Sunday, 27 July 2008
Here is a very positive update...
We have now identified key volunteers for all of the areas of dharmawork we identified for Bodhicharya Ireland at its inception, almost 3 months ago [see earliest blog posts and emails].
This includes all the main areas of recording, transcribing, archiving, publishing etc.
We are also delighted to announce there will be small informal Study and Practice groups based in sangha-members' houses in Dublin, Cavan and the Sligo/Leitrim area.
Details to come later.
We are now close to inviting a new Director who will have main responsibility for planning RTR's schedule and main teaching in Ireland, 2009.
This new Director will require lots of support and encouragement from the whole sangha, beginning with a general meeting of sangha in the early autumn.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO OFFER SOME OF YOUR TIME AND ENERGY to support RTR's work in Ireland. And contact us directly to say what work areas you are most interested in, if you haven't already.
Many many thanks to those of you who have.
Hopefully this humble beginning to Bodhicharya Ireland will blossom into something extraordinarily vital and beneficial over the coming years and lifetimes.
If you are attending Rinpoche's teachings in France and elsewhere you might like to share some inspiring photos or key phrases via this blog. Keep in touch via email.
Love and best wishes always,
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
He was born in 1952 - which makes him.... well, you do the maths.
We will send him a group email on all our behalfs to wish him many happy returns.
It has been suggested that we might like to include his Long Life Prayer in our practice, especially on this day as we send him every good wish for continued well-being and that all his aspirations for his work [and ours] are fulfilled.
Prayer for the Long Life of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
DU-SUM JAL-WAY CHI- ZUK KAR-MA PAY
I pray for the long life of the one who accomplishes changeless activity,
TEN-PAY KUR-CHEN DEK-LA MI-NGAL-WA
Who has trained his being with the armor of pure conduct,
NAM-DA TSUL-TRIM GO-CHAY JYU-JANG SHING
And who is untiring in carrying the great burden of the Teachings
JYUR-MAY TRIN-LAY CHAY-PO SHAB-TEN MÖN
Of the Karmapa-embodiment of the Buddhas of the three times.
This brief long-life prayer for Tulku Karma Tsultrim Jyurme Trinlay was written, in accordance with the request of his pupils, by the Taisitupa.
(The order of the words in the translation does not coincide with that in the phonetics, the English lines being in the reverse order to the Tibetan, Jyurmay Trinlay/changeless activity, Tsultrim/good conduct.)
Saturday, 12 July 2008
As you may know, RTR also teaches the Rigpa Shedra [Study College].
This advanced studies course in Buddhist Philosophy is the equivalent to a Master's or PhD programme and has taken place annually at various locations.
It began in Dzogchen Beara, West Cork. Then it moved to Lerab Ling, France. And now, it happens in the stunningly gorgeous Pharping area, north of Kathmandu, Nepal [where the first picture was taken just a few months ago].
In a recent entry on this blog, you were invited to volunteer your energy and time to support Ringu Tulku Rinpoche's dharma work through Bodhicharya Ireland.
Thank you for your response so far.
Please continue to consider how you may contribute, if you haven't responded yet, in the following areas-
Practice and Study
Transcribing and Archiving
Recording Irish teachings
Organising and Promoting teachings
If you don't mind, we will also contact some of you directly to request you to 'hold' some of these areas - based on your expertise and previous experience supporting Rinpoche's work.
Another area that will soon be open is Director of Bodhicharya Ireland as Bruno's 3 month tenure is coming to a close.
However, by then, all the key work areas will be up and running and the new director will mainly be involved in planning and organising events for 2009.
So, Bodhi- buddies...
as you look at these photos and remember your connection with Rinpoche, please allow your heart and mind to soar and fill up with inspiration that will lead you to step forward and contribute some time and energy to support him.
Finally, we have now sent off our financial offering to the Rigul Projects. If you would like to do the same as an individual, you can do it via the www.rigul.org website.