Bodhicharya Kent is a Buddhist group based in the Medway town of Rochester, under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Lama.  The group is focused around learning and practising meditation as well as studying and discussing the Buddhist teachings together.

Since 2013, we have been running regular meditation evenings every Tuesday, as well as other community events throughout the year, including public talks and retreats with visiting teachers from the Bodhicharya family.

The group and events are open to everyone. Perhaps you have an interest in Buddhism and want to find out more or are mainly looking to learn some meditation methods to apply in your daily life.  Whatever your motivation, an open and curious mind with a dash of scepticism will be most useful.  People completely new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners are all welcome.

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation

In Person and Online via Zoom

8:00pm – 9:30pm first Tuesday of the month in term time

If you are relatively new to meditation and/or interested in finding out more about Buddhism, then this is a good place to start. These evenings will include guided meditations and explore some of the key themes in Buddhism. The general advice for attending these evenings is to come with an open, curious yet sceptical mind and take what you find to be useful and relevant to you in your life.

Also on this night, members and friends of Bodhicharya Kent are invited to give a talk about their own journey into Buddhism, how it has been of benefit in their everyday life and speak about a key theme they are currently inspired by.

Other than our regular group facilitator, Cesare, we also have visiting teachers throughout the year, so please check our event page for updates, thank you.

Please scroll down for the in-person venue details.

Zoom Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89795662518?pwd=VW9GVC9pTjExZ0gwTzhoVmJJWlZqdz09

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

Buddhist Meditation and Reflection Evenings

In Person and Online via Zoom

8.00pm – 9:30pm all other Tuesdays in term time

We meet for longer meditation sessions and study a teaching by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche or other teachers over a number of weeks or months (please see below for the current topic). However, anyone is welcome to join in at anytime.

Other than our regular group facilitator, Cesare, we also have visiting teachers throughout the year, so please check our event page for updates, thank you.

Please scroll down for the in-person venue details.

Zoom Link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89795662518?pwd=VW9GVC9pTjExZ0gwTzhoVmJJWlZqdz09

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

Topic

This term we will be following, Relaxing in Natural Awareness, by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

“This booklet looks at how we can experience our true nature, starting with learning how to relax. This is the art and heart of meditation. But all too often people become discouraged or lose focus when they start to meditate, especially when they find they don’t make the kind of progress they were expecting to. Rather than providing us with a formal practice manual, Ringu Tulku here offers us an accessible, relaxed and realistic approach to developing experience and personal realisation of our true nature.”

It’s recommended that you purchase the book here to help you follow along and get the most out of our exploration of this teaching together.

However, you are also most welcome to join in when you can, take what makes sense and is useful and meaningful to you and leave aside what is less so.

 

The group is made up of the participants so active engagement, questions, reflections and discussion are welcome, however, if you prefer to just sit back, listen, reflect and take it in, then you are most welcome.

There are comfortable chairs and meditation cushions available and refreshments are provided.

Venue

Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

Cost

A voluntary donation of £5 (if you can) to keep the group self-sustainable and support its activities. Your presence is always valued more than your money. You can make a donation here, thank you for your generosity.

Bodhicharya Kent is run by volunteers and is part of the registered charity Bodhicharya UK.  Donations help pay for the room rent and refreshments, Dharma books and materials, the running of the website, bringing visiting teachers to the UK and to Kent and any support required around the arranging of events, as well as helping practitioners in their practice by subsidising retreat costs where necessary and possible.

We also have a separate voluntary donation for Rigul Trust, Ringu Tulku’s charitable Trust. For more information about Rigul Trust please see here.

Getting Here

Rochester train station is only two minutes walk away from the Quaker Meeting House.  If you are driving, then there are pay and display car parks at Rochester train station and behind the Quaker Meeting House.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions at all, then please do get in touch via our contact form here, thank you.