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D.C. AREA

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling, D.C. Area, is under the current leadership of Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th throne holder of the Palyul lineage, as well as our spiritual director, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. This May will be our sixth year of existence.

The past year has been marked by several auspicious events, including two visits (in February and November) by Khenchen Rinpoche, who completed his series of Buddhahood Without Meditation teachings. Rinpoche, accompanied by Lama Rapjee and Lama Jigme, led us in a special tsog in celebration of Lha Bab Duchen, and also offered the Nam Chö Manjushri empowerment.

In October of the last year, we were very honored to have H.E. Rigzin Dorje Rinpoche return to offer a range of teachings, and to bestow the Dzambhala and Lion-Faced Dakini empowerments.

Our center offers basic meditation sessions every Sunday mornin after which we engage various sadhana practices on particular days, including the 100 Deities Practice, Green Tara practice, and Medicine Buddha practice. On Wednesday evenings, we have alternating advanced meditation classes and a book study group meeting focused on Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Beginning in January, we will offer an introductory course in Buddhism to help lay a foundation for our students to engage in the Ngöndro practices.

And with further good fortune, we have welcomed two valuable new board members, Terri Merz and Geoff Edelmann, who join members Chris Engnoth and Keith Matis.

In sum, we are doing well, thanks to the guidance of our lamas and the blessings of our sangha, including the other Palyul centers, who have been so generous with their support. For more information and a more detailed schedule, please visit our website at www.palyuldc.org or email us at palyuldc@gmail.com.   

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FLORIDA

Not long after the start of Palyul Changchub Choling in the small Gulf Coast town of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche was asked to comment on a flier announcing a public talk. “I don’t care that we have lots of people,” he answered. “I just care that someone practices.” In the 14 years since that time, the small center in Florida has indeed some people who practice.

We currently alternate Wednesdays with either a Mini-Meditation Intensive or Ngöndro practice followed by a dharma book study. These activities begin at 6:00 and end at 8:30 p.m. We also do Rigdzin Dupa tsok and Yumka tsok each month, as well as Amitabha Buddha practice along with phowa on the full moon every month.

Last year, Khenchen Rinpoche visited us from January 11th – January 19th. During that week we studied Mipham Rinpoche’s Sword of Wisdom and also received the Mahakala empowerment and teachings. Khenchen Rinpoche returned from January 4th to 11th in 2012, during which time we began studying Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend and also received the Ladrup Thigle Gyachen empowerment, as well as the Medicine Buddha empowerment.

From May 5th to May 8th, Lama Pasang visited our center and taught us how to do the 100 Deities practice and tsok.

The center is situated in a small office building near Pensacola Bay with a shrine room and small dharma store. PCC has been coordinated for many years by Dale and Jelle Roos. It is registered as a non-profit and the current Board president is Jelle Roos. You can contact the center at pcc.florida@mchsi.com or by phone at 850-934-3409.   

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MARYLAND

Kunzang Ödsal Palyul Changchub Choling or Kunzang Palyul Choling or KPC, in Poolesville, Maryland, is the oldest of His Holiness’s Palyul centers in the U.S. Established in 1985, KPC is the home to Jetsunma Akhön Lhamo.

Over the past year, KPC has offered a full schedule of teachings, practices, daily tsogs, and monthly phowa practices for the dead. We have continued to support peace through prayer by maintaining our unbroken 24-hour/7-day-a-week prayer vigil. And we have hosted venerated teachers and masters for teachings and empowerments, including His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, His Holiness Ngawang Tenzin, His Eminence Mugsang Tulku, and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche.

Our other activities have included maintaining and caring for our 72 acres of beautiful gardens and walking trails in Maryland and 14 acres of trails in Sedona, Arizona, which are all free to the public, as well as caring for 30 precious stupas. We have provided support for the Garuda Aviary, a sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned parrots and other exotic birds. And we have continued to provide a food bank for those in need and organized food and clothing drives.

For information about these and other compassionate activities of KPC, please visit our extensive and informative website at www.tara.org. KPC is located at 18400 River Road in Poolesville, Maryland 20837; tel: 301-710-6259.   

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MONTANA

Namdroling Tibetan Buddhist Center, in Bozeman, Montana, was established in 1999 by students of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. Namdroling has grown and remained a center of the dharma over the years, due to the blessings and support of our lamas as well as the generosity and diligent efforts of sangha both near and far. The five-acre site on the outskirts of Bozeman is an established Palyul center with a temple, a retreat apartment, a bookstore, community room, lama residence, and office space. It is a remarkable property that has been blessed by the presence of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, His Eminence Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, and many other renowned teachers of dharma, including Naomi Mattis and Alan Wallace.

Namdroling Montana is fortunate to have our precious teachers and lamas come for teachings, empowerments, practices and lessons on the many aspects of Vajrayana Buddhism several times a year. In 2011 we were blessed to receive the teachings of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche several times. Lamas Pasang and Jigme Tenzin also joined us this past year to help us become more learned and devoted practitioners of the Dharma. We are forever grateful for the kindness of all of our spiritual guides. Under the guidance of Khenchen Rinpoche and Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche, our center maintains a monthly schedule of practices based on the Tibetan lunar calendar. Our practices include Medicine Buddha on the 8th, Rigdzin Dupa on the 10th, Yumka on the 25th, Ladrup Thigle Gyachen on the 30th. Additionally, we hold a monthly reading group, Ngöndro study group, shamatha and tonglen meditation practice, and Vajrasattva and Vajrakilaya practices. We offer an “Introduction to Buddhism” group to the community for several weeks annually. At Losar we hold a prayer vigil in which practitioners commit to reciting the 100-syllable mantra for 24 hours, ending with a Shower of Blessings tsog. On each of the four Buddha days, we practice together, taking the Bodhisattva Vow and doing the Shakyamuni Buddha and Shower of Blessings practices.

Of special significance and uniqueness at Namdroling, Montana, is the Tsatsa house, built under the direction of Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. This blessed house holds the tsatsas of beloved pets. Vajrasattva practice is offered once a month for those in the tsatsa house and all beings. More extensive tsatsa practice is periodically led by Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche to consecrate and bless the ashes of the beloved pets of folks from around the US. More information on this practice is available on our website.

Our center has also been home to Namdroling’s and Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche’s Cyber-Shedra since 2004. Together with Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche, this program has helped to sustain Namdroling and offer the teachings of the Buddha to students worldwide.

We welcome guests, newcomers, and practitioners to join us in all activities. For more information, visit our website www.namdrolingmt.org where we also have an online mala store and sell Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche’s booklet, “Cultivating Loving Kindness.”   

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NEW YORK CITY

The Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center of New York City was established February 23, 2005 by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. Since that time, the Center has sponsored the visits of many lamas to NYC including His Holiness Kuchen Rinpoche, Their Eminences Gyangkhang and Mugsang Rinpoche, and Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche.

We celebrate special holy days and offer monthly Guru Rinpoche Day and Dakini Day tsog practices. Our weekly Sunday practices, led by Khenpo Norgay and Lama Phurba, include a morning program of Riwo Sangchöd, Vajrakilaya, and Green Tara, as well as an afternoon practice of the Twenty-one Dzambhala and Mahakala.

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has been teaching and giving empowerments biannually since we opened in 2005, and Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche gives Ngöndro and other teachings at least twice a year.

Members of the NYC center have been firm supporters of and consistent attendees at the annual Summer Retreat in upstate New York.

Our center is located at 121 Bowery, New York, NY 10002. Tel: 212-219-9832. Web site: www.palyulnyc.org. Email: nyingmapalyulc@aol.com.   

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OHIO

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Ohio is under the blessings of His Holiness Kyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche who established the center in the spring of 2000. We are under the guidance and direction of our spiritual director Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Our temple is located in Richfield, Ohio, and was formally dedicated by H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche in October of 2009. Our schedule features monthly practices for Medicine Buddha, Rigdzin Dupa practice with tsog for Guru Rinpoche Day, Manjushri practice with Bodhisattva Vows, Yumka practice with tsog for Dakini Day, Vajrakilaya and Heart Sutra practice, and the 100 Deities practice with tsog.

This November from the 25th to the 29th, our sangha hosted Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, who led gave a public talk as well as teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend. Khenchen also bestowed the Ladrub Thigle Gyachen empowerment – the “Innermost Secret Guru Yoga” empowerment from the Longchen Nyingtik, and gave a teaching on this practice.

Lama Pasang was at our center from October 12 to December 10th to help our sangha with practices and chöpon duties. He returned from December 22 to January 10th to prepare for the Nyungne Retreat with Khenpo Norgay and lamas Jigmey and Rapjee that took place at our center from January 7th to January 9th. We look forward to Lama Pasang’s return in the spring to help us prepare for the arrival of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche some time in April.

Our website can be accessed at www.palyulohio.org. To contact the center, write to Palyul Changchub Dargyeling, 3750 West Streetsboro Rd., Richfield, Ohio 44286 or leave a voice mail message at 330-659-0468. Our email is pcdo@palyulohio.org.   

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PUERTO RICO

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Puerto Rico Meditation and Study Center was founded in the Fall of 2007 by our spiritual director, the accomplished vajramaster Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, and is directly under the guidance and blessing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and the 12th throneholder H.H Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, along with Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche’s great teaching and practice support.

PCD Puerto Rico’s center is located in the city of Mayaguez, close to the University of Puerto Rico (UPRM). We hold most of our group practices in Nicole Xu’s shrine room, and sometimes we have outdoor, ocean-view beach meditation – really refreshing!

We have more and more friends who want to know about dharma and do practice: An average of 5-8 members like to show up for group practice, though most are e-members who like to learn, study, and contemplate through our center’s e-internet learning and meditation program. More people come to the center itself when we have teachings or empowerments.

Our members come from different places: the United States, Puerto Rico, India, Germany, Columbia, China, Spain, England… we’re very multi-cultural. Among them are eight professors! We are looking for new ways to develop, and we are hoping to find a place for the center in the near future so we can host more dharma activities.

Our center sponsored Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche’s teachings at UPRM in December 2007 and sponsored Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche’s empowerments and teachings in June of 2010 and June of 2011. We are expecting to sponsor more teaching activities and are seeking more people and more sponsors to share the same mandala, work together, and build a wonderful spiritual garden.

Our online activities and resources currently include: an Internet group study of the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva; an e-study of The Words of my Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche; H.H. Penor Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings; selections from Khenchen Rinpoche’s public teachings; and links to other great rinpoches’ webcast teachings and heart advice, such as Venerable Garchin Rinpoche’s heart advice, The 17th Gyalwang H.H. Karmapa’s “The King of Prayers” and teachings on the “37 Bodhisattva Deeds,” and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche’s and H.H Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s heart advice.

At our center, we currently offer a monthly ocean-view group meditation practice, a monthly Buddha Shakyamuni puja, and Guru Rinpoche Day and Dakini Day tsog practices, as well as weekly Riwo Sangchöd, Guru Yoga, and Ngöndro practices.

We wish for our center to become a real spiritual home for the many who wish to find permanent happiness and get rid of suffering, a truly holy refuge to benefit beings, and a place where many great teachers will come and bestow the precious teachings over and over.

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Puerto Rico is temporarily located at Alturas de Mayaguez, #1978 Calle Laliza, Mayguez, PR-00682, or by email at: Nicole_xww@hotmail.com or pcd_pr@yahoo.com. Our website is www.palyulpuertorico.org.   

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SAN FRANCISCO

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling in San Francisco is one the oldest of His Holiness’s U.S. centers. Though PCD-SF does not have one specific location for its center, it has sponsored teachings by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche several times yearly for many years as well as teachings by many other important lamas. In April of 2011, Khen Rinpoche began a series of teachings on White Lotus, Mipham Rinpoche’s explanation of the “Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche,” and he will resume these teachings when he returns to the Bay Area in April of this year. Other recent teachings from Khenchen Rinpoche include Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s “Extracting the Essence of Accomplishment – Oral Instructions for the Practice of Mountain Retreat,” as well as teachings on the instructions of Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, a famous master of Dzogchen and Mahamudra. Khen Rinpoche completed the Nang Jang teachings in the Bay Area in 2007-2008. His Holiness Kuchen Rinpoche visited the Bay Area as part of his North American tour in 2009. PCD-SF’s sponsorship of Nyingma masters’ teachings at various locations in the Bay Area benefits members of many different sanghas.

Alan Schaaf has been arranging things for PCD-SF for many years, although a transition to new leadership is nearing completion. You can reach Alan at 21 Mariner Green Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925, tel: 415-945-9842, or by email at PCD-SF@palyul.org.   

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DALLAS, TEXAS

As the year 2011 wound down and we were able to take a moment to reflect on all the events in our lives and those of our family members, we are so very thankful for the support we have received from our lamas. There have been nine visits in 2011 from the most venerable teachers we could ask for, with His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche’s visit certainly being a highlight. Our trip to Arkansas to hear the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was indeed a momentous occasion as well.

Beginning the year, in January Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche presided over the creation of a sand mandala and bestowed a Vajrasattva empowerment in an event that was our biggest undertaking to date, reaching hundreds of people throughout the city. What amazing blessings we received from Rinpoche’s teachings and empowerment and the extraordinary efforts of the Namdroling lopon lamas who created the beautiful work of art, provided lama dances and musical performances, and helped guide the closing ceremonies, which included the dispersal of the mandala sand into the creek.

Within weeks we were experiencing a Losar like we have never had before, with Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and Lama Pasang Tenzin leading the celebrations. It was during this New Year festival that we generated the funds needed to move forward toward our goal of acquiring the land for our permanent home. Just last month we closed on a beautiful, secluded, and heavily- wooded 30-acre site where our new temple and retreat center will be built.

With guidance and direction from our spiritual director, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, it is our vision to build an authentic Tibetan temple, lama’s quarters, shedra, student hostel, orphanage, and hospice on this property. The temple and related buildings will be surrounded by three lakes, waterfalls, walking trails, hiking trails, meditation gardens, flowering gardens, and wildlife preserves. All will be nestled among the 2,800 trees on the grounds, which is now known as Dechen Tharpa Ling, so named by Khenchen Rinpoche and meaning “Island of Blissful Liberation.”

In addition to the authentic Buddhist temple and monastic compound that will be built here, this facility will serve our community-at-large in other ways. Palyul Dallas will establish a foundation for the preservation of the Nepalese and Tibetan cultures, focusing on such areas as arts, crafts, cuisine, clothing, and language. Palyul Dallas will also reserve a portion of the site for the construction of retreat cabins and meeting halls that can be utilized by those within the Dallas/Ft. Worth community who seek a lush, tranquil, and bucolic setting for personal spiritual quests, family or corporate gatherings, marriage ceremonies, and other such activities. The entire complex will be a self-sustaining green environment with organic food gardens, power supplied by green energy, and many other types of earth enrichment programs that support the planet and its inhabitants as a whole.

Our late August visit from His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche, and the Palyul lopon lamas offered us extraordinary teachings, an empowerment and a visit to the land (with rainbows miraculously included!). To have rain and rainbows in the hottest, driest part of the year–we have to ask ourselves how fortunate we are.

When we received Khenpo Sangje Ranjub right after His Holiness’s visit, it was like a solidifying of all we had just experienced, a master to put us through our paces and show us how to work harder at our practice to benefit all beings. We have still not fully digested the hours of transmission and teaching he gave us, nor the many materials he left with us to help further our practice.

Lama Tenzee Sherpa appeared to us like a healing breeze that touched many people and helped them to reach peaceful places – including Dr. Stuart Mauro, whom he helped guide to peace in Dewachen. How do we thank him enough for these acts of kindness and compassion? He truly gave so much of himself to so many while he was here. We look forward to his return.

Our latest visit from Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche helped us finish the The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life with such a profound message. More beneficial than any other part of the learning process was the in-depth discussion on emptiness we had with Rinpoche as he answered questions from the participants, greatly helping to drive the concept home. His Medicine Buddha empowerment gave us yet more tools to help others in their times of need, and we thank him again for giving so much of himself all year.

Khenchen Rinpoche’s final visit this year was a pith instruction on Dzogchen from the master. His Heart Sutra teachings detailed again the theme of emptiness begun by Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche and conveyed the message so succinctly. His Amitabha empowerment along with phowa teaching gave us powerful tools to help ourselves and others through the toughest times in our lives. We thank him for all he has done in helping us accomplish so much this year and for being such an unfailing support for the challenges we face.

In closing, our thanks go out to all who helped and participated in Dr. Stuart Mauro’s memorial at Dechen Tharpa Ling: It was a glorious day filled with love and admiration for someone who helped start all we are now experiencing and benefiting from. We gave our blessings for his safe travel to Dewachen when his 49th day was celebrated on December 7th with an exceptionally peaceful practice of Amitabha that brought tears of joy for this wonderful person.

As we reflect on these life-altering blessings, it is hard to believe we were able to fit this much into one 12-month period. We did it because of the time, effort, support, prayers, dedications, attendance, financial contributions, and love from all of the many people who helped make these accomplishments possible. For all of this we are most grateful.

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche made his first trip to Dallas, Texas in April of 1998 and at that time formally founded Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Dallas. On Sundays our center offers quiet meditation followed by the chanting of a practice such as Green Tara, White Tara, 21 Taras, Chenrezig, Vajrasattva, Medicine Buddha, Amitabha, Guru Rinpoche and various other deity practices. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 pm for Ngöndro practice. We also make monthly tsog offerings on Guru Rinpoche and Dakini Days and engage in special practice sessions such as the four main yearly festivals, prayer request sessions, or other such occasions, which are announced on the web site and placed on the calendar as they arise.

PCD Dallas can be reached by email through our website www.pcddallas.org. The mailing address is PCD Dallas, PO Box 836408, Richardson, TX 75083-6408.   

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AUSTIN, TEXAS

Palri Pema Od Ling in Austin, Texas was originally founded by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche and continues to benefit from his blessings and teachings. Our center is currently under the direct guidance of H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, our spiritual director Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, as well the many distinguished lamas we count among our teachers. These include H.H. Penor Rinpoche, who bestowed the entire cycle of Nam Chö empowerments in Austin, Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche, Tulku Theglo Rinpoche, Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche, and the ritual master Lama Lobstul, who is currently living and teaching at the center.

In early November, Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche visited our center and began a series of teachings on Shantideva’s Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Just one week later, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche spent several days at our center, bestowing the Yumka Dechen Gyalmo empowerment with teachings, beginning a series of teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, and giving a public talk on Buddhism. Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche returned to us in February 2012 to give a teaching on the “River of Lapis Lazuli” Medicine Buddha practice and continue his teachings on the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

In December 2011, a number of our sangha members traveled to ODD in Alameda for the Rinchen Terzod empowerment with Yangthang Rinpoche. We had been praying for this amazing opportunity for two years due to Gyatrul Rinpoche’s insistence, and we are very grateful that a special donor gifted us with the entire set of texts that were used during the retreat. Lama Lobstul and Kimberly Patterson built and painted a shelf to store these precious pechas while other sangha members wrapped and labeled them in the traditional Tibetan fashion. They now they have a prominent home in our temple.

Losar brought many projects and lots of activity as we prepared for our annual Kunzang Nyima Vajrasattva retreat with Lingtrul Rinpoche as vajra master, which took place in May. Shashi and Ila Reitz and Keith LaCoste from Tashi Choling came to help with preparations, translate, umzed, train, chöpon, make tormas, and generally help with all aspects of the retreat. During this time, Ila also translated for Lama Lobstul as he gave teachings on Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher; a recording of these teachings is now out on CD and available for purchase.

Around the temple, we are currently engaged in a number of improvement projects. Under the guidance of Khenchen Rinpoche, we are stripping and repainting our outdoor prayer wheels, as well as designing a new sign and crafting deer and a dharma wheel for our front gate. We are also in the process of cataloging our extensive dharma library so that we can officially open this amazing resource to the public. We are also seeking to raise funds for a new drainage system to prevent flooding in our lama’s apartment and outdoor kitchen areas.

Meanwhile, we are in the process of preparing for this year’s Kunzang Nyima Vajrasattva retreat presided over by Lingtrul Rinpoche, which will take place just after Losar. Following the retreat, Ila Reitz will remain in Austin for two weeks to translate teachings from Lama Lobstul.

PPOL is located at 605 E. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78751. For more information, visit our website at www.palri.org or send us an email at info@palri.org.   

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ONTARIO, CANADA

Founded in 1984 by the late Ven. Peling Rinpoche, the Palyul Foundation of Canada is based at Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong, a public temple and retreat facility nestled at the base of southern Ontario’s highest peak, Mount Moriah. Surrounded by serene woodlands north of the village of Madoc, the retreat offers private rooms for short- or long-term retreat, as well as regular group practice sessions led by our resident spiritual director, Venerable Lama Jigme, and periodic events with contemporary lineage masters at the centre and elsewhere.

This past April, Ven. Lama Jigme completed a six-month retreat during which time the centre was closed to the public. Shortly after this, construction was begun on Phase I of the Padmasambhava World Peace Temple and continued throughout the summer until its completion in the fall. More information and a photo gallery are available at www.peacetemple.ca.

Throughout the year, weekends emphasizing practice intensives and teaching alternated with Sundays that focused on shamatha meditation and Green Tara practice. During the fall, a reading and discussion group was formed using The Words Of My Perfect Teacher.

In 2010 Ven. Lama Jigme commissioned Tshewang Dorji, a renowned Bhutanese artist living in Toronto, to create a seven-foot tall statue of Shakyamuni Buddha using a traditional mixture of clay and cotton, which will be gold leafed, filled with sacred substances, and placed in a central niche in the centre’s temple. Work has continued on the statue and it will be ready for installation in the summer of 2012.

Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong is located at 1755 Lingham Lake Road, Madoc, Ontario, Canada KoK 2Ko; tel: 613-967-7432. Its email is info@palyulcanada.org and its website is www.palyulcanada.org.   

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OTTAWA, CANADA

The Palyul Dharma Centre Palyul Dhonyag Shedrup Ling, located in Ottawa, Canada, was formally inaugurated by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche on June 29, 2008. It is the manifestation of the sincere intentions of many people who have come together to form the Ottawa Palyul Sangha. This sangha is under the spiritual direction of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.

In addition to our mission to spread the Buddhadharma in Canada, we are dedicated to the support of the numerous children cared for at Namdroling monastery in Bylakuppe, South India. We sponsor medicines, vitamins, hygiene kits, and provide assistance wherever it is needed. On any given day, around 100 students need medical attention for scabies, skin infections, worms, coughs, colds, vomiting, diarrhea, and, of course, the cuts and scrapes that are common among young children everywhere.

In Canada, we continue to provide opportunities at the Centre for receiving teachings from visiting teachers, practicing meditation, and engaging in dharma discussion. In June 2011, we hosted meditation teacher John Yates who gave instruction on the jhana states. In August, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche bestowed an Amitabha empowerment and gave us teachings on the “Seven-Line Prayer” and on Shantideva’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. In October, Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche and Lama Rabjee visited to teach us the chöd practice called “The Bellowing Laugh of the Dakini.” Also in October, Lama Lhanang from California gave us a talk on “Yoga and Meditation,” and a surprise Manjushri lung.

Our ongoing dharma practices at the Ottawa Palyul Centre include an annual Nyungne weekend in the spring and regular Sunday afternoon sessions that alternate general dharma discussion and silent sitting meditation with formal Ngöndro practice. We have formed a Palyul Palliative Care Group which meets monthly on the Tibetan lunar 15th to train ourselves in the practices approved for us by Khenchen Rinpoche – e.g. Amitabha practice, Short Medicine Buddha practice, bardo prayers, and so forth, and to discuss issues surrounding dying and palliative care from a Buddhist perspective. We also meet regularly on the Tibetan 10th and 25th to carry out the Rigdzin Dupa and Yeshe Tsogyal tsok practices, and on the Tibetan 29th to chant the Palyul daily prayers including the Vajrakilaya practice. Coming up this year, we will run a series of courses on mindfulness meditation, and hope to invite experts to offer workshops on palliative care for our group.

Our small Dharma Centre is a rented house with a storage shed and garden. It contains a shrine room that can hold about 30 people, a lama room for our visiting teachers, a small kitchen, and a lending library in the basement where people can relax and browse. We are grateful for many wonderful donations to the library from our sangha and friends.

A long-time student of H.H. Penor Rinpoche, Angela Sumegi, is the founder and director of Ottawa Palyul Centre. Palyul Dhonyag Shedrub Ling is at 1516 Laperriere Avenue, Ottawa, Canada K1Z 7S9; tel: 613-421-5697, or can be reached by email at ottawapalyulcentre@gmail.com. For pictures and other information, visit our website at www.palyulottawa.org.

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BOLOGNA

Schedule of teachings and empowerments by Khenpo Norgay in Italy, Spring 2012

April 25, 2012 – 6 PM – Bologna, Italy
Public talk: Challenges In Practicing Buddhism In Today’s World: The Antidotes To The 5 Poisons

April 26, 2012 – 8 PM – Milan, Italy
Public talk: Nature and Energy of the Dakini Mandala at the Tibetan Studies Center
Via Martinetti 7 – 20147 Milano – Tel. 340/0852285
centromandalamilano@gmail.com – www.centromandala.org
Information and registration : Tel.(+39)340/0852285 , info@mandalasamtenling.org

April 29, 2012 – 2:30 PM –  Graglia, Italy
Medicine Buddha Empowerment and practice at the Mandala Samten Ling Retreat Center
Casale Campiglie 84 – 13895 Graglia Santuario (Biella) Tel. 015/442251
mandala.samtenling@alice.it www.mandalasamtenling.org

April 28 – May 1, 2012 — Graglia, Italy
Namcho Ngondro Retreat at the Mandala Samten Ling Retreat Center
“The Great Perfection: Buddha in the Palm of Hand”

May 2, 2012 – 8:30 PM – Bologna, Italy
Empowerment and teachings for Tara practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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