Kagyu Monlam Live Webcasts


Dear Friends,

The 29th Kagyu Monlam Chenmo is soon starting in Bodhgaya, India. Before the actual Monlam His Holiness the Karmapa will give a three days teaching on Vajradhara Lineage Prayer and there will be live webcasts starting from February 26. In Europe that’ll be early Sunday morning. You’ll find the local times on the webcast site.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will again translate for the Karmapa.

Registration for Summer Camp 2012 Is Now Open

Bodhicharya Summer Camp 2012 in Portugal

Start: 14 / 07 / 2012 at 18:00
End: 20 / 07 / 2012 at 14:00

Casa da Torre – Centro de Retiros
Soutelo – Vila Verde – Braga | PORTUGAL

The Bodhicharya Summer Camp 2012 with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be organised by Bodhicharya Portugal in Braga, near Porto, in next July. The venue is a Christian retreat house with beautiful surroundings and excellent facilities. Rinpoche will continue his teaching on “Mahamudra the Moonlight: The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation” by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-1587), which was started at the previous summer camp in France.  Everybody is warmly welcome, even if you didn’t attend last year or don’t have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path.

The registration for the summer camp is now open on the following pages, where you will find all the details and information:

Summer Camp 2012 – In English

Summer Camp 2012 – In French



Long Life for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ani Karma Tsultrim invites the Bodhicharya Community and connected Sangha members to join a practice for Rinpoche’s health and long life:

Rinpoche photo by Ani Karma TsultrimOur beloved Root-Guru and Teacher Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is now in his 60th year of this life. He offered all his strength and effort for the Dharma, for the benefit of sentient beings, for the wellbeing of his students, and for guiding his practitioners on the path to liberation.

It is most important and the deep heartfelt wish of all of us, that Rinpoche’s health will be stable and that he will be able to continue these tasks also in the future for a long, long time.

Therefore, when I was in Sikkim with Rinpoche just end of October and begin of November, I offered him to do practice for his health, his long life, and to prevent obstacles. I also promised to ask the Bodhicharya Community and the connected Sangha members to join this practice.

So it is my wish to start this practice for Rinpoche today on fullmoon in November, an auspicious day for meditation, purification, and offering.

I invite all of you to do this together by contributing a regular daily or, if your time is limited, at least weekly practice and offer the merit and benefit to Rinpoche’s life and good health. You can count the Mantras, if you like. But most important is a wholehearted and devotional mental attitude during the practice.

Written by Ani Karma Tsultrim, 10th November 2011, on Fullmoon

The recommended practices are Amitayus for long life and balancing the 5 elements, White Tara for long life and deathlessness, Medicine Buddha for health and strength, Vajrakilaya for removing obstacles and Green Tara for protecting Rinpoche’s travels.

To read more about the invitation and the practices, please join the practice community “Long Life for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche” on the Bodhicharya Communities website,

Teachings from the fourth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara now in the Online Shedra

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has now started teaching on the fourth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, Carefulness, for the Online Shedra. Everybody is invited to follow these excellent teachings which are published weekly on the Bodhicharya website. All the video teachings from the previous chapters have been archived, so you can start from the beginning and catch up. Audio translation into several languages is also provided.

Bodhicharyavatara is a much-cited Mahayana text written by Shantideva in the 8th century. It’s the foundation for many well-known practices and widely used as a text book in Buddhist studies throughout centuries. Rinpoche’s clear and illuminating explanation brings Shantideva’s powerful stanzas into the everyday experience of dharma students of today.

Please find the Bodhicharyavatara videos, all materials and information in the Teachings section.

Click here to go to the latest video teaching on Stanza 1 of Chapter 4.

Retreat with Ringu Tulku in seductive Sikkim, India 28 December – 11 January 2012

“The Shower of Blessings

Full Pilmgrimage Depart ZA Friday 23 December. Return ZA Sunday 15 January 2012.
At beautiful Bodhicharya retreat centre, Sikkim, near Rumtek
(Pilgrimage dates slightly flexible; retreats dates are fixed)
Retreat: 16 people only each in single meditation room with med box!

 “The Shower of Blessings” is the theme of this Vajrayana retreat.
This is a guru yoga developed from the seven-line wish prayer of Guru Rinpoche
authored by Mipham Rinpoche (one of Ringu Tulku’s own practices).

How wonderful to have Christmas in Delhi – with the possibility of an audience with
HH Karmapa during the Karmapa 900 closing ceremonies.
And the New Year 2012 blossoms with showers of blessings and aspirations in Sikkim ─
– a beyul for powerful spiritual practice predicted never to be invaded by the violence of the world.

Travel by jeep through spectacular Teesta river pass
to remote magical monasteries and sacred Guru Rinpoche caves
with backdrop majestic Kanchendzonga 3rd highest Himalayan peak –
symbolising the immensity, beauty, incomprehensibility, and sacredness of our planet.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Gangtok clinging to steep slopes with its floral paradise & art & crafts,
and shopping in pictureseque Darjeeling, amidst tea plantations.

Pilgrimage orchestrated by Erika van Greunen who has led groups to India for many years.
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Bodhicharya Summer camp: Teaching book

The title of the book that Rinpoche will use to teach during the Bodhicharya summer camp, 30 July until 5 August, is:

Mahamudra: The Moonlight — Quintessence of Mind and Meditation.

It can be bought at the following address:

All information about the summer camp is available at:

The 3rd Chapter of Bodhicharyavatara started in the Online Shedra

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has just sent a new video teaching on the first four stanzas of the Third Chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, which you will find here.

The Bodhicharya Online Shedra was started in October 2010 and, since then, Rinpoche has recorded new video teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara and answered the students’ questions on weekly basis.

Bodhicharyavatara, ‘Entering the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life‘, was written by Shantideva and is regarded as one of the most important textbooks in the Mahayana Buddhist studies. It is also loved and revered because of its beauty and eloquency, which touches everybody regardless of time and place. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive teachings directly from Rinpoche on this great text.

Everybody is welcome to join in and study with the Online Shedra. It’s free and no registration is needed. All the videos posted so far can be watched online, starting from Chapter 1. If you have any questions, please see the guidelines or send an email to

A Personal Message from Rinpoche

I would like to personally invite all my students all over the world to the Bodhicharya Summer Camp in France (July 30 to August 5). I encourage all to come and join us if possible. I will try to present the essentials of Dharma that I understand and also make a support system through deeper social network so that they can work together and keep up the study and practice.

Hope to see you soon,
Ringu Tulku

For information about the Summercamp please go to:

(You can also see this message on Rinpoche’s News page.)

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Dzogchen Beara 2011.

Here are some images taken from Rinpoche’s recent Easter weekend visit to Dzogchen Beara, Ireland. Just click on any of the images to see a slideshow of them all.

To see more images from our collection, visit our Bodhicharya Flickr Group. If you have images of Rinpoche on his travels that you would like to share, just visit and click on “Join this Group”. Then just follow the Flickr instructions and notes on the Bodhicharya Group page to upload your images.