HHK visit to Europe 2016

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ringu Tulku Visit to Dublin CANCELLED

 His Holiness Karmapa is to visit the UK in  May which  coincides with Ringu Tulku's visit to Dublin.  His Holiness yesterday requested Rinpoche to accompany him throughout the entire period of his UK visit,  and consequently Rinpoche will not be coming to Dublin.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Visit of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche to Ireland, May 2017

Ringu Tulku has given dates for this years visit to Dublin Kagyu Samye Dzong  23rd-25th May, and to Dzogchen Beara in West Cork 26th -28th May.  The teachings have yet to be announced, and sadly the Bodhicharya Public Teaching Event normally held at the Hilton Hotel will not take place due to Rinpoche's extended travel schedule in response to more invitations and a growing interest in his teachings.  Rinpoche's visit to Ireland also coincides in part with His Holiness Karmapa's visit to the UK, which takes place that same week, with public events on 20th-21st May and 27th May. Please see previous post for details. 

His Holiness Karmapa visits the UK in May 2017 EVENT now SOLD OUT

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa will be giving teachings for the first time in the UK at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane,  London W1K 1BE on the weekend of 20th - 21st May. The tickets for that weekend will go on sale 9 am on Saturday 22nd April online at: karmapavisituk   where all information on the visit is available.

The Long Life (Amitayus) Empowerment at the Lakeside International Hotel, Camberley Surrey on Saturday the 27th  May,  has immediately sold out.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche  has had to cancel some of his own teaching dates around that time, but indicated that he will be keeping his Dublin Teaching schedule, for three evenings from 23rd- 25th May at Dublin Kagyu Samye Dzong, Kilmainham Well House. If there is any change it will be posted here. 

Monday, 27 February 2017


Today, Monday 27th February 2017, is the first day of the new year on the Tibetan calendar and 

Ringu Tulku again offers us some guidance, words of encouragement and a 'Glorious Tashi 

Delek' to kick start the year of the Female Fire Bird.  Thank you Rinpoche from your Irish students 

and friends who also wish you and your family a Glorious Tashi Delek - bhliain nua sasta

Friday, 10 February 2017

Annual Bodhicharya Summercamp in Porto with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Some of the Irish Bodhicharya Sangha with Rinpoche in 2015.
The registration has now opened for this year's summercamp in Portugal, led by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.  31st July - 6th August 2017

The week long retreat is in a beautiful Christian monastery at Vila Verde, Nr Braga, north of Porto. Rinpoche has not yet named this years teaching text,  however, sunshine, organic food, great company and the wonderful presence of Ringu Tulku is not in question.
All the information you need is  on the Bodhicharya Portugal Website


This year's residential retreat with Donal will take place at Teach Bhride in Co Carlow.  The six day retreat starts after lunch. Monday 4th September - Sunday 10th September 2017.


‘No matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.’

GM Hopkins

‘The world today is full of uncertainty, hopelessness, fear and sorrow. Sorrow is
both an outward and inner experience and its source lies in the depths of the
human heart.
In our retreat we will contemplate, meditate and inquire into this and other
fundamental questions and ask if its possible to live our lives from a source beyond
the spring’s of sorrow.’

Date: 4pm Monday 4th September – Sunday 10th September, (after Lunch)
Cost, including instruction, vegetarian meals and accommodation :

Standard single room (shared bathroom) 445 euro per person
Twin/double room (shared bathroom) 410 euro per person

Payment Guidelines - 
• Places will be reserved strictly in order of receipt of email registering interest. Once you hear you have a place, this must be                  followed  by a deposit of 75 euro by bank transfer (see details below).

• You can pay the full amount now, otherwise the balance should be paid by bank transfer by
   the 3oth June 2017 . If transferring sterling, Western Union give best exchange rates.

• Retreat deposit is refundable until 30th June 2017. After that date, unless someone can take your place, money will only be                        refunded if retreat is cancelled by Bodhicharya Ireland,

• A stand-by list will be kept by us when the retreat is full (in case of cancellations). 

• Please confirm your place with us before any transfer of money. Please make sure your own name is on the bank transfer.

• Queries please phone Eimear 00353 (0) 87 2914011 or Eddie 00353 (0) 87 753 0453

Teach Bhride Retreat and
Education Centre , Tullow,
Co Carlow

Bank transfers/deposits to Bodhicharya Ireland, AIB, Main Street, Arklow, Co Wicklow
IBAN IE31AIBK93302337705188      BIC AIBKIE2


About Dónal

Dónal Creedon studied and practised with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat. He also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach. He is currently involved in leading retreats in a number of countries.                                   www.donalcreedon.org

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Simple Things

Tajik children review tattered class notes before school.   photo Michael Yamashita

   "We human beings all live on the love of others, and even during our short life when we believe we are  independent, we are not; we are still dependent, we need the love of others, we need appreciation from others, we need help and support from others. If we don’t support each other and help each other, we cannot get anything done. We can’t be successful or happy; we cannot do anything or progress. It’s like the saying: “When the trees support each other, then we have houses and cities, when human beings support each other we have society, we have civilisation.” If there is no support, there is no society or civilisation, so the whole of human civilisation, human society, survives on supporting and helping each other.

    "This is very important to understand. When we understand this, that we are not independent, that we are totally dependent,  completely dependent, that we live by the love of others and the support of others, we grow and develop because of that dependence. Not only at the time of dying but also the bit in between. When we understand this, then when we are able to, we have to help others and when we help others, they will help us in return. So when I help somebody, when I help society, when I do something good, something that’s useful and beneficial, I’m doing it for myself, and I’m doing it for society, for my own people, it’s “WE”.

    "There is this saying in Sanskrit in India: “For the sake of the world one must sacrifice one’s country, for the sake of one’s country one must sacrifice one’s village, for the sake of one’s village one must sacrifice one’s family for the sake of one’s family one must sacrifice oneself.” The world is the most important thing, because the world includes every one of us, our country, our village, our community, our family, myself.
    "If the world is going bad, then how can my country be good, my village, my family be good? So, therefore, the world is most important. But then the country is more important than my village
and family and myself, because we are all included in the country. So, if the country is in a very bad situation, a negative situation, getting into wars and famines, then it will affect my village and family, and myself. Then, my village is important because that is where my family and I live. Then, next in importance is my family because I am part of that too.

  "But, I think that way of looking at this can become a little reversed in a very materialistic egoistic way, in a kind of ultra-modern way of looking sometimes. For my sake, I sacrifice my family, for the sake of my family, I sacrifice my village, for the sake of my village, I sacrifice my country, for the sake of my country, I sacrifice my world. For me, I sacrifice the whole world! Sometimes it’s like that nowadays, but that’s totally idiotic because it’s not possible. I cannot have something really good if everyone is in a bad shape. So, the most important understanding is to think about how dependent I am, how interdependent we all are. When I know that I am interdependent with others, if I do something for others, it’s not just others who are benefitting but I am also receiving benefit. It’s not like a business (transaction). When I do something that I know and understand is something beneficial then I feel more useful, more important, more meaningful. But if I think only of what ways to help myself and nobody else, where will it get me? Maybe we have to think that. What should I do if I just want to help myself and nobody else? How can I do it? Should I just close my door and sit in a room? Cook myself very nice food and sleep all day. That may be nice for a few days but then what would happen?"

from a teaching by Ringu Rulku Rinpoche, given in Helsinki, Finland, 2012
transcribed by Margaret Ford
courtesy of Minna Stenroos.

Thank you