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New Audio Teaching: Stable, Lasting Happiness – Part 2 . . . Pathgate Teaching Updates:   Greece: 29th - 30th November 2014 ... England: 28th December 2014 - 4th January 2015 ... For details visit: Teaching Schedule

Enthronement of the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

On the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, the Buddha Festival which marks the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma by Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, Pema Norbu Yangsi Rinpoche - the reincarnation of His Holiness the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche - was enthroned at the Palyul Mother Monastery, high in the mountains of Baiyü County, Tibet.

Yangsi Rinpoche arrived at the Palyul Monastery on 28th July 2014, with devotees and well-wishers lining the streets and filling every available vantage point to catch a glimpse of the young Rinpoche. A Long Life Buddha Puja took place on the 29th July, followed by Dharma Discourse and debate on the 30th July. The main Enthronement Ceremony of Yangsi Rinpoche took place on 31st July 2014, the day of Chökhor Düchen, and was marked with pujas and celebrations at Namdroling Monastery in India and at Palyul Centres around the world.

Anis (Tibetan nuns) debating during Enthronement Celebrations at Namdroling Monastery

The Ceremony continued on the 1st August and was followed by days of celebration to mark the occasion of the enthronement of His Holiness the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. During the ceremony, members of the ordained community from Namdroling Monastery offered the Grand Tenshug (Long Life Offering) from the combined contributions of devotees and students from around the world; including offerings sent from Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje and the students and friends of Pathgate Institute.

Fund Raising for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme complete

Hepatitis B Vaccinations at Namdroling Monastery

Many thanks to all the students and friends of Pathgate Institute who have supported the fund-raising efforts for the Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Programme at Namdroling Monastery in India. Due to your generosity, the funds needed for this vital programme have now been raised and the hospital administrators at Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital have commenced the task of screening and vaccinating the entire ordained population of Namdroling Monastery.

A total number of 1000 newcomers, who have joined Namdroling Monastery since the last Hepatitis B vaccination programme four years ago, were screened for Hepatitis B from the 14th to the 17th August; and by the 24th August, a total number of around 3500 monks and nuns were given their 1st dose of the Hepatitis B vaccination.

This project would not have been possible without the generous support of all our students and friends from around the world. On behalf of Namdroling Monastery, we would like to extend our most deep-felt gratitude to all of you.

Pathgate Summer School 2014

Retreatants meditating on Retreat in Newcastle Dharma Centre

The Pathgate Summer School 2014 began this year on the 1st July and lasted nine weeks, finishing on the 31st August. The Summer School was well-attended by retreatants from around the world, including: Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Romania, Poland, Israel, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Greece and the UK. Many of the retreatants stayed for the entire duration of the Summer School.

Having led a Dharma Foundation Study Level One Retreat in England earlier this year, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje used the nine weeks of the Summer School to continue this teaching with retreats on Dharma Foundation Study from Level Two to Level Ten, with the main focus on the teachings and practises of the Mahayana transmission.

Retreatants practice Classical Chan Ding Taijiquan in the park

Recognising that it is from discipline that we develop stability of mind and only from stability of mind that we attain wisdom; retreatants were given a structured daily routine with prayer practices, quiet sitting, tranquil meditation, moving meditation (Classical Chan Ding Taijiquan), repeat listening of audio teachings, Tara and Mahakala pujas, and other special practices, in addition to full days of teaching by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje. Students were taught a series of practices on how to bring peace to the mind and given detailed explanation on a range of Mindfulness practices to develop a foundation for the arising of wisdom.

Retreatants offers khatas at the end of the Summer School

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje recounted many stories to inspire students and show the power of actually putting the teaching into practice with pure faith and discipline. Explaining why our habitual tendencies of body, speech and mind are so strong and how much of our time is wasted in fantasy and mundane pursuits, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje used countless real world examples, demonstrating how we can use our daily activity as a basis for transforming the mind. The 2014 Pathgate Summer Retreat was successfully concluded on the 31st August.

Stable, Lasting Happiness – Part 2

Foliage

In the second part of this Audio Teaching on Stable, Lasting Happiness, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains that everything in the world is temporary and we should not waste time on mundane activities. While we need material support for our life, we need food and somewhere to stay, we shouldn’t allow this to become our main focus in life. We shouldn’t get obsessed with such things or over-indulge in them, as they will not last and have no real benefit.

Often people ask, ‘What is the difference between Buddha and ordinary beings?’ Buddhas are ordinary beings who have attained the state of full awakening. We too can attain that same state if we let go of our attachment to the working of the conceptual mind and the mind that grasps to all kinds of conceptual knowledge that offer no lasting satisfaction, and thus return our attention to the true mind that is no different to that of the Buddhas.

So you need to have big motivation, you need to establish big aspiration and sincerely wish to attain enlightenment. This way you are certain to attain the right fruition. Practise is that simple.

To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje.

Autumn Teaching Schedule for Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

Little monks health screening

After spending the summer in England, leading the Pathgate Summer School, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will be travelling overseas to give teachings around the world. In September, teachings will take place at venues in Portugal, Greece, Hong Kong and Singapore.

During October, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Italy, England and Romania, before returning to Japan to give teaching there at the end of the month.

To see details of upcoming Teachings, please visit the Teaching Schedule.

Update: More Funds Needed for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India

Thank you for all the support received to the fund appeal for Namdroling Monastery’s Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme. Nearly £7,000 has been raised, but the appeal is still vastly short of the target...

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Important Announcement of Long Life Offering for Yangsi Rinpoche

‘The administrators at Namdroling Monastery in India have made a formal request to students of the worldwide Palyul community to support a Grand Tenshug (long life offering) during this summer’s enthronement of the Yangsi (reincarnation) of our guru, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche...

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New Edition of 'The Life of Guru Rinpoche' Film

‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ is a 10 hour Tibetan language film in 15 chapters produced under the direction of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche...

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Dharma in the Land of the Rising Sun

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Japan in April 2014 to give a series of Teachings in Nagano and Tokyo...

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Fund Appeal for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India

The administrators at Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital are requesting help to fund a Hepetitis B Vaccination programme for the monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery in India...

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Food of Dharma at Pathgate Kitchen

Preparing meals in the Pathgate Kitchen offers students the opportunity to apply Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's instruction to cultivate mindfulness through daily activities speak less, smile more and be gentle...

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Teachings of Jamgon Miphan Rinpoche at Bodh Gaya in 2013

His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche...

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Review of Pathgate Activities in 2013

To read a review of the activities of Pathgate Institute and of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2013, please read on...

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Long Life Prayer of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche (Yangsi Rinpoche)

Following the joyful news that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Yangsi (reincarnated being) has been recognised, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has composed a Long Life Prayer for the reincarnation of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche...

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Official Announcement of the Recognition of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Reincarnation

Namdroling Monastery has announced, on 5th December 2013, that the reincarnation of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been reborn in Tibet...

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Pathgate Summer School 2013

During the nine weeks of the 2013 Pathgate Institute Summer School, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching and instruction to the students encouraging them to become a Dharma practitioner with focus on the actual implementing of Dharma into daily life and not as a Buddhist scholar obsessed with endless deliberation of concepts and intellect...

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The Relics of HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

The cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India. The ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of devotees from around the world...

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Pathgate Website launched in Romanian language

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has made regular visits to teach in Romania since June 2011. For the benefit of his many Romanian students and followers, a Romanian language version of the Pathgate website has just been launched online...

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His Holiness Anniversary Puja

The Pujas to commemorate the Anniversary of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana took place this year at Namdroling Monastery in India as well as at all the Palyul Centres around the world....

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The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche – In Five New Languages

‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’, a film written and directed by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje is now available in five additional languages...

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Cremation of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche's Kudung

The Namdroling Monastery Management Committee has come to the decision that the cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche will take place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India...

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Review of Pathgate Activities in 2012

2012 has been an eventful year for Pathgate Institute. For a review of the diverse activities of Pathgate Insitute in the past year...

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Inter-Faith Friendship in Greece

Over the course of many months in 2012, a former Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church and monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict, the Ven. Mgr. Dr George Papathanasiou, has been in regular contact with the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens...

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Fund Appeal Success for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital

We are delighted to inform our friends and students from around the world that close to $400,000.00 US dollars were raised for the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital in India...

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New Shrine Hall for Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney

On his recent visit to Australia in September, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching at the newly completed shrine hall of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney...

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Urgent Fund Appeal for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital

An urgent appeal for funds has been launched to save the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital, which is in danger of being closed down by the Indian government...

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Inauguration of Water Storage Tank in India

The inauguration ceremony of a new "Water Storage Tank" sponsored through the Pathgate Partnership Programme was conducted by the Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche on the 19th August at Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir...

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Pathgate Summer School 2012

The 2012 Pathgate Institute Summer School attracted students from as far afield as North and South America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. Comprised of eight separate retreats, it was conducted over eight weeks during the months of July and August, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England...

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2012 Pathgate UK Easter School

The 2012 Pathgate UK Easter School, which was held from the 6th to the 11th of April, was well attended by students travelling from as far away as Canada, Romania, Italy, Greece, Brussels and Ireland...

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Anniversary Puja for HH Penor Norbu Rinpoche

The Anniversary Puja for HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place this year from 22nd - 24th March in Namdroling Monastery in India...

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Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is the New Supreme Head of Nyingmapa

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the throne-holder of the Dorje Drak Monastery, and the head of the lineage of the Northern Treasures, has become the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism...

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Palyul is Flourishing Down Under

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has been a frequent visitor to Australia to offer Dharma teaching to students who have interest in learning Buddha Dharma. His presence down under was recently joined by several teachers who belong to the same lineage of the Palyul tradition... His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...

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The Passing of Lama Lobsang Choephel

Chakzod Lama Lobsang Choephel, the long-time attendant and the secretary to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...

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Update of Construction work at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia

Work continues in the construction of a spacious new extension for the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia...

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