The Ven. Lama Samten: Monmouth October 2018

The Venerable Lama Karma Samten – and cup of tea!

Free Talk at Monmouth Priory, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, Friday 5th October

One of the many issues being debated at present is Euthanasia. Lama said: “I had never heard of this word before. On talking further, it became apparent to me that people want too much – they are never satisfied. Some people want to live, some people want to die.  Our mind has no limitations and our wanting has no limitations. With modern technology we also have fewer limitations and this creates problems.”
This is an evening of open communication & discussion on the topic of Euthanasia with Lama Samten sharing his knowledge from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective.

Teaching at Mill House Farm Saturday & Sunday 6 & 7 October

The Four Immeasurables, the qualities of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, are the essence of the Mahayana teachings. It is not related necessarily to religion but to understanding. These four qualities are necessary to cultivate our entire lives; in ourselves and to encourage in others as much as possible, without limitation. This is why they are called limitless. Lama Samten will explain how to develop these qualities in daily life.

Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4.30 pm, Sunday 10am – 12.30pm. Suggested donation £75. (Please bring food to share for Saturday lunch)

For further details of both events and registration for The Four Immeasurables weekend teaching contact Sue

Four Immeasurables Donation


Lama Samten’s previous visit to the UK

Venerable Lama Karma Samten is a monk in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in West Tibet, his parents originally were from East Tibet. At the age of 5 he went to stay with his uncle in a cave. He learnt to read and write and studied the preliminary Buddhist philosophies here. He also discovered a taste of solitude.

At the age of 10 years the Chinese army invaded Tibet in 1959. He managed to escape with his family and other Tibetans through Nepal to India. Many people died on the way, including his whole family of 5 sisters, 4 brothers, father and mother. He is the sole survivor.

Lama Samten and feathered friend

In India he joined a Tibetan refugee camp and worked on the roads. In 1963 he took the Noble Vow from Venerable Khenpo Chime Rinpoche, a Sakya Abbott, and received all his Buddhist philosophy teachings from him. At the age of 21 yrs he took full ordination in the Karma Kagyu tradition from the Very Venerable Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche, and went directly into 3 year retreat, for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.  He completed this 3 times in succession.

He wanted to continue in retreat but in 1980 HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rang Jung Rigpe Dorje, the head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, sent him to New Zealand as resident Lama of the New Zealand centre. He established a traditional temple, built the biggest Buddha statue in the Southern Hemisphere, and 8 stupas. He also developed a traditional Tibetan healing clinic. He retired in 2004 and now concentrates on his personal practice and international teaching programme through his organisation Dharma Chakra Dhana Paramita International. His teaching tours include visits to New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and India.

Lama Samten is an artist and musician. He has recorded several CD’s of traditional chants and prayers for his students including the 2004 Grammy Award winning “Sacred Tibetan Chant, the Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery” on the Naxos World label. He is the author of many books including “Living with Death & Dying” and other traditional Tibetan Buddhist commentaries for practice. His teachings in English are known for their direct and earthy manner, sprinkled with a sense of humour.