Archive for the ‘Buddhist meditation’ Category

Ringu Tulku visit to Bosham Thursday 9th July 7pm

July 4, 2015

Just a final reminder that we are hosting our Lama, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on Thursday 9th July at 7pm

The talk is entitled Overcoming obstacles to meditation and admission will be by donation


The Hamblin Hall, Bosham House, Main Road, Bosham, West Sussex

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Bosham House 2013

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at Bosham House 2013



Thank you Lama Zangmo

April 29, 2015

BBG was very pleased to host Lama Zangmo from Samye Dzong in London a couple of weeks ago at our Thursday meeting, and also delighted to see so many people! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and the topic The Sixteen Fears and their remedies. We learnt from Lama Zangmo that these appear in the Green Tara practice, and refer to external and internal fears or dangers. Some of the external fears have changed since the time the text was written (not so many lions and poisonous snakes in England these days), but we can find plenty of our own: pollution, cars, war, environmental threats, crime….each one of us can add to this list. But of course the essence of the teaching is about our internal world, since external change can only happen after internal change. The basis of all our negative emotions is fear – a natural part of being human. Lama Zangmo told us that a good way of measuring our progress in mind-training is whether our negative emotions and behaviour are decreasing. No doubt some days we might take a little step forward, others a giant leap backwards…The eight inner fears are represented by external symbols – such as the elephant of ignorance or the snake of jealousy. We were urged to use the symbols as a way of contemplating the impact of our negative feelings, and were given ways to overcome them, such as generosity and humility, which don’t always rush to us in the heat of the moment! Thank you Lama Zangmo for a lovely talk – let’s hope she will come again soon. In the meantime there are plenty of excellent teachings on offer at Samye Dzong – programme here.

Ven Rinchen at Bosham 14th May

April 29, 2015


Hot on the tails of Lama Zangmo’s visit last month, we are pleased to welcome Venerable Rinchen again – Thursday 14th May at Hamblin Hall, Bosham House starting 7.30 prompt.  He will be teaching on Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s pith instructions for the Dzogchen meditation.  Rinchen is based in the Caribbean where he runs Bodhicharya groups for Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

Dzogchen is a Tibetan word that means Great Perfection. On the outer level it refers to a method of meditative practice that enables us to recognize our true nature. Ultimately, great perfection is that very nature: the natural, primordially pure nature of mind. (Lama Surya Das)

Tong Len teaching BBG Thursday 8th August

August 5, 2013
Venerable Kassapo has agreed to talk about Tong Len (one of the practices for transforming suffering), at this Thursday’s meeting.
Kassapo has visited us previously and some of you may remember him from his days at Chithurst Monastery.  Following his initial training there he ordained in the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism and has been in India working with HH Dalai Lama and HE Dorje Dhenpa (see biog below).
Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 start at The Hamblin Hall, Bosham House, Main Road, Bosham, PO18 8PJ.
Venerable Kassapo (also known as Ngawang Khyenste la) is an English-born monk, who has received extensive training in all three traditions of the Dharma. He has been meditating since he was 11 years old. He is one of the senior monks of Gongkar Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche (the head of the Dzongpa lineage of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism). Kassapo’s root gurus are: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche and His Eminence Dorje Dhenpa Rinpoche. Kassapo has a deep understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and how to apply them practically in our modern world.
If you would like to see more about Kassapo, here is a link to his Facebook page:

Tenzin Peljor visit 14th July

July 5, 2013

Tenzin Peljor JPG



Our friend the Venerable Gelong Tenzin Peljor is making another visit to the group at Bosham House on Sunday July 14th.

All are welcome to attend, the teachings will run from 10.00 – 4.00 with lunch from 12.00 – 2.00.

German born Tenzin Peljor is a Buddhist monk has varied spiritual experience. In 2007, at the request of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Ven. Tenzin became resident monk at Rinpoche’s Berlin Centre. He has studied Buddhist philosophy in Italy and visits prison inmates on their request. Ven. Tenzin has a warm, empathetic approach and is fluent in English.

You are invited to make a donation at the door to help cover costs and to contribute towards our offering to Tenzin.                                                              

There will be a shared buffet lunch, please bring food to share!

If you have any questions please contact: or phone 07811 956016.

Tsering Paldron visit change of venue for 14th October

October 5, 2012


We have been fortunate to secure a visit from Tsering Paldron whilst she is briefly in the UK, she is a nun who is currently living in Portugal and is a long term student of Rinpoche.

She will be with us at our home base, Bosham House, Hamblin Hall on Sunday 14th October from 10.00 – 4.00 and will be sharing her thoughts and experience of Green Tara and the practise of Green Tara the Bodhisattva who frees beings from fear.

No need to book but it would be helpful if you can email to let us know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.  We will be having a shared lunch, so you are invited to bring some vegetarian food to share.

This is a brief extract from Tsering’s website:

When I left Portugal in 1973 (heavens, I am so old!) The word self-esteem did not yet exist. Consequently, one would be more at peace with yourself and others less but nobody suffered from low self-esteem because nobody knew what it was.

This is the problem of words and concepts: from the moment that there are shape and transform reality – often complicating it.

After that I lived 22 years in a world where nobody told me about self-esteem. Rather Buddhist teachings … I heard during these two decades all spoke of how pampered less ego. Of how much more we are focusing more about us and how we suffer, to be happy, you may want to think more about others and less on themselves. So the first time I came across the word self-esteem reacted with surprise to an alien: what the hell would that be and how it could be a good thing to have yourself in high regard?

HH Dalai Lama visit to UK June 2012

January 16, 2012


Tibet House Trust is delighted to announce that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be visiting the UK from 16th to 23rd June 2012.

The key themes throughout the visit will be the promotion of His Holiness’ message, particularly to young people, of non-violence, dialogue and universal responsibility.

The visit will start in Manchester on 16th June with an event with His Holiness, especially for young people followed, on 17th and 18th, by a Public Talk and three sessions of Buddhist teachings.


On the 19th June there will be a Public Talk in London and then His Holiness will visit Scotland on 22nd and 23rd.

The Box Offices for Manchester Arena and the Royal Albert Hall, London will open mid March.

For further information:

This website will be kept updated as details of the programme are confirmed.

Day Retreat with Chudrun

November 27, 2011

 Ani Chudrun has long been a friend and supporter of BBG and for may years she was an ordained Nun. Recently she has become a householder and handed back her Nuns vows.  Like most of us she is navigating a dharma path which includes running a business and making money.

 This day retreat/ workshop is about dealing with some of the ethical issues which arise for all of us.  ‘What is a fair price?’ How to live within an ethos of Right Livelihood and how to make an ethical living in a consumer based culture where the idea of money and self worth seem impossible to separate. Sometimes placating the ‘ethical’ demon and maybe undervaluing ourselves seems to be an easier option than asking the going rate.

The retreat will be held at Bosham House on Saturday December 10th from  10am to 4pm and I’m sure it will create some debate and reveal some practical experience and solutions based on our dharma and especially Vajrayana practice.  Even The Buddha and all his subsequent followers through the ages have to sustain themselves.

Suggested donation £10 to cover the hire of the hall and a donation to Chudrun, however we urge you to come along  and offer what you can, be it less or more!  You are invited to bring lunch to share.


RIP Chan Master John Crook

July 25, 2011

 I first encountered the buddhadharma by accident following a Radio 4 programme entitled ‘A Place of Silence’ so typical for R4 to make a radio programme about silence!  Thankfully I noted the contact details and some years later found myself in a dark farmhouse in the middle of Wales.  The leader seemed a strange old bird with his talk of a freedom through absence of chatter and I hated the first couple of days.  ‘Who am I?’ what’s that about?  On the third day I woke up with the thought that this was it, something rediscovered and I got stuck in to hours of meditation and self enquiry with gusto.

Following that I went on many retreats, became a retreat cook, discovered our dear Rinpoche and followed a dharma path.   Now 12 years later that ‘strange old bird’ has died and I feel devastated.

Some of you will have known John Crook through personal meetings or through his books, professionally he was a socioecologist at Bristol University and  travelled  extensively in the Himalyan Kingdom of Ladakh, noting the ways of villagers and meeting lamas.  I can highly recommend ‘The Yogins of Ladakh’, travelogue, dharma teaching and self revelation.

John’s introduction to Buddhism was through the Chinese Chan tradition of Zen Buddhism and he studied under his main teacher Master Sheng Yen for many years, becoming his first European dharma heir.  John saw similarities with the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition and found a Tibetan Dzogchen teacher in Wales.

He devised the Western Zen Retreat in the 1980’s, bought a remote farmhouse, ‘Maenllwyd’ (Welsh – ‘grey stones’) and created the Western Chan Fellowship which has introduced many to the buddhadharma.  These retreats were and continue to be ‘a simple monastic retreat’ devised to face ‘the major paradox – who am I?’

I consider myself very fortunate to have met and practiced with John and miss him very much.

As an introduction to John and especially for those studying the Heart Sutra I can heartily recommend this teaching he gave in 2007.  Click here; The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment.  

Sister Kovida teachings online

May 28, 2011

 Sister Kovida’s recent teachings at The Hamblin Hall, Bosham House are now available to listen online or download to your computer or MP3 player.  Click Ajan Kovida or go to the Audio page to your right.

Ajahn Kovida gave several teachings at the Hamblin Hall on meditation and being present.  She talked with great clarity and insight on becoming aware of our habitual prosesses and refining our attention.  Sister Kovida also talked about many issues including  the transition between activities, be they sitting quietly, conversing with another, standing and walking, all the activities we encounter in daily life.

How do I react, when do I react and just letting it be; let come, let be, what happens next?  It’s your discovery!

There are many audio teachings available on this page including Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s teachings to BBG Bosham, Chenrezig puja and the prayers we  recite at each meeting.