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Happy Year of the Iron Ox!

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.

ལྕགས་གླང་གནམ་ལོ་གསར་ཚེས་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་པའི་སྨོན་འདུན་གྱི་མཆོད་སྤྲིན་འདི་གུས་སེམས་དྭངས་མས་འབུལ།།

སྐུ་ཚེ་རིང་ནད་མེད་འཛུམ་མདངས་འབྲལ་མེད་ཤོག།
གསུང་ཀུན་ཕན་སྙན་འཇེབ་དགོད་སྒྲ་འབྲལ་མེད་ཤོག།
ཐུགས་ཟབ་ཡངས་བྱམས་བརྩེ་ཞི་བདེ་འབྲལ་མེད་ཤོག།
ལོ་གསར་པར་ཅི་བསམ་གང་འདོད་ལྷུན་འགྲུབ་ཤོག།
རི་མགུལ་སྤྲུལ་མིང་པས།

Ringu Tulku
Gangtok, 12th Feb 2021

Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Dear Friends,

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.

Course Outline

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:

www.thebuddhistsociety.org


 

New Year Message 2021

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.

Ringu Tulku
31.12.2020
Gangtok

(Image: Dawn from the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre, Sikkim)

 

Traduction française (pdf) Message pour la nouvelle année 2021

Bodhicharya Winter Teaching 2020 – LIVE Teaching

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.


Please visit the Archive to Register and find out more.


‘Introduction to Buddhism’ – A Live Teaching – Part 2

 

The Office of Tibet, London is pleased to announce H.E Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s talk to Tibetan Youth on topic Introduction to Buddhism Series 2: Four Noble Truths on Saturday, 21st November 2020 from 11am-12.00 pm. as a part of the celebration of gratitude year to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

As before, Rinpoche will speak for 20-30 minutes followed by a Q and A session.

The main objective of organising this Introduction to Buddhism monthly talk series is to present our youth an opportunity to listen and interact with distinguished Tibetan Buddhist masters and scholars about Tibetan Buddhism and Culture.

This virtual event will be broadcast live on Office of Tibet, London face book page and Tibet House Trust London website page.

Don’t forget to join us live on 21st November, 2020!

London Time 11am -12PM and Indian time 4.30PM to 5.30PM

‘Introduction to Buddhist Meditation’ – A Live Teaching

The Embodiment Conference

Thursday, October 15th 2020 – 11.00 CET (Central European time)

Rinpoche will speak at this year’s ‘Embodiment Conference’ on the topic of Buddhist Meditation. The conference runs from 14th – 25th October 2020 and Rinpoche’s talk is scheduled for 11.00 CET (Central European time) on Thursday 15th October.

To join this live session, visit theembodimentconference.org to register for the event (free).

Once you are logged in, you can see Rinpoche’s talk here:

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

This event will be followed up with a Panel Discussion entitled Monks and Scientist Discuss Meditation on 25th October at 13.00 CET (Central European time).

‘Introduction to Buddhism’ – A Live Teaching – Part 1

The Office of Tibet, London is delighted to host Tibetan youth interaction session with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on the topic ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ on Saturday, 29th August 2020 from BST 11am-12.30pm to celebrate the year 2020 gratitude year for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The total duration of the session is 90 minutes. The first 30-40 minutes, Rinpoche will introduce Introduce དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ། Three Refuges bases on our popular ཇ་མཆོད། Offering Prayer  སྟོན་པ་བླ་མེད་སངས་རྒྱས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།། then open it for discussion and questions from the youth.

Around 25-30 children from age group 9-18 years old are joining in this live interaction with Rinpoche.  But all others can join from the Office of Tibet and Tibet house trust facebook live broadcast. The webinar will be taking place on BlueJeans platform on 29th August, British summer Time 11Am to 12.30PM.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/otlondon.net

LIVE Teaching – The practice of Shine (Shamatha) and Lhaktong (Vipassana)

30th August 2020 – 14:30 pm GMT/UTC

Rinpoche has kindly accepted Bodhicharya Berlin’s request to give a teaching on the two basic meditation practices, Shine (Shamatha) and Lhaktong (Vipassana).

Shine meditation is focused on quieting the mind, to train in calm abiding, open awareness and not following your thoughts and impulses. Lhaktong meditation is aimed at insight, seeing things clearly as they are.

We are very much looking forward to Rinpoche’s explanations and advice to help with our daily practice.

To find out more, and to register, visit:

The Ringu Tulku Archive

Reflections on Bodhicharya Summer Camp 2020

Online Summercamp 2020 Group photo

A video of making the Online Summer Camp group photo can be viewed in the Teachings Archive.

Reflections on Bodhicharya Summer Camp 2020
Tessa King

2020’s virtual Summer Camp finished yesterday and I am feeling rather sad!  It was a wonderfully rich five days. The Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa is a central text in the Gelug tradition and is described ‘as a summation of all the paths of practice which lead to enlightenment’. The text is short and packed with meaning and Rinpoche in his gentle style laid out all its riches before us.   When Rinpoche says his signature phrase:  ‘now it’s like this’ – you know you are going to be given the heart of the teachings in an accessible and meaningful way.  Rinpoche’s gift to us all is that he makes you feel it is possible, we can progress on the path and that is the sign of a teacher who has fully realised the teachings himself. Continue reading