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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.
In September 2017 Gyangkhang Rinpoche came to London, and while here he asked me to take responsibility for Palyul Center UK. I also received words of encouragement from Muksang Kuchen Rinpoche. Last November, Kyabje Karma Kuchen, the 12th throne holder of the Palyul Lineage, visited London and he confirmed my position, so in December 2018 I officially became Director of the Palyul Centre UK.
I am very honoured to serve my root guru HH Penor Rinpoche in this way. I am also grateful to Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche for their support and blessings. In February I am going to see Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche to receive his teachings and blessings in Nepal. I always consider these six great teachers as the embodiment of the six Paramitas of the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche.
Lama Dawa and I will strive to assist you to the best of our abilities, but am sure you will appreciate that we are 100% volunteers and therefore it is not always possible to do everything that we are asked, despite our best intentions.
Tashi Deleck for Tibetan New Year!
Director Palyul Centre UK
Dear Palyul Friends, Tashi Deleck!
We have already embarked on 2019 and soon it will be Tibetan New Year, Female Earth Pig, which falls on 5th February. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, towards the end of the year we do intensive practices in order to avert all disasters and obstacles for the year to come; having performed the practices, we celebrate the New Year.
To assist us, we have invited Khenpo Dawa from Palyul Germany on whom His Holiness Karma Kuchen bestowed the title of Khenpo last November 2018.
Saturday 26th January from 10 am to 5pm. Medicine Buddha, Kurukulle. Suggestion donation GBP 15
Saturday 2nd February from 10 am to 5pm. Green Tara and Singhamukha. Suggestion donation GBP 15
Khenpo Dawa will be leading practices and giving teachings over two Saturdays (26th January and 2nd February) on Medicine Buddha, Kurukulle, Green Tara and Singhamukha, starting with how to set up a mandala up to meditating on deities. I would particularly recommend that those who received empowerments from Khenchen Rinpoche and Kyabje Kuchen Rinpoche in 2018 take part – these two days will help you with your practice and if you wish to do a home retreat.
Sunday 3rd February from 1pm to 5pm. Gutor Practice to avert obstacles. No charge but any donation is welcome.
Tuesday 5th February Tibetan New Year from 10 am to 5pm, starting with the invocation of Guru Rinpoche and taking Bodhicitta. Tibetan food will be served at 1pm. Suggested donation GBP 10, children under fifteen are free.
Please save the following dates – details of time and venue will be sent nearer the time: 20th May – 27th May – Kenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche will be giving teachings and empowerments.