Namcho Tsa Lung Yoga of Self Awareness and Gegsel Exercises
Namcho Tsa Lung Yoga of Self Awareness bears the experience of immediate physical and mental relaxation through the combination of stretching, breathing and inner observation. Working with the inner channels, breath and mind, practitioners are engaging in the threefold-way practice. Gegsel Exercises are the application of energetic movements, vocalisation of certain seed syllables and use of controlled breathing together. These Exercises allow a practitioner to release powerfully the feelings of stress and negative emotions in the upper body and help regulate digestive problems, soothe stomach cramps etc. The balance of inner channels, nerves and organs contributes to a peaceful mind and heart.
Both yoga and Gegsel Exercises are suitable for all Buddhist practitioners from beginners to advanced levels. Namcho Tsa Lung and Gegsel Exercises have been upheld in the uninterrupted transmission lineage from Terton, treasure revealer Tulku Mingyur Dorje (1645-1667) up to Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche will teach about the subtle body energies, the purification process by practicing yoga and Exercises, explain inner and outer winds and tigles (essences) and how all these connect to the five elements and five primordial wisdoms.
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche was born in Dho Tarap, Dolpo, Nepal, in 1982. He became a monk at the age of 9 and was recognized by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the third Dolpo Nyinchung Tulku Rinpoche shortly after. He began his education in Namdroling Monastery in India under the guidance of H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He entered Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the prestigious monastic college of Palyul Namdroling Monastery at the age of 15 in 1997, where he studied, debated and researched the sutra and tantra teachings of Lord Buddha for ten years. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche finished the advanced Buddhist studies in 2007, and was appointed a fully-fledged teacher at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute the year after. He reached the status of university professor thereafter.
Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche has travelled extensively through Asia, Europe and other countries teaching Buddhist philosophy, giving public talks on mind training, conducting health seminars and raising the awareness about Dolpo region in Nepal. He started implementing various health, educational and environmental projects in Dolpo in 2007.
Tintern Village, Travel & Accommodation
Tintern (Welsh, Tyndyrn) is the village and community on the west bank of the river Wye in Monmouthshire, Wales, close to the border with England, about 6 miles north of market town Chepstow. Tintern is designated as a Conservation Area. Few people fail to be moved by their first glimpse of Tintern Abbey. Set in the Wye Valley, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the atmospheric ruins of this Cistercian monastery were recently included in Country Life’s top ten British heritage sites. Already a must-see destination by the 18th century, the abbey has inspired poems by William Wordsworth and Alfred Lord Tennyson and paintings by JMW Turner.
Tintern has touched the world in many ways. It was the centre of industry for hundreds of years – conservation work has revealed that there were countless forges and furnaces along the Wye and its tributaries in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Brass was first made in Britain at the Abbey Forge and it was the first place to make wire on an industrial scale, most notably the first transatlantic cable was made here.
The completion of A466 road in the valley in 1829, and the arrival of the Wye Valley Railway in the 1970s, greatly increased the number of visitors and tourism became the mainstay of Tintern’s economy and remains so today. Besides many nature trails and activities in and around Tintern, there are also many attractions to visit, such as Tintern Abbey, Parva Farm Vineyard, The Old Station Tintern, Stella & Rose Book Shop, Spirit of the Green Man Studio, Silver Circle Distillery etc.
There is plenty of choice of accommodation in Tintern, and the rates are reasonable if the bookings are made in advance. Places include The Royal George Hotel, Parva Farmhouse, The Royal George Tintern, Tintern Abbey Cottage, Tintern Old Rectory B&B; holiday homes such as Cider Mill Lodge, Wye View, Riverside; other homes and cottages to rent can be found on www.airbnb.co.uk., and there are 3 campsites. There are also restaurants, pubs and coffee shops in Tintern for evening meals etc.
The historic market town of Chepstow is just 6 miles away from Tintern, and the bus service 69 runs hourly from about 7am until 7pm every day (weekends reduced schedule) between Tintern and Chepstow. Chepstow has an ageless beauty, modern infrastructure, historic sights, places to stay, see and things to do.
The easiest, and cheapest way to get from London to Tintern is by bus or car. Buses run from London Victoria Coach Station to Chepstow 4 times a day, then there is a short bus or taxi ride to Tintern. Chepstow is connected with London via M4 and M48, with further 10 minutes’ drive from Chepstow to Tintern via A466. Trains go regularly from London Paddington train station to Chepstow via Newport or Gloucester.
Fees and Registration
If you are interested in attending the 4 day Yoga Retreat in Tintern from 9th until 12th July 2020 and wish to register, please email email@example.com. For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Chonyi Wodser on 07865 047875. It is advisable that you look for your accommodation and secure it in advance as Tintern is very popular and busy in summer months. Furthermore, if you are driving or don’t mind a short bus ride, you can consider arranging your stay in and around Chepstow.
The retreat is set to run in Tintern Village Hall, with each day finishing around 5.30pm. Registration will take place on 9th July 2020 in the village hall from 8am until 8.30am, same day the retreat is scheduled to commence. A light vegetarian lunch, teas, coffees and refreshments will be served throughout the day at breaks. There is a car park at the village hall.
Please bring your own seating cushions, mats, blankets etc. for your own comfort. Shoes cannot be worn inside the hall, so it is recommended to wear slippers, flip flops or thick socks. Every little helps to run the yoga retreat smoothly, and mindful conduct towards Sangha, fellow Dharma friends and the local community would be more than appreciated! The 4-day scheduled program and volunteering duties’ list will be announced in due course.
Fee for 4-day Yoga Retreat – GBP 150
Concession for full-time students, unemployed and pensioners – GBP 100
Weekend Fee Admission 11th – 12th July (early finish on Sunday 12th) – GBP 100
Weekend concession for full-time students, unemployed and pensioners – GBP 80
Please register via email, and confirm payment via email. Fees are payable directly to the Palyul Centre UK, the bank details are as follows:
Palyul Centre UK
Sort Code: 30-00-08
Account No: 00998550
We look forward to seeing you at the retreat on 9th July 2020 in Tintern.
Director, Palyul Centre UK.
Prayer text for download!
The Annual European Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat has been helt since 2007. 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 begins with an Introductory Class and Ngondro practice, and ends with the highest Dzogchen practice.
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 and lead the annual Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat again – from 1-12 August 2019. Ven. Pema Rinpoche, Khenpo Sonam Tsewang and Khenpo Dawa will give teachings at the retreat too.
On 10 August, Saturday, at 15:00 Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche will bestow the Dukngal Rangdrol Empowerment – a peaceful Yidam practice from the Longchen Nyingtik (the terma revelation of Jikmе Lingpa). Last year Khenchen Rinpoche bestowed two other Empowerments of the Three Roots – Rigdzin Dupa (the inner Lama practice) und Yumka Dechen Gyalmo (the peaceful Dakini practice). Dukngal Rangdrol is the secret guru practice from the peaceful male vidyadhara section of the same cycle as well.
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Dear Dharma friends,
Below are the dates for the monthly Ngondro Practice for 2019 at the Palyul Centre UK, all from 1pm to 5pm:
Saturday 27th July (Dakini Day so there will be a short tsog practice afterwards)
Sunday 25th August (Dakini Day so there will be a short tsog practice afterwards)
Sunday 29th September
Sunday 27th October
Sunday 24th November
Saturday 21st December (Dakini Day so there will be a short tsog practice afterwards)
Suggested donation: 10 GBP
1-5:00pm, Sunday, 30 June 2019
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.
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.