“The Stupa is a monument representing peace, harmony, and love. It symbolises the essence of the five elements and the qualities of the awakened mind with its unlimited compassion and most profound wisdom. It contains numerous texts of buddhist teachings and prayers, and it is built to help maintain world peace. The stupa on the grounds of the Bodhicharya Centre for Peace and Understanding in Berlin promotes outer balance, inner peace, and all encompassing love.”
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Evidently Berlin, a world city of cultures and the capital of Germany, is slowly changing into a spiritual place. Many religious traditions are represented here, as well as all Buddhist traditions from Asia. Berlin is a city where many memorials and monuments call to mind the victims of World War I and II and the genocide of the Jewish population in Europe. A traditional Tibetan-Buddhist Stupa will strongly influence the development of Peace and Harmony between people, as well as in the environment. Continue reading →
We are pleased to announce that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s Teaching schedule for Spring and Summer 2016 is now available to view on his Travel Schedule page. It shows all confirmed teaching events up until the Bodhicharya Summer camp in August. More events may be added as time goes on, so do check back from time to time.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.