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The Mandala and Meditation with the Five Senses with Julia Lawless

Sunday 14th January 2024
with Julia Lawless

The mandala (or kyil khor) of Tibetan Buddhism, is traditionally based on a five-fold symbolic symmetry representing our inner dimension: our energetic or emotional state of being. The five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space are directly associated with our five main emotions of pride, anger, desire, envy and ignorance. According to Tantra, all these emotions in their purified forms are nothing other than expressions our innate Buddha nature – the five wisdoms – and a manifestation of our own mind scape.

Focussing on our five senses as meditation tools, provides us with a direct connection between our mind and our everyday sensory environment. The tantric view embraces the richness and vividness of all phenomena, and this can help us to integrate and utilise all our daily life experiences on the path of awakening.


Sunday 14th January
From 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of theory and practice, onsite at

Lekdanling Tibetan Cultural Centre
Unit B, 14 Collent Street
London – E9 6SG


Note: It is also possible to pay cash on the door, but please register if you are planning to come.

(Suggested donation £30 full price / £15 students)

For any inquiries please contact Trinley at:

About the instructor:

Julia Lawless has been a student of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu since 1980 and was instrumental in setting up the Shang Shung Institute UK in 2010 at his request. Apart from being actively engaged in establishing Kunselling, a Dzogchen retreat Centre in Wales and Lekdanling: Tibetan Cultural Centre in London, she was Principal Director of the UK Shang Shung Institute for 10 years. She is the co-author of ‘Beyond Words: An Introduction to Dzogchen’ and has edited several books, including ‘Guru Arya Tara & her 21 Praises’ published by Shang Shung Editions. Julia is a writer by profession and is accredited as a meditation instructor by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.