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We are delighted to offer this wonderful opportunity to meet with Ahbay Rinpoche. This is a very rare occasion to meet one of Tibet’s teaching masters and to receive a direct Medicine Buddha blessing. This 3 hour evening event will include a traditional Tibetan Medicine Buddha Ceremony, mindfulness meditation as well as chanting. There will also be time for Q&A.

Medicine Buddha Ceremony: Tuesday, 18th June, 6.30 – 9.30pm. NO BOOKING NEEDED, just arrive. £10 donation in cash on the night please.

Where: Bournemouth Westcliff Hotel (formerly Hallmark), 7 Durley Chine Road | Bournemouth | BH2 5JS

dmc logo The event is sponsored and hosted by the Dorset Mindfulness Centre.

About Ahbay Rinpoche

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Ahbay Rinpoche has a Geshe degree in Buddhist Philosophy, the equivalent of a Ph.D. degree. Lama Ahbay Tulku Jigme Thupten Tendar Rinpoche (full name) was born in Darjeeling/India in 1973. When he was nine years old he was fully initiated into monkhood and the tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Khabche Ling Rinpoche gave him the name Thupten Tendar. When he was twelve, His Holiness the Dalai Lama identified him as the reincarnation of the hermit Lama Lobsang Tenzin. Ahbay Rinpoche has become the Patron of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre in March 2017 after delivering a Dharma talk and Medicine Buddha ceremony at the centre in Bournemouth. This is Rinpoches third visit at the Dorset Mindfulness Cetnre. Rinpoche is actively engaged in charitable community projects in India that support cultural education of children and the Dorset Mindfulness Centre informally supports this initiative. (Picture, left: HH 14th Dalai Lama with Ahbay Rinpoche)


About the Medicine Buddha ceremony

This ancient Medicine Buddha ceremony puja ceremony is about cultivating compassion and healing towards ourselves and others. It is a wonderful opportunity to generate the open compassionate heart releasing old wounds and emotional sorrows. By cultivating a sense of forgiveness we make space for compassion to emerge more easily. Everyone is welcome. Please note you do not have to be or want to be a Buddhist. This ceremony is not about becoming a Buddhist but is about cultivating compassion for ourselves and others. The ceremony will inculude ancient Buddhist guided meditations, chanting and Q&A time.

What a graceful retreat full of relaxation, kindness and investigation into why the mind jumps around from place to place. The message I received during the evening, was to always be present and to view all events in the world without judgement. A wise message and one I hope to use daily. Noel L S
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It was a beautiful experience and an enjoyable opportunity to practice and be reminded of some of the aspects I have learned already but don’t get to practice regularly. Trudie F

Join this special event if you wish to:

tickTake time out for self-care and healing.

tickDiscover your true purpose, meaning and happiness.

tickDeepen your connection to awareness wisdom and compassion.

tickLearn how to live in the present moment away from past negative habitual responses.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickReduce stress, anxiety and depression and enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

tickThe ceremony is held at a venue that has an authentic and relaxing atmosphere with close by stunning rurual views which promises an unforgettable and life enhancing experience.

tickThis ceremony is suitable for beginner as well as for those with some previous meditation experience.

A lovely experience – timely for me, as I’m well aware the busier I am the more I need to stop and linger in the present moment and be mindfully aware of all it holds. The group, the guided meditation, the brief wander amongst the stars and bright moon, the cold night air on our faces followed by the warmth and welcome indoors to experience the nuances of our tea meditation all brought a delightful sense of balance and harmony. I left for my drive home feeling refreshed, calm and centred. Margaret R – Dorset

Ceremony donations – The art of Dāna (giving)

We do not have a strong monastic tradition in the West. Still most Buddhist teachers try to follow the ancient model of generosity as much as it is feasible in this culture. Teachers do not receive any payment from the public. Retreat donations cover only the cost of maintaining the retreat. Teacher support is provided solely by voluntary donations given directly to the teacher by students at the retreat. Many teachers are dependent almost entirely on teaching donations.

Although we do not charge for this retreat we ask that you donate £10 for the 3 hour event to help us cover the venue cost and make offering to Ahbay Rinpoche for his charitable work with children in India. Please give with an open heart and mind. Please bring your donations in cash on the day, thank you.

What to bring?

You may wish to bring some snacks and or water for yourself. If you are participating in the cermeony to help bring healing to your family member or friend then it might be worth bringing their picture with you. You may use a chair to sit on for the meditation which will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes if possible.

What not to bring?

If possible please leave your mobile phones at home and give yourself permission to unplug form the hustle and bustle. You will be asked to switch off your phones at the start of the ceremony.
Parking is free at the hotel and on nearby streets. If you parking at the hotel please ensure that you register your car at reception to avoid parking fine. The centre does not accept any responsibility for parking fines received during the event.

For more information or to reserve your place please contact Robert

IMG_0066If you are interested in attending the meditation retreat with Rinpoche then please email me giving me your name and whether you wish to attend the Saturday or Sunday retreat. Please note you do not need to book for the Friday Forgiveness Ceremony. Booking is only needed for the meditation retreat.

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01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


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