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.
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
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Rinpoche will visit North America in November. Here is his detailed schedule:
Nov 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
Today the 10th annual Bodhicharya Summer Camp concluded in Vila Verde, Portugal. Rinpoche gave teachings on the Ngondro, and all together the participants accumulated more than 100,000 of each of the four extraordinary foundational practices.
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,
on behalf of Ringu Tulku and the trustees of Rigul Trust.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Rigul Trust have been asked to help a village in very remote Nepal, near the Tibetan border which is now only accessible by helicopter. There are 200 nuns and staff in urgent need of shelter, food and medicines. The monastery and nunnery there have been completely destroyed by the earthquake.
The monsoon rains will be arriving within the next few weeks and there is urgent need to get provisions, tents, sheds, food and medicines to them.
Some nuns were buried under the rubble, some were injured and one died. The cost of hiring a helicopter is very expensive and only takes 4 to 5 people to help rebuild their community in this emergency situation.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.
The news of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal and bordering countries will have reached so many of us. The reportage of the thousands of fatalities, injured and the graphic images on TV and the social media will have touched the hearts of so many around the world. Words fail to express the utter sadness and grief felt by the survivors.
People have been asking Ringu Tulku and Rigul Trust if they can make donations to help with the relief work in Nepal. At present we don’t have any direct and reliable links on the ground in Nepal but we are looking into ways that we can help. Support and aid will be needed not only immediately but also in the medium to long term.
Ringu Tulku says:
“I am trying to find a reliable organisation with whom we can work together in Nepal. The monasteries are focusing their work in remote places and they are doing really well.
The Kagyu monasteries have asked for permission to give aids in remote areas of Nepal and they were given with thanks. They are now in both East and West giving food, bedding, tents and other most urgent supplies and supports.
HH Karmapa gave $200,000 again. He also sent more tents from Bodhgaya.”