Practices and prayers

Prayers in Buddhism play an important role in reminding ourselves of the goals, setting our intention, and developing Bodhicitta, as well as releasing unnecessary thoughts, and anxieties. Going through the new Bodhicharya Prayer Book, Rinpoche will explore different practices and prayers, and explain their meaning, their purpose, and their power.

In 2020 and 2021, due to the Corona virus outbreak, Bodhicharya Summer Camp happened via Zoom. This year, Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach live, at Casa da Torre. Sessions will also be broadcasted, making it possible to attend via Zoom.

Like every year, Summer Camp will be accessible to everyone, even to those who do not have a deep knowledge of the Buddhist path and did not attend previous years’ sessions.

Live attendance

Casa da Torre – Centro de Retiros | Soutelo – Vila Verde – Braga

Casa da Torre is a Christian retreat house, in the North of Portugal. The facilities are excellent, with single and double rooms with twin beds. At a short walking distance flows a river where one can swim or just refresh oneself. There is a fluvial beach and a small terrace, perfect to sit, relax and enjoy a drink.

Participants may also relax and enjoy the activities available around the center. Families are most welcome, however, we are not in a position to provide childcare.

Accommodation

Due to the number of registrations we received so far, any new registrations will be on waiting list. However, there is still room for changes. We suggest you register anyway, and we will try our best to accommodate everyone.

The main venue where the teachings are held and the meals taken. All the rooms are en suite, WI-FI access – sheet and towels included. The following prices include everything: accommodation, meals and teachings for the whole duration of Summer Camp.

Single room

475€

Double room

425€ / per person

Children

1 a 3 years – 100€ / 4 a 10 years–230€

Meals

All the meals are taken at the main venue, Casa da Torre. The center offers 3 vegetarian meals a day, starting with dinner on July 25th, until lunch on July 31st.

If you want to look for accommodation elsewhere, you can attend the teachings and share lunch with the rest of the Sangha.

Teachings and lunch

235€ / per person

Registration

Live attendance

Simultaneous translation into French and Portuguese.

The details for payment will be sent when your registration is confirmed.

We have tried to keep the price of the Summer Camp as low as possible – if you can’t participate because of the price, please contact us.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Other information

Translations

The teachings will be given in English. There will be simultaneous translations into French and Portuguese. If you need translation, bring a FM radio.

Texts

Click here to download the prayers before and after the sessions

Download

Contacts Casa da Torre

Casa da Torre | 4730-570 Soutelo | Vila Verde | tel: +351 253 310 400

Arriving at Casa da Torre

By plane

The closest international airport is Porto (OPO). Many low-cost airlines fly to Porto from a great number of places. See here the measures implemented in Portugal concerning covid-19

There will be buses collecting those who arrive at the airport and taking them back on the last day.

On arrival : 2 buses, one at 14:00 and a second one at 17:00

On departure : 2 buses, both at 14:00

Shuttles costs are included in Summer Camp price.

In case your plane arrives after the shuttle or leaves earlier, you can book here tickets for the regular shuttle service from Airport to Braga. The bus arrives at the buses terminal and from there you can take a taxi to Casa da Torre (more or less 15€).
By train

The closest train station is Braga. From there you can take a taxi to Casa da Torre. It costs around 15€.

Click here for the Portuguese Railway webpage

Timetable for trains Porto / Braga

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Zoom attendance

Zoom attendance

Simultaneous translation into French, Portuguese, German and Spanish

Summer Camp online attendance will be on a donation basis. Donations will be used for offerings to Rinpoche, as well as to the translators and technical team. We deeply value your contribution.

Schedule

25th – 08 pm
26th – 10 am – 05 pm
27th – 10 am – 05 pm
28th – 10 am – 05 pm
29th – 10 am – 05 pm
30th – 10 am – 05 pm
31st – 09 am

UTC time

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