• Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • How to Pay Attention to your Everyday Life to help realise the Ultimate Truth!

    "How to pay attention to your everyday life to help realise the Ultimate Truth" - with Lama Karma Wangmo We are very happy to be hosting Lama Karma Wangmo at our weekly meditation and reflection evening again on Tuesday 17th September, 8-10pm at Rochester's Quaker Meeting House. The topic for the evening's reflection and meditation - Lama Wangmo will explain what in Buddhism are called the "Two Truths". The relative truth refers to our perception of our self and the world in which we live and the ultimate truth refers to the way we and all phenomena actually exist beyond appearances. Without a clear understanding of these two truths and how they relate to each other, it is all too easy for a spiritual practitioner to get caught up and stuck in the relative appearances without the perspective the ultimate truth provides. Towards the other extreme it can be just as easy for some to get lost in the perspective of the ultimate view, ignoring the important details of everyday life, sometimes referred to as spiritual bypassing. Therefore an understanding of these two truths is essential for a balanced and sustainable progression along the spiritual path. What's more the realisation of the ultimate truth which brings freedom from all suffering and dissatisfaction, is arrived at on the path of practice by our relative self correctly engaging with the relative truth and everyday reality (within the perspective of the ultimate view) and not by denying it. Lama Wangmo will give some examples and preliminary instructions on this approach. "Although my view is higher than the sky, my respect for the cause and effect of actions is as fine as grains of flour." ~ Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambahva "Nothing is real. In the absolute, everything is equally empty, transparent, nothing happens. In the relative, each karmic act accounts." ~ 16th Karmapa Lama Karma Wangmo Lama Wangmo first met His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in 2000, shortly after his escape from Tibet and arrival in India. Since then she has been studying and practising Buddhism under the guidance of Kenting Tai Situpa Rinpoche, who she received her monastic vows from in 2006. Between 2006 and 2010 she completed the traditional three year retreat at the Bodhicharya Meditation Centre in Sikkim, India, under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. After completing the retreat, Tai Situ Rinpoche appointed her as the resident Lama of Palpung Ješa Čöling in Slovenia, which also has a group in Padua, Italy. In 2014, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche named Lama Wangmo the Slovenian representative of Karmapa Foundation Europe. When not teaching in Europe, Lama Wangmo can often be found on retreat at Sherabling Monastery in India. Lama Wangmo has been visiting Bodhicharya Kent since 2015 and has since given many teachings including running day retreats for us. Dana (Donation) £10 suggested donation Your presence is appreciated far, far more than your money, so please give what you can or attend for free if the donation is an obstacle to your attendance. Refreshments Tea, coffee and biscuits shall be provided. We hope you can join us, everyone welcome :-) www.bodhicharya-kent.org

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Bodhicharya Kent - Meditation and Reflection 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. We are currently following Ringu Tulku's new book, Meeting Challenges: Unshaken by Life’s Ups and Downs. This volume presents his commentary on a teaching by the Third Do Drupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, called Bringing Happiness and Unhappiness onto the Path. ‘If we can work within ourselves, practically and experientially, and come to know that sorrow and joy arise from our own way of reacting and do not depend upon what others say or do, then we become a little bit fearless. Only then can the depth of our comprehension and knowledge penetrate our being.’ ‘The point is to watch our mind and bring it into order. The practice is to integrate our understanding with our life. And the purpose is to bring meaning to life, bringing peace and contentment to ourselves as well as others.’ 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

  • Call of the Heart: Chant & Meditate with Gabriella and Cesare

    St Andrews Art Centre

    Call of the Heart: Chanting and Meditation with Gabriella and Cesare Bodhicharya Kent is very happy to be hosting this day of Buddhist Sanskrit Chanting and Meditation with our special guest, Gabriella Burnel. The day will include guided meditations on awareness, loving kindness and evoking our Inner Guru, through the chanting of Buddhist mantras in the Kirtan call and response style. Your Sanskrit Chant leader for the day - Gabriella Burnel Gabriella Burnel was introduced to the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit when only a baby through her mother and father who themselves study Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy and practice meditation. Sanskrit was also one of the first lessons Gabriella had at school, aged 4 years old, so her connection to the language has been strong since coming into the world. Gabriella went onto gain a Sanskrit degree from Oxford University where she had a singing scholarship, and is now continuing her study in India, exploring the connection between Vedic chanting and healing. A love of music and Sanskrit radiating from every cell of her being, Gabriella sings straight from the heart and teaches chanting in an effortless, fun and informative way, dropping in spontaneous spiritual insights linked to the meaning inherent in the language as she goes, like only a Sanskrit Scholar and spiritual practitioner truly can. The rhythm, the sound, the musicality of the language is what attracts her. It is like a dance. Chanting with Gabriella is a heart opening, cleansing, enlightening and uplifting experience you will not forget. Here is a recording of the Buddha's Heart Sutra in Sanskrit that Gabriella recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ0w4B80uZA Here is an excerpt of a recent interview with Gabriella at the Festival of Bharat about her love of Sanskrit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEw-i1sft2U Gabriella teaches Sanskrit and leads regular chanting sessions, otherwise known as Kirtan around the UK and abroad. In May 2019 she released her first official album as Gaiea. Your Meditation teacher for the day - Cesare Saguato Cesare has been exploring meditative and contemplative practices from the east and west since 1999 and studying Buddhism and practising Buddhist meditation since 2007. Since then he has been present at many teachings and sat a number of short retreats in Europe and India at the feet of internationally recognised meditation masters, mainly within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In 2013 he set up Bodhicharya Kent and since then has been leading thriving Buddhist meditation and reflection evenings amongst a growing community of practitioners under the guidance of his main teacher, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Dana (Donation) Suggested donation of £20 Your presence is valued far more than your money, so please do not let lack of funds be an obstacle to you attending this day. You can pay on the day or reserve your spot via the PayPal link below: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VPUQKEFR9GSKA Refreshments Tea, coffee and biscuits shall all be provided. Lunch We will go and have a donation based vegetarian lunch at a local near by venue and national landmark, which is always a nice surprise for those who do not know it or haven't been before. Getting here By Train The closest train station is Gravesend Train station and then it is only a short walk to St. Andrews Art Centre. By Car There is some free parking outside the venue and on the surrounding roads on Sunday but please do check before leaving your car. Royal Pier Road Gravesend DA12 2BD What to Bring Please bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie down on for some of the practice and warm, comfortable, cosy clothes. There will be chairs and some meditation cushions also but if you have your own cushion, then please do bring it as they are limited, thank you. Everyone is welcome and we hope you can join us for this beautiful day of practice together! For more info >>> www.bodhicharya-kent.org