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Advice from Namdroling Monastery on Coronavirus

Pathgate Institute has received an official letter from the Namdroling Monastery in India, with regards to advice for all Palyul Dharma Centres globally, in response to the outbreak of Covid-19. The message comes from Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche.

Message from Namdroling Monastery, English
Message from Namdroling Monastery, Chinese

 

Prayer Practice for Epidemic of Coronavirus 

Prayer Practice for Epidemics

A big thank you to all our students who participated in the Tonglen practice during the Pathgate Winter Retreat in response to the Australia bushfire crisis. Within hours of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche announcing that he had been dedicating his practice to offer relief to the bushfire crisis in Australia and encouraging students to engage in the Tonglen practice of exchanging one’s merits for the suffering of others, numerous reports that rain had started to fall all across Australia appeared on the news. According to the Bureau of Meteorology of Australia, rain was not expected until sometime in February; so this timely rainfall was not a coincidence. The rain could be described as gentle & the air as cool and full of moisture, and there was a sense of calmness about it. It felt like a shower of blessing. More rain continued to fall during the month of January. As of 10th February, Australia had announced that the bushfire was officially extinguished and affected areas returned to a state of evergreen habitat with the Warragamba Dam in New South Wales rising from a low level of 41% of water storage to 61%, due to the past week of rain.

For many long-time students who have for thirty years followed the teaching of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, this turn of events in Australia comes as no surprise to them since they have repeatedly witnessed many similar phenomena with regard to sudden weather changes all over the world whenever Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was present, such as the unexpected and lengthy rain fall that put out the country-wide bushfire of Greece in the summer of 2009.

At the start of the recent Pathgate Winter Retreat in December 2019, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche introduced a new practice to the students specifically for the subjugation of epidemics, two weeks before the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China.

In response to requests about what practice to follow during the current Coronvirus crisis, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has devised a short practice that proved to be effective during the SARS crisis in 2003.

This practice incorporates prayers and mantras of Guru Rinpoche, Guru Dragpo, Lhamo Lomagyonma, Medicine Buddha and Avalokiteshvara. The practice should be performed daily for those who wish to follow.  View the prayer practice by clicking below, and right-click the pdf to download.

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2019

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche and Lama Pasang in the UK

2019 has been an eventful year for Pathgate Institute in the propagation of Buddha Dharma. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche continued his tireless travel around the world to give teaching to the Pathgate students. We were also honoured by the visit of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche to the Pathgate Dharma Centre in the UK and the visit of Lama Gurung Pasang to the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Greece, Romania and the UK.

In May, additional filming for ‘The New Edition of the Life of Guru Rinpoche’ moved to Nepal where there are many holy sites associated with Guru Rinpoche. The new footage will add even more realism to the original film.

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with Khenpo Tenzin Norgey Rinpoche in New York
Photo taken before The Holy Stupa inside the private room of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, Upstate New York

In December, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was invited to attend the Grand Opening of Palyul Dharma Centre in New York, USA. After the conclusion of the two-day event, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche went to Palyul Retreat Centre in Upstate New York to pay respects to the Holy Stupa which houses the relics of his Root Guru His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

Daily Audio Teaching continued to play an important part in offering guidance to Pathgate students around the world via a student website.

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche teaching at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in the UK
A nursery in Poland funded by the Pathgate Partnership Programme

The Pathgate Partnership Programme continued to offer sponsorship and support to the ordained, the elderly, the young and the homeless at different parts of the world according to their needs. All this is made possible by the generous support of students and friends of Pathgate Institute worldwide. If you wish to support the Pathgate Partnership Programme and become a Friend of Pathgate International, you may do so by clicking Make a Donation.

Grand Opening Ceremony of Palyul Dharma Center New York as witnessed by Thubten Loday Gonpo

The new Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center in the Queens district of New York

The Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center in the Flushing district of New York was established in 2005 by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. Due to its relatively small size, it was deemed necessary to find bigger premises that is better suited to serve the need of the New York sangha. A suitable property was eventually located in the Queens district close to the LaGuardia Airport. This was followed by over a decade of fundraising activities to secure the necessary finances to procure the property. With still quite a short fall in the funds needed to meet the purchasing price and the cost of renovation, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche, the resident Khenpo of the Palyul Retreat Center in Upstate New York, made an appeal to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche in August 2017 to seek his support for this project. In response to this request, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche agreed he would offer all the finances needed to make good the purchasing and the renovation of the building to fulfil His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s wishes to establish a bigger Palyul Dharma Center in the city of New York.

Khenpo Pema Tsering (left) with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay (right)'

On 6th December 2019, the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center was conducted by Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche. Together with another student, I was very fortunate to accompany Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to attend the event.

When we arrived in New York, Lama Pasang, who served as the Chant Leader during the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche overseas travel, was assigned to look after Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche during his stay in New York.

Lopon Rabjee Wangchuk with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche'

When we arrived at the new Palyul Center for the ceremony Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was greeted with great affection by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay and other former attendants of the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Khenpo Pema Tsering, who was part of a small group of monks who were sent by Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche for Kung Fu instruction at the Namdroling Monastery in 2001 and now the resident Khenpo of Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), relayed a message of greeting to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche from H.E. Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the Spiritual Director of KPC, to invite him to visit KPC in Maryland. He also expressed his own gratitude for the support both him and Kunzang Palyul Choling have received in the past.

Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche arriving for the opening of the new Palyul Center
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche offers khata to Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche

 

Prayer offering and ribbon cutting ceremony'
Opening Prayers inside the new Palyul Center

When Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche arrived, he was very happy to see Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche who was one of the first to offer him a khata. After the conclusion of the two hours long Grand Opening Ceremony, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was invited to attend a private lunch given in honour of Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche. As one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s monks I was fortunate to be allowed to attend.

Lama Nurbu Samdup with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche

On the way to the restaurant I was in a car with Lama Nurbu Samdup who was one of His Holiness’s former attendants. He expressed to me that he was so happy to see Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche here in New York and told me that I was very fortunate to have him as my Teacher. He also said that Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche had been extremely kind in supporting him when he was on a three year retreat at the monastery. We don’t often hear from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche of the support he gives to others, but it was a recurring theme that many people I have met on this trip approached him to express their gratitude for his kindness and support.

Private lunch given in honour of Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche at the meal

Seeing Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with the other senior Palyul figures, and the other former attendants of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is like seeing an intimate family gathering, they are all very comfortable around each other, yet at the same time everyone is aware of their place. All of them doing what they can within what they are supposed to do, with one goal in mind, to propagate the compassionate activities of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche giving Rigdzin Dupa empowerment
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche assisting to give the empowerment

In the afternoon the following day, we were taken to a large venue where the Rigdzin Dupa Empowerment was being held. Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche received the empowerment directly from Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and then assisted to give the empowerment to all of the hundreds of devotees at the event.

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche receiving the gift of a One Hundred Deity Torma from Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche
Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and Lopon Rabjee Wangchuk watching the evening performance

That evening, a Grand Opening Dinner was held with traditional dancing, singing and cultural performances from different local Tibetan, Bhutanese and Nepalese groups. During the evening proceedings Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was invited onto the stage to receive the gift of a One Hundred Deity Torma by Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche.

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche offering a khata on behalf of all the senior members of the sangha

When a performer offered the rendering of the song “My Guru Drubwang Pema Norbu”, it touched the hearts of everyone present in such a way that throughout the performance many people went on stage and offered him a khata. Towards the end of the song Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche also went up on stage and offered the singer a khata on behalf of all the senior members of the sangha. When this happened Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay and the other lamas became visibly joyful and animated.

Lama Pasang with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche in the Upstate New York Retreat Center shrineroom

I was reflecting what an amazing support this new Palyul Center in New York is for this community. By Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s generous support it has benefited many people. We often don’t hear about the support that Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gives to others. When asked, he simply replied that to do what is appropriate at the right time is enough. There is no need to talk about it.

 

 

Outside the Upstate New York Retreat Center

The next morning Lama Pasang arranged a trip for us to the Upstate New York Palyul Retreat Center which was founded by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1998 on land located near the town of McDonough, north of the Catskill mountains of New York State. The retreat center spans an area of approximately 500 acres and is the seat of the annual Palyul Summer Retreats.

We visited the temple and were given the opportunity to pay our respect to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s house, inside which is a Stupa which has been consecrated with His Holiness’s Relic.

Stupa inside His Holiness's house

I felt a strong sense of His Holiness’s blessing as soon as we entered the ground of the Palyul Retreat Center. There was a clear sense of clarity, calm and openness. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explained that if we keep His Holiness in our hearts then you get that blessing wherever we are.

There is a large collection of photo albums of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche at the Lama house. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche guided us through a wonderful collection of old photographs and explained to us how he had looked after the temple at the Retreat Center for 7 years during the Summer Retreats.

Photo of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche from collection of albums

Travelling with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, I noticed the skilful means he used in supporting others. Whenever people compliment or thank Lama Dondrup Dorje for his support he does not take credit and makes light of what has been done. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche continually demonstrates how committed he is to upholding and supporting His Holiness’s wishes. Reflecting on the opening of the new Dharma Center, I was very inspired by the collective efforts of the New York sangha in making His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s vision of establishing a permanent Palyul Center in New York City a reality.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche's visit to Pathgate Institute

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche at the Pathgate Dharma Centre

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche was born in 1965, in the mountains which are the secret land of Guru Rinpoche called Beyul Yolmo Gangra. Since the age of six he has lived, trained and taken refuge with various great masters including Kunzang Yeshe Rinpoche, Gen Rigdzin Rinpoche, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, and H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. He has stayed in retreat in various holy places including the caves used by Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche went to Namdroling Monastery in South India, where he was ordained by H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He completed the nine years’ study of the Nyingma Shedra there with the highest possible grades. H.H. Penor Rinpoche enthroned him as a Khenpo at Namdroling with a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche then taught at Namdroling for several years.

In May 2019 during a filming expedition to Nepal for the production of “The Life of Guru Rinpoche” , Thubten Loday Gonpo, an ordained member of the Pathgate Sangha stayed with and worked with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche in Kathmandu.

In October 2019 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche sponsored Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche‘s travel to Newcastle and stay at the Pathgate Dharma Centre, the purpose of his visit was to work and collaborate on a number of Dharma projects with the Pathgate Editorial Committee.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche playing Guru Rinpoche in 'The Life of Guru Rinpoche'

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche played the role of Guru Rinpoche in the original Guru Rinpoche film. During the original production at Namdroling Monastery he would receive instruction directly from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. So, his involvement in ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition’ has been very valuable to the remastering process.

Apart from working with the Pathgate Editorial Committee on updating the English subtitles, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche also worked on re-recording some of the audio of the Tibetan dialogue to provide higher quality sound track.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche eating with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and members of the Pathgate sangha

Before Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche returned to Nepal, he spoke with Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, the most senior Khenpo in the Namdroling Monastery. He was so happy to find out that Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche has been working with the Pathgate Editorial Committee on the translation of the Guru Rinpoche film. Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche said that: If we translate the subtitles with good meaning then this was His Holiness’s wishes and it would benefit countless sentient beings. It can plant the seed of liberation in many sentient beings through watching this film. Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche then asked Khenpo Nyima Dondrup to pass on his personal thanks to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche for making this possible. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche explained the importance of the Guru Rinpoche film as it is fulfilling His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s wishes, for it is very important for people to have a better understanding of Guru Rinpoche’s life story.

Khenpo visiting a beach close to the Pathgate Dharma Centre

Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche explained that it is not so important how long this takes to make, but instead what was important is that it’s done in the right manner.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche encouraged students involved in this remastering project, saying to us that working hard on this has a lot of value. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup explained that when people watched the original Guru Rinpoche film in Tibet they would make offerings in front of the screen and then make prostrations before they watch the film.

Apart from working on the film, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche also recorded enough audio material of Tibetan Prayers chanting for the production of four CDs which are meant for free distribution.

Guru Rinpoche practice cave at Yolmo, Nepal

These included The Bardo Thodol - "Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State", commonly known in the West as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones, revealed by Karma Lingpa (1326–1386). It is the best known work of Nyingma literature and originated from Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century. This Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche explained that in the situations where it was not possible to have a Lama reciting this text when someone passes on, a recording of the text can be played.

Design for the new Amitabha temple and statue

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche is currently in pre-production for a documentary film about Guru Rinpoche’s Hidden land of Yolmo - a remote area of Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas - known as a place where Guru Rinpoche and his consorts practised. It is the secret holy land of Guru Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche wrote five articles about Yolmo and it was mentioned many times in other texts.


Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche is also planning to build a large statue of Amitabha in Nepal, incorporating an Amitabha temple in its base. By building this statue it will fulfil one of Guru Rinpoche’s prophecies in accordance to the legacy he left behind. A design for the temple with 3D animated visualization of what the statue will look like has already been produced. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche has since requested support from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche for the production and filming of this documentary. An 8-minute trailer for his film has already been produced with narration and original music composition.

Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche is very committed to continuing the compassionate activities of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and continuing to play an active part in working with the Pathgate Editorial Committee to fulfil His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s wish to bring ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ film to a new generation of audience.

How to practice the Buddhadharma

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche teaching at the Pathgate Dharma Centre

In the New Year Audio Teaching, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche reminds us what we should focus on in the year ahead. Reminding students that the greatest of all acts of virtue is to care for our parents, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explained that when we have the strong motivation to care for those who genuinely care for us, then both heaven and earth will support us. We should give our parents no causes for concern, and should maintain our own health so we are able to care for them.

If we ignore the consequence of our actions, then we will act in ways which cause us future suffering, so we need to act in a sincere and genuine way, with a foundation of humility. The only reason Buddha came to the world was to show us how to be liberated from the repeated conditions of birth and death; liberating ourself and performing the greatest act of filial piety, which is to liberate our parents from the condition of birth and death. To do so, we follow the guidance of Buddha, which is not a conceptual process, it is a practice that has clear guidelines.

To benefit from the teachings and from the presence of the lama, our motivation is the key; if you are sincere, your mind is at peace. In a sincere mind there is no non-essential activity. To have non-essential thoughts in your mind when you attend the teaching, you will only hear a small bit of the teaching. The rest of what you believed you have heard will be made up of your own interpretation according to what you believe. Only through a quiet and sincere mind will you be able to hear the teaching in its entirety without being distracted by non-essential activities of a busy mind which will only give rise to the arising conceptual opinions and associated emotions.

Why is it so important to have a mind free from non-essential thoughts? Because once you have non-essential thoughts in your mind the next thing is curiosity, and where there is curiosity you will get distracted. The only curiosity you should have in your mind is how to improve yourself - and that comes from the teaching of Buddha.

In all the practices of the teaching of Buddha, it’s not about looking for anything from outside, it’s about discovering your true nature. It’s not about convincing people of what you are doing, it's about the actual practice itself.

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

Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind

In the Audio Teaching ‘Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind', Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje shows by example how we are creatures of habit, and habitually have opinions of others; giving rise to emotion, and never leading to happiness or peace of mind.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains the story of a monk from the time of Lord Buddha, who had difficulty learning and was finally taught by Buddha himself. Lord Buddha’s advice to the monk was:

“Guard your thought. Guard your speech.
Do not let your body act in any way that will cause suffering for you or others.
If you do this way there will be a time where you will come upon the attainment of deliverance.”

Watching with mindfulness over our body, speech and mind, we can abandon unhelpful habits and stop the mind from wandering into having opinions. In this way we can remove the urge to seek mundane happiness in pursuits that only bring us more suffering, and instead can cultivate peace of mind and lasting happiness.

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

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s New Year Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje with students in Osaka, Japan

Following the conclusion of the Pathgate Winter Retreat in Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje travels to give Teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece and Romania in January 2017.

In February, Teachings will take place in Poland, Italy, Greece and England; before Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje returns to Asia in March to Teach in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

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

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Autumn Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje offering Mandala

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will spend the autumn months travelling to give teachings to students overseas.  In November Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.  In December, he will return to Europe to give teachings in Romania, Italy and Greece, before concluding the year with a Winter Retreat in England.

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

The Path of How to Attain Liberation

Thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha

The Audio Teaching ‘The Path of How to Attain Liberation’ continues on from the teaching on ‘Living a Meaningful Life’, and describes the way in which we need to follow the example of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha if we wish to depart from the cycle of birth and death.  

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes to students the discipline in overcoming our many habits, and explains that when we talk of ‘departing from home’, it does not mean departing from the house where you live, but departing from the habits that you have become accustomed to.

Emphasising the importance of applying ourselves in actual practice, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje described the darkness of obscuration and the need to remove such mental poisons as anger and arrogance.  To practise Dharma in the world requires you to have interaction with people, and here Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes four things we need to avoid for us to have better relationships with others, emphasising that a proper step to enlightenment is being in the world, interacting with the world and yet not being disturbed by the world.

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

Living a Meaningful Life

Shakyamuni buddha thangka

When we spend our life obsessed with an endless cycle of attachments and aversions, focussed on our own happiness and on what we want, rather than what we need; the true potential of our life is wasted and leads us away from the path of real happiness. As a follower of Buddhadharma, we should endeavour to bring meaning to our life by keeping the presence of Buddha in our mind, by maintaining the discipline of regular practice, and by following our teacher’s instruction and sharing the benefit of our practice with others.

Within our mind are many aspects. There is the Buddha nature which is our true nature; that of the hungry ghosts, which represent grasping, greediness and stinginess; that of the hell realms, the source of anger, hatred, and negativity. There are also aspects the same as those of the animals, which are ignorance and stupidity; that of the demi-gods which represent competitiveness; that of the gods whose minds are so pre-occupied with enjoying the fruition of the merit they generate that they are unaware of the true nature of suffering in the world.

When the focus of our mind is on Buddha, we can in time awake the qualities of the Buddha nature from within, and in those around us. Practising in this way will bring meaning to our life and give rise to benefits for both ourselves and others.

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

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Spring Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje with students at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens, Greece

In May, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will be Teaching in England over both the May bank holiday weekend and the Spring bank holiday weekends, and will also visit Romania, Greece and Italy to give teachings.

In June Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Hong KongSingapore and Romania before returning to England where the Pathgate Summer School will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne from 30th June to 30th August 2015.

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

Autumn Teaching Schedule for Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

en. Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching in Nagano, Japan

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.