EMPOWERMENTS FROM THE LONGCHEN NYINGTIK, 18th – 22nd May 2018, with Kyabje Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche

Dear friends,

we are happy to announce that Kyabje Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche will visit London in May 2018.
He will bestow Empowerments from the Longchen Nyingtik (18th–22nd May 2018) at Rigpa in London, organized by Palyul Centre UK.

Kyabje Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche is the senior-most Khenpo in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and among the most important lineage holders in the Palyul tradition.   Khenchen Rinpoche is also the oldest and closest student of the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and worked tirelessly with him from 1968  onwards, when Namdroling Monsastery was being established in Bylakuppe in south India.  Today, he continues to uphold His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s legacy.

Khenchen Rinpoche is one of the last of a generation of authentic Lamas who hold the pure lineage of the Nyingma tradition, both Kama and Terma.  We have all heard of the great masters in the past such as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche and many more; the blessings and the transmission of Dzogpachenpo of these great masters is very much alive in Khenchen Rinpoche’s being, like a beacon shining through the darkness of our present time.

In 2001, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche gave the empowerments of the ‘three root’ sadhanas of the Longchen Nyingtik cycle – Rigdzin Dupa, Dukngal Rangdrol and Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo – at Rigpa in London.  We at the Playul Centre UK felt it would be extremely auspicious, as the world is facing such a chaotic and difficult time, to continue the Lonchen Nyingtik initiations that he began in London.  So we have requested Khenchen Rinpoche to bestow four empowerments over five days at the Rigpa centre.  He has kindly accepted to grant the empowerments of Palchen Dupa, Lama Drakpo Takhyung Barwa, Senge Dongchen, and Vajrasattva.

If you received the three root empowerments from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche last time, it would be a wise decision to receive these additional empowerments and you are strongly encouraged to attend all five days.  And for those who did not receive the empowerments on that occasion, you should not miss this opportunity

On Friday 18th May will be the Tagon, preliminary of the Palchen Dupa (eight Herukas). Door opens at 6pm and start at 7pm, finishing around 9pm   30 GBP – concessions 20 GBP

On Saturday 19th May will be the actual empowerment of Palchen Dupa. Door opens at 12.30 pm, start at 1.30pm, finishing around 5pm   30 GBP – concessions 20 GBP

On Sunday 20th May will be Lama Dragpo Takyun Barwa.  Door opens at 12.30 pm start at 1.30pm, finishing around 5pm  30 GBP – concessions 20 GBP

On Monday 21st May will be Senge Dongchen (Lion-faced Dakini). Door opens at 6pm start at 7pm, finishing around 9pm   30 GBP – concessions 20 GBP

On Tuesday 22nd May will be the Dorsem (Vajrasattva). Door opens at 6pm start at 7pm, finishing around 9pm  30 GBP – concessions 20 GBP

For all 5 days 150 GBP – concessions 100 GBP

Those who would like to take refuge from Khenchen Rinpoche, please let us know by emailing us, and we will try to fit this ceremony in at some point on Sunday.

If we are fortunate to accumulate enough positive karma, we will invite Khenchen Rinpoche to return in the near future to complete the Longchen Nyinthik cycle.

Please book early – it will help us to set up the seating arrangements properly so every one of us can sit comfortably and have the right frame of mind during the empowerments.

Please e-mail Chonyi Wodser at center-uk@palyul.eu with your full name, which days you would like to come or for the whole five days, and how you wish to pay, plus photo of proof of concession (Senior, Student, Unwaged) if relevant.

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 Paylyul Centre UK;  once we have received payment we will reserve your place for the empowerments. 

For more details please contact Lama Dawa at the Palyul Centre UK on 07951 089603 or leave a message on Palyul Centre UK phone number on 020 7359 5964.


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Namchoe Short Ngondro oral transmission, teaching and practice with Ven. Pema Rinpoche, 21 April 2018

Dear friends,

you are kindly invited to join the upcoming Namchoe Short Ngondro oral transmission and teaching with Ven. Pema Rinpoche! The event will take place on 21-st April, Saturdayfrom 2:30-5:00 pm at Palyul Center UK, 3 Rotherfield Street, Islington, London N1 3EE. Suggested donation: 10 GBP.

Ngondro is a collection of practices known as “The Four Foundations.” These practices form the fundamental ground for all Tibetan Buddhist practice and for higher Dzogchen practice. As the foundation of the teachings of the Buddha Dharma, Ngondro consists of contemplation, insight, purification, offering and devotion practices. First are what is known as the outer preliminaries which turn the mind towards the practice through contemplating the preciousness of human birth, impermanence, suffering, how cause and effect (“karma”) work, and so on. Anyone Buddhist or not can practice the outer preliminaries. Second, are the inner preliminaries. This includes Refuge and Bodhicitta (loving-kindness practice), the Mandala Offering, Vajrasattva Purification, and Guru Yoga. Ven. Pema Rinpoche will bestow to the assembly an Oral transmission of the Namchoe Short Ngondro text and will give a teaching about it.

Ven. Pema Rinpoche is a highly qualified Buddhist scholar and senior professor of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute in South India. Khen Rinpoche received many profound teachings and transmissions from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and many other great Tibetan masters.

With the blessings of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche has been teaching and spreading Buddhism in many countries. These include India, Bhutan, Nepal, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, and European Countries such as Greece, France, England, Germany, Bulgaria and Austria. He is the founder and the spiritual director of Palyul Dharma Center Europe, which includes the Palyul Dharma Center in Greece, Palyul Center UK, German Palyul Center and Palyul Center Bulgaria.


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Medicine Buddha teaching and practice with Acharya Lopon Dawa, 14 April 2018

Dear friends,

you are kindly invited to join the upcoming Medicine Buddha teaching and practice with Acharya Lopon Dawa! The event will take place on 14-th April, Saturday, from 2:30-5:00 pm at Palyul Center UK, 3 Rotherfield Street, Islington, London N1 3EE.

Medicine Buddha (Tib. Sangye Menla) is the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings. He is also known as Bhaisaya Guru and is considered the healing aspect of our primordially pure awareness. Through the practice of Medicine Buddha, we attune to this healing aspect of our own primordial nature, using its innate potential to cure all diseases of body and mind. The practice invokes the blessing of Medicine Buddha to heal diseases, overcome obstacles, and achieve happiness for all sentient beings.

There are many Medicine Buddha based healing practices in Buddhism. Out of these, this particular one, called “The Stream of Lapis Lazuli” is a special one, as it is performed from the higher view of unsurpassed tantras. This sadhana was composed by Karma Chagme Rinpoche (Raga Asya) based on the Namchoe space treasure revelations of terton Mingyur Dorje. This is a unique practice of Nyingma tradition and is one of the most effective ones.

Acharya Lopon Dawa studied for nine years at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI), the Branch College of Namdroling Monastery. He graduated from NNI and formally became a Lopon (Master of Buddhist Philosophy and Practice) in the year 2002. In 2003, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche awarded him the traditional degree of Ngesang Lekshed Zodchang (Treasure Holder of Definitive Secret Mantra Teachings). Presently, he is the main assistant of Pema Rinpoche and Resident Lama at the European Palyul retreat center in Zuesch, Germany.


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Chod practice with Acharya Lopon Dawa, 3rd March 2018

Dear friends,

you are kindly invited to join the upcoming

Chod practice with Acharya Lopen Dawa!

The event will take place on

3rd March, Saturday, from 2:30-5:00 pm 

at Palyul Center UK
3 Rotherfield Street, Islington,
London N1 3EE

Suggested donation: 10 GBP

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.

For more information, please contact: center-uk@palyul.eu


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Losar Tashi Deleg! Happy Tibetan New Year 2018!


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Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018!


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Reflections on impermanence – evening event

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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H.E. Khentrul Gyang Khang Rinpoche in London, 1-2 September 2017

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:

H.E. Khentrul Gyang Khang 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.




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Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Retreat, 10-20 September 2017

Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche bestowing an empowerment at Palyul Center in Zusch

Dear friends,

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.

Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche practicing in solitude

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.

Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche shortly after his long solitary retreat in 2017

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:

2012     2013     2014     2015     2016


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Tibetan New Year Puja at Palyul Center UK, 27th of February 2017


Dear friends,

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


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