Bodhicharya Kent Day Retreat on Tonglen with Andy Lowe
52 Swan Street, West Malling, ME19 6LW, United Kingdom, 30th October 10:00 – 17:00
We are excited to welcome back Andy Lowe to Bodhicharya Kent after his well-received Community Talk in July, this time to lead a Day Retreat on the meditation practice of Tonglen.
The Origins of Tonglen
The acclaimed Buddhist master Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana born in Bengal India in 982 CE, gave the transmission of Tonglen to Tibetan Kadampa master Langri Thangpa sometime after 1100CE. The practice then became more well known when Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje(1101-1175CE) summarised the transmission in his “Lojong” or seven points of mind training.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is said to practice Tonglen every day, has said of the practice:
“Whether this meditation really helps others or not, it gives me peace of mind. Then I can be more effective, and the benefit is immense.” – HH the Dalai Lama
Tonglen is a unique and profound method of meditation that at once works on our mind poisons of ignorance, grasping and aversion and reveals our innate wisdom, love, compassion and skilful means. When trained well, a practioner becomes adept at transforming all adversity into opportunities to cultivate these enlightened qualities for their benefit and the benefit of all others.
10.00 to 10.15
Introductions and overview of the day
10.15 to 11.15
The four ways to change the mind
with a 24 minute video by Ken Holmes
11.15 to 11.30
11.30 to 11.45
One short Shinay meditation session
11.45 to 12.30
Second short Shinay followed by discussion of issues when doing meditation whether beginner or experienced meditation practitioners
12.30 to 13.30
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE A BRING AND SHARE VEGAN/VEGETARIAN LUNCH
13.30 to 14.30
An introduction to the roots and practice of Tonglen with two 24 minute videos from Ken Holmes
14.30 to 14.45
14.45 to 15.15
A short guided Tonglen for our selves
15.15 to 15.45
A short guided Tonglen for our loved ones
15.45 to 16.00
16.00 to 17.00
Participation in a special 50 minute Tonglen on audio led by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Q and A session
*Ken Holmes is the director of studies at the Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. He was the first westerner to be recognised by Akong Tulku Rinpoche to be a western Lama
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Andy has recently relocated to Maidstone in Kent from Bangkok and has been a student of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche for more than 30 years. In Glasgow he ran the Samye Dzong centre for Akong Rinpoche for 15 years and in Bangkok for 18 years he has been part of the Little Bangkok Sangha, which he continues to attend via Zoom. Andy is also a trustee of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s Rigul Trust Charity, founded by Margaret Richardson.
St. Benedict’s Centre
52 Swan Street
The day will also be streamed online, so if you cannot make it in-person please do Zoom in:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 897 9566 2518
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Looking forward to seeing you then!