One evening at Bodhicharya summer camp, Andy Lowe so very kindly invited all of us to watch the film ‘Akong Rinpoche – A Remarkable Life‘.
Akong Rinpoche has left a remarkable legacy of kindness, dedication, helped thousands and thousands of Tibetans and westerners, often under very challenging situations. A doctor, a spiritual friend, a labourer, an innovator of so very many Samye activities and centres in so many countries.
The escape from Tibet was gruelling, without food many times, having to eat the leather they carried.
His journey out of Tibet would have been similar to that of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s escape from Tibet, over the Himalayas for nearly two years constantly under threat of gunfire from the Chinese. They had to leave everything behind, possessions, home, friends, families, animals and country.
The incredible life of Akong Rinpoche has brought and still is bringing great inspiration to his students, friends and those who are hearing about his bodhisattva and altruistic life through this heart touching story.
Members of Bodhicharya Kent are going to do the Three Peak Challenge (climbing the biggest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon) over a period of 72 hours. Funds raised will be split between the Charity Rigul Trust and the Community Group, Bodhicharya Kent.
3D-view by Joe Burke, U.K
“The Stupa is a monument representing peace, harmony, and love. It symbolises the essence of the five elements and the qualities of the awakened mind with its unlimited compassion and most profound wisdom. It contains numerous texts of buddhist teachings and prayers, and it is built to help maintain world peace. The stupa on the grounds of the Bodhicharya Centre for Peace and Understanding in Berlin promotes outer balance, inner peace, and all encompassing love.”
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Evidently Berlin, a world city of cultures and the capital of Germany, is slowly changing into a spiritual place. Many religious traditions are represented here, as well as all Buddhist traditions from Asia. Berlin is a city where many memorials and monuments call to mind the victims of World War I and II and the genocide of the Jewish population in Europe. A traditional Tibetan-Buddhist Stupa will strongly influence the development of Peace and Harmony between people, as well as in the environment. Continue reading
Since the summer there have been some changes in Rigul Trust. Jude Tarrant resigned as a trustee after serving for over seven years, and Margaret Richardson has officially become the Founder of the Trust. Frank Goh, who was also a founding Trustee, and Brigid Shaughnessy agreed to fill the posts of two trustees for the time being.
Now we are happy to welcome Colin Moore and Sarah Delfont as new Trustees in place of Frank and Brigid. I would like to thank Jude, Frank and Brigid for their great contribution towards Rigul Trust and helping so many people through the Trust.
Margaret will continue to work as the Founder, guiding, assisting and helping the trustees. I thank her for her dedication and all out support for Rigul and many other projects. I have no words to thank David Curtis who continues to serve the Trust as a Trustee and has tirelessly worked for it day and night since the beginning. He was also a founding Trustee.
I am very grateful to all of them and all the people who helped, contributed and continue to contribute to Rigul Trust to help educate and give healthcare to the people in one of the most remote corners of Tibet.
I would like to take this opportunity to give my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
The second Bodhicharya Winter Retreat will take place at Bodhicharya Berlin from December 3rd 6pm to December 6th 5pm.
This retreat is once again organised as a fundraiser for the building of Bodhicharya Berlin.
Ringu Tulku will teach from the text ‘108 Instructions of Jonang’, a collection of pith instructions from all the lineages that came from India to Tibet. This collection was compiled by Kunga Drolchok (1507-1566) and Jetsun Taranatha (1575-1634).
For more information and to register, visit the Winter Retreat page.
After many years in formation and development, we are happy to announce that Bodhicharya Publications has this year registered as a Community Interest Company, in the UK. A CIC means we have the aim to benefit the community, and this is not just a Buddhist community, but anyone generally – helping people deal with life better. We publish a number of Rinpoche’s books, including the Lazy Lama series and the Heart Wisdom series and all our books are available via the Book Shop here.
We have three Directors: Mary Heneghan, Paul O’Connor and Rachel Moffitt. If you contact us or order a book direct, you’ll come through to Rachel, who is in charge of all the admin and distribution. Mary oversees the editing and writing and Paul provides all the layout and graphic design of the books.
Many students have been involved along the way: Margaret Ford founded BPs in its infancy and started the Heart Wisdom series, Cait Collins started the Lazy Lama series, Maria Hündorf-Kaiser set up the archive of Rinpoche’s teachings and many students have contributed transcribing, editing and proof reading work. (We’re so pleased Margaret is back working with us again now, too.) All our work is offered voluntarily so that all profits go back into producing further books and donating to charitable projects. Previous donations have included to the Berlin Shrine Room appeal and for the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year.
Finally… we’d particularly like to hear of any non-English language books that have been produced of Rinpoche’s books, so we can create an up to date list for the website.
You can contact us via the Book Shop or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Visit & Teaching at Bodhicharya Berlin
Berlin, Germany – 6th September, 2015.
More than 350 people comprising representatives of Bodhicharya centres across Europe, members and supporters of the Berlin centre, and invited guests crowded into the main shrine room to greet the 17th Karmapa on this his final teaching engagement during his second visit to Europe. A distant sound of Tibetan gyalin announced his arrival at the centre. His Holiness was greeted at the gates to the centre by its founder Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, who escorted him along the brick path through the buildings, preceded by a boy and a girl scattering flower petals. After planting a tree in the garden, His Holiness made his way to the shrine room.
HH Karmapa will once again visit Bodhicharya Berlin this coming Sunday (6th September 2015). His Holiness will give a brief teaching for this special occasion entitled “Heart Advice”.
Although the event itself is not open to the public (as space is limited) it will be webcast live on the Kagyu Office webcast page here: http://kagyuoffice.org/webcast/
The event begins at 10:00am (CET)
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Rigul Trust have been asked to help a village in very remote Nepal, near the Tibetan border which is now only accessible by helicopter. There are 200 nuns and staff in urgent need of shelter, food and medicines. The monastery and nunnery there have been completely destroyed by the earthquake.
The monsoon rains will be arriving within the next few weeks and there is urgent need to get provisions, tents, sheds, food and medicines to them.
Rigul Trust has a Disaster/Emergency Fund at www.rigultrust.org with a Donate page. Any help you can give then them would be of such great benefit..
Some nuns were buried under the rubble, some were injured and one died. The cost of hiring a helicopter is very expensive and only takes 4 to 5 people to help rebuild their community in this emergency situation.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.
With best wishes and great gratitude on behalf of Ringu Tulku and the trustees at Rigul Trust,
www.rigultrust.org – email@example.com – Tel:+44 (0)23 8046 2926
Patron: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
UK registered charity no.1124076