The Bodhicharya Publications team are very happy to announce the publication of a new book in Rinpoche’s ‘Lazy Lama series’ about ‘The Six Paramitas‘.
At 268 pages, this is by far the largest Lazy Lama book to date, lovingly transcribed and edited by Karma Trinley Paldron with illustrations by Karma Orgyen Namdreul. The text was compiled from teachings given in 2015 at Gaunts House, Dorset UK, and in 2016 at Karma Dzong, Paris.
The Six Paramitas, or “transcendent perfections,” contain all the skills needed for taming the mind and opening the heart. Rinpoche reveals the Six Paramitas as bodhicitta in action, rather than an unattainable state of perfection. Through his wisdom and great compassion, warm humour and unfailing patience, Rinpoche shows us how these profound teachings are essential to our lives, especially in these times of stress and great uncertainty.
“I think everything that we need to improve our world, our society and our humanity is in the Six Paramitas. These practices can make our lives good temporarily, as well as bringing lasting peace and happiness.
This is an approach based on compassion, on wishing to help not only myself, but all of us together. The attitude is not “I and you,” but “me and we.” Someone who has the courage or heart for this approach is called a Bodhisattva; and this awakening is not only of yourself, but of everybody.”
Bodhicharya Publications would like to wish everyone very best wishes for the Iron Ox Year we have entered. We hope you have been enjoying the wealth of online teachings and recordings offered by the Archive.
In addition, we are happy to confirm our online shop is once again fully open for purchasing Rinpoche’s books. We have the full Heart Wisdom series and Lazy Lama series available, as well as a compilation book of stories.
With topics that range from ‘Dealing with Emotions‘ to Emptiness and Interdependence (in ‘Like Dreams and Clouds’) and ‘Meeting Challenges,’ hopefully there is something to inspire everyone.
There is also a book of short teachings designed to be read one a day (‘Journey from Head to Heart‘) and books on Kindness, Compassion and Bodhicitta (‘Radiance of the Heart,’ and the little Lazy Lama book looking at ‘Loving-Kindness’).
Hope these teachings can help you through these challenging times.
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 email@example.com for information.
Hopefully we will back in action soon.
Bodhicharya Publication Team
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.
In this seventh booklet in the Lazy Lama series, Ringu Tulku looks at how we all need love and asks us to consider the benefits of generating loving kindness for each other. Rinpoche shares with us an Indian saying;
‘ When the trees support each other then we have houses and cities, when human beings support each other we have society, we have civilization.’
So, the whole of society, of civilization, survives by supporting and helping each other. But how can we, as imperfect human beings, offer even an ‘imperfect’ love, and is that enough? Yes, says Rinpoche, we can and should start from where we are. We can offer loving kindness, help and support for each other now, while aspiring towards an ideal unconditional love. Rinpoche encourages us, in these seemingly simple and concise teachings, to develop the courage of a hero dedicated to love, and to find our true brave heart.
It is available to pre-order now in the Book Shop.
Bodhicharya Publications are very happy to let the wider Bodhicharya community know about our latest developments, following our AGM last month:
- We have sold around 4000 books in the last two years. These are sales of all Rinpoche’s books that we publish, which are currently: 6 Lazy Lama Series books; 7 Heart Wisdom Series books; 1 book of stories.
- Our largest investment of profits, made this year, has gone into creating a new online web archive which will give members access to all Rinpoche’s teachings in recorded format. This large scale project is very much still in progress but you will be the first to hear when it is ready….
- We also made a donation to Rigul Trust of £1500 from profits made.
- We published two new titles over the last 12 months: “Parables from the Heart,” a collection of Rinpoche’s stories, edited by Patricia Little, with Mary Heneghan. And “Being Pure: The Practice of Vajrasattva,” compiled and edited by Mary Heneghan.
- All our titles remain on sale from the Bodhicharya website Book Shop and Amazon.
Thank you for supporting this work through buying Rinpoche’s books – we hope you enjoy them.
We are very happy to announce the publication of Ringu Tulku’s latest Heart Wisdom book: “Being Pure: The Practice of Vajrasattva.”
This book contains his teachings on the practice of Vajrasattva, including first Taking Refuge; and explores in some depth what it means to ‘be pure,’ to ‘purify’ or to ‘realise Vajrasattva.’ These teachings were originally given at Bodhicharya Meditation Centre in Sikkim, so contain some of the essence of how these concepts can be explored more deeply in the spaciousness of retreat.
The book also presents the root text by His Holiness 17th Karmapa, which Rinpoche’s teaching is a commentary on. And incorporates calligraphies of Vajrasattva’s mantras by Tashi Mannox and an image of Vajrasattva by Salga. Compiled and edited by Mary Heneghan, with layout and design by Paul O’Connor.
It is available now to pre-order in the Book Shop.
Bodhicharya Publications are pleased to announce the publication of Ringu Tulku’s latest book. ‘Parables from the Heart’ brings together a collection of Rinpoche’s favourite stories, told over many years, both previously-published and unpublished. Pat Little has collated these stories and edited this volume, with Mary Heneghan, and Conrad Harvey has provided line drawings to illustrate the stories. A special inclusion is an interview with Ringu Tulku about using stories as teachings. As always, the book’s production is a real team effort, with Paul O’Connor providing the graphic design and Rachel Moffitt co-ordinating the printing and distribution.
The book is available to buy here at £10 plus P&P. Along with all Rinpoche’s other books published by Bodhicharya Publications.
Orders of 10 books or more (made via our Bulk Orders page) qualify for a 35% discount.
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.