Programme


Visiting teachers & Events

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 Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of May 2017!

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 skillful 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.


How To Be With Your Thoughts with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (£10*)

10th May: 7:00pm - 9 pm (The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS)

Is your mind constantly busy, caught up with regrets from the past, worried or anxious about the future or perhaps always reaching for future satisfaction, with little rest or peace of mind in the present?  This public talk with Ringu Tulku, presents a precious opportunity to learn how to relate with your thoughts differently for a more stable, peaceful and joyful mind and life.

Registration will begin from 7pm, the talk from 7:30pm and the Q&A from 8:30pm. Refreshments will be available and are included in the ticket price.

Thank you, your generosity helps makes these events possible and 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.

How To Choose Love Over Fear with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (£10*)

11th May: 7:00pm - 9 pm (The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS)

Life isn’t always a walk in the park, sometimes we don’t get what we want, get the things we don’t want or lose the things we do want! Relationships, work and world events can at times be confusing, difficult and upsetting resulting in us closing our hearts.  This public talk with Ringu Tulku will explore how to keep our hearts open and connected with love despite the challenges life brings.

Registration will begin from 7pm, the talk from 7:30pm and the Q&A from 8:30pm. Refreshments will be available and are included in the ticket price.

Thank you, your generosity helps makes these events possible and 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 11th, 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.

Being With Your Thoughts and Choosing Love Over Fear with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche (*£15)

10th and 11th May: 7:00pm - 9 pm (The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester ME1 1LS)

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.

Thank you, your generosity helps makes these events possible and 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.

Eight Week Mindfulness Course (£250*)

5th May-23rd June 2017: 7:30pm - 10:00pm Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

BENEFITS OF A MINDFULNESS COURSE

Training in Mindfulness allows us to recognise the "gap" between our thoughts, sensations, emotions and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to respond instead of react to them or realise that no response is necessary as we choose to simply be, remaining in awareness as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky like nature of our mind. In this way we can disengage the "automatic pilot" which often drives our lives and have our mind serve us rather than have us be the servants of our wandering and often tiresome mind.

Training in Mindfulness can also help us recognise our mind's habits and realise how those habitual patterns create our reality when interpreting events based on our current mood. This recognition in awareness, thus slowly frees us from those habitual patterns, allowing us to let them go or act in a way that is kinder to ourselves and others in the moment as we realise that our reality is less fixed and more fluid than we perhaps think.


Training in Mindfulness brings us into embodied presence, using a number of formal and informal mindfulness practices that are integrated into daily life, allowing us to show up for our life as it happens moment by moment and experience the rich tapestry of our experience as it unfolds with more peace of mind.

Mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone can benefit from connecting with and training in. Whether it is to help with life's stresses, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, general well-being or to explore the dimensions of our mind and the experience of what it means to be a human being.

Mindfulness can help us find more peace in an often frantic world, reignite our wonder, creativity and gratitude for life while bringing more presence and spacious kindness to ourself and others as we travel through it.

THE COURSE

Training in mindfulness, like anything needs to be consistent to bring results and that's what a structured eight week course, complete with group work and individual home practice is designed to do. It is perfect for those who are completely new and those looking to commit more to their current practice with the support of the course, the group and an instructor.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn a combination of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy techniques, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindfulness of eating, breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, sounds and movement, as well as a number of other techniques and thought experiments that support the process.

THE COURSE WILL BE SUPPORTED BY

- An e-booklet helping you explore and deepen you understanding of the themes covered in your weekly sessions. It will also include weekly Home Practice Guidance and Record Sheets to help you keep track of your progress.

- Online guided Audio Meditations to guide and support you in your home practice.

- Email support in between sessions with Cesare to discuss or elucidate any points emerging during your home practice.

- Certificate of completion

Each of the eight sessions will cover a particular theme, these eight themes are:

1. Waking Up To Automatic Pilot
2. Living in Our Heads
3.The Power of Being Present
4. Recognising the Mind's Habits
5. Allowing and Letting Be
6.Thoughts Are Not Facts
7. Taking Care of Ourself
8. Maintaining and Deepening Practice

The course will also include a silent retreat day on the weekend before the last session, where we will practice the techniques and methods learnt in silence together, allowing us to deepen into and consolidate the practice we have put in over the weeks.

***Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of up to 1 hour of home practice in-between sessions. The home practice elements are a core feature of these courses, enabling participants to become familiar with them and explore their cumulative benefits. Simply attending the taught components of these courses, although useful, wont allow for the complete experience and benefits the course is designed to provide***

***Prior to the start of the course there will be a questionnaire (to assess prior experience and any physical and/or mental health needs) for all prospective participants to complete and return***

PAST PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

"This course is brilliant!"

"I found the mindfulness course truly inspiring. Cesare delivered a fantastic training with an informative yet very personal and individual feel. It has changed the way I live my life. Every moment feels more sacred and my mind feels calmer."

"I loved the open group discussions and the rapport I had with the group as a whole."

"The mindfulness course has transformed many aspects of my mind and the way I

react/over analyse situations. This has allowed me to create more nourishing
relationships in my life."

"It has allowed me to work towards becoming and maintaining my best self."

"Learning to be more mindful has allowed me to become more grounded, I am now
more aware of my thoughts and actions."

"I have understood the power of giving time and taking care of myself, and how
this energy has an expansive effect on those around me."

"I have learned how to connect my mind with my body and this has
helped me release tension in problem areas."

"The mindfulness course has given me a strength to be kind to myself - to allow myself some breathing space which has enabled me to be of benefit to others."

YOUR MINDFULNESS INSTRUCTOR

Cesare completed his Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford. He currently conducts Mindfulness Courses and Training for Organisations e.g. Medway Council and Young Healthy Minds. Cesare is also a qualified Counsellor with Kent and Medway NHS, and runs a successful private Psychotherapy practice.

Cesare began as a teacher in secondary schools. He later went onto Education, Training and Employment within UK Prisons, and then specialised in Addiction and Substance Misuse Counselling.


For over 9 years, Cesare’s own meditation practice has been under the guidance of international Buddhist teachers. He set up Bodhicharya Kent, a non-profit group which provides teachings and practice in meditation and Buddhism. There he has been facilitating thriving ongoing weekly meditation classes for the Kent community in Rochester for the past 4 years, under the guidance of his main teacher, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

DETAILS

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

Times
Sessions will be between 2 and 2.5 hours and the start time will be from 7:30pm.

Dates
Friday May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd.

Day Retreat
Silent Day Retreat on Sunday 18th June, 10:30am - 4:30pm

St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD

Cost
£250 (Payment plans available, please do get in touch)

To book your place now, please follow the PayPal link below

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If you have any questions at all regarding the course or payment, then please do get in touch via email or with the number below.

Hoping to see you in Spring and to accompany you on your mindfulness journey.

Very best wishes,

Cesare

cesare_saguato@hotmail.co.uk

07766720702

Day Retreat with Karma Sonam Rinchen (£15*) Topic TBC

11th June: 10:30am - 5pm (St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD)

Rinchen left for the Caribbean from England at 22 years old, living and working there during the '70s and '80s as a lay Buddhist.

At the end of the '80s he went to a Zen monastery to train as a monk and teacher and was asked to start up a temple in Scotland in 1998.  He returned to the West Indies to teach in 2002.

In 2009 at Bodhgaya he joined Ringu Tulku's lineage, becoming one of his monks.

He currently lives in the Caribbean teaching in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Antigua and Montserrat as the head of Bodhicharya Caribbean.  Most summers he travels to Europe, oftening being invited to and teaching at Bodhicharya Groups in the UK.


* There are limited concession and complimentary places available on events, courses and workshops. Where possible, we offer Dharma on a suggested donation basis to help cover our costs. If you feel that you or someone you know is eligible for a concession or complimentary place, then please email us at bk.meditate@gmail.com.