Rigul Trust

Rigul Children Telling Stories

Dear Friends Worldwide,

On November 18th, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche posted the following news from Rigul on the Bodhicharya International Facebook page:

“A new special program that started in Rigul is now being appreciated by many other places in Tibet. In “Rigul Children Telling Stories,” the children tell all the stories, legends and jokes that they learnt from their parents and grand parents. This program was organised by Rigul School. It is a good way to preserve the old folk culture of the land, a culture which is slowly being forgotten.”
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

Rigul Trust is celebrating ten years of raising funds for education, welfare projects and poverty relief among the Tibetan communities of Rigul and other Himalayan regions.

Over the last decade we have funded the children’s education at Rigul School, including text books, boarding costs, teachers and cooks salaries as well as two free hot school meals daily.

In addition, the Rigul Trust also covers running costs for the health clinic, including the salaries of Dr Chuga and Ani Choden the nurse.

On top of that we funded a dining room so the the children do not have to eat outside, built the first ever toilets in Rigul and financed an underground water pipe, which carries water from the stream to five taps within the village.

The Trust has also donated towards disaster relief in Yushu, Ladakh, Sikkim and Nepal.

A very big thank you. Your generosity has helped thousands of people over the ten years.

If you would like to donate to the school in Rigul, please visit www.rigultrust.org and click on DONATE. If you donate with the Celebration option a kind sponsor is offering 25% extra on your donation up to £40,000 GBP

Be happy, be joyful, go well,
Margaret Richardson
Founder of Rigul Trust

www.rigultrust.org

Three Peak Challenge in aid of Rigul Trust and Bodhicharya Kent

Members of Bodhicharya Kent are going to do the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, climbing 3 mountains in 12 hours. They are hoping to raise £2,000 to be divided equally between Rigul Trust and the Community Group Bodhicharya Kent.

This year is Rigul Trust’s 10 Year anniversary, so to celebrate a kind benefactor will donate an extra 25% of all donations given, so please give generously!

You can make a donation here

Thank you!

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Rigul Trust celebrates 10th anniversary

Rigul Trust was founded ten years ago in 2008 and to celebrate the Trust is aiming to raise one years funding for Rigul school and health clinic amounting to £40,000.

For every donation given from now, a kind sponsor is also offering an additional 20% for each donation until that target is reached as gratitude to Ringu Tulku for his great kindness, wisdom and compassion. If you would like to donate please click the donate button below or on the Rigul Trust donation page.





Thanking you for your great kindness.

There is a small chance that more money than is needed may be raised for any project. If this happens and with your agreement, which we will assume has been given unless we hear otherwise, your gift will be used wherever the need is greatest.

Rigul Monastery has a new car

Dear Friends,

At last we bring good news! Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has just sent us a photo of the brand new car/ambulance that Dr Chuga and his team bought on Saturday 12 August.

They are so pleased with the car. It will help a lot of people getting to hospital which is one or two days journey.

The car can help Dr Chuga visit patients near and far, sometimes several hours drive. The car/ambulance is robust and built for rough terrain in the mountains.

The car can take five passengers.

The open back of the car will be used for collecting medicinal herbs from he mountains, hillsides and valleys in Tibet as well as transporting goods and materials.

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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s 3Disc DVD – Living and Dying in Peace and with Dignity.


Dear Friends,

In ‘Living and Dying in Peace and with Dignity’, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche addresses how best we can prepare ourselves for death and how to support a person and their family through the process of dying as well as afterwards. These three discs have chapter headings.

  • Disc 1 includes: Motivation, Meditation, Stable Mind and the Four Bardos.
  • Disc 2 includes: Practice, Phowa, Practical support for the dying person, Violent death, Six Liberations, Forgiveness and Purification.
  • Disc 3 includes: The meaning of Peace and Dignity, What is Dharma Practice, Suppression is about….., Transforming emotions, Pride and Humility.

100% of all proceeds from the sale of this DVD received by Rigul Trust, will go to fund health care, education and poverty relief.

Cost of DVD: £12.00 plus postage and packaging.

Postage and Packaging:
United Kingdom: £2.00
Europe: £4.20
Worldwide: £5.20

Available for purchase on the Rigul Trust website here: www.rigultrust.org

Wishing you all the very best,

Margaret Richardson

The Gift of Group Altruism in Action at Summer Camp

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.

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Changes in Rigul Trust Team

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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
Gangtok 21.12.2015

Rigul Trust Disaster Fund Update – Aid being safely delivered

Dear Friends,

So many people have generously donated to Rigul Trust disaster fund to help with the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal. We set out to help 200 nuns, stranded, homeless and without shelter in a remote part of the Nepalese Himalayas near the Tibet border, the only access for provisions and help was by helicopter. A helicopter could only take about 4 people at a time and would have cost about £1,000 a trip.

Following the second earthquake the area became too dangerous for the nuns to stay in from the risk of landslides. 150 nuns made a hazardous journey by foot to Kathmandu, travelling for days. The needs of the nuns are the same, they need shelter, food, money and medicines.

At Rigul Trust we are working closely with Salga and his friends in the Lingstang society.
A carpet factory owner has let the nuns stay in his factory and Salga and Tashi visited the nuns, hired a truck and filled it with provisions, rice, solar panels etc all donated by Rigul Trust.

Salga and Tashi spent time with the nuns assessing their needs, distributing the goods and giving money for medical help. Many of the nuns are sick and in need of a doctor and now in hospital.

Thank you again so much, every picture tells a story! .

These people will still need aid after the rainy season to help rebuild their health and lives.

We have great gratitude to Salga, Tashi and the Lingstang Society for monitoring your donations, assessing needs, buying provisions and giving funds for medical help to these people, on behalf and donated by Rigul Trust.

With every best wish,
Margaret Richardson,
on behalf of Ringu Tulku and the trustees of Rigul Trust.

www.rigultrust.org

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Salga, Ringu Tulku's brother, with the truck load of provisions donated by Rigul Trust, and the splendid banner on side of the lorry!!

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Solar panels donated by Rigul Trust

Rigul Trust Disaster Fund

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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,

Margaret Richardson
www.rigultrust.org – info@rigultrust.org – Tel:+44 (0)23 8046 2926

Patron: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
UK registered charity no.1124076