Pathgate Steps Up To Assist Ukrainian Refugees In Athens
Since the 4th of April, Greece began offering Ukrainian refugees temporary protection at the country's regional asylum offices in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and on the island of Crete. The move is to assist over 20,000 displaced Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Greece since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Two camps in Serres have been set aside for Ukrainian refugees in the north, near their point of arrival at the border with Bulgaria. A third camp which can accommodate 130 Ukrainian refugees went into operation in Elefsina, 25km west of Athens.
With no financial support available from the Greek government, the majority of the Ukrainian refugees in Athens have to seek assistance from the Ukrainian Refugee Centre run by the local Ukrainian community. The Greek Forum of Refugees in Athens has provided the Ukrainian Refugee Centre with two rooms on their premises and help them to connect with different people and organisations that might be able to offer assistance to them.
Currently the Ukrainian Refugee Centre in Athens offers assistance to approximately 1000 refugees of which half of them are between age 3 and age 17. With no sponsors from any local business or organisation other than the support of the Ukrainian community in Athens, the sourcing of food and other essential items to meet the need of the refugees has become a recurring challenge every week.
When their plight was made known to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche by one of his monks in Athens, emergency funding was immediately allocated to meet the urgent need of the Ukrainian refugees there. Since the last week of April, large quantities of food, clothings and other essential items funded by the Pathgate Partnership Programme, have been delivered to the Ukrainian Refugee Centre several times a week. This included various specific items in response to their requests that included 60 pairs of new footwear for the older children and over 800 sets of new tee-shirts and shorts for the children so that every child will receive 2 sets of tee-shirts and shorts each as a timely substitute for the winter clothing they have brought to Greece.
It is the intention of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to provide continuous support to the Ukrainian Refugee Centre in Athens for as long as it is needed. Pathgate Institute is at present their main sponsor.
Pathgate Students Welcome Ukrainian Refugees To Their Homes In Poland
By the estimate of the United Nations, 2.7 million Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Poland since war broke out in Ukraine. Right from the onset, Pathgate students and their friends in Poland have made many trips to the Polish-Ukrainian border with vans full of foods, medicines, blankets and other necessary aid to offer their support to the new arrivals. They were able to coordinate their collective effort with many other groups who were doing the same things. Not only did they bring vans full of supplies to the border crossing, they also offered their help to those Ukrainians who wish to continue on their journey to other cities or found local accommodation for those who wish to remain in Poland.
In the first few weeks, there were long queues of refugees waiting at the Ukrainian side of the border where they had to wait for many hours in freezing conditions before being processed for their entry into Poland. Most of them were exhausted after 2 to 3 days of travelling from other parts of Ukraine. Pathgate students and their friends managed to deliver blankets and food to the people waiting on the Ukrainian side of the border before they were able to cross into Poland.
There were numerous Reception Centres organised near the crossing points, where the new arrivals could rest, sleep and received warm food. Spontaneously not only local people recognised the humanitarian urgency and offered their assistance, but countless people, organisations and businesses from other parts of Poland and other countries were also there to volunteer with their service in these centres, with food, supplies and provide transportation for the refugees to other destinations.
Support Centres are now established in every Polish town and city where Ukrainians can receive food, clothing, medicine and other essential items daily. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian families, mostly mothers with children, are now staying in cities like Warsaw, Krakow and in nearly every town and village throughout Poland. Some of them are staying in facilities provided by local governments, foundations and businesses but many of them were invited to live in the homes of Polish families.
Likewise our Pathgate sangha in Poland have welcomed numerous Ukrainian families to their homes. Some were for a short term stay while others have decided to settle down. Their children have enrolled in the local schools and they are all learning to live, socialize and function in their new homes. A Ukrainian family of seven who are staying with Tenda and Konchog, our Pathgate students in Krakow, have since their arrival in Poland become a family of eight with the recent birth of a baby girl.
Pathgate Offers Support to Ukrainian Refugees in Romania
Since war broke out in Ukraine on the 24th February 2022, ten million Ukrainian civilians have fled their homes and nearly four million, mostly women and children, have left for safety to the neighbouring Eastern European countries by the last week of March. In response to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Pathgate Institute have made funds available to charity organisations at the first instance of appeal. Furthermore, Pathgate students have been actively involved in supporting the setting up of a refugee centre in Romania.
Utilising the convention centre Romexpo in northern Bucharest, the administration of the local City Hall have converted the 15,000 square meters central exhibition pavilion into a refugee centre with 2000 beds. Food and other facilities are also provided on site to take care of the Ukrainian refugees who come for help. Gallery of clothing, toys, push chairs and all sorts of supplies are available free of charges to the refugees when they visit. A consignment of 800 pieces of brand new women's essential wear donated by Pathgate were all gone within the first two days of the centre’s operation.
With the news of this latest refugee centre getting around, donation of supplies from local business are arriving daily with both Romanian and Ukrainian volunteers rallying around to offer their support. More than 2000 Ukrainian refugees have used the facilities during the first six days of this centre’s operation and a greater number can be expected in the coming weeks.
Buddha’s 15 days of Miracles in Losar
The first full-moon day in the Tibetan New Year (Losar) is known as the Day of Miracles (Chotrul Duchen) to commemorate fifteen consecutive days of miracles performed by Shakyamuni Buddha to subdue the challenges of six heretic teachers (tirthikas) who were advocates of beliefs in total contradiction to the doctrine of Buddhadharma.
On the first day, Buddha placed a toothpick in the ground from which a most magnificent tree instantly emerged from the soil.
On the second day, jewel mountain manifested on either sides of Buddha.
On the third day, Buddha spat a mouthful of water onto the ground upon which a large lake with seven types of precious gems covering the bottom was formed.
On the fourth day, Buddha manifested a pool from which the congregation heard the teachings of the thirty-seven factors of enlightenment from the sound of the running streams.
On the fifth day, golden light emanated from Buddha purified the three poisons of every beings who had the fortunate karmic conditions to benefit in the entire world.
On the sixth day, Buddha made it feasible for everyone present to discern the thoughts in each other’s mind.
On the seventh day, Buddha blessed everyone so that they became chakravartins.
On the eighth day, five wrathful deities manifested and destroyed the thrones of the six heretic. Vajrapani then appeared with flaming vajra which terrified the six heretic to such extreme that they jumped into water and vanished.
On the ninth day, Buddha enlarged his body until his height reached the highest heaven of the Brahma.
On the tenth day, Buddha enlarged his body until his height reached the highest heaven of the formless realm.
On the eleventh day, Buddha’s body dissolved into golden light while his voice gave teaching to the congregation.
On the twelfth day, golden light radiated from Buddha‘s body bringing his teaching of great compassion to every corner of the world.
On the thirteenth day, Buddha replicated emanations of Buddha instantly filling the entire world.
On the fourteenth day, Buddha transformed flowers that was offered to him into twelve hundreds and fifty gems-encrusted carriages.
On the fifteenth day, Buddha miraculously filled platters with food and expounded all the misery in the world were caused by our own negative actions.
Henceforth, the fifteenth day of the Tibetan lunar new year is referred to as Day of Miracles (Chotrul Duchen). The Festival of Miracles is one of four major Buddhist festivals during which effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10 million times.
- Extract of an article from the Pathgate feature Chronicle of the Buddha, Bodhisattva and Deity. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
Buddhism has many aspects and rich in heritage. To meet the interests of those who wish to have better understanding of Dharma practice, here is a new Pathgate feature ‘Dharma Practice Q&A’ which is presented in a format of question and answer. Beneath are some samples of questions for the first instalment:
- What is Buddhism?
- What is a buddhist?
- What is the foundation of the three refuges?
- What is a Buddha?
- What is the teaching method of a Buddha?
- What is Enlightenment?
- Which are the enlightened qualities unique to a Buddha?
- How did Dharma come to this world?
- What is the definition of a sangha?
- Which qualities and activities are unique to the dakinis?
- How do you define vidyadharas?
- What is Rigdzin Düpa ?
- What is the difference between pure lands and Buddha fields?
- How can we purify past negative actions and restore positive conditions?
Pathgate students from various study groups around the world have showed their fortitude in maintaining their Dharma practice during the global covid pandemic. Audio teachings that were streaming daily online in 2021 for the Pathgate sangha included commentary on The Heart Jewel of Sacred Practice of the View, Meditation and Action; The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas; Heart Sutra; Fifty Stanzas on Following a Teacher; Eight Verses of Training the Mind; The Seven-Point Mind Training and the Six Paramitas.
Some Pathgate students have also been involved in providing translation in different languages for Dharma teachings streaming online from Namdroling Monastery by Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche and from various Palyul Centres in the North America by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche (Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche) who was born in the year of the Fire Rat (1936) in the Dege County of Kham, Eastern Tibet, 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 Namgyal Jangchub Choling Monastery where it was cremated on the 3rd of February 2021. Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche was instrumental in preserving the Palyul lineage in Tibet during the years when His Holiness Pema Norbu relocated his main seat to India.
The 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, India, which was scheduled to be held from 14th to 23rd January 2021, was modified due to the covid pandemic. All the Nyingma lineage holders were requested to offer prayers and practices at their own monasteries for the following dates of 21st, 22nd, 23rd of January 2021. Nonetheless, the Monlam Chenmo was able to continue in its traditional way with a Monlam attended by around 100 monks and offering was held in front of the Bodhi tree of the Mahabodhi Temple instead of devotees numbered in the tens of thousands.
Due to the Tibetan New Year happened to fall within the mourning period of Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche, no celebration took place at Namdroling Monastery or in any Palyul centres during the Losar 2021. However, Gutor - the traditional ritual for Pacifying Negativities and Obstacles - started as usual on the 24th of the twelfth Tibetan month with six different ceremonies performed over five days. These included Ratna Lingpa Vajrakilaya Practice, Kagyad (Eight Pronouncement), Sengdongma (Lion-faced Dakini), Guru Dragpo (Wrathful Guru Rinpoche), Mahakala of the Nyingthig tradition and Mahakala of the Namcho tradition. On the 29th, the Zor Pacifying Practice was carried out for the purpose to cleanse all obstacles, and on the 30th, the ritual of Long Life Practice was performed.
In the early morning of the Lunar New Year of the metal female ox, the monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery welcome the new year by conducting the Ritual of the Bodhisattva Vow and Offering to Sixteen Arhats with prayers in order to usher in peace and prosperity with good health followed by the offering of the khata (scarf) to the throne of His Holliness Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The annual Chotrul Düchen (Festival of Miracles) started on the 8th day of the Losar with the thangka of Guru Rinpoche displayed on the 10th day. The main practice of the 2021’s Chotrul Düchen included the Mind-Sadhana Practice of Ratling Thugdrub, Vajrakilaya Practice of the Ratna Lingpa tradition, Long Life Practice of the Ratna Lingpa tradition, Mahakala of both the Nyingthig and the Namcho tradition, and Smoke Puja of the Namcho tradition.
Since the first month of the year, monks and nuns who could not return to the Namdroling Monastery for almost one year started to make the journey back to the monastery to take their entrance examination for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute and the Ngagyur Tsogyal Shedrupling Nunnery. There were also many new monks started their first term in the Yeshi Wodsal Sherab Raldriling Junior High School. By late March, in response to requests, 374 teachers consisting of 341 monks and 33 nuns were sent to 212 monasteries.
While Namdroling Monastery remained closed to the public in 2021, new construction and renovation project continued at pace with the completion of the new butter lamp house to replace the first of two old butter lamp houses in front of the Zandog Palri Temple.
In March, health workers, frontline staffs and about 100 monks and nuns aged above 65 and 45 received their first dose of Covid-19 Vaccine at Namdroling Monastery. In April, the Covid Prevention Committee was established to take charge of the safety protocols of managing the covid pandemic. By the 1st of June, about 1400 monks and nuns, between age 18 and 44, plus more than 1700 residents from the two Tibetan settlements of Lugsam Samdrupling and Dickyi Larsoe in Bylakuppe, had received their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine. By October, all the monks and nuns over age 18 were completely vaccinated with two doses of Covishield.
Khenpo Tashi Tsering Rinpoche passed away into parinirvana on 17.06.2021 in Nepal. Khen Rinpoche was born in 1958 in one of the four sacred places concealed by the Guru Padmasambhava that is situated near Kimlung in Northern Nepal. Khenpo Tashi Tsering Rinpoche was an esteemed graduate from the first batch of khenpos enthroned by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery. The cremation of Khenpo Tashi Tsering Rinpoche‘s kudung (holy body) took place in Kathmandu on 26.11.2021, the auspicious day of Lhabab Duchen. His presence will be much missed by those who knew him.
For the second year running due to the global pandemic, the US Palyul one-month summer retreat (10.07.21 to 10.08.21) was held virtually online with teachings given by the Chief of Namdroling Monastery Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. The retreat was conducted with provision of translation in multiple languages to cater for both European and Chinese students. It was an ideal opportunity of revision practice for many Pathgate students who had received the Namcho transmission from His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery.
In July, we received an update and photos from a nursery in Poland that has been the recipient of support from the Pathgate Partnership Programme. Turkusowe Przedszkole, which means Turquoise Nursery, is situated in the town of Niepołomice and is managed by Agnieszka. The nursery is now in full operation with nearly forty children subscribed to it’s service.
On 06.09.2021, the monks of the Dratsang and the Junior School at Namdroling Monastery completed successfully the one and half month annual summer retreat which involved a series of pujas for each of the six weeks in the sequence of Mahakala according to Nyingthik tradition in the first week; Mahakala according to Namcho tradition in the second week; Sangwa Duepa (Guhyasamaja) in the third week; Karling Zhethro (the 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities discovered by Karma Lingpa) in the fourth week; Ratling Tse-Chog (The Longevity Puja discovered by Ratna Lingpa) in the fifth week; Ratling Phurpa (Ratna Lingpa’s Vajrakilaya Practice) in the sixth week, with Longevity Puja and tsog-offering on the last day.
The six week summer retreat for the monks of Ngagyur Nyingma Institute and the nuns of Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery Institute was concluded on the morning of 05.10.2021. During the retreat, the participants assembled three time a day in accordance to Vinaya tradition. In the morning, they performed Gyunchak Sumpa: Homage & praises to Buddha's Deeds. In the evening, they engaged in the study of the root texts and practice of dedication. The monks and nuns were given tests on debate, composition and explication of scriptures. Debates based on a point of the root subject were conducted on Tagrig (Dialectical Syllogism) for the 1st year students; Madhyamakalankara Karika (The Ornament of the Middle Way) for the 2nd year students; Madhyamakavatara (Entering the Middle Way) for the 3rd year students; and Abhidharma Kosa Karika (Treasury of Explicit Teachings) for the 4th year students. Explication on Paltrul Rinpoche’s Abhisamayalankara Karika (The Ornament of the Explicit Realisation) for the 6th year students; and Chidon Odsal Nyingpo (Essence of Clear Light - an exegesis on Guhyagarbha Tantra) for the 7th year students. For the 8th year students, they had to compose an essay based on a root text which involved a segment of question and answer.
To commemorate the Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of Omniscient Jigme Lingpa, a two day Seminar on the Distinct View and Philosophy of the Ngagyur Nyingma School was organized by Ngagyur Nyingma Institute commenced on the 07.11.2021. It was presided by Khen Rinpoche Jigme Kalzang.
An exhibition that showcases art, Tibetan and English handwritings by the students of the Namdroling Monastic Junior High School, Yeshi Yodsal Sherab Raldriling commenced on the day of 20.11.2021. A few days later, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche received a portrait of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche from a Pathgate student to commemorate the advent of Lhabab Duchen.
The 2021 Taiwan Nyingma Monlam was conducted on 05.12.2021. It was presided by the H.H. Gyang Khang Rinpoche and H.H. Minling Khenchen Rinpoche along with the Khenpos, Tulkus, Lamas, Lopons and sangha of the Nyingma sect who are residing in Taiwan.
31.12.2021, the last day of the year was the 10th birthday of the 4th Drubwang Pema Norbu, Mingyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje Rinpoche. Celebration took place at Namdroling Monastery and other Palyul centres around the world. To mark the significance of the day, members of the Pathgate ordained sangha in the UK and Greece jointly performed the Shower of Blessings successfully by zoom.
In spite of the challenging conditions of the ongoing covid pandemic, the Pathgate Partnership Programme continued to provide sponsorship for a range of activities that included covid vaccination and cost of pujas in India, education of children in Nepal, India and Mongolia, medical aid for Africa, construction of statue and prayer wheel in Nepal, and weekly support for soup kitchen and food bank in Newcastle. All this is made possible by the generous support of students and friends of Pathgate Institute worldwide. The effort of everyone who have been the stalwart support of the Pathgate Partnership Programme are greatly appreciated.
Pathgate Prayer Sessions Streaming Online
Pathgate Institute is now making the streaming of all the daily, weekly and monthly Pathgate Prayer Sessions available online.
As stated in the teachings of both sutras and tantras, the benefits of prayer practice are multiplied by the number of participants at each session. More participants practising together, more merits will be accumulated by each individual.
Our spiritual guru, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has suggested it will be of great benefit for the Pathgate sangha from around the world to practice together at a set time each day whenever the circumstances allow them to do so.
It is most fortunate that the transmission of Surangama Dharani (Lhen Yan Zhou) was given by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to the Pathgate students three months before the outbreak of the COVID. Surangama Dharani is deemed as the most effective practice to pacify the influences of negative forces which cause the arising of misfortune, accidents and epidemic. The recitation of Surangama Dharani will offer the personal protection much needed for the current unpredictable time and has been included in both daily prayer sessions since September 2019.
Prayers are available on the Pathgate Prayer Sessions page.
Guru Yoga: The Benefits of Remembering the Lama
Monks and nuns at Namdroling offering khata to HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche‘s throne on the first morning of Losar.
Guru yoga, literally means ‘union with the nature of the guru’, is regarded in Vajrayana as the shortest path to enlightenment by the profound means of merging your mind with the wisdom mind of the guru. It is solely through the relying on a spiritual guru that all the bodhisattvas of the past attained realisation of buddhahood.
According to the pith instruction of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, keeping the lama, your own guru, in your mind for an instant is far more beneficial than meditating on the deities for countless years. For a start, the compassionate presence of a guru is tangible among us. You can approach him to clarify your concern, to verify your spiritual experience as being valid or delusional.
Shakyamuni Buddha gave 84,000 teachings to the world as antidotes to 84,000 afflictions. In vajrayana, there are an additional 6,400,000 texts of tantra. To study and assimilate all of these teachings by one single individual would appear impossible. Instead of trying to remember which practice is best for each situation, one simply focus one’s mind on the guru and apply oneself in the same manner as the guru would deal with it. This is the essence of guru yoga.
Dudjom Rinpoche described guru yoga as the life and heart of buddha-dharma. All the tantras state that the main source of innate wisdom is the guru and if one disparages the guru, spiritual accomplishment will not be attained because the guru is the embodiment of the Three Jewels.
The Lamdré scriptures of Path with Result, state that notwithstanding the guru’s ability, whether he has passed away or living in other realms, if you supplicate him with faith and devotion, your guru will come to you in the bardo to guide you with instruction on how to get liberated.
The simplest act of remembering the guru will generate far more virtues than all the Dharma practices combined together. By remembering the guru in your day-to-day interaction with others, you can transform everything you do with the same compassionate attitude of the guru instead of following your habitual impulses that are affected by worldly concern.
To avoid the most common non-virtue of speech violations, simply remind yourself the manner by which your guru would do before you speak.
To avoid the non-virtue of the body, remind yourself the manner by which your guru would adopt before you act.
To avoid the non-virtue of the mind, remind yourself the all-embracing selfless compassion your guru have for all beings.
The practice of guru devotion have been proven beyond all doubts by the countless lineage masters of the past to be the fastest and the most effective path to attain enlightenment. There is no shorter path to attain the supreme goal of perfect liberation than the guru yoga of devotion practice. This is the reason why we should remember the guru at all times.
- Extract from the commentary by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche on the first line of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Heart Advice in Four Lines: ‘Do not forget the lama, Supplicating to him at all times.’
The original text is featured as an article in: Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Heart Advice in Four Lines
Many Pathgate students have been participating in the Palyul Summer Retreat in upstate New York through the internet platform of zoom since the 10th July. Recently they had the good fortune of receiving teaching from Khenpo Tenzin Norgay on the Heart Advice in Four Lines by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. For the students who wish to incorporate these four lines into their daily practice. The text is available below in Tibetan, English and Chinese.
This Heart Advice is available to download in a printable format:
The Twelve Great Deeds of The Buddha
The present epoch of our world is known as the Fortunate Aeon (kalpa zangpo'i) in accordance to the Bhadrakalpika Sutra (kalpa zangpo'i do). During the Fortunate Aeon, one thousand Buddhas of which Shakyamuni Buddha (Sangye Shakya Thubpa) is the fourth, would appear in our universe.
Each Buddha would emanate himself concurrently in the form of a supreme nirmanakaya (chokki tulku) in each of the billion saha worlds (mije jikten) in the southern continent of the Jambudvipa (Dzambuling) to perform the twelve great deeds (dzepa chunyi) of a Tathagata.
Praise to Buddha (Thup Töed), a prayer which pays homage to these twelve great deeds was recited by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and other High Lamas inside the Mahabodhi Temple each morning during the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenpo in Bodhgaya, India. It is also a prayer used by Pathgate students in their daily practice.
The twelve great deeds are:
1. Transferring from Tushita (ganden kyiné né phowa).
2. Entering the womb (lhumsu zhukpa)
3. Taking birth (ku tampa).
4. Becoming skilful in all arts and disciplines (zoyi néla khepa)
5. Enjoying the companions of consorts (tsünmo'i khorgyé rolwa)
6. Renouncing family life to become ordained (rabtu chungwa)
7. Practicing austerities (kawa chepa)
8. Approaching the heart essence of awakening (changchub nyingpo shekpa)
9. Vanquishing Mara (dü tulwa).
10. Attaining perfect enlightenment (ngönpar dzokpar sanggyepa)
11. Turning the wheel of dharma (chökyi khorlo korwa)
12. Passing into parinirvana (nya ngen lé depa)
- Extract of an article from the Pathgate feature Chronicle of the Buddha, Bodhisattva and Deity. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
The Aspirations Made Aeons Ago That Turned Tibet Into The Land Of Bodhimanda
Bodhimanda (changchub kyil) is a term that originally refers to the very spot of vajrasana (dorjeden), the vajra seat under the bodhi tree by the river Nairanjana in Bodhgaya, India, where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. It is also used to describe any places which promote the propagation of the sacred Buddhadharma.
Written by Guru Rinpoche’s consort Yeshe Tsogyal in the eighth century AD, Padma Kathang is a collection of hidden treasures (terma) chronicling the life of Padmasambhava, each of which was unvealed by a designated terton at a specific time. One of these terma, known as Sheltrakma, was retrieved by Orgyen Lingpa from the Lotus Crystal Cave (shelphuk), the first meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche in Tibet. In this terma, Shantarakshita (Shyiwa Tsho) related the legend of the Jarung Khashor Stupa to King Trisong Deutsen during the construction of Samye Monastery so as to motivate him to invite Padmasambhava to Tibet to subjugate the indigenous resistance that was hostile to the propagation of Buddhadharma.
The teaching of Guru Rinpoche confirmed, through the terma of Padma Kathang, the immeasurable powerful effect of aspiration made before the Stupa of Jarung Khashor, which turned Tibet into a land of Bodhimanda.
- Extract of an article from the Pathgate feature Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
Dipankara Buddha’s Prophecy of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment
Bhadrakalpika Sutra (kalpa zangpo'i do), a teaching given by Shakyamuni Buddha in Vaishali (yangpachen) at the request of Pramunditaraja (mahokga gyalpo), explains when the world at the end of the previous kalpa was submerged in a great deluge, one thousand golden lotus flowers emerged from the flood which was perceived by the heavenly beings (deva) as the auspicious harbinger of one thousand Buddhas due to appear in the coming kalpa. At this discourse, Shakyamuni Buddha gave the prophecy (vyakarana) of the one thousand Bodhisattvas (chang chub sempa) who will become Buddhas in this Fortunate Aeon. It is said that only after a bodhisattva has attained the accomplishment of the eight bhumi (miyowa) would he be verified as a coming Buddha by a fully realised Buddha not dissimilar to the prophecy made by Dipankara Buddha (marmé dzé) proclaiming Shakyamuni Buddha as a coming Buddha in the Sutra Of the Six Paramitas (parol tu chinpa druk do).
In the Sutra of the Six Paramitas, there is an account of the Dipankara Buddha’s prediction of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment as told by Shakyamuni Buddha to Shariputra (sha ri bu).
- Extract of an article from the Pathgate feature Chronicle of the Buddha, Bodhisattva and Deity. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
The latest Audio Teaching is an extract from the instruction that Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gave to students when teaching ‘Thog tha bar sum du ge wai tam’, the teaching by Patrul Rinpoche known as ‘The Instruction that is good in the beginning, middle and end – the Heart Jewel of sacred practice of the View, Meditation and Action’.
In this extract, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explains the suffering that arises from relying on our own logic and why such reliance separates us from others and from our own true happiness. Students are encouraged to cultivate the right motivation of Bodhicitta, the awakening mind, and to develop a good relationship with the nature of their own mind, learning to accept suffering without turmoil and become more sensitive to the sensibilities of others.
To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche.
COVID-19 Vaccination For Monks And Nuns of Age Group 18-44 Rolled Out At Namdroling
Namdroling Monastery in India has rolled out the COVID-19 Vaccinations for the monks and nuns of the age group 18-44 on the 30th May 2021. All the eligible monks and nuns in accordance to the directive issued by the Indian government were vaccinated in one day. Vaccination were also given on the same day to the Tibetan residents of the 4th Camp, the 3rd Camp of the Tibetan Settlement and the Gawaitsel Camp on the way to Gurukul. A total number of 1598 doses of vaccine were given out in one single day.
Following the path of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche to maintain solidarity in happiness and sorrow with the local people, the senior members of the Namdroling Monastery Management Committee which include Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, and Khenchen Namdrol Tsering Rinpoche have all agreed to extend the vaccination programme to the estimated 1700 Tibetan people residing in the 17 Tibetan Settlement Camps in Bylakuppe.
Within two days, 3100 shots of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine were given to the residents of the monastery and the people of two nearby Tibetan Settlements of the age group 18-44. The cost of the entire vaccination programme is sponsored by Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche and Pathgate Institute.
Living In Retreat At The Paro Valley of Bhutan
Paro Taktsang (Tigress Lair) is a sacred place situated on the side of a mountain cliff north of Paro in Bhutan. There, Guru Pamasambhava meditated on the Kagye cycle of eight sets of Mahayoga transmission entrusted to him and to the eight vidyadharas of India. This is the place where Guru Pamasambhava manifested as Dorje Drolo riding upon a pregnant tigress in the wrathful form of crazy wisdom binding worldly spirit under oath to protect the terma treasure and serve the propagation of Buddhadharma. Following in his footsteps, many great masters such as Milarepa, Padampa Sangye, Machik Lapdron and Thangtong Gyalpo also went into retreat there. A monastery was later built in 1692 adjacent to the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave, where Guru Pamasambhava meditated and practiced with students including Yeshe Tsogyal before departing Tibet in the early 9th century.
Today, at the Paro valley beneath are many retreat houses. Two of which were established through sponsorship provided by Pathgate Institute. The first one is Kunzang Yoedseling Retreat Home which had its first phase formally opened on the 10th April 2011. Once fully completed, it will have five separate retreat houses sited around a prayer hall in the middle within a walled enclosure. This place is headed by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s Dharma friend Khenpo Jurme Kunzang Rinpoche (former Abbot of the Singapore Palyul Centre).
The second retreat house belongs to another of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s Dharma friends Khenpo Sangay Wangdi Rinpoche (former Principal of Ngagyur Nyingma University at the Namdroling Monastery). This retreat house is built on a plot of land procured through funding from Pathgate Institute in the summer of 2013.
Owing to its remote location and lack of amenities, additional funding was provided to make good of what is needed such as the construction of access road, heating, and other facilities. It is now a functional live-in retreat house for Khenpo Sangay Wangdi Rinpoche.
Khenpo Sangay Wangdi Rinpoche has recently updated Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with some photographs of his place including one of Lhundrup Dorji, an Omsay (Chant Master) from Namdroling Monastery, who is handicapped by both malfunctioning legs and requires the use of two walking sticks. He is one of the few monks in Bhutan who knows how to perform pujas in the Palyul tradition. To ease the difficulty he faces in transporting himself around in performing puja, a car with automatic gears was procured for him through sponsorship of Pathgate Institute in 2013.
The Origin of Tibetan Buddhism
In the first article of a new section on the Pathgate website, 'Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism', Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explains the origin of Tibetan Buddhism and it's four lineages of transmission ....
Daily Pujas at Namdroling Monastery to Pacify Rising COVID-19 Epidemic Crisis
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.....
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 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya
The Great Prayer Festival was modified this year due to the pandemic, with 100 monks making prayers and offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple, supported by prayers at Nyingma monasteries around the world.....
A Look Back at Notable Events in 2020
Some of the events from the past year 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....
4 Days Trekking To Bring Buddhadharma To The Remote Villages in Nepal
Read the story of Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar, trekking in Nepal to give teaching to the locals of 13 villages, as well as to the children of local schools and the ordained at monasteries ....
Pathgate Expands Food For The Homeless To Include Families Struggling During Pandemic
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has increased the support that Pathgate gives for the homeless and families struggling during the pandemic.....
No Losar Celebration In Namdroling Monastery This Year
Namdroling Monastery had announced there will be no Losar celebration take place in Namdroling Monastery or in any other Palyul branches this year .....
Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche Has Passed Into Mahaparinirvana
His Holiness Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche passed into mahaparinirvana on the 10th of January, 2021 (27th day of 11th Tibetan month), dissolving the display of his enlightened mind into Sphere of Ultimate Reality.....
Message from Namdroling Monastery
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....
Prayer Practice for Epidemics
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.....
Review of Pathgate Activities 2019
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...
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.
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..
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.
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.