Awaken the Heart – Open the Mind

How Wisdom and Compassion can Transform our Life.


The wisdom or philosophy of Buddhism is a complete revolution in the way we relate to our thoughts and emotions, to the world around us and to others. Based on this understanding, it offers a wealth of very practical tools to make our life happier by bringing compassion and wisdom into all its aspects. The key being to turn our mind and our actions towards the benefit of others.

During this retreat, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will teach on the Bodhicharyavatara, the classic masterpiece composed by Shantideva, the 8th-century Indian saint, a cycle of teachings that began in 2015. This year he will teach on chapter 8 and 9.

Please note – Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of whether you've attended previous years. If you wish to have an overview of the previous chapters you can join the retreat “Highlights of the Bodhicharyavatara chapters 1-8” (3-8 July).

Special Offer Button v2If you also join the retreat “Highlights of the Bodhicharyavatara chapters 1-8” (3-8 July) you will automatically benefit of 20% reduction on the Ringu Tulku event fees. Choose the event “Bodhicharyavatara Retreat and Ringu Tulku” when registering online. More info about the Bodhicharyavatara Retreat here.

This event is for everyone who wishes to discover the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhist teachings, as well as for Buddhist practitioners who wish to study this text. 

We also offer this year’s retreat online, from 23 October until 17 November 2019.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan teacher renowned for his clarity, humour and approachable style. He will show us how to open our mind and awaken our heart to a more compassionate way of living.

Here you find an overview of the Complete Buddhist Path offered in Rigpa.

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RinguTulku bio 2015Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 Universities, Institutes and Buddhist Centres in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He authored several books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books both in Tibetan and European languages.

He founded Bodhicharya, an international organization that coordinates the worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, to promote inter-cultural dialogues and educational & social projects. He also founded Rigul Trust which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet.

Rinpoche is the Official Representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe and the Founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe.

To see the programme for Rigpa students please log in with your "Rigpa Admin & Care" email and password. If you are a student from another sangha and you think you qualify to participate to this event, please send an email to