Our Patron and People
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, founder of Bodhicharya, is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Karma Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including H.H. 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and is regarded as one of the most prominent, contemporary Rimé Masters of our time. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sankskrit University, Varanasi, India and served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkhim for 25 years.
Since 1990 he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at a growing number of Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, the Americas, Canada, Australia and Asia. Rinpoche also participates in various interfaith dialogues and has authored several books on Buddhism, including children’s books, both in Tibetan and European languages.
He founded Bodhicharya, an international organisation that coordinates worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, promotes inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue and has a number of educational and social projects. He also founded Rigul Trust which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet.
Rinpoche is the Official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Europe and is the Founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe.
Bodhicharya UK is honored to have Ringu Tulku Rinpoche as the charity’s patron.