Registration open for the Winter Retreat in Berlin


The second Bodhicharya Winter Retreat will take place at Bodhicharya Berlin from December 3rd 6pm to December 6th 5pm.

This retreat is once again organised as a fundraiser for the building of Bodhicharya Berlin.

Ringu Tulku will teach from the text ‘108 Instructions of Jonang’, a collection of pith instructions from all the lineages that came from India to Tibet. This collection was compiled by Kunga Drolchok (1507-1566) and Jetsun Taranatha (1575-1634).

For more information and to register, visit the Winter Retreat page.

Bodhicharya Publications becomes a CIC

BC-book-collectionAfter many years in formation and development, we are happy to announce that Bodhicharya Publications has this year registered as a Community Interest Company, in the UK. A CIC means we have the aim to benefit the community, and this is not just a Buddhist community, but anyone generally – helping people deal with life better. We publish a number of Rinpoche’s books, including the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series and all our books are available via the Book Shop here.

We have three Directors: Mary Heneghan, Paul O’Connor and Rachel Moffitt. If you contact us or order a book direct, you’ll come through to Rachel, who is in charge of all the admin and distribution. Mary oversees the editing and writing and Paul provides all the layout and graphic design of the books.


Many students have been involved along the way: Margaret Ford founded BPs in its infancy and started the Heart Wisdom series, Cait Collins started the Lazy Lama series, Maria Hündorf-Kaiser set up the archive of Rinpoche’s teachings and many students have contributed transcribing, editing and proof reading work. (We’re so pleased Margaret is back working with us again now, too.) All our work is offered voluntarily so that all profits go back into producing further books and donating to charitable projects. Previous donations have included to the Berlin Shrine Room appeal and for the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year.

Finally… we’d particularly like to hear of any non-English language books that have been produced of Rinpoche’s books, so we can create an up to date list for the website.

You can contact us via the Book Shop or Thank you.

HH Karmapa’s visit to Bodhicharya Berlin


Visit & Teaching at Bodhicharya Berlin

Berlin, Germany – 6th September, 2015.

More than 350 people comprising representatives of Bodhicharya centres across Europe, members and supporters of the Berlin centre, and invited guests crowded into the main shrine room to greet the 17th Karmapa on this his final teaching engagement during his second visit to Europe. A distant sound of Tibetan gyalin announced his arrival at the centre. His Holiness was greeted at the gates to the centre by its founder Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, who escorted him along the brick path through the buildings, preceded by a boy and a girl scattering flower petals. After planting a tree in the garden, His Holiness made his way to the shrine room.

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HH Karmapa to visit Bodhicharya Berlin


HH Karmapa will once again visit Bodhicharya Berlin this coming Sunday (6th September 2015). His Holiness will give a brief teaching for this special occasion entitled “Heart Advice”.

Although the event itself is not open to the public (as space is limited) it will be webcast live on the Kagyu Office webcast page here:

The event begins at 10:00am (CET)

Recordings of HH Karmapa’s Teachings in Bonn 2015

Above is a playlist of both the recorded teachings and events that have happened in Bonn, and also those webcasts to come. Just click on the 3 lines in the top left corner to choose which video you wish to view. You can also see these videos full size here on YouTube

To get a daily report from all that’s going on at the teachings see: or you can subscribe to the mailing list here.

You can also keep up to date on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Winter in Berlin, Summer in Portugal

8364125899_608d38f7fe_zMark your agendas, Rinpoche has accepted to lead a second Winter Retreat in Bodhicharya Berlin to raise funds for the new temple.

It will probably take place in early December 2015. The full details should be available around mid-september.

The dates for the next Bodhicharya Summer Camp are also known. It will once again take place at the Centro de retiros, Soutelo, near Braga in Portugal from August 1st to 7th 2016.

See you there.

Rinpoche in North America 2015

Rinpoche will visit North America in November. Here is his detailed schedule:

usaNov 3 (Tue), Boulder, Rime Society
Nov 4 (Wed), Boulder, Nalandabodhi
Nov 5-8 (Thur-Sun), Crestone
Nov 9 (Mon), Boulder, Naropa
Nov 11 (Wed), Boulder, Shambhala Mahamudra Group
Nov 13-15 (Fri-Sun), Mexico, Mexico City
Nov 17-18 (Tue-Wed), Mexico, San Luis Potosi
Nov 20-22 (Fri-Sun), New York, KTD
Nov 23 (Mon), New York, KTC
Nov 24 (Tue), New York, Westchester Buddhist Center
Nov 27-28 (Fri-Sat), Maine, Vajra Vidya Maine
Nov 30-Dec 1 (Mon-Tue) Toronto, KSDL


You can find more details on the Bodhicharya North America website.

Rigul Trust Disaster Fund Update – Aid being safely delivered

Dear Friends,

So many people have generously donated to Rigul Trust disaster fund to help with the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. We set out to help 200 nuns, stranded, homeless and without shelter in a remote part of the Nepalese Himalayas near the Tibet border, the only access for provisions and help was by helicopter. A helicopter could only take about 4 people at a time and would have cost about £1,000 a trip.

Following the second earthquake the area became too dangerous for the nuns to stay in from the risk of landslides. 150 nuns made a hazardous journey by foot to Kathmandu, travelling for days. The needs of the nuns are the same, they need shelter, food, money and medicines.

At Rigul Trust we are working closely with Salga and his friends in the Lingstang society.
A carpet factory owner has let the nuns stay in his factory and Salga and Tashi visited the nuns, hired a truck and filled it with provisions, rice, solar panels etc all donated by Rigul Trust.

Salga and Tashi spent time with the nuns assessing their needs, distributing the goods and giving money for medical help. Many of the nuns are sick and in need of a doctor and now in hospital.

Thank you again so much, every picture tells a story! .

These people will still need aid after the rainy season to help rebuild their health and lives.

We have great gratitude to Salga, Tashi and the Lingstang Society for monitoring your donations, assessing needs, buying provisions and giving funds for medical help to these people, on behalf and donated by Rigul Trust.

With every best wish,
Margaret Richardson,
on behalf of Ringu Tulku and the trustees of Rigul Trust.

Salga, Ringu Tulku's brother, with the truck load of provisions donated by Rigul Trust,  and the splendid banner on side of the lorry!! Salga with the carpet factory owner Sleeping Nuns
Salga, Ringu Tulku's brother, with the truck load of provisions donated by Rigul Trust, and the splendid banner on side of the lorry!!

Solar panels donated by Rigul Trust
Solar panels donated by Rigul Trust