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Bodhicharya London is a Buddhist group under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan Kagyu lama, and is based around meditation practice and discussion. Many teachings by Ringu Tulku are available here and on YouTube.
We meet on Thursdays from 18h30 - 19h30 at the Helios Centre, when we have 30 minutes of discussion on a Buddhist topic and 30 minutes of meditation. In addition, we have day retreats each month (see Programme above), lead by Dirk de Klerk or by other visiting teachers.
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.
Ringu Tulku visits London annually. This year (2017), he taught at the London Samye Dzong on the weekend of 13 - 14 May.
Bodhicharya is a worldwide network of people, projects, centers, organisations, etc working under the inspiration of Buddhist teachings in various activities and taking various forms. It started in 1997 with the creation of Bodhicharya International in Belgium. Since then, many projects have taken place in various places under the guidance and inspiration of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, an eminent Buddhist teacher. Its fields of activities are organized around three main themes: Healing – Helping – Harmony.
Day Retreats are a great opportunity to practice! Popular with beginners and with seasoned practitioners, they combine in depth study and discussion with tea breaks and conversation. By the end of a Day Retreat we often reach a total of three hours of meditation, practised throughout the day in manageable chunks. An opportunity for true transformation.
Every year, there is a Bodhicharya Summer Camp. In 2019, it will be from 29 July – 04 August at the Christian retreat house, in North Portugal near Porto: Casa da Torre – Centro de Retiros | Soutelo – Vila Verde – Braga. To find out more, and to register, Summer Camp 2019.
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.
The three hands on the Bodhicharya Logo represent the three main activities of Healing, Helping, and Harmony.
Buddha 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.
Life 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.
Peace 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.