HHK visit to Europe 2016

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

ANNUAL RETREAT in IRELAND with DONAL CREEDON

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.

SORROW’S SPRINGS

‘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.’

Practicalities:
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

bodhicharya.ireland@gmail.com


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

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rinpoche will be in Ireland for one week in May 2017


Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has confirmed his dates for Dublin and Dzogchen Beara in May this year.
Rinpoche will be teaching at Samye Dzong, Kilmainham Well House, Dublin from 22nd-25th May, and Dzogchen Beara in Cork from 26th - 28th May 2017.
Please watch this space for more updates.






Friday, 30 December 2016

Rinpoche in the Caribbean

Some of the students of Bodhicharya Caribbean Sangha on Antigua
Last Autumn , at the start of his teaching programme in Mexico and the US, Rinpoche spent some time visiting the Caribbean Island of Antigua, where Karma Rinchen is resident seafaring monk for Bodhicharya Caribbean.  Rinchen sent us a few words and photographs of Rinpoche's visit.  
At Rotten Hill



At Shirley Heights


"We had a very good time of it with Rinpoche here earlier this month. He was actually teaching over three days. We had two informal classes with sangha, and a day retreat, two public talks and the refuge ceremony (21 people took refuge for the first time). It all went pretty well and I think he enjoyed his time here very much". 

Meeting 2017 with Resolution, Resourcefulness and Resilience

Rinpoche's new year message from Bodhanath, Kathmandu, for all his students and friends:

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

Circumambulating the freshly renovated Bodhanath stupa I observed thousands of people from all over the world walking around it peacefully with their prayers in heart. This world heritage pilgrimage place was not built by a powerful king, a wealthy sponsor or a teacher with many followers. It was built by a poor and ordinary village woman who worked at the kings chicken farm, solely with her resolution, resourcefulness and resilience. 
I would like to share with you the peace and tranquility of this stupa and wish that you will face the 2017 with resolution, resourcefulness and resilience. 
Wish you a Very Happy New Year.

RINGU TULKU 
30.12.2016  
Kathmandu

This year's message from Rinpoche brings into focus the innate goodness that so easily manifests within and exudes from us, when all five elements are in balance. It is as well a reminder of the need for maintaining kindness, clarity and deliberation as we move forward in time. It also gives us the reassurance that even those of us with the most limited resources can make a difference in the present and for the future - our own and others - when we hold to a pure vision with tenacity, tranquility and devotion. This message encourages us to remember the innate qualities we must continue to generate, cultivate and practise as we start a new year that promises greater than usual uncertainty. We must be vigilant, and never separate from the developing inner wisdom which sustains our practise and reminds us of our inner strength; to keep the mind vast, alert, compassionate and aware, and our actions kind and to the point.

The Great Stupa of Bodhanath,  wherein lie the relics of Shakyamuni Buddha and countless other enlightened beings, draws people from all cultures and traditions to pray, prostrate, circumambulate, or just sit, sell, barter or beg, in a spirit of peace and respect. Also known as Jarung Kashor, so called because centuries ago a poultry keeper named Jadzima asked the King of Nepal for some land on which to erect a stupa after she had a dream that it should be done to purify her own negative karma. Normally the king would not give such a permission but this time he instantly responded, 'Yes it can be done', and so she invited her four sons to help, with the added incentive that they too would benefit. Jarung means 'So be it', or 'it can be done'; Kashor means 'slipped from the mouth'. And so it was built, a large chörten at first, but as time went by and people recognised the importance of such a reliquary, it was extended and became a great place of pilgrimage. In recent decades Kathmandu city has expanded to encircle it, and many great monasteries have been built close by. It is said to be 'wish fulfilling' as prayers will be answered when offered on first sight of the stupa.  There are many stories of miracles occurring in its vicinity.
On completion of the stupa after her death,  it is said that Jadzima's four sons continued the work, and afterwards each made a wish for their own future lives to be useful. The eldest was reborn as King Songtsen Gampo; the second a great minister of Tibet, Padma Gungtsen; the third became Sankarakshita; and the fourth was reborn as Padmasambhava - Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet.
Last years terrible earthquake almost completely destroyed Nepal, and also badly damaged the fine structure of the stupa. Again, in a resolute act of pure devotion, resourcefulness and great resilience  the local community have spent months restoring it by hand, brick by brick; it was finally completed in early December 2016, and the precious relics were replaced into the inner vault,  the outside was decked with prayer flags, painted with limewash and blessed with saffron water, decorating the dome with petals. Each of the main Tibetan Schools of Buddhism are represented by a monastery at Bodhanath and the Kudungs of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche also reside there.  




Tuesday, 1 November 2016


Living and Dying in Peace


A lifetime is like a flash of lightening in the sky.


Monday 31st October 2016 celebrated the launch of a new website for Bodhicharya.   'Living and Dying in Peace'  has come about through the  inspiration, tenacity and determination of Margaret Richardson.
To consider old age and death is the second contemplation of 'The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma'  and according to the teachings of Buddha, provides the impetus for living our life in a fulfilling and inclusive way.   Awareness of impermanence and death can stimulate an alertness to our everyday experience and interactions with others, as we recognise the preciousness of our own life.  Despite our best hopes, life is finite: we'll be gone soon enough, so how we face the final departure depends not only on how we live our life, but also requires practical measures and thinking not only of ourselves, but also of our families, friends, material belongings: what we will be leaving behind (which put another way, means everything we can't take with us).
Here we are offered a fresh perspective to all these things, and also asked that we pay attention to how we can meet death as Buddhists,  how we can prepare ourselves in  mind, body and spirit.
The information shared on the Living and Dying in Peace website overflows with advice on all these matters, practical and spiritual: on one page Rinpoche answers common and uncommon questions about death and dying and he talks about the tendency we have in the west especially, to imagine we are immortal - doing our best to avoid the topic.  We are given an opportunity to venture tentatively into the likelihood  of our own mortality and start to figure out how we might attend to it.  There are suggestions for ritual and prayer; helpful notes for relatives; advice for nurses and doctors who may not be familiar with the Buddhist approach to death; and on making a will or setting up power of attorney. There are suggestions for books to read and links to support services.   Most of the spiritual content originates from teachings on the topic by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, there's a talk from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and  contributions from Tsering Paldron from Bodhicharya Portugal, who also designed the website.

For a number of years until her recent retirement Margaret has been instrumental in developing the work of Rigul Trust, a charity originally set up by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche with Margaret Ford  in the mid 1990s.   Rigul Monastery is Rinpoche's seat in Tibet. As Abbot of Rigul, Rinpoche takes responsibility -in absentia- for its upkeep,  through the Rigul Trust, that raises funds to  feed, educate and also care for the medical needs of the monastery residents. It also helps the shedra, medical clinic, the monks, nuns, adults and children and their associate families.


See also  an inspired article on the hospice work of Kerry Egan recommended by New York Chaplain Justin Von Bujdoss of the Goshir Dharma Centre in Brooklyn.