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.

Meditation Meetings (No meetings in August)

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation
(first Tuesday of the month)

If you are relatively new to meditation and/or interested in finding out more about Buddhism, then this is a good place to start. The evening will provide an overview of the Buddhist perspective on life, including guided meditation sessions. We may watch a video and/or read from a book and then reflect on the teaching together.

We meet every first Tuesday of the month, 8.00pm – 9:30pm (Please check the Calender before attending)

Buddhist Meditation Evening

(every Tuesday except first Tuesday of the month)

We meet 8.00pm – 9:30pm (Please check the Calender before attending)

We meet for longer meditation sessions plus follow and discuss a related topic from a book or a video by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche or other teachers.

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 will be reading through a book by Ringu Tulku called, Journey From Head to Heart (Along a Buddhist Path). This volume of the Heart Wisdom Series, presents 37 short teachings, designed to be read individually and integrated with our practice and daily life. Together they take us on a journey through the vehicles of Buddhism, elucidating some common misunderstandings and basic principles of the Buddhist path, all the while encouraging us to move from our head (intellectual understanding) towards our heart (experiential understanding).

“To get an experiential understanding you have to go deep into yourself and learn how to bring your awareness and mindfulness to the place from which you deeply experience. It is a matter of ‘heart’ rather than ‘head’. Sometimes it is said that the longest journey is from your head to your heart. Which is what we mean when we talk about developing the right view and understanding it experientially. This is an on going process.” ~ Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

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

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.

Bodhicharya Kent is run by volunteers and is 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.