The Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, Great Prayer Festival, has been held in Bodhgaya, India at the Mahabodhi Temple, the site of the Buddha’s awakening during the first ten days of the twelfth month of the Tibetan calendar year since 1990. This has become an auspicious occasion for the followers of the Nyingma lineages to pray for all sentient beings and to honour the founders of their tradition. Over ten thousands monks and nuns attended the 31st Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which started on the 26th of January 2020 and concluded ten days later on the 4th of February.
The Executive Committee of the Nyingma Monlam International Foundation which is responsible for the hosting of the annual events made an announcement on the 17th December 2020 to inform all the Kyabje Rinpoche and the sangha community of the various Nyingma lineage holders’ monasteries that the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo cannot be held in the usual manner due to the Covid-19 guidelines on restrictions of movement and gathering.
For the 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo which was scheduled to be held from 14th to 23rd January 2021, all the Nyingma lineage holders were requested to offer prayers and practices at their own monasteries for the following dates of 8th, 9th and 10th day of the 12th Month of the Tibetan calendar, which corresponds to the 21st, 22nd, 23rd of January 2021. In order to continue the Monlam Chenmo in its traditional way in Bodhgaya, a Monlam with around 100 monks and offering was held in front of the Bodhi tree of the Mahabodhi Temple.
Year 2020 arrived with the usual fanfare of massive fireworks display at Sydney Harbour 11 hours before the UK, followed by equally impressive fireworks display in Hong Kong 3 hours later while the Pathgate Winter Retreat afternoon teaching for the last day of year 2019 was still in session. After the conclusion of the retreat one week later, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche continued with his travelling, bringing teaching to the Far East and to different countries in Europe, while some students chose to visit each other or take in the sight of places they wished to visit.
Many dharma friends of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche attended the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya - the 10 days Great Prayer Festival which attracted over 10,000 monks, nuns and devotees from around the world. Others dharma friends brought teaching to other corners of the world such as Khenpo Nyima Dondrup and Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar in Nepal.
With the Covid-19 pandemic becoming headline news around the world, increasing stringent safety precautions became an important concern and all non-essential travelling simply ceased as the new year entered into the month of March. Here is a brief look back at some of the notable events in 2020 that are related to the Palyul community - the Namdroling Monastery in India, the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet, the Pathgate Institute and other Palyul Centres around the world.
Losar, the Tibetan New Year is an important festival in the Tibetan calendar with lots of dharma activities and celebration. Losar is customarily celebrated with three days holiday at the Namdroling Monastery followed by a series of public dharma teaching given by the Khenpos of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute and the commencing of Drubchen Puja on the 8th day with display of 180ft. giant thangka painting of Guru Rinpoche and Performance of Ritual Dance of Guru Padmasambhava's Eight Manifestations on the 10th day, and culminating on the 15th day of the full moon, which is Chotrul Duchen with a display of 180ft. giant thangka painting of Tsépakmé - Buddha of Infinite Longevity. On this very same day, 3rd March, when tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come to the monastery, body-temperature checks and hand-sanitizing for all visitors were initiated by Namdroling Monastery with staff from the Tsepal Tobkyed Medical Clinic.
By 15th March, as the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic became increasingly menacing, Namdroling Monastery went into a self-isolated lockdown barring all visitors. The ordained and all Palyul students worldwide were advised to refrain from group practices and focus instead on practising by oneself.
As an increasing number of countries closed their borders to visitors, UK likewise went into national lockdown on 24th March. Aware of the pandemic leaving many people in hardship, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche directed his ordained to deliver weekly food supplies not only to the The People's Kitchen which provides hot meals to homeless people, but also to the Newcastle West End Foodbank which provide food parcels to many families who are struggling financially to make ends meet. In total, over 26,000 food parcels were issued in the first half of 2020.
From the month of April onwards, Namdroling Monastery initiated a series of programmes to support the local Indian population suffering from the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On 2nd April, Tulku Gyang Khang Rinpoche on behalf of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation donated one million Indian Rupees to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund which provides accessible health services to the citizens of the Mysuru District. On 17th April, Tulku Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche on behalf of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation handed over a cheque of one million Indian Rupees to the PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund) which is established to combat and to provide relief efforts against the coronavirus outbreak.
On 2nd May, food parcels were distributed to 800 Indian families who live in the vicinity of Namdroling Monastery. Two Tibetan Settlements nearby also received 100,000 Indian Rupees each towards their feeding programme for those in need of support.
On 28th May, Palyul Thupten Shedrub Choekhor Dargyeling, the branch of Namdroling Monastery in Bodhgaya, Bihar, distributed food parcels to the neighbourhood Indians who are facing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 5th June, which coincided with the day of Saga Dawa Duchen - the day which commemorates the enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni at Bodhgaya and the anniversary of the Buddha’s parinirvana in Kushinagar, 155 Kushalnagar police and home guards were presented with one thermos water flask and one shawl each by Tulku Tsering Choedhar, Managing Trustee of Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude for their dedication in protecting people from the current pandemic.
With the approaching of summer months, virtual teaching and practice online had become the norm. The one-month retreat at the Palyul Retreat Centre in Upstate New York, USA commenced on 10th July and utilised internet platforms with students tuning in each day to the broadcast and participating remotely in the practice. Led by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and supported by a small team of lamas that included Lopon Pasang Gurung and Lopon Rapjee Wangchuk, the retreat was successfully concluded on 10th August.
Other Buddhist teaching soon became available online such as those given by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Lama Nurbu Samdup who is the resident lama of the Palyul Ohio Tibetan Buddhist Temple was at Namdroling Monastery during the lockdown but managed to return to the USA to assist Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and to lead Puja practices which students can join using Zoom. 2020 became the year that students could attend dharma teaching without being physically present at the place of teaching.
On 2nd September, the auspicious day of Buddha Amitabha, Chogtrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the Chief of Namdroling Monastery, who had arranged the delivery of high quality face masks from Taiwan, generously offered 1000 Indian Rupees and three face masks to every monk and nun of the Namdroling Monastery, every resident of the Namdroling Parent’s Home and all the staff of Tsepal Tobkyed Medical Clinic.
On 7th November, the day of Lhabab Drubchen which commemorates the descending of Buddha Shakyamuni from the God Realm of Indra - the Thirty-Three Heaven at the peak of the Mount Meru - after having spent three months giving teaching to his own mother Mayadevi to repay her kindness so as to liberate her, and also to benefit the greatest assembly ever of an infinite number of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas Mahasavattvas, and Gods of the Six Realms in the ten directions, that has been recorded in the Buddha’s scripture, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche enthroned the 3rd batch of Khenpos of Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Tibet and also to officiate at the opening ceremony of the latest Gompa (Hall of Learning) at the Palyul Mother Monastery.
The pandemic outbreak in 2020 caused many countries to recognise the urgent need to put the normal lives of their citizens on pause to stop the spreading of the virus. Shops, schools and all non-essential businesses had to close down repeatedly as recurring measures of national lockdowns were implemented. Being social creatures, humans are not accustomed to the deprivation of interacting with their friends and family, with whom they share strong attachment and from whom they customarily seek support as they come upon the various challenging conditions of life.
Aware of the imminent escalation of the pandemic crisis in early February 2020, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche took the decision to suspend all his teaching trips with his last teaching taking place at his UK centre on the eve of Losar. His advice to his students is to focus on personal practice and follow the daily audio teaching that has been made available to them for many years. As national lockdown became a reality worldwide, many Pathgate Study Groups organised their own daily practice together by using Zoom and through other internet platforms. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche himself has used the lockdown as an opportunity for his own personal retreat, the perfect time for the practice of Guru Yoga.
We can all learn from the example of the monks and nuns at the Namdroling Monastery, where in spite of the lockdown, they continue with their life of devotion to the Buddhas while utilising their time to maintain a tranquil purposeful existence.
A look back at the notable events of 2020 cannot be completed without paying a proper tribute to Karma Hardy (1966 – 2020) who passed away on the morning of 28th December in London due to coronavirus. Karma Hardy had a long working relationship with Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche on the Pathgate Partnership Programme for the Third World when Karma was the Director of the Tibet Foundation - a charity that is dedicated to promote the welfare of Tibetans in India, Mongolia and Tibet, and also the cultural exchange of Tibet with that of the west.
Born to a Scottish father and a Tibetan mother, Karma was raised in a Tibetan refugee camp in India and was educated at the Central School for Tibetans, Mainpat and at Karma Sri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapas and Karma Kagyu in Sikkim. He came to the UK in 1994 and soon started working at the Tibet Foundation as an Office Assistant and later served as the Director of Tibet Foundation until his retirement in 2012 on health grounds.
During his over 18 years’ service at the Tibet Foundation, Karma oversaw the management of the charitable programmes and made multiple field trips to India, Mongolia and Tibet. He had also directed the fundraising and led the charity’s humanitarian assistance supplies to the snow-storm blizzards in Sershul, the Yushu earthquake and the Sichuan earthquake.
Our condolences and prayers are to his wife Pema, daughter Saldon and family.
Pathgate Institute was founded by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche 26 years ago to promote the propagation of Buddha Dharma in accordance to the lineage passed down from the Buddhas. The activities of Pathgate also extend to the support of other Buddhist Institutions, schools, children homes, hospitals, homeless centres, disaster relief, charity organisations and community welfare in many parts of the world through the Pathgate Partnership Programme. One of our working partners in supporting the Pathgate Programme for Third World is Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar completed his nine years study at the Namdroling Monastery’s Ngagyur Nyingma Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies. Upon graduation, he was sent to teach in another monastery before returning to Namdroling Monastery to take on the official position as the Secretary of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation. It was at his request to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to produce a film on His Holiness Penor Rinpoche that the film ‘The Compassionate World Of H.H. Penor Rinpoche’ was made.
His official duty aside, he used to give Tibetan lessons to the Mongolian monks and nuns who came to Namdroling Monastery with no knowledge of any languages other than their native Mongolian. He later taught the nine-year students at the Ngagyur Tsogyal Sherupling Nunnery before he took on the appointment as the Principle of Taktse Shedra (Taktse Nyingma Institute) in Sikkim.
For the past five years, in spite of his responsibility to take care of the education of monks at the Taktse Shedra, he would travel to his own village in Nepal every year to give teaching to the locals of 13 villages, as well as to the children of local schools and the ordained at monasteries.
From Kathmandu to his home village, it would take one day by bus and four days by trekking through mountains and ravine which is not an easy journey by itself, but he would also bring with him much-needed supply to the villages, such as on his last visit, 100 pieces of blankets for the school children there.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar is very family-orientated and takes his responsibility seriously in caring for his many nieces and nephews of whom some are recipients of Pathgate sponsorship, studying at school in Kathmandu.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar’s latest project is the renovation of the temple at his village with plan to install three brand new statues - that of Guru Rinpoche, Avalokitesvara and Tsepakme. The statues are being custom-built in Kathmandu and are currently in the prototype construction stage. Pathgate is honoured to have the opportunity to sponsor the Avalokitesvara statue which when completed will be five and half feet in height and will truly be a magnificent sight to behold.
Ever since His Holiness Penor Rinpoche returned to Tibet in 1982 to revive the glorious tradition of the Palyul lineage, Buddhist devotees the world over have enjoyed the regular visits and teachings given by Palyul teachers designated by His Holiness. In 1990, the very first Nyingma Monlam Chenpo, The Great Prayer Festival of the Nyingma tradition in India was held at the holy place of Bodhgaya during the first ten days of the twelfth month of that Tibetan calendar year. It has since becomes the annual focal point that attracts tens of thousands of Buddhist devotees from around the world to gather together in praying for world peace and harmony for humanity. Shortly after the conclusion of the 31st Nyingma Monlam Chenpo on the 4th February 2020, reports of coronavirus became regular headlines all over the world press with many countries initiating nationwide lockdown soon afterwards. Namdroling Monastery and all the Palyul Centres around the world were likewise placed in lockdown and ceased all gathering of sangha assembly for group practices.
The Palyul Retreat Centre, in Upstate New York, USA, which has offered a series of one-month retreats in the summer since 1998, that cover Ngondrö, the preliminary practice of Nam Chö; the Inner Heat practice of Tselung; the Three Roots and the Dzogchen practices of Trechö and Tögal, had to adapt to accommodate the pandemic crisis and became the first ever Virtual Summer Retreat with daily practices on Facebook and Zoom led by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay, Lopon Pasang Gurung, and Lopon Rapjee Wangchuk, featuring recorded archive teaching by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche streamed on video. Virtual teaching and virtual group practices online speedily became a regular feature that transcends distance and connects teachers and students from around the world. Here are some of the choices that have been available to students in the last few months.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche gave a series of virtual teachings that cover Jigme Lingpa’s classic Kyerim Ogmin Drothpai Themke - Instructions on the Development Stage called the Steps to Akanistha Heaven and the niceties of the Ngondrö practices. This was followed by online teaching on the Seven Line Prayers to Guru Rinpoche, and the Seven Points of Mind Training - the preliminary teaching of the Lama Yangthig by great Dzochen master, Longchen Rabjam.
Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche gave a series of teaching by Zoom on Nagarjuna’s classics Letter To A Friend which was given in Tibetan with translation available in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Greek. Written in the format of a poem with 123 verses, as a letter of advice to his friend King Gautamiputra. It introduces the entire Mahayana path and practice to both the ordained and householders leading to liberation and enlightenment.
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche gave a series of online teaching on Nges Shes Rinpoche’i Sgron Me - Mipham Rinpoche’s Beacon of Certainty - a Madhyamaka text which offers insights into the key points of view and meditation on the level of Madhyamaka and Vajrayana. It is presented as a commentary structured around such questions as the two negations of identity and existence, and other practical issues that are related to the Dzogchen perspective of the indivisible union of appearance and emptiness, bridging the study of the sutra with that of the tantra.
For prayer practice, Lopon Pasang Gurung, resident Lama of Palri Pema Öd Ling in Austin, USA, offers daily morning Nam Chö practice, evening practice and morning Sojong Vows practices twice a month. Lopon Pasang Gurung also leads pujas during the month and offers explanation of prayer practices in response to the requests of students.
Lopon Rapjee Wangchuk, resident Lama of Nyingma Palyul Dharma Centre in New York, offers morning practice that include Riwö Sangchö, Vajrakilaya, Homage to 21 Taras, and evening practices on sadhana of Guru Takhyung Barwa, Dharma Protector and on each Saturday, Chöd practice of the Longchen Nyingtik known as Laughter of the Dakinis (Khandro Gayjang).
For the Pathgate students, virtual teaching by means of daily audio recording has been available for many years to those who have been registered to receive. The current ongoing teaching given by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche is Paltrul Rinpoche’s classics Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam - The Virtuous Instruction That is good in the Beginning, Middle and End – The Heart Jewel Of Three Sacred Practice of the View, Meditation and Conduct, written in the format of a poem comprising eighty-two verses. It describes the entire Buddhist path, starting from the most basic motivation and culminating in the direct experience of absolute reality beyond the reach of the conceptual mind.
In spite of the pandemic crisis that made it impossible for teachers and students to gather together in one place for teachings and practices, Dharma activities continue to thrive beyond the limitation of distance and time in 2020.
With the pandemic leaving many people in hardship, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has increased the support that Pathgate gives for those in need in his home city Newcastle upon Tyne, by providing weekly deliveries of food supplies to two local charities, The People’s Kitchen and the West End Foodbank.
After years of providing a meeting place for the homeless to gather for hot meals, help and support, during the pandemic The People’s Kitchen has adapted to lockdown restrictions by providing a take-away service for the homeless, still providing around 140 hot meals every night; around 40,000 hot meals a year.
Since 2011, Pathgate has been delivering food supplies to The People’s Kitchen every week. During the pandemic, additional finance has been provided to support the provision of their take-away service. For Christmas 2020, Pathgate sponsored a take-away Christmas lunch to their regular guests in addition to provide additional finance for the charity to procure Christmas food hampers, sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries for the homeless and the disadvantaged friends of the charity.
The Newcastle West End Foodbank was set up to provide food-parcels to people who are struggling financially to make ends meet and to afford food for their families. In total, over 26,000 food-parcels were issued in the first half of 2020, up from about 16,000 a year earlier.
More than 40% of those benefitting from these food parcels are children. It took 154 tonnes of food to prepare the food parcels needed to feed these families. Between April and July 2020, their food-parcels fed 20,1000 people. This number is up by 210% when compared with the same period of the previous year.
Pathgate has been delivering food supplies every week to the West End Foodbank since the start of the pandemic. In addition to weekly food supply, financial support has also been provided for the charity to make bulk purchase of basic food items at wholesale prices.
Namdroling Monastery had announced there will be no Losar celebration take place in Namdroling Monastery or in any other Palyul branches this year as the Tibetan New Year will fall within the mourning period of Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche.
The lord of all beings of degeneration time and sovereign of all mandalas, the source of common and extraordinary siddhis, and guru of unfathomable kindness to Buddhist tradition in general and particularly to the Nyingma and Palyul tradition. 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. This is a greatest loss to all the followers of general Buddhist tradition and the Nyingma and Palyul lineage in particular. This has left all his disciples in grief.
Now is the time to make prayers with unshakable devotion. Therefore, to fulfill all the noble aspirations of His Holiness and for his swift reincarnation to benefit all the sentient beings, and to purify all our impairments and breakages of samaya; the supreme heads of Namdroling Monastery, the two Chogtrul and three Khenchens have directed to conduct the following pujas and prayers by the entire sangha of Namdroling Monastery until the mahaparinirvana ceremony is completed:
- Lamai Chodpa (Offering of Guru) along with Vajrasattva Practice of the Minling tradition.
- Drimed Shak Gyud (Immaculate Confession Tantra)
- Recitation of 100 Syllable Mantra.
All the branches of the Palyul centres and faithful disciples around the globe are requested to engage into practice upon one’s capacity as mentioned above.
Following guidance given on January 13, 2021 (New moon day of the 11th Tibetan month), by Kyabje Sangye Tsering Rinpoche, reincarnation of the Omniscient Ngagi Wangpo, once Rinpoche awakens from his thukdam (meditative state), his kudung (precious holy body) will be taken to Palyul Monastery and grand prayer offering ceremonies carried out according to the tradition. On February 3, 2021 (21st day of the 12th Tibetan month), a cremation ceremony based on the jinseg (four activities fire ritual) will be conducted.
Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche (Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche) was born in the year of the Fire Rat (1936). He was discovered by the great Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang. This is the same renowned Khenchen who confirmed the recognition of our late Holiness, Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was a younger classmate and dear friend of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche along with Dzongnang Rinpoche. The three young tulkus studied and practiced as brothers under the direct guidance of Khenchen Ngaga and received teachings and empowerments together from many realized masters. As a youth, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was present when His Holiness Penor Rinpoche completed Ngondrö. He has described the single-pointed zeal and physical hardships endured without complaint through which His Holiness completed all of the recitations and accumulations.
Tulku Rinpoche has spent the majority of his life in Palyul, Kham, Eastern Tibet, overseeing the rebuilding of Palyul Monastery. Through great effort, personal danger and the blessings of all the lineage masters, Tulku Rinpoche has managed to collect texts that were nearly destroyed. The Kama teachings, for instance, were scattered in personal collections throughout the local area and the world. These he assembled in the Palyul Library, and had re-carved into wooden blocks based upon the copies. He has also preserved some of the original wooden printing blocks of the Nam Chö. The original pre-1959 library held wood blocks for 50 volumes. Thanks to Tulku Rinpoche’s hard work, and with the addition of the Kama teachings, the library today holds printing blocks of more than 110 volumes. Because of this effort, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was able to obtain the texts required to carry through the series of retreats known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, now regularly given in Namdroling Monastery and in the US Retreat Center.
Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was renowned for his expertise in the detailed instructions of all the ritual activities such as Mudra (hand gestures) and Cham (sacred lama dance) and renowned for his extensive knowledge of the elaborate rituals for Drupchen (twenty-four-hour a day, seven-day prayer ritual) and the Accomplishment Ceremonies that these teachings have preserved.
He was an expert on how to play and teach nearly all of the sacred musical instruments. The monastic retreats within Palyul Monastery, in Kham, are all also overseen by Tulku Rinpoche. Fortunately for us, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche was able to confer these teachings to hundreds of aspirants, ensuring they are remembered for generations to come. In this way, granting teachings and empowerments based on these texts and based on his knowledge of all of the rituals of Palyul, Tulku Rinpoche spent many years caring for and nurturing the entire Palyul lineage.
Free from the stain of partiality, Tulku Thubsang Rinpoche’s activities were like a great ocean of enlightened conduct for the benefit of the teachings and all sentient beings. For Palyul students, we knew him for his profound humility and for a devotion to and faith in His Holiness Penor Rinpoche so deep and so vast, it makes eyes tear and hearts tremble in appreciation to observe. In the region of Palyul, he has served as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s surrogate. Along with His Holiness, he has been a major contributor in preventing these teachings from falling into extinction.
Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche Swift Rebirth Aspiration Prayer in Tibetan with English translation and phonetic is now available for all devotees who wish to include this prayer for his Yangsi’s Swift Rebirth in this their daily prayer practice.
In October 2019 we were honoured by the visit of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche to the Pathgate Dharma Centre in the UK. During his stay, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche made a request to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche for his support with the filming of a documentary about Guru Rinpoche’s Hidden Land of Yolmo.
To the north of Nepal on the Himalayan borders of Nepal and Tibet, is the hidden land of Yolmo, enclosure of snows, also known as Padma Tsal, ‘lotus grove sanctuary’. This area is commonly known within Nepal as Helambu and the Langtang Himalayan mountain range. It is a place visited and blessed by Guru Rinpoche of Odiyana and his consorts. They filled the mountains and valleys with religious and material treasures. (excerpt from Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s film trailer script)
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche has written and published a book called: Guide to the Hidden Land of the Yolmo Snow Enclosure. It’s his wish to produce a film that documents this precious land with its sacred sites, retreat centres and villages.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche was planning to film in April 2020. April is spring in Nepal and many of the retreat centres and villages that are snowbound in the winter months become accessible by road. At this time of year the area is very beautiful, there is snow on the mountain peaks and fresh vegetation and flowers in the valleys.
After speaking with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche about his plans to film in some remote areas, which included remote caves, it was apparent that there would be no access to electricity for many days, so there were a number of technical challenges to overcome for filming at these locations. For example, we would need to charge camera equipment using portable solar power units.
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche kindly sponsored all the costs associated with the trip including travel and camera equipment.
I arrived in Kathmandu on 28th February 2020, and Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche kindly greeted me at the airport. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche had given me a generous offering to make to Khenpo on my arrival.
On 1st March 2020 we left Kathmandu to travel by road to “Melamchim-gyang ” a remote village in Yolmo on the edge of the Himalayas. The following day Khenpo would be leading a three-day practice of reciting the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was a 6-hour journey by 4x4 Jeep winding through mountainous roads. Many of the roads are dirt tracks the width of just one vehicle and accessible only for part of the year.
On our journey, when the sun began to rise, we saw the spectacular sight of the Himalayas, a wall of snow-peaked mountains illuminated by the golden morning light.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche saw this as Guru Rinpoche's blessing, as these were exactly the conditions Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche had been hoping for.
The last part of the journey to Melamchim-gyang is very dramatic. There is a very steep rocky road that climbs high from the river that runs through the valley floor. The village sits dramatically high on the side of a mountain with a wall of snow-peaked mountains towering in the distance. Guru Rinpoche described the mountain like a Queen with a flowing robe. Guru Rinpoche practised here 1,200 years ago and according to Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s book: Guru Rinpoche declared that an Amitabha temple and a great centre for the pursuit of virtue should be established here. The 4th Yolmo Tulku Zilnön Wangyal Dorje (1647-1716) founded such a chapel at Melamchim-gyang in the 7th or 8th decade of the 17th century.
Within and around Melamchim-gyang there are many relics and practice sites of Guru Rinpoche and his consorts. You do get a strong sense that Guru Rinpoche’s blessing is infused into the landscape. Apparently just seeing or hearing about Yolmo valley has enormous benefits.
After our first night in Melamchi-gyang, the following morning Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche started the Vajra Guru mantra practice by beginning with prayers and teaching. Attending was a small group of lamas, monks and a large following of lay practitioners. The Melamchi-gyang temple was destroyed by an earthquake in 2015. The local people are extremely resourceful, they have a small temporary temple made from corrugated iron and the practice took place under a corrugated iron roof. The surrounding landscape was incredibly inspiring for the setting of this practice.
Guru Rinpoche’s Jewel Millstone is found within the temple. According to Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s book, the biography of Yolmo Tulku Tendzin Norbu (1589-1644) records that during his visit to Melamchi-gyan, he showed that Guru Rinpoche’s Jewel Millstone was not turning spontaneously (as people thought), but he made it shake, as witnessed by all present, this was one of the great blessings of the Yolmo valley.
In the afternoon Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche arranged for a guide from the village to take me to the Tharepati pass where we would spend the night in a lodge.
We had a 5-hour hike up the side of a mountain to 3,700 metres. We walked through rain, then hail and finally thick snow. As we climbed higher the snow got deeper. The air is thinner at this altitude which makes it much more physically challenging. I began to struggle with the exertion and recited mantras while walking, which gave me the determination I needed to reach the lodge where we would spend the night.
A relation of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche runs the lodge, he went out of his way to look after us that night and the following morning.
The following morning I started filming before sunrise to catch the breath-taking view of the first light over the Himalayas and the Yolmo valley. As well as shooting aerial footage, we used time-lapse photography. After filming, we set off to climb higher up the mountain, but there had been fresh snow overnight and the snow was sometimes up to my waist, which prevented us from going much further.
Early in the afternoon, we headed down the mountain back towards Melamchi-gyang. On the way down we could hear the Vajra Guru mantra being accumulated in the village, as the chanting echoed around the valley. This was profoundly inspiring.
On our way to Melamchi-gyang Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche instructed us to film “Brang Tshang” which is where Guru Rinpoche’s self-manifested stone throne is located. Local legend says that it was here that Guru Rinpoche taught the dharma to dakinis and beings of other realms.
Also on the rock face are seven self-manifesting stone water offering bowls.
On the upper edge of Melamchi-gyang is one of Guru Rinpoche’s caves known as the Nyin-da Rang-jung Drug-phug, or Meditation Cave of the Self-arisen Sun and Moon, because of the naturally manifested image of the sun and moon on the stone roof of the cave. This was where Guru Rinpoche stayed on retreat before travelling to Tibet.
In the earthquake in 2015, the statues inside the cave were damaged. New statues are being made under the support and guidance of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche. Before the statues are completed they need to be consecrated.
In the early morning, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche led a consecration ceremony. After preliminary prayers, the assembly of Lamas and lay practitioners recited the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, while Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche performed the consecration by inserting a central channel and many precious objects and sacred items into the statues.
During my stay in Nepal I was fortunate to visit Melamchi-gyang three times and witness the work of statue-making within the Guru Rinpoche cave. The statues are carved out of clay and left to dry for several months before they are painted.
This was the final day of the Vajra Guru mantra accumulation practice, concluded with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche leading a Shower of Blessings practice. There was heavy rain throughout the practice, which was an auspicious sign, a manifestation of the shower of blessings.
Leaving Melamchi-gyang village early the next morning we travelled by road to other remote villages and retreat centres.
The roads are very steep dirt tracks. Some of the retreat centres that Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche wanted to visit had become unreachable, as the roads had become damaged and inaccessible.
We visited Tsuti Gonpa, a small, very peaceful retreat centre. This was the practice place of Shakya Sangpo, who was the 15th-century treasure revealer who came to open the door of the Yolmo Holy Secret Land.
Here we went inside a small retreat hut. As we entered I experienced a strong sense of quiet settledness and blessing. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche told me Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche was invited to stay here; he was the Sixth Supreme Head of the Nyingmapa.
Inside the retreat hut Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche looked through a very old Tibetan text that was over 100 years old and written in gold. In the retreat hut there was a glass box with the skull of an ox inside. I was told that this ox had worked hard to help build the retreat centre.
Towards the end of the day, we visited Kachung, where the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa meditated for three years in the Lion Fort Tiger Cave under the direction of his master, Marpa, and planted the banner of spiritual attainment, and perfected his realisation.
We spent the night in a small village. There was a power cut so we had to find a hotel with backup electricity so we could charge our camera equipment for the next day. Out of respect for Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche, the hotel manager allowed us to use all their backup power to charge our batteries.
The next day we travelled and filmed at many more locations. We arrived at Palri Padma Odsal Ling. This temple has a giant Guru Rinpoche statue seated on a mountain, with a stunning backdrop of valleys and distant mountains. The practitioners here were also engaged in a three-day Varja Guru mantra retreat.
I felt very honoured to be travelling with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche; many people extended their kindness to us and went out of their way to be of support.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche had made plans for us to use a helicopter to film and travel to more remote locations. One of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s friends is a very experienced helicopter pilot, and we went to see him many times in order to plan the trip, and we monitored the weather forecast for suitable conditions. On 16th March 2020 when the conditions were favourable, we travelled to the airport early in the morning. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche was very keen for us to set off early because the weather gets cloudy later in the day. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche explained that the local protector did not want us to be there.
Once we cleared airport security I had very little time to prepare. Fortunately, there was a GoPro camera bracket on the outside of the helicopter so we could attach our GoPro camera. I sat in the front passenger seat from where I could open a tiny window, which was just big enough to push a camera lens through.
Taking off from Kathmandu airport, we flew across the city and then north across the surrounding mountains towards the Himalayas.
We landed at Melamchi-gyang village to drop off fuel for our return journey. This lightened our load so we could gain higher altitude on the next flight. We then took off and flew to the top of Yang Ri Khang mountain. Guru Rinpoche mentioned it is a holy mountain. It is also the place where the land protector Amayangri resides. There is a temple that is currently under construction on the top of Yang Ri Khang Mountain. Previously there had been other temples here, but they were destroyed by lightning.
Taking off from Yang Ri Khang mountain, we flew north up the valley to the site of two caves. The first is the Yangdak Chok meditation cave, the meditation cave of Guru Rinpoche and his consorts. The second cave is Tongshong cave, a cave of Guru Rinpoche’s that was reopened by Khyabje Chatral Rinpoche.
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche set foot in this hidden valley and bestowed his blessings.
We had planned to land and film at these caves, but the snow was very deep, which made it impossible for us to land safely. Instead, we flew over the top of the valley and west, high over snowy mountains to a sacred lake. The lake was frozen and submerged in snow. This made it impossible to land safely, not knowing what was solid land and what was frozen water.
Flying on, we landed on a helipad next to the lodge on the Tharepati pass to do some filming, before flying back, and briefly landing at Melamchi-gyang village to refuel, and then flying over southern parts of Yolmo and back to Kathmandu.
Whilst staying in Kathmandu we worked on re-recording some of the audio of the Tibetan dialogue for ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition’ to provide higher quality audio for the sound track. I set up a makeshift recording studio in a spare room at Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s residence.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche played the role of Guru Rinpoche in the original Guru Rinpoche film, so we re-recorded Guru Rinpoche’s Tibetan dialogue for the new edition.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche also arranged for the help of two local Anis (nuns) from Namdroling Monastery to re-record the audio of Dakinis in the film.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche explained that when they filmed the original Guru Rinpoche film, they had to re-record most of the audio after filming because the audio did not record well on set. His Holiness expressed to Khenpo how important it was to get this right, as it is the words that carry the meaning. Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche explained that Namdroling is one of the best Buddhist Institutes in the world, with extremely high standards. Everything that goes out with Namdroling Monastery’s name on it has to reflect those standards.
One day, Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche invited 19 Lamas to do an all-day Puja. The Lamas were from Namdroling Monastery and currently staying in Kathmandu. I had the opportunity to record audio of them reciting the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and the Vajra Guru mantra. I also took pictures of the Lamas’ faces, to use in creating digital characters to take the place as extras in ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition’.
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche was continuously flexible and accommodating in adapting our travel plans due to changing conditions with the coronavirus. During the last three weeks of my stay in Nepal, the country was in full lockdown, so non-essential travel was no longer permitted. As a result, we were unable to continue with our filming plans; and further travel to Yolmo was not possible.
All outward-bound international flights from Nepal were quickly suspended. A few weeks later I was fortunate to be repatriated by the British Embassy, who arranged my return flights to the UK on 8th April 2020.
I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to travel with Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche to Guru Rinpoche’s Hidden Land of Yolmo. I find it reassuring that during these turbulent times there are so many retreat centres with practitioners that are dedicated and committed to the pursuit of Dharma activity.
Out of Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s compassion and kindness, he wishes to make this film in order to share the blessing and benefits of this precious land with others. I am also inspired by Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche’s determination and commitment to fulfil His Holiness’ wishes to uphold and propagate the Dharma within this sacred land.
Since returning from Nepal I find it helpful to remember some advice that Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gave me when I returned from my previous trip to Nepal in 2019: “You do know that Guru Rinpoche is everywhere.” It is very inspiring to visit Guru Rinpoche’s holy sites. But we don't need to be at a sacred place to benefit from Guru Rinpoche. If we have Guru Rinpoche in our heart and mind then Guru Rinpoche’s blessing is with us everywhere.
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...
Grand Opening Ceremony of Palyul Dharma Center New York as witnessed by Thubten Loday Gonpo
The Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center in the Flushing district of New York was established in 2005 by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. Due to its relatively small size, it was deemed necessary to find bigger premises that is better suited to serve the need of the New York sangha....
An Interview with Lama Pasang
Lama Pasang was born in Dolpo, a village 26,000 feet above sea level, next to Tibet in western Nepal. In 1986 at age 16, he went to Mysore, India to receive ordination to become a monk at Namdroling Monastery...
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche visit to Pathgate Institute
Khenpo Nyima Dondrup Rinpoche was born in 1965, in the mountains which are the secret land of Guru Rinpoche called Beyul Yolmo Gangra. Since the age of six he has lived, trained and taken refuge with various great masters including Kunzang Yeshe Rinpoche, Gen Rigdzin Rinpoche, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, and H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche....
Gratitude from a student applying the Teaching
Samten Senge, one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s students from Sydney, Australia, recently received the ‘Simply the Best’, from the New South Wales Government
Review of Pathgate Activities 2018
The main pause in Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s travel schedule came in the summer, when he spent nine weeks leading the Pathgate Summer Retreat in England, with students gathering from around the world to participate.
The Life of Guru Rinpoche Filming expedition in Nepal
As one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s monks, and with a background in digital effects, I am working full time on remastering the film ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche'...
The Filming of ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ in India 2018
This project began when Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, received permission from his root guru, the late Holiness Penor Norbu Rinpoche...
Review of Pathgate Activities 2017
Throughout 2017 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to support Pathgate students by teaching around the world and offering a nine week Summer Retreat.
Latest Report on the film Life Of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition
This project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of the film into English, Chinese and other languages has been ongoing for many years.
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.
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.
HH Yangthang Rinpoche Entered Pairinirvana
His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, the renowned Dzogchen Master of the Nyingmapa tradition, passed into Parinirvana in Hyderabad, India, on October 15, 2016.
The Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche
In complying with Yangthang Rinpoche’s last instruction before his passing into Parinirvana, request for guidance on how to organise the Nirvana Ceremony was sought from H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche. Read on for the Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for HH Yangthang Rinpoche.
Final Teaching From HH Yangthang Rinpoche
HH Yangthang Rinpoche left a letter to his niece's daughter before he passed into parinirvana. This letter should be perceived as the last teaching from HH Yangthang Rinpoche.
HH Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana at age 102
His Holiness Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana in Yanglesho in Nepal on 31st December 2015 and remained in Thukdam (deep meditation) until 5th January 2016.
Review of Pathgate Activities 2015
Throughout 2015 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued his tireless schedule of Teaching and Pathgate continued to support many Dharma activities around the world.
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015
The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015 took place from 30th June to 30th August, offering students nine weeks of retreat, following in the tradition of the Rainy Season Retreat which took place for three months each year in the time of Lord Buddha...
HH Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has entered Mahaparinirvana
His Holiness Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (1926–2015), the Spiritual Head of the Nyingmapa tradition, has entered Mahaparinirvana (Thukdam) the final meditative stage before entering into nirvana, on 23rd December 2015 in Bodh Gaya, India, where he was to attend the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.
The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche
As work continues in the remastering of the movie The Life of Guru Rinpoche, a new short feature ‘The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ and a new official trailer are now available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre...
Review of Pathgate Activities 2014
2014 Saw the enthronement of His Holiness the Fourth Penor Rinpoche Drubwang Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje on the auspicious day of Chokhor Duchen. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued travelling the world to propagate the compassionate activity of the Buddhas, including giving teaching in Japan...
Enthronement of the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche
On the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, Pema Norbu Yangsi Rinpoche - the reincarnation of His Holiness the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche - was enthroned at the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet...
Fund Raising for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme complete
Many thanks to all the students and friends of Pathgate Institute who have supported the fund-raising efforts for the Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Programme at Namdroling Monastery in India, which is now complete...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014
The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014 began this year on the 1st July and lasted nine weeks, finishing on the 31st August. The Summer Retreat was well-attended by retreatants from around the world.
Update: More Funds Needed for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India
Thank you for all the support received to the fund appeal for Namdroling Monastery’s Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme. Nearly £7,000 has been raised, but the appeal is still vastly short of the target...
Important Announcement of Long Life Offering for Yangsi Rinpoche
‘The administrators at Namdroling Monastery in India have made a formal request to students of the worldwide Palyul community to support a Grand Tenshug (long life offering) during this summer’s enthronement of the Yangsi (reincarnation) of our guru, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche...
New Edition of 'The Life of Guru Rinpoche' Film
‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ is a 10 hour Tibetan language film in 15 chapters produced under the direction of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche...
Dharma in the Land of the Rising Sun
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Japan in April 2014 to give a series of Teachings in Nagano and Tokyo...
Fund Appeal for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India
The administrators at Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital are requesting help to fund a Hepetitis B Vaccination programme for the monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery in India...
Review of Pathgate Activities in 2013
To read a review of the activities of Pathgate Institute and of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2013, please read on...
Long Life Prayer of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche (Yangsi Rinpoche)
Following the joyful news that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Yangsi (reincarnated being) has been recognised, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has composed a Long Life Prayer for the reincarnation of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche...
Official Announcement of the Recognition of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Reincarnation
Namdroling Monastery has announced, on 5th December 2013, that the reincarnation of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been reborn in Tibet...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2013
During the nine weeks of the 2013 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching and instruction to the students encouraging them to become a Dharma practitioner with focus on the actual implementing of Dharma into daily life and not as a Buddhist scholar obsessed with endless deliberation of concepts and intellect...
The Relics of HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche
The cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India. The ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of devotees from around the world...
Pathgate Website launched in Romanian language
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has made regular visits to teach in Romania since June 2011. For the benefit of his many Romanian students and followers, a Romanian language version of the Pathgate website has just been launched online...
His Holiness Anniversary Puja
The Pujas to commemorate the Anniversary of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana took place this year at Namdroling Monastery in India as well as at all the Palyul Centres around the world....
The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche – In Five New Languages
‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’, a film written and directed by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje is now available in five additional languages...
Cremation of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche's Kudung
The Namdroling Monastery Management Committee has come to the decision that the cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche will take place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India...
Review of Pathgate Activities in 2012
2012 has been an eventful year for Pathgate Institute. For a review of the diverse activities of Pathgate Insitute in the past year...
Inter-Faith Friendship in Greece
Over the course of many months in 2012, a former Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church and monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict, the Ven. Mgr. Dr George Papathanasiou, has been in regular contact with the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens...
Fund Appeal Success for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital
We are delighted to inform our friends and students from around the world that close to $400,000.00 US dollars were raised for the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital in India...
New Shrine Hall for Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney
On his recent visit to Australia in September, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching at the newly completed shrine hall of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney...
Teachings of Jamgon Miphan Rinpoche at Bodh Gaya in 2013
His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche...
Urgent Fund Appeal for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital
An urgent appeal for funds has been launched to save the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital, which is in danger of being closed down by the Indian government...
Inauguration of Water Storage Tank in India
The inauguration ceremony of a new "Water Storage Tank" sponsored through the Pathgate Partnership Programme was conducted by the Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche on the 19th August at Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2012
The 2012 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat attracted students from as far afield as North and South America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. Comprised of eight separate retreats, it was conducted over eight weeks during the months of July and August, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England...
2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat
The 2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat, which was held from the 6th to the 11th of April, was well attended by students travelling from as far away as Canada, Romania, Italy, Greece, Brussels and Ireland...
Anniversary Puja for HH Penor Norbu Rinpoche
The Anniversary Puja for HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place this year from 22nd - 24th March in Namdroling Monastery in India...
Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is the New Supreme Head of Nyingmapa
Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the throne-holder of the Dorje Drak Monastery, and the head of the lineage of the Northern Treasures, has become the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism...
Palyul is Flourishing Down Under
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has been a frequent visitor to Australia to offer Dharma teaching to students who have interest in learning Buddha Dharma. His presence down under was recently joined by several teachers who belong to the same lineage of the Palyul tradition... His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...
The Passing of Lama Lobsang Choephel
Chakzod Lama Lobsang Choephel, the long-time attendant and the secretary to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...
Update of Construction work at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia
Work continues in the construction of a spacious new extension for the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia...
Food of Dharma at Pathgate Kitchen
Preparing meals in the Pathgate Kitchen offers students the opportunity to apply Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's instruction to cultivate mindfulness through daily activities speak less, smile more and be gentle...
Review of Pathgate Institute in 2011
By the support of lineage blessing, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to propagate Buddha Dharma and support Dharma activities around the world during the course of 2011...
Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011
The Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011 took the form of a Retreat on Classical Medical Qigong Foundation Study...
The Annual Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya 2012
HE Yangthang Rinpoche has graciously accepted the invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of Kagye Desheg Dupa (The Eight Herukas as the Gathering of all the Buddhas)...
Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana at Age 80
Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a prominent master of the Nyingma lineage entered parinirvana in the United States on the 27th December 2011…
Pathgate Offers Christmas Cheer to the Homeless in Newcastle
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje brings Christmas cheer to the homeless people of Newcastle upon Tyne, England..
Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili Visited Pathgate Institute
The Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, His Excellency Malkhaz Songulashvili, visited Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in late November on a fact finding mission to learn more about Buddhism...
Update of Pathgate Activities in Sydney
During his last visit to Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a radio interview, conducted a Tse Thar Ceremony and observed the progress in constructing a new shrine room for the Sydney Pathgate Dharma Centre...
Tara Blessing Beats Down Syndrome
In March this year, Ven Lama Dondrup Dorje received a request for guidance from an Australian student who was in her thirteenth week of pregnancy. She and her husband were alarmed by the result of the Ultra Sound Scan of her foetus...
HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Gave Empowerment To Pathgate Students In Singapore
HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage was in Singapore in November which happened to coincide with one of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's regular visits to the city state....
Family Reunion in Shanghai
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was at a family reunion in China recently to meet up with several family members in Shanghai. He also gave Dharma teaching and refuge to local students during his stay...
Pathgate Offers Water Tank to Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir
In response to a request to Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir, India; the Pathgate sangha in Singapore has collectively raised the funds needed to sponsor the construction of a water tank at the monastery...
Inter-faith Talk at Allen Memorial Methodist Church
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest at the Allen Memorial Methodist Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he spoke of the common goal shared by followers of different religions to transform everyday activity into a living action of love...
H.E. Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche Passed into Parinirvana at Age 88
His Eminence Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, who has served as the Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism since 2010, passed into Parinirvana on 2nd September 2011...
Update on the East Africa Famine Appeal
As the drought in the Horn of Africa continues, an estimated 13 million people now face starvation. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continues to see the humanitarian disaster as a priority of urgent attention...
Pathgate offers friendship and food to the Homeless
Pathgate has been offering friendship and food to the homeless in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England...
Students from 24 Countries attend Pathgate Summer Retreats
Students from 24 countries participated in the seven seperate retreats of is year's Pathgate Summer School in the UK...
Retreat Commenced at the Kunzang Yoedseling in Bhutan
While the Pathgate Summer Retreat took place in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK from the beginning of July 2011, a separate retreat was also started for the Dharma friends of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at the Kunzang Yoedseling Retreat Home in Paro, Bhutan...
New Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest, Romania
During Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's first visit to Romania to give teachings, he responded to requests from the local students to set up a Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest...
Pathgate Easter & May Day Retreats
Students travelled from around the world to attend recent retreats with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in the UK. The six-day Easter Retreat on Classical Chan Ding Taijiquan was followed by a three-day May Day Retreat on Dependent Origination...
Lama Dondrup Dorje Visits the Ancient Capital of Holland
During his recent visit to the Netherlands, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave several teachings on Meditation, Dharma Instruction and Buddhist Medical Qigong...
Second Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana
The second Anniversary Ceremony commemorating the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was held at Namdroling Monastery in India for five days from 2nd April (29th day of the 1st Tibetan Lunar Month)...
Enthronement of Khenpos and Dorje Lopon at Namdroling Monastery
Congratulations are warmly extended to 137 Dharma brothers of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at Namdroling Monastery in India who have recently become the recipients of the degree of Khenpo and Vajracharya...
Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries
A new addition to the Pathgate Institute website is ‘Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries’, where you can find upcoming practice dates and anniversaries in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar...
Teaching Of Longchenpa’s Mengag Rinpoche Dzod At Bodhgaya
Following a change of programme at this year's Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche attended this year’s event to give teaching on Longchenpa's Mengag Rinpoche Dzod (Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions)...
Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11
During the Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a series of vibrant demonstrations to illustrate the reason why Buddhadharma is the foundation of authentic classical internal arts practice...
Pathgate Partnership Programme - Summary for 2010
By the Blessing of the Lineage Gurus, Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide during the course of 2010...
Chariot Of Courage
At the Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat held in August, one of the participants was James O’Shea, who arrived in a wheelchair...
When Drakpa Gyaltsen Met Drakpa Gyaltsen
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has received in this life two Dharma names from his Root Guru His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The first one is Drakpa Gyaltsen when he took his Refuge Vows and the second is Dondrup Dorje when he took his Bodhisattva Vows...
Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
On his return to the UK in July after having completed a teaching tour of the Far East and Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was greeted by the arrival of a most excellent gift of rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo, founder of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), USA.
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2010
The Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat this year offered three retreats during the month of August, taking place in Greece and the UK: a Dharma Foundation Study Retreat, a Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Ngondro Retreat, and a Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana
One of Nyingma's most respected masters, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, passed into Parinirvana at 8:07 PM on June 19, 2010, the auspicious day of Medicine Buddha, at his home, Arya Palo Ling in NY, USA.
Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia
During the month of June and July, Ven. Lama Dondrup gave a series of open teaching based around the syllabus of the Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia, emphasising right conduct in daily activities and the importance of cultivating mindfulness in Dharma practice.
Free Offer of HH Penor Rinpoche Thangka Posters
Working under the compassionate guidance of Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje, a digital thangka of HH Penor Rinpoche was produced in 2007, and was seen and approved by His Holiness before he passed away last year.
Pathgate Help Saved KPC Temple
n late April, KPC (Kunzang Palyul Choling) was on the verge of losing their temple property to the bank, due to being behind with mortgage payments. On being informed of their plight, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje diverted money to KPC to ensure that the temple will be saved.
Yu Shu Earthquake
On the morning of April 14th, an earthquake measuring 7.1 struck the Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture located in Qinghai, the traditional Tibetan province of Kham; the birth place of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
1st Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana
To commemorate the First Anniversary of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana, a Grand Ceremony comprising five days of puja was held at the Namdroling Monastery in India from the 14th to the 18th of March 2010.
First Colour Photograph of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche In India
To commemorate the first anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the Pathgate Gallery has expanded the number of photographs featuring HH Penor Rinpoche to include many rare early prints.
A New Film on HH Penor Rinpoche's Parinirvana Puja Ceremonies
New to the Dharma Theatre is a 39-minute film Tsa Wai Lama Chen, which covered the events during the Mahaparinirvana Puja Ceremonies for H.H. Penor Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery last year.
Palyul Clear Light: A Tribute To HH Penor Rinpoche (1932 - 2009)
To commemorate the First Anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a special tribute edition of Palyul Clear Light magazine has been produced.
The Discourse of Dharmapada Sutra at Losar
The Dharmapada Sutra is a collection of 423 stanzas of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave the commentary of this sutra during the two-day Losar weekend of the Tibetan New Year at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
New Pathgate Study Group in Milan, Italy
In response to requests from students in Italy, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje has recently given his blessing for a new Pathgate Study Group to be established in Milan.
Pathgate Institute Provides Translation Broadcast At The Ngagyur Kama Transmission
A record number of over 3000 Nyingma practitioners attended the Second Ngagyur Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, India this year, for which Pathgate Institute was a principal sponsor.
Christmas Retreat with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave transmission and commentary on Bodhisattvacharyavatara - A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life during the Christmas Retreat at the Pathgate Dharma Centre - Newcastle upon Tyne.
Pathgate Students Welcome New Year with Outdoor Qigong Practice in the Snow
A selected group of Pathgate students who have demonstrated sufficient level of mindfulness in their practice were permitted to attend a two-day form correction retreat on Classical Qigong and Internal Arts.
Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2009
The Pathgate Partnership Programme has continued to sponsor many Dharma projects around the world during the past year, due to the support of students and friends of the Pathgate Institute.
Living without Turmoil
Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave commentary on Patrul Rinpoche's Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam - The Instruction that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Virtuous in the Middle and Virtuous in the End, in the UK at the end of October.
Publication of ‘The Stairway To The Pure Lands’
'The Stairway to the Pure Lands', is the latest prayer book published by Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Epilogue – Wildfires in Greece
After the wildfires in Greece had died down this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje went to Athens, explaining that further rain was needed to help the regeneration of the scorched earth.
Students from 23 countries attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat
Students from around the world gathered in Epidavros, Greece to attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat, held from 17th - 28th August.
Puja of Compassion vs Wildfires in Greece
When raging wildfires broke out in Greece this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, who was conducting the Pathgate Summer Retreat at the time, was requested to do anything he could to help. Hours after he performed pujas as requested, rain clouds gathered over the retreat area and shifted swiftly in the direction of Athens.
Palyul Sangha Attend Lama Choepa In Hong Kong
On the Saturday evening of 27th June 2009, a large congregation in Hong Kong gathered together to attend a special Lama Choepa Puja (prayer ceremony) in honour of the Mahaparinirvana of the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Meaning Of The Heart Sutra
In response to the request of students in Singapore, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a three-hour discourse on the Meaning of the Heart Sutra in Singapore during his recent visit there
Malaysia Welcomes Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje
Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Malaysia in early July to give a series of Dharma teachings to various Buddhist Groups in Kajang, Kuala Lumpa, Cheras, and Petaling Jaya.
Anniversary of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Two weeks after the completion of the Kama Drubcho, and Saga Dawa Duchen celebrations at Namdroling Monastery in India came the 97th Anniversary of the great Dzogchen Master, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912).
Conclusion Of The Forty-Nine Day Puja For The Late Holiness Penor Rinpoche
The ceremony for the final day of the 49 Day Puja following His Holiness’ passing was held on the 28th day of the third Tibetan month (22nd May 2009).
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi visited Namdroling
The reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi, visited Namdroling Monastery in late April to pay respect to the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
37 Retreatants Completed 3 year – 3 Month Retreat
On the morning of the 26th April 2009, 37 retreatants left the Samten Oseling Retreat Centre for the first time in three years after having completed theirthree year-three month retreat practice within the closed-door facilities.
Inauguration of the New Office Building of Ngagyur Nyimgma University
The second of two three-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma University sponsored by the Pathgate Partnership Programme was formally inaugurated and consecrated by HH Karma Kuchen.
Pathgate Sangha Pay Homage to the Kudung of HH Penor Rinpoche
During the month of April 2009, several groups of Pathgate students travelled to Namdroling Monastery to pay homage to the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Mahaparinirvana Ceremony
On the morning of 3rd April at 8.00 am, it was confirmed that His Holinesshad released his body from the meditative state of Thugdam. The Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has now been moved toZangdok Palri Temple.
Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche
Two new Supplication Prayers for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche have been written by HE Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the new Chairman of Namdroling Monastery and of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation
Following the passing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a management committee with six members will hold power at Namdroling Monastery.
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche Entering Parinirvana
After remaining in the meditative state of Thugdam for six and a half days, on the morning of Friday 3rd April at 8.00 am Indian time, HH Penor Rinpochereleased his body from meditation and entered Parinirvana.
Pathgate Study Group Retreats
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has given to his students a massive amount of Dharma teachings over the duration of many years. To give students the opportunity to assimilate these teaching, a series of Pathgate Study Group Retreats have been arranged for their benefit.
New Uniforms for Staff at Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital
New uniforms were recently offered to every staff member of the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, Mysore, South India, which has benefited from long-time support from the Pathgate Partnership Programme.
Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya
The first Kama Transmission organised by The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition was successfully completed on the 25th January in Bodhgaya, India.
Publication of the First English Edition of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book
The finished English translation of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book has now been jointly published by Namdroling Monastery and the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2008
Chiefly due to generous support from the students and friends of Pathgate Institute over the past year, the Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide.
Palyul Times – A New English Magazine for Buddhist Enthusiasts
The first issue of Palyul Times, an English language magazine for the followers of the Palyul Tradition has been published by the Translation Group of the Rigzod Editorial Committee, a section of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute based in Namdroling Monastery.
Meeting Of The Three Buddhist Paths
Shakyamuni Buddha, the World Honoured One turned the Wheel of Dharma three times during his lifetime, giving rise to the three Buddhist Paths. On recent travels overseas, Lama Dondrup Dorje received invitations to visit a Hinayana Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Cyprus, and a Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple in Sydney, Australia.
Milarepa – A Film Trailer
New to our Dharma Theatre is a trailer presentation of Tulku Sonam Rinpoche's production of the story of Tibet’s revered saint, Milarepa.
Completion of Rainy Season Retreat at Namdroling
The annual six week rainy season retreat, known as yarney, was recently brought to a successful conclusion at Namdroling Monastery.
Inter-faith Talk on ‘Meditation and Mindfulness’
Following a request to give teaching on Mindfulness and Meditation at a local church, Lama Dondrup Dorje visited St. Chad's Church in Bensham, Gateshead, UK.
Pathgate Sponsored Second New Building At Namdroling Monastery
The construction of the second of two new 3-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India, sponsored entirely by Pathgate Institute has already been in progress for a few months.
New Book On Animal Welfare
Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare, a Buddhist no-kill dog and bird rescue and sanctuary, is compiling a book to support animal lovers wanting to explore the option of hospice and palliative care for terminally ill or injured companion animals.
A Letter From Mongolia
The Pathgate Institute has for many years maintained an on-going Pathgate Partnership Programme that provides sponsorship on education to many people from around the world. Erdenehuu, from Mongolia, is one such child.
‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’ in wide screen and 12 Languages
This 40 minute film, written and directed by Lama Dondrup Dorje has become a big hit among the devotees of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Mind Training For Mental Health
In June, Lama Dondrup Dorje was invited by the Khmer Workers Forum (KWF) in Sydney, Australia, to give a talk at their monthly meeting. Following this, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave Dharma Teachings and Qigong Seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Phillip Island.
The Heart-Shrine Relic Tour In Athens
The Heart Shrine Relics Tour of the Maitreya Project, which features a unique collection of sacred Buddhist Relics, arrived in Athens early in July. These precious relics include those of Kasyapa Buddha, Lord Shakyamuni Buddha and many great Buddhist masters.
Lama Dondrup Dorje gives TV interview in Greece
While visiting Greece to give teachings at the end of May, Lama Dondrup Dorje was interviewed for a national TV, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens.
Milan Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje
Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Milan, Italy in early June to give a two-day seminar that included Dharma teaching, Meditation and Qigong. As a result of their request, Lama Dondrup Dorje has agreed to return to Milan in September to give further teaching.
Shower of Blessing in Spain
Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Spain in May 2008 to give a series of teaching on Dharma topics, Meditation and Qigong. Auspicious signs of rainbows and unseasonal showers marked the start of three days of teaching.
Pathgate Sponsored Building at Namdroling Near Completion
The construction of a brand new 3-storey building for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India is at the final stage of completion.
Pathgate Students From England Receive Ordination Vows
Three students of Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in England received the ordination of Getshul Vows at the Namdroling Monastery in South India.
New Film on Bodhgaya and Tso Pema
A new film, which follows the journey of a pilgrimage by a group of Buddhists from Taiwan, covers the proceedings of the 17th Nyingmapa Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, and also features Tso Pema (The Lake of Lotus), where Guru Rinpoche subjugated the king of Zahor.
Dharma Foundation Study in Newcastle
Students from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, China, Ireland, Mexico, and the UK, attended an end of year five-day retreat in December 2007 on Dharma Foundation Study with Lama Dondrup Dorje.
Prayer Wheel in Athens
A Prayer Wheel that rotates and projects the mantra of OM MANI PADME HUNG in the form of light onto its surroundings was the main exhibit at an art show in Athens.
New Bond Of Friendship In Australia
During the month of December 2007, Lama Dondrup Dorje spent two weeks in Australia, on a tour which included teachings in Sydney, Melbourne, Philip Island, Upwey and Adelaide.
New Resident Spiritual Advisor For Singapore
Khenpo Tashi Dhargay has been appointed by HH Penor Rinpoche to succeed Khenpo Jurme Kunzang as the new resident Spiritual Advisor of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association in Singapore.
Tibetan Prayer and Mantra
The Tibetan Prayer and Mantra page has been further expanded to include several new prayers, both as audio recordings and printable text.
The Passing Of Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche
On the morning of the 3rd October 2007 in Hong Kong, the Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche, seated in a full lotus meditative posture in his room at the Hong Kong Palyul Dharma Centre, entered beyond this world into the pure realm. He was ninety years of age.
Lama Dondrup Dorje on Radio Australia
Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest of Radio Australia of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during his teaching tour in Australia in June & July 2007. The tour included teachings in Melbourne, Upwey and Sydney.
Medical Team From Taiwan At Namdroling
A team of doctors and medical students from Taiwan spent two months at the Namdroling Monastery in India. During their stay, they gave free talks, conducted medical check-ups and offered follow-up patient care to both the ordained community and the Tibetans in the area.
Palyul Lineage Holders
The Pathgate Gallery has been expanded to include a collection of thangkas depicting the Lineage Holders of the Palyul Tradition, from Mahasiddha Karma Chagmed Rinpoche to the current throne holder, His Holiness the Third Drubwang Penor Norbu Rinpoche.
New Film on Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang
New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film presentation showing a virtual tour of Zangdok Pelri Temple at Namdroling Monastery in South India. Please visit the Dharma Theatre to view Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang (the Light Rays Palace of Padmasambhava on the Golden Copper Coloured Mountain).
New Pathgate Study Groups in Portugal & Melbourne
New Study groups have been formed during Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching tours of the Mediterranean region, and of the Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, in March 2007.
Tse Thar: Life Release in Hong Kong
Tse Thar: The Practice of Ransom and Life Release was held in March 2007 in Hong Kong, to promote the good health and long life of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Lama Dondrup Dorje was there at the ceremony to assist Chodak Rinpoche, the Head of the Hong Kong Palyul Centre.
The Life of Guru Rinpoche - A film trailer
The project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of a 12-hour video production of The Life of Guru Rinpoche into English is nearing completion. A film trailer of the production was recently shown to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche who was very pleased with the result.
Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature
New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film recording an extract from a Two-Day Seminar given by Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2004 in Singapore on the practice of Classical Qigong with focus on Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature.
Pathgate Students Receive Ordination Vows
On the 18th day of the first month of Tibetan New Year, fourteen European students of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies received the ordination of Getshul Vows from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Thanks to Lama Dondrup Dorje making request on their behalf, students were blessed to receive their ordination from His Holiness personally.
Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme
Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme Congratulations to Dr. Sonam Topgyal, who has graduated last summer with a Bachelor degree of Medicine and Surgery in India. Dr. Topgyal was a recipient of an academic sponsorship provided by the Pathgate Partnership Programme.
New Dharma Tale – The Hare On The Moon
New to Dharma Tales is the story of The Hare On The Moon. This tale of the virtue of sacrifice tells of the past life of Shakyamuni Buddha, when he was born as a hare and offered his own flesh as a meal to a hungry stranger, who was the Lord of Heavenly Beings in disguise.
Pathgate Gallery of HH Penor Rinpoche
New Photo Galleries are now online of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Namdroling Monastery and Thangkas. The gallery of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche includes early pictures as well as many pictures of his compassionate activities in more recent years.
Pathgate Dharma Centre - Athens
The first phase of development of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens was completed in october 2006, and opened for meditation and regular puja practice.
The Heart Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom
New to the Pathgate Theatre this month is a film entitled ‘A Discourse on the Heart Sutra Through the Manifestation Of Classical Qigong Practice’. The film is condensed presentation from the original programme filmed in 1997 at the 6th International Chinese Internal Arts Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
The Photo Gallery of Buddhist Art features over eighty rare pieces of antique Buddhist artefacts from Tibet, China, and South Korea.
Animated Feature of Jataka Tales
New to the Dharma Theatre, is the first of Pathgate Theatre’s animated production which features the Jataka Tale of ‘With Wings That Fly Not’.
Summer Retreat in Greece
The Pathgate Summer Retreat took place this year at Epidavros in Greece during the month of August. The retreat included first time participants from Australia, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, and UK.
Buddhist Medicine in Athens
Invited by the members of the Palyul Sangha International in Greece, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a private teaching to students on the Healing Power of Buddhist Medicine.
Guru Yoga teaching by H.H. Penor Rinpoche
In the Autumn of 2005, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche gave a teaching on Guru Yoga to the members of the Orgyen Mahaguru Society in Taipei, Taiwan. A film trailer of this teaching is available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre.
Namcho Retreat - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma
A four-day Easter Retreat on Namcho Ngondro - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, was successfully completed in April 2006.
Congratulations to sponsored students
We would like to congratulate six of our sponsored students on their recent accomplishments; and also wish to welcome seven new students to our Pathgate Sponsorship programme.
Seminars for the Pathgate Sangha in Dublin, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore
During May and June 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teachings in Ireland, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Dharma Teaching and Taiji Picnic
On 30th April to 1st of May 2005, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a two day seminar on Lojong, the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation, followed by a Taiji Picnic.
Pathgate students in month long retreat in Namdroling Monastery, India
In February 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje took a group of eighteen students to the Namdroling Monastery in India to attend the month long Ngondro retreat given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Medical equipment for the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital
A large consignment of medical equipment and supplies were presented by Lama Dondrup Dorje to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in February 2005, before being delivered to the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital which is administrated by Namdroling Monastery.
English edition of the Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer Book published
The translation of the prayer book, ‘Wish-Granting Attainments’ is now complete and in print, published jointly by Namdroling Monastery and Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in March 2005.
New Computers for Namdroling Monastery
Since May 2004, one dozen desktop computers, in addition to laptop computers, printers, scanners, UPS (power supply units) and other office equipment has been procured for the Namdroling Monastery
Arlikumari Nursery School is still sound and standing
A recent revisit by Lama Dondrup Dorje to the Arlikumari Nursery School in Bylakuppe, South India, found the school buildings remained in sound condition. The school first received funding support in 2001 from Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Improved living conditions at the Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling, India's largest Tibetan Nunnery
We are happy to report that a number of projects started in 2004 to improve the living condition of Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling have been completed.
Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished
Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished Interior finishing of Padma Sangag Chokorling, a new temple situated at the new camp in Bylakuppe is near completion.