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Pathgate Sponsors Construction Of Dharma Centre

Khenpo Sangay Wangdi Rinpoche (former Principal of Ngagyur Nyingma University) and other Khenpos and Lopens from Namdroling Monastery have embarked on a project to build a two-story traditional hostel for Khenpos around the premises of the community temple located at the upper region of the village Thrimshing, in the district of Trashigang, Bhutan.

The hostel will be used as a Dharma centre with accommodation for the teaching faculty and about twenty children. The purpose is to nurture a new generation of young monks, nuns and ngakpas to uphold the longevity of the Palyul lineage in Bhutan as the current generation is aging.

With the donation they received from the devotees within Bhutan, they were only able to complete the construction of the first story. Khenpo Sangay Wangdi Rinpoche then wrote to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to request his consideration for support. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche promptly agreed to offer funding for the completion of the whole building. Here are some photographs from a recent inspection of the construction.

The Four Truths And Other Enlightened Factors Of The Noble Beings

Shakyamuni Buddha once had a discussion with bodhisattva mahasattva Manjushri on how sentient beings become ensnared in samsara, and by what means should one apply to attain liberation from this hapless dilemma. The Blessed One begins by first exposed the conceptual errors in viewing phenomena as real, and how this obscurations of the mind can be rectified through cultivating the right view of the noble beings in relation to the four truths, the four application of mindfulness, the eightfold paths, the five faculties, and the seven branches of enlightenment.

The exchange of their dialogue covers the Mahayana doctrine that the notion of the self and the conceptual fixation to it are the origin of karma which cause the arising of samsara. It also highlights a range of mental projections that created problems on the path. The resulting discourse is preserved in the Bodhipaksanirdesa Sutra - The Noble Mahayana Sutra Of The Factors Conducive To Enlightenment. The following is the concise text based on the Tibetan translation of the Bodhipaksanirdesa Sutra.

- 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.

The Meaning And Benefits Of Ordination

Khenchen Pema Sherab conducted ordination for novice monks at Namdroling Monastery in India Khenchen Pema Sherab conducted ordination for novice monks at Namdroling Monastery in India Newly ordained novice monks circumambulated the Golden Temple after the ordination ceremony

Seven years after Shakymuni Buddha attained enlightenment, the Blessed One returned to Kapilavastu, the ancient city state of the Sakya clan, where as Siddhartha Gautama, he lived until the age of twenty-nine before he renounced worldly life and departed from home. Upon his return, many members of the royal family such as his cousins Ananda and even his son Rahula joined the ordained saṅgha in Kapilavastu.

One day, the Blessed One visited the home of his younger half-brother Nanda and asked him why he has not yet join the ordained sangha. Nanda then requested the Buddha to explain the reasons behind renouncing the worldly life of a householder. After hearing the many advantages of becoming an ordained, Nanda still felt reluctant to abandon the worldly life of a lay person. Instead he prefer to make various offerings to the Buddha and his sangha.

The Blessed One then used two analogies to illustrate the rarity of having a precious human birth and the even more rare auspicious conditions to have met the Buddha. The resulting discourse is preserved in the Nandapravrajya Sutra - The Sutra Of Nanda Renouncing Worldly Life.

- 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.

The First Turning Of The Wheel Of Dharma

Chokhor Duchen is one of the four most important Buddhist festivals, which falls on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month of Tibetan calendar. On this day, buddhists celebrate the very first teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha to his human disciples 2600 years ago, at the Deer Park in Sarnath near Varanasi, India.

To his first five disciples, Shakyamuni Buddha revealed the four truths of the noble beings which are: 1. suffering; 2. the origin of suffering; 3. the cessation of suffering; 4. the path leading to the cessation of suffering. 

An account of this teaching is preserved in the Dharmacakra Sutra - The Sutra Of The Turning Of The Wheel of Dharma.

- Extract from a teaching by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. The full text is available to read under the feature of  Chronicle of the Buddha, Bodhisattva and Deity. Click here to see the full list of articles available.

An Introduction To HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s Reliquary Stupa At Namdroling Monastery

After the mahaparinirvana of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche in March 2009, the faculties of Namdroling Monastery seek advice from Kyabjé Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche with regard to the type of activities that would be conducive to find the reincarnation of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche. Among the instructions that were given was to enshrine HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s cremated remains in reliquary stupas to be built at Namdroling Monastery in India, in Bodhgaya and at the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet. Soon after the cremation ceremony of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s holy body was completed in May 2013, construction of reliquary stupas commenced at Namdroling Monastery, Ngagyur Tsogyal Shedrub Nunnery, Bodhgaya, Varanasi and in Tibet.

It was decided that the reliquary stupa to be constructed at Namdroling Monastery would be a Stupa With Many Auspicious Doors (Tashi Gomang Chorten) which was first built by the disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha at Sarnath in Varanasi to commemorate the first ever teaching given at the deer park. This reliquary stupa would be invited into the shrine hall at the ground level of the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory Temple (Zangdokpalri)

- Extract from the first of a four-part teachings on the origin, construction, benefits and practises related to stupa 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.

Stupa - The Enlightened Mind Of The Buddhas

One of the Stupas at the Samye Monastery in Tibet Reliquary stupa of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche at Palyul Thubten Shedrub Chokhor Dargyeling at Bodhgaya in India Reliquary stupa of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche at Ngagyur Tsogyal Shedrub Nunnery in India

From the perspective of worldly knowledge, stupa - the reliquary monument constructed to enshrine the relics of the Buddha and other noble beings - has its origin associated with the caitya, the traditional burial mounds of ancient India.

But for the supramundane beings whose accomplishment in siddhi (ngödrup) enables them to recognise the true state of reality pertaining to the sensuous-sphere, form-sphere and formless-sphere, they behold the three realms of existence as the emanation of the spontaneous self-arising stupas, and the four continents surrounding Mount Meru at the centre of the universe, crowned aloft by the celestial realms of the devas, as the unsurpassable stupas - the expression of the four immeasurables - with two blessed reliquary stupas for each continent. All these stupas are in actuality inseparable from the enlightened mind of the buddhas.

- Extract from the second of a four-part teachings on the origin, construction, benefits and practises related to stupa 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.

The Benefits of Building And Honouring Stupas In Accordance To The Buddha

Stupa of the great terton Mingyur Dorje at the Palyul Retreat Centre in upstate New York, USA Dhamek Stupa built at the site where Shakyamuni Buddha gave his first teaching in Sarnath, India The Peace Pagoda built by Nipponzan Myohoji monks in Vienna, Austria

The benefits of involvement in the construction of a stupa and being part of the auspicious activities of paying homage to a stupa are truly immeasurable. The advantages that can be gained from such actions are reiterated by Shakyamuni Buddha in numerous sutras.

In the Rivyasapariprccha Sutra, it states:

“Great sage, I proclaim that whoever pays respect
To the past Buddhas or the living Buddha,
The merits accumulated are equal.
Because the tathagatas are defined
By their qualities of dharmakaya
And not by their forms.”

In the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra, it states:

“To the stupa of the sugatas,
Even if one offers merely
The sound of a cymbal,
A single flower,
An offering with undisciplined thought
To an image of a sugata,
One will in times behold ten millions buddhas.
Whoever joins their palms in veneration before a stupa,
Be it be two palms together or one single palm,
The head bows for a moment,
Or the body bows just once,
Or prostrates with an absent mind,
To the place where the relics are placed,
Or utters the word ‘buddha’
Just once or a few times,
Will attain enlightenment.”

- Extract from the third of a four-part teachings on the origin, construction, benefits and practises related to stupa 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.

Advice on How To Pray, Circumambulate And Make Offering In Honouring A Stupa

Monks and lay people circumambulate the stupa of the terton Mingyur Dorje at the Namdroling Minastery in India Nuns making light offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India Monks circumambulate around the sixteen stupas at the Namdroling Monastery in India

Incalculable amount of merits can be accumulated from the extraordinary virtues of building a stupa and from the activities of circumambulating, prostrating, praying and making offering in the honouring of a stupa.

Circumambulation (korra) is a most effective means to attain realisation as explained by Atisha:

“If you practise sitting meditation,
Only the mind is involved
Without any virtuous actions of the body or speech.
There is no greater merits than
The practice of circumambulation.”

Circumambulation should be performed with the body, speech and mind unified as one action.

Here are some essential procedure you should adopt in the practice of circumambulation that should be good in the beginning, middle and end as emphasised by Patrul Rinpoche in his teaching Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam.

- Extract from the fourth of a four-part teachings on the origin, construction, benefits and practises related to stupa 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.

The Verses Of The Eight Noble Auspicious Ones

At one time, Shakyamuni Buddha (Sangyé Shakya Thubpa) is staying at Amrapali’s mango grove in Vaisali, a Licchavi youth named Suvikranta (tsel rap), which means ‘excellent skill’, requests teaching from Lord Buddha on how to protect himself from the fear and threat he might encounter in his life. Shakyamuni Buddha reveals the names of eight tathagatas if contemplated regularly will eliminate the aforementioned obstacles in all his undertaking. This discourse is preserved in the Noble Mahayana Sutra Of The Eight Auspicious Ones.

The names of the eight tathagatas are listed in a prayer known as The Verses of Prayer to the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones (phakpha tashi gyepai tsiksu chepa), which was composed in 1896 by Jamgön Mipham Gyatso Rinpoche.

Mipham Rinpoche described that whoever recites the names of these tathagatas is to experience the pristine purity of bliss, fearlessness, attentiveness and serenity of the tathagatas which bring harmony to all strifes and turmoils. Simply hearing their names will generate greater benefit than spending aeons in making offerings to the many buddhas of the three times. Immeasurable amount of benefits can be cultivated by contemplating, reciting and copying the names of these tathagatas.

The mandalas (kyilkhor) of the eight tathagatas, the eight male bodhisattvas, the eight female bodhisattvas, and the eight worldly protectors - are all included in the stanzas of Tashi Gyepa - The Verses of Prayer to the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones.

To recite these verses daily is to pay homage to the Three Jewels and to invoke the blessings of these deities. To chant these verses with firm faith and single-pointed focus will pacify all misdeeds and obscurations, herald the advent of auspicious conditions that will transform all obstacles into beneficial support in one’s pursuit to attain the ultimate goal of liberation.

- 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.

Pathgate Projects Making Progress In Nepal

Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar inspecting the construction of the statue Craftsman working on the Mani Wheel The Mani Wheel before painting is applied

Two projects sponsored by the Pathgate Partnership Programme have been making steady progress in Nepal for the last years. The first one is the sponsoring of the construction of a large statue of Chenrezig - the Bodhisattva Mahasattva who embodies the compassions of all the Buddhas. This statue is being built by special craftsmen in Kathmandu for over two years and is fast approaching final completion. This statue will be airlifted by helicopter to the Nepalese village of Tsak Gaun for a local temple.

The second project, which is also for the village of Tsak Gaun, is an outdoor Mani Dungkhor - a large prayer wheel that is consecrated with rolls upon rolls of the Mani mantra of Chenrezig. The iron that was needed for the construction was airlifted by helicopter to the village due to the remoteness of the location and the difficulties to transport the material by mountainous treks.

Both of these projects are sponsored at the request of Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar to fulfil his aspirations to provide Dharma support for his home village. Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar was the former General Secretary of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation and is currently the Head of a Shedra in Sikkim.

Generosity in Action - Pathgate Offers Assistance to Ukrainian Refugees In Europe

Ukrainian refugees crossing the border into Poland Ukrainian refugees arriving in Romania

Generosity is the first of six bodhisattva practices to promote the awaking attitude of bodhicitta through the perfection of the six paramitas. It embodies the enlightened insight and non-discriminative willingness to offer unconditional support to meet the needs of others, whether that be material resources, physical possession, skills or time.

One of the most important aspects of bodhicitta in action is the non-judgmental acceptance of all beings regardless of their creed or conduct, for the nature of fundamental goodness exists even in the most deluded beings.

A practising bodhisattva is committed to liberate all sentient beings from the anguish of samsara, and is always ready to offer help to all beings when it is feasible to do so. When it is not possible to help them due to the heaviness of their negative karma, such as those who reject the right view of the noble beings in the pursuit of non-virtues or those hapless beings in the avici hell, a practising bodhisattva will pray for the opportunity to be of benefit to them in the future when their negative karma have been purified and exhausted in the lower realms.

His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche was the perfect exemplification of generosity for his king-like bodhisattva practice in the giving of material support to the masses; the giving of Dharma teaching around the world; and the giving of compassion and protection to his devotees against fear. Likewise Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has always lived by his root guru’s example and has never been known to turn his back on anyone requesting for help.

Introducing Dharma to his students aside, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche also offers timely advice and assistance to them in their time of need, whether it is to do with the well-being of their families; financial help to secure procurement of property; capital for start-up business; clothing and essential items they may need; and all kinds of material support that are too numerous to keep a full account of. All these compassionate activities are carried out with little fuss nor fanfare, and are perceived as gifts given unconditionally with no string attached - a sharp contrast to the giving of ordinary people motivated by self-serving desires and expectation of something in return.

The devotion of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche towards His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche is reflected by his continuing support of his guru’s monasteries and Dharma centres over the years which include the sponsoring of buildings construction, furnishing of living-quarters for the monks and nuns; outfitting and renovation of shrines, temples, clinics, nursery and school; medical equipment and medicine for the hospital - the most recent one being the sponsoring of the COVID vaccination program at Namdroling Monastery last year.

When Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC) in Maryland, USA, was given just 5 days to find US$250,000 to pay off a bank loan that was secured against the temple property, it was Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche they turned to for help. The full amount they requested was transferred immediately to meet the deadline of the bank.

When the fundraising activities to establish a new Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center, in New York, USA, came to a complete standstill, it was Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche they turned to for help. The full amount they need was immediately offered by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and processed through the bank on the same day.

Since generosity is the very first bodhisattva practice of the six paramitas, a Dharma practitioner will never dismiss any opportunity to offer help to others. Only the most self-absorbed idiots besotted with wrong views would turn down the opportunity to generate merits in the service of others. One who is preoccupied with mundane interests and is not willing to offer help to others, is in actuality forsaking the true purpose of precious human birth, which is to make full use of one’s limited life-span to accumulate positive conditions that enable us to attain liberation from the bondage of samsara. One who is blessed by the right view is never too busy and always has time to apply the right action promptly for the benefit of others.

Whoever takes pride in ignorance and acts out of grasping in the pursuit of mundane desire, is wasting one’s precious human birth in a worthless chase after the improbable of samsara. One who is obscured by delusion of grandeur is prone to blabbing indiscriminately without restraint, not realising even the tiniest act of self-absorbed transgression can activate a chain of dependent-arising that leads to the destruction of one’s previous positive condition, giving rise to obstacles of one's own making, generating causes of afflictive emotions which invoke hostility from others, depleting what little merits one may have, all the while accumulating more negative karma, and creating more anguish for the present time and infinite future rebirths in the lower realms.

When a student has already received Dharma instruction, yet remains conceited, boastful and pretentious, then it is obvious such a student has not yet put the instruction into actual practice.

On such acts of mindlessness, Gampopa has this to say:

“A practitioner is at fault
When having already received copious instruction,
Yet continues to think like an ordinary being.
When one failed to practice Dharma properly,
It will propel one to the lower realms.”

No one, not even the Buddhas, can undo what one has done in the past. Whatever conditions we have been experiencing in this life are the fruitions of our own karmic actions committed in past lives. The way of the Buddhas is to apply the four opponent powers to repair one’s breach of vows, purifying the results of one’s past negative actions so that positive conditions can be restored.

One of the most effective means to restore positive conditions and to accumulate an increase of merits is the pure practice of generosity as demonstrated by the Buddhas of the three times and explained repeatedly by the teachings of the realised masters.

As the great Tibetan master Santideva said:

"All the suffering there is in this world arises from wishing oneself to be happy.
All the happiness there is in this world arises from wishing others to be happy.”

And, on the nature of karma, Guru Padmasambhava has this to say:

“Nothing exists the way it manifested, it is all caused by our karma.”

Karma is indeed the true cause of all the phenomena we have been experiencing in our lives. While we cannot go back in time to undo the past karmic conditions that lead to the arising of phenomena that we have all been experiencing in the world such as the recent outbreak of war in Ukraine, we can at least do what we can at this present time to help those Ukrainian refugees who are currently displaced in Europe.

Right now, under the guidance of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, Pathgate students are actively involved in the offering of assistance to the Ukrainian refugees in Greece, Poland and Romania. There are four separate reports on these humanitarian activities that are the latest features of the Pathgate News.

 

Ukranian Children Received New Clothes In Greece

The Ukrainian Refugee Centre in Athens has recently moved from the office provided by the Greek Forum of Refugees to a new location in the city. The new premises will give the Ukrainian Refugee Centre the flexibility to stay open for longer hours than before...

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Pathgate Steps Up To Assist Ukrainian Refugees In Athens

Since the 4th of April, Greece began offering Ukrainian refugees temporary protection at the country's regional asylum offices in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and on the island of Crete....

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Pathgate Offers Support to Ukrainian Refugees in Romania

Utilising the convention centre Romexpo in northern Bucharest, the administration of the local City Hall have converted the 15,000 square meters central exhibition pavilion into a refugee centre with 2000 beds....

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Pathgate Students Welcome Ukrainian Refugees To Their Homes In Poland

By the estimate of the United Nations, 2.7 million Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Poland since war broke out in Ukraine. Right from the onset, Pathgate students and their friends in Poland have made many trips to the Polish-Ukrainian border...

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Buddha’s 15 days of Miracles in Losar

The first full-moon day in the Tibetan New Year (Losar) is known as the Day of Miracles (Chotrul Duchen) to commemorate fifteen consecutive days of miracles performed by Shakyamuni Buddha...

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Dharma Practice Q&A

Buddhism has many aspects and rich in heritage. To meet the interests of those who wish to have better understanding of Dharma practice, here is a new Pathgate feature ‘Dharma Practice Q&A’.

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Pathgate Prayer Sessions Streaming Online

Pathgate Institute is now making the streaming of all the daily, weekly and monthly Pathgate Prayer Sessions available online.

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Review of Notable Events in 2021

Pathgate students from various study groups around the world have showed their fortitude in maintaining their Dharma practice during the global covid pandemic...

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Guru Yoga: The Benefits of Remembering the Lama

Guru yoga, literally means ‘union with the nature of the guru’, is regarded in Vajrayana as the shortest path to enlightenment by the profound means of merging your mind with the wisdom mind of the guru....

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The Aspirations Made Aeons Ago That Turned Tibet Into The Land Of Bodhimanda

Bodhimanda (changchub kyil) is a term that originally refers to the very spot of vajrasana (dorjeden), the vajra seat under the bodhi tree by the river Nairanjana in Bodhgaya, India, where Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment...

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The Twelve Great Deeds Of The Buddha

The present epoch of our world is known as the Fortunate Aeon. During the Fortunate Aeon, one thousand Buddhas, of which Shakyamuni Buddha (Sangye Shakya Thubpa) is the fourth, will appear in our universe.

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Heart Advice in Four Lines

Many Pathgate students have been participating in the Palyul Summer Retreat in upstate New York through the internet platform of zoom and recently had the good fortune of receiving teaching from Khenpo Tenzin Norgay on the Heart Advice in Four Lines by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche...

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Dipankara Buddha's Prophecy

Bhadrakalpika Sutra (kalpa zangpo'i do), a teaching given by Shakyamuni Buddha, explains when the world at the end of the previous kalpa was submerged in a great deluge, one thousand golden lotus flowers emerged as the auspicious harbinger of one thousand Buddhas due to appear in the coming kalpa...

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COVID-19 Vaccination For Monks And Nuns of Age Group 18-44 Rolled Out At Namdroling

Namdroling Monastery in India has rolled out the COVID-19 Vaccinations for the monks and nuns of the age group 18-44 on the 30th May 2021.

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Living In Retreat At The Paro Valley of Bhutan

Paro Taktsang (Tigress Lair) is a sacred place situated on the side of a mountain cliff north of Paro in Bhutan. There are many retreat houses. Two of which were established through sponsorship provided by Pathgate Institute....

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The Origin of Tibetan Buddhism

In the first article of a new section on the Pathgate website, 'Gateway to Tibetan Buddhism', Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explains the origin of Tibetan Buddhism and it's four lineages of transmission ....

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Daily Pujas at Namdroling Monastery to Pacify Rising COVID-19 Epidemic Crisis

The monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery have been performing daily pujas since the last week of April in a collective effort to swiftly pacify the Covid-19 crisis that is escalating around the world.....

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The Vesak Month of Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa is the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. It is regarded as the most auspicious month of the year for dharma practice since Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all took place within this period.....

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The 32nd Nyingma Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya

The Great Prayer Festival was modified this year due to the pandemic, with 100 monks making prayers and offerings at the Mahabodhi Temple, supported by prayers at Nyingma monasteries around the world.....

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A Look Back at Notable Events in 2020

Some of the events from the past year that are related to the Palyul community - the Namdroling Monastery in India, the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet, the Pathgate Institute and other Palyul Centres around the world....

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4 Days Trekking To Bring Buddhadharma To The Remote Villages in Nepal

Read the story of Khenpo Tsultrim Tentar, trekking in Nepal to give teaching to the locals of 13 villages, as well as to the children of local schools and the ordained at monasteries ....

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Pathgate Expands Food For The Homeless To Include Families Struggling During Pandemic

Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has increased the support that Pathgate gives for the homeless and families struggling during the pandemic.....

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No Losar Celebration In Namdroling Monastery This Year

Namdroling Monastery had announced there will be no Losar celebration take place in Namdroling Monastery or in any other Palyul branches this year .....

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Kyabje Thubten Palzang Rinpoche Has Passed Into Mahaparinirvana

His Holiness Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche passed into mahaparinirvana on the 10th of January, 2021 (27th day of 11th Tibetan month), dissolving the display of his enlightened mind into Sphere of Ultimate Reality.....

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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....

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Prayer Practice for Epidemics

In response to requests about what practice to follow during the current Coronavirus crisis, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has devised a short practice that proved to be effective during the SARS crisis in 2003.....

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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...

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Gratitude from a student applying the Teaching

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

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2018

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

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2017

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

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

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

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2016

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

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

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

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HH Yangthang Rinpoche Entered Pairinirvana

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

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

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

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Final Teaching From HH Yangthang Rinpoche

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

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HH Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana at age 102

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

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2015

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

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015

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

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HH Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has entered Mahaparinirvana

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

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The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche

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

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Review of Pathgate Activities 2014

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

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Enthronement of the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

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

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Fund Raising for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme complete

Many thanks to all the students and friends of Pathgate Institute who have supported the fund-raising efforts for the Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Programme at Namdroling Monastery in India, which is now complete...

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014

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

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Update: More Funds Needed for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India

Thank you for all the support received to the fund appeal for Namdroling Monastery’s Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme. Nearly £7,000 has been raised, but the appeal is still vastly short of the target...

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Important Announcement of Long Life Offering for Yangsi Rinpoche

‘The administrators at Namdroling Monastery in India have made a formal request to students of the worldwide Palyul community to support a Grand Tenshug (long life offering) during this summer’s enthronement of the Yangsi (reincarnation) of our guru, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche...

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New Edition of 'The Life of Guru Rinpoche' Film

‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ is a 10 hour Tibetan language film in 15 chapters produced under the direction of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche...

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Dharma in the Land of the Rising Sun

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Japan in April 2014 to give a series of Teachings in Nagano and Tokyo...

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Fund Appeal for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India

The administrators at Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital are requesting help to fund a Hepetitis B Vaccination programme for the monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery in India...

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Review of Pathgate Activities in 2013

To read a review of the activities of Pathgate Institute and of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2013, please read on...

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Long Life Prayer of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche (Yangsi Rinpoche)

Following the joyful news that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Yangsi (reincarnated being) has been recognised, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has composed a Long Life Prayer for the reincarnation of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche...

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Official Announcement of the Recognition of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Reincarnation

Namdroling Monastery has announced, on 5th December 2013, that the reincarnation of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been reborn in Tibet...

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2013

During the nine weeks of the 2013 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching and instruction to the students encouraging them to become a Dharma practitioner with focus on the actual implementing of Dharma into daily life and not as a Buddhist scholar obsessed with endless deliberation of concepts and intellect...

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The Relics of HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

The cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India. The ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of devotees from around the world...

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Pathgate Website launched in Romanian language

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has made regular visits to teach in Romania since June 2011. For the benefit of his many Romanian students and followers, a Romanian language version of the Pathgate website has just been launched online...

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His Holiness Anniversary Puja

The Pujas to commemorate the Anniversary of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana took place this year at Namdroling Monastery in India as well as at all the Palyul Centres around the world....

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The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche – In Five New Languages

‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’, a film written and directed by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje is now available in five additional languages...

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Cremation of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche's Kudung

The Namdroling Monastery Management Committee has come to the decision that the cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche will take place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India...

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Review of Pathgate Activities in 2012

2012 has been an eventful year for Pathgate Institute. For a review of the diverse activities of Pathgate Insitute in the past year...

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Inter-Faith Friendship in Greece

Over the course of many months in 2012, a former Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church and monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict, the Ven. Mgr. Dr George Papathanasiou, has been in regular contact with the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens...

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Fund Appeal Success for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital

We are delighted to inform our friends and students from around the world that close to $400,000.00 US dollars were raised for the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital in India...

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New Shrine Hall for Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney

On his recent visit to Australia in September, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching at the newly completed shrine hall of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney...

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Teachings of Jamgon Miphan Rinpoche at Bodh Gaya in 2013

His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche...

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Urgent Fund Appeal for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital

An urgent appeal for funds has been launched to save the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital, which is in danger of being closed down by the Indian government...

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Inauguration of Water Storage Tank in India

The inauguration ceremony of a new "Water Storage Tank" sponsored through the Pathgate Partnership Programme was conducted by the Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche on the 19th August at Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir...

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2012

The 2012 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat attracted students from as far afield as North and South America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. Comprised of eight separate retreats, it was conducted over eight weeks during the months of July and August, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England...

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2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat

The 2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat, which was held from the 6th to the 11th of April, was well attended by students travelling from as far away as Canada, Romania, Italy, Greece, Brussels and Ireland...

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Anniversary Puja for HH Penor Norbu Rinpoche

The Anniversary Puja for HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place this year from 22nd - 24th March in Namdroling Monastery in India...

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Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is the New Supreme Head of Nyingmapa

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the throne-holder of the Dorje Drak Monastery, and the head of the lineage of the Northern Treasures, has become the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism...

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Palyul is Flourishing Down Under

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has been a frequent visitor to Australia to offer Dharma teaching to students who have interest in learning Buddha Dharma. His presence down under was recently joined by several teachers who belong to the same lineage of the Palyul tradition... His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...

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The Passing of Lama Lobsang Choephel

Chakzod Lama Lobsang Choephel, the long-time attendant and the secretary to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...

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Update of Construction work at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia

Work continues in the construction of a spacious new extension for the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia...

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Food of Dharma at Pathgate Kitchen

Preparing meals in the Pathgate Kitchen offers students the opportunity to apply Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's instruction to cultivate mindfulness through daily activities speak less, smile more and be gentle...

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Review of Pathgate Institute in 2011

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

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Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011

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

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The Annual Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya 2012

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

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Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana at Age 80

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

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Pathgate Offers Christmas Cheer to the Homeless in Newcastle

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

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Update of Pathgate Activities in Sydney

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

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Tara Blessing Beats Down Syndrome

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

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HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Gave Empowerment To Pathgate Students In Singapore

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

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Family Reunion in Shanghai

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

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Pathgate Offers Water Tank to Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir

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

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Inter-faith Talk at Allen Memorial Methodist Church

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

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

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

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Update on the East Africa Famine Appeal

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

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Pathgate offers friendship and food to the Homeless

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

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Students from 24 Countries attend Pathgate Summer Retreats

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

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Retreat Commenced at the Kunzang Yoedseling in Bhutan

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

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New Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest, Romania

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

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Pathgate Easter & May Day Retreats

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

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Lama Dondrup Dorje Visits the Ancient Capital of Holland

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

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Second Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

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

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Enthronement of Khenpos and Dorje Lopon at Namdroling Monastery

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

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Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries

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

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Teaching Of Longchenpa’s Mengag Rinpoche Dzod At Bodhgaya

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

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Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11

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

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Pathgate Partnership Programme - Summary for 2010

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

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Chariot Of Courage

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

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When Drakpa Gyaltsen Met Drakpa Gyaltsen

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

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Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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

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Pathgate Summer Retreat 2010

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

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Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana

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

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Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia

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

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Free Offer of HH Penor Rinpoche Thangka Posters

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

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Pathgate Help Saved KPC Temple

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

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Yu Shu Earthquake

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

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1st Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana

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

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First Colour Photograph of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche In India

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

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

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

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

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

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The Discourse of Dharmapada Sutra at Losar

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

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New Pathgate Study Group in Milan, Italy

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

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Pathgate Institute Provides Translation Broadcast At The Ngagyur Kama Transmission

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

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Christmas Retreat with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

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

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

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

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Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2009

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

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Living without Turmoil

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

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Publication of ‘The Stairway To The Pure Lands’

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

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Epilogue – Wildfires in Greece

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

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Students from 23 countries attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat

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

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Palyul Sangha Attend Lama Choepa In Hong Kong

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

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Meaning Of The Heart Sutra

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

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Malaysia Welcomes Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

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

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Anniversary of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

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

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

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

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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi visited Namdroling

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

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37 Retreatants Completed 3 year – 3 Month Retreat

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

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Inauguration of the New Office Building of Ngagyur Nyimgma University

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

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Pathgate Sangha Pay Homage to the Kudung of HH Penor Rinpoche

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

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H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Mahaparinirvana Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche Entering Parinirvana

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

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Pathgate Study Group Retreats

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

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New Uniforms for Staff at Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital

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

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Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya

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

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

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

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Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2008

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

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Palyul Times – A New English Magazine for Buddhist Enthusiasts

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

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Meeting Of The Three Buddhist Paths

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

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Milarepa – A Film Trailer

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

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Completion of Rainy Season Retreat at Namdroling

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

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Inter-faith Talk on ‘Meditation and Mindfulness’

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

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Pathgate Sponsored Second New Building At Namdroling Monastery

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

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New Book On Animal Welfare

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

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A Letter From Mongolia

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

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

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

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Mind Training For Mental Health

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

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The Heart-Shrine Relic Tour In Athens

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

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Lama Dondrup Dorje gives TV interview in Greece

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

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Milan Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje

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

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Shower of Blessing in Spain

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

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Pathgate Sponsored Building at Namdroling Near Completion

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

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Pathgate Students From England Receive Ordination Vows

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

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New Film on Bodhgaya and Tso Pema

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

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Dharma Foundation Study in Newcastle

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

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Prayer Wheel in Athens

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

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New Bond Of Friendship In Australia

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

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New Resident Spiritual Advisor For Singapore

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

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Tibetan Prayer and Mantra

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

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The Passing Of Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche

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

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Lama Dondrup Dorje on Radio Australia

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

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Medical Team From Taiwan At Namdroling

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

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Palyul Lineage Holders

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

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New Film on Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang

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

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New Pathgate Study Groups in Portugal & Melbourne

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

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Tse Thar: Life Release in Hong Kong

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

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The Life of Guru Rinpoche - A film trailer

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

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Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature

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

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Pathgate Students Receive Ordination Vows

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

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Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme

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

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New Dharma Tale – The Hare On The Moon

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

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Pathgate Gallery of HH Penor Rinpoche

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

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Pathgate Dharma Centre - Athens

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

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The Heart Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom

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

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Pathgate Galleries

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

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Animated Feature of Jataka Tales

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

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Summer Retreat in Greece

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

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Buddhist Medicine in Athens

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

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Guru Yoga teaching by H.H. Penor Rinpoche

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

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

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

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Congratulations to sponsored students

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

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

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

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Dharma Teaching and Taiji Picnic

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

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Pathgate students in month long retreat in Namdroling Monastery, India

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

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Medical equipment for the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital

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

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English edition of the Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer Book published

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

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New Computers for Namdroling Monastery

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

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Arlikumari Nursery School is still sound and standing

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

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

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

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Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished

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

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