My mother passed away peacefully this morning, Thursday 24th December.
Somebody was always with her day and night, but we could not find when exactly she passed away. Last night I was with her until 11pm. I gave her all the relics and precious pills that I had. She awoke around 1.30 am and had a little hot water and recited Karmapa Chenno for some time. Then she went back to sleep around 3.30 am.
I went in her room at 6am and it looked as if she was peacefully asleep. When she did not move at all for about an hour we checked and she seemed not to be breathing. Then we called Nichung, my niece who is a doctor, and she found that she had died. She probably passed away between 4am and 6am in the morning.
We have informed all the great masters of all schools and they have done phowa and are doing prayers for 49 days in Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet.
We now have eight Lamas doing Akshobya sadhana. The cremation on Sunday will be done by three groups of Lamas, Lamas from Rumtek monastery will do Akshobya ritual. A group from Sakya monastery and group from Nyingma monastery of Dodrup Rinpoche will do different rituals.
Please pray for her smooth journey and good rebirth.
Prayer of Samantabhadra (Kunzang Mönlam)
14th – 21st December 2020
Daily at 2:30pm (GMT/UTC)
Rinpoche has very kindly accepted our request to give a teaching on the ‘Prayer of Samantabhadra (Kunzang Mönlam)’.
This direct and important text is not only an aspiration prayer, but also a very profound teaching and an introduction to the Dzogchen approach. The popular and well-known prayer is especially recommended to be recited during special times like earthquakes, eclipses and solstices, utilising such times as an opportunity for liberation.
The eight day Winter Teaching will start on Monday 14th December on a solar eclipse, and end on Winter solstice on Monday 21st, when we will recite the prayer together.
During this week of teachings Rinpoche will go through the text and also provide us some background and perspective. There will be one session each day at 2.30 pm UTC (GMT). The sessions will be on Zoom and the recordings will become available for registered participants.
The root text is available in different translations in English and other languages, for instance, here at Lotsawa House.
The Winter Teaching is open for all and given freely.
Without Bodhichitta even the highest teachings will not benefit us and can even harm us. Rinpoche often recommends that we study the Bodhicharyavatara. This famous Mahayana text by Shantideva on the Bodhisattva’s way of life and the Six Paramitas is taught by Rinpoche as an ongoing course here in the Ringu Tulku Teachings Archive.
Study and Practice of the Bodhicharyavatara will lay a good foundation for those who wish to participate in the Winter Teaching.
What is Buddhism? A religion, a philosophy, a tool to train our mind, a spiritual path to understanding ourselves, or a lifestyle that is defined by wholesome and unwholesome actions?
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche explains the basics of the Buddhist view and practice through his clear and insightful answers to 61 simple questions for all beginners on the path.
This series is now launched on YouTube with Rinpoche’s answer to the first question: “What is Buddhism?” A new video will be published every day, so don’t forget to check out our YouTube playlist regularly!
‘Answers for Beginners’ was recorded by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sikkim during October and November 2020 and produced by Ela Crain.
Wednesday 18th November at 12pm (GMT)
Free Online Talk
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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give a teaching on how to transform anger and fear in daily life, with reference to the Bodhicharyavatara, The Way of the Bodhisattva, an 8th-century masterpiece from Indian scholar and yogi Shantideva.
Bodhicharyavatara is regarded as one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist texts and is studied extensively by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners everywhere. Rinpoche will deliver his understanding of the text in a way that will make it fully accessible to anyone who is looking for support and help in these times.
Find out more here.
The Office of Tibet, London is pleased to announce H.E Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s talk to Tibetan Youth on topic Introduction to Buddhism Series 2: Four Noble Truths on Saturday, 21st November 2020 from 11am-12.00 pm. as a part of the celebration of gratitude year to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
As before, Rinpoche will speak for 20-30 minutes followed by a Q and A session.
The main objective of organising this Introduction to Buddhism monthly talk series is to present our youth an opportunity to listen and interact with distinguished Tibetan Buddhist masters and scholars about Tibetan Buddhism and Culture.
This virtual event will be broadcast live on Office of Tibet, London face book page and Tibet House Trust London website page.
Don’t forget to join us live on 21st November, 2020!
London Time 11am -12PM and Indian time 4.30PM to 5.30PM
We have recently received some videos and photos of building a new temple in Rigul Monastery.
Click here to view the images and videos.
“The old temple became unusable some years ago. They dismantled it this year, and in its place they are building a new one completely, in the traditional way, with clay and wood. Not using cement and iron. Local people and monks are doing most of the unskilled labour.”
Many of you have helped Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to run the school, clinic and Shedra of the Rigul Monastery. We want to thank you for your ongoing support.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will give a live teaching at Tibet House Trust’s annual lecture event on Saturday 24th October at 11am BST / 3:30pm IST.
You can attend the event, streamed live on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/tibethouse.trust/
More information on their website here: http://www.tibet-house-trust.co.uk/
The Embodiment Conference
Thursday, October 15th 2020 – 11.00 CET (Central European time)
Rinpoche will speak at this year’s ‘Embodiment Conference’ on the topic of Buddhist Meditation. The conference runs from 14th – 25th October 2020 and Rinpoche’s talk is scheduled for 11.00 CET (Central European time) on Thursday 15th October.
To join this live session, visit theembodimentconference.org to register for the event (free).
Once you are logged in, you can see Rinpoche’s talk here:
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
This event will be followed up with a Panel Discussion entitled Monks and Scientist Discuss Meditation on 25th October at 13.00 CET (Central European time).
The Office of Tibet, London is delighted to host Tibetan youth interaction session with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on the topic ‘Introduction to Buddhism’ on Saturday, 29th August 2020 from BST 11am-12.30pm to celebrate the year 2020 gratitude year for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The total duration of the session is 90 minutes. The first 30-40 minutes, Rinpoche will introduce Introduce དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ། Three Refuges bases on our popular ཇ་མཆོད། Offering Prayer སྟོན་པ་བླ་མེད་སངས་རྒྱས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ།། then open it for discussion and questions from the youth.
Around 25-30 children from age group 9-18 years old are joining in this live interaction with Rinpoche. But all others can join from the Office of Tibet and Tibet house trust facebook live broadcast. The webinar will be taking place on BlueJeans platform on 29th August, British summer Time 11Am to 12.30PM.
30th August 2020 – 14:30 pm GMT/UTC
Rinpoche has kindly accepted Bodhicharya Berlin’s request to give a teaching on the two basic meditation practices, Shine (Shamatha) and Lhaktong (Vipassana).
Shine meditation is focused on quieting the mind, to train in calm abiding, open awareness and not following your thoughts and impulses. Lhaktong meditation is aimed at insight, seeing things clearly as they are.
We are very much looking forward to Rinpoche’s explanations and advice to help with our daily practice.
To find out more, and to register, visit: