Past Teachings and events

  • Retreat with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche on Holy Isle

          19th – 25th June 2013


This retreat is open to all, new and long-term students,

 interested in spending some time in this beautiful natural

 setting, receiving teaching on Buddhism and meditation. 


Ringu Tulku is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters including HH the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.  Since 1990 he has been travelling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at universities, institutes and Buddhist centers all over the world. He participates in various interfaith and ‘Science and Buddhism’ dialogues and is the author of a number of books on Buddhist teaching.  Bodhicharya is a not-for-profit Educational & Cultural Association founded by Ringu Tulku. For links to Bodhicharya centres and groups around the world, and fuller details of Bodhicharya activities, please visit:



Holy Isle is situated off the Scottish coast, a little north of Glasgow.  The journey itself is scenic, and smooth once you know where you’re going:  Arriving at Ardrossen Harbour, by direct train from Glasgow or by car, you board the passenger ferry across to the Isle of Arran.  A bus links from this ferry to a small boat, which takes you across the bay to Holy Isle itself.  Timetables for these connections are given on the Holy Isle website, as well as connections from Glasgow airport.  The accommodation is modern and comfortable and the food is wonderful – vegetarian (often including vegan choices), with much of the food grown organically on the island.


Arrival is on Wednesday 19th June.  The retreat starts with an early evening meal and welcome afterwards.  The week will offer sessions of teaching on the Buddhist path; interspersed with meditation, other practice, time for exploring the island and meeting up with old and new friends.  The retreat will end around lunchtime on Tuesday 25th June.

Accommodation charges (6 nights):

Single: £282

Twin: £216

Dorm: £168

Camping: £120

Plus course fee, by donation: £120.

This covers Bodhicharya expenses and a gift for Ringu Tulku for his time and teaching.  


Please book direct with Holy Isle via

See for details on the island and travelling there.

  •  Tibetan Healing Exercises retreat with Maarten Vermaase

       Earthspirit retreat centre, Somerset,  July 2013

  • Keep the Spirit of the Flame Ignited: a Meditation Marathon, July 2012 at Inner Space 

For a week in July 2012, the week when the Olympic Flame passed through Oxford, Inner Space on Broad Street brought together a number of meditation communities in Oxford to hold a Meditation Marathon.  Each day focussed on one of the traditional Olympic Values: Inspiration, Determination, Excellence, Equality, Friendship, Respect and Courage.  And each day was hosted by a different organisation.  The White Tara group hosted the day focussing on Inspiration. In all, 42 hours of meditation were clocked up at the Inner Space venue in Broad Street that week, reflecting the 42 km that make up a running marathon.  The values were seen as common for both kinds of endeavour.


Ringu Tulku Rinpoche came and visited us in Oxford and gave teachings at Friends Meeting House in the centre of town in June 2012 and April 2011.

Ringu Tulku came to The Abbey in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire in 2010 and gave a teaching on Emptiness and Interdependence, which came to form the basis for his 

On this visit, Ringu Tulku buried a special Peace Vase in Oxford city centre.  It is one of 108 such vases created by HH Dilgo Khyentse to be buried in selected places all over the world.  HH 17th Karmapa was due to bury the vase in Oxford on a visit but, when this was cancelled, Ringu Tulku took on the very great honour to bury the vase on Karmapa's behalf.  He read out a speech Karmapa had written for the occasion and the vase was buried in the grounds of the Oxford Union, the debating society of Oxford University.  It was buried jointly by Ringu Tulku, Reverend Bob Wilkes of St. Michael's Church, Oxford (pictured), and the current president of the Union.