After the previous years’ success, in 2015, the Bodhicharya Summer Camp will again be held in Portugal. This year it will be in August, from the 3rd to 9th.
Rinpoche’s suggestion for this year is that we perform together a complete Ngön Dro practice. The Ngön Dro, or Preliminary Practice, is a set of 5 recitations of one hundred thousand, preceeded by the general reflection upon four themes.
The summercamp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend last years’ sessions. Every day there will be teaching sessions with Rinpoche.
Read more and register at Bodhicharya Portugal Summercamp page
We are all gathered in Bodhgaya,
The Karmapa and thousands of us.
We pray here day and night;
We resolve to work towards our aspirations:
May each of us help all beings.
That we may free them from all problems.
That we may bring them lasting and true happiness.
That we can share all our good fortune with all beings.
That peace may prevail over all the world.
That all violence and atrocities may end at once.
That all beings may be kind to each other.
There is a presence of kindness.
There is a feeling of peace.
There is a joyful atmosphere.
This is, to me, the most wonderful celebration.
A celebration of peace, joy and kindness towards all, and each other.
I celebrate the New Year with these aspirations.
Let us all celebrate the New Year with these aspirations.
Happy New Year 2015
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On 2nd November a big group of Sangha members with children and relatives, and guests gathered in the Buddha Hall of the Dharma-Tor Centre to celebrate the new marble Stupa. The stone carver, who worked so well, joined this great event with his family and co-worker. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche granted us a guided Buddha Shakyamuni practice, a short teaching to the symbolism of a Stupa, and then blessed the Stupa in the garden with a wonderful and touching ceremony. Four nuns of the Theravada Monastery in our area offered a Pali Sutta which is often chanted during the consecration of a stupa. At the end of the ceremony we sent many balloons with prayers and auspicious wishes into the sky which went higher and higher by this wonderful weather. Continue reading
There are still a few places left on the Pilgrimage with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sri Lanka in January the 15th to 21st.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has been invited to lead a pilgrimage in one of the world’s most famed Buddhist countries, in the new year 2015. The organizers and hosts are Kumanga Andrahennadi and her family, for whom the Island is home.
The Pilgrimage will include visits to ancient sites that are central to Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism, and were established by the son and daughter of Ashoka, including Anuradhapura and Avukana. In the final evening of the Pilgrimage Rinpoche will inaugurate Bodhicharya Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Sri Lanka is where the Pali Canon [Tipitaka] was committed to writing in 29BCE.
Costs will be $944/£600/€757 to include transport within Sri Lanka/excluding travel to Sri Lanka.
For more information and to download the full itinerary + registration form please see her:
Sri Lanka Pilgrimage with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche – 15th-21st January 2015 (pdf)
If you would like to join in to this rare and inspiring event, please contact Kumanga and Cesare direct (please add both of them as recipients of your email):
Kumanga Andrahennadi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cesare Saguato: email@example.com
Sad news came today of the death of Lama Tsering Paljor yesterday in Tibet. Lama La was resident monk at the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre in Sikkim, and any who spent time there with him discovered a very special person, an absolute joy and inspiration to be around.
He constructed the fire house on the roof for smoke offerings, and every morning at dawn he’d light the brush and incense, and recite mantras and protector prayers to greet the day. We hardly noticed that he spoke no English and his method of getting to know us came via a really well worn photograph album with photos of himself taken through his lifetime, in Tibet, and during seven years on retreat in Pharping, Nepal, as a chödpa, long hair, damaru and kangling in hand. Continue reading
We are pleased that we are able to share with you some photos of the fruits of our recent support in Rigul village.
Our patron, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, has forwarded some photographs and says that the school is doing very well.
The people of Rigul send their heartfelt thanks and immense gratitude to everyone who is supporting the school and clinic and the basic sanitation projects.
On behalf of Ringu Tulku and the trustees of Rigul Trust
Thank you for all your support and we wish you all the very best.
Be happy, be joyful, go well,
Margaret and Jude.
Trustees of Rigul Trust
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This Tuesday September 09 2014, 15th (full moon) day of the 7th month of the Tibetan calendar is the second anniversary of Ringu Tulku’s uncle Thondup Dorjee.
“Uncle” as he was known accompanied Rinpoche extensively during his travels in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Many of Rinpoche students had the chance to meet Uncle and appreciate his discreet presence.
Portugal is a great place to take a summer holiday – especially at Casa da Torre, a Jesuit Centre for Spirituality and Culture, near Braga in the Costa Verde, which is the venue that has hosted the Bodhicharya Summercamp for the last three years. It’s an ancient, cool, cloistered monastery with a tiny, exquisite, four hundred year old chapel, and seemingly endless corridors set in an enormous organic farm estate where the main crops seem to be the grapes that produce a light white wine that was served with dinner, and enormous peaches and nectarines that promised heaven at each mealtime. On the last evening a local choir filled the church with their singing, causing faint echoes of the gods to resonate around the buildings.
Rinpoche’s birthday falls on the week of Bodhicharya Summer Camp which will be held in Portugal July 14-20. We would like to ask all of you to send Rinpoche a happy birthday greeting card, whether you are coming to summer camp or not. Either bring your card with you, along with the cards of your friends and sangha members who are not able to come this time, or send it via snail mail (yes, through post office, with a stamp on!) to:
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
C/o Tsering Paldron
Casa da Torre
4730 570 SOUTELO
Please send your birthday card soon, so that it will arrive by July 16th!
PS. It could be a postcard from your own country – maybe with some landmark, with a personal message? Then there is no need to even use an envelope. Of course, you can also make your own card if you like.