A letter from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche about Rigul, his birthplace, and where he has his monastery:
“I am very pleased to report that the school, clinic and shedra are going very well in Rigul. I would like to thank you all for your very generous contributions.
To secure the well being for the people of Rigul in the longer term, a plan has been created with the help of a professionally managed investment fund. This investment fund has enabled us to better utilise the accumulated reserves whilst still maintaining our current day to day funding of Rigul. The aim of this fund is to grow it sufficiently over the next ten years so that it will provide a legacy which will support the people of Rigul into the future. We would also like to remind you that 100% of all donations received from you go towards benefiting the people of Rigul since the Trust is operated on a volunteer basis.
Our task has not yet been completed. With your help, the people of Rigul will be able to continue to have health care services and free education and food for children as well indefinitely into the future.
I send you my heart felt gratitude for all the help and support that you are giving to the people of the village of my monastery”
We are happy to announce that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach at Summer Camp 2022, live in Casa da Torre, Portugal. Sessions will also be broadcasted, making it possible to attend either at the venue or via Zoom. The topic is yet to be decided.
For more information, and to register your interest in attending either live or online, please visit:
May you live long and in good health.
May your wishes for yourself and others be effortlessly realised.
Love, kindness, harmony and happiness may prevail.
And the whole world be filled with auspiciousness.
This prayer is sent by Ringu Tulku,
on the Water Tiger Tibetan New Year.
By the blessings of Enlightened and Compassionate ones,
By the power of my positive actions of three times,
And my prayers of pure aspiration,
May wars, conflicts, epidemics
And all other maladies dissolve in this world,
And may the earth and all who live on this earth enjoy the abundance of wellbeing,
May all learn to live lovingly with each other.
Durch den Segen von Erleuchteten und Mitfühlenden,
Durch die Kraft meiner positiven Handlungen aus drei Zeiten,
und meine reinen Wunschgebete,
Mögen Kriege, Konflikte, Epidemien
Und alle anderen Leiden in dieser Welt sich auflösen,
Und möge die Erde und alle die auf dieser Erde leben
die Fülle des Wohlergehens genießen,
Mögen alle lernen, liebevoll miteinander zu leben.
Ringu Tulku Bodhicharya e.V. Berlin, 24 February 2022
His Holiness the 4th Dodruchen Rinpoche (1927-2022) entered into parinirvana yesterday at around 4pm in his retreat at Lukshama near Gangtok in Sikkim. He was one of the main lineage holders of the Nyingma School of Buddhism and especially the Longchen Nyingthik set of teachings. He is regarded as one of the most respectable teachers of Tibetan Buddhism.
He was personally one of my main teachers and was our refuge and protection. His presence in Sikkim was one of the main reasons for us to settle there. I remember all the kind and wise ways that he helped us in various ways.
Once when an insect entered into my ear he woke up in the middle of the night and found a way to get it out. He was the same way to all the people who came to get his help. Buddhists and non Buddhists all went to get his blessings in Sikkim. We would go to him when a child couldn’t sleep at night and for any major and minor needs. The community now feel like they have lost their protector.
We pray for a swift return of his reincarnation who would be similarly kind and wise.
So very many of us have so willingly and graciously helped Ringu Tulku’s people in Tibet over the years.
The people in Rigul send their heartfelt greetings, appreciation and gratitude for all the help and the kindness that so many of us have provided with support and funds for health, education and poverty relief in Rigul.
Over the years we have helped fund the first purpose built school, the first purpose built health clinic. And! Funded two free school meals a day, free textbooks, free boarding, salaries for teachers and cooks. With the clinic we have funded the salaries of the doctor, the nurse and the running costs of the clinic along with funding an ambulance. We’ve helped fund the first ever piped water to several taps located in the school and the clinic etc. And- the first ever toilets with water supply too.
Sometime ago, I was told by a lama from Rigul that the whole atmosphere of the people in Rigul had changed with them developing more confidence, more interest in the children’s education and now receiving health care.
There are so many ways that we can help and will share with everyone some of the numerous fund raising activities that have taken place in the next Rigul news posting.
Wishing us all good health and a joyful mind for the new year,
The Bodhicharya Publications team are very happy to announce the publication of a new book in Rinpoche’s ‘Lazy Lama series’ about ‘The Six Paramitas‘.
At 268 pages, this is by far the largest Lazy Lama book to date, lovingly transcribed and edited by Karma Trinley Paldron with illustrations by Karma Orgyen Namdreul. The text was compiled from teachings given in 2015 at Gaunts House, Dorset UK, and in 2016 at Karma Dzong, Paris.
The Six Paramitas, or “transcendent perfections,” contain all the skills needed for taming the mind and opening the heart. Rinpoche reveals the Six Paramitas as bodhicitta in action, rather than an unattainable state of perfection. Through his wisdom and great compassion, warm humour and unfailing patience, Rinpoche shows us how these profound teachings are essential to our lives, especially in these times of stress and great uncertainty.
“I think everything that we need to improve our world, our society and our humanity is in the Six Paramitas. These practices can make our lives good temporarily, as well as bringing lasting peace and happiness.
This is an approach based on compassion, on wishing to help not only myself, but all of us together. The attitude is not “I and you,” but “me and we.” Someone who has the courage or heart for this approach is called a Bodhisattva; and this awakening is not only of yourself, but of everybody.”
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:
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