Poetry & Prayers

Fire Monkey New Year Greetings

On the Fire Monkey New Year
I wish you a heart felt Tashi Delek.
Next year this time may we meet again
With smiles on our face
And hearts full of joy.
May our teachers live long
May the goodness spread wide
May the world be filled with compassion
May the earth revive its vitality
May the beings live in peace.
May all these wishes come true
That I made with a pure heart.

With respect from Ringu Tulku

Remembering Chatral Rinpoche



You mastered all the studies at the Monastery of Kathok.
You grounded the Instructions into experience with Khenpo Ngakchung.
You accomplished those at Samye Chimphu and various retreats
The master of Sidhas, Sangye Dorje please take care of us.
You gave up eating meat and saved countless beings
You gave up eight worldly concerns and became a true Chatral.
You showed us what true dharma practice really is.
You shine bright amidst the oceans of Vidyadharas.

These words of devotion escaped me when I heard the sad news that Chatral Rinpoche had passed away in Nepal.

Ringu Tulku
Gangtok 5th. January 2016

Greetings for the New Year 2016


Gazing at the golden peak of Kanchenjunga
In this glorious winter morning
I feel what a blessed life I am living
And what a wonderful world we have here.

May the New Year bring peace and joy
May there be no fear and hatred
May the earth be saved from degradation
May we find a way to live in harmony and kindness.

Ringu Tulku,
Gangtok, Sikkim

སྤྱི་ལོ་༢༠༡༦ དགའ་བས་བསུ།
ཉི་གཞོན་གྱིས་བསུས་པའི་སྔ་དྲོའི་ཆར། གྭངས་ཆེན་མཛོད་ལྔའི་གསེར་མདོག་གི་རི་རྩེ་ལ་བལྟས་པས། ངའི་མི་ཚེ་འདི་ཅི་འདྲའི་བདེ་སྐྱིད་ལྡན་པ་དང་། འཇིག་རྟེན་འདི་ཅི་འདྲའི་མཛེས་སྡུག་ལྡན་པའི་སེམས་ཚོར་ཞིག་སྐྱེས། ལོ་གསར་པ་འདི་ཞི་བདེ་དང་བདེ་སྐྱིད་ཀྱིས་ཕྱུག་ཅིང་། འཇིགས་ཞུམ་དང་ཁོང་ཁྲོ་མེད་པར། གོ་ལ་འདི་ཉམས་ཉེས་ལས་བསྐྱབས་ནས། མཛའ་མཐུན་དང་བརྩེ་སེམས་ཀྱིས་གནས་པའི་སྨོན་ལམ་ཞུ།། རི་མགུལ་སྤྲུལ་སྐུས་སྒང་ཏོག་ནས་ཕུལ།

Happy Losar!


The horns of auspiciousness touch the sky.
The wools of prosperity swirl on the ground.
The bleats of happiness resound the valleys.
The year of Sheep may bring you all the goodness.

Ringu Tulku
19th February, 2015

Happy New Year 2015


We are all gathered in Bodhgaya,
The Karmapa and thousands of us.
We pray here day and night;
We resolve to work towards our aspirations:

May each of us help all beings.
That we may free them from all problems.
That we may bring them lasting and true happiness.
That we can share all our good fortune with all beings.
That peace may prevail over all the world.
That all violence and atrocities may end at once.
That all beings may be kind to each other.

There is a presence of kindness.
There is a feeling of peace.
There is a joyful atmosphere.
This is, to me, the most wonderful celebration.
A celebration of peace, joy and kindness towards all, and each other.

I celebrate the New Year with these aspirations.
Let us all celebrate the New Year with these aspirations.

Happy New Year 2015

Ringu Tulku

Trifold Anniversary of Buddha

Today is the trifold anniversary
Of Buddha Sakya Muni.

He was born, got enlightened
And attained parinirvana
On the full moon days of this month
26 centuries before now.

This is the time for us to remember that great apostle of peace.
The teacher who taught us to train
Our mind and awaken within us
The great wisdom and compassion.

By Ringu Tulku
25th May 2013

My Heartfelt Prayers for the New Year 2013

In this misty morning
Under the Bodhi tree
We all sit close together
And pray for universal well-being.

My mind goes to my loved ones
Who have passed away.
I never cease to miss them.
May they find their way to peace.

My mind also goes to those Tibetans
Who have burnt themselves alive
Without hatred and violence
Calling for justice in Tibet.

I do not know if it helps Tibet
But I need to support them
As I am still a human being
And they have so much trust in humanity.

I pray that there will be kindness
In each and every heart
And we are all able to express that
Without fear of any kind. 

May the Year of 2013
Be a year of new beginnings.
May we act with wisdom
And may we think with compassion.

Ringu Tulku

Sherab Palden Beru Passes Away

Uncle Sherab

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.
Read also: Prayers for Sherab Palden Beru

Remembering Tenga Rinpoche

Lama Chenno!

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.

Ringu Tulku
Gangtok 31st March 2012


Read also:
The Passing of Tenga Rinpoche – A Brief Account of the Passing of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche on Benchen Monastery Community website.