Bodhicharya London Day Retreat

Who we are

We are a Buddhist group which provides
teachings & practice in meditation & Buddhism.

Day Retreat

Our previous Day Retreat (May 2019): We are so familiar with samsara (our habitual, conditioned existence), that it has become very interesting to find avenues towards enlightenment through exploring it and clearing it up. We had a most enjoyable day retreat, exploring our relationship with our existence.

→ Note, our next Day Retreat after the summer break will be on 14 September with Lama Wangmo. Because we are on our summer break now, the regular Thursday evening meetings at Helios will resume from 5 September, 2019, at 6.30pm.

Day Retreat, 13 July 2019, with Tenzin Peljor: “How to use the troubles, pains and joys of this world (samsara), to attain mental strength and mental freedom (nirvana)”


Those who follow Buddhism or who have a basic understanding of it, learned already or have a good insight into the unsatisfactory nature of life. This nature does not deny the joys, qualities and bliss of this life, but hints to a deeper problem of existence, that no matter how happy we are, no matter what good period of life we can enjoy, nothing of this lasts forever.

“Where there is meeting there is separation, where there is rise there is fall, where there is accumulation there is exhaustion, where there is birth there is death.” – The Buddha

After the Buddha gave the diagnosis of the state of our samsaric existence, the Buddha taught the causes of dissatisfaction (dukkha) and said there is a state beyond that unsatisfactory nature of existence, the total peace of nirvana and he taught the way to it.

On this Saturday Day Retreat we will focus on how to use the sorrows, pains and joys of this world, our inner and the outer world, for spiritual growth, to get more mental freedom and to come closer to nirvana. Basically, the question we examine and try to find answers for is: How can we use all of our daily experiences for spiritual growth and to achieve truly lasting inner freedom and satisfaction – nirvana?

About London’s Day Retreats

Bodhicharya London is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku. We have been doing stimulating monthly day retreats at the Helios Centre for some time now. Some meditation sessions will be guided.

We do a number of 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.

Please join us on this day and the meal afterwards, which will also be a little celebration of Dirk's 60th birthday, which is on the 27th of May.


HELIOS, 116 Judd Street WC1H 9NS, near St. Pancras Station; map


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The suggested voluntary donation is £20 for the day and the venue. If you can’t afford it, you can give a smaller amount (just mention this to the group guide). We have two optional additional collections. One collection is for either Ringu Tulku or the Rigul Trust, and one for the retreat guide.

We usually have lunch nearby for about £6, if you would like to join us.

We are saving money for future projects (for example our visiting teachers), so if you give more, it helps us fund these. You can also become a member, or make an additional donation on the the day or direct to our bank account.

Future Meditation Retreat Days

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