Buddhism in Daily Life and Mantra Singing with Lama Tsultrim Guelek

31st March 10:00am – 5:00pm, St. Andrews Art Centre, 19 Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD (£15 Suggested Donation)

Bodhicharya Kent are blessed to be hosting Lama Tsultrim Guelek of Bodhicharya France, for his first ever visit to the Bodhicharya Kent Sangha.

Lama Tsultrim Guelek was born in 1955 in Grenoble, France and began began studying the Dharma in 1983 as a disciple of Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche. In 1987 he was ordained by Kalu Rinpoche and became a novice monk (getsul). After a traditional 3-year, 3-month, 3-day retreat between 1988 and 1992, he became a fully ordained monk (gelong). With Bokar Rinpoche’s blessing and permision he has been leading meditation groups since 1995. He currently lives and teaches at the Bodhicharya France centre in Lusse and also teaches in several other cities once a month.

His 25 years of experience as a monk and as a teacher allow him to be deeply familiar with the Dharma as it can be practised in the West. Moreover, he accompanies spiritually many Dharma practitioners and thus has a sharp knowledge of the obstacles western practitioners may face, of the means to overcome them and the pitfalls to avoid. Lama Tsultrim illustrates his teachings with examples from our daily life, which makes his teachings lively and widely accessible.

For more about Bodhicharya France, please see here.

The Day

Lama Tsultrim will teach on the topic, “Buddhism in Daily Life”, with time for questions and answers. We will also meditate together throughout the day and conclude with Lama Tsultrim leading the group in mantra and devotional singing practice, being a classically trained singer himself. Please see here for a video of Lama Tsultrim singing with Lily Jung here.

Lunch

We will go to the local Sikh Gurdwara in Gravesend for a donation based vegetarian lunch. There are many other options and places to eat in Gravesend if Indian food isn’t your thing.

Donation

£15 suggested donation for the day, please give what you can to support the not-for-profit activities of the group, however cost should not be a barrier to attending our teachings and events as we always value your presence more than your donations. Please give your donation on the day, thank you.

All are welcome, beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Evening Talks with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

1st – 2nd May, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS (£10 suggested donation per evening or £15 suggested donation for both evenings)

Founder of Bodhicharya, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, translator to HH 14th Dalai Lama and HH 17th Karmapa, scholar, writer and long sort after international Meditation Master, shall be returning to Rochester in Kent to give public talks on Monday 1st and 2nd of May 2019!

We are all very excited and feeling blessed by this wonderful opportunity to be able to bring Rinpoche to Kent again and share his easily accessible and down to earth teaching style here with everyone, which is perfectly suited to the western mind and way of life.

Rinpoche’s warmth, clarity, humour and skilful way with words always make public talks and teachings with him not only illuminating and deeply meaningful but also a joy to be present for.

For more details and to BOOK your TICKETS please see below, thank you.

Meeting Challenges – Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs

1st May: 7:00pm – 9:00pm,  The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS (£10 suggested donation)

“How can we meet life’s challenges in a good way; in a way that will not create further unnecessary suffering for ourselves or others? Similarly, how can we relate to the joyful times in our lives so they do not become a cause for problems (when they pass, as all things must, for example)? In this public talk Ringu Tulku will explore how we can meet life’s ups and downs in ways that help us to develop true equanimity and peace of mind throughout our lives.”

Registration will begin from 7pm, the talk from 7:15pm and the Q&A from 8:30pm.

Refreshments will be available and are included in the ticket price.

BOOK YOUR SPACE HERE

(Thank you, your generosity helps cover our costs. These talks are open to all, so please email bk.meditate@gmail.com if you require one of our concession seats)

*No tickets issued – Your name will be added to the guest list for the evening.

Living with Love and Kindness

2nd May: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS (£10 suggested donation)

Registration will begin from 7pm, the talk from 7:15pm and the Q&A from 8:30pm.

“Love and kindness are universal values that are championed around the world but what does it really mean to live from a place of love and be kind (does kindness make us vulnerable for example) to our self and others in life. In this public talk Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will explore what love and kindness are and why cultivating these qualities are good for us, good for others and essential for the planet and those that live on it.”

Refreshments will be available and are included in the ticket price.

BOOK YOUR SPACE HERE

(Thank you, your generosity helps cover our costs. These talks are open to all, so please email bk.meditate@gmail.com if you require one of our concession seats)

*No tickets issued – Your name will be added to the guest list for the evening.

Refuge Ceremony and Bodhisattva Vows

After the talk on the 2nd May, Ringu Tulku will be giving Refuge and/or Bodhisattva Vows to those who would like to make a personal commitment to their spiritual path in this way.

For an explanation on Refuge please watch this video here.

For an explanation on Bodhisattva Vows please see here.

If you would like to take Refuge and/or Bodhisattva Vows or have any further questions about doing so, then please email bk.meditate@gmail.com with your full name and “Refuge/Bodhisattva Vows” in the heading, thank you.

Both Evenings

1st AND 2nd May, 7:00 – 9:00pm, The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS (£15 suggested donation)

We encourage everyone who can, to attend both of these evenings on the rare occasion of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche being in Rochester, Kent. Therefore, we offer the double ticket price at a 25% discount.

Registration will begin from 7pm, the talk from 7:15pm and the Q&A from 8:30pm.

Refreshments will be available and are included in the ticket price.

BOOK YOUR SPACES HERE

(Thank you, your generosity helps cover our costs. These talks are open to all, so please email bk.meditate@gmail.com if you require one of our concession seats)

*No tickets issued – Your name will be added to the guest list for the evening.

Getting Here

By Train

The Rochester Corn Exchange is a two minute walk from Rochester Station, and a quick, direct train journey from many London Stations including London Charing Cross, London Victoria and London St. Pancras. To plan your train journey, please see here.

By Car

Rochester in Kent is conveniently located just off the A2 and there is ample parking next to and around the venue. To plan your journey by car, please see here. The post code is ME1 1LS.

For car parks please see here.

If you have any questions at all about these unique Rochester events with Ringu Tulku, then please do not hesitate to contact us at bk.meditate@gmail.com as we are very happy to help.

We hope that you are able to join us for these two unique, inspiring and transformative evenings with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

You can read more about Ringu Tulku here.

Residential Winter Retreat

Topic to be Confirmed with Tsering Paldron

18th – 20th October 2019, Claridge House, Dormans Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH

It is with great pleasure that Bodhicharya London and Kent announce dates for our third Residential Retreat with Tsering Paldron.

This retreat is open to everyone.

Please see below for all the information and booking instructions and don’t delay to pay your deposit if you would like to attend, as based on the popularity and success of the retreat the past few years, we predict places will fill up very quickly.

Why go on Retreat?

Retreat is a precious opportunity to receive teachings and put them into practice on the spot, without the normal responsibilities and distractions of our daily life. In this way we can connect with the teachings and deepen into the experience of the practice more easily and therefore bring that depth of understanding and experience back into our life, for our benefit and the benefit of others.

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, has written a number of books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

For more information about Tsering, you can check out her English language website here.

Details, Fee and Booking Instructions

Full Weekend (16 residents):

£205.00 En-suite Room
£185.00 Non En-suite Room (limited number)

Includes – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tea, Coffee, Cake, Accommodation, Teachings and Body Work

***The cost is not inclusive of “dana”/“generosity” or donations for Tsering. There will be a collection during the weekend for Tsering, so please give what you can and reflect on the personal value of the teachings you are receiving when doing so. Thank you for your generosity***

Food

All food is vegetarian, however vegan, sugar free, diary free and gluten free can be catered for with “prior” notification.

Accommodation

Please note most rooms are twin and you will be required to share. If you have a friend that wishes to attend please let us know when booking so we can put you in the same room.

A deposit of £50 is required to secure a room with the balance due one month before the weekend retreat. You can also pay in full.

If you wish to attend please email Kelly on the following:
kellymerryweather@googlemail.com

For more information on the venue please visit Claridge House website here.

Retreat Schedule

Applying the Three Yanas in Everyday Life with Tsering Paldron

Friday
3:00 Arrival
4:15 Meditation
5:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:30 Evening Meal
7:45 – 8:30 Meditation
Free Time

Saturday (Silent Day)
7:40am – 8:40am Meditation
8:45 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30 Meditation
10:30 – 12:00 Teachings by Tsering
12:00 – 1:00 Body Work
1:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Free time – Interviews with Tsering
3:30 – 4:30 Meditation
4:30 – 6:00 Teaching by Tsering
6:00 – 6:30 Body Work
6:30 Dinner

Free Time

Sunday
7:40 – 8:40 Meditation
8:45 Breakfast
9:30 – 10:00 Meditation
10:00 – 11:30 Teachings by Tsering
11:30 – 12:30 Body Work
1:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:00 Free Time – Interviews with Tsering
3:00 – 4:00 Teaching with Tsering

Home

Topic to be confirmed with Tsering Paldron

22nd October, 8-10pm, Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS (£10 Suggested Donation)

Dana

£10 suggested donation including refreshments – we value your presence more than your money, so please give what you can or enjoy the talk as a gift from us.

Everyone welcome!

About Tsering Paldron

Tsering Paldron was born in Lisbon, Portugal and traveled to Brussels at the age of 19 where she discovered Tibetan Buddhism. Her spiritual journey started in 1973. She did a three years’ retreat in the 80’s in France, under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and under the supervision of Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. She has received teachings from many other lamas of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

She has been teaching and traveling for the past 25 years, has written a number of books, mainly in Portuguese. The Adventures of Tashi, the Tibetan Cricket – a children’s book – is available in English, French and German.

She gives regular courses, seminars, talks and meditation classes and is in charge of Bodhicharya Portugal. She is regularly invited to teach in the UK, in Berlin and St. Martin (Caribbean), in Bodhicharya and other Buddhist groups.

For more information about Tsering, you can check out her English language website here.