Bardos, Phowa and Thukdam.
23rd – 27th July 2021
Dealing with the different stages of this life and beyond, into the next, is a precious skill for a Buddhist practitioner. If we can use life and death as opportunities for transformation and spiritual growth, we can make the most of this human life.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach on this most essential topic for five days, from 23rd to the 27th of July. There will be live simultaneous translations into French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Spanish.
Like last year, due to the Corona virus outbreak, this year’s Bodhicharya Summer Camp will still be happening via Zoom. Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach online for five days. There will be a session a day, with time for questions and answers too.
Like every year, the online Summer Camp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend previous years’ sessions.
Click the link below to find out more and register:
A Buddhist perspective on the ‘Gospel of Mary Magdalene’.
Thursday 22nd July at 3:30pm BST (UK)
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche offers his reflections on this long lost little known Christian text, along with a Q&A session after. This session will explore the common themes that link this more mystical, feminine version of Christianity and Buddhist teachings. Themes like interdependence, craving and attachment.
This event is a fundraiser in aid of Rigul Trust.
A generous donor has kindly offered to fund match every donation made to Rigul Trust, up to £5,000, in gratitude for this talk.
Let’s Cheer for Rigul!!
100% of all donations received will go to help Ringu Tulku’s people in Rigul, Tibet for the school, health clinic and poverty relief.
I and all the followers of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Europe celebrate his 36th Birthday on the 26th of June. May he live long and turn the wheel of dharma to help countless beings. May all the obstacles to his health and activities be completely cleared so that he will be able to bring great benefit to the whole world. May all our prayers and good wishes, that we earnestly offer, be effortlessly accomplished.
Sikkim, 25 June 2021
Bodhicharya Publications would like to wish everyone very best wishes for the Iron Ox Year we have entered. We hope you have been enjoying the wealth of online teachings and recordings offered by the Archive.
In addition, we are happy to confirm our online shop is once again fully open for purchasing Rinpoche’s books. We have the full Heart Wisdom series and Lazy Lama series available, as well as a compilation book of stories.
With topics that range from ‘Dealing with Emotions‘ to Emptiness and Interdependence (in ‘Like Dreams and Clouds’) and ‘Meeting Challenges,’ hopefully there is something to inspire everyone.
There is also a book of short teachings designed to be read one a day (‘Journey from Head to Heart‘) and books on Kindness, Compassion and Bodhicitta (‘Radiance of the Heart,’ and the little Lazy Lama book looking at ‘Loving-Kindness’).
Hope these teachings can help you through these challenging times.
This humble offering of wishing prayers is made on the New Year of Iron Ox Year.
May you have a constant smile on your face and live long and healthy.
May there always be laughter in your speech and bring solace to countless lives.
May your heart be ever filled with loving kindness, joy and peace.
May all your wishes come true in this year without making any efforts.
Gangtok, 12th Feb 2021
We just want to let you know that the Buddhist Society London is starting a free 10 lesson online course on Thursday 18th February.
Each lesson will explore a chapter of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will analyse the Bodhicharyavatara, often translated as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, an 8th-century masterpiece from Indian scholar and yogi Shantideva. In each of the ten lessons, H.E. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will focus on one of the ten chapters of the Bodhicharyavatara.
The Bodhicharyavatara is regarded as one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts and is studied extensively by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners everywhere. Rinpoche delivers his understanding of the text in a way that makes it fully accessible to anyone who is looking for support and help in these times.
Times in GMT
- Lesson 1. The Excellence of Bodhicitta – Thursday 18th February at 12pm
- Lesson 2. Confession – Thursday 25th February at 12pm
- Lesson 3. Taking Hold of Bodhicitta – Thursday 11th March at 12pm
- Lesson 4. Carefulness – Thursday 25th March at 12pm
- Lesson 5. Vigilance – Thursday 22nd April at 12pm
- Lesson 6. Patience – Thursday 6th May at 12pm
- Lesson 7. Diligence – Thursday 20th May at 12pm
- Lesson 8. Meditation – Thursday 3rd June at 12pm
- Lesson 9. Wisdom – Thursday 17th June at 12pm
- Lesson 10. Dedication – Thursday 1st July at 12pm
These classes are free and open to non-Buddhist Society members, but students are encouraged to join The Buddhist Society as members to support our wonderful free classes and courses and donations are very welcome.
Each class will also be recorded and made available to members of the Ringu Tulku Archive at a later date. But by registering with The Buddhist Society you will gain access to any extra online materials such as bibliographies, notes, slides, links and a question and answers forum.
To find out more, visit:
My mother passed away a week ago.
I miss her deeply but not sad.
68 years I basked at her loving presence.
This is the time to celebrate that fortune.
She only thought of what to give.
Never lost her genuine smile and good heart.
Even in our worst days
She never let any visitors to leave
Without a cup of hot tea.
I wish to thank all who sent me love
And kind messages
I wish you all a wonderful New Year
With health, wealth and harmony
And lots of kindness.
(Image: Dawn from the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre, Sikkim)
Traduction française (pdf) Message pour la nouvelle année 2021
My mother passed away peacefully this morning, Thursday 24th December.
Somebody was always with her day and night, but we could not find when exactly she passed away. Last night I was with her until 11pm. I gave her all the relics and precious pills that I had. She awoke around 1.30 am and had a little hot water and recited Karmapa Chenno for some time. Then she went back to sleep around 3.30 am.
I went in her room at 6am and it looked as if she was peacefully asleep. When she did not move at all for about an hour we checked and she seemed not to be breathing. Then we called Nichung, my niece who is a doctor, and she found that she had died. She probably passed away between 4am and 6am in the morning.
We have informed all the great masters of all schools and they have done phowa and are doing prayers for 49 days in Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet.
We now have eight Lamas doing Akshobya sadhana. The cremation on Sunday will be done by three groups of Lamas, Lamas from Rumtek monastery will do Akshobya ritual. A group from Sakya monastery and group from Nyingma monastery of Dodrup Rinpoche will do different rituals.
Please pray for her smooth journey and good rebirth.
Prayer of Samantabhadra (Kunzang Mönlam)
14th – 21st December 2020
Daily at 2:30pm (GMT/UTC)
Rinpoche has very kindly accepted our request to give a teaching on the ‘Prayer of Samantabhadra (Kunzang Mönlam)’.
This direct and important text is not only an aspiration prayer, but also a very profound teaching and an introduction to the Dzogchen approach. The popular and well-known prayer is especially recommended to be recited during special times like earthquakes, eclipses and solstices, utilising such times as an opportunity for liberation.
The eight day Winter Teaching will start on Monday 14th December on a solar eclipse, and end on Winter solstice on Monday 21st, when we will recite the prayer together.
During this week of teachings Rinpoche will go through the text and also provide us some background and perspective. There will be one session each day at 2.30 pm UTC (GMT). The sessions will be on Zoom and the recordings will become available for registered participants.
The root text is available in different translations in English and other languages, for instance, here at Lotsawa House.
The Winter Teaching is open for all and given freely.
Without Bodhichitta even the highest teachings will not benefit us and can even harm us. Rinpoche often recommends that we study the Bodhicharyavatara. This famous Mahayana text by Shantideva on the Bodhisattva’s way of life and the Six Paramitas is taught by Rinpoche as an ongoing course here in the Ringu Tulku Teachings Archive.
Study and Practice of the Bodhicharyavatara will lay a good foundation for those who wish to participate in the Winter Teaching.
What is Buddhism? A religion, a philosophy, a tool to train our mind, a spiritual path to understanding ourselves, or a lifestyle that is defined by wholesome and unwholesome actions?
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche explains the basics of the Buddhist view and practice through his clear and insightful answers to 61 simple questions for all beginners on the path.
This series is now launched on YouTube with Rinpoche’s answer to the first question: “What is Buddhism?” A new video will be published every day, so don’t forget to check out our YouTube playlist regularly!
‘Answers for Beginners’ was recorded by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sikkim during October and November 2020 and produced by Ela Crain.