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: