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Bodhicharya London

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 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. He then often teaches at the London Samye Dzong, or at Rigpa London.

What is Bodhicharya?

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.

Summmer Camps

Man meditating

Once a year

Every year, there is a Bodhicharya Summer Camp.

This year’s Bodhicharya Summer Camp will take place online via a Zoom Webinar with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche teaching from Gangtok, Sikkim.

Topic: “Training & Path”
Dates: Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2 August 2020

Like every year, the online Summer Camp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend previous years’ sessions.

To find out more and register, click here.

Day Retreats

Meditation Group

Once a month on a Saturday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Helios Centre or ZOOM

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.

Please look at the day retreat page of the site for updated information.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

Daily Sessions

Medicine Buddha

Calm Abiding Meditation
7:30 a.m. – 08:30 a.m.

Every morning fthere is an online ‘silent meditation’ meeting. Together, we are doing ‘Shamatha’ (Calm Abiding) meditation. Please feel free to drop in and out if you can’t attend the whole meditation. We’ll be there.

Morning Chenresig Practice
10:00 a.m. – ca. 10:45 a.m.

Please see the notes on the weekly Chenresig practice.

Lunchtime Medicine Buddha Practice
1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

The Medicine Buddha Practice we do is a concise Tibetan Buddhist meditation which involves recitation, a visualisation and mantras. It is designed to improve stability and health. It can be done by everybody who has the necessary authorisation.

For these three sessions, we use the ZOOM platform.
ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

The “Middle Way” study group

study group

Every Monday evening | 8 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. | on ZOOM

“The Middle Way” is a new peer to peer, self-study group with the objective of helping each other build the basic vocabulary and explore some of the ideas of Buddhist philosophy, culminating with Nagarjuna’s Middle Way.
We have started a shared journey, covering the foundations of the theories of non-self, the Abhidharma schools and the various Mahayana schools on emptiness.

The group is open to everyone, particularly to non-experts: the only pre-requisite is curiosity about the topics.

We will try to make the discussions lively, useful and lightened up by a good dose of humour.

If you are interested, please contact Michele: michele.sisto@tiscali.it.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

Buddhism - The Foundations

Buddha

Every Tuesday evening | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | on ZOOM

This group, led by Buddhist monk Karma Norbu, is open to everyone interested in studying and discussing the foundations of Buddhism. Some of the themes we will be looking at include:

  • Who was the Buddha? His life and times.
  • His core teachings: The Four Noble Truths.
  • The relevance of Buddhism in contemporary daily life. How do we apply these teachings today?
  • Mindfulness - its origin in the Buddha’s teachings and effective application.
  • Meditation - it’s easier than you may think!
  • How to live a happy and fulfilling life.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

The Buddha of Compassion

Chenrezig

Every Wednesday evening | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | on ZOOM

We are doing the Chenresig practice every Wenesday evening, from 19h00 to 20h00 on ZOOM.

The Chenresig Practice is the most widely practised Tibetan Buddhist meditation which involves recitation, a visualisation and mantras. It is designed to stabilise the mind in compassion.

We will be doing this practice together in Tibetan with English translation. It involves a simple visualisation, reading the text together and reciting the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. Through doing this practice, we invoke love and compassion for all sentient beings in the form of Chenrezig, a symbol of the compassion of all Buddhas. Ringu Tulku wrote an excellent commentary on the practice, which can be bought here.

All are welcome, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism required.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

Discussion and Meditation

Meditation Group

Every Thursday evening | 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | on ZOOM

We are mainly discussing Ringu Tulku’s book, “Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs”, followed by meditation. Please bring the book if you have a copy. We will read out the sections that we discuss, so it does not matter if you do not have a copy.

This group combines formal presentations and inclusive informal discussions.

We also have meditation sessions, sometimes (as needed) with guided meditation. Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

White Tara, the Saviouress

White Tara

Every Friday evening | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | on ZOOM

The White Tara Practice is a popular Tibetan Buddhist meditation which involves recitation, a visualisation and mantras. It is designed to stabilise the mind in a sense of love and well-being. White Tara is also practiced traditionally for long life and health.

This practice is accessible to people who have the necessary authorisation.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

The Way of the Bodhisattva – Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra Study Group

Bodhisattva

Every Saturday evening | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | on ZOOM (except when there are Day Retreats)

From 16 January 2021 onwards we study Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s course on Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra in a weekly discussion and support group. The text can be found here. The teachings by Ringu Tulku can be found on bodhicharya.org.

We will be starting from the very first teaching, going through the course week by week. We’ll listen to the recorded teachings in our own time, then we can come together to share and discuss what we make of it individually, each having our own time slot to talk in. We can pool our relative understanding on these vital teachings and share what pertains to each of our individual paths, kindly supporting each other. We will also be able to ask Ringu Tulku questions in his monthly Q&A sessions on this course.

Anyone who is on Ringu Tulku’s Bodhicharyavatara course, at any stage, is welcome to use this space to discuss their understanding and practice of it. We will help each other with the English language if needed.

ZOOM: https://zoom.us…
Meeting ID: 325 545 986
Password: 025316

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

About Ringu Tulku

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.

More information about Ringu Tulku can be found here.

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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.

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