New Pathgate Study Groups in Portugal & Melbourne
Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has just been to the Mediterranean region where he gave Dharma teachings in Greece, Italy and Portugal.
The first stop was Athens where Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gave four days of teaching at the Pathgate Dharma Centre. This centre is now in full operation. In residence are two of our ordained sangha of the Palyul Nyingmapa Buddhist Association (Greece): Dawa Loday and Dorje Gyaltsen, who will serve as the main facilitators for Dharma activities there. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s next visit to Greece will be for the Pathgate Summer Retreat from 23rd July to 3rd August. For more details, click Summer Retreat.
At Rome in June, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche gave teaching for the first time in Italy. It was warmly received by both local students of Rome and a group who travelled from Sardinia for the teaching.
The next stop on the tour of the Mediterranean region was Portugal. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche first visited Portugal in March this year when he gave a talk on Buddha Dharma.
Due to the public interest he generated, he was invited to return for a second time in June to give a weekend of Dharma teaching, meditation and Qigong. Students not limited to Portuguese attended the seminar. There were students from Italy, France, Germany, Bulgaria and the USA. A new Pathgate Study Group has now been formed for weekly practice of Puja and meditation. The Study Group will be facilitated by long-time students of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche; Sawaswati and Shyam.
We would like to congratulate the forming of a new Pathgate Study Group in Melbourne, Australia. Tsering Lhamo is the facilitator of the Study Group. She has received Dharma teaching and Qigong instruction from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche over a number of years. Members of the Melbourne Study Group will meet weekly for Meditation, Qigong practice, Puja and Dharma discussion. To lend support to the forming of this new Study Group, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche visited Melbourne in late March to give a weekend seminar on Buddha Dharma, Meditation and Classical Qigong to a group of local students. They were joined by other students from Sydney who flew in specifically to invite Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to give similar teaching to the Asian community they represented in Sydney in his next visit. Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has now agreed to return to Melbourne and Sydney around late June and early July.