Saturday, 16 September 2017

A response to retreat with Donal Creedon at Teach Bhride

Five of us tumbled out of the car at Tullow; after overdue flights, we were nearly late for the start of the retreat.
As we walked towards the long grey building one of us was heard to say that his Catholic past was reaching out to oppress him. But it wasn’t like that at all, the building was light and full of flowers and friendliness.  Bedrooms were light and bathrooms plentiful, food good, and the staff were an absolute delight.  They could not do enough for us.  The retreat organisers had everything calmly and competently in hand.
As a long time sitter at the feet of Donal Creedon, I knew what to expect, teachings – and lots of sitting.  We had both in abundance, based on Ringu Tulku’s book, ‘Like Dreams and Clouds’*.   I particularly valued the guided meditations in the afternoons.  There is a quality in Donal’s retreats that comes from the fact that he is always there, quietly, unassumingly, definitely present.  He calls it ‘holding the space’, and this is exactly how it is.  We sit, and wander off to meditate in the garden (full of the most beautiful and unusual trees), and when we come back, there he always is.  It gives a quality to the retreat that I have not found in others where the teacher comes and goes.
Each evening, there was a dialogue/discussion, mostly on the theme of the retreat, which was ‘Sorrow’.  The Gerard Manley Hopkins poem Donal chose to illustrate his theme was perhaps a bit challenging, especially to non-English speakers, with its archaic language and sprung rhythm, but we touched deeply on the subject on a couple of the evenings.
It was a pleasure to be with people from so many countries all with the same purpose, and of course the always lovely Irish.      
 Hilary Hawker  
Group retreat dialogue 

*Like Dreams and Clouds, Emptiness and Interdependence; Mahamudra and Dzogchen’ Ringu Tulku Rinpoche 2011.  Bodhicharya Publications Heart Wisdom Series
Also available from Bodhicharya Ireland €10 +€4 p&p to the Eurozone.

Photos: Romain Ricard, Balthazaar de Andrade,  Hilary Hawker.                                                                                                                

Monday, 11 September 2017

URGENT Helping Barbuda Islanders in the Hurricane Torn Caribbean

Our dear friend Rinchen who runs the Caribbean Bodhicharya Sangha on Antigua has been sending updates following the passage of Hurricane Irma which totally flattened neighbouring Barbuda Island, everything is gone. Some help has come from Venezuela, planes have airlifted survivors to Antigua, which is a twin island to Barbuda, and where members of Bodhicharya are providing homes and shelter however they can. Rinchen sent us a link to a bona fide website where donations can be made to help with foodstuffs and clothing to begin with.

Rinchen mostly lives and travels by boat, and remarkably both he and the boat are safe, and the damage to Antigua was less than anticipated, he was able to meet with his meditation group on Antigua last weekend, as planned.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Summercamp teachings 2017 . White Tara as a basis for meditation practice.

A meditating owl at White Tara,  Summercamp Portugal

The Summercamp teachings  this year were  again in Portugal, the week was relaxing and  Rinpoche privileged us with a very helpful  teaching on the short White Tara sadhana by  Tenga Rinpoche. A review of  Bodhicharya  Summercamp can be found on the  Bodhicharya International website.

at the beach,  Soutelo, Vila Verde,  Portugal

Rinpoche's schedule this summer has included
accompanying His Holiness Karmapa in London,
and presiding over two separate weeks of Monlam (wishing) prayers, one in Kamalashila, Germany and a second  in Paris  at the Bois de Vincennes Pagoda.

 some of the Irish sangha with Ringu Tulku
[photos - Minna Stenroos, Francois Henrard, Mary Callaghan.]

Rinpoche at Vincennes Pagoda Monlam

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Changes to Rinpoche's Travel Schedule

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Dear Friends,

As many of you have noticed, Rinpoche's planned travel schedule from 22nd August to 22nd September has been cancelled. This is so Rinpoche can attend Mahamudra Teachings in India. Thank you for your understanding.
You can see Rinpoche’s complete Travel Schedule here:
Travel Schedule
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Friday, 28 April 2017

Fantastic news, Karmapa UK visit moves to new larger London venue to accommodate more people

Due to very high demand for tickets, and many disappointed people, the organisers of the visit of His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa  to the UK in May have found a larger venue at the Battersea Evolution, South London, which means there are to be more seats available. The tickets you have bought for the Hilton will be valid, and a fresh quota of tickets will go on sale on the evening of Tuesday 2nd May via  to accommodate those of you who were disappointed.
please read a message from the event organisers here .

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ringu Tulku Visit to Dublin cancelled

 Sadly we must confirm that Rinpoche will not be with us in May. His Holiness 17th Karmapa is to visit the UK in  May which  coincides with Ringu Tulku's planned visit to Dublin, and he will be accompanying his Holiness for this, his first UK visit.

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.