I used to sit at his side and ask for stories.
When I was barely ten years old.
While painting Thankas of many colours
He told me folk tales of Tibet
The epics of Ling Gesar
And life stories of great masters
So colourful and inspiring
Not even slightly distracted from his work.
I have forgotten the big books
That I struggled to study and memorise
But those stories are still fresh in my mind
Giving guidance at every turn of my life.
He was a great artist.
A master in the creation of spiritual symbolism.
He continued to paint Thankas
Until he could no longer see.
He was a great friend to me,
With his kindness and concern;
He helped me to see my pitfalls
Even without mentioning them.
Today he left his body
At the ripe old age of a hundred and one
To continue his work of art
For the benefit of another set of beings.
I know he will be well wherever he goes,
But I will miss him till to my last breath.
By Ringu Tulku
These words spontaneously arose in my mind when I heard the news that my life long friend Sherab Palden Beru passed away in Samye Ling, Scotland on 29th November, 2012.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is now on teaching tour in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In Indonesia he gave Dharma teachings and empowerments in Jakarta and visited Borobudur, the ancient Buddhist monument. Currently Rinpoche is in Hong Kong, where he talked to a full house as seen here in the photos, and is teaching for devotees in Hong Kong Tergar centre. Next week Rinpoche will visit Taiwan before returning to Sikkim in early November.
Today I am asking you all to try and do the best you can to help Berlin Bodhicharya install heating and insulation systems to the already completed main shrine room in Berlin.
Over the past 9 years Berlin Bodhicharya have devised successful strategies to raise over €2.2 million in donations from the German state, charitable institutions, generous private donors and sangha members. Due a combination of situations which were compounded by the global financial crisis unless Berlin Bodhicharya is able to raise at least €100K by October 2012 they will not be able to use the main shrine room for quite sometime.
I do understand that everyone else is also living in difficult financial times, but I appeal to you to consider doing what you can do to help this project now, for three main reasons. Firstly, the completed shrine room in the Berlin centre would help us fulfill our three main objectives; healing, helping and harmony. There is a well established outreach facility already in the Berlin centre and a completed shrine room would strengthen the resolve of those helping the terminally ill. Secondly, the completed shrine room would be the spiritual heart of the Berlin centre where the existing harmony amongst the sangha would be consolidated. Finally, when HH the 17th Karmapa is able to visit us in Europe, as his official personal representative in Europe, I would very much like to invite him to a completed shrine room in Berlin.
We are all part of the wider Bodhicharya family and in these financially difficult times any donation from you would be especially welcome. To help this project please click on the link below which shows how you can help both as an individual or as a group acting together.
Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche entered into Samadhi We have lost another great master Who lived amongst us and only for us. We will always miss him, His immeasurable kindness, And his tireless work to help us.
At his 80th birthday he declared, “I never had an obstacle in my life” All were totally shocked As he had lost one of his eyes, One leg and some fingers, And his other leg was about to go.
Now we do realize That he was telling the truth. He had overcome all the obstacles Even his death was not a problem It was an act to teach and inspire. All his life was a teaching and an example.
How fortunate we were! What a great opportunity it was To receive his teachings and blessings. Many people ask me, “Did you really see an enlightened being.” Yes, I have and we all have without any doubt.
The planning for the first half of Ringu Tulku’s Summer Travels have just been completed and the organisers are busy working on the details for their centres. As you can see on the Bodhicharya Travel Schedule, Rinpoche will visit Huttenreid in Germany, Ireland, England and Scotland between 25th May and 1st July ’12. His tour will continue until mid-August (including the Summer Camp in Portugal). Details to be announced soon.
If you use Apple’s iCal, you can subscribe to Rinpoche’s Travel Schedule for all future events, not just this year. To activate, click on Subscribe in your iCal Calendar menu and paste in this address: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/webmaster%40bodhicharya.org/public/basic.ics
Please use the following address to access the schedule from other applications. You can copy and paste this into any feed reader: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/webmaster%40bodhicharya.org/public/basic
When Ringu Tulku Rinpoche came to visit Lerab Ling for a few days this summer, I had a chance to show him this website (whatmeditationreallyis.com). He really liked it. I asked him if he would share a few thoughts on meditation practice that we could share. He agreed and fortunately, I quickly found someone who could make the video. This is what he said spontaneously, no rehearsal, straight and direct from the wisdom of experience to you. Sorry it took so long to get this one up. But it was worth the wait!
From May 14th until the 16th there will be a live streaming video webcast of Rinpoche’s teachings which you can watch in several Rigpa centres all over the world. You can contact your local Rigpa centre for information. Many thanks to Rinpoche, Lerab Ling and the Rigpa centres for making this possible!
Here are the times for Rigpa Berlin (address Berlin 14050, Soorstr. 85):
14 May, 14:45 – 17:00
15 May, 10:45 – 13:00 and 14:45 – 17:00
16 May, 10:00 – 13:00 (this time not yet confirmed)
Video streaming is also available for centres in e.g. Amsterdam, Paris, Munich, London, Sydney and Dublin.
Update on May 17th: Now there is a very nice blog article about the past weekend webcast teaching in the Irish Bodhicharya blog.
Update on May 23rd: Rinpoche’s recent teachings are now freely available for downloading as audio files at Rigpa Shedra website.