New Audio Teaching: Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind . . . Pathgate Teaching Updates:     England: 25th - 27th May 2019 ...   England: 25th June - 1st September 2019 ...    For details visit: Teaching Schedule

Review of Pathgate Activities 2017

Review of Pathgate Activities 2017

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching during the Pathgate Summer Retreat 2017

Throughout 2017, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to travel the world giving teachings and supporting Pathgate students in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Japan, England, Greece, Italy, Romania and Poland. In 2018, students from Poland will benefit from the support a new Polish language version of the Pathgate Website. The Pathgate website is now viewable in English, Greek, Italian, Romanian, Polish, Chinese and Japanese.

Retreatants on the Summer Retreat 2017 at the Pathgate Dharma Centre

The 2017 Pathgate Summer Retreat in Newcastle, England took place during July and August, with many students having the fortunate conditions to be able to attend the entire nine week long retreat. As part of the daily retreat programme, the 2017 Summer Retreat included daily Riwo Sangcho smoke offerings, Vajrakilaya and Tara puja, and many students showed signs of great benefit from the practice. During the Retreat, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued Teachings on the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, which he has been giving throughout 2017.

Daily Audio Teaching has been available each evening in our UK Pathgate Centre for quite some time. This facility is now also available on request to those Pathgate students who have permission from Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje to do so.

Former church being converted into the new New York City Palyul Centre

In August, an appeal for financial support was received from Khenpo Tenzin Norgay who has spent the last ten years trying to raise $1,000,000 US Dollars to purchase a former church in the Queen district of New York City to be converted into an inner city Palyul Centre which is one of the last unfulfilled wishes of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and to that end, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay had managed to raise $600,000 US Dollars which is still some way short of the asking price of the property. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, in response to his request, was able to offer sufficient top up cash to make it feasible for Khenpo Tenzin Norgay to purchase the building on behalf of Palyul Ling International in the USA and to start the renovation process of the building that includes provision of accommodation for the monks who will stay there. The building is currently waiting for the approval of the New York State attorney for the sale transaction to proceed.

Some of the students sponsored by the Pathgate Partnership Programme

Pathgate Partnership Programme continued its ongoing commitments to sponsor the education of the young and for the ordained in various countries such as Mongolia, India and Nepal. Weekly support for local homeless and sick also continued throughout the year. All this is made possible by the generous support of students and friends of Pathgate Institute worldwide. If you wish to support the Pathgate Partnership Programme and become a Friend of Pathgate International, you may do so by clicking Make a Donation.

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

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; the main topic of Teaching during the Pathgate Summer Retreat 2016.

The conducts of the follower of the sage as encouraged in Di Zi Gui are those of filial piety: respecting and loving our parents at home; respecting our elders in the community; being mindful in daily living; being trustworthy; loving all beings while being close to kind and virtuous people; and devoting our remaining time to study.

Visit the Texts page of the Pathgate website to read or download the English text of Di Zi Gui, and to listen to the original Chinese text recited in Mandarin and Cantonese.

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

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

Parinirvana of Lord Buddha
Chenrezig

This project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of the film into English, Chinese and other languages has been ongoing for many years. The entire film has been digitally remastered to high definition with the addition of many new scenes which include replacing original background of painted canvas stage set frame by frame at the rate of 24 hours of rotoscoping for one second of film.

This film comprising ten chapters will be released one chapter at a time. The First Chapter of the Life Of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition is scheduled to be released on the first day of Losar this year. The film will be available with a choice of subtitles in the languages of English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Greek, Italian and Romanian.

Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind (news)

Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind

In the Audio Teaching ‘Abandon Opinions to Bring Peace to the Mind', Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje shows by example how we are creatures of habit, and habitually have opinions of others; giving rise to emotion, and never leading to happiness or peace of mind.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje explains the story of a monk from the time of Lord Buddha, who had difficulty learning and was finally taught by Buddha himself. Lord Buddha’s advice to the monk was:

“Guard your thought. Guard your speech.
Do not let your body act in any way that will cause suffering for you or others.
If you do this way there will be a time where you will come upon the attainment of deliverance.”

Watching with mindfulness over our body, speech and mind, we can abandon unhelpful habits and stop the mind from wandering into having opinions. In this way we can remove the urge to seek mundane happiness in pursuits that only bring us more suffering, and instead can cultivate peace of mind and lasting happiness.

To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s New Year Teaching Schedule 2017

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s New Year Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje with students in Osaka, Japan

Following the conclusion of the Pathgate Winter Retreat in Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje travels to give Teaching in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece and Romania in January 2017.

In February, Teachings will take place in Poland, Italy, Greece and England; before Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje returns to Asia in March to Teach in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

To see details of upcoming Teachings, please visit the Teaching Schedule.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Autumn Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Autumn Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje offering Mandala

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will spend the autumn months travelling to give teachings to students overseas.  In November Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.  In December, he will return to Europe to give teachings in Romania, Italy and Greece, before concluding the year with a Winter Retreat in England.

To see details of upcoming Teachings, please visit the Teaching Schedule.

The Path of How to Attain Liberation - News

The Path of How to Attain Liberation

Thangka of Shakyamuni Buddha

The Audio Teaching ‘The Path of How to Attain Liberation’ continues on from the teaching on ‘Living a Meaningful Life’, and describes the way in which we need to follow the example of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha if we wish to depart from the cycle of birth and death.  

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes to students the discipline in overcoming our many habits, and explains that when we talk of ‘departing from home’, it does not mean departing from the house where you live, but departing from the habits that you have become accustomed to.

Emphasising the importance of applying ourselves in actual practice, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje described the darkness of obscuration and the need to remove such mental poisons as anger and arrogance.  To practise Dharma in the world requires you to have interaction with people, and here Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje describes four things we need to avoid for us to have better relationships with others, emphasising that a proper step to enlightenment is being in the world, interacting with the world and yet not being disturbed by the world.

To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje.

Living a Meaningful Life - News

Living a Meaningful Life

Shakyamuni buddha thangka

When we spend our life obsessed with an endless cycle of attachments and aversions, focussed on our own happiness and on what we want, rather than what we need; the true potential of our life is wasted and leads us away from the path of real happiness. As a follower of Buddhadharma, we should endeavour to bring meaning to our life by keeping the presence of Buddha in our mind, by maintaining the discipline of regular practice, and by following our teacher’s instruction and sharing the benefit of our practice with others.

Within our mind are many aspects. There is the Buddha nature which is our true nature; that of the hungry ghosts, which represent grasping, greediness and stinginess; that of the hell realms, the source of anger, hatred, and negativity. There are also aspects the same as those of the animals, which are ignorance and stupidity; that of the demi-gods which represent competitiveness; that of the gods whose minds are so pre-occupied with enjoying the fruition of the merit they generate that they are unaware of the true nature of suffering in the world.

When the focus of our mind is on Buddha, we can in time awake the qualities of the Buddha nature from within, and in those around us. Practising in this way will bring meaning to our life and give rise to benefits for both ourselves and others.

To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje.

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Spring Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Spring Teaching Schedule

Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje with students at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens, Greece

In May, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will be Teaching in England over both the May bank holiday weekend and the Spring bank holiday weekends, and will also visit Romania, Greece and Italy to give teachings.

In June Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Hong KongSingapore and Romania before returning to England where the Pathgate Summer School will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne from 30th June to 30th August 2015.

To see details of upcoming Teachings, please visit the Teaching Schedule.

Autumn Teaching Schedule for Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

Autumn Teaching Schedule for Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje

en. Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching in Nagano, Japan

After spending the summer in England, leading the Pathgate Summer School, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will be travelling overseas to give teachings around the world. In September, teachings will take place at venues in Portugal, Greece, Hong Kong and Singapore.

During October, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje will give teachings in Italy, England and Romania, before returning to Japan to give teaching there at the end of the month.

To see details of upcoming Teachings, please visit the Teaching Schedule.