The fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who is one of the greatest living Nyingma masters, has said that if the followers of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje accumulate recitations of this dharani [long mantra], His Holiness will live long and his activities will benefit great number of beings.
Therefore His Holiness’ sister, Jetsun Ngodup Palzom has invited all students, individuals, groups and centres to join in, and to accumulate recitations that will be said by them or their group over the next year (2016, the Tibetan year of the Fire Monkey), as an offering for the benefit of everyone. She is asking for a commitment from each individual or group who wishes to join in, meaning an accumulated number of recitations will be offered during the year by each individual or group.
Ngodup Palzom would like to know the total numbers to be committed (before February 8th 2016, the start of Tibetan New Year), so that she can inform His Holiness as part of the Long Life Mandala Offering that takes place on the 9th of February during the 33rd Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya.
Listen to the Essence of Dependent Origination dharani chanted by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, from a recording made for this purpose recently:
Bodhicharya Publications are pleased to announce the publication of Ringu Tulku’s latest book. ‘Parables from the Heart’brings together a collection of Rinpoche’s favourite stories, told over many years, both previously-published and unpublished. Pat Little has collated these stories and edited this volume, with Mary Heneghan, and Conrad Harvey has provided line drawings to illustrate the stories. A special inclusion is an interview with Ringu Tulku about using stories as teachings. As always, the book’s production is a real team effort, with Paul O’Connor providing the graphic design and Rachel Moffitt co-ordinating the printing and distribution.
Since the summer there have been some changes in Rigul Trust. Jude Tarrant resigned as a trustee after serving for over seven years, and Margaret Richardson has officially become the Founder of the Trust. Frank Goh, who was also a founding Trustee, and Brigid Shaughnessy agreed to fill the posts of two trustees for the time being.
Now we are happy to welcome Colin Moore and Sarah Delfont as new Trustees in place of Frank and Brigid. I would like to thank Jude, Frank and Brigid for their great contribution towards Rigul Trust and helping so many people through the Trust.
Margaret will continue to work as the Founder, guiding, assisting and helping the trustees. I thank her for her dedication and all out support for Rigul and many other projects. I have no words to thank David Curtis who continues to serve the Trust as a Trustee and has tirelessly worked for it day and night since the beginning. He was also a founding Trustee.
I am very grateful to all of them and all the people who helped, contributed and continue to contribute to Rigul Trust to help educate and give healthcare to the people in one of the most remote corners of Tibet.
I would like to take this opportunity to give my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
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).
After 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.”