The Bodhicharya Publications team are very happy to announce the publication at this time of a new Heart Wisdom volume of Rinpoche’s teachings. ‘Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs’ contains Rinpoche’s commentary on a text by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche all about bringing happiness and unhappiness onto our paths. Thus it provides a succinct teaching on the very essence of Dharma practice in our own lives and how to go about it.
When times are hard and we have challenges, how can we meet them in a good way; in a way that will not create further unnecessary suffering for ourselves or others? Since we all have our own challenges in life, this really is an extraordinarily useful teaching. But, similarly, how can we take the joyful times in our lives so they do not become a cause for problems (when they pass, as all things must, for example)? Learning these techniques will offer us a path towards true equanimity and peace.
Books will be despatched early in the New Year.
Apart from the Lazy Lama series (7 books now) and a book of Rinpoche’s stories (Parables from the Heart), we now publish 9 Heart Wisdom books. They cover topics such as Emptiness (Like Dreams and Clouds), Dealing with Emotions, Vajrasattva practice and purification (Being Pure) and Kindness and Compassion (Radiance of the Heart).
These can all be ordered from the Bodhicharya online Book Shop. Orders of 10 or more books qualify for a 35% discount.
With our very best wishes that these books may inspire and uplift you through difficult times, and good ones too.
To bring you some warmth this wintertime, Bodhicharya Publications is very happy to announce the publication of a new Heart Wisdom book.
Radiance of the Heart presents Ringu Tulku’s teachings on Kindness, Compassion and Bodhicitta. Following on from the publication last year of the Lazy Lama booklet Lazy Lama looks at Loving-Kindness, this text develops this core topic further. Drawing on five teaching sources, the text first encourages us with a practical look at how to bring kindness and compassion into our daily lives. Ringu Tulku discusses themes of meditation and the practice of tonglen; and answers a wide range of questions.
The text then looks towards kindness and compassion from a more ultimate perspective: Ultimate Bodhicitta, the heart essence of enlightenment. Embodying such understanding brings an ever purer expression of kindness and compassion, imbued with deepening wisdom. Thus, the text aims to present a wide-ranging, but pithy, contemplation of this subject, central to the hearts and lives of us all.
Copies will be available in February and you can pre-order your copy from Bodhicharya Publications here in the Book Shop.
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.
Marion died suddenly on 29th April. She was a valued member of the Bodhicharya publications team. We wish to share two beautiful poems that Marion wrote whilst on retreat at Bodhicharya Meditation centre in 2010 and also Ringu Tulku’s message:
“I am sad to hear the news of the sudden demise of Marion Knight. She had so much to do but still wanted to help. This is another reminder to us all that life is uncertain and we need to appreciate our life and live each day as well as we can. I pray for her smooth transition and good rebirth. I also pray and wish well for all her family and friends with whom we remember her together.”
The Light of Empowerment
esoteric sky dancer
your subtle trajectory
the timeless space
of my mind’s eye
oh! rainbow warrior!
your shining orb
atoms of light
in a glorious display
and your after-image
hanging like incense
in the clear night sky
Dakini Sky Dancer
Inspired by a shooting star
Bodhicharya Retreat Centre
31 Oct 2010
Written by Marion during the Sikkim retreat 2010 to read to Ringu Tulku on the last day.
Of Heavenly Skyscapes
landsliding into vibrant verdant
waterfalls of heart-flooding synergy
tear-cleansing eye-running colours
of light dissolving into thunderous
ear-roaring rivers overflowing
onto shallow banks strewn
with monumental boulders
gravestones of abandonment
impermanence washed downstream
on a short history of ideas
flotsam ghosts are we
crossing bridging suspending
the rushing waters of thought
entering into the stillness
of the hidden cave
encountering the void
as the mind.