H.E. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Dear friends, we are pleased to announce that His Eminence Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche (also known as Khenchen Guru) will visit London from 22nd to 26th May 2019. He will give Empowerments and teachings on the Dzogchen Ngondro from the Namcho Cycle “Liberation is in the Palm of Your Hand”, and Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and the teaching of the Four Noble Truths.
Dzogchen Ngondro teachings from the Namcho Cycle
“Liberation is in the Palm of Your Hand”:
Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May from 7pm to 9pm, and on Sunday 26th May from 10am to 1pm at the Palyul Centre UK, 3 Rotherfield Street, London N1 3EE.
Each evening GBP 15 – additional donations welcome.
Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and the teaching
of the Four Noble Truths:
Saturday 25th May from 11am to 4pm (doors open at 10:30) at Greenwich Hindu Temple, 63-67 Bannockburn Road, Plumstead, London SE18 1ET.
GBP 20 for the day – additional donations welcome. Lunch will be served.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name. There are two ways you can pay: via BACS – we will send you our bank details for a BACS transfer – or you can send us a cheque made out to Palyul Centre UK. Once we have received payment we will reserve your place. For more details please contact Lama Dawa at the Palyul Centre UK on 07951 089603.
We have requested Khenchen Guru to teach from Ngondro (preliminary) up to the advanced Togal practice. In the Palyul tradition this would usually take more than three years of full-time, intensive practice. However, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche set up a month-long course each year at the Palyul Retreat Center USA that is completed over a period of seven years (from Ngondro, through Tsalung and Trekcho to Togal) specifically for people who have to work and therefore don’t have much time for studying and practicing Dharma. HH Penor Rinpoche always wished to set up this course in the UK; Khenchen Guru was with HH Penor Rinpoche from the beginning of the Palyul Retreat USA, when these courses first started, over 20 years ago, and Khenchen Guru continues to teach them in Namdroling Monastery and in the USA.
Starting in May with the Ngondro, the foundation of all the teachings and practices of Buddhisim, Khenchen Guru will give Tid-Lung (oral transmission with guidance of meditation) on “Liberation is in the Palm of Your Hand”, and when he returns this autumn, he will complete the Ngondro.
There may be some students who have studied Ngondro and done accumulations of five hundred thousands, and who might think “been there done that!” but it is said the more you practice Ngondro the closer you realise the essence of the Dzogchen, and also it is important to establish a close connection with your lama. Therefore, before you receive the main teachings of Dzogchen and even if you are already practicing higher tantras, you are urged not to miss the start of these precious teachings of the Ngondro.
At the moment, we can only offer the Ngondro for this year, but once the Palyul Centre UK is more financially established and can secure the right environment, we hope to make this monthly retreat available in the UK each year to complete the Nine Yana course.
After you have received the Ngondro oral transmission and guidance from Khenchen Guru, and if you wish to do the accumulation of the practice, we at the Palyul Centre UK are here to support you.
His Eminence Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche:
Khenchen Rinpoche is one of three great Khenchens in the Palyul Lineage, and under the guidance of His main root Guru His Holiness Penor Rinpoche he has made an immense contribution to Buddhadhama, which will impact on many generations to come. He also has a wonderful sense of humour and a very gentle nature, and he is fluent in the English language.
In 1969 Khenchen Guru entered the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan studies at Sarnath, near Varanasi. There he followed a nine-year curriculum in Buddhist studies under his principal teacher, Khenpo Palden Sherab. He graduated with the degree of Acharya in 1978, ranking first overall among the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism represented at Sarnath. His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored his achievement with the award of a silver medal. After graduation he was invited to teach at Palyul Namdroling Monastery in South India. For several years he was engaged in training the young monks and teaching in the monastic college, the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra).
In 1983 he was enthroned as a khenpo by Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. In the Nyingmapa tradition, a khenpo is a professor of Buddhist studies. Khenchen Guru has received all of the major empowerments and transmissions of the Nyingmapa school, from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche; Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. He has done intensive Dzogchen practice under the guidance of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche and other eminent masters including Kjabje Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Kyabje Nyoshul Khenchen Rinpoche. Kyabje Penor Rinpoche has authorized him to represent the Namdroling monastery and teach, confer empowerments and give personal instruction in Buddhist practice.