As many of you may already know, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will visit Germany from 28th May until 8th June. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, being the official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe, is the main coordinator of the visit. Therefore Rinpoche will be visiting fewer locations than he normally would this spring (See the travel schedule here).

We hope that many of you will consider attending some of these wonderful events based in Kamalashila and Berlin. To view the Provisional Schedule in various languages, see website. For more information on ticketing and locations, visit

Please also consider supporting the events if you can.


Francois Henrard has made this delightful video of some of the children and the school when he visited Rigul in October 2013.

We wish to thank everyone for their kind-hearted, ongoing support and generous donations for the children and the school in Rigul, Kham, Tibet. Since the school was built in 2006, many children have benefited from an education, some going on to higher studies and becoming useful members of the community. This progress is even more remarkable knowing that most people in the area for miles around are illiterate. The parents and the community are now witnessing the value and importance of education.

Rigul Trust funds the education of the children, the teachers’ and the cooks’ salaries, the text books and two free, hot school meals a day for all the children.

pupil-rigulTo make a donation to Rigul school and welfare projects please visit:

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness.


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The traditional Mahakala sacred dances are taking place in Rigul on the last days of the Tibetan Year.

These pictures were taken on February 28th 2014.





Registration is now open for the 2014 Bodhicharya Summer Camp in Portugal. This year’s camp is from the 14th – 20th July.

Rinpoche will continue his teaching on ‘Mahamudra: The Moonlight – Quintessence of Mind and Meditation’ composed by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-1587), a brilliant scholar and accomplished meditator of the Kagyu tradition.



Rigul School Update

by admin on October 22, 2013

in Projects,Rigul School,Rigul Trust

We wish to thank everyone for their kind hearted ongoing support and generous donations for the children and the school in Rigul, Kham, Tibet. Since the school was built in 2006, many children have benefited from an education, some going on to higher studies and becoming useful members of the community.

This progress is even more remarkable knowing that most people in the area for miles around are illiterate. The parents and the community are now witnessing the value and importance of education.

Very recently we received news that the government said some of the children had to go to a new government school, whereby many of them would only be able go home for the weekends because of the distance.

Now, at the request of the Rigul parents to the government authorities, 30 of these children will no longer have to go to the government school but continue their education at Rigul school.

Wishing everyone all the very best,

Rigul Trust

Image – Francois

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News from Rigul, Tibet.

by admin on October 15, 2013

in General News,Projects,Rigul Trust


Francois has arrived safe an sound in Rigul, Tibet. Here he sends a photo of himself and some of the children taken on his safe arrival on Monday 14th October.

Francois has also forwarded this message from Khenpo Senge about the Rigul children:

I want to express my appreciation to all the sponsors and Rigul Tulku Rinpoche for the selfless support, love and care to the Rigul children and in school during all these years! Up to now, we have over 50 children entered the public schools and/or monastery for higher grades studies after studying in the Rigul school. Some of them are even in high school or colleges.

The atmosphere is very good in our hometown, children are learning languages in Chinese, Tibetan, and English; Studying Tibetan culture and Buddhism. People in the villages now all understand the importance of the children getting educated, as children are the hope of the future.

It’s really a wonderful change we can see today, which is exactly in line with the initial intension of establishing the school. We will continue this important work, letting more children receive an education at a young age, help them cultivate good ideology.

Please continuously give us your great support!

Best Wishes,

Khenpo Senge


Akong Rinpoche

by Rinpoche on October 13, 2013

in General News,News Now


I am shocked and shattered to know that Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche has passed away at the hands of murderers in Chengdu on 8th of October along with his nephew and driver. I feel so helpless and lonely without his strong and courageous presence.

I knew Akong Rinpoche since I was 9 years old. He bathed me when I was dirty and nursed me when I was sick. He has been a most reliable and constant friend all my life. He was also the first to invite me to come to the West to teach.

Akong Rinpoche was a man of few words and he always did what he said. I never saw him sitting idle even for a short period and he was always doing something worthwhile. But he never looked stressed or tense.

He was on the high throne in his most expensive brocade one moment and the next moment he was digging a ditch in the rain with same ease and naturalness.

I do not need to talk about his contribution towards the preservation and spread of Buddhism nor do I have to inform about his charitable works. These are well known to the whole world and whole Tibet is now remembering him for his gigantic work in so many projects.

He taught us that to help the helpless is the essence of Dharma practice as well as our human responsibility.

We will always miss him but I hope his mission would never come to suffer because of his absence.

I would like to pray for his swift return and to continue to help countless people who need dedicated and fearless people like him.

Ringu Tulku


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Corby Borough Council[News Update - 20 September 2013]

Corby in Northamptonshire has become the first council in the UK to ‘adopt’ a Tibetan village. On 19 September, Corby Council voted to ‘adopt’ Rigul village in eastern Tibet. Council members now plan to raise funds for health and education projects in Rigul, as well as highlighting the human and civil rights issues affecting the people of Tibet. [click to continue…]


Corby Council to vote on ‘adopting’ Tibetan village

14 September 2013 General News

Rigul, Kham, Tibet, Ringu Tulku’s birthplace, may become the first Tibetan village to be adopted by a UK town. Here is a report from the Tibet Society of a meeting in Corby on the 11th September, that Margaret Richardson, trustee of Rigul Trust, attended and gave a presentation of how Rigul Trust helps in Tibet.
Corby [...]

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The ‘Viktualienmarket-Buddha’ comes from Munic to Berlin

4 September 2013 General News

Bodhicharya Berlin has adopted a 3.49 m high Buddha statue, the meanwhile quite famous “Viktualienmarket-Buddha”. This art installation by the Malayan artist Han Chong “Made in Dresden” is part of a series of art projects in Munic. The London based artist, himself a Buddhist, has created a Buddha statue in the lotus position, deliberately laid [...]

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The Holy Isle retreat, June 2013

28 July 2013 General News

He began this teaching some years ago when he visited London (2010 I think) and was responding to requests to continue. The text is a pith instruction, very succinct, and it fitted neatly into the one week retreat with two teaching sessions per day. It is a very profound teaching and I am not going [...]

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Bodhicharya’s E-Magazine ‘Many Roads’ is back!

26 July 2013 General News

On the site you’ll find various categories: Personal Stories, Fiction, Book and Film Reviews, Poetry, Music and Photography. Visit and have a read.
All are welcome to submit articles on a variety of subjects to our on-line magazine. Please send your articles and reviews with a short up-dated bio-data (along with a photo if possible) [...]

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Recent Mystic Yoga Retreat at Bodhicharya Meditation Centre.

25 July 2013 General News

By Mystic Sudhir.
For those of you wanting to experience what taking up a veil could mean and what it is to lead a cloistered life, a visit to BMC for a week or two is a must. Tucked in a valley, it is hidden and screened off from the world in every sense. The Bodhicharya [...]

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Journey from Head to Heart: Along a Buddhist Path

2 July 2013 General News

New Heart Wisdom book out now!
Ringu Tulku’s latest book presents 37 short teachings, designed to be read individually and integrated with our practice and daily life. Together they take us on a journey through the vehicles of Buddhism, elucidating some common misunderstandings and basic principles of the Buddhist path, all the while encouraging us to [...]

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Two new Lazy Lama editions

26 June 2013 General News

Bodhicharya Publications is happy to announce that we have just published two new second editions from the much loved Lazy Lama series. The books are now a smaller, A6 pocket-size. We hope to follow through with the remaining three books very shortly.
Both books are now available in our new online book shop.
Simply click on the [...]

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In memory of Marion Knight

10 May 2013 General News

Marion died suddenly on 29th April. She was a valued member of the Bodhicharya publications team. We wish to share two beautiful poems that Marion wrote whilst on retreat at Bodhicharya Meditation centre in 2010 and also Ringu Tulku’s message:
“I am sad to hear the news of the sudden demise of Marion Knight. She had [...]

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Back in Berlin

9 May 2013 Shrine Room Project

After his US tour, Rinpoche is back in Europe and returned to Berlin on Monday May 6th, 2013. He taught at Rigpa for one night and then spent three days in Bodhicharya.
At his “home” in Berlin, Rinpoche gave teachings on Karma in a fully packed gompa.

He had lunch with the sangha.

Meetings were also held to [...]

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Rinpoche’s Travel Schedule 2013

8 March 2013 Events

Don’t forget, if you use iCal or another digital calendar, you can get these events automatically added to your calendar as they are individually published. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of the Travel Schedule page to subscribe.

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Behind the Picture exhibition

6 March 2013 Events

The Directors of Crane Kalman Gallery invite you to the Exhibition ‘BEHIND THE PICTURE’. Paintings and Narrative by Simone Sandelson.
Friday 15th March – Saturday 6th April 2013
Proceeds from sale of giclée prints will be donated to The Rigul Trust and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
178 Brompton Road, London SW3 1HQ
Tel: 020 7584 [...]

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The adventures of Tashi, the tibetan cricket.

27 February 2013 General News

A new childrens kindle book, by Tsering Paldron, is now available via the Amazon Store. It contains a foreword by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and illustrations by Cécile Eyen.
The book, called ‘The adventures of Tashi, the tibetan cricket’, is available in English, French and German. It can also be found in other e-book formats here.
It is [...]

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Bodhicharya Summer Camp registration now open.

21 February 2013 News Now

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Retreat with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on Holy Isle

18 February 2013 Events

Wednesday 19th June – Tuesday 25th June
This retreat is open to all, new and long-term students, interested in spending some time in this beautiful natural setting, receiving teaching on Buddhism and meditation.
Holy Isle is situated off the Scottish coast, a little north of Glasgow.

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Rigul Trust Newsletter

17 February 2013 Rigul Trust

Dear Friends,
We hope that you are well and joyful.
We are very grateful, appreciative and rejoice at the kindness, generosity and help given to Ringu Tulku’s enlightenend projects through Rigul Trust and bring you news of Rigul, Kham, Tibet with this edition of the Trust 2013 Newsletter.
There are regular updates on Bodhicharya Communities Rigul Trust page, [...]

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Daily life in Rigul by Shannon Lui

1 February 2013 Rigul Trust

Dear Friends,
As many of you will know, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was born in Rigul, Kham , Tibet, and he is still the Abbot and director of Rigul monastery. Through many difficult years, Rinpoche has had to operate from afar, in a position of exile in India. Students, friends and family worldwide have helped Rinpoche to [...]

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Shedra Survey for Bodhicharya Online Shedra Students

19 January 2013 General News

Dear Friends,
It would be extremely helpful if you could take a few moments to fill in our survey, on how you have found the Online Shedra so far, and how it might best continue as we move forward.
Please click here to open the survey:
Shedra Survey
Thank you!
Photo: Cesare Saguato, 2013.

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For Jess

6 January 2013 General News

Jess is an amazing young woman.  Since the age of 16 she has been bed-bound and living in one room in her family home.  She suffers from severe ME.  She is now 21.  But, despite her life of pain and isolation and frequent hospital stays, Jess has founded and runs a charity for sick and [...]

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My Heartfelt Prayers for the New Year 2013

31 December 2012 News Now

In this misty morning
Under the Bodhi tree
We all sit close together
And pray for universal well-being.
My mind goes to my loved ones
Who have passed away.
I never cease to miss them.
May they find their way to peace.
My mind also goes to those Tibetans
Who have burnt themselves alive
Without hatred and [...]

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Invitation to a 14 day Retreat with Ringu Tulku

7 December 2012 Events

At the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre
Near Rumtek in Sikkim
1st – 15th March 2013
Medicine Buddha (the Buddha of Outer and Inner Healing) is the theme of this Vajrayana retreat: the manifestation of the healing energies of all enlightened beings.
There will be places for 16 people only, each in single room with meditation box! A unique opportunity for [...]

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Prayers for Sherab Palden Beru

29 November 2012 General News

Ringu Tulku is asking his friends and students to say prayers for Sherab Palden Beru who passed away in Samye Ling on November 29th at 3.30pm local time.
“I am sure he will have a smooth journey onward.” – Ringu Tulku
Read Rinpoche’s poem in memory of Sherab Palden Beru

You can learn more about Sherab Palden Beru [...]

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Seats for the Winter Retreat in Berlin still available

24 November 2012 Events

About 20 seats are still available for the very first Bodhicharya Winter Retreat in Berlin with Ringu Tulku from January 3rd to 7th 2013.

This intensive retreat, that we hope to make an annual event, is organised as a fundraiser for the building of the new temple in Bodhicharya Berlin.
You can find further information about the [...]

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Lastest Heart Wisdom Book. Out Now!

27 October 2012 General News

Dealing with Emotions.
Scattering the Clouds
In this book, Ringu Tulku looks at our negative emotions, how more positive counterparts may be brought out and how we can release emotions to reveal our innate wisdom. He provides guidance for this gradual process and uses stories to illustrate points along the way.
We can only put these teachings into [...]

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Rinpoche in Hong Kong

27 October 2012 General News

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is now on teaching tour in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Indonesia he gave Dharma teachings and empowerments in Jakarta and visited Borobudur, the ancient Buddhist monument. Currently Rinpoche is in Hong Kong, where he talked to a full house as seen here in the photos, and is teaching for devotees [...]

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Rigul Trust and the Kagyu Ngagzod Chenmo Kawang (Empowerment) in Sikkim

7 October 2012 Rigul Trust

We wish to share with you the good news of how Rigul Trust and it’s dharma network was able to help and be part of this very auspicious Kagyu Ngagzod Chenmo Kawang (Empowerment) in Sikkim.
On Friday, the fifth of October, Ringu Tulku made an offering in the name of Rigul Trust to provide all the [...]

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Details about the winter retreat available

28 August 2012 Events

All the details about the first Bodhicharya Winter Retreat to be held in Berlin in January 2013 are now available here on the Bodhicharya Communities website.
Registration is now open.

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