Samten Senge, one of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s students from Sydney, Australia, emailed to inform Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche of a promotion at work and of being the recipient of an award: ‘Simply the Best’, at the New South Wales Government award ceremony. He wishes to express his utmost gratitude to Rinpoche, seeing that this was a direct result of putting the teaching into practice, and the blessings of his Guru.
Samten was also interviewed by his department media unit, and his video response was played at a company event to all the executives and the Secretary that represents the Minister. The message he gave so inspired people that it was then reflected in the Secretary’s Christmas message to all the Departmental staff. Such recognition by the top leadership is rare and people from all sectors extended their congratulations & support. Samten explained that all he did was to follow the guidance and teachings and extend his support to all, as Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche has demonstrated.
Samten concluded in his email: ‘this recognition is a testament of the teachings given by you Rinpoche. Whenever I apply your teachings, which are not separated from the teachings of the Buddha, the result is astounding. Rinpoche, I thank you for your teachings and guidance and felt incredibly blessed that you have allowed me to take refuge and accept me and my wife as your son & daughter.
Because of your teachings and guidance, I now can fulfil my promise to my parents, to uphold and honour my father’s reputation and not bring disrepute or tarnish my ancestral surname. Rinpoche I wished to dedicate the recognition and merit to all sentient beings and may my wife and I have the merit to be your son and daughter until we attain enlightenment.
Samten Senge, has a long history of back pain that goes back to 1975-1979 during the period known as Killing Field in Cambodia. He was the sole survivor of his family and was forced to work in labour camp under conditions of cruelty and starvation. The malnourishment he suffered had affected his proper physical development as a youngster. In 1983 he was hit by a car shortly after arriving in Australia which caused more complication to his back. In 1996 his spine was further compressed while he was lifting a heavy load. But the serious situation started in 2007, when he went to Cambodia having heard his sister may possibly be still alive. He had to travel on long journeys on rough terrain in his search. Upon returning from the trip, his spine had became inflamed and that compressed the nerve causing severe pains and numbness to the leg, making him unable to walk. The situation then briefly improved but a relapse occurred in 2008 during a back stressing exercise after which he lost all sense of feeling to both his legs and his lower body. He knew that the only person that could help him was Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche and he called Rinpoche immediately. He was instructed to lie still and focus on Rinpoche. Samten was able to walk slowly after 2 days. His back started to get better and was in good shape until he made the same error of working with heavy load which caused his back pain to relapse in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018. The pain became so severe each time that he could not move and had to crawl around. Each time Rinpoche helped him to recover so that he could move freely and pain free.
Due to the recurrence of Samten’s back problem, his doctor in Australia had arranged a spine operation for him. He was admitted to the Liverpool Hospital on the 27 February 2019. When he was about to be administered with general anaesthetic and operated on, another specialist doctor checked his medical report and recommended not to proceed with the surgery. He said that the operation included burning some nerves to stop the pain and once it is done it cannot be undone. After a few questions and answers he said to Samten: “keep doing whatever it is you are doing because it is working.” He then consulted with the main specialist and they decided to cancel the surgery.
The nursing staff were so happy for Samten and said that it’s a miracle. Samten believes this miracle is a direct result of the Guru blessing, for which he is eternally grateful and in awe of the miraculous power of the Triple Gems; as he had requested Rinpoche to keep him in mind on the day of the surgery.
In the New Year Audio Teaching, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche reminds us what we should focus on in the year ahead. Reminding students that the greatest of all acts of virtue is to care for our parents, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche explained that when we have the strong motivation to care for those who genuinely care for us, then both heaven and earth will support us. We should give our parents no causes for concern, and should maintain our own health so we are able to care for them.
If we ignore the consequence of our actions, then we will act in ways which cause us future suffering, so we need to act in a sincere and genuine way, with a foundation of humility. The only reason Buddha came to the world was to show us how to be liberated from the repeated conditions of birth and death; liberating ourself and performing the greatest act of filial piety, which is to liberate our parents from the condition of birth and death. To do so, we follow the guidance of Buddha, which is not a conceptual process, it is a practice that has clear guidelines.
To benefit from the teachings and from the presence of the lama, our motivation is the key; if you are sincere, your mind is at peace. In a sincere mind there is no non-essential activity. To have non-essential thoughts in your mind when you attend the teaching, you will only hear a small bit of the teaching. The rest of what you believed you have heard will be made up of your own interpretation according to what you believe. Only through a quiet and sincere mind will you be able to hear the teaching in its entirety without being distracted by non-essential activities of a busy mind which will only give rise to the arising conceptual opinions and associated emotions.
Why is it so important to have a mind free from non-essential thoughts? Because once you have non-essential thoughts in your mind the next thing is curiosity, and where there is curiosity you will get distracted. The only curiosity you should have in your mind is how to improve yourself - and that comes from the teaching of Buddha.
In all the practices of the teaching of Buddha, it’s not about looking for anything from outside, it’s about discovering your true nature. It’s not about convincing people of what you are doing, it's about the actual practice itself.
To listen to this and other Audio Teachings, or to download them as MP3, please visit Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche.
During 2018, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche continued to support Pathgate students around the world, travelling without a break to give Teachings at Pathgate Centres and venues across Europe and Asia. While in Romania, on 19th April 2018, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche fulfilled a request to visit and open a new Buddhist Centre, ‘Bodhi Dargyeling’ in Pitesti, 120km north west of Bucharest.
The main pause in Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s travel schedule came in the summer, when he spent nine weeks leading the Pathgate Summer Retreat in England, with students gathering from around the world to participate. In addition to the daily routine of teachings, prayers and pujas, physical activity, quiet sitting and audio teachings; students all took part in work on remastering ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ film. Many students spent their evenings rotoscoping, while others worked on costume production and took part in filming at our in-house green screen studio, built with a suspended harness to film flying dakinis, and props to simulate boats, thrones, animals and the like. Outdoor filming often started at 5am, and often continued on into the evening. Work on ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ film also continued throughout the year, with location filming on the English coast, in the Lake District and Scotland, safaris in England and India, location filming in India, and shopping trips for costumes, fabric and props in England, Italy, Romania, Singapore, China, Japan and Australia. Many costumes were purchased, or made to order in Cheng Du, the gateway to Tibet, and others were made by lay and ordained students working throughout the year.
Chapter Two of the film has now been released and has been seen and commended by HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche. Please click here to see film releases to date.
Daily Audio Teaching continues to be offered each evening at the Newcastle Pathgate Centre and have been made available to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche’s students around the world via a student website.
The Pathgate Partnership Programme continued to sponsor education and facilities for the young and the ordained. Essential support continues to be offered to the elderly and the homeless. All this is made possible by the generous support of students and friends of Pathgate Institute worldwide. If you wish to support the Pathgate Partnership Programme and become a Friend of Pathgate International, you may do so by clicking Make a Donation.
This project began when Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, received permission from his root guru, the late Holiness Penor Norbu Rinpoche, to translate the Tibetan script of the film ‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ into English. The original film has 15 chapters and was produced under the direction of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche. The entire film was shot in India and the cast were all monks from the Namdroling Monastery.
The Pathgate Editorial Committee has been working on remastering the film in high definition with new visual effects to replace some of the original footages to enhance the production value of the film. As part of this process, the original painted backdrops that are usually used in theatrical stage production are being replaced by digital 3D environments. To achieve this, we needed more location shooting in India that would properly reflect the relevant architecture within the film. There was also a need to film additional footages that require a cast of more monks and Tibetans. Under the directive of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, it was decided that we would visit Namdroling Monastery as part of the shoot.
Hence, Thubten Loday Gonpo, an ordained member of the Pathgate sangha from the UK and a lay student from Singapore visited India in October 2018. After filming in North and South India at locations such as palaces, forts, grasslands, forests, mountains and waterfalls, they spent the last week of their trip at Namdroling Monastery in Mysore.
‘When we arrived at Namdroling Monastery, we first went to pay our respects to Tulku Ajam Rinpoche, a long-time friend of our teacher, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. Tulku Ajam Rinpoche was a key person heavily involved in the technical aspects of the original film, and he had entrusted Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche with the master copy of the original film for the remastering process.
Tulku Ajam Rinpoche then kindly directed us to the Trustee office of Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation, where we were introduced to Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche, the managing trustee and his team. After Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche spoke with His Holiness Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the Chief Abbot of Namdroling Monastery, he assured us that Namdroling Monastery would give us their full support to get the footage that we needed. When Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche watched the film, he requested for “Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation” to be added in the opening credits. Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche assured us that he would organise what was required and as we thanked him for his kind support, he replied that it was their duty, and that Namdroling Monastery and Pathgate Institute are one and the same, because we both are working towards fulfilling the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s wishes.
We were then taken on a personal guided tour of The Golden Temple and the Zangdog Palri Temple to see the recent work and restoration completed at the monastery. This included the newly built Relic Stupa of His Holiness the 3rd Drubwang Rinpoche in the Zangdog Palri Temple as well as the new Mandala paintings on the ceilings of the Golden Temple that took them three years to complete. At various locations during the tour, the trustee team pointed out to us that the water tower, the T.T. Namdroling Hospital, the Junior High School, and various buildings within the campus of the Shedra - Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Higher Buddhist Studies & Research Center) - were supported by funds contributed from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche. Even Khenpo Sonam Tsewang from the Research and Development committee of the Shedra handed us a book as a gift to pass on to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche in appreciation of the funds that he gave the committee to start off their work years ago. It was heart-warming to hear such fond memories that the monastery has of Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche despite that in the last 10 years since the passing of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Lama Dondrup has only visited the monastery once in May 2013 for the cremation ceremony of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
While at Namdroling, we were very touched that the administration of Namdroling Monastery has worked very hard in preserving the legacy and the tradition laid down by the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche. We frequently heard about the compassionate activities of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in taking care of the needs of the ordained community at Namdroling. These activities were very consistent with the activities that Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche does for the Pathgate ordained community.
On the second day at the Monastery, Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche assigned us the support of Lopon Ngawang for the duration of our visit. Lopon Ngawang is fluent in English and guided us around the Monastery’s premises for filming, giving us access to areas that are usually out of bounds. Following a directive from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, we were tasked to capture footage of the Tibetan hospital staff. Lopon Ngawang, who holds the role of the hospital administrator, facilitated for this to happen and soon the Tibetan hospital staff were enthusiastically waiting in line to contribute their part.
On the last day of the Bum Nga retreat which also happened to fall on the same day of Lhabab Duchen - the festival which commemorates the descending of Lord Buddha back to earth after giving three months teaching to Queen Maya and the heavenly beings in the Thirty-Three Heaven - we received a directive from Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche to film the Tibetan participants of the Bum Nga retreat. With the facilitation of Lopon Ngawang, all the Tibetan Bum Nga participants were soon gathered around enthusiastically waiting to be filmed. They were quickly joined by a large group of teenage Tibetans who were also eager to have their faces captured for the film.
The caretakers of the various temples in Namdroling Monastery were equally supportive and allowed us entrance into different temples after closing hours in order to complete the filming. They kindly provided us not just access within the premises, but also allowed us to take as much time as needed.
On occasion we had the opportunity to practice khorwa (circumambulation) and to sit quietly in the Zangdog Palri temple. Sitting before the Relic Stupa of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, we got a sense that His Holiness’s blessing is still very much present and brought us a sense of peacefulness and quietness that helped settled our minds.
At a lunch hosted by the Trustee of Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation, we were given an account of an event that took place at the Monlam Chenmo in Bodhagaya. Khenpo Karma, who was very impressed with what he saw, recounted to us that he had witnessed Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche protecting the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche when a huge crowd out of their eagerness to seek blessing rushed along a narrow pass in a disorderly manner towards the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Before they could reach the throne of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche stepped in between and held on to the bodies of the first two persons and used them to stop the charge of the massive crowd right there in their tracks. According to Khenpo Karma’s depiction, the sudden stoppage of the forward momentum of the crowd caused many who were still rushing from behind to bounce backward. Besides this incident, several other senior figures at the Monastery have mentioned to us that when they were much younger, they had often sighted Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche by the side of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche and expressed how uncommon it was to have the opportunity to be at such close proximity. Hence within the monastery, Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche is also fondly referred as the ‘body protector’ of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
We were also very fortunate to be taken to the lake where the original film shot the footage of the young Guru Rinpoche being born in a lotus. Lopon Pema recounted to us that when they shot this scene, some Tibetans were passing by on the other side of the lake and started to prostrate. Despite the passing of time, we were very touched to hear the accounts of how much hard work and how little resources they had back when the film was first shot. We deeply respect the dedication that was involved in the original production and this inspires us to uphold our commitment to the remastering of the film.
Towards the end of our visit in Namdroling Monastery, we had to complete the task of filming 50 monks. With the kind support of Tulku Choedharr and the Shedra’s treasurer Lopon Penpa Tsering, they helped organized Bum Nga participants and Shedra monks to gather at the filming location for us to capture their footage. We were also very touched when Lopon Pema, who was also a cast in the original film, stepped forward to voluntarily have his footage taken.
On the morning that we were to leave Namdroling Monastery, we stopped by Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche’s office to thank him and his team for their kindness and warm hospitality for accommodating our requests. Tulku Choedharr Rinpoche then extended his farewell gesture by offering us monastic gifts and entrusting us with precious items to offer to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche.
We were also able to visit the Ani Gompa (nunnery) and had the opportunity to pay our respects to the recently constructed stupa of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Seeing the many construction works undergoing, we were reminded of the many past supports that our teacher Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche had contributed to the Ani Gompa, thus making the premises conducive to the nuns’ living and practice environment.
I am truly humbled and grateful for the kind support and warm hospitality received at Namdroling Monastery during our visit. We were told how fortunate we were as there were previous requests from foreign students who sought permission to film the Monastery and their requests were declined. This made me reflect that the kindness and support that were extended to us by Namdroling Monastery is clearly a direct result of deep trust and high regard of our teacher Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche in the monastery.
Following this trip to India, we were also very humbled to have the opportunity to show H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche the first two chapters of the film in Singapore. His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was very pleased with the progress of the film and commended the quality of the work done to date. We were tremendously encouraged to hear His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche commending Pathgate’s work and extremely grateful for the continuous lineage support for this production, which was the wish of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.’
Review of Pathgate Activities 2017
Throughout 2017 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to support Pathgate students by teaching around the world and offering a nine week Summer Retreat.
Review of Pathgate Activities 2016
During the year of 2016, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to support Pathgate students by maintaining a full schedule of travelling and teaching around the world.
Greek language Di Zi Gui – Guidance on Being A Follower of the Sage
Students in Greece will benefit from a Greek language version of Di Zi Gui – Guidance on Being A Follower of the Sage.
Latest Report on the film Life Of Guru Rinpoche - the New Edition
This project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of the film into English, Chinese and other languages has been ongoing for many years.
HH Yangthang Rinpoche Entered Pairinirvana
His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche, the renowned Dzogchen Master of the Nyingmapa tradition, passed into Parinirvana in Hyderabad, India, on October 15, 2016.
The Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for H.H. Yangthang Rinpoche
In complying with Yangthang Rinpoche’s last instruction before his passing into Parinirvana, request for guidance on how to organise the Nirvana Ceremony was sought from H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche. Read on for the Schedule of the Nirvana Ceremonies for HH Yangthang Rinpoche.
Final Teaching From HH Yangthang Rinpoche
HH Yangthang Rinpoche left a letter to his niece's daughter before he passed into parinirvana. This letter should be perceived as the last teaching from HH Yangthang Rinpoche.
HH Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana at age 102
His Holiness Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche entered Mahaparinirvana in Yanglesho in Nepal on 31st December 2015 and remained in Thukdam (deep meditation) until 5th January 2016.
Review of Pathgate Activities 2015
Throughout 2015 Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued his tireless schedule of Teaching and Pathgate continued to support many Dharma activities around the world.
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015
The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2015 took place from 30th June to 30th August, offering students nine weeks of retreat, following in the tradition of the Rainy Season Retreat which took place for three months each year in the time of Lord Buddha...
HH Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has entered Mahaparinirvana
His Holiness Kyabjé Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (1926–2015), the Spiritual Head of the Nyingmapa tradition, has entered Mahaparinirvana (Thukdam) the final meditative stage before entering into nirvana, on 23rd December 2015 in Bodh Gaya, India, where he was to attend the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo.
The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche
As work continues in the remastering of the movie The Life of Guru Rinpoche, a new short feature ‘The Making of The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ and a new official trailer are now available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre...
Review of Pathgate Activities 2014
2014 Saw the enthronement of His Holiness the Fourth Penor Rinpoche Drubwang Migyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje on the auspicious day of Chokhor Duchen. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued travelling the world to propagate the compassionate activity of the Buddhas, including giving teaching in Japan...
Enthronement of the Fourth Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche
On the auspicious day of Chökhor Düchen, Pema Norbu Yangsi Rinpoche - the reincarnation of His Holiness the Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche - was enthroned at the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet...
Fund Raising for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme complete
Many thanks to all the students and friends of Pathgate Institute who have supported the fund-raising efforts for the Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Programme at Namdroling Monastery in India, which is now complete...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014
The Pathgate Summer Retreat 2014 began this year on the 1st July and lasted nine weeks, finishing on the 31st August. The Summer Retreat was well-attended by retreatants from around the world.
Update: More Funds Needed for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India
Thank you for all the support received to the fund appeal for Namdroling Monastery’s Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme. Nearly £7,000 has been raised, but the appeal is still vastly short of the target...
Important Announcement of Long Life Offering for Yangsi Rinpoche
‘The administrators at Namdroling Monastery in India have made a formal request to students of the worldwide Palyul community to support a Grand Tenshug (long life offering) during this summer’s enthronement of the Yangsi (reincarnation) of our guru, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche...
New Edition of 'The Life of Guru Rinpoche' Film
‘The Life of Guru Rinpoche’ is a 10 hour Tibetan language film in 15 chapters produced under the direction of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche...
Dharma in the Land of the Rising Sun
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Japan in April 2014 to give a series of Teachings in Nagano and Tokyo...
Fund Appeal for Hepatitis B Vaccination Programme in India
The administrators at Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital are requesting help to fund a Hepetitis B Vaccination programme for the monks and nuns of Namdroling Monastery in India...
Review of Pathgate Activities in 2013
To read a review of the activities of Pathgate Institute and of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2013, please read on...
Long Life Prayer of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche (Yangsi Rinpoche)
Following the joyful news that His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Yangsi (reincarnated being) has been recognised, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche has composed a Long Life Prayer for the reincarnation of Kyabje Drubwang Penor Rinpoche...
Official Announcement of the Recognition of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Reincarnation
Namdroling Monastery has announced, on 5th December 2013, that the reincarnation of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has been reborn in Tibet...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2013
During the nine weeks of the 2013 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching and instruction to the students encouraging them to become a Dharma practitioner with focus on the actual implementing of Dharma into daily life and not as a Buddhist scholar obsessed with endless deliberation of concepts and intellect...
The Relics of HH Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche
The cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India. The ceremony was attended by tens of thousands of devotees from around the world...
Pathgate Website launched in Romanian language
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has made regular visits to teach in Romania since June 2011. For the benefit of his many Romanian students and followers, a Romanian language version of the Pathgate website has just been launched online...
His Holiness Anniversary Puja
The Pujas to commemorate the Anniversary of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana took place this year at Namdroling Monastery in India as well as at all the Palyul Centres around the world....
The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche – In Five New Languages
‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’, a film written and directed by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje is now available in five additional languages...
Cremation of HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche's Kudung
The Namdroling Monastery Management Committee has come to the decision that the cremation of the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche will take place on the 13th Day of the Fourth Month of the Tibetan Calendar (23rd May 2013) at Namdroling Monastery in South India...
Review of Pathgate Activities in 2012
2012 has been an eventful year for Pathgate Institute. For a review of the diverse activities of Pathgate Insitute in the past year...
Inter-Faith Friendship in Greece
Over the course of many months in 2012, a former Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Church and monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of Saint Benedict, the Ven. Mgr. Dr George Papathanasiou, has been in regular contact with the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens...
Fund Appeal Success for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital
We are delighted to inform our friends and students from around the world that close to $400,000.00 US dollars were raised for the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital in India...
New Shrine Hall for Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney
On his recent visit to Australia in September, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teaching at the newly completed shrine hall of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney...
Teachings of Jamgon Miphan Rinpoche at Bodh Gaya in 2013
His Eminence Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche has graciously accepted an invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of the entire works of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche...
Urgent Fund Appeal for Tsepal Topkyed Hospital
An urgent appeal for funds has been launched to save the Namdroling Tsepal Topkyed Hospital, which is in danger of being closed down by the Indian government...
Inauguration of Water Storage Tank in India
The inauguration ceremony of a new "Water Storage Tank" sponsored through the Pathgate Partnership Programme was conducted by the Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche on the 19th August at Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir...
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2012
The 2012 Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat attracted students from as far afield as North and South America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. Comprised of eight separate retreats, it was conducted over eight weeks during the months of July and August, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England...
2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat
The 2012 Pathgate UK Easter Retreat, which was held from the 6th to the 11th of April, was well attended by students travelling from as far away as Canada, Romania, Italy, Greece, Brussels and Ireland...
Anniversary Puja for HH Penor Norbu Rinpoche
The Anniversary Puja for HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche took place this year from 22nd - 24th March in Namdroling Monastery in India...
Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche is the New Supreme Head of Nyingmapa
Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, the throne-holder of the Dorje Drak Monastery, and the head of the lineage of the Northern Treasures, has become the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism...
Palyul is Flourishing Down Under
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has been a frequent visitor to Australia to offer Dharma teaching to students who have interest in learning Buddha Dharma. His presence down under was recently joined by several teachers who belong to the same lineage of the Palyul tradition... His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...
The Passing of Lama Lobsang Choephel
Chakzod Lama Lobsang Choephel, the long-time attendant and the secretary to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche passed away in India on Saturday 3rd March at 4.30am...
Update of Construction work at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia
Work continues in the construction of a spacious new extension for the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Sydney, Australia...
Food of Dharma at Pathgate Kitchen
Preparing meals in the Pathgate Kitchen offers students the opportunity to apply Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's instruction to cultivate mindfulness through daily activities speak less, smile more and be gentle...
Review of Pathgate Institute in 2011
By the support of lineage blessing, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continued to propagate Buddha Dharma and support Dharma activities around the world during the course of 2011...
Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011
The Pathgate Winter Retreat 2011 took the form of a Retreat on Classical Medical Qigong Foundation Study...
The Annual Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya 2012
HE Yangthang Rinpoche has graciously accepted the invitation by Ngagyur Kama Tradition Preservation Association (NKTPA) to confer the empowerment of Kagye Desheg Dupa (The Eight Herukas as the Gathering of all the Buddhas)...
Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana at Age 80
Dungsei Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, a prominent master of the Nyingma lineage entered parinirvana in the United States on the 27th December 2011…
Pathgate Offers Christmas Cheer to the Homeless in Newcastle
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje brings Christmas cheer to the homeless people of Newcastle upon Tyne, England..
Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili Visited Pathgate Institute
The Archbishop of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, His Excellency Malkhaz Songulashvili, visited Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in late November on a fact finding mission to learn more about Buddhism...
Update of Pathgate Activities in Sydney
During his last visit to Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a radio interview, conducted a Tse Thar Ceremony and observed the progress in constructing a new shrine room for the Sydney Pathgate Dharma Centre...
Tara Blessing Beats Down Syndrome
In March this year, Ven Lama Dondrup Dorje received a request for guidance from an Australian student who was in her thirteenth week of pregnancy. She and her husband were alarmed by the result of the Ultra Sound Scan of her foetus...
HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Gave Empowerment To Pathgate Students In Singapore
HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage was in Singapore in November which happened to coincide with one of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's regular visits to the city state....
Family Reunion in Shanghai
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was at a family reunion in China recently to meet up with several family members in Shanghai. He also gave Dharma teaching and refuge to local students during his stay...
Pathgate Offers Water Tank to Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir
In response to a request to Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir, India; the Pathgate sangha in Singapore has collectively raised the funds needed to sponsor the construction of a water tank at the monastery...
Inter-faith Talk at Allen Memorial Methodist Church
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest at the Allen Memorial Methodist Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he spoke of the common goal shared by followers of different religions to transform everyday activity into a living action of love...
H.E. Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche Passed into Parinirvana at Age 88
His Eminence Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche, who has served as the Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism since 2010, passed into Parinirvana on 2nd September 2011...
Update on the East Africa Famine Appeal
As the drought in the Horn of Africa continues, an estimated 13 million people now face starvation. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje continues to see the humanitarian disaster as a priority of urgent attention...
Pathgate offers friendship and food to the Homeless
Pathgate has been offering friendship and food to the homeless in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England...
Students from 24 Countries attend Pathgate Summer Retreats
Students from 24 countries participated in the seven seperate retreats of is year's Pathgate Summer School in the UK...
Retreat Commenced at the Kunzang Yoedseling in Bhutan
While the Pathgate Summer Retreat took place in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK from the beginning of July 2011, a separate retreat was also started for the Dharma friends of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at the Kunzang Yoedseling Retreat Home in Paro, Bhutan...
New Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest, Romania
During Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's first visit to Romania to give teachings, he responded to requests from the local students to set up a Pathgate Study Group in Bucharest...
Pathgate Easter & May Day Retreats
Students travelled from around the world to attend recent retreats with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje in the UK. The six-day Easter Retreat on Classical Chan Ding Taijiquan was followed by a three-day May Day Retreat on Dependent Origination...
Lama Dondrup Dorje Visits the Ancient Capital of Holland
During his recent visit to the Netherlands, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave several teachings on Meditation, Dharma Instruction and Buddhist Medical Qigong...
Second Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana
The second Anniversary Ceremony commemorating the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was held at Namdroling Monastery in India for five days from 2nd April (29th day of the 1st Tibetan Lunar Month)...
Enthronement of Khenpos and Dorje Lopon at Namdroling Monastery
Congratulations are warmly extended to 137 Dharma brothers of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje at Namdroling Monastery in India who have recently become the recipients of the degree of Khenpo and Vajracharya...
Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries
A new addition to the Pathgate Institute website is ‘Buddhist Practice Dates & Anniversaries’, where you can find upcoming practice dates and anniversaries in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar...
Teaching Of Longchenpa’s Mengag Rinpoche Dzod At Bodhgaya
Following a change of programme at this year's Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche attended this year’s event to give teaching on Longchenpa's Mengag Rinpoche Dzod (Precious Treasury of Pith Instructions)...
Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11
During the Pathgate Winter Retreat 2010-11 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a series of vibrant demonstrations to illustrate the reason why Buddhadharma is the foundation of authentic classical internal arts practice...
Pathgate Partnership Programme - Summary for 2010
By the Blessing of the Lineage Gurus, Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide during the course of 2010...
Chariot Of Courage
At the Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat held in August, one of the participants was James O’Shea, who arrived in a wheelchair...
When Drakpa Gyaltsen Met Drakpa Gyaltsen
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has received in this life two Dharma names from his Root Guru His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The first one is Drakpa Gyaltsen when he took his Refuge Vows and the second is Dondrup Dorje when he took his Bodhisattva Vows...
Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo
On his return to the UK in July after having completed a teaching tour of the Far East and Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was greeted by the arrival of a most excellent gift of rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo, founder of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), USA.
Pathgate Summer Retreat 2010
The Pathgate Institute Summer Retreat this year offered three retreats during the month of August, taking place in Greece and the UK: a Dharma Foundation Study Retreat, a Palyul Namcho Dzogchen Ngondro Retreat, and a Classical Internal Arts Foundation Study Retreat.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche Entered Parinirvana
One of Nyingma's most respected masters, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, passed into Parinirvana at 8:07 PM on June 19, 2010, the auspicious day of Medicine Buddha, at his home, Arya Palo Ling in NY, USA.
Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia
During the month of June and July, Ven. Lama Dondrup gave a series of open teaching based around the syllabus of the Dharma Foundation Study in Singapore and Australia, emphasising right conduct in daily activities and the importance of cultivating mindfulness in Dharma practice.
Free Offer of HH Penor Rinpoche Thangka Posters
Working under the compassionate guidance of Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje, a digital thangka of HH Penor Rinpoche was produced in 2007, and was seen and approved by His Holiness before he passed away last year.
Pathgate Help Saved KPC Temple
n late April, KPC (Kunzang Palyul Choling) was on the verge of losing their temple property to the bank, due to being behind with mortgage payments. On being informed of their plight, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje diverted money to KPC to ensure that the temple will be saved.
Yu Shu Earthquake
On the morning of April 14th, an earthquake measuring 7.1 struck the Yushu Tibet Autonomous Prefecture located in Qinghai, the traditional Tibetan province of Kham; the birth place of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
1st Anniversary of HH Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana
To commemorate the First Anniversary of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana, a Grand Ceremony comprising five days of puja was held at the Namdroling Monastery in India from the 14th to the 18th of March 2010.
First Colour Photograph of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche In India
To commemorate the first anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the Pathgate Gallery has expanded the number of photographs featuring HH Penor Rinpoche to include many rare early prints.
A New Film on HH Penor Rinpoche's Parinirvana Puja Ceremonies
New to the Dharma Theatre is a 39-minute film Tsa Wai Lama Chen, which covered the events during the Mahaparinirvana Puja Ceremonies for H.H. Penor Rinpoche at Namdroling Monastery last year.
Palyul Clear Light: A Tribute To HH Penor Rinpoche (1932 - 2009)
To commemorate the First Anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a special tribute edition of Palyul Clear Light magazine has been produced.
The Discourse of Dharmapada Sutra at Losar
The Dharmapada Sutra is a collection of 423 stanzas of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje gave the commentary of this sutra during the two-day Losar weekend of the Tibetan New Year at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
New Pathgate Study Group in Milan, Italy
In response to requests from students in Italy, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje has recently given his blessing for a new Pathgate Study Group to be established in Milan.
Pathgate Institute Provides Translation Broadcast At The Ngagyur Kama Transmission
A record number of over 3000 Nyingma practitioners attended the Second Ngagyur Kama Transmission in Bodhgaya, India this year, for which Pathgate Institute was a principal sponsor.
Christmas Retreat with Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave transmission and commentary on Bodhisattvacharyavatara - A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life during the Christmas Retreat at the Pathgate Dharma Centre - Newcastle upon Tyne.
Pathgate Students Welcome New Year with Outdoor Qigong Practice in the Snow
A selected group of Pathgate students who have demonstrated sufficient level of mindfulness in their practice were permitted to attend a two-day form correction retreat on Classical Qigong and Internal Arts.
Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2009
The Pathgate Partnership Programme has continued to sponsor many Dharma projects around the world during the past year, due to the support of students and friends of the Pathgate Institute.
Living without Turmoil
Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave commentary on Patrul Rinpoche's Thog Tha Bar Sum Du Ge Wai Tam - The Instruction that is Virtuous in the Beginning, Virtuous in the Middle and Virtuous in the End, in the UK at the end of October.
Publication of ‘The Stairway To The Pure Lands’
'The Stairway to the Pure Lands', is the latest prayer book published by Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Epilogue – Wildfires in Greece
After the wildfires in Greece had died down this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje went to Athens, explaining that further rain was needed to help the regeneration of the scorched earth.
Students from 23 countries attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat
Students from around the world gathered in Epidavros, Greece to attend the Pathgate Summer Retreat, held from 17th - 28th August.
Puja of Compassion vs Wildfires in Greece
When raging wildfires broke out in Greece this summer, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, who was conducting the Pathgate Summer Retreat at the time, was requested to do anything he could to help. Hours after he performed pujas as requested, rain clouds gathered over the retreat area and shifted swiftly in the direction of Athens.
Palyul Sangha Attend Lama Choepa In Hong Kong
On the Saturday evening of 27th June 2009, a large congregation in Hong Kong gathered together to attend a special Lama Choepa Puja (prayer ceremony) in honour of the Mahaparinirvana of the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
Meaning Of The Heart Sutra
In response to the request of students in Singapore, Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a three-hour discourse on the Meaning of the Heart Sutra in Singapore during his recent visit there
Malaysia Welcomes Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje
Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Malaysia in early July to give a series of Dharma teachings to various Buddhist Groups in Kajang, Kuala Lumpa, Cheras, and Petaling Jaya.
Anniversary of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Two weeks after the completion of the Kama Drubcho, and Saga Dawa Duchen celebrations at Namdroling Monastery in India came the 97th Anniversary of the great Dzogchen Master, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912).
Conclusion Of The Forty-Nine Day Puja For The Late Holiness Penor Rinpoche
The ceremony for the final day of the 49 Day Puja following His Holiness’ passing was held on the 28th day of the third Tibetan month (22nd May 2009).
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi visited Namdroling
The reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Yangsi, visited Namdroling Monastery in late April to pay respect to the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
37 Retreatants Completed 3 year – 3 Month Retreat
On the morning of the 26th April 2009, 37 retreatants left the Samten Oseling Retreat Centre for the first time in three years after having completed theirthree year-three month retreat practice within the closed-door facilities.
Inauguration of the New Office Building of Ngagyur Nyimgma University
The second of two three-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma University sponsored by the Pathgate Partnership Programme was formally inaugurated and consecrated by HH Karma Kuchen.
Pathgate Sangha Pay Homage to the Kudung of HH Penor Rinpoche
During the month of April 2009, several groups of Pathgate students travelled to Namdroling Monastery to pay homage to the Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Mahaparinirvana Ceremony
On the morning of 3rd April at 8.00 am, it was confirmed that His Holinesshad released his body from the meditative state of Thugdam. The Kudung (Holy Body) of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche has now been moved toZangdok Palri Temple.
Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche
Two new Supplication Prayers for the Swift Rebirth of H.H. Penor Rinpoche have been written by HE Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche, the new Chairman of Namdroling Monastery and of the Penor Rinpoche Charity Foundation
Following the passing of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, a management committee with six members will hold power at Namdroling Monastery.
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche Entering Parinirvana
After remaining in the meditative state of Thugdam for six and a half days, on the morning of Friday 3rd April at 8.00 am Indian time, HH Penor Rinpochereleased his body from meditation and entered Parinirvana.
Pathgate Study Group Retreats
Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has given to his students a massive amount of Dharma teachings over the duration of many years. To give students the opportunity to assimilate these teaching, a series of Pathgate Study Group Retreats have been arranged for their benefit.
New Uniforms for Staff at Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital
New uniforms were recently offered to every staff member of the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital in the Tibetan settlement of Bylakuppe, Mysore, South India, which has benefited from long-time support from the Pathgate Partnership Programme.
Ngagyur Kama Transmission at Bodhgaya
The first Kama Transmission organised by The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition was successfully completed on the 25th January in Bodhgaya, India.
Publication of the First English Edition of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book
The finished English translation of the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book has now been jointly published by Namdroling Monastery and the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Pathgate Partnership Programme – Summary for 2008
Chiefly due to generous support from the students and friends of Pathgate Institute over the past year, the Pathgate Partnership Programme has been able to maintain the sponsorship of a range of Dharma projects worldwide.
Palyul Times – A New English Magazine for Buddhist Enthusiasts
The first issue of Palyul Times, an English language magazine for the followers of the Palyul Tradition has been published by the Translation Group of the Rigzod Editorial Committee, a section of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute based in Namdroling Monastery.
Meeting Of The Three Buddhist Paths
Shakyamuni Buddha, the World Honoured One turned the Wheel of Dharma three times during his lifetime, giving rise to the three Buddhist Paths. On recent travels overseas, Lama Dondrup Dorje received invitations to visit a Hinayana Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Cyprus, and a Mahayana Chinese Buddhist Temple in Sydney, Australia.
Milarepa – A Film Trailer
New to our Dharma Theatre is a trailer presentation of Tulku Sonam Rinpoche's production of the story of Tibet’s revered saint, Milarepa.
Completion of Rainy Season Retreat at Namdroling
The annual six week rainy season retreat, known as yarney, was recently brought to a successful conclusion at Namdroling Monastery.
Inter-faith Talk on ‘Meditation and Mindfulness’
Following a request to give teaching on Mindfulness and Meditation at a local church, Lama Dondrup Dorje visited St. Chad's Church in Bensham, Gateshead, UK.
Pathgate Sponsored Second New Building At Namdroling Monastery
The construction of the second of two new 3-storey buildings for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India, sponsored entirely by Pathgate Institute has already been in progress for a few months.
New Book On Animal Welfare
Tara’s Babies Animal Welfare, a Buddhist no-kill dog and bird rescue and sanctuary, is compiling a book to support animal lovers wanting to explore the option of hospice and palliative care for terminally ill or injured companion animals.
A Letter From Mongolia
The Pathgate Institute has for many years maintained an on-going Pathgate Partnership Programme that provides sponsorship on education to many people from around the world. Erdenehuu, from Mongolia, is one such child.
‘The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’ in wide screen and 12 Languages
This 40 minute film, written and directed by Lama Dondrup Dorje has become a big hit among the devotees of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Mind Training For Mental Health
In June, Lama Dondrup Dorje was invited by the Khmer Workers Forum (KWF) in Sydney, Australia, to give a talk at their monthly meeting. Following this, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave Dharma Teachings and Qigong Seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Phillip Island.
The Heart-Shrine Relic Tour In Athens
The Heart Shrine Relics Tour of the Maitreya Project, which features a unique collection of sacred Buddhist Relics, arrived in Athens early in July. These precious relics include those of Kasyapa Buddha, Lord Shakyamuni Buddha and many great Buddhist masters.
Lama Dondrup Dorje gives TV interview in Greece
While visiting Greece to give teachings at the end of May, Lama Dondrup Dorje was interviewed for a national TV, at the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens.
Milan Welcomes Lama Dondrup Dorje
Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Milan, Italy in early June to give a two-day seminar that included Dharma teaching, Meditation and Qigong. As a result of their request, Lama Dondrup Dorje has agreed to return to Milan in September to give further teaching.
Shower of Blessing in Spain
Lama Dondrup Dorje visited Spain in May 2008 to give a series of teaching on Dharma topics, Meditation and Qigong. Auspicious signs of rainbows and unseasonal showers marked the start of three days of teaching.
Pathgate Sponsored Building at Namdroling Near Completion
The construction of a brand new 3-storey building for the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute at the Namdroling Monastery in India is at the final stage of completion.
Pathgate Students From England Receive Ordination Vows
Three students of Lama Dondrup Dorje from the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in England received the ordination of Getshul Vows at the Namdroling Monastery in South India.
New Film on Bodhgaya and Tso Pema
A new film, which follows the journey of a pilgrimage by a group of Buddhists from Taiwan, covers the proceedings of the 17th Nyingmapa Monlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, and also features Tso Pema (The Lake of Lotus), where Guru Rinpoche subjugated the king of Zahor.
Dharma Foundation Study in Newcastle
Students from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, China, Ireland, Mexico, and the UK, attended an end of year five-day retreat in December 2007 on Dharma Foundation Study with Lama Dondrup Dorje.
Prayer Wheel in Athens
A Prayer Wheel that rotates and projects the mantra of OM MANI PADME HUNG in the form of light onto its surroundings was the main exhibit at an art show in Athens.
New Bond Of Friendship In Australia
During the month of December 2007, Lama Dondrup Dorje spent two weeks in Australia, on a tour which included teachings in Sydney, Melbourne, Philip Island, Upwey and Adelaide.
New Resident Spiritual Advisor For Singapore
Khenpo Tashi Dhargay has been appointed by HH Penor Rinpoche to succeed Khenpo Jurme Kunzang as the new resident Spiritual Advisor of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association in Singapore.
Tibetan Prayer and Mantra
The Tibetan Prayer and Mantra page has been further expanded to include several new prayers, both as audio recordings and printable text.
The Passing Of Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche
On the morning of the 3rd October 2007 in Hong Kong, the Venerable Chodak Gyatso Rinpoche, seated in a full lotus meditative posture in his room at the Hong Kong Palyul Dharma Centre, entered beyond this world into the pure realm. He was ninety years of age.
Lama Dondrup Dorje on Radio Australia
Lama Dondrup Dorje was a guest of Radio Australia of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation during his teaching tour in Australia in June & July 2007. The tour included teachings in Melbourne, Upwey and Sydney.
Medical Team From Taiwan At Namdroling
A team of doctors and medical students from Taiwan spent two months at the Namdroling Monastery in India. During their stay, they gave free talks, conducted medical check-ups and offered follow-up patient care to both the ordained community and the Tibetans in the area.
Palyul Lineage Holders
The Pathgate Gallery has been expanded to include a collection of thangkas depicting the Lineage Holders of the Palyul Tradition, from Mahasiddha Karma Chagmed Rinpoche to the current throne holder, His Holiness the Third Drubwang Penor Norbu Rinpoche.
New Film on Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang
New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film presentation showing a virtual tour of Zangdok Pelri Temple at Namdroling Monastery in South India. Please visit the Dharma Theatre to view Zangdok Pelri Pema Odki Phodrang (the Light Rays Palace of Padmasambhava on the Golden Copper Coloured Mountain).
New Pathgate Study Groups in Portugal & Melbourne
New Study groups have been formed during Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching tours of the Mediterranean region, and of the Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, in March 2007.
Tse Thar: Life Release in Hong Kong
Tse Thar: The Practice of Ransom and Life Release was held in March 2007 in Hong Kong, to promote the good health and long life of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Lama Dondrup Dorje was there at the ceremony to assist Chodak Rinpoche, the Head of the Hong Kong Palyul Centre.
The Life of Guru Rinpoche - A film trailer
The project to translate the Tibetan dialogue of a 12-hour video production of The Life of Guru Rinpoche into English is nearing completion. A film trailer of the production was recently shown to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche who was very pleased with the result.
Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature
New to the Pathgate Theatre is a film recording an extract from a Two-Day Seminar given by Lama Dondrup Dorje in 2004 in Singapore on the practice of Classical Qigong with focus on Qi Dynamics, Electromagnetic Energy and Buddha Nature.
Pathgate Students Receive Ordination Vows
On the 18th day of the first month of Tibetan New Year, fourteen European students of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies received the ordination of Getshul Vows from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Thanks to Lama Dondrup Dorje making request on their behalf, students were blessed to receive their ordination from His Holiness personally.
Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme
Letter From A Beneficiary Of The Pathgate Partnership Programme Congratulations to Dr. Sonam Topgyal, who has graduated last summer with a Bachelor degree of Medicine and Surgery in India. Dr. Topgyal was a recipient of an academic sponsorship provided by the Pathgate Partnership Programme.
New Dharma Tale – The Hare On The Moon
New to Dharma Tales is the story of The Hare On The Moon. This tale of the virtue of sacrifice tells of the past life of Shakyamuni Buddha, when he was born as a hare and offered his own flesh as a meal to a hungry stranger, who was the Lord of Heavenly Beings in disguise.
Pathgate Gallery of HH Penor Rinpoche
New Photo Galleries are now online of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Namdroling Monastery and Thangkas. The gallery of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche includes early pictures as well as many pictures of his compassionate activities in more recent years.
Pathgate Dharma Centre - Athens
The first phase of development of the Pathgate Dharma Centre in Athens was completed in october 2006, and opened for meditation and regular puja practice.
The Heart Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom
New to the Pathgate Theatre this month is a film entitled ‘A Discourse on the Heart Sutra Through the Manifestation Of Classical Qigong Practice’. The film is condensed presentation from the original programme filmed in 1997 at the 6th International Chinese Internal Arts Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
The Photo Gallery of Buddhist Art features over eighty rare pieces of antique Buddhist artefacts from Tibet, China, and South Korea.
Animated Feature of Jataka Tales
New to the Dharma Theatre, is the first of Pathgate Theatre’s animated production which features the Jataka Tale of ‘With Wings That Fly Not’.
Summer Retreat in Greece
The Pathgate Summer Retreat took place this year at Epidavros in Greece during the month of August. The retreat included first time participants from Australia, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, and UK.
Buddhist Medicine in Athens
Invited by the members of the Palyul Sangha International in Greece, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a private teaching to students on the Healing Power of Buddhist Medicine.
Guru Yoga teaching by H.H. Penor Rinpoche
In the Autumn of 2005, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche gave a teaching on Guru Yoga to the members of the Orgyen Mahaguru Society in Taipei, Taiwan. A film trailer of this teaching is available for viewing in the Dharma Theatre.
Namcho Retreat - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma
A four-day Easter Retreat on Namcho Ngondro - The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma, was successfully completed in April 2006.
Congratulations to sponsored students
We would like to congratulate six of our sponsored students on their recent accomplishments; and also wish to welcome seven new students to our Pathgate Sponsorship programme.
Seminars for the Pathgate Sangha in Dublin, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore
During May and June 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave teachings in Ireland, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Dharma Teaching and Taiji Picnic
On 30th April to 1st of May 2005, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a two day seminar on Lojong, the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation, followed by a Taiji Picnic.
Pathgate students in month long retreat in Namdroling Monastery, India
In February 2005, Lama Dondrup Dorje took a group of eighteen students to the Namdroling Monastery in India to attend the month long Ngondro retreat given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Medical equipment for the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital
A large consignment of medical equipment and supplies were presented by Lama Dondrup Dorje to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in February 2005, before being delivered to the Namling Tsepal Tobkyed Hospital which is administrated by Namdroling Monastery.
English edition of the Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer Book published
The translation of the prayer book, ‘Wish-Granting Attainments’ is now complete and in print, published jointly by Namdroling Monastery and Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies in March 2005.
New Computers for Namdroling Monastery
Since May 2004, one dozen desktop computers, in addition to laptop computers, printers, scanners, UPS (power supply units) and other office equipment has been procured for the Namdroling Monastery
Arlikumari Nursery School is still sound and standing
A recent revisit by Lama Dondrup Dorje to the Arlikumari Nursery School in Bylakuppe, South India, found the school buildings remained in sound condition. The school first received funding support in 2001 from Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Improved living conditions at the Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling, India's largest Tibetan Nunnery
We are happy to report that a number of projects started in 2004 to improve the living condition of Tsogyal Shedrup Dargyeling have been completed.
Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished
Interior decoration of Padma Sangag Chokorling is close to finished Interior finishing of Padma Sangag Chokorling, a new temple situated at the new camp in Bylakuppe is near completion.