily meditations, the curator’s tours and the workshop are all free of charge; evening lectures and films are £7. Tickets are available on the door.

Meditation

Each day from Monday to Friday, at 11.30, there is a guided meditation, suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Meditation is a practical method to ‘naturally remain in what is’. There are different kinds of meditations based on calming and holding the mind, realizing compassion and wisdom, or working with the body’s energy channels and meditating on buddha forms of light and energy.

The meditation we will use is a comprehensive tool for enlightenment, and is an everyday practice of Diamond Way Buddhism. It was composed by the 16th Karmapa especially for Westerners. Here the emphasis is put on keeping the pure view that is obtained in meditation in daily life.

Curator’s tours

Each day from Monday to Friday, at 13.00, there is a chance to discover ancient treasures of Tibetan Buddhist Art with an introductory tour designed specifically for first-time visitors.

The tour is run by one of the curators, who have many years experience and knowledge of Tibetan art. They will give an overview of the exhibition and some insight into the symbolism and meaning of Buddhist art.

Lectures and talks

Each day, from Monday to Saturday (except Tuesday), at 18.30, there will be a series of lectures exploring wider themes in Diamond Way Buddhism and giving the possibility to get to know the art collection in depth and its relevance to basic Buddhist concepts and symbols, meditation and its history.

Children’s workshop

On Sunday 3rd June, at 11:30, we will have a workshop on making tsa tsas, which are small relief images and Buddhas statues. Making tsa tsas is a practice of eliminating obstacles, purifying negativities, and creating positive impressions. By doing this practice one creates merit and the conditions for enlightenment.
Traditionally in Tibet, tsa tsas were made with clay from the earth, left to harden, and placed on altars, shrines or in other holy places. These days, more modern and durable materials are used, such as plaster.
Throughout the day we will be making tsa tsas. Everyone can participate in making their own, and afterwards you’re welcome to take them home.

Films

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Since death is certain, yet its time of coming is unknown, teachings on how to master it are an essential part of Tibetan Buddhism. Directed by Barrie McLean and narrated by Leonard Cohen, this exploration of one of the classics of Tibetan spiritual literature brings to life the visualisation of the afterlife.

Dhamma Brothers

Dhamma Brothers

The true story of the first maximum security prison in the United States to institute a programme of regular Vipassana (insight) meditation. This tale of human potential and transformation, directed by Andrew Kukura, and Jenny Phillips, is gripping and inspirational by turns.

Lion’s Roar

Lion's Roar

A classic portrait, directed by Mark Elliott, of the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, head of the lineage of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The most precious teachings of the Buddha have been kept alive from the times of such great yogis as Milarepa and Gampopa down until today, by the Karmapas. The current Karmapa is H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, who is visiting London in 2012.