Visit of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to Bodhicharya Kent

“Why and how do I practice Dharma?”

14th – 15th May 2024, 19:30 – 21:00, Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

 

You can book your in-person space >>> HERE <<<

For more information and online access to the teachings, please see below, thank you.

 

 

We are very fortunate that Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be joining us again here in Medway, Kent, as a part of his 2024 international teaching schedule.

Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Karma Kagyu Order.  He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including H.H. 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and is regarded as one of the most prominent, contemporary Rimé Masters of our time. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sankskrit University, Varanasi, India and served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkhim for 25 years.

Since 1990 he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at a growing number of Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, the Americas, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia. Rinpoche also participates in various interfaith dialogues and has authored several books on Buddhism, including children’s books, both in Tibetan and European languages.

Rinpoche founded Bodhicharya, an international organisation that coordinates worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, promotes inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue and has a number of educational and social projects. He also founded Rigul Trust which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet and is the Patron of UK Registered Charity Bodhicharya UK. Rinpoche is also the Official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Europe and is the Founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe.

Rinpoche is well known and loved for the way in which he can communicate the wisdom and compassion inherent in the Buddhist path so effortlessly and with such clarity, joy and humour, making the teachings easily accessible to all, and everyone is welcome to come and attend his teachings.

 

“Why and how do I practice Dharma?”

The chosen topic for these evenings of teachings by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is, “Why and how do I practice Dharma?”

Many of us are interested in personal-development, well-being and spiritual practice, but why are we interested in these things, and what relevance do they have to our lives and the world in which we live today? Furthermore, how do we put our ideas and aspirations in to practice in the most effective and beneficial way for ourselves and others? In this series of talks, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will demystify and simplify the what, why and how of spiritual practice by drawing from his lifetime of study and practice of the Buddhist tradition and distilling its essence.

Tuesday 14th May Schedule

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

19:30 – 21:00 Teaching on: Why and How do I Practice Dharma? (Part 1)

21:00 – 21:30 Buddhist Refuge Ceremony

For an explanation on Buddhist Refuge see here.

If you would like to take Refuge, then please email bk.meditate@gmail.com with your full name and “Refuge” in the heading, thank you.

Wednesday 15th May Schedule

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

19:30 – 21:00 Teaching on: Why and How do I Practice Dharma? (Part 2)

21:00 – 21:30 Bodhisattva Vows

For an explanation on Bodhisattva Vows see here.

If you would like to take Bodhisattva Vows, then please email bk.meditate@gmail.com with your full name and “Bodhisattva Vows” in the heading, thank you.

 

Suggested In-Person Donation (includes both evenings and refreshments)

This event is a fundraiser for Bodhicharya UK’s Projects.

Bodhicharya UK, of which Bodhicharya Kent is a part of, and its activities survives solely on donations and the voluntary work of its members. Dharma teachings are open to all, however we also need to cover our costs and provide for our charitable projects, therefore we are suggesting four donation tiers, thank you for your generosity.

Supporter £80 (Support the activities and projects of Bodhicharya UK and those who cannot afford to donate)

Standard £40

Concession £30

Ordained Monastics £0

Your presence is valued more than your financial contribution, so if you are unable to make one of the suggested donations amounts, then please email uk@bodhicharya.org, thank you.

How to Book In-Person

You can book your space >>> HERE <<<

Or get in touch here (uk@bodhicharya.org) if you have any problems, thank you.

 

How to Book Online

We will also be streaming these teachings online for those who are geographically distant or unable to attend in-person.

Suggested Online Donation

Online donations are on a give what you can basis and you can donate directly to us HERE, thank you for your generosity.

Zoom Link

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

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
Password: 700887

Getting Here

By Train

The Rochester Quaker House is a two minute walk from Rochester Train Station, and a quick, direct train journey from many London Stations including 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 uk@bodhicharya.org, as we are very happy to help.

 

Where to stay for your visit

Rochester and the surrounding towns have many hotels and B&Bs. Three that are in short walking distance to the venue include Travel Lodge next to Rochester train station and Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel  and The Golden Lion both on Rochester High Street.

 

All are welcome

We are very much looking forward to this visit with Rinpoche, wider UK sangha and friends old and new. We look forward to welcoming you all soon!

 

The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo

Taught by Shri Dharmakirti – ONLINE ONLY

On Zoom, Sundays ongoing, starting on the 17th March at 10:15am GMT

(please use this website here to work out the correct time in your country)

 

 

Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo  (1295–1369)

Was a great master of the Nyingma and Sakya traditions and author of Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva and a famous commentary on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

Thirty Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas is an important lojong text by Gylase Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo. In thirty seven verses, it gives instructions on how to follow the bodhisattva path. Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche has said that the Eight Verses of Training the Mind represents the short version of lojong, the Thirty Seven Practices is the medium, and the Bodhicharyavatara is the extensive version

Shri Dharmakirti

Shri Dharmakirti, a disciple of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. He studied biochemisty in college, and later worked as an advertising executive and computer programmer. He has spent the best part of the past 20 years in retreat in the Kullu valley and at other secluded places.

 


Shri Dharmakirti’s last four years in retreat have been at the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre in Sikkim, India, made possible by the hospitality and generosity of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has known Shri Dharmakirti since he was a young boy, as Rinpoche and Dharmakirti’s father were colleagues and friends. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has been a supportive and influential figure in Shri Dharmakirti’s spiritual life.

“For me, an Indian, this has been a magical treasure hunt to reclaim the most precious spiritual treasure of Mother India, from the Great Treasure House of Dharma called the Dalai Lama of Tibet.”

– Shri Dharmakirti

Sign Up

Please email uk@bodhicharya.org to sign up and receive your translation of the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva that Shri Dharmakirti will be using throughout the four weeks, thank you.

This talk will be given from the Bodhicharya Retreat Centre in Sikkim, India, by Shri Dharmakirti via Zoom.

Zoom Link

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

Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518

Dana (Donations)

These teachings will be provided on a dana (donation) basis, with all dana going towards supporting Shri Dharmakirti’s retreat. Everyone who wishes to attend is most welcome to do so as a lack of funds will not be an obstacle to receiving the Dharma.

The suggested donation amounts for the course are:
£150
£108
£50
£0 (Give what you can)

Please see here to make your donation and thank you for your generosity.

People new to the Buddha Dharma and seasoned practitioners are all very welcome!