The Palyul Centre UK was established after His Holiness Penor Rinpoche visited London at the start of the millennium, and it was his wish that Buddhism, and in particular, the Nyingma tradition, would flourish in the UK. He therefore appointed Pema Rinpoche and his team to set up the UK Centre.
The Palyul Centre UK has been in its present location in London, at Rotherfield Street in Islington for over 15 years. Although it is very small, it has been a valuable base for teachings and practice throughout this time.
The Palyul tradition is part of the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma (early translations) tradition, and Palyul in eastern Tibet is one of the six major Nyingma monasteries. Palyul has over 300 branches across Tibet, and the late Penor Rinpoche was the 11th Throne holder of the Palyul lineage. After fleeing Tibet to India in 1959 he established Namdroling Monastery in south India which now has over 4000 monks and nuns, with branches in Darjeeling and other parts of India as well as Nepal. His compassion and wisdom truly reach across the world. Namdroling is the largest Nyingma teaching centre in the world.
His Holiness Dalai Lama has always praised Penor Rinpoche’s legacy, and particularly his hard work when he established the monastery in the 1960’s. Over the years, the monastery has produced many teachers in the monks and nuns who have served throughout the world and particularly the Himalayan region, and some scholars have even returned to Tibet.
The Palyul Centre UK is a registered Charity and is also closely associated with the Namdroling monastery. Our Sangha is growing but the space is limited and cannot take more than 25 people at a time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend the present building.
Therefore, we are looking for larger premises, closer to the outskirts of London, for around 900,000 GBP. The present building will be sold, and is expected to generate around 300,000 GBP of the capital needed. We are therefore seeking donations for the sum of 600,000 GBP.
Please give generously. Your donation can help us to purchase a new, larger centre, which will benefit many more people. We are greatly encouraged that the Buddhadharma is flourishing here in the UK. In the future, we would like to invite great Khenpos and Rinpoches to come to the new centre and give teachings and practice guidance.
We believe that 2018 will be an auspicious year to begin this exciting initiative. Donations can be made by PayPal:
or you can do it directly at the centre. If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation can be increased by 25% at no extra cost to you through Gift Aid – please click here to access the form.
If you need other options (i.e. to use bank transfer or other money transfer services) please contact us.
Many thanks for your consideration and we wish you a very Happy New Year 2018!
From the Palyul Centre UK Team
As Autumn arrives, we look back at things we have done in the past summer. We may also be looking forward to a cold winter, and planning things to do in the coming summer, or even beyond!
Let’s consider this Autumn, all the trees’ leaves falling yellow and beautiful, things changing around us, and let us sit down together to contemplate impermanence.
The Palyul Centre UK invites you to an “impermanence evening” on Friday 20 October from 7pm to 9pm; we would like you to write a poem related to impermanence which you may experience in your life, no more than between ten and twenty words, which we would like to share together. It’s a free event open to all, and we look forward to seeing you all and hearing your impressions of impermanence! If you are interested, please contact us.
This event sets the scene for the forthcoming course on The Words of My Perfect Teacher.
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Dear friends, we are happy to annonce the London programm of H.E. Khentrul Gyang Khang Rinpoche – head abbot of Namdroling Monastery in South India and one of the three “Heart Sons” of the late H.H. Penor Rinpoche:
1 September 2017 – Oral Transmission (Lung) for the Chod practice “Sound Of Dakini Laughter” (Khadro Gayjang) at Palyul Center UK, 6.30-7.30 pm, 3 Rotherfield Street, Islington, London N1 3EE. This practice is part of the root transmission of the Longchen Nyingthig dharma, that Jigmey Lingpa received as mind treasure from Longchenpa. For more information please contact Dawa Lama (+44 7951 089603).
2 September 2017 – Empowerment of the Three Wrathful Ones – Hayagriva, Vajrapani and Garuda (Ta Chag Khyung Sum) at Woolwich Public Town Hall, 12-5 pm (for details see flyer below). This powerful Buddhist empowerment removes obstacles and fulfils the accomplishments of the path of Dharma.
The First Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche, named Wong Chug, was born in the sacred place of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, in Gangrig (Tibet). Karma Tashi Rinpoche, the fourth throne holder of the Palyul Iineage – one of the six major lineages of the Nyingma Tradition – was his brother. Prophecies in many scriptures of oral transmissions and treasure transmission revealed that he was the emanation of Avalokitesvara, and that countless sentient beings would be liberated through his priceless teachings.
The Second Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche, was named Rigzin Jigme Longdrol, which literally means, “The Fearless Awareness Holder Liberated in the Vast Expanse.” He received education on the Three Baskets of teachings (Tripitaka), namely the Vinaya (Moral Discipline), Sutra (Teachings on Concentration) and Abhidharma (Buddhist Metaphysics), from a variety of excellent gurus. In addition, he also received the Mahayana Teachings, or the teachings of the higher vehicle, as well as the teachings of both the Transmitted Precepts (Kama) and the Rediscovered Teachings (Terma). Rigzin Jigme Longdrol was considered a great master with profound wisdom. In the early part of his life, he made great contributions in propagating the special teachings of the Palyul lineage, while he spent the later part of his life staying in retreat at a holy cave of the Wrathful Guru Rinpoche.
He gave Dzogchen (Great Perfection) Teachings to thousands of students and built many stupas and sacred statues of Buddha. Moreover, he accomplished both the Generation Stage as well the Completion Stage of spiritual practice, inspiring countless visible and invisible sentient beings with his teachings.
The Third Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche was named Pedma Kenzang Tenzin. When he was a child, he often talked with Chenrizing (Avalokitesvara) in person, as if conversing with another man. Later, under the instructions from many great masters he received the entire Kama and Terma Teachings of the Nyingma Tradition, practiced them, and in turn taught them to his disciples, thus making a remarkable contribution in the spread of Buddha dharma for the salvation of innumerable sentient beings.
The Fourth Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche was born in India, and recognized when he was a young child, by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and many other outstanding gurus of his time as the authentic reincarnation of the Third Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche, and a grand ceremony of installation was held.
From a tender age, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche studied the Buddhadharma with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, who looked after him and tutored him as his own child. He was therefore deemed as the Prince of the Dharma, the spiritual son of His Holiness (the successor to the citta-dharma, that is). At age 15, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche received the esoteric teachings of Tantra thus laying the solid foundation for his spiritual practice. At a more mature age, he entered the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, an affiliated school of Palyul Namdroling Monastery, and later an advanced college of Tibetan Buddhism, where he had outstanding academic performance.
Under the guidance of his Root Guru, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and many other outstanding gurus of his time, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche also accepted a complete training in the study of the sutras and tantras, receiving the empowerments, oral transmissions and pith instructions of the whole Kama and Terma teachings of the Palyul Tradition.
During his study at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche served as the Vice Dean for 3 years. In his fifth year of study, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche displayed his profound scriptural knowledge by giving a lengthy discourse on Sangwa Nyingpo (Magical Net Tantra, a Mahayoga Teaching) in front of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and an assembly of thirty thousand people, lay and ordained, from the various Buddhist traditions in Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama praised Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche in front of all, and encouraged him to pass on the pure teachings of Lord Buddha.
At his graduation, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche was honorably conferred the highest degree, and served the post of the Dean of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute of Palyul Namdroling Monastery, India for 3 years thereafter, accumulating his teaching and administrative experiences accordingly. Until today, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche still expounds the scriptures of both Exoteric Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism every year for the more than 6,000 ordained students of the institute, and also confers empowerments and oral transmissions.
Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche is the Head Abbot of Palyul Namdroling Monastery (including its branch monasteries), giving instruction in Kama teachings at the branches of Palyul Namdroling Monastery worldwide and actively engaging in nurturing the Dharma propagators. In the meantime, he also supervises the construction of Bodh Gaya Palyul Namdroling Monastery, India. He frequently preaches around the world, teaches Buddhist courses, conducts retreats, gives instructions on Tibetan yoga and Tibetan Chi practice, etc., as well as publishes Buddhadharma books and complimentary books which enable the Buddha’s teachings to be integrated with living. With a compassionate vow as great as Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche not only wishes to help sentient beings attain a perfect completion of body, mind and spirit through the teaching of the Buddhadharma, but also sets his sights on promoting world peace and purification as the aim of his Buddhist activities.
we are very happy to announce that Ven. Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche – one of the seniormost khenpos in the Nyingma tradition and one of the three Khenchen or ‘great khenpos’ of Namdroling Monastery – will open the annual Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat at the Palyul Retreat Center in Zusch, Germany and give precious techings to the sangha. Recently he came out from a long solitary retreat and will join the retreat im September.
On 16th of September, Saturday, at 3 pm, a 100 Peaceful and Wrathful Deities Empowerment (Shitro) will take place. This is a rare and precious opportunity to receive this elaborate empowerment from the respected lineage master Ven. Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche. This empowerment is essential for those who wish to receive teachings on the ‘Great Liberation By Hearing During The Intermediate State’ to liberate themselves and to benefit and understand the experience of those recently deceased.
The Annual European Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat has been helt for 10 years. It is suitable for beginners as well as for advanced Dharma practicioners. The retreat is called “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” (Tib. Dzogchen Sangye Lakchang). It is held each year at the European retreat center of the Palyul tradition of Buddhism in Zusch, Germany. This authentic retreat, lead by Ven. Pema Rinpoche (Khen Rinpoche Pema Choephel), begins with an Introductory Class and Ngondro practice, and ends with the highest Dzogchen practice.
The Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat offers traditional Buddhist teachings and practice that help to clear negative karma and to develop inner wisdom. By accomplishing the course of study and practice, one can realize the nature of mind and find a path to final liberation from the suffering in cyclic existence.
Ven. Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche was born in 1936, at Riphu, a place in Dege Jomda, in the Kham Province of Tibet. When he was eight, he studied reading and writing Tibetan from his uncle Lama Choesang while herding cattle. At fourteen, he went to Lhasa and studied under masters and scholars of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1953, Shechen Kongtrul Rinpoche bestowed novice vows upon him.
In 1959, he fled from Tibet to India. He met H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from whom he received most of his teachings. On various occasions, he has received many teachings and oral transmission from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche and H.H. Penor Rinpoche. In 1968, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche invited him to come Namdroling to teach the Dharma. Thought at that time, the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute was not established, Khenchen spent a few years teaching the traditional common and uncommon fields of study to small monks of the monastery.
Since the establishment of the Institute in 1978 until nowadays, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche has been teaching in this institute out of compassion and kindness to the students. The teachings that he has dispensed include the common traditional sciences of Tibetan grammar, spelling and poetry. Among the uncommon traditional studies, he has taught many teachings that illustrate the distinct view, meditation, conduct, and fruition of the Nyingma Lineage. For the benefit of future generations, he has composed many books on Buddhist philosophy. All in all, he has taken the responsibility to manage the institute with great compassion to this day. He is also responsible for the spiritual growth of over 5000 monks and 1000 nuns at Namdroling monastery Hence his kindness is unfathomable.
Fees per day: Seminar fee: 50 Euro/ Accomodation: 20 Euro/ Food: 15 Euro
For lower-income retreatants a special discount can be negotiated.
Pictures from the Retreat:
LOSAR TASHI DELEG! HAPPY TIBETAN NEW YEAR!
on February 27 at 10 a.m. we will celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. According to the Tibetan calendar, this will be the Fire Bird (Rooster) year of 2144. We would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the Losar ceremony!
Venue for this event:
Palyul Centre UK
3 Rotherfield Street, Islington,
London N1 3EE
Dear friends, you are kindly invited to join the Tsog Offering
with Ven. Gakar Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Chewang, Khen Rinpoche Tseten Dorje, Acharya Lopen Dawa and Lama Dawa
on Saturday, 24th December, from 14.00-16:00 at Palyul Center UK in London.
We will be happy to see you all there! Best regards!
Suggested donation: 10 GBP
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Gakar Rinpoche was born in the Himalayan region of Dolpo Nepal into the historic Hungtram family lineage. Six months after his birth, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche presided his haircut ceremony and prophesized that the boy would benefit sentient beings, and advised that he should be raised with extra care for the future of Dharma. At the request of the former Gakar Rinpoche’s students to find their Guru’s reincarnation, the supreme head of Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche gave a formal prediction letter to the search party. Soon after the boy was found, H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche recognised him as Gakar Rinpoche – the reincarnation of the Great Mahasiddha Virupa. Subsequently, he was enthroned in his predecessor’s main seat by H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in 2011.
Gakar Rinpoche received his early stage education from his great-grandfather Hungtram Rinpoche as a small boy. He joined Shechen Monastery from the age of eight and has completed all the basic studies including grammar, poetry, science, languages, Buddhist metaphysics, and logic, etc. Under the guidance of H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, he had the privilege to continue his further Buddhist Studies with Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche and a group of selected reincarnated tulkus in Bhutan, and completed his higher Buddhist Studies at Shechen Institute of Advanced Buddhist Studies and Philosophical College in 2015.
Currently, Gakar Rinpoche teaches advanced Buddhist philosophies at Shechen Philosophical College as the senior lecturer (Lopon) and also serves as the chanting master (Uchung) at Shechen Monastery.
you are kindly invited to join the upcoming
Chod practice and Tsog Offering with Ven. Pema Rinpoche
and Acharya Lopen Dawa
on Friday, 9th December, from 15:30-17:30
at Palyul Center UK in London.
We will be happy to see you all!
The Chod practice ‘Sound Of Dakini Laughter – Khadro Gayjang’ is part of the root transmission of the Longchen Nyingthig dharma, that Jigmey Lingpa received as mind treasure from Longchenpa. The Chod practice is about to cut through the one’s own ego-clinging, which is the root of all ignorance and deluded perceptions.