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Ringu Tulku dates in Sussex and Hampshire

May 11, 2013


Rinpoche 2013 We can now confirm details of Ringu Tulku’s visit to Sussex and Hampshire in June this year:

Rinpoche will be visiting us at Bosham House on Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th   and will be giving teachings on Buddhanature – the qualities of Buddhahood present in all beings.

Rinpoche will also be giving talks in Southampton on Monday 17th when he will speak on Generating Immeasurable Loving-Kindness and Compassion, and Tuesday 18th when the topic will be: Responding with Compassion to Invasion and Exile.

All donations given will go to Rigul Trust, Ringu Tulku’s charity which funds a school, hospital and monastery in Kham, northern Tibet.  All teachings are open to anyone interested in Buddhism and meditation, please see below for details:

Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th


10.30 to 12.30 and 2.30 to 4.30 both days. 

Bosham House, Main Road, Bosham, Hampshire, PO18 8PJ

Admission by donation
You are invited to attend all or any of the teachings and to bring lunch to share suitable for a buffet if you wish


Monday  June 17th

Generating Immeasurable Loving-Kindness and Compassion

7.15 to 9.15 pm
Venue: The Friend’s Meeting House Southampton, 1A Ordnance Road, Southampton SO15 2AZ
Admission by donation 

Tuesday June 18th

The Tibetan Experience: Responding with Compassion to Invasion and Exile, a Buddhist Perspective

7.15pm to 9.15 pm
Venue: The Avenue St. Andrew’s URC
 (Junction of The Avenue & Alma Road,) Southampton SO17 1XQ
Admission by donation


Ringu Tulku dates in Sussex

March 17, 2013

_MG_4749 dr1   Good news for all Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s students, we have received the dates for his visit to UK this year and we are very pleased to say that we will be hosting him at Bosham House this year.

The dates for Sussex will be Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th June, timings and subject to be decided as yet.

Rinpoche will also be teaching in Scotland, Wales and the West Country, for details you can click here.



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?

Tenzin Peljor visit

July 8, 2012

     Our friend the Venerable Gelong Tenzin Peljor is making a surprise visit to the group at Bosham House this Thursday July 12th.

    All are welcome to attend, doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting will start at 7.30

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.





The Gates of Paradise

February 8, 2012

A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin and asked, “Is there really a paradise and a hell?”

“Who are you?”, asked Hakuin.

“I am a samurai.”, the warrior replied.

You, a soldier!”, exclaimed Hakuin. “What kind of ruler would have you as his guard? Your face looks like that of a beggar.”

Nobushige became so angry that he began to draw his sword, but Hakuin continued, “So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much too dull to cut off my head.”

As Nobushige drew his sword, Hakuin remarked, “Here open the gates of hell!”

At these words, the samurai, perceiving the master’s discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.

“Here open the gates of paradise.”, said Hakuin.

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.

Happy New Year

January 1, 2012

  May all beings be free from enemies

  May all be free from dangers

  May all be free from mental anxieties

In this passing moment

December 2, 2011

 “In the presence of Sangha, in the light of Dharma,
in oneness with Buddha — may my path
to complete enlightenment benefit everyone!”

In this passing moment karma ripens
and all things come to be.
I vow to choose what is:
If there is cost, I choose to pay.
If there is need, I choose to give.
If there is pain, I choose to feel.
If there is sorrow, I choose to grieve.
When burning — I choose heat.
When calm — I choose peace.
When starving — I choose hunger.
When happy — I choose joy.
Whom I encounter, I choose to meet.
What I shoulder, I choose to bear.
When it is my death, I choose to die.
Where this takes me, I choose to go.
Being with what is — I respond to what is.

This life is as real as a dream;
the one who knows it can not be found;
and, truth is not a thing — Therefore I vow
to choose THIS dharma entrance gate!
May all Buddhas and Wise Ones
help me live this vow.


By Shodo Harada Roshi
(1940 – )


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.