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, 8pm to 9:30pm, as well as other community events throughout the year, including public talks and retreats with visiting teachers from the Bodhicharya community.

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

Online via Zoom

7:30pm – 9:00pm 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.

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.

Zoom Link

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

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

Buddhist Meditation and Reflection Evenings

Online via Zoom

7.30pm – 9:00pm 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.

Zoom Link

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

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

Topic

Over the coming weeks, we will continue with Shiné Meditation (Calm Abiding) and Metta Meditation (Loving-Kindness), for all those who would like to learn or deepen their meditation practice and bring its many benefits into daily life.

We are currently following Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs.

This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path.

‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’

‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ ~ Ringu Tulku

For those who would like a copy of the book it can be purchased on the night from our book shop or here.

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

We are not currently meeting in person but you can join all our online activities via the Zoom link below:

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

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

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 a not-for-profit community group.  All donations to the group go back into the group.  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.