the lotus represents our enlightened state

Cornwall Buddhists

The Karma Kagyu Tradition

The Kagyu Lineage is an unbroken line of oral transmissions from teacher to student for several hundred years. The present head of the Karma Kagyu tradition is H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje. Many great teachers form part of the Lineage; what follows is a very brief historical summary. The lineages of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism derives primarily from Marpa Chokyi Lodoe (1012-1099).

Marpa studied at the feet of 108 spiritual masters and adepts, principally Naropa (taught by Tilopa) and Maitripa. He brought the lineages to Tibet, passing them on to his foremost disciple, Milarepa (1040-1123), the most celebrated and accomplished of Tibet’s tantric yogis, who achieved the ultimate goal of enlightenment in one lifetime.

Among Milarepa’s disciples, Gampopa (1084-1161), also known as Dakpo Lhaje, and Rechungpa (1084-1161) were the most illustrious. The former received the teaching and practice of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa from Milarepa, and combined them into one lineage. This came to be known as Dakpo Kagyu, the mother lineage of the Kagyu tradition.

Karma Kagyu was founded by the 1st Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193). This tradition has remained strong, in large part due to the presence of an unbroken line of reincarnations of the founder, the successive Karmapas.

Mahamudra Teachings

with Kyabje Chime Rinpoche

To realize Mahamudra is really true freedom

Sunday 16th September 2018

at Roselidden Farm, Trevenen Bal, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 OPT

photo of Chime Rinpoche with a radiant smile

Kyabje Chime Rinpoche was one of the first reincarnate lamas to come to the West, and has lived in England since 1965. He worked for 16 years as the curator of the Tibetan Language Collection at the British Library in London. Rinpoche was born in 1939 near Jyekundo, East Tibet and was educated in Benchen Monastery. He received the transmissions of Mahamudra from His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa & the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, and Dzogchen from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He was introduced to the essential nature of his own mind by Khenpo Gangshar. Through his profound understanding of modern life Rinpoche conveys in teachings the complete spectrum of Buddhism in a direct, poignant, and humorous, yet vivid style.

9.30 for 10.00am - 4pm, suggested donation £30 for day

Non-residential, with accommodation available for those traveling from afar.
Please bring picnic lunch - with option to pre-order light lunch £5 if wished.
For bookings and further information, please contact Sophie Muir 01326 221651.

Please display a poster if you can.

Weekend Retreat

with Lama Samten

Saturday 20th October - Sunday 21st October

Details to be confirmed

at Roselidden Farm, Trevenen Bal, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 OPT

Tara Group

small picture: thankha of tara

Occasional meetings of Tara practice group at new moon or full moon. The last one was with special dedication to Japan. Dana was offered to Shelterbox who were operative in Japan.

Sophie leads retreats in Cornwall, Wales and elsewhere and offers a direct and simple approach based in ‘Bodhicitta Heart’. An artist and mum with 2 young sons, Sophie works teaching T’ai Chi and Mindfulness for adults and in schools.

Contact Sophie Muir


At Mawgan village, near Helston, drive past the Post Office/Spar on your left, then the Church on left and follow the road down hill to the Helford River; cross the 1st bridge at the first creek and just before Gear Bridge on the 2nd creek, turn right and take the left hand gate, following the rough track upstream to Gear Mill at the end. Please turn your car on arrival and park to allow others space – Thank–you! There is some parking on the road along the creek with room for one car only just outside the gate.

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