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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.

 

An Interview with Lama Pasang

Lama Pasang was born in Dolpo, a village 26,000 feet above sea level, next to Tibet in western Nepal. In 1986 at age 16, he went to Mysore, India to receive ordination to become a monk at Namdroling Monastery...

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Gratitude from a student applying the Teaching

Samten Senge, one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s students from Sydney, Australia, recently received the ‘Simply the Best’, from the New South Wales Government

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The Life of Guru Rinpoche Filming expedition in Nepal

As one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s monks, and with a background in digital effects, I am working full time on remastering the film ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche'...

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2018

The main pause in Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s travel schedule came in the summer, when he spent nine weeks leading the Pathgate Summer Retreat in England, with students gathering from around the world to participate.

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The Filming of ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ in India 2018

This project began when Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, received permission from his root guru, the late Holiness Penor Norbu Rinpoche...

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2017

Throughout 2017 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to support Pathgate students by teaching around the world and offering a nine week Summer Retreat.

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Latest Report on the film Life Of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition

This project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of the film into English, Chinese and other languages has been ongoing for many years.

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Greek language Di Zi Gui – Guidance on Being A Follower of the Sage

Students in Greece will benefit from a Greek language version of Di Zi Gui – Guidance on Being A Follower of the Sage.

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2016

During the year of 2016, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to support Pathgate students by maintaining a full schedule of travelling and teaching around the world.

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HH Yangthang Rinpoche Entered Pairinirvana

His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, the renowned Dzogchen Master of the Nyingmapa tradition, passed into Parinirvana in Hyderabad, India, on October 15, 2016.

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The Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche

In complying with Yangthang Rinpoche’s last instruction before his passing into Parinirvana, request for guidance on how to organise the Nirvana Ceremony was sought from H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche. Read on for the Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for HH Yangthang Rinpoche.

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Final Teaching From HH Yangthang Rinpoche

HH Yangthang Rinpoche left a letter to his niece's daughter before he passed into parinirvana. This letter should be perceived as the last teaching from HH Yangthang Rinpoche.

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HH Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana at age 102

His Holiness Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana in Yanglesho in Nepal on 31st December 2015 and remained in Thukdam (deep meditation) until 5th January 2016.

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2015

Throughout 2015 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued his tireless schedule of Teaching and Pathgate continued to support many Dharma activities around the world.

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015

The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015 took place from 30th June to 30th August, offering students nine weeks of retreat, following in the tradition of the Rainy Season Retreat which took place for three months each year in the time of Lord Buddha...

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HH Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has entered Mahaparinirvana

His Holiness Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (1926–2015), the Spiritual Head of the Nyingmapa tradition, has entered Mahaparinirvana (Thukdam) the final meditative stage before entering into nirvana, on 23rd December 2015 in Bodh Gaya, India, where he was to attend the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.

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The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche

As work continues in the remastering of the movie The Life of Guru Rinpoche, a new short feature ‘The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ and a new official trailer are now available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre...

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2014

2014 Saw the enthronement of His Holiness the Fourth Penor Rinpoche Drubwang Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje on the auspicious day of Chokhor Duchen. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued travelling the world to propagate the compassionate activity of the Buddhas, including giving teaching in Japan...

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Enthronement of the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

On the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, Pema Norbu Yangsi Rinpoche - the reincarnation of His Holiness the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche - was enthroned at the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet...

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Fund Raising for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme complete

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, which is now complete...

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014

The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014 began this year on the 1st July and lasted nine weeks, finishing on the 31st August. The Summer Retreat was well-attended by retreatants from around the world.

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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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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 Retreat 2013

During the nine weeks of the 2013 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat, 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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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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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 Retreat 2012

The 2012 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat 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 Retreat

The 2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat, 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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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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Review of Pathgate Institute in 2011

By the support of lineage blessing, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to propagate Buddha Dharma and support Dharma activities around the world during the course of 2011...

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Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011

The Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011 took the form of a Retreat on Classical Medical Qigong Foundation Study...

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The Annual Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya 2012

HE Yangthang Rinpoche has graciously accepted the invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of Kagye Desheg Dupa (The Eight Herukas as the Gathering of all the Buddhas)...

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Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana at Age 80

Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a prominent master of the Nyingma lineage entered parinirvana in the United States on the 27th December 2011…

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Pathgate Offers Christmas Cheer to the Homeless in Newcastle

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje brings Christmas cheer to the homeless people of Newcastle upon Tyne, England..

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Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili Visited Pathgate Institute

The Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, His Excellency Malkhaz Songulashvili, visited Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in late November on a fact finding mission to learn more about Buddhism...

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Update of Pathgate Activities in Sydney

During his last visit to Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a radio interview, conducted a Tse Thar Ceremony and observed the progress in constructing a new shrine room for the Sydney Pathgate Dharma Centre...

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Tara Blessing Beats Down Syndrome

In March this year, Ven Lama Dondrup Dorje received a request for guidance from an Australian student who was in her thirteenth week of pregnancy. She and her husband were alarmed by the result of the Ultra Sound Scan of her foetus...

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HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Gave Empowerment To Pathgate Students In Singapore

HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage was in Singapore in November which happened to coincide with one of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's regular visits to the city state....

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Family Reunion in Shanghai

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was at a family reunion in China recently to meet up with several family members in Shanghai. He also gave Dharma teaching and refuge to local students during his stay...

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Pathgate Offers Water Tank to Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir

In response to a request to Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir, India; the Pathgate sangha in Singapore has collectively raised the funds needed to sponsor the construction of a water tank at the monastery...

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Inter-faith Talk at Allen Memorial Methodist Church

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest at the Allen Memorial Methodist Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he spoke of the common goal shared by followers of different religions to transform everyday activity into a living action of love...

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H.E. Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche Passed into Parinirvana at Age 88

His Eminence Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, who has served as the Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism since 2010, passed into Parinirvana on 2nd September 2011...

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Update on the East Africa Famine Appeal

As the drought in the Horn of Africa continues, an estimated 13 million people now face starvation. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continues to see the humanitarian disaster as a priority of urgent attention...

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Pathgate offers friendship and food to the Homeless

Pathgate has been offering friendship and food to the homeless in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England...

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Students from 24 Countries attend Pathgate Summer Retreats

Students from 24 countries participated in the seven seperate retreats of is year's Pathgate Summer School in the UK...

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Retreat Commenced at the Kunzang Yoedseling in Bhutan

While the Pathgate Summer Retreat took place in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK from the beginning of July 2011, a separate retreat was also started for the Dharma friends of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at the Kunzang Yoedseling Retreat Home in Paro, Bhutan...

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New Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest, Romania

During Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's first visit to Romania to give teachings, he responded to requests from the local students to set up a Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest...

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Pathgate Easter & May Day Retreats

Students travelled from around the world to attend recent retreats with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in the UK. The six-day Easter Retreat on Classical Chan Ding Taijiquan was followed by a three-day May Day Retreat on Dependent Origination...

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Lama Dondrup Dorje Visits the Ancient Capital of Holland

During his recent visit to the Netherlands, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave several teachings on Meditation, Dharma Instruction and Buddhist Medical Qigong...

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Second Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

The second Anniversary Ceremony commemorating the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was held at Namdroling Monastery in India for five days from 2nd April (29th day of the 1st Tibetan Lunar Month)...

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Enthronement of Khenpos and Dorje Lopon at Namdroling Monastery

Congratulations are warmly extended to 137 Dharma brothers of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at Namdroling Monastery in India who have recently become the recipients of the degree of Khenpo and Vajracharya...

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Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries

A new addition to the Pathgate Institute website is ‘Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries’, where you can find upcoming practice dates and anniversaries in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar...

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Teaching Of Longchenpa’s Mengag Rinpoche Dzod At Bodhgaya

Following a change of programme at this year's Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche attended this year’s event to give teaching on Longchenpa's Mengag Rinpoche Dzod (Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions)...

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Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11

During the Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a series of vibrant demonstrations to illustrate the reason why Buddhadharma is the foundation of authentic classical internal arts practice...

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Pathgate Partnership Programme - Summary for 2010

By the Blessing of the Lineage Gurus, Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide during the course of 2010...

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Chariot Of Courage

At the Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat held in August, one of the participants was James O’Shea, who arrived in a wheelchair...

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When Drakpa Gyaltsen Met Drakpa Gyaltsen

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has received in this life two Dharma names from his Root Guru His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The first one is Drakpa Gyaltsen when he took his Refuge Vows and the second is Dondrup Dorje when he took his Bodhisattva Vows...

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Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

On his return to the UK in July after having completed a teaching tour of the Far East and Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was greeted by the arrival of a most excellent gift of rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo, founder of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), USA. 

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2010

The Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat this year offered three retreats during the month of August, taking place in Greece and the UK: a Dharma Foundation Study Retreat, a Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Ngondro Retreat, and a Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat.

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Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana

One of Nyingma's most respected masters, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, passed into Parinirvana at 8:07 PM on June 19, 2010, the auspicious day of Medicine Buddha, at his home, Arya Palo Ling in NY, USA. 

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Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia

During the month of June and July, Ven. Lama Dondrup gave a series of open teaching based around the syllabus of the Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia, emphasising right conduct in daily activities and the importance of cultivating mindfulness in Dharma practice.

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Free Offer of HH Penor Rinpoche Thangka Posters

Working under the compassionate guidance of Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje, a digital thangka of HH Penor Rinpoche was produced in 2007, and was seen and approved by His Holiness before he passed away last year.

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Pathgate Help Saved KPC Temple

n late April, KPC (Kunzang Palyul Choling) was on the verge of losing their temple property to the bank, due to being behind with mortgage payments. On being informed of their plight, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje diverted money to KPC to ensure that the temple will be saved.

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Yu Shu Earthquake

On the morning of April 14th, an earthquake measuring 7.1 struck the Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture located in Qinghai, the traditional Tibetan province of Kham; the birth place of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche

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1st Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

To commemorate the First Anniversary of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana, a Grand Ceremony comprising five days of puja was held at the Namdroling Monastery in India from the 14th to the 18th of March 2010.

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First Colour Photograph of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche In India

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the Pathgate Gallery has expanded the number of photographs featuring HH Penor Rinpoche to include many rare early prints.

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A New Film on HH Penor Rinpoche's Parinirvana Puja Ceremonies

New to the Dharma Theatre is a 39-minute film Tsa Wai Lama Chen, which covered the events during the Mahaparinirvana Puja Ceremonies for H.H. Penor Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery last year.

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Palyul Clear Light: A Tribute To HH Penor Rinpoche (1932 - 2009)

To commemorate the First Anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a special tribute edition of Palyul Clear Light magazine has been produced.

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The Discourse of Dharmapada Sutra at Losar

The Dharmapada Sutra is a collection of 423 stanzas of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave the commentary of this sutra during the two-day Losar weekend of the Tibetan New Year at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

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New Pathgate Study Group in Milan, Italy

In response to requests from students in Italy, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje has recently given his blessing for a new Pathgate Study Group to be established in Milan.

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Pathgate Institute Provides Translation Broadcast At The Ngagyur Kama Transmission

A record number of over 3000 Nyingma practitioners attended the Second Ngagyur Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, India this year, for which Pathgate Institute was a principal sponsor.

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Christmas Retreat with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave transmission and commentary on Bodhisattvacharyavatara - A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life during the Christmas Retreat at the Pathgate Dharma Centre - Newcastle upon Tyne

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Pathgate Students Welcome New Year with Outdoor Qigong Practice in the Snow

A selected group of Pathgate students who have demonstrated sufficient level of mindfulness in their practice were permitted to attend a two-day form correction retreat on Classical Qigong and Internal Arts.

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Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2009

The Pathgate Partnership Programme has continued to sponsor many Dharma projects around the world during the past year, due to the support of students and friends of the Pathgate Institute.

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Living without Turmoil

Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave commentary on Patrul Rinpoche's Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam - The Instruction that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Virtuous in the Middle and Virtuous in the End, in the UK at the end of October.

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Publication of ‘The Stairway To The Pure Lands’

'The Stairway to the Pure Lands', is the latest prayer book published by Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.

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Epilogue – Wildfires in Greece

After the wildfires in Greece had died down this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje went to Athens, explaining that further rain was needed to help the regeneration of the scorched earth.

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Students from 23 countries attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat

Students from around the world gathered in Epidavros, Greece to attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat, held from 17th - 28th August.

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Puja of Compassion vs Wildfires in Greece

When raging wildfires broke out in Greece this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, who was conducting the Pathgate Summer Retreat at the time, was requested to do anything he could to help. Hours after he performed pujas as requested, rain clouds gathered over the retreat area and shifted swiftly in the direction of Athens

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Palyul Sangha Attend Lama Choepa In Hong Kong

On the Saturday evening of 27th June 2009, a large congregation in Hong Kong gathered together to attend a special Lama Choepa Puja (prayer ceremony) in honour of the Mahaparinirvana of the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

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Meaning Of The Heart Sutra

In response to the request of students in Singapore, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a three-hour discourse on the Meaning of the Heart Sutra in Singapore during his recent visit there

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Malaysia Welcomes Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Malaysia in early July to give a series of Dharma teachings to various Buddhist Groups in Kajang, Kuala Lumpa, Cheras, and Petaling Jaya.

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Anniversary of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Two weeks after the completion of the Kama Drubcho, and Saga Dawa Duchen celebrations at Namdroling Monastery in India came the 97th Anniversary of the great Dzogchen Master, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912).

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Conclusion Of The Forty-Nine Day Puja For The Late Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The ceremony for the final day of the 49 Day Puja following His Holiness’ passing was held on the 28th day of the third Tibetan month (22nd May 2009).

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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi visited Namdroling

The reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi, visited Namdroling Monastery in late April to pay respect to the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

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37 Retreatants Completed 3 year – 3 Month Retreat

On the morning of the 26th April 2009, 37 retreatants left the Samten Oseling Retreat Centre for the first time in three years after having completed theirthree year-three month retreat practice within the closed-door facilities.

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Inauguration of the New Office Building of Ngagyur Nyimgma University

The second of two three-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma University sponsored by the Pathgate Partnership Programme was formally inaugurated and consecrated by HH Karma Kuchen.

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Pathgate Sangha Pay Homage to the Kudung of HH Penor Rinpoche

During the month of April 2009, several groups of Pathgate students travelled to Namdroling Monastery to pay homage to the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

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H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Mahaparinirvana Ceremony

On the morning of 3rd April at 8.00 am, it was confirmed that His Holinesshad released his body from the meditative state of ThugdamThe Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has now been moved toZangdok Palri Temple.

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Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche

Two new Supplication Prayers for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche have been written by HE Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

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H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the new Chairman of Namdroling Monastery and of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation

Following the passing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a management committee with six members will hold power at Namdroling Monastery

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His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche Entering Parinirvana

After remaining in the meditative state of Thugdam for six and a half days, on the morning of Friday 3rd April at 8.00 am Indian time, HH Penor Rinpochereleased his body from meditation and entered Parinirvana

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Pathgate Study Group Retreats

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has given to his students a massive amount of Dharma teachings over the duration of many years. To give students the opportunity to assimilate these teaching, a series of Pathgate Study Group Retreats have been arranged for their benefit.

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New Uniforms for Staff at Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital

New uniforms were recently offered to every staff member of the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, Mysore, South India, which has benefited from long-time support from the Pathgate Partnership Programme.

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Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya

The first Kama Transmission organised by The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition was successfully completed on the 25th January in Bodhgaya, India.

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Publication of the First English Edition of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book

The finished English translation of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book has now been jointly published by Namdroling Monastery and the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.

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Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2008

Chiefly due to generous support from the students and friends of Pathgate Institute over the past year, the Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide.

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Palyul Times – A New English Magazine for Buddhist Enthusiasts

The first issue of Palyul Times, an English language magazine for the followers of the Palyul Tradition has been published by the Translation Group of the Rigzod Editorial Committee, a section of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute based in Namdroling Monastery.

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Meeting Of The Three Buddhist Paths

Shakyamuni Buddha, the World Honoured One turned the Wheel of Dharma three times during his lifetime, giving rise to the three Buddhist Paths. On recent travels overseas, Lama Dondrup Dorje received invitations to visit a Hinayana Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Cyprus, and a Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple in Sydney, Australia.

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Milarepa – A Film Trailer

New to our Dharma Theatre is a trailer presentation of Tulku Sonam Rinpoche's production of the story of Tibet’s revered saint, Milarepa.

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Completion of Rainy Season Retreat at Namdroling

The annual six week rainy season retreat, known as yarney, was recently brought to a successful conclusion at Namdroling Monastery.

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Inter-faith Talk on ‘Meditation and Mindfulness’

Following a request to give teaching on Mindfulness and Meditation at a local church, Lama Dondrup Dorje visited St. Chad's Church in Bensham, Gateshead, UK.

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Pathgate Sponsored Second New Building At Namdroling Monastery

The construction of the second of two new 3-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India, sponsored entirely by Pathgate Institute has already been in progress for a few months.

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New Book On Animal Welfare

Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare, a Buddhist no-kill dog and bird rescue and sanctuary, is compiling a book to support animal lovers wanting to explore the option of hospice and palliative care for terminally ill or injured companion animals.

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A Letter From Mongolia

The Pathgate Institute has for many years maintained an on-going Pathgate Partnership Programme that provides sponsorship on education to many people from around the world. Erdenehuu, from Mongolia, is one such child.

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‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’ in wide screen and 12 Languages

This 40 minute film, written and directed by Lama Dondrup Dorje has become a big hit among the devotees of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

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Mind Training For Mental Health

In June, Lama Dondrup Dorje was invited by the Khmer Workers Forum (KWF) in Sydney, Australia, to give a talk at their monthly meeting. Following this, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave Dharma Teachings and Qigong Seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Phillip Island.

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The Heart-Shrine Relic Tour In Athens

The Heart Shrine Relics Tour of the Maitreya Project, which features a unique collection of sacred Buddhist Relics, arrived in Athens early in July. These precious relics include those of Kasyapa Buddha, Lord Shakyamuni Buddha and many great Buddhist masters.

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Lama Dondrup Dorje gives TV interview in Greece

While visiting Greece to give teachings at the end of May, Lama Dondrup Dorje was interviewed for a national TV, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens.

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Milan Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje

Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Milan, Italy in early June to give a two-day seminar that included Dharma teaching, Meditation and Qigong. As a result of their request, Lama Dondrup Dorje has agreed to return to Milan in September to give further teaching.

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Shower of Blessing in Spain

Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Spain in May 2008 to give a series of teaching on Dharma topics, Meditation and Qigong. Auspicious signs of rainbows and unseasonal showers marked the start of three days of teaching.

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Pathgate Sponsored Building at Namdroling Near Completion

The construction of a brand new 3-storey building for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India is at the final stage of completion.

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Pathgate Students From England Receive Ordination Vows

Three students of Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in England received the ordination of Getshul Vows at the Namdroling Monastery in South India.

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New Film on Bodhgaya and Tso Pema

A new film, which follows the journey of a pilgrimage by a group of Buddhists from Taiwan, covers the proceedings of the 17th Nyingmapa Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, and also features Tso Pema (The Lake of Lotus), where Guru Rinpoche subjugated the king of Zahor.

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Dharma Foundation Study in Newcastle

Students from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, China, Ireland, Mexico, and the UK, attended an end of year five-day retreat in December 2007 on Dharma Foundation Study with Lama Dondrup Dorje.

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Prayer Wheel in Athens

A Prayer Wheel that rotates and projects the mantra of OM MANI PADME HUNG in the form of light onto its surroundings was the main exhibit at an art show in Athens.

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New Bond Of Friendship In Australia

During the month of December 2007, Lama Dondrup Dorje spent two weeks in Australia, on a tour which included teachings in Sydney, Melbourne, Philip Island, Upwey and Adelaide.

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New Resident Spiritual Advisor For Singapore

Khenpo Tashi Dhargay has been appointed by HH Penor Rinpoche to succeed Khenpo Jurme Kunzang as the new resident Spiritual Advisor of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association in Singapore.

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Tibetan Prayer and Mantra

The Tibetan Prayer and Mantra page has been further expanded to include several new prayers, both as audio recordings and printable text.

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The Passing Of Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche

On the morning of the 3rd October 2007 in Hong Kong, the Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche, seated in a full lotus meditative posture in his room at the Hong Kong Palyul Dharma Centre, entered beyond this world into the pure realm. He was ninety years of age.

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Lama Dondrup Dorje on Radio Australia

Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest of Radio Australia of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during his teaching tour in Australia in June & July 2007. The tour included teachings in Melbourne, Upwey and Sydney.

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Medical Team From Taiwan At Namdroling

A team of doctors and medical students from Taiwan spent two months at the Namdroling Monastery in India. During their stay, they gave free talks, conducted medical check-ups and offered follow-up patient care to both the ordained community and the Tibetans in the area.

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Palyul Lineage Holders

The Pathgate Gallery has been expanded to include a collection of thangkas depicting the Lineage Holders of the Palyul Tradition, from Mahasiddha Karma Chagmed Rinpoche to the current throne holder, His Holiness the Third Drubwang Penor Norbu Rinpoche.

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New Film on Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang

New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film presentation showing a virtual tour of Zangdok Pelri Temple at Namdroling Monastery in South India. Please visit the Dharma Theatre to view Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang (the Light Rays Palace of Padmasambhava on the Golden Copper Coloured Mountain).

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New Pathgate Study Groups in Portugal & Melbourne

New Study groups have been formed during Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching tours of the Mediterranean region, and of the Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, in March 2007.

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Tse Thar: Life Release in Hong Kong

Tse Thar: The Practice of Ransom and Life Release was held in March 2007 in Hong Kong, to promote the good health and long life of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Lama Dondrup Dorje was there at the ceremony to assist Chodak Rinpoche, the Head of the Hong Kong Palyul Centre.

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The Life of Guru Rinpoche - A film trailer

The project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of a 12-hour video production of The Life of Guru Rinpoche into English is nearing completion. A film trailer of the production was recently shown to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche who was very pleased with the result.

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Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature

New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film recording an extract from a Two-Day Seminar given by Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2004 in Singapore on the practice of Classical Qigong with focus on Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature.

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Pathgate Students Receive Ordination Vows

On the 18th day of the first month of Tibetan New Year, fourteen European students of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies received the ordination of Getshul Vows from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Thanks to Lama Dondrup Dorje making request on their behalf, students were blessed to receive their ordination from His Holiness personally.

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Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme

Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme Congratulations to Dr. Sonam Topgyal, who has graduated last summer with a Bachelor degree of Medicine and Surgery in India. Dr. Topgyal was a recipient of an academic sponsorship provided by the Pathgate Partnership Programme.

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New Dharma Tale – The Hare On The Moon

New to Dharma Tales is the story of The Hare On The Moon. This tale of the virtue of sacrifice tells of the past life of Shakyamuni Buddha, when he was born as a hare and offered his own flesh as a meal to a hungry stranger, who was the Lord of Heavenly Beings in disguise.

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Pathgate Gallery of HH Penor Rinpoche

New Photo Galleries are now online of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Namdroling Monastery and Thangkas. The gallery of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche includes early pictures as well as many pictures of his compassionate activities in more recent years.

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Pathgate Dharma Centre - Athens

The first phase of development of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens was completed in october 2006, and opened for meditation and regular puja practice.

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The Heart Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom

New to the Pathgate Theatre this month is a film entitled ‘A Discourse on the Heart Sutra Through the Manifestation Of Classical Qigong Practice’. The film is condensed presentation from the original programme filmed in 1997 at the 6th International Chinese Internal Arts Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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Pathgate Galleries

The Photo Gallery of Buddhist Art features over eighty rare pieces of antique Buddhist artefacts from Tibet, China, and South Korea.

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Animated Feature of Jataka Tales

New to the Dharma Theatre, is the first of Pathgate Theatre’s animated production which features the Jataka Tale of ‘With Wings That Fly Not’.

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Summer Retreat in Greece

The Pathgate Summer Retreat took place this year at Epidavros in Greece during the month of August. The retreat included first time participants from Australia, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, and UK.

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Buddhist Medicine in Athens

Invited by the members of the Palyul Sangha International in Greece, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a private teaching to students on the Healing Power of Buddhist Medicine.

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Guru Yoga teaching by H.H. Penor Rinpoche

In the Autumn of 2005, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche gave a teaching on Guru Yoga to the members of the Orgyen Mahaguru Society in Taipei, Taiwan. A film trailer of this teaching is available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre.

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Namcho Retreat - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma

A four-day Easter Retreat on Namcho Ngondro - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, was successfully completed in April 2006.

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Congratulations to sponsored students

We would like to congratulate six of our sponsored students on their recent accomplishments; and also wish to welcome seven new students to our Pathgate Sponsorship programme.

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Seminars for the Pathgate Sangha in Dublin, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore

During May and June 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teachings in Ireland, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Dharma Teaching and Taiji Picnic

On 30th April to 1st of May 2005, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a two day seminar on Lojong, the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation, followed by a Taiji Picnic.

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Pathgate students in month long retreat in Namdroling Monastery, India

In February 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje took a group of eighteen students to the Namdroling Monastery in India to attend the month long Ngondro retreat given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.

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Medical equipment for the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital

A large consignment of medical equipment and supplies were presented by Lama Dondrup Dorje to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in February 2005, before being delivered to the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital which is administrated by Namdroling Monastery.

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English edition of the Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer Book published

The translation of the prayer book, ‘Wish-Granting Attainments’ is now complete and in print, published jointly by Namdroling Monastery and Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in March 2005.

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New Computers for Namdroling Monastery

Since May 2004, one dozen desktop computers, in addition to laptop computers, printers, scanners, UPS (power supply units) and other office equipment has been procured for the Namdroling Monastery

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Arlikumari Nursery School is still sound and standing

A recent revisit by Lama Dondrup Dorje to the Arlikumari Nursery School in Bylakuppe, South India, found the school buildings remained in sound condition. The school first received funding support in 2001 from Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.

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Improved living conditions at the Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling, India's largest Tibetan Nunnery

We are happy to report that a number of projects started in 2004 to improve the living condition of Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling have been completed.

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Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished

Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished Interior finishing of Padma Sangag Chokorling, a new temple situated at the new camp in Bylakuppe is near completion.

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