Our Patron and People

 

Patron

 

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.

Trustee – Treasurer

 

David Fry was introduced to Buddhism 20 years ago by Karma Rinchen, one of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s monks, when they sailed across the Atlantic for 20 days on a small boat together. He took refuge with Rinpoche in 2014 and practices within the Tibetan and Zen traditions. As treasurer of Bodhicharya UK he brings his experience of being a director of companies, large and small, and is also a qualified chartered accountant. He currently runs a business that is trying to revolutionise the way people with autism and mental health problems can support themselves.

Honorary Secretary

 

Grace Liu was born in China and started to explore Buddhism in 2012 lead by a friend of hers in the UK. They went to Bodh Gaya together, the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, to attend the annual Kagyu Monlam with H.H. 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Since then she became a devoted Buddhist practitioner and studied under Khenpo Sodargye, following his teaching program to complete the Ngondro or preliminary practices. Grace attended the Kagyu Monlam almost every year since then, meeting Ringu Tulku Rinpoche there and consequently developed great faith towards him. Back in London, Grace joined Bodhicharya London’s monthly Day Retreats whenever she could to enrich her contemplation and found the meetings to be of great benefit. Currently Grace is putting most of her time and energy into the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism as well as volunteering her time and skills supporting various projects, such as Bodhicharya UK.

Trustee

 

Sally MacKinnon has been studying and practicing meditation with Bodhicharya Kent and London since 2012 and felt privileged to take refuge with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in 2018. She has also attended a number of retreats, including Bodhicharya Portugal Summer camps led by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

Sally has a degree in Behavioural Science and a MPhil research degree. Currently working as a Director of Integration in the NHS, Sally brings her vast experience of previously working in a variety of commissioning and service transformation roles in the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector.

Trustee

 

Stuart McLeod has been practicing Buddhism in the Chinese Zen tradition for over 20 years. As a member and local group leader of the Western Chan Fellowship, he regularly attends residential retreats and leads a local group that meets weekly in the Medway Towns. He has also organised many residential retreats with a variety of teachers over the years.

Stuart holds a post-graduate certificate in Buddhist Studies, and is currently training as a mindfulness teacher with the University of Bangor. His current interest is in the health and wellbeing benefits of integrated body-mind practices, and is both a teacher of Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing, and co-founder of RUN:ZEN where he leads workshops in mindful running.

Professionally, Stuart brings his experience of senior leadership in the heritage and culture sector and is currently employed as an Area Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working across London and the whole of Southern England.

Trustee – Chair Person

 

Cesare Saguato has been exploring contemplative traditions all of his adult life and studying and practising the Dharma since 2007. Inspired by meeting Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in 2008, he began attending the monthly Bodhicharya London day retreats lead by Dirk de Klerk and took refuge in 2009. Since then he has attended many teachings and a number of short retreats in Europe and India, mainly within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In 2013 he set up Bodhicharya Kent under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

He has a philosophy degree and a professional background in the fields of education and training within secondary schools and HM’s Prisons. Having retrained, Cesare now works as a counsellor and clinical supervisor in fulltime private practice and as a mindfulness teacher delivering mindfulness workshops, courses and retreats in the public, private and third sectors.

As current Chair of the charity, he brings his experience working as a team leader and manager in the above settings, as well as the skills and experience he has learnt running his own business and Bodhicharya Kent.