Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has been teaching around the world since the early nineties and many of these teachings were recorded and diligently stored away. Many were also kindly sent in to Maria Huendorf in Germany to be archived. The aim of this website is to now present as many of these recordings as possible.
We are currently in the process of uploading these and will release them as they become ready to display. Once we have uploaded all we have, we will launch an online uploading facility so that that members and Dharma Centres can add their own recordings.
In addition to the presentation of past recordings, another key function of the website is to present recordings from Rinpoche’s current teaching tour as it happens. Since 2015, Rinpoche has been making audio recordings of most of his talks and teachings. These recordings are then automatically uploaded to us in the Archive. We are now able to share these recordings on the website almost as soon as they arrive. This means that our members can listen to these recordings as Rinpoche travels around the globe.
We encourage you to become a member of the website and get involved. The website is run by only a few people and we need ‘audience participation’! There are more recordings than any one person could possibly listen to and watch! Therefore we depend on members to help us quality control the recordings and highlight where there are missing parts, information, poor recording quality and other errors. We also encourage our members to write short synopses after they have listened to a recording so that text can be added to the teaching post to help others know what a teaching contains and also aid search-ability. So please feel free to add these to the comment section at the bottom of every teaching post.
Finally, it is Rinpoche’s wish that as time goes on this website will become a key portal where he will be able to both communicate with his students and also deliver and curate longer courses and series of teachings for different levels and stages along the path. We hope that in the near future our Courses section will become alive with an array of rich and diverse courses that members of any level and experience can follow.
We hope that this website becomes an invaluable resource for many people and that the benefits for all beings are vast and far reaching.
Webmaster & Project Coordinator
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters of both the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions including HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dodrupchen Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, at Varanasi, India and served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet, published under the title ‘The Ri-Me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great’ (Shambhala 2006). He is also author of several important text books on Buddhism, most recently, ‘Confusion Arises as Wisdom’, (Shambhala 2012). Some of his teachings have also been published through Bodhicharya Publications as the Heart Wisdom series and the Lazy Lama, a series of pocket books.
Since 1990 he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, USA, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, The Caribbean Islands, South Africa, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He founded Bodhicharya (www.bodhicharya.org), an international organisation that coordinates the worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings to promote inter-cultural dialogues and educational & social projects. He also founded the Rigul Trust which supports a number of medical and educational projects in his birthplace at Rigul, Tibet (www.rigultrust.org).
Rinpoche is the Official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe and the Founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe (www.karmapafoundation.eu).
As Ringu Tulku Rinpoche began to teach more and more each year, the archive grew and grew. At the same time the technical ability to gather these digitised recordings onto to a website became more and more feasible for a voluntary organisation such as Bodhicharya. Or so we hoped!
In 2014, Paul O’Connor and Minna Stenroos met with Maria and Arne in Berlin and made an initial plan to take the idea of an online archive website forward. Paul built and maintains the main Bodhicharya website. Minna administers the existing online teaching both there and on the YouTube channel. It was felt that the sheer quantity of digital material now in the archive was starting to become unwieldy to navigate. It was also a shame that these teachings were not easily accessible to Rinpoche’s students. And so the project to find a large digital storage and delivery platform began.
Three years, and some grey hairs later, we are very pleased to finally be able to start to share these recordings with you online! Since 2015, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has also been recording his own teachings via an iPhone app which directly sends the audio recordings to the online archive. That means that we have a guaranteed source of recordings and also means that they become available to the website very quickly.
Maria Huendorf, Minna Stenroos, Paul O’Connor, Arne Schelling and Spafford Ackerly
We would like to thank Ringu Tulku Rinpoche for sharing all these wonderful teachings with us all and for his support, encouragement and patience with this project. We also want to thank him for diligently recording most of his teachings (on his iPhone) since 2015.
A big thank you to our two trusty developers, Dan Hardy and Johan Björk. Without their expertise in both WordPress and Amazon Web Services we would have surely been lost.
Finally, we would also like to thank all those dedicated Archivists who have diligently grappled with ever-changing technology so that we, the generations of the future, will benefit from the preservation of these teachings. In particular we would like to thank Ger Reinders for his exceptional contribution to the Archive for many, many years. His diligence and dedication have been an inspiration to many.