Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Meditation: What’s the Point?

Saturday 6th July at 2-5pm

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8

Booking not necessary. Donations at the door will go to support Ringu Tulku’s various charity projects.

As part of Ringu Tulku’s annual teaching visit to Ireland this year, Bodhicharya Ireland are hosting a public talk on Saturday 6th July on the topic of 'Meditation: What’s the point?'.

Ringu Tulku’s words take us directly and in a lighthearted way to the point of Buddhist meditation -  
“It helps to develop the two positive life enhancing qualities that lie naturally within us: clarity of mind and kindness for self and others

And, he says, it is through meditation we can come to understand how the interconnectedness of all things is crucial for human well-being and for the future of the planet.

No fuss or frills, it is as simple as that. The methods for practice are relaxed and straightforward, the logic is clear, and the result is peace of mind.

But, Is it relevant to the busy, modern global citizen of the 21st century or is it simply something from a mythical Asian past? What use is it to us, now, here, in Dublin, with our busy lives, protracted recession, disappointing politics and our disgruntled and emigrating youth?

Intended to be a frank and practical discussion on the benefits of meditation and how it can help us directly, this short informal talk in the comfortable surrounds of the Hilton in Kilmainham, is open to everyone and hopes to offer a wonderful introduction to the subject.

There will be a 30 min tea break in the middle and towards the end of the talk there will be the opportunity for the members of the audience to ask Ringu Tulku questions.

The following day we will continue with a Buddhist teaching from Ringu Tulku on the topic of Science and the Mind. Anyone who enjoyed the public talk is very welcome to join us for this too.

No need to book.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Teachings on the Abhidharma: A Science of Mind.

Investigating how we create our reality through the Five Skandhas.

Sunday 7th July at 9.30am

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8

Booking not necessary. Donations at the door will go to support Ringu Tulku’s various charity projects.

Creating chaos is the habit of an untrained mind. Teachings on the Abhidharma investigate the workings of the mind and human consciousness and explain how we come to develop a sense of 'self'. Using a commentary by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, 'The Gateway to Knowledge', [Vol 1], Ringu Tulku will explain  the Five Skhandas or Aggregates, which describe the ways we create our lived reality and relationship with the world.

The 'Tripitaka' or 'Three Baskets', is the name given to the entirety of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, the first being the Sutras, or sermons; the second is the Vinaya, which gives the guidelines for personal conduct on the path to realisation.

These teachings on Abhidharma are the third level or 'Basket' and provide a scientific and philosophical discourse of the previous two. They are often considered to represent the psychology of Buddhism, and are as relevant to the evolution of contemporary society as they were over 2,500 years ago; addressing amongst other things the basis for best practise in education, relationship, environmental issues, and outlining how wisdom, compassion and mindfulness are crucial for the future of our civilisation.

These teachings will also be open to those who attend the Saturday public talk. 

Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 
Doors open 9 am for 9.30 am start
Lunch 12.30 - 2 pm
Close 4.30 pm

There will be coffee / tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

Suggested donation €40 for the day.

Everyone is welcome to join Ringu Tulku for lunch at the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham on the Sunday.