Bodhicharya London

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Bodhicharya London is a Buddhist group under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Kagyu lama, and is based around meditation practice, discussion and study. 

Many teachings by Ringu Tulku are available here and on YouTube.

We run day retreats each month (often lead by Dirk de Klerk) and regularly invite visiting teachers from the Bochicharya community who are experienced in meditation. We participate in Ringu Tulku's annual visit to London and collaborate with the wider local and international Bodhicharya and related Buddhist communities.

We are non-sectarian, and the people who attend our day retreats are diverse. Some are Buddhists of different traditions, some are not. People new to meditation as well as experienced practitioners are welcome.

The Day Retreats are usually 10 am to 5 pm. There are meditation sessions interspersed with the discussions and breaks for lunch, tea and biscuits. By the end of the day, we will have done about three hours of meditation in total. Beginners are very welcome. You can find out more about our next retreat here, and see our full programme here.

We also meat on Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30, when we have a short group-led discussion and a short meditation session. Details are at the bottom of this page.

We are developing our range of activities and welcome new members to our group. You can contact us at and join our emailing list to receive up to date information.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Sikkim and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Tibetan Textbook Writer and Professor of Tibetan Studies in Sikkim for 25 years.

Since 1990 he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and Meditation at Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centers in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith and Science and Buddhist dialogues. He authored several books (see publications section) on Buddhism as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

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Summer Camps

Every year, there is a Bodhicharya Summer Camp. This year, it was early in August at an old Roman Catholic monastery in Vila Verde in the Portuguese countryside near Porto. In 2017, it will be from 31 July - 6 August at the same venue.

Bodhicharya Logo

The three hands on the Bodhicharya Logo represent the three main activities of Healing, Helping, and Harmony …

Healing BCBuddha Dharma is regarded to be the Science of Mind. There are facilities for the study and practise of Dharma and other ancient wisdoms originating from both Eastern and Western traditions, which provide a basis for healing body and mind.


Helping BCLife is meaningless if we do not do something useful to benefit society and the world we live in. Bodhicharya has already funded schools, clinics, and hospices, and plans to generate similar projects in the future for the benefit of those in need.


Harmony BCPeace and progress in the world is dependent upon the harmony of its people. Inter-religious, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue and study are initiated to help bring better understanding and more harmony amongst communities worldwide.