Tibetan Buddhist meditation master returns to Northumberland

Last year the Venerable Chamtrul Rinpoche visited Tarset in Northumberland National Park as part of a national teaching tour

Chamtrul Rinpoche at Tarset village hall in Northumberland last year
Chamtrul Rinpoche at Tarset village hall in Northumberland last year

A Tibetan monk who is a leading meditation master is to return to Northumberland after being charmed by its landscape and people.

Last year the Venerable Chamtrul Rinpoche visited Tarset in Northumberland National Park as part of a national teaching tour.

He had a public audience at a packed Tarset village hall with around 100 people turning up, held two other study groups and visited Greenhaugh First School.

Now he is to return to Tarset on Friday as part of a UK teaching tour, in between visits to South Africa and the United States.

He will give a talk at 7pm on Friday in the village hall on Instructions to Train the Mind and Open the Heart.

From Friday he will also hold a three-day retreat, with guided meditation, at the nearby Old Rectory in Thorneyburn.

Bookings for both events on www.tarset-retreat.com or 01434 220647.

Chamtrul Rinpoche has been awarded the equivalent of Doctor of Buddhist philosophy and teaches in Dharamsala in northern India.

Visit organiser Gwennie Fraser, who lives near Bellingham, said: “He is a very distinguished meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who dedicates his life to help people find inner peace.

“He has been teaching for 20 years to thousands of monks and people and we are honoured to receive him again at the heart of the Tarset community.”

She said that the spiritual leader had been touched by the warmth of his welcome last year.

“He said how much the lush open spaces of Tarset reminded him of Tibet and he felt very at home here.

“His return is completely due to the success of his last visit and the amazing response he received.

“He really loved it here and it was phenomenal having him here. A lovely connection was made.

“He felt very warmly welcomed and he will be going back to the school again, where the pupils sang to him last year.

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