Dealing with Life, Death and Beyond: Bardo, Phowa and Thukdam

Dealing with the different stages of this life and beyond, into the next, is a precious skill for a Buddhist practitioner. If we can use life and death as opportunities for transformation and spiritual growth, we can make the most of this human life. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach on this most essential topic for five days, from 23rd to the 27th of July.

Like last year, due to the Corona virus outbreak, this year’s Bodhicharya Summer Camp will still be happening via Zoom. Rinpoche has kindly agreed to teach online for five days. There will be a session a day, with time for questions & answers too.

Like every year, the online 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.

23, 24, 26 and 27th July - 2.30 pm UTC

25th July - 12 pm UTC

See below for time zones

Simultaneous translation into French, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Spanish.

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

Be aware that there might be some updates, so check this page regularly!

Find your time relative to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

Dublin, London, Lisbon  UTC +1
Madrid, Paris, Berlin – CST  UTC +2
Gangtok, India – IST  UTC +5:30
South Africa – SAST  UTC +2
Helsinki, Finland- EEST  UTC +3
New York, USA – EDT  UTC -4
Seattle, USA – PDT  UTC -7
New Zealand – NZT  UTC +12

If you miss a live session, recordings will be accessible through the archives.

If you experience any technical problems, contact us.

If you have any question you want to submit to Rinpoche in writing form, please send it through the form below. Please reflect on your question carefully before you send it, and be concise and only use one short paragraph and less than 80 words.

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Discussion and Practice Groups and other Programmes

A talk on Thukdam

24th July at 5 pm UTC

Tukdam: a filmmaker and researcher’s perspectives

Donagh Coleman is a Finnish-Irish-American documentary filmmaker and medical anthropology doctoral student at the University of California Berkeley, whose present film project and dissertation research focuses on Tukdam, the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of dying in meditation. Donagh Coleman holds degrees in Philosophy and Psychology and Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin, and a MA in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley.

In what Tibetan Buddhists call tukdam, advanced meditators die in a consciously controlled manner in meditation. Though declared clinically dead, they often stay sitting upright in meditation posture; remarkably, their bodies remain fresh and lifelike, without signs of decay for days, sometimes weeks after clinical death. Indeed, from a Tibetan Buddhist point of view, the meditators are not dead yet; it is believed that consciousness is still present, which is keeping the body from decaying.

Translation into German, Portuguese and French

General Summercamp Breakfast Zoom

Hang out, catch up and have breakfast with other retreatants over Zoom (bring your coffee and croissants)

Daily from Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th July at 7.30- 8.30 am UTC / 8.30-9.30 am UK / 9.30-10.30 am Paris 

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 325 545 986

Password: 025316

Discussion groups

Rinpoche suggested that Summer Camp participants could gather in smaller groups, for group practice and further discussion on the topic. Below a list of times and practices the local English, Italian, and German-speaking Bodhicharya groups will be doing during the five days of teachings.


Registering for Rinpoche’s teachings doesn’t automatically enroll you for the discussion groups. You will have to choose which group you want to join. For other languages, please check the French and Portuguese webpages.

English speaking groups

Hours are given in local time

Bodhicharya UK groups

Bodhicharaya UK groups, London, Oxford and Kent are offering this daily programme of meditation, sadhana and yoga practice as well as a discussion group to complement Rinpoche’s teachings and contribute to the online Summer Camp retreat experience. Please feel free to join in as much or as little as you would like and is convenient for you each day.

All of the below offerings are available through the following Zoom link:

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 325 545 986

Password: 025316

Every day

07:30 – 08:30 Calm Abiding Meditation

Silent meditation meeting. Together, we shall practice ‘Shamatha’ (Calm Abiding) meditation. Please feel free to drop in and out if you can’t attend the whole meditation.


10:00 – 10:45 Chenrezig Practice

The Chenrezig Practice is the most widely practised Tibetan Buddhist meditation which involves recitation, a visualisation and mantras. It is designed to stabilise the mind in compassion.

We will be doing this practice together in Tibetan with English translation. It involves a simple visualisation, reading the text together and reciting the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. Through doing this practice, we invoke love and compassion for all sentient beings in the form of Chenrezig, a symbol of the compassion of all Buddhas.

All are welcome, no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism required.


11:00 – 12:00 Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga

We will practise some simple bodywork for health, vitality, relaxation and well-being.  Suitable for all abilities and experience levels.  We will bear in mind the rest of the day’s programme, so this hour can complement sitting practice etc.  Everything will be guided so just come along in loose comfortable clothing and with somewhere to sit and lie down comfortably, to hand. A little more detail about Kum Nye can be found at:

On the 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th

12:00 – 13:00 White Tara Sadhana

We will use Tenga Rinpoche’s short Sadhana text and practise both in English and Tibetan, using a new translation based on Ringu Tulku’s commentary.  All welcome. Please download the text from the very bottom of the page below, for this session (White Tara Sadhana RT Translation June21).


13:00 – 13:40 Medicine Buddha Practice

The Medicine Buddha Practice we shall do is a concise Tibetan Buddhist meditation which involves recitation, a visualisation and mantras. It is designed to improve stability and health. It can be done by everybody who has the necessary authorisation.

On the 25th



Every day

18:00 – 18:30 Calm Abiding Meditation

Together, we shall practice ‘Shamatha’ (Calm Abiding) meditation.


18:30 – 19:30 Study and Reflection on the Teachings

An opportunity to discuss and reflect on Rinpoche’s daily teachings together, using the “break out room” feature in Zoom for larger groups.

Facilitators: Bodicharya UK groups

Bodhicharya Ireland Group – 23rd to 27th of July

12 am – 1 pm. White Tara Sadhana followed by Shinay Practice.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Group Discussion based on Rinpoche’s teaching



Meeting ID: 712 5593 1704

Passcode: 769996

Bodhicharya North America

Afternoons of Friday July 23, Saturday July 24,  Sunday July 25, and Monday July 26
4 pm ET / 2 pm MT / 1 pm PT

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 4830 3456
Passcode: 359868

German speaking meetings

Die 5 Kräfte des Lojong und die Mahayana Instruktionen als Vorbereitung auf den Tod

Nach Kommentaren von Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Die 5 Kräfte des Lojong angewandt auf die Vorbereitung auf den Tod sind:

1/ Die Kraft des Pflanzens von weißen Samen
2/ Die Kraft der Widmung
3/Die Kraft der Exposition eigener Verfehlungen
4/ Die Kraft der Bestrebung
5/ Die Kraft der Gewöhnung

„…Auch wenn wir noch nie diese Kontemplationen praktiziert haben, ist es nie zu spät damit anzufangen, um den Sterbeprozess zu unterstützen, weil sie die Wirkung aller unserer guten Bemühungen verstärkt. Diese Praxis wird deshalb den Sterbeprozess erleichtern“.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Nach der Lektüre wird es noch Zeit für eine Diskussionsrunde über das letzte Teaching von Ringu Tulku Rinpoche geben!
Mit Francoise Guillot

Sa. 24.07. 10:30-12:00 Uhr Zoom-Meeting beitreten Meeting-ID: 838 2420 8515 Kenncode: 2707

So. 25.07. 10:30-12:00 Uhr   Zoom-Meeting beitreten    Meeting-ID: 891 7601 3535  Kenncode: 2707

Italian speaking group

Ogni sera 18.30 – 19.30 (ora Italiana)
Durante il periodo del Summer Camp rifletteremo sugli insegnamenti di Rimpoche in gruppo. Faremo inoltre delle brevi sessioni di meditazione Shamata per far decantare e interiorizzare gli insegnamenti prima di rientrare nella dimensione della quotidianita’.

Zoom ID: 3241106743
PW: Marpa

Finnish speaking group

Aamupuuro – suomenkielistä jutustelua kesäleirillä

24.-27.7. joka aamu klo 9-10 Suomen aikaa
Meeting ID: 899 9674 0322