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Registration for Summercamp Is Open

Rinpoche in group photo with summer camp participants

After the previous years’ success, in 2015, the Bodhicharya Summer Camp will again be held in Portugal. This year it will be in August, from the 3rd to 9th.

Rinpoche’s suggestion for this year is that we perform together a complete Ngön Dro practice. The Ngön Dro, or Preliminary Practice, is a set of 5 recitations of one hundred thousand, preceeded by the general reflection upon four themes.

The summercamp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend last years’ sessions. Every day there will be teaching sessions with Rinpoche.

Read more and register at Bodhicharya Portugal Summercamp page

Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka in January 2015

imgresThere are still a few places left  on the Pilgrimage with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sri Lanka in January the 15th to 21st.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has been invited to lead a pilgrimage in one of the world’s most famed Buddhist countries, in the new year 2015.  The organizers and hosts are Kumanga Andrahennadi and her family, for whom the Island is home.

The Pilgrimage will include visits to ancient sites that are central to Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhism, and were established by the son and daughter of Ashoka, including Anuradhapura  and Avukana. In the final evening of the Pilgrimage Rinpoche will inaugurate Bodhicharya Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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Sri Lanka is where the Pali Canon [Tipitaka] was committed to writing in 29BCE.


Costs will be $944/£600/€757 to include transport within Sri Lanka/excluding travel to Sri Lanka.

For more information and to download the full itinerary + registration form please see her:

Sri Lanka Pilgrimage with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche – 15th-21st January 2015 (pdf)

If you would like to join in to this rare and inspiring event, please contact Kumanga and Cesare direct (please add both of them as recipients of your email):

Kumanga Andrahennadi:
Cesare Saguato:

Webcast from Argentina

10625115_801602336527403_7887377455022324300_nDear Friends,

On Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28 2014, there will be webcasts streamed from Rinpoche’s teachings at Kagyu Tekchen Chöling in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The webcasts can be viewed at There will be translation to Spanish, and the English will also be webcast. Viewing the webcast at is quite simple. If you have any issues with the transmission, try refreshing your browser. 

The timetable is as follows:

Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th of September:

Session 1
6:00 – 8:00 Los Angeles
10:00 – 12:00 Buenos Aires
15:00 – 17:00 Central European Time (UTC/GMT +2)

Session 2
11:00 – 13:00 Los Angeles
15:00 – 17:00 Buenos Aires
20:00 – 22:00 Central European Time (UTC/GMT +2)

Here is the link to a Facebook event, with some more info in Spanish, created by Comunidad Dharmadatta:

With courtesy of Kagyu Tekchen Chöling and Comunidad Dharmadatta. Special thanks to Ani Damchö.


A Short Reflection on Bodhicharya Summercamp 2014

Bodhicharya summercamp at Casa da Torre

Portugal is a great place to take a summer holiday – especially at Casa da Torre, a Jesuit Centre for Spirituality and Culture, near Braga in the Costa Verde, which is the venue that has hosted the Bodhicharya Summercamp for the last three years. It’s an ancient, cool, cloistered monastery with a tiny, exquisite, four hundred year old chapel, and seemingly endless corridors set in an enormous organic farm estate where the main crops seem to be the grapes that produce a light white wine that was served with dinner, and enormous peaches and nectarines that promised heaven at each mealtime. On the last evening a local choir filled the church with their singing, causing faint echoes of the gods to resonate around the buildings.

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Introduction to the Bodhicharyavatara and the Study Group

In this new video, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche introduces the forthcoming Online Study Group and the object of the study, Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara—a core textbook in a traditional Shedra and one of the most important texts to study on the Buddhist path.

As Rinpoche says, according to the great Tibetan Master Patrul Rinpoche,
“If you really understand this book, then you understand more or less everything about Buddhism. This book contains not only the understanding, but also the heart, the practice, the meditation, the action – therefore you don’t need anything else to study but this book, Bodhicharyavatara.”

The Online Study Group will start on the Bodhicharya website around the beginning of October. Please read more about the study schedule, text resources and requested commitments on the Online Shedra area.

Everybody is warmly invited to partake in this wonderful opportunity and follow Rinpoche’s teachings on the Bodhicharya website. Please pass on the invitation to all your dharma friends.

As Rinpoche says in the video, this year he was not able to visit all the centers he usually visits, so he hopes that this online Shedra will be a way to connect and study together.

We wish to thank Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Tom Zachmeier, who kindly recorded this video recently at Bodhicharya Berlin in the midst of a busy schedule.