The Origin of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism comprises the four lineages of Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Sakyapa, and Gelukpa, can trace their unbroken lineage of transmission and enlightened masters right back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni 2500 years ago, in the 5th century BC.
The 19th century Nyingma Master Jamgön Ju Mipham Gyatso (1846–1912) made the following observation of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism:
“These four schools are the bodhisattva heirs of the victorious Buddhas and represent four exquisite transmissions: the view that transcends all fixations of extremes are the adepts of Nyingmapa, who have mastered the esoteric power of the secret mantra and are the life-force of the teachings that preserve the pith instruction of the tantras and the sādhanas; purposeful in meditative practice are the adepts of Kagyupa, who have mastered the nicety of realisation and are the heart of the teachings that promote devotion to the lineage of their practices; diligent in the elucidation of commentary, the practices of the generation stage and the completion stage are the adepts of the Sakyapa, who are the eyes of the teachings that unify the essence of sutrayana and mantrayana; immaculate monastic conduct are the adepts of the Gelukpa, who have mastered the discourse of sutras and are the body of the teachings that encompass the complete path of learning the scriptures. All four schools come from the same source like children who share the same parents but take birth individually. Whichever lineage you follow, cultivate proper decorum in your interaction with others and apply yourself with devotion and pure view to bring forth the qualities of learning and the accomplishment of practice.”
- Extract of an article from the Pathgate feature Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to read
The Vesak Month of Saga Dawa
Saga Dawa is the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is regarded as the most auspicious month of the year for dharma practice since Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all took place within this period. The first fifteen days of the month are considered especially important with the 7th day commemorates the birth of Buddha, and the 15th day commemorates the Buddha’s enlightenment at Bodhgaya, and the Buddha’s parinirvana at Kusinagara, culminating in the celebration on the full moon day Saga Dawa Düchen (Festival of Vesak).
Saga Dawa is one of four major Buddhist anniversaries related to the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. The other three are Chotrul Düchen (Festival of Miracles) which coincides with the first fifteen days of Losar ( Tibetan New Year); Chökhor Düchen (Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma) which occurs on the 4th day of the sixth Tibetan lunar month; and Lha Bab Düchen (Festival of the Descent from Heaven) which falls on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month.
During the period of these four festivals, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10 million times. Dharma devotees become extra diligent in the practice of giving (dana), of right morality (sila), and of right focus in contemplation (bhavana), so as to accumulate a great store of merits and virtues to purify the negative karmas that have been gathering since time without beginning. The most important of all these practices is to commemorate the compassionate activities of the Buddha and to perform acts of respect in honouring the lineage gurus without whom we would not have come into contact with the blessings and the wisdom of the Buddha.
Saga Dawa this year runs from May 12th to June 10th 2021 with Saga Dawa Düchen falling on May 26th.
Daily Pujas at Namdroling Monastery to Pacify Rising COVID-19 Epidemic Crisis
Worldwide COVID-19 cases since the first of May have passed 150 millions, with 400,000 new cases recorded in India within a 24 hours period. The total death toll in India has reached over 211,000, with more than 45,000 of them in April alone, and no sign of the infection rate slowing down.
The monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery have been performing daily pujas since the last week of April in a collective effort to swiftly pacify the Covid-19 crisis that is escalating around the world and to offer dedication prayers to all the deceased globally, especially to the increasing number of Covid victims in India. Pathgate has already forwarded funding to Namdroling Monastery to support the cost of the daily pujas, lamp offerings, and to sponsor this year's Saga Dawa Duchen.
The daily pujas are: Smoke Offering Puja; Divine Blue Water Contamination - Purifying Smoke Offering; Prayer for Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos; Guru Yoga Practice with Vajra Guru Mantra recitation to accompany the Seven Line Prayer; and the White Parasol Practice.
By the lineage blessings of the Buddhas, Namdroling Monastery has not record a single case of COVID-19 since the locking down of the monastery in March 2020. Since January 2021, the monks and nuns who were unable to return to the monastery for almost one year have started making their journey back. The monastery has organised rooms at the Tsepal Tobkyed Medical Center and Paljor Darjeling Guest House to accommodate the returnees for quarantine. So far four separate groups totalling 830 monks and nuns have returned.
Since January, the vaccination programme administrated by the medical staffs from the Tso Jhe Khangsar Charity Hospital using Covishield - a vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, has been rolling out at the monastery. So far forty frontline workers, Board Members of the monastery, residents of the Old Age Home, monks and nuns aged over 45 have received their second dosage of Covishield.
The safety of nearly 5000 monks and nuns at the monastery is of paramount importance particularly during the latest upsurge of COVID cases in India. It has been decided by the COVID PREVENTION COMMITTEE of Namdroling Monastery that the procurement of vaccine for the entire sangha has become an urgent priority and sourcing of vaccines is currently underway. The cost of vaccination for the entire ordained sangha will be sponsored by the Chief Abbot of Namdroling Monastery, Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Pathgate Institute. As for now, may we call upon all our students to maintain diligent daily practice and keep themselves safe during this unpredictable time.
Farewell To Tibet Foundation
Tibet Foundation was founded as a registered Charity in 1985. The aims of the Foundation was to promote the culture, religion and Tibetan way of life; to relieve poverty amongst people of Tibetan origin; to raise the standard of education and health care in Tibetan communities.
Thirty-five years ago, the Tibetan settlements in India were large, the communities were poor and mainly working in the fields. Hardly anyone had a professional career outside of farming. Demand for new schools was high. Today by contrast, many schools have been closed due to lack of students. Old people’s home were once unheard of in the Tibetan settlement, whereas many of the communities now have them. The Tibetan today is very different. They are educated and many went to the west while others are employed in the cities and towns.
Back in the 80s, provisions for education and health care in Tibet were meagre, and poverty was widespread. Food and living conditions were very basic and the farming tools were primitive. Tibet Foundation has been helping nomadic families in Yushu and Kandze areas in Tibet since 1996 by giving them yaks through its ‘Yak for Life’ project
Now there are hundreds of schools even in the rural areas of Tibet. Literacy among children is high and many Tibetans are working in a whole range of professions in their local area. Tibetan farmers now use modern agricultural machinery; most houses have electricity; many people own cars and send their children to colleges in mainland China and even to foreign countries.
One of the Foundation’s programmes has been ‘Buddhism in Mongolia’. Mongolia is a landlocked country situated between Russia to the north and China to the south. From 16th to early 20th century, Tibetan Buddhism began to spread to Mongolia. When the Qing Dynasty collapsed in 1911, Mongolia suffered a severe blow with the Soviet intervention and the introduction of communist rule. In the late 1930s all but a few of the 1000 monasteries were destroyed, the most learned monks being imprisoned or killed, the youngest ones being either exiled, or forced to work in Soviet-built factories. At the time when ‘Buddhism in Mongolia’ programme was introduced after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Buddhist temples in Mongolia were mainly ruins and qualified Buddhist teachers were almost non-existent. At the request of Mongolian people, the Foundation established a range of important projects: building and renovating temples and libraries; translating and publishing Buddhist texts in the Mongolian language; bringing Tibetan Buddhist teachers to Mongolia; sending Mongolian students to study Buddhism in India; introducing Buddhist textbooks into Mongolian secondary schools and publishing multi-language catalogues of the remarkable Buddhist art collections held by Mongolian museums.
When Tibet Foundation began, it was the main UK Tibetan charity organising Tibetan cultural activities in Europe. Today there are many Tibetan communities and Buddhist centres regularly presenting such type of events. With the changing conditions of the world and the health difficulties faced by a number of the Foundation’s trustees, it was decided by the trustees of the Foundation the best course of action is to wind down the activities of Tibet Foundation. Tibet Foundation had since ceased operation on the 31st January 2021.
Tibet Foundation has been a long-time working partner of Pathgate Institute for over two decades. Pathgate had, through the Foundation, sponsored the education of countless numbers of Tibetan students and had actively participated in the ‘Buddhism in Mongolia’ programme. With funding provided by Pathgate, the Foundation was able to sponsor the construction of stupa and temples in Mongolia; the staging of Mongolian Art Exhibition in the UK; the procurement of a full set of Kangyur comprising the entire collection of Buddha’s teaching from Tibet for Mongolia; and the translation and printing of Dharma books. One such book was ‘Basic Buddhism’ in three languages - English, Cyrillic and old Mongolian. This book was reprinted three times with a total number of 23,000 copies for free distribution in Mongolia. Another book was the translation of ‘The Essence of Refined Gold’, a commentary on Atisha’s ‘Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment’ from Tibetan to Mongolian.
Tibet Foundation, in the span of over 35 years, has accomplished its stated objectives of assisting people of Tibetan origin living in China, Nepal and India, striving to improve their education, health care and economic development, while at the same time promoting Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist cultures. As a charity, it exits on a high note, in the knowledge that the Foundation has succeeded in achieving its aims and objectives. While we are saying farewell to the entire team behind Tibet Foundation and wishing them a new auspicious beginning, you may wish to visit one of the most stupendous legacies they have bequeathed to the city of London - Tibetan Peace Garden.
Tibetan Peace Garden was commissioned by Tibet Foundation and opened to the public in May 1999. This Garden of Contemplation (Samten Kyil) is a place where anyone can come and enjoy a moment of peace and tranquillity. Its centrepiece is a bronze Kalachakra Mandala with eight meditation seats surrounded by a mix of Western and Eastern designs and white roses.
Close by the entrance of the Garden is a stone pillar known as the Language Pillar. The pillar design is based on the Sho Pillar, a 9th century treaty stone in Lhasa acknowledging the rights of both Tibet and China to co-exist in peace. The three carved steps at the top of the pillar represent peace, understanding and love. Carved into each side of this pillar, in Tibetan, English, Chinese and Hindi, is a special message: “We human beings are passing through a crucial period in our development. Conflicts and mistrust have plagued the past century, which has brought immeasurable human suffering and environmental destruction. It is in the interests of all of us on this planet that we make a joint effort to turn the next century into an era of peace and harmony. May this peace garden become a monument to the courage of the Tibetan people and commitment to peace. May it remain as a symbol to remind us that human survival depends on living in harmony and always choosing the path of non-violence in resolving differences.”
The Compassionate Life of Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche
Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche (Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche) was born in the year of the Fire Rat (1936) in the ancestral heritage of the Second Pema Norbu Rinpoche, in the Dege County of Kham, Eastern Tibet. At the age of three, he was recognised as the incarnation of Konchog Tenpal Gyaltsen by the great Kathog Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, who was also known as Khenpo Ngaga and Khenpo Ngakchung (1879–1941). Khenpo Ngaga was the disciple of Nyoshul Lungtok Tenpal Nyima, an incarnation of Abbot Shantarakshita who received all the Nyingtik transmission from Patrul Rinpoche and attained the utmost accomplishment of Dzogpa Chenpo, the Great Perfection.
At the age of six, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was invited to stay at the Palyul Monastery. As the younger dharma brother of the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche and Dzongnang Rinpoche, they studied and practiced under the direct guidance of Khenchen Ngaga and received teachings and empowerments together from many realized masters such as the Kagyed Do Wang Chenmo (Great Empowerment of the Eight Herukas) and the Rinchen Ter Dzod (Precious Terma Treasury) from the Second Chogtrul Rinpoche; the Namcho (Space Dharma Terma), Nyingma Gyübum (Collected Tantras of the Nyingmapa), and the Gongdu Drubwang Chenmo (Great Accomplishment Empowerment of the Condensed Enlightened Mind) from the Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche; the Dam Ngagyur Dzod (Treasury of Essential Instruction), the Do Wang Drangtsi Chu Gyun (Anu Yoga - Continual Flow of Nectar), and the Lama Kadu (Condensed Utterance of the Lama), from Khenpo Legshed Jordan; the Fu Do Drelwa (Anu Yoga Commentary) from Khenpo Khyentse Lodro; and all the Longchen Nyingthig empowerments and transmissions from Lungtok Chogtrul Rinpoche.
Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche displayed extraordinary attentiveness in learning as a child. He could retain teaching in its entirety by having heard it or read it only once. His teachers remarked that Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche must had for many life times held the great aspiration to attain absolute accomplishment just as that of the great Pandita Sakya Panchen.
In the late 50s, When the unfolding of political turmoil became inevitable in Tibet, HH the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche together with 300 monks went to India in order to preserve the Palyul Nyingma lineage of Buddhadharma. Palyul Monastery was left in the care of Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche. Many Tibetan monasteries including Palyul Monastery were subsequently destroyed and Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was incarcerated on two occasions. The first time for one month and the second time for eight months. Upon release from prison, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche became a vagabond, wandering from one place to another, maintaining his practice wherever he stopped for respite among mountains and forests. He experienced a lot of extreme hardship during the years of famine and the cultural revolution in the 60s. He was put to work as a hard labourer in the fields and came upon countless challenging conditions. His main practice at the time was Tonglen (the giving of happiness to others in exchange of their sufferings). Nonetheless he harboured no resentment towards his oppressors for his compassion was inexhaustible. Instead his faith in the Three Jewels became even stronger.
As the government legislation became more relaxed in the 80s, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was given permission in 1982 to rebuild Palyul Monastery. With support from both sponsors and the government, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was able to renovated the Stupa of terton Namcho Migyur Dorje, and started the construction of a new Zangdok Palri Palace (Guru Padmasambhava Temple).
In 1984 Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche went to India and stayed at Namdroling Monastery for one year and two months. Afterwards he visited Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche in Nepal before returning to Tibet.
In 1986, under the guidance of Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche who was an experienced Champon (Vajra Dance Master), Tsa-Cham (Root Lama Dance) celebration was performed for the first time since Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choling Monastery was rebuilt.
In 1987, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche renovated the building of the Shedra (College of Buddhist Studies). The following year, working together with over thirty monks, the construction of a new Retreat Centre with individual rooms for the retreatants was completed that can accommodate forty monks for a three years three months retreat.
In 1994, the Shedra was changed to the status of university and renamed as Ngagyur Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies with a nine years study programme. Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche became the first Principal of the Institute. The construction cost of the many new buildings for the Institute together with all the clothing, food and basic needs of the students were sponsored by HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. Two hundreds students were enrolled in the first year.
In 1998, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche established a school affiliated to the Institute to provide free education to both adults and children in need of support.
Determined to revive Buddhadharma in Tibet, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche started a monumental project in 1983 to produce new wooden printing blocks for the entire series of Kama texts. It took twenty years to carve over 50,000 wooden printing blocks that amount to more than 110 volumes.
After having offered his lifetime service wholeheartedly to preserve the Palyul Nyingma lineage and having presided over the enthronement of HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche in 2000 and the enthronement of HH Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorji Rinpoche (Penor Rinpoche’s yangsi reincarnation) in 2014, HH Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche passed into mahaparinirvana on the 10th of January, 2021 at his residence in Chengdu, China. He remained for three days in thugdam (samadhi meditative process of inner dissolution of the five elements and consciousness back into the Primordial Light).
His kudung (holy body) was then moved to Palyul Monastery where it was received by HH Kuchen Rinpoche, HH Yangsi Rinpoche, and the monastic sangha. The kudung was enshrined in the main temple, and pujas of Lamai Chodpa (Offering of Guru) and Vajrasattva Practice of Minling tradition were offered every day, presided over by Kuchen Rinpoche, Yangsi Rinpoche, tulkus, khenpos, and the monks and nuns of Palyul Monastery.
The kudung of His Holiness Thubten Palzang Rinpoche was cremated on the 3rd of February 2021 at Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choling Monastery. The pujas on the cremation day were presided by HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche and HH Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorji Rinpoche; HH Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche of Yachen; HH Garwang Nyima Rinpoche of Dharthang; Tulku Jamyang Rinpoche of Kathog; Khang-Nang Tulku of Palyul. Five different pujas were performed simultaneously facing the kudung with Vajrasattva in the east; Palchen Duepa in the south; Aksobhya in the west; Purifying the Lower Realms through Peaceful and Wrathful Deities in the north; and Fire Puja of Sublime Siddhi in the middle.
HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche had once spoken of HH Thubten Palzang Rinpoche that the accomplishments they both attained were one of the same without any difference. A living lantern of pure view free from the stain of partiality, His Holiness Thubten Palzang Rinpoche’s activities were like a great ocean of enlightened compassion for the benefit of the Buddhadharma and sentient beings that will continue to inspire generations of devotees for years to come.
The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, Great Prayer Festival, has been held in Bodhgaya, India at the Mahabodhi Temple, the site of the Buddha’s awakening during the first ten days of the twelfth month of the Tibetan calendar year since 1990. This has become an auspicious occasion for the followers of the Nyingma lineages to pray for all sentient beings and to honour the founders of their tradition. Over ten thousands monks and nuns attended the 31st Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which started on the 26th of January 2020 and concluded ten days later on the 4th of February.
The Executive Committee of the Nyingma Monlam International Foundation which is responsible for the hosting of the annual events made an announcement on the 17th December 2020 to inform all the Kyabje Rinpoche and the sangha community of the various Nyingma lineage holders’ monasteries that the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo cannot be held in the usual manner due to the Covid-19 guidelines on restrictions of movement and gathering.
For the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which was scheduled to be held from 14th to 23rd January 2021, all the Nyingma lineage holders were requested to offer prayers and practices at their own monasteries for the following dates of 8th, 9th and 10th day of the 12th Month of the Tibetan calendar, which corresponds to the 21st, 22nd, 23rd of January 2021. In order to continue the Monlam Chenmo in its traditional way in Bodhgaya, a Monlam with around 100 monks and offering was held in front of the Bodhi tree of the Mahabodhi Temple.
Year 2020 arrived with the usual fanfare of massive fireworks display at Sydney Harbour 11 hours before the UK, followed by equally impressive fireworks display in Hong Kong 3 hours later while the Pathgate Winter Retreat afternoon teaching for the last day of year 2019 was still in session. After the conclusion of the retreat one week later, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche continued with his travelling, bringing teaching to the Far East and to different countries in Europe, while some students chose to visit each other or take in the sight of places they wished to visit.
Many dharma friends of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche attended the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya - the 10 days Great Prayer Festival which attracted over 10,000 monks, nuns and devotees from around the world. Others dharma friends brought teaching to other corners of the world such as Khenpo Nyima Dondrup and Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar in Nepal.
With the Covid-19 pandemic becoming headline news around the world, increasing stringent safety precautions became an important concern and all non-essential travelling simply ceased as the new year entered into the month of March. Here is a brief look back at some of the notable events in 2020 that are related to the Palyul community - the Namdroling Monastery in India, the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet, the Pathgate Institute and other Palyul Centres around the world.
Losar, the Tibetan New Year is an important festival in the Tibetan calendar with lots of dharma activities and celebration. Losar is customarily celebrated with three days holiday at the Namdroling Monastery followed by a series of public dharma teaching given by the Khenpos of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute and the commencing of Drubchen Puja on the 8th day with display of 180ft. giant thangka painting of Guru Rinpoche and Performance of Ritual Dance of Guru Padmasambhava's Eight Manifestations on the 10th day, and culminating on the 15th day of the full moon, which is Chotrul Duchen with a display of 180ft. giant thangka painting of Tsépakmé - Buddha of Infinite Longevity. On this very same day, 3rd March, when tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come to the monastery, body-temperature checks and hand-sanitizing for all visitors were initiated by Namdroling Monastery with staff from the Tsepal Tobkyed Medical Clinic.
By 15th March, as the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic became increasingly menacing, Namdroling Monastery went into a self-isolated lockdown barring all visitors. The ordained and all Palyul students worldwide were advised to refrain from group practices and focus instead on practising by oneself.
As an increasing number of countries closed their borders to visitors, UK likewise went into national lockdown on 24th March. Aware of the pandemic leaving many people in hardship, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche directed his ordained to deliver weekly food supplies not only to the The People's Kitchen which provides hot meals to homeless people, but also to the Newcastle West End Foodbank which provide food parcels to many families who are struggling financially to make ends meet. In total, over 26,000 food parcels were issued in the first half of 2020.
From the month of April onwards, Namdroling Monastery initiated a series of programmes to support the local Indian population suffering from the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On 2nd April, Tulku Gyang Khang Rinpoche on behalf of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation donated one million Indian Rupees to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund which provides accessible health services to the citizens of the Mysuru District. On 17th April, Tulku Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche on behalf of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation handed over a cheque of one million Indian Rupees to the PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund) which is established to combat and to provide relief efforts against the coronavirus outbreak.
On 2nd May, food parcels were distributed to 800 Indian families who live in the vicinity of Namdroling Monastery. Two Tibetan Settlements nearby also received 100,000 Indian Rupees each towards their feeding programme for those in need of support.
On 28th May, Palyul Thupten Shedrub Choekhor Dargyeling, the branch of Namdroling Monastery in Bodhgaya, Bihar, distributed food parcels to the neighbourhood Indians who are facing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 5th June, which coincided with the day of Saga Dawa Duchen - the day which commemorates the enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni at Bodhgaya and the anniversary of the Buddha’s parinirvana in Kushinagar, 155 Kushalnagar police and home guards were presented with one thermos water flask and one shawl each by Tulku Tsering Choedhar, Managing Trustee of Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude for their dedication in protecting people from the current pandemic.
With the approaching of summer months, virtual teaching and practice online had become the norm. The one-month retreat at the Palyul Retreat Centre in Upstate New York, USA commenced on 10th July and utilised internet platforms with students tuning in each day to the broadcast and participating remotely in the practice. Led by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and supported by a small team of lamas that included Lopon Pasang Gurung and Lopon Rapjee Wangchuk, the retreat was successfully concluded on 10th August.
Other Buddhist teaching soon became available online such as those given by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Lama Nurbu Samdup who is the resident lama of the Palyul Ohio Tibetan Buddhist Temple was at Namdroling Monastery during the lockdown but managed to return to the USA to assist Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and to lead Puja practices which students can join using Zoom. 2020 became the year that students could attend dharma teaching without being physically present at the place of teaching.
On 2nd September, the auspicious day of Buddha Amitabha, Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the Chief of Namdroling Monastery, who had arranged the delivery of high quality face masks from Taiwan, generously offered 1000 Indian Rupees and three face masks to every monk and nun of the Namdroling Monastery, every resident of the Namdroling Parent’s Home and all the staff of Tsepal Tobkyed Medical Clinic.
On 7th November, the day of Lhabab Drubchen which commemorates the descending of Buddha Shakyamuni from the God Realm of Indra - the Thirty-Three Heaven at the peak of the Mount Meru - after having spent three months giving teaching to his own mother Mayadevi to repay her kindness so as to liberate her, and also to benefit the greatest assembly ever of an infinite number of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas Mahasavattvas, and Gods of the Six Realms in the ten directions, that has been recorded in the Buddha’s scripture, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche enthroned the 3rd batch of Khenpos of Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Tibet and also to officiate at the opening ceremony of the latest Gompa (Hall of Learning) at the Palyul Mother Monastery.
The pandemic outbreak in 2020 caused many countries to recognise the urgent need to put the normal lives of their citizens on pause to stop the spreading of the virus. Shops, schools and all non-essential businesses had to close down repeatedly as recurring measures of national lockdowns were implemented. Being social creatures, humans are not accustomed to the deprivation of interacting with their friends and family, with whom they share strong attachment and from whom they customarily seek support as they come upon the various challenging conditions of life.
Aware of the imminent escalation of the pandemic crisis in early February 2020, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche took the decision to suspend all his teaching trips with his last teaching taking place at his UK centre on the eve of Losar. His advice to his students is to focus on personal practice and follow the daily audio teaching that has been made available to them for many years. As national lockdown became a reality worldwide, many Pathgate Study Groups organised their own daily practice together by using Zoom and through other internet platforms. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche himself has used the lockdown as an opportunity for his own personal retreat, the perfect time for the practice of Guru Yoga.
We can all learn from the example of the monks and nuns at the Namdroling Monastery, where in spite of the lockdown, they continue with their life of devotion to the Buddhas while utilising their time to maintain a tranquil purposeful existence.
A look back at the notable events of 2020 cannot be completed without paying a proper tribute to Karma Hardy (1966 – 2020) who passed away on the morning of 28th December in London due to coronavirus. Karma Hardy had a long working relationship with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche on the Pathgate Partnership Programme for the Third World when Karma was the Director of the Tibet Foundation - a charity that is dedicated to promote the welfare of Tibetans in India, Mongolia and Tibet, and also the cultural exchange of Tibet with that of the west.
Born to a Scottish father and a Tibetan mother, Karma was raised in a Tibetan refugee camp in India and was educated at the Central School for Tibetans, Mainpat and at Karma Sri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapas and Karma Kagyu in Sikkim. He came to the UK in 1994 and soon started working at the Tibet Foundation as an Office Assistant and later served as the Director of Tibet Foundation until his retirement in 2012 on health grounds.
During his over 18 years’ service at the Tibet Foundation, Karma oversaw the management of the charitable programmes and made multiple field trips to India, Mongolia and Tibet. He had also directed the fundraising and led the charity’s humanitarian assistance supplies to the snow-storm blizzards in Sershul, the Yushu earthquake and the Sichuan earthquake.
Our condolences and prayers are to his wife Pema, daughter Saldon and family.
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Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche visit to Pathgate Institute
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....
Grand Opening Ceremony of Palyul Dharma Center New York as witnessed by Thubten Loday Gonpo
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....
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...
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
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.
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'...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011
The Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011 took the form of a Retreat on Classical Medical Qigong Foundation Study...
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)...
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…
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..
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thugdam. The Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has now been moved toZangdok Palri Temple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Photo Gallery of Buddhist Art features over eighty rare pieces of antique Buddhist artefacts from Tibet, China, and South Korea.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.