What we're about

Bodhicharya Kent is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. We have been doing stimulating meditation evenings at the Quaker Meeting House in Rochester for some time now. The evening usually consists of meditation sessions, with guidance and instruction, that are comfortably split in to 10 minute sessions with time for a good stretch in between (more experienced meditators can sit through the stretch break).

A related topic is also introduced and discussed. The group is made up of the participants so active engagement, questions, reflections and discussion are welcome, however, if you prefer to just sit back, listen, reflect and take it in that is also very good. There are comfortable chairs and cushions available, but there are no meditation specific cushions so if you have your own and would prefer to sit on it then please bring it along.

We meet every Tuesday, usually 8.00pm – 9:30pm, except for the last Tuesday of the month.

Venue

Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS

Cost

A voluntary donation of £5 (if you can) for the evening to help cover the room rent, tea and biscuits. We value your presence more than your money.

We also have an additional voluntary collection for Rigul Trust, one of Ringu Tulku’s charitable projects. For more information about Rigul Trust please see here: www.rigultrust.org (http://www.rigultrust.org/).

For more information please see here:

Website - www.bodhicharya-kent.org.uk (http://mail.tiscali.it/cp/ps/Mail/widgets/www.bodhicharya-kent.org.uk)
Email - bk.meditate@gmail.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/22106979762/

Upcoming events (5+)

Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation Evening

Quaker Meeting House

ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH If you are relatively new to meditation and/or interested in finding out more about Buddhism, then this is a good place to start. The evening will provide an overview of the Buddhist perspective on life, including guided meditation sessions. We may watch a video and/or read from a book and then reflect on the teaching together. The general advice for attending these evenings is to come with an open, curious yet sceptical mind and take what you find to be useful and relevant to you in your life. EVERY TUESDAY (other than the first Tuesday of the month) We meet for longer meditation sessions plus follow and discuss a related topic from a book or a video by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche or other teachers. Over the coming weeks we will continue with Shiné Meditation (Calm Abiding) and Metta Meditation (Loving-Kindness) instructions and practice for all those who would like to learn or deepen their meditation practice and bring its many benefits into daily life. To bring you some warmth this wintertime, we will be following the Bodhicharya Publication, Radiance of the Heart which presents Ringu Tulku’s teachings on Kindness, Compassion and Bodhicitta. Drawing on five teaching sources, the text first encourages us with a practical look at how to bring kindness and compassion into our daily lives. Ringu Tulku discusses themes of meditation and the practice of tonglen; and answers a wide range of questions. The text then looks towards kindness and compassion from a more ultimate perspective: Ultimate Bodhicitta, the heart essence of enlightenment. Embodying such understanding brings an ever purer expression of kindness and compassion, imbued with deepening wisdom. Thus, the text aims to present a wide-ranging, but pithy, contemplation of this subject, central to the hearts and lives of us all. The group is made up of the participants so active engagement, questions, reflections and discussion are welcome, however, if you prefer to just sit back, listen, reflect and take it in, then feel free. There are comfortable chairs and meditation cushions available. EVENING Refuge Meditation Dharma Talk/Reading & Discussion Meditation Dedication Tea and Biscuits VENUE Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS COST A voluntary donation of £5 (if you can) to keep the group self-sustainable and support its activities. Your presence is always valued more than your money. We also have a separate voluntary donation pot for Rigul Trust, Ringu Tulku’s charitable Trust. For more information about Rigul Trust please see here: www.rigultrust.org. Please visit out website below for more information or email us at [masked] to be added to the mailing list, thank you. www.bodhicharya-kent.org

Buddhism in Daily Life and Mantra Singing with Lama Tsultrim Guelek

Bodhicharya Kent are blessed to be hosting Lama Tsultrim Guelek of Bodhicharya France, for his first ever visit to the Bodhicharya Kent Sangha. Lama Tsultrim Guelek was born in 1955 in Grenoble, France and began began studying the Dharma in 1983 as a disciple of Venerable Kalu Rinpoche and Bokar Rinpoche. In 1987 he was ordained by Kalu Rinpoche and became a novice monk (getsul). After a traditional 3-year, 3-month, 3-day retreat between 1988 and 1992, he became a fully ordained monk (gelong). With Bokar Rinpoche's blessing and permision he has been leading meditation groups since 1995. He currently lives and teaches at the Bodhicharya France centre in Lusse and also teaches in several other cities once a month. His 25 years of experience as a monk and as a teacher allow him to be deeply familiar with the Dharma as it can be practised in the West. Moreover, he accompanies spiritually many Dharma practitioners and thus has a sharp knowledge of the obstacles western practitioners may face, of the means to overcome them and the pitfalls to avoid. Lama Tsultrim illustrates his teachings with examples from our daily life, which makes his teachings lively and widely accessible. For more about Bodhicharya France, please see here: https://bodhicharya-france.org/index.php/en/ THE DAY Lama Tsultrim will teach on the topic, "Buddhism in Daily Life", with time for questions and answers. We will also meditate together throughout the day and conclude with Lama Tsultrim leading the group in mantra and devotional singing practice, being a classically trained singer himself. Please see here for a video of Lama Tsultrim singing with Lily Jung: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUkB0QJC_EI LUNCH We will go to the local Sikh Gurdwara in Gravesend for a donation based vegetarian lunch. There are many other options and places to eat in Gravesend if Indian food isn't your thing. DONATION £15 suggested donation for the day, please give what you can to support the not-for-profit activities of the group, however cost should not be a barrier to attending our teachings and events as we always value your presence more than your donations. Please give your donation on the day, thank you. All are welcome, beginners and experienced practitioners alike. We hope to see you there for what will surely be a lovely day :-)

Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation Evening

Quaker Meeting House

ON THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH If you are relatively new to meditation and/or interested in finding out more about Buddhism, then this is a good place to start. The evening will provide an overview of the Buddhist perspective on life, including guided meditation sessions. We may watch a video and/or read from a book and then reflect on the teaching together. The general advice for attending these evenings is to come with an open, curious yet sceptical mind and take what you find to be useful and relevant to you in your life. EVERY TUESDAY (other than the first Tuesday of the month) We meet for longer meditation sessions plus follow and discuss a related topic from a book or a video by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche or other teachers. Over the coming weeks we will continue with Shiné Meditation (Calm Abiding) and Metta Meditation (Loving-Kindness) instructions and practice for all those who would like to learn or deepen their meditation practice and bring its many benefits into daily life. To bring you some warmth this wintertime, we will be following the Bodhicharya Publication, Radiance of the Heart which presents Ringu Tulku’s teachings on Kindness, Compassion and Bodhicitta. Drawing on five teaching sources, the text first encourages us with a practical look at how to bring kindness and compassion into our daily lives. Ringu Tulku discusses themes of meditation and the practice of tonglen; and answers a wide range of questions. The text then looks towards kindness and compassion from a more ultimate perspective: Ultimate Bodhicitta, the heart essence of enlightenment. Embodying such understanding brings an ever purer expression of kindness and compassion, imbued with deepening wisdom. Thus, the text aims to present a wide-ranging, but pithy, contemplation of this subject, central to the hearts and lives of us all. The group is made up of the participants so active engagement, questions, reflections and discussion are welcome, however, if you prefer to just sit back, listen, reflect and take it in, then feel free. There are comfortable chairs and meditation cushions available. EVENING Refuge Meditation Dharma Talk/Reading & Discussion Meditation Dedication Tea and Biscuits VENUE Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS COST A voluntary donation of £5 (if you can) to keep the group self-sustainable and support its activities. Your presence is always valued more than your money. We also have a separate voluntary donation pot for Rigul Trust, Ringu Tulku’s charitable Trust. For more information about Rigul Trust please see here: www.rigultrust.org. Please visit out website below for more information or email us at [masked] to be added to the mailing list, thank you. www.bodhicharya-kent.org

8 Week Mindfulness Course for Heart and Mind

Quaker Meeting House

(This course is being run by Cesare and not by Bodhicharya Kent, however it may still be of interest to its members) Why not start SPRING by cultivating POSITIVE HABITS of MIND AND HEART while at the same time learning METHODS to LET GO, TRANSFORM or SEE THROUGH negative ones that no longer serve you or others. Develop the LIGHT of AWARENESS and WARMTH of KINDNESS in 2019 by treating yourself to this 8 Week MINDFULNESS Course in ROCHESTER, KENT :-) ♥ For FULL DETAILS please see here: https://www.cesaremindfultherapy.com/courses Training in mindfulness, like anything needs to be consistent to bring results and that's what a structured eight week course, complete with group work and individual home practice is designed to do. It is perfect for those who are completely new and those looking to commit more to their current practice with the support of the course, the group and an instructor. The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn a combination of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Therapy techniques, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindfulness of eating, breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, sounds and movement, as well as a number of other positive psychology techniques and thought experiments that support the process. The Course will be supported by: - An e-booklet helping you explore and deepen you understanding of the themes covered in your weekly sessions. It will also include weekly Home Practice Guidance and Record Sheets to help you keep track of your progress. - Online guided Audio Meditations to guide and support you in your home practice. - Email support in between sessions with Cesare to discuss or elucidate any points emerging during your home practice. - Certificate of completion (issued only if attendance is 75% or more) Each of the eight sessions will cover a particular theme: 1. Waking Up To Automatic Pilot 2. Living in Our Heads 3.Gathering the Scattered Mind 4. Recognising the Mind's Habits 5. Allowing and Letting Be 6.Thoughts Are Not Facts 7. Taking Care of Ourself 8. Maintaining and Deepening Practice The course will also include a silent retreat day on the Sunday of the seventh week, where you will be guided through the techniques and methods learnt on the course while being in silence together, allowing us to deepen into and consolidate the practice we have put in over the weeks. The day retreat is a highly recommended aspect of the course. ***Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of up to 45 minutes of home practice in-between sessions. The home practice elements are a core feature of these courses, enabling participants to become familiar with them and explore their cumulative benefits. Simply attending the taught components of these courses, although useful, wont allow for the complete experience and benefits the course is designed to provide*** ***Prior to the start of the course there will be a questionnaire (to assess prior experience and any physical and/or mental health needs) for all prospective participants to complete and return*** Venue Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS Times Sessions will be between 2 and 2.5 hours and the start time will be from 7:00pm. Dates Thursdays, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and (break on the 2nd), 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of May. Silent Day Retreat 10:30am - 4:30pm on Sunday 19th May. St Andrews Arts Centre. Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD Personal Investment £250* (FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS available, please do get in touch) To book your place now, please follow the PayPal link HERE: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4YZ3W6C68ENP6 OR You can make a bank transfer (preferred). Please email for details, thank you. If you have any questions at all regarding the course, then please do get in touch. [masked] www.cesaremindfultherapy.com

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