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.
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 →
On the auspicious occasion of the 35th birthday of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, I would like to offer homage and express our heartfelt greetings to His Holiness on behalf of myself and all the Bodhicharya sangha.
We pray that he may live a long and healthy life. May all his vast and beneficial activities and aspirations for the world, humanity, environment, dharma and Tibet be effortlessly and swiftly accomplished.
May we be able to see him soon in person and guide us and lead us to a better world and better life.
We just wanted to make you aware that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is now taking part in live webinars every other Sunday as part of the Bodhicharyavatara Course in the Ringu Tulku Archive. During these question and answer sessions students can ask Rinpoche questions live on Zoom.
Rinpoche has also very kindly agreed to teach on the practice of Medicine Buddha. He will teach from Karma Chagmey’s ‘Sādhana of Bhaiṣajya Guru‘ text for approximately 45 minutes each day from Monday, 11th May – Wednesday, 13th May 2020. The last session on Wednesday will also include a reading transmission of the text and an empowerment for the practice.
There are also plans to follow on from this with a teaching on Tara practice with a reading transmission of the text and empowerment.
These live teachings, like most of the teachings in the Archive, require membership to view them. Joining the Archive not only gives you access to these live teachings, but the entire Archive. Taking out a Membership is also a direct way to support the running costs of the archive and all its services.
Rinpoche is now continuing the course on the Bodhicharyavatara, andthe first new sessionwas posted today.
Bodhicharyavatara is regarded as one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts and is studied extensively by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners everywhere. Rinpoche will deliver his understanding of the text in a way that will make it fully accessible to anyone who is looking for support and help in these times whether or not they are buddhist. According to the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the buddha dharma should not be taught as a religion, but more as a general teaching applicable to all traditions; it must be useful and help us deal with life’s problems. He feels that in this way it will be beneficial to everyone.
Each session will be around 15 minutes long, and there will be a new teaching each week. We are currently in Chapter 6, but before going into the chapter, Rinpoche begins by giving a synopsis of the Bodhicharyavatara, the name and subject of this book.
Everybody can follow Rinpoche’s new teachings as they are posted every week on the Archive Bodhicharyavatara page. There you will also find all the previous sessions. You don’t have to be an Archive member to view them. However, you may consider becoming one to have access to all the additional materials for the course, like transcripts, and all the other recorded teachings in the Ringu Tulku Archive.
Questions to Rinpoche can be submitted through the teaching page, and he will answer them in a later video. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
You can visit the Bodhicharyavatara course here on the Ringu Tulku Archive:
Rinpoche has recorded a brief message for everyone which you can watch above. More details will follow regarding the continuation of the Bodhicharyavatara teachings online.
Rinpoche started giving teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara in 2010. All sessions from Chapter 1 to Stanza 86 of Chapter 6 can be accessed in the Courses section of the Teachings Archive. And now new sessions will be added there very soon.
We have sadly taken the decision to close the online bookshop until the situation with Corvid-19 improves. There are increasing restrictions in the UK and the advice is to try and minimise all social contact. Sending books involves social contact as they are sent through the post.
We will close the shop after Sunday 22nd March, so if you want to buy some books to get you through the next few difficult months please place your order now and they will be sent next week.
We are still able to supply bulk orders to centres as a courier is used for these – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Hopefully we will back in action soon.
Bodhicharya Publication Team
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