Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

690th Anniversary of the Lelung Lineage

A celebration of the 690 year anniversary of the Lelung Jedrung lineage, one of the three principal reincarnations of Tibet, with performances from Tibetan and Mongolian musicians.

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Experience the profound ancient sacred chants for World Peace by the world famous Gyuto monks of Tibet. (Open Mind, Loving Heart Tour)

Tickets are available online here or in person at the Lelung Dharma Centre:

Adult - £15

Children under 12 - £10

Tibetan food will be available from £5. Please buy with the ticket in advance or BRING CASH on the day

NB All profits go to the Gyuto monastery’s medical clinic in India

For more information please contact info@lelung.org

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Nov
6
to Nov 17

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Ceremony

Rinpoche will be joining the Geshe Tonggo ceremony of His Eminence Driwulhey Rinpoche who is a reincarnation of the great master Drukpa Kunley, on the occassion of Lhabab Duchen.

Lhabab Düchen is the Anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni's descent from Trayastrima heaven, aka the God Realm of 33, after spending three months teaching his mother, Queen Mayadevi, and the beings in the realm of the gods.

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Rinpoche suggests to those who wish to gain some merit to join him in praying on this holy day of November 10th 2017.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

JOIN US FOR THERAPY DAY ON 28TH APRIL

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On Saturday 28th April, the Lelung Dharma Centre will hold another of its popular Therapy Days in Ruislip. Local therapists kindly donate their time to offer taster treatments to the public. This is an ideal opportunity to try different therapies and discover which one is best suited to you. It is also a helpful and relaxing way to raise money for charity! Proceeds from the Day will help finance the printing and publishing of another volume of the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche's work.

Treatments are £12 for 25 minutes except for osteopathy which is £15 for 40 minutes. In addition to theraputic treatments there will be other a tombola, gift stalls and delicious food including Tibetan momos (filled dumplings), fresh cakes and more. Please come along for an enjoyable day and help us reach our goal of publishing another volume of the teachings of the renowned 18th century Tibetan master the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche!

Therapy day is open to everyone and free to attend.

Woodford Hall
Poplars Close (Off Ickenham Road) 
HA4 7BU, Ruislip
For more details or to pre-book your therapy please phone Connie Dusek on 07976 969858 or email conniedusek@hotmail.co.uk

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Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

LELUNG RINPOCHE FILM AIRS ON BBC2 19TH SEPT - DON'T MISS IT!

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Lelung Rinpoche in BBC2 documentary

We are happy to announce that Buddha in Suburbia, a documentary film about the life and work of H.E. Lelung Tulku, is ready to be shown on national television. The film, commissioned by the BBC, has been over two years in the making. It follows Lelung Rinpoche as he carries out his work in the UK, India and Mongolia. It gives an insight into the enormity of this work, its importance and urgency.

It also shows a little of the Lelung Dharma Centre in Eastcote and how it has developed. The film is directed by Robert Wilkins and the producer is Simon Wheeler (KINGDOM, drama series 2007). We very much hope that you have the opportunity to watch this film and that you enjoy it. The film airs on BBC2 on 19th September 2011 at 7.00pm. Don't miss it!

For more information visit Buddha in Suburbia on the BBC2 website or phone Connie on 07976 969 858.

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Aug
14
3:00 PM15:00

OFFICIAL OPENING OF LELUNG DHARMA CENTRE - JOIN US 14TH AUGUST!

At last! Lelung Dharma Centre officially opens its doors on Sunday, 14th August at 3:00pm. We would like to extend a warm welcome to everybody to join us as we celebrate this great accomplishment. There will be a short blessing by H.E. Lelung Rinpoche in the shrine followed by food and drinks.

This ambitious project required a great deal of work. We could never have achieved so much without the kind help of friends and supporters and this is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation. This important occasion marks what has been achieved.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us to get things up and running. Of course, although we have done a lot, there will always be more to do with an ongoing project like this.

The programme for this Sunday's opening event includes:

  • A short blessing by H.E. Lelung Rinpoche in the shrine
  • Buffet of interesting and varied dishes from many different countries
  • Time to chat and meet old friends and maybe make new ones

Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to come by ringing one of the numbers below. RSVP on 0208 868 0655 or Connie on 07976 969 858. The Centre is located at 96 Field End Road, Eastcote, Pinner HA5 1RL. It is near the Eastcote Library.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

PUBLICATION OF SECOND BOOK BY FIFTH LELUNG RINPOCHE

We are excited to announce that the second volume of the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje, has just been published. Born in 1697, the Fifth Lelung was an heroic figure in the history of the Lelung lineage. He revealed many sacred teachings, wrote numerous manuscripts and built a new monastery in Lelung Valley which became the primary seat of the tradition.

Fresh off the press: Second volume by the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje

Fresh off the press: Second volume by the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje

To complete this second book, Lelung Rinpoche travelled to Dharamsala in April 2011. Together with the team from the Lelung Literature Preservation Centre, he carefully reviewed and proofread the draft copy, making the final changes and improvements before its publication. An index was also compiled. The design and printing of the completed volume was done in Delhi.

While the publication of this second book is a significant achievement, additional funds are needed to publish the remaining volumes. Rinpoche expressed his hope that donors can be found: “I hope, in the future, to be able to publish the volumes more quickly, with generous help from supporters. Support has been pledged for the next few volumes, but there are many more texts to be published. There is still a long way to go!”

If you would like to offer support for the continuing work of the Preservation Centre in Dharamsala and the publication of Pema Zhepai Dorje’s remaining manuscripts, please contact our UK Centre.

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May
16
10:00 AM10:00

JOIN US FOR LELUNG THERAPY DAY ON 16TH MAY 2010

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Join us for Therapy Day on 16th May! To help raise money for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing treatments, refreshments and other activities.

All therapies are performed by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, authentic Tibetan food, raffle and more. Lelung Rinpoche will be there in person to greet guests and discuss the Trust's projects for preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet.

Therapy Day will be held at The Stables, Manor Farm Complex, Ruislip HA4 7QL (alongside the Duckpond Market). Please ring us on 07976 969858 for more information or to pre-book your choice of therapy. You can also book directly on the day.

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Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

KYABJE DENMA LOCHO RINPOCHE TO TEACH IN 2010

Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche

Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche

From 15th April 2010, an eminent tantric master and scholar from the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism will give oral transmission teachings at the Gyuto Tantric Monstery in Dharamsala, India. Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche is recognized as one of the foremost practioners of trantra. He will offer oral transmissions of Akuching Sherab Gyatso (1803-1875) a great Gelug master from Amdo.

These very special teachings have been requsted by Gyuto Tantic Monstery and the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre. They form part of Lelung Rinpoche's ongoing Geden Phacho Bhuch Project which aims to preserve and pass on some of Tibet's rarest and endangered Buddhist teaching lineages.

The majority of Akuching Sherab Gyatso collected works are tantra, which is studied and practiced both in monasteries around the world and by individuals. Locho Rinpoche will also give Lamrim and Lojong teachings. In total, seven volumes will be covered. The April event marks the start of a series of teachings which will continue in following years.

For more information about Akuching Sherab Gyatso's texts, please see this page on the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center website. For more information about Kyabje Denma Locho Rinpoche, please see the related links to the right.

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Dec
13
10:00 AM10:00

JOIN US FOR THERAPY DAY ON 13TH DECEMBER

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Don't miss our next Therapy Day on Sunday, 13th December 2009. To help raise money for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing treatments, refreshments, raffle and other activities.

All therapies are performed by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, authentic Tibetan food, raffle and more. Lelung Rinpoche will be there in person to greet guests and discuss the Trust's projects for preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet.

Therapy Day will be held Alongside the Duck Pond Market, the Stables Manor Farm Complex Ruislip HA4 7QL. For more information and to pre-book your therapy, please contact Connie Dusek at 07976 969858 or conniedusek@hotmail.co.uk.

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Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST-EVER JUMBLE - 26TH JULY

On Sunday 26th July 2009 from 10am until 1pm, for the first time, we are having a Jumble and Nearly New sale in the Manor Farm Hall. On the same day, our stall at Duck Pond Market will be open for business as well. Both events will be raising funds for our charitable projects to support Tibetan culture.

The Trust has many ongoing projects, but our primary focus is preserving precious Tibetan Buddhist teachings which are in danger of being lost forever due to the difficult situation in Tibet during the past fifty years.

Over the last ten years, we have organised many fundraising days and events. Our main fundraiser is a popular Therapy Day and we also have a permanent stall at Duck Pond Market every month where we can sell our goods and raise awareness for the group and our charitable work.

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

LELUNG DHARMA CENTRE SEEKS PERMANENT HOME

Group members with Lelung Rinpoche

Group members with Lelung Rinpoche

We are working very hard to establish our Dharma Centre here in Ruislip where we can be open all day every day and offer the community an opportunity to find out more about Buddhism, Tibetan culture, meditation, or just to drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat. We would like to be an asset to our community, to provide some assistance to the elderly and those who are struggling to cope in this increasingly busy and stressful world.

In order to do this we desperately need to find our own premises where we can set up our Centre and not have to dismantle it each time we use it, and where we will not be restricted to just one or two evenings a week. If anyone can offer us such a place, we would be incredibly grateful.

The Lelung Dharma Centre is a Buddhist Meditation Group based in Ruislip. We meet every Monday at the Manor Farm Hall in St. Martins Approach Car Park for meditation and to receive teachings from H.E. Lelung Rinpoche who also lives in Ruislip. The Trust has many ongoing projects, but our primary focus is preserving precious Tibetan Buddhist teachings which are in danger of being lost forever due to the difficult situation in Tibet during the past fifty years.

Over the last ten years, we have organised many fundraising days and events. Our main fundraiser is a popular Therapy Day and we also have a permanent stall at Duck Pond Market every month where we can sell our goods and raise awareness for the group and our charitable work. Join us on Sunday, 26th July for a Jumpe at Manor Farm Hall and drop by our stall at Duck Pond Market.

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Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

JOIN US FOR LELUNG THERAPY DAY ON 25TH APRIL 2009

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Join us for Therapy Day on 25th April! To help raise money for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing treatments, refreshments and other activities.

All therapies are performed by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, authentic Tibetan food, raffle and more. Lelung Rinpoche will be there in person to greet guests and discuss the Trust's projects for preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet.

Therapy Day will be held at Woodford Hall, Poplars Close, Ruislip HA4 7BU (off Ickenham Road). Please ring us on 07976 969858 for more information or to pre-book your choice of therapy. You can also book directly on the day.

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Dec
14
to Jan 2

IMPORTANT NEW YEAR'S TEACHING EVENTS AT TASHI LHUNPO

Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche

Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche

Respected Tibetan master Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche taught on a series of important texts in South India as part of the Geden Phacho Bhucho Project (GPBP) to preserve endagered Tibetan Buddhist lineages. From 14 December 2008 to 2 January 2009, Kyabje Rinpoche gave oral transmissions of the works of three masters from the Gelug lineage:

1) Ngulchu Yabse Sum, Khedrup Nagwang Dorje (1720-1803);
2) Ngulchu Dharmabhadra (1772-1851);
3) and his disciple Ngulchu Yangchen Drubpai Dorje (1809-1887)

This cycle of teachings contains ten volumes in all. To date, Kyabje Rinpoche has completed the six volume Ngulchu Dharmabhadra. He will address the four remaining volumes which include the single volume Khedrup Nagwang Dorje, and three volume Ngulchu Yangchen Drubpai Dorje, later this year. The manuscripts contain practices for numerous deities, which are crucial for Buddhists practicing any of the three main Gelugpa deities. The teaching events provide a unique opportunity to receive the oral transmissions (or lung) for these texts from an eminent master.

Near the end of the teaching period, the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery organised a long life ceremony honouring Kyabje Jangtse Choje Rizong Rinpoche. Tibetan Buddhist long life ceremonies are an important way to express appreciation to knowledgeable teachers.

This year's gathering was held at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India, and the follow-on teachings will also take place there. Lelung Rinpoche, founder of GPBP, extends his gratitude to the Monastery, which provided considerable and generous support for the teaching events. GPBP, an initiative of Lelung Dharma Trust, is working to ensure the survival of rare Tibetan Buddhist lineages that are in danger of dying out. The project welcomes any and all forms of support to realise its goal. Please contact us for more information if you would like to contribute.

Browse the photo gallery of the teaching events.

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Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

LELUNG THERAPY DAY ON 12TH JULY 2008

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Join us for Therapy Day on 12th July! To help raise money for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing treatments, refreshments and other activities. All therapies are performed by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, authentic Tibetan food, raffle and more. Lelung Rinpoche will be there in person to greet guests and discuss the Trust's projects for preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet.

Therapy Day will be held at the Ruislip Young Peoples Center, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SX. Please ring us on 07976 969858 for more information or to pre-book your choice of therapy. You can also book directly on the day.

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Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

THERAPY DAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2008

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Join us for Therapy Day on 22nd November! To raise funds for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing body treatments, refreshments and other activities. All therapies are performed by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, authentic Tibetan food, raffle and more. Lelung Rinpoche will be there in person to greet guests and discuss the Centre's mission of preserving the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet.

Therapy Day will be held at the Ruislip Young Peoples Center, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SX. Please ring us on 07976 969 858 for more information or to pre-book your choice of therapy. You can also book directly on the day. Please help us spread the word about this event by downloading the Therapy Day flyer (PDF format - 347KB) and sharing it with friends.

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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

LELUNG RINPOCHE RELEASES FIRST MUSIC ALBUM

In May 2008, the album Karma was launched which features the poems of Lelung Rinpoche set to music.

The album Karma is a collaboration between Lelung Rinpoche and Richard Hillman Bell. The two friends met during Rinpoche's English language studies at the Bell School in London. Rinpoche has written many poems in Tibetan, which when tranlated into English, became song lyrics for music composed by Bell.

Inspired by ancient Buddhist wisdom and its themes of universal love and compassion, the songs are an attempt to integrate ancient philosophy into a contemporary medium. Bell describes their musical fusion as "bossanova meets Tibetan Buddhism meets John Lennon." For more on the album including audio clips, visit the official website for Karma.

Cover art for Karma -- the new music album featuring poems by Lelung Rinpoche

Cover art for Karma -- the new music album featuring poems by Lelung Rinpoche

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Jan
4
9:30 AM09:30

NEW YEAR’S CONFERENCE FOR GEDEN PHACHO BHUCHO PROJECT

Geden Pacho Bucho conference in January 2008

Geden Pacho Bucho conference in January 2008

The Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre organised a conference on 4th January 2008 while His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited Drepung Monastery In South India. The event was attended by highly respected masters from the Gelug lineage who came together to discuss the preservation of the Buddhist teachings for future generations. This is the second such event organised by the Centre, which coordinates an international project to protect endangered teaching lineages.

The latest conference was carried out with help from Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, who attended to show his support. Present at the event were Jangtse Choje Rinpoche and Sharpa Choje Rinpoche, who hold two of the most esteemed spiritual positions in the Gelug Tradition, as well as Denma Locho Rinpoche, Dhakpa Tritul Rinpoche, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Other important lamas including the abbots of the four major Gelugpa monasteries (Drepung, Sera, Ganden, and Tashi Lhunpo). The current and former abbots of and Gyutoe, Gyumey, and Rato Monastery also participated along with many younger tulkus. Hundreds of monks and lay observers turned up too.

The conference programme covered the following topics:

  • How to pass on those endangered teachings which have so far been identified by the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre (GPBPC). These teachings are held not only with lamas in India, but also individuals in many different countries.
  • Recruitment of reliable staff in the Dharamsala office who can help increase the speed of the work.
  • Profile of individuals who will be asked to travel to different countries to receive the teachings from lamas residing there.
  • Possible solutions and suggestions from the attendees to ease the funding crises currently facing the Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre.

To open the conference, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Jangtse Choje Rinpoche and Sharpa Choje Rinpoche all spoke movingly. The floor was then opened up for discussion. Everyone used the time well and shared their opinions. The outcome of the conference was extremely positive. A number of lamas volunteered to help with finding the texts which we are not available in India. Others pledged their support for the teachings GPBPC will organise. Most importantly, participants said they will assist the work of the GPBPC in any form.

The entire proceedings were transcribed in writing by Ven. Geshe Beri Jikmey. A cameraman also filmed the event and a DVD is available. If you would like a copy (even a rough cut) please email us. We are happy to provide the DVD at-cost (including shipping) to anyone interested. You can also see video excerpts on our website.

Following the conference, GPBPC director Lelung Rinpoche invited lamas and contributors for tea at the meeting hall above the new Loseling prayer hall. Although it was not well-attended, we received a large number of donations. (A full financial statement is available on this website.) In addition, Lelung Rinpoche and his staff visited many older lamas with the happy result that GPBPC is planning more rare teaching transmissions for the younger generation. These will be announced shortly. Watch our website for details.

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Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

LELUNG THERAPY DAY ON 15TH JULY 2007

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Join us for Therapy Day on 12th July! To help raise money for the Lelung Dharma Centre and its many worthwhile projects, we are organising a Therapy Day. Please come and enjoy relaxing treatments, refreshments and other activities. All therapies are done by trained professionals. The day will include gift stalls, refreshments, exotic food, raffle and more.

If you are an experienced therapist and can spare a few hours occasionally to join our team to fund raise for a worthwhile cause then please call Connie Dusek on 07976 969858 or email: conniedusek@hotmail.co.uk. Please pre book your choice of therapy, to avoid any disappointment, by telephoning Connie Dusek.

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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

TELEVISION PRESENTER FEARNE COTTON AT LELUNG CHARITY EVENT

Lelung Rinpoche presents UK television personality Fearne Cotton with a Tibetan thangka at Lelung Dharma Centre's Therapy Day

Lelung Rinpoche presents UK television personality Fearne Cotton with a Tibetan thangka at Lelung Dharma Centre's Therapy Day

Television presenter Fearne Cotton mingled and enjoyed the sunshine with the locals in Ruislip on Saturday, 14 April. She was visiting the Lelung Dharma Centre's Therapy Day, a Tibetan fundraising event. Fearne received a complementary holistic healing therapy and was introduced to H.E. Lelung Rinpoche, the spiritual director of Ruislip's Lelung Dharma Centre. Lelung Rinpoche presented Fearne with a beautiful holy object: a Tibetan thangka painting of Buddha Shakyamuni, as a gift.

The event offered a range of therapies, including massage, reiki and reflexology. Traditional Tibetan and Indian food was served throughout the day. Visitors enjoyed perusing the stalls of exotic gifts and books written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A photographic exhibition of Tibetan people in exile in Dharamsala, India, the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, also created much interest and raised awareness of their plight.

Local Tibetan lama H.E. Lelung Rinpoche is spearheading a major Tibetan project to save precious Tibetan Buddhist teachings, which are in danger of being lost forever. He said, "At the very least, Tibetan people are human beings and Tibetan culture is part of the world’s culture. Therefore, thinking of saving this is a wonderful thought." If you are interested in his projects you are welcome to give a donation, whether it is small or large, and it would be greatly appreciated.

For further information on H.E. Lelung Rinpche's conservation work please visit the Projects page. The Lelung Dharma Centre meets on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at Manor Farm Hall, St Martins Approach, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7QL. Contact Connie Dusek on 07976 969858 if you wish to attend or hear about future charity events.

 

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Apr
29
10:00 AM10:00

CHARITY WALK SUPPORTS VITAL PRESERVATION PROJECT

Walkers from Ruislip's Lelung Dharma Trust take a short breather while raising funds for preservation of Tibetan Buddhist teaching lineages

Walkers from Ruislip's Lelung Dharma Trust take a short breather while raising funds for preservation of Tibetan Buddhist teaching lineages

On Sunday 29 April 2007, Ruislip's Lelung Dharma Centre successfully held their first charity walk of the year. With lovely warm sunny weather and spring flowers in abundance, all 19 participants, including H.E. Lelung Rinpoche, enjoyed the delightful three-mile stroll around the two peaceful lakes at Rickmansworth's Aquadrome. Family, friends and even pets joined in, and a lunchtime picnic in the sun rounded off a wonderful morning.

Through their walk, members raised funds for H.E. Lelung Rinpoche’s Geden Phacho Bhucho Project (Saving the Buddhist Teachings) which will go straight into the Lelung Dharma Trust’s account created specifically for this vital project.

The Geden Phacho Bhucho Project office in Dharamsala, India, has three staff members: a secretary; and two experts who are locating, gathering and cataloguing all the precious teachings and oral transmissions. Lelung Dharma Trust needs to raise at least £300 every month to pay office fess and the salaries of the staff members carrying out this important work. On top of that, money is needed to enable young monks to receive these teachings and oral transmissions.

Thank you to everyone who turned up for the walk, and to those who were unable to make it and kindly donated money anyway. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by Lelung Rinpoche, Lelung Dharma Trust and Lelung Dharma Centre. There will be another walk next month, details to be announced soon.

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Mar
5
10:00 AM10:00

ARTICLE FROM HARROW OBSERVER

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The article which appeared in the Harrow Observer in February 2007 is now available online. It first appeared under the title Holy Lama is Peaceful Pinner Neighbour. It also appeared in the Harrow Leader and the Ruislip & Northwood Gazette (pictured left). Interviewed by reporter Dhurti Shah, Rinpoche described his early life in India, his time at Drepung Monastery and his current work in the UK. This includes the Geden Phacho Bhucho project to preserve endangered teaching lineages from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. An excerpt from the article:

Lelung Rinpoche is on a mission to save Tibetan culture and artefacts from extinction. An esteemed lama and teacher, he spoke to chief reporter Dhruti Shah about his life so far and how he has ended up living in Pinner. Lelung Rinpoche finds Pinner a lot wetter and colder than his home in India. There are more people from diverse backgrounds wandering the streets and there is a distinct lack of monasteries.

Read the full article below:

 

The following article appeared in the Harrow Observer in February 2007 under the title Holy Lama is Peaceful Pinner Neighbour. It also appeared in the Harrow Leader and the Ruislip & Northwood Gazette. We are grateful to the Harrow Observer and reporter Dhruti Shah for allowing us to reprint the article here.

 

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Lelung Rinpoche featured in local newspaper

Lelung Rinpoche is on a mission to save Tibetan culture and artefacts from extinction. An esteemed lama and teacher, he spoke to chief reporter Dhruti Shah about his life so far and how he has ended up living in Pinner.

Lelung Rinpoche finds Pinner a lot wetter and colder than his home in India. There are more people from diverse backgrounds wandering the streets and there is a distinct lack of monasteries. His home in Dharamsala in the Asian sub-continent is open plan and contains a busy office staffed by volunteers but at the moment he is living in a quiet, unassuming semi-detached house in St Michael's Crescent, Pinner. Yet what most of Lelung's neighbours do not realize is they have a high-ranking Buddhist teacher and lama living among them. Lelung, 36, has dedicated his life to the Eastern religion and has even been recognised by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of a great teacher.

He was born to a farming family in India and given the name Palden Konchok but realised at a young age that an agricultural pathway was not one he was destined for and at the age of 10 he decided to become a monk. He said: "I wanted to learn more about Buddhism and thought the monks had interesting lives, so I decided to join them. I had to leave my mother and father behind and move to a monastery in southern India. It was hard but I had to do it." As a symbolic act of his renunciation of worldly life, he had to shave his hair off, wear robes, was schooled in Buddhist tradition and philosophy and also helped with farming and community work.

Lelung Rinpoche with monks in front of the Kongpo Kangtsen dormitory being built at Drepung Monstery, India, 1992. Lelung Rinpoche, seated in the front row on the right, assisted with the construction

Lelung Rinpoche with monks in front of the Kongpo Kangtsen dormitory being built at Drepung Monstery, India, 1992. Lelung Rinpoche, seated in the front row on the right, assisted with the construction

Lelung Rinpoche with monks in front of the Kongpo Kangtsen dormitory being built at Drepung Monstery, India, 1992. Lelung Rinpoche, seated in the front row on the right, assisted with the construction

When he was about 14 years old, he met the Dalai Lama and was told by the exiled spiritual Tibet leader that he was the 11th Lelung Rinpoche, an eminent teacher who lived between 1326-1401 and has been reincarnated on several occasions. But Lelung had already had inclinations he was not an ordinary man. He said: "When I was just a monk in the monastery, I had a class mate who would treat me with respect and reverence because he believed there was something different about me. Since I was six or seven, I have had a spiritual side and enjoyed taking prayers and was happy whenever I saw the Dalai Lama. When he told me I was the reincarnation, it immediately felt right and comfortable." As soon the Dalai Lama made the announcement, Lelung's life changed. He was moved to another monastery--Kongpo Khangtsan--which had closer links with his predecessors, and was given an assistant. He also had to lead prayers rather than just follow them like the majority of the monks and was treated with deference.

With his position Lelung had more responsibilities and had to dedicate his life to the community previous Lelungs had dedicated their lives to. He was fast-tracked through his studies in order to take over his new duties much quicker. As part of his role, Lelung is now in charge of a variety of projects, most of which relate to preserving Tibetan literature and heritage. Lelung has come to England to promote two projects which he supports. The first is the Geden Phacho Bhucho Project. When Tibetans began to leave Tibet following the country's problems with China, many Tibetan Buddhist teachings were lost so supporters are trying to create a reference catalogue. Lelung is also searching for the teachings of his predecessors. Many transcriptions were lost when monasteries in Tibet were demolished during the 1950s. He has already written a book about the previous Lelung Rinpoches and now wants to publish another book focusing on the teachings.

He said: "I have been to England before but then I could not really speak the language. I met some friends who invited me to stay after hearing about my projects and now I lead meditation and teaching classes at The Lelung Dharma Centre, Manor Farm Hall, St Martins Approach in Ruislip." Although just a tenant in his friend's home in Pinner, Lelung has made it his own. There are pictures of the Dalai Lama up on the wall and Buddhist imagery everywhere. Lelung Rinpoche's reputation is spreading far and wide. He has already visited America on lecture tours and counts Uma Thurman, her father Bob and Richard Gere among his friends.

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Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

MOMENT IN TIBET EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS

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On Sunday 3rd December 2006, people came from far and wide to the newly refurbished King’s College Pavilion in Ruislip to experience an event organised by the locally based Lelung Dharma Centre. The event, which had a distinctive Tibetan theme, proved to be very successful and attracted over two hundred visitors on the day.

While many people enjoyed a range of relaxing therapies, such as reflexology, reiki, massage, Bowen technique and vortex healing, others were watching Tibetan films or sampling Tibetan culinary delights such as butter tea and a traditional dish, called mo-mo, which was delicious, and proved to be very popular. There was also a wide variety of Tibetan gifts, books, jewellery and paintings for sale.

Lelung Rinpoche was on hand to tell people about his project, Geden Phacho Bhucho, the preservation of vital Buddhist teachings which are in danger of being lost for ever. This project has the blessing of H.H. The Dalai Lama himself. People were able to watch a very interesting film showing the first stage of the project which took place in Dharamsala in June this year.

The day generated great interest in the work being done by Lelung Rinpoche, the Lelung Dharma Trust, and the Lelung Dharma Centre, as well as being such a thoroughly enjoyable day for all concerned. We are looking forward to repeating it as soon as possible.

 

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Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

LAUNCH OF THE GEDEN PHACHO BHUCHO PRESERVATION CENTRE

In June 2006, more than forty lamas from the Gelug lineage gathered at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala at the invitation of Lelung Rinpoche. They met to discuss the Geden Phacho Bhucho project, an initiative by Lelung Rinpoche to ensure the preservation of the unbroken chain of teaching transmission. This historic event was attended by the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government in Exile (Kalon Tripa), Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. 


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Group portrait of participants in Geden Phacho Bhucho conference. More than forty lamas from the Gelug lineage attended the event in June 2006

 

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The beautiful Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture in Dharamsala was the venue for the June conference about the preservation of the Gelug lineage

 

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Lelung Rinpoche and Gelug lamas at the opening ceremony of the Geden Phacho Bhucho Conference in June 2006

 

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Gelug masters at the Geden Phacho Bhucho conference. Pictured here left to right are Jangtse Choejee, H.H. Gaden Tripa, and H.E. Shrtse Choejee. More than 40 lamas attended along with 50 guests

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The conference room at Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, India, which hosted the Geden Phacho Bhucho event

 

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Lelung Rinpoche presents the aims of the project at the conference on Geden Phacho Bhucho. The project is attempting to prevent any breakage in the Gelug transmission lineage and ensure its longevity for future generations

Participants listen attentively to the presentations at the Geden Phacho Bhucho Conference

 

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Lelung Rinpoche (right) meets with the Gelug parliament member, the Tibetan Secretary of Culture and Religion, and representatives of Gelug monasteries in Dharamsala at the newly inaugurated Geden Phacho Bhucho Preservation Centre

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Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE ON GEDEN PHACHO BHUCHO PROJECT

Group portrait of participants in Geden Phacho Bhucho conference. More than forty lamas from the Gelug lineage attended the event in June 2006

Group portrait of participants in Geden Phacho Bhucho conference. More than forty lamas from the Gelug lineage attended the event in June 2006

On 29th June 2006, an important conference on Geden Phacho Bhucho at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala, India was successfully concluded. Forty-two lamas from the Gelug lineage attended the meeting along with approximately 50 observers. At the opening ceremony, H.H. Gaden Tripa lit a butter lamp in before an image of Buddha Shakyamuni and offered khatak (traditional white scarf) with powerful prayers. The photo gallery (UPDATE) gives a sense of the inspiring atmosphere.

The conference was divided into four sessions: two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Lelung Rinpoche began the first morning session with a description of the aims of the project. After Lelung Rinpoche's introduction, H.E. Shrtse Choejee, Jangtse Choejee, and H.H. Gaden Tripa gave lectures. This was followed by the reading of a message from H.H. Dalai Lama. A tea break and group photos followed their session.

Lelung Rinpoche would like to extend his thanks for the valuable participation and support of those involved in planning and executing the conference:

  • Beri Jigmey Wanggyal, MP for Gelug
  • Dorjee Gonpo Gyuto, India
  • Tsering (Lelung Literature Preservation Centre)
  • Thubten Dorjee (Lelung Literature Preservation Centre)
  • Dondup (Lelung Literature Preservation Centre)
  • Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, USA
  • Dolma Tolotsang. Canada
  • Jane Moore, UK
  • Maureen Elliott, UK
  • Angela Lewis, UK
  • Kathryn Pon, USA
  • Jo Self , UK
  • Thubten Chopel family, Masory
  • Cliff Brown, UK
  • Clive Arrowsmith, UK

The Tibetan Minister of Religion and Culture, Mr. Lobsang Nyima began the second session. The Prime Minister of Tibetan Government in Exile (Kalon Tripa), Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, was the next speaker. Attending the event in his individual capacity, the Kalon Tripa warned that if the chain of oral transmission—that can be traced back to the Buddha—is fractured, it could lead to the eventual extinction of Buddhism. He lauded the pioneering initiatives of Lelung Rinpoche, "in whom His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] has placed high hopes." He also said that his administration would continue to provide moral support—the easiest of all supports, he added in jest.

The session continued with short speeches by H.E. Ling Rinpoche and director of the Norbulingka Institute, Ex-Kalon Tripa Mr. Kalsang Yeshe. Group discussions concluded the morning session. The third and fourth sessions, which thoroughly covered all issues related to the project, took place after a one-hour lunch break. 

Lelung Rinpoche wrapped up the successful conference by thanking the participants and offering them gifts and traditional white scarves. In the interest of transparency, a full report of the expenditures for the conference is available for inspection.

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Jun
13
to Jun 30

CONFERENCE ON GEDEN PHACHO BHUCHO PROJECT

The great 14th century master Je Tsongkhapa founded the Gelung school of Tibetan Buddhism

The great 14th century master Je Tsongkhapa founded the Gelung school of Tibetan Buddhism

In March 2006, Lelung Rinpoche travelled to India where he discussed the Geden Phacho Bhucho project with a number of important lamas and officials. At this meeting a date was set for a conference on this project. Therefore, Rinpoche has asked some of his venerable friends to work with him in planning this conference.

On 13th June, Lelung Rinpoche will fly to India to complete additional organisational work for the conference. The conference itself will be held on 29th June 2006 in the Norbu Lingkha main temple for the entire day. Approximately fifty great lamas have been invited including Gaden Tri Rinpoche (Head of the Gelug School) and Samdhong Rinpoche. Many other guests have also been invited.

The conference will address the next steps for the project and make our way forward clearer. News and plans will be posted on the Lelung Dharma Trust website as soon as possible after the event, along with introductions and thanks to some of the project supporters.

Geden is another name for the the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism founded in the 14th century by the highly revered master Je Tsongkhapa. Phacho Bhucholiterally means 'Father Son' and refers to the teachings that comprise Tsongkhapa's lineage. During the last forty years, as Tibetans emigrated to different countries around the world, many of these precious teachings have been lost. The aim of the Geden Phacho Bhucho project is to catalogue and preserve the existing lineages of this tradition to ensure they remain accessible to future generations.

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

SAMDHONG RINPOCHE ENDORSES PROJECT TO RESCUE ENDANGERED LINEAGES

Lelung Rinpoche meets with the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government in Exile (Kalon Tripa), Professor Samdhong Rinpoche (March 2006)

Lelung Rinpoche meets with the Prime Minister of Tibetan Government in Exile (Kalon Tripa), Professor Samdhong Rinpoche (March 2006)

In March 2006, Lelung Rinpoche met with Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile, to discuss the Geden Phacho Bhucho project. Conceived by Lelung Rinpoche, the project aims to identify endangered teaching lineages of the Gelug tradition and rescue them before they disappear. Samdhong Rinpoche, who agreed to become an official advisor, expressed his satisfaction that this important work is being undertaken:

Lelung Rinpoche has a very fantastic project and there is absolutely no doubt regarding the objectives and [its] necessity…Most of [those in] my age group in the Tibetan Buddhist lineage thought it absolutely necessary for quite some time, but no one had the courage to take the responsibility.

The meeting took place three months before a major conference on Geden Phacho Bhucho in Dharamsala. Drawing on thirty years of personal experience at the Academi Institution in Sarnath, Samdhong Rinpoche offered practical suggestions on how the project could be carried out. His recommendations included a two-part framework, a well-defined project plan aimed at Westerners, and a people-centred approach to management. The two-part framework he proposed consists of 1) Identifying the teaching lineages in danger of being lost; and 2) Supporting the teachers and students of that lineage to ensure that it is passed on. Rinpoche said his administration office is willing to help with the second part of the plan.

Citing the fact that many senior masters are approaching old age, Rinpoche stressed the urgency of this project. “We can’t plan it for a longer period,” he said, “There is not much time or some things will be lost…we must rescue them just now.” He expressed deep concern that most of the previous generation of teachers has already passed away and those still living are in their 80s. Therefore, it is vital that the right conditions are created for them to transmit the teachings they hold to the next generation of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. To make this possible, the project team will organise events where the holders and potential recipients of the endangered lineages can come together.

During the meeting, Rinpoche questioned Lelung Rinpoche about the progress so far. He asked about the recruitment of key people for the project team and advocated appointing a single, dedicated person to serve as the director. Lelung Rinpoche will oversee the director to make sure that work proceeds smoothly. Satisfied with the way things are moving forward, Samdhong Rinpoche said confidently: “I think this project will succeed.” He also told the attendees that he had informed His Holiness the Dalai Lama of the project and that His Holiness thinks it is “a very good project.” He summed up his sentiments succinctly adding:

I have examined this project quite thoroughly and there is no doubt of its necessity and there is no doubt of its importance as far as the Gelugpa tradition in particular and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition generally.

 

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Nov
5
to Nov 16

GENEROUS DONOR COMMISSIONS 21 THANGKAS

Lhamo Nyima Shyonnu, a special protector of the Lelung teachings. This thangka, which was commissioned in 1998, belongs to the 11th Lelung Rinpoche

Lhamo Nyima Shyonnu, a special protector of the Lelung teachings. This thangka, which was commissioned in 1998, belongs to the 11th Lelung Rinpoche

During Lelung Rinpoche's visit to the US in October 2005, he met many old friends and was able to discuss his many projects, including his plans to recreate thangkas to accompany the most important Lelung lineage practices. Rinpoche's friend, Kathryn Pon, was interested in supporting this project and has generously donated funds for twenty-one thangkhas. Her total donation amounted to $10,500.

Rinpoche is now negotiating with artists in Tibet and in India. The painting of the thangkhas could take 2-3 years. It depends on how soon Rinpoche decides which thangkhas need to be completed first and on the artist. If a team of painters work on Rinpoche's thangkhas, then the work could be done more quickly. On the other hand, Rinpoche is looking for high quality rather than fast production.

 

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Nov
1
to Nov 12

LELUNG RINPOCHE MEETS WITH ROBERT THURMAN

Robert Thurman is a well-known author and professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University. He directs Tibet House in New York

Robert Thurman is a well-known author and professor of Indo-Tibetan studies at Columbia University. He directs Tibet House in New York

In October 2005, Lelung Rinpoche completed a successful trip to New York where he met with friends and supporters to discuss his work. He visited the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre and met with its Executive Director Gene Smith.

Over the years Gene has been able to collect many of the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche's teachings as well as those of other masters. Some time ago, Gene generously offered some of these teachings to Rinpoche. This time--at their first meeting--Gene offered additional teachings in the form of books, which Rinpoche has been anxiously searching for.

Rinpoche also met with author and scholar Robert Thurman who is founder of Tibet House, a cultural center dedicated to preserving and promoting Tibetan Buddhism. They discussed the progress on a book on the history of the Lelung lineage written by the current Lelung Rinpoche. Robert said Tibet House will publish his book as soon as proofreading is finished. Rinpoche greatly appreciates Robert's kindness in publishing this work about the Lelung lineage.

 

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Jun
23
to Jul 4

H.H. DALAI LAMA TO TEACH ON LAMRIN CHEN SHEDRAK

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching at Lerab Gar in Southern France, 2000

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching at Lerab Gar in Southern France, 2000

The people of Kham-Tehor, both in exile and in Tibet have long made requests for a TenZhug (long life ceremony) for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. With great joy we are pleased to announce that His Holiness has accepted and he has also agreed to give teachings on the four commentaries of Lamrim Chemo.

The TenZhug and teachings will take place in at the main temple in McLeod Ganj, in Dharamsala from the 23rd June to 4th July 2005. This information and dates are from the private office of H.H and are for the people who would like to receive these rare teachings.

For more information, please contact Tehor TenZhug Committee in Dharamsala Telephone: +91 1892221797 mobile +91 9816135968.

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