One evening at Bodhicharya summer camp, Andy Lowe so very kindly invited all of us to watch the film ‘Akong Rinpoche – A Remarkable Life‘.
Akong Rinpoche has left a remarkable legacy of kindness, dedication, helped thousands and thousands of Tibetans and westerners, often under very challenging situations. A doctor, a spiritual friend, a labourer, an innovator of so very many Samye activities and centres in so many countries.
The escape from Tibet was gruelling, without food many times, having to eat the leather they carried.
His journey out of Tibet would have been similar to that of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s escape from Tibet, over the Himalayas for nearly two years constantly under threat of gunfire from the Chinese. They had to leave everything behind, possessions, home, friends, families, animals and country.
The incredible life of Akong Rinpoche has brought and still is bringing great inspiration to his students, friends and those who are hearing about his bodhisattva and altruistic life through this heart touching story.
Bodhicharya Summercamp 31st July – 6th August 2017 Casa da Torre, Vila Verde, Northern Portugal
Using the deity as meditation practice, in particular White Tara, was the topic for this years summercamp held for the 6th time in northern Portugal. The venue was once again Casa da Torre near Vila Verde, and the delightful Portugese sangha were as welcoming as ever. It is always lovely to meet so many now familiar faces after twelve years of Bodhicharya Summercamp retreats here and in France since 2006. The warm weather and fresh vegetarian food laid the ground for a spiritually nourishing week with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.
Rinpoche told us that White Tara was the first sadhana taught by the Buddha: in India, where White Tara was already a common practice, she was known as Saraswati and associated with healing and long life. The great yogi-saint, Atisha Dipankara, felt he was guided by White Tara and believed himself to have been saved by her, and when he was invited to re-introduce Buddhism to Tibet from India, he brought this practice with him. Gampopa later inherited the practice and passed on the sadhana to the first Karmapa, Dusom Khyenpa. Since then White Tara has been regarded as an important bodhisattva in the Tibetan school of Vajrayana Buddhism and this particular sadhana has been recited throughout the entire Karmapa lineage until today.
As many of you have noticed, Rinpoche’s planned travel schedule from 22nd August to 22nd September has been cancelled. This is so Rinpoche can attend Mahamudra Teachings in India. Thank you for your understanding.
You can see Rinpoche’s complete Travel Schedule here: https://bodhicharya.org/ringu-tulku/schedule/
Photo: Karma Changchub.
Members of Bodhicharya Kent are going to do the Three Peak Challenge (climbing the biggest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon) over a period of 72 hours. Funds raised will be split between the Charity Rigul Trust and the Community Group, Bodhicharya Kent.
In this seventh booklet in the Lazy Lama series, Ringu Tulku looks at how we all need love and asks us to consider the benefits of generating loving kindness for each other. Rinpoche shares with us an Indian saying;
‘ When the trees support each other then we have houses and cities, when human beings support each other we have society, we have civilization.’
So, the whole of society, of civilization, survives by supporting and helping each other. But how can we, as imperfect human beings, offer even an ‘imperfect’ love, and is that enough? Yes, says Rinpoche, we can and should start from where we are. We can offer loving kindness, help and support for each other now, while aspiring towards an ideal unconditional love. Rinpoche encourages us, in these seemingly simple and concise teachings, to develop the courage of a hero dedicated to love, and to find our true brave heart.
It is available to pre-order now in the Book Shop.
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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s complete teaching schedule for Spring and Summer 2017 is now available to view on his Travel Schedule page. It shows all confirmed teaching events up until October.
For further information about any of the events listed, please contact the locations/organisers directly using the links supplied on the Travel Schedule page.
You can also find out more about individual groups here.
Over the coming months, we have the privilege of being able to share the voice recordings of four talks on Bardo given by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Hamburg in 2016.
Bardo in Tibetan means in between, something hanging, in transition, on travel, changing situation.
Life is a bardo, death is a bardo, getting to the next life is a bardo.
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Now we start with the Bardo of Life.
Be happy, be joyful, go well,
Location: Casa da Torre – Centro de Retiros | Soutelo – Vila Verde – Braga
Start: 31/07/2017 | End: 06/08/2017
The 2017 Bodhicharya Summer Camp will again be held in Portugal. The chosen place is a Christian retreat house, in the North of Portugal. The facilities are excellent, with single and double rooms with twin beds. Vegetables and fruit are grown by the community itself and taste absolutely delicious. There is a river, at a short walking distance away, where one can swim or just refresh oneself. There is a fluvial beach and a small terrace, perfect to sit, relax and enjoy a drink. Participants may also relax and enjoy the activities available around the centre.
The teaching subject for the summer camp is yet to be confirmed. Please refer to the Summer Camp webpage for more updates.
To find out more, and to register, visit here:
We are looking for articles for the next issue of Many Roads, the electronic magazine for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s students. There are a wide variety of subjects you can write about: personal stories; fictional tales; humorous articles; reviews of books, films, events, poetry; photography and video. Any previous writing either published or unpublished! Take a look through the Many Roads website to get a feel for the categories we have.
Articles can be sent in to Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank all the contributors to the magazine over the past four years. The variety of the articles has been varied and of a high quality.