Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Rinpoche's Dublin Visit

Ringu Tulku at the Bailey Lighthouse on Howth Summit. Co Dublin in January 1990
Photo: John O'Neill
We are extremely happy to acknowledge and give grateful thanks to Rinpoche on the occasion of his 21st year of visiting Ireland. Many of us remember his first visit , which was for two weeks in January 1990, and included a brief trip to Dzogchen Beara. It was his first visit to the Western Hemisphere. In Dublin we were able to give Rinpoche an introduction to life in a european city, including breakfast in Bewleys. Above is an image taken during a walk around the Howth Head coastline north of Dublin Bay.
He has revisited us more than 21 times in those years, and taught on many many topics.
This year Rinpoche will give a week of teachings from the

Great Instructions to the Assembly, by Jé Gampopa

Ringu Tulku is bestowed the 'Gampopa Hat' on his first visit to Rigul Monastery, Eastern Tibet, since leaving in 1959.

Evening talks: Dublin Samye Dzong: 13/14/15/16th April 7.30 – 9 pm

56, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8

Topic: The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

  1. Grant your blessing that my mind may become one with the Dharma

  2. Grant your blessings that the dharma may go along the path

  3. Grant your blessing that dharma may clarify confusion

  4. Grant your blessings that I may transform confusion into wisdom

Weekend talks: The Dublin Writers Museum: 17th/18th April 2010. 10.45 - 4.45 both days.

Parnell Square, Dublin 1 (2 doors from Hugh Lane National Gallery)

Teachings on the Nature of Mind from the Great Instructions to the Assembly by

Je Gampopa

Costs: Weekend talks 50€ per day.

Evening Talks: 18€ per eve.

Bookings: Evening talks, cheques payable to Kagyu Buddhism Ireland, 56 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8.

Weekend teachings: Proceeds will be given directly to sponsor Rinpoche's charitable work in India and Tibet. Cheques payable to 'Sowa Rigpa Europe' and sent to Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin, address as above.

Please note : please send two separate payments if attending both evenings and weekend. Numbers will be limited at KSDD, so early booking is advised.

Concessions may be given. Donations to Rinoche's charities are welcome.

Further details:

Bodhicharya Ireland:,, ph. 01 453 7304

Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin:,, ph. 01 453 7427.

Rigpa Ireland:,

for those travelling from abroad, we can suggest the following places to stay.

Prices vary, so the list is in order of distance to Dublin Kagyu Samye Dzong.

The Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, (3 mins walk)

The Sheldon Park Hotel, (10mins by bus or tram)

The Ashling Hotel, Park Gate Street. (15/20 mins walk)

Jurys Hotel, Christchurch Place . (15 mins by bus )

Nua Haven, B&B Harolds Cross, (2 bus journeys, but good rates for single room, may have concessions for RT students)

The prices range around 80 - 105 for a twin room, and Sheldon Park currently has a very good special offer. Most include breakfast and seem open to price reduction if you plan to stay more than 3 nights. If you are travelling alone but happy to share, please contact us at and we can put you in touch with each other.

Kilmainham is 2.5 km west (45 mins walk) to/from Dublin City Centre and easily reached by bus or Luas (tram). It is 20 mins walk to Heuston Station.

Adjacent places of interest are: The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), National Museum at Collins Barracks, The National War Memorial Park, Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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