The Life Of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche - The Great Play Of Infinite Merit
This year, 2023, is the Diamond Jubilee 60 year Anniversary of Namdroling Monastery and the 30 year Anniversary of Tsogyal Shedrub Dargyeling Nunnery. To celebrate such a significant occasion, we are presenting here a concise biography of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the founder of Namdroling Monastery - Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dhargyeling.
This biography from The Great Play Of Infinite Merit - a special souvenir edition published by the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation in 2018 to coincide with the successful completion of the Reliquary Stupa of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche - was compiled and edited by the Ngagyur Rigzod Editorial Committee of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.
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Namdroling Monastery 60 Year Anniversary
Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dhargyeling, widely known as Namdroling Monastery, was founded in Bylakuppe, South India, by the Third Supreme Head of the Nyingma tradition, His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche in 1963. It was followed by the establishing of the Tsogyal Shedrub Dargyeling Nunnery in 1993.
The celebration of the Diamond Jubilee 60 year Anniversary of Namdroling Monastery and the 30 year Anniversary of Tsogyal Shedrub Dargyeling Nunnery, commenced on the 21st of April 2023, Tibetan Royal Year 2150, by the arrival, at Namdroling Monastery from Tibet, of His Holiness Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Thupten Tsultrim Norbu Oser Kunkhyab Palzangpo, the supreme head of the Palyul Lineage.
The chiefs of Namdroling Monastery, Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche and Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol Tsering Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and all the khenpos, tulkus, lamas, lopons, monks and nuns of the monastery extended a grand welcome to His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche by offering the body, speech and mind representation mandala in the Golden Temple. His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche then proceeded to offer a white sandalwood Dharma Wheel before the portraits of His Holiness the late Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche and his reincarnation, Yangsi Rinpoche as a token of gratitude to mark the 60th anniversary since the establishment of Namdroling Monastery.
Also on display before the portraits are the relic of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche and the marvelous white conch on which the sacred mantra of Manjushri 'Om Aa Ra Pa Tsa Na Dhi', was written by His Holiness using only his tongue. The mantra then miraculously embossed itself on the white conch as if it has been engraved by tool.
On the next day, 22nd of April 2023, the entire congregation of monks and nuns carried out a grand prayer ceremony with feast offering after opening the sacred mandala of Longchen Nyinthik Rigzin Dupa. It was followed by a grand enthronement ceremony of 210 khenpos (the eighth batch), 73 khenmos (the first batch) and 12 dorje lopons. This is the first time in the history of Namdroling in which a group of nuns are conferred the title, ‘Khenmo’ - the recognition of being a female professor of Buddhist studies.
On the 23rd April 2023, HH Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, and the Khenchens were given a ceremonial welcome by the nuns of Tsogyal Shedrupling Nunnery to inaugurate the new Temple, the new office building and the new library. After the inauguration, two new books, a magazine and a souvenir were launched followed by the consecration of the new temple with ablution. Rinpoche then visited the Nunnery Retreat Centre and gave heart advice to the retreatants before consecrated the thangka paintings and kila dagger box in the Vajrakilaya Temple.
On the 25th of April 2023, an official ceremony for invited VIP was held at the monastery’s main square. Dignitaries who attended on the day included the Speaker of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, the Secretary of CTA’s Religion and Cultural Department, Representative of the Honorable Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of the Government of Nepal and the Secretary of Ecclesiastical Affairs Department of Sikkim, along with the monks, nuns and the local communities. The event was celebrated with the delivering of speeches and the giving of presents. This event marked the conclusion of the 60 year anniversary celebration of Namdroling Monastery.
An official video of the Namdroling Monastery 60 Year Anniversary is now available for viewing at the Pathgate Dharma Theatre. Please click here for the link.
The 34th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo for World Peace
In order to pacify diseases, famines and wars, to increase peace, prosperity and harmony throughout the world, the great noble masters of Nyingmapa who were representatives of Guru Rinpoche initiated the annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo (the World Peace Ceremony) every year on the 1st-10th day of the 12th month of Tibetan Calendar at Bodhgaya, India, where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment 2600 years ago. This year the 34th Nyingma Monlam Chenmo started on the 22nd January with the gathering of over ten thousand monks, nuns and yogis from about 195 monasteries, in addition to tens of thousands of faithful devotees from around the world.
To encourage non-Tibetan speaking students to participate in the practice at Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, ‘The Wish-Granting Tree of Enlightenment - Prayer for the Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo' was translated into English under the editorship of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and was published for free distribution by Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in conjunction with Namdroling Monastery. The translated text was presented to His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche who was delighted at the publication of this prayer book, and gave the advice that this prayer book should be used for recitation daily and not merely during the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.
Ngagyur Palyul Thubten Shedrub Choekhor Dargyeling in Bodhgaya
Ngagyur Palyul Thubten Shedrub Choekhor Dargyeling Monastery in Bodhgaya, India, is a branch of Namdroling Monastery. His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche had stated that: “It will be good if a monastery is built here in this sacred place of Bodhgaya where 1002 Buddhas of this fortunate eon will attain enlightenment”.
For many years, during the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo ceremony, there were insufficient rooms to accommodate the monks and nuns, and they had to stay in commercial lodging or in tent. His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche started to look for a plot of land in 2000. And in August, 2008, a land blessing ceremony was held by His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche presiding alongside many Khenpos, Tulkus, Lamas, monks and nuns.
On the 3rd of February, 2009, the foundation boundary walls of the temple were established with three main statues to be constructed in the temple: Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, Guru Rinpoche on the right and Avaloketeshvara on the left. These statues were built according to the guidance of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
On the 4th of December, 2015, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the 6th Supreme Head of Ngagyur Nyingma Lineage, and the two Chief of Namdroling Monastery consecrated the temple and ceremoniously placed the Sertog (Golden Ornament on the top part of the roof of the temple).
On the 19th of January, 2016, the inauguration and consecration were ceremoniously presided by the 12th Throne-Holder of Palyul Lineage H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, together with H.H. Thupten Palzang Rinpoche, H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche, Chogtrul Gyang Khang Rinpoche, Chogtrul Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Palyul Chogtrul Rinpoche, Rigo Tulku Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Namdrol Tsering Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche with thousands of faithful gathering.
Hence, this monastery was successfully built based on the visionary aspiration and direction of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
46 Monks Completed Three Year Retreat at Namdroling
On this auspicious day of 7 January 2023, (Tibetan Royal year 2149) 46 monks of the 11th batch of retreatants of Namdroling Monastery’s Samten Otsalling Retreat Centre, which was established by His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche in the year 1985, came out of their retreat after successfully staying in seclusion for three years and completed their practice successfully.
Review Of Notable Events In 2022
Some of the notable events in 2022 included:
- Passing of great masters into parinirvana and the enthronement of young tulku.
- 14 new Dharma teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche were published online to honour the continuous presence of Buddhadharma in the degenerated age by the unbroken lineage of vajra masters from the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra to the present time.
- Reopening of Namdroling Monastery to the public after 718 days of lock down due to the covid epidemic.
- Gyang Khang Rinpoche and Khenchen Namdrol Tsering Rinpoche inaugurated a new Dharma Centre in Nepal founded by the Nepal Buddhist Lotus Nun Association. The programme was organised by the graduated nuns of Namdroling Monastery.
- Jubilee celebration of the Palyul Retreat Centre in the USA.
- A three-volume set entitled ‘The Comprehensive History of Namdroling Monastery’ and a two-volume set entitled ‘The Oral History of Namdroling Monastery’ were published by the Ngagyur Rigzod Editorial Committee of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute.
- Pathgate assistance to the Ukrainian refugees in Europe.
- Update of Pathgate sponsorship in Nepal, Bhutan, India, Mongolia and elsewhere
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Four Thoughts (1) - Precious Human Birth
The first part of the Ngöndro preliminary practice of Dzogchen - is a series of reflections on the four thoughts that turn the mind from the unsatisfactoriness of samsara to the path of liberation which is the application of Dharma.
These Four Thoughts (lodok nam shyi) which direct our mind to recognise the truth of suffering and the truth of the origin of sufferings are:
- precious human birth;
- impermanence and death;
- defects of samsara;
- karma - cause and effect.
The first contemplation which turns the mind away from activities that lead to the continuous suffering of rebirths in samsara, is to reflect on the rarity and difficulty to obtain a precious human birth - the most supreme of all rebirths in the three higher realms of the gods, the demi gods, and the humans.
For the majority of beings in the Saha World (mi jé jik ten), precious human birth will occur for them for one time only during the infinite span of endless rebirths in samsara.
Human rebirth is incredibly rare for it is the result of merit accumulated from acts of generosity and the discipline of cultivating the ten virtues (gé wa chu) of body, speech and mind.
It takes merely one single act of non-virtue to create the karmic imprint that causes us to be reborn after death into the three lower realms of the animal, the hungry spirits and the hell-beings.
Shakyamuni Buddha has plainly stated that whoever loses the human body due to non-virtues will be reborn repeatedly in the three lower realms for a period of 5000 kalpas before any probability of being reborn again into the human realms.
Since each kalpa or aeon is equivalent to the duration of 10 billion years between the beginning and the destruction of an universe, human life once lost due to non-virtue would take a minimum of 50,000 billion years for another chance to have the next human birth, albeit one of lowly unfavourable conditions with neither the eight freedoms nor the ten endowments.
On the probability most beings receive only one chance of human birth in 5000 kalpas, the Fifth Dalai Lama said:
“This vessel of freedoms and endowment
For the attaining of all benefit and happiness,
Has been obtained this once,
If I were not to journey to the optimum land of realisation,
Return, instead to samsara with nothing worthy to behold,
It would destroy my heart.”
- Extract from a teaching by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. The full text is available to read under the feature of Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
Understanding Mara - The Lord Of Illusion
Mara is a paranirmitavaśavartin deva from the highest celestial heaven of desire, the Heaven of Controlling Others’ Emanations (zhen trül wang jé), but owing to his attachment to objects of desire, he dwells in the celestial heaven of Tushita (ganden) - the Joyous Realm.
Being the lord of illusion, mara enjoys conjuring up alluring deception that cause the unsuspecting to embrace the unwholesome as wholesome, or to get hoodwinked into the preoccupation with the eight worldly obsessions (jikten chö gyé) of:
- longing for gain and dread of loss;
- longing for happiness and dread of suffering;
- longing for fame and dread of disrepute;
- longing for praise and dread of blame.
Mara personifies the negative qualities in the human ego, which cause the arising of delusion and the ripening of karmic retribution.
He is also the tempter who attempted on numerous occasions to persuade Shakyamuni Buddha to abandon his noble aspiration to liberate all sentient beings.
From another perspective, the existence of the maras are an important reminder that the corrupting influences and myriad obstructions they created for those who aspire to attain emancipation, can be eliminated through the application of buddhadharma when one’s clinging to the dualistic notions of hope and fear are severed, since mara is merely the reflection of our own delusion.
The only way mara can overwhelm us is when we choose to surrender ourselves to the delusion of our own making, which has its origin in our mind and is susceptible to changes in accordance to what thought we may choose to entertain.
Whoever can transcend the fabricated view of the self will for certain gain triumph over the influences of mara.
- Extract from a teaching by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. The full text is available to read under the feature of Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
Reflection On The Twelve Links of Dependent-Origination
At one time, Shakyamuni Buddha with a retinue of bodhisattvas, arhats and deities were residing at the Celestial Realm of the Thirty-Three Gods. A question was put forward by Avalokitesvara to Lord Buddha - the Great Shramana - on how merits can be gained by the construction of a stupa. Shakyamuni Buddha responded by proclaiming the Essence of Dependent Origination Dharani:
“All phenomena arise from causes - ye dharma hetu prabhava
The Tathagata has taught these causes - hetun tai khen tathagato hy avadat
That which brings cessation to these causes - tekhen tsa yo nirodha
This too has been taught by the Great Shramana - evam vadi maha shramanah”
“Avalokitesvara, dependent origination is the dharmakaya - the Truth Body - of all the tathagatas. “
“One who has recognises dependent origination sees the Buddha.”
“Avalokitesvara, if a devout son or daughter of the noble family erects in a remote place a stupa - even one no bigger than the size of a gooseberry fruit, with a central life-tree pillar the size of a needle and a parasol no bigger than the flower of the bakula tree - and insert within the stupa, this essence of dependent origination dharani which is inseparable from the dharmadhatu (the sphere of absolute reality) he or she will generate the merit of Brahma and reborn after passing with store of great fortunes equal to that of the gods of the Pure Realms of Suddhavasa.”
After the Blessed One proclaimed in this way, the hearers, bodhisattvas, the whole assembly, and the universe of gods, humans, asuras, and gandharvas rejoiced and praised the words of the Blessed One.
- Extract from a teaching by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. The full text is available to read under the feature of Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism. Click here to see the full list of articles available.
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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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche'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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche's regular visits to the city state....
Family Reunion in Shanghai
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche at the Kunzang Yoedseling Retreat Home in Paro, Bhutan...
New Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest, Romania
During Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche'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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche Visits the Ancient Capital of Holland
During his recent visit to the Netherlands, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, 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. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gave a three-hour discourse on the Meaning of the Heart Sutra in Singapore during his recent visit there
Malaysia Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 their three 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 Holiness had released his body from the meditative state of Thugdam. The Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has now been moved to Zangdok 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
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche has become a big hit among the devotees of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Mind Training For Mental Health
In June, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was invited by the Khmer Workers Forum (KWF) in Sydney, Australia, to give a talk at their monthly meeting. Following this, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche gives TV interview in Greece
While visiting Greece to give teachings at the end of May, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche was interviewed for a national TV, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens.
Milan Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche has agreed to return to Milan in September to give further teaching.
Shower of Blessing in Spain
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche on Radio Australia
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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 Rinpoche 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.