Teachings & Retreats

    White Tara Group retreat at The Orchard

    To attend Ringu Tulku Rinpoche teachings at Palpung Centre

    Open to all ~ details on file to download at end of this page ~

    ~ contact Mary if interested in joining ~

    Residential retreat: Tues 2nd – Sun 7th May 2017

    • Arrivals from Tuesday 2nd May, from 4pm

    Practice Days: Wed, Thurs, Fri 3rd – 5th May, to include daily:

    • Calm-abiding, sitting and walking practice, particularly in the beautiful grounds of The Orchard and surrounding countryside

    • Kum nye session

    • White Tara sadhana session (Tenga Rinpoche’s text)

    • Instructions on sadhana practice, if requested

    Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May:

    Teachings at Palpung Changchub Dargyeling centre, Brynmawr 10am – 4pm each day

    See Palpung centre’s website for details and to book.

    See websites for more information on the centres mentioned here (including locations):



    A Teaching by Ringu Tulku on Study and Practice

    Learning, contemplating and meditating should always go together in Buddhist practice... Both study and practice are needed.  There is a Tibetan saying:

    Trying to understand without meditation,

    is like trying to climb a mountain without fingers.

    Trying to meditate without understanding,

    is like shooting an arrow in the darkness.

     Without meditation there is no way to develop true understanding, and without study there is no way to know where the meditation is going.  Real understanding is not intellectual, but since we are intellectual beings, we need to pass through the level where we have doubts.  Most of us begin by asking questions and having doubts.  Such people should first gain a proper understanding and then proceed to practice.  Study and meditation should be in union; neither should be neglected at the expense of the other.




    Understanding teachings is very important from the Buddhist point of view, because if you don’t have some kind of basic understanding, then you don’t know how to relate with something; you don’t have the basic kind of background for practice.  But then, just an intellectual understanding doesn’t help; because an intellectual understanding alone gives you an intellectual thing but it doesn’t really change your way of reacting.  You have to work on your reactions in a practical way. 

     That is why meditation is not an intellectual exercise; it is a practical exercise.  Dharma practice, or any kind of spiritual practice, is not an intellectual exercise, but a practical exercise.  It is also intellectual in a way, because it has to be understood, but the essence of it is practical.  When I say ‘practical,’ I don’t necessarily mean practical like carpentry or something like that; but more ‘practical from within:’ learning to manage your own emotions and reactions, learning how to be.

     If you don’t know how to practice, it is like rock climbing without fingers. Conceptual knowing is not enough – whatever we understand or learn has to be applied practically.

    Excerpts taken from ‘Daring Steps Toward Fearlessness’ and ‘Relaxing in Natural Awareness’ (re-edited versions)


    “Compassion is the bridge, the spiritual foundation for peace, harmony and balance…It is a healthy psychological attitude because it does not involve expectations or demands… If we have the desire to be a loving person with a compassionate heart – the wish to help others spontaneously and without reservation - this attitude automatically opens our hearts and develops our compassion.  Then we can sincerely say to ourselves, ‘If there is any way I can learn to increase my compassion or understanding of humanity, then I wish to receive that teaching - whatever it is and wherever it exists...”

    Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Gesture of Balance

    Mary Heneghan,
    21 Feb 2017, 10:15