Palyul Clear Light, Inc. was established in 2005 by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche under the late HH the 3rd Penor Rinpoche's guidance and blessing.
We focus primarily on teachings from the Nyingma tradition, particularly those of the Palyul tradition. Through our publications and our media platform we hope to give as much information as possible and to clarify any misconceptions that may arise concerning the Vajrayana teachings. Also we wish to help people engage with the dharma by providing financial aid for study.
The Late HH the 3rd Penor Rinpoche
The salient fact of the person known as Penor Rinpoche is that he cares for beings ceaselessly, borne by the two wings of pure compassion and perfect wisdom.
The facts of the life of the man known to so many as His Holiness are that:
He was born in Kham, Tibet in 1932 and passed away at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, India in 2009. In those all too brief 78 years he was raised, educated, trained in and accomplished the highest traditions and practices of Tibetan Buddhism to become the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage until the time of his death, and supreme throne holder of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from 1993-2001.
As a refugee in South India after leaving Tibet in 1961, he and a handful of monks set about constructing a new monastery, now one of the largest in the world. Namdroling Monastery houses, feeds, clothes, educates, and provides medical care for more than 5000 monks and nuns. Moreover, His Holiness traveled the world tirelessly, inspiring students, establishing Palyul centers, and preserving and promoting Tibetan Buddhism from Asia to Europe to North America to Australia. He sat in his final meditation on March 27, 2009 and displayed many miracles at that time.
His Holiness the 4th Penor Rinpoche
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HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
From lifetime to lifetime, Pema Norbu Rinpoche and Karma Kuchen Rinpoche have alternately cared for each other from childhood, training each the other in the practices and traditions of the Palyul lineage and thereby insuring the continuity and unbroken quality of the Nam Chö cycle.
As has recurred so often in the past, HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche now cares for the entire Palyul community. Born in 1970 and raised and educated as a monk from an early age, he excelled at his religious studies and practices and was appointed by HH Penor Rinpoche as head of the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet in 1994. There he built many temples, stupas, prayer wheels, and images of deities. He was appointed a lineage holder of the Palyul tradition by Penor Rinpoche in August 2000 and is now the 12th throne holder, overseeing the far-flung Palyul family.
HH Kuchen Rinpoche is known for his strict and pure observance of all the vows of a monk and is thus the embodiment of pure conduct in these degenerate times. He displays a gentle loving-kindness to all, backed by a quiet sense of humor. He has traveled widely, visiting the Palyul centers worldwide.