Welcome

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 who are new to Buddhism and/or meditation, as well as those who are experienced practitioners, are all welcome.

Buddhist Meditation Study and Reflection Evenings

In Person and Online via Zoom

8.00pm – 9:30pm Tuesdays (in term time, please sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page to be kept up to date)

Topic: Buddhist Meditation

This term we will be following the book, Buddhist Meditation, by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

In this book Ringu Tulku brings us directly and lightheartedly to the point of Buddhist meditation: it helps to develop the two positive life enhancing qualities that lie naturally within us, clarity of mind and kindness for self and others.

He reminds us that through meditation we can come to understand how the interconnectedness of all things is crucial for human wellbeing and for the future of the planet. No fuss or frills, it is as simple as that. The methods for practice he describes are relaxed and straightforward, the logic is clear, and the result is peace of mind.

It’s recommended that you purchase the book from our onsite bookshop or 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 away what makes sense and is useful and meaningful to you and leave aside what is less so.

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.

Who is it for?

These meeting are open to all people who are new or who are familiar with Buddhism and Buddhist meditation. On the first Tuesday of the month we will spend a little more time explaining the Buddhist perspective on life and the meaning of the Refuge Prayer we begin our sessions with, but everyone is welcome at any of our meetings and you can begin anytime. 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 that is perfectly okay too.

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

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

 

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. Donations also go towards supporting Bodhicharya UK’s projects, like the Centre Project and the Dharma Support Fund, which aims to establish a Bodhicharya UK Centre and helps 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.