Accomplishing Deity Yoga in Retreat with Nima Tsering Rinpoche — September 2012
Nima Rinpoche, a well respected scholar-yogi of the Palyul lineage, was invited to give a series of talks on deity yoga and retreat practice. Using the Ratna Lingpa Vajrakila sadhana as a basis, Rinpoche focused on mantra recitation, instructions on doing retreats properly, setting up an altar, making tormas, etc., but his teachings were presented in a way that was applicable to all sadhana practice.
Deity Yoga, Wisdom and Mantra Retreat with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso — August 2012
Khenchen Tsewang Rinpoche spent nine days at the centre teaching Patrul RInpoche’s ‘Four Stakes that Bind the Life Force’. His wonderful presence and engaging teaching style made the time pass far too quickly and we are looking forward to his return.
Introduction to Deity Yoga by Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche — June 2012
Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, one of the great khenpos of Namdroling Monastery, gave the empowerment of Vajrakila according to Ratna Lingpa, and then the reading transmission and commentary on Shechen Gyaltsap’s commentary on the Utterly Secret Razor Knife: Vajrakila. Due to time constraints, Khenchen was only able to give the first half of the commentary, but we are anticipating his return to complete the teaching.
Visit of Their Eminences Khentrul Gyangkhang and Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoches — August 2010
The Palyul Foundation of Canada was very pleased to host the visit of their Eminences Khentrul Gyangkhang and Mugsang Kuchen to Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong from August 19 to 21, 2010 for the enthronement ceremony of Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro, and a ganachakra offering in memory of the Late Ven. Peling Tulku Rinpoche. On August 21, Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro was enthroned as a vajracharya and regent and head of the Palyul Foundation of Canada and Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong Buddhist Temple and Retreat Centre by their Eminences Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche and Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche. This was the first enthronement of a Western-born lama in Canada. The enthronement and mandala offering ceremony was officiated by Their Eminences, who were joined by a delegation of Palyul lamas and monks, including Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and Tulku Dawa Rinpoche. Please read the announcement of Lama Jigme’s enthronement. You can also view a photo album with highlights of the event.
The Laughter of the Dakinis — the practice of Chod according to the Longchen Nying Thing — June 2010
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche came to Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong to teach the practice of Chod according to the Longchen Nyingthig, called ‘The Laughter of the Dakinis.” Chod refers to cutting through the grasping at a self and its attendant emotional afflictions. Most famous for its teaching on transforming the aggregates into an offering of food for demons as a compassionate act of self-sacrifice, Chod aims to free the mind from all fear and to arouse realization of its true nature, primordially clear bliss and emptiness. The practice of Chod originated with Phadampa Sangye, who taught it to the dakini Machig Labdron and this lineage has been extensively practiced in the Sarma (new translation) traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Jigme Lingpa received this practice directly from a wisdom dakini in a vision, and is part of the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of teachings. As such, it emphasizes the view of Dzog Chen, placing greater import on the practitioner realizing the View of the Great Perfection than ritual paraphernalia and yogic activities.
His Holiness Karma Kuchen’s Visit — August 2009
The Palyul Foundation of Canada was honoured by the visit of His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, 12th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage to Orgyan Dzong from August 18 to 20, 2009. On August 19, His Holiness gave the empowerment of Ratna Lingpa’s Vajrakila, the textual transmission for the sadhana and blessed the temple. On August 20 His Holiness performed a ground breaking ceremony for a three story temple dedicated to world peace which will enshrine a 13 foot statue of Padmasambhava. This statue is one of several that Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche, one of the senior Khenpos at Namdroling Monastery in India, is having cast and placed in various countries around the globe. The temple is being constructed in memory of the late Ven. Peling Tulku Rinpoche.
Longchenpa’s Nying Thing Yab Zhi and Terton Ratna Lingpa’s Great Initiation of Vajrakilaya by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in Toronto — May 23 to June 3, 2000
At the invitation of Peling Rinpoche, His Holiness gave these teachings at Deer Park Church in Toronto, accompanied by Drakmar Rinpoche with translation by Sangye Khandro and Lama Chonam.
His Holiness kindly gave the practice transmission and initiation of Lonchenpa’s Nyingthig Yab Zhi or Four Branches of Heart Essence. It is one of the most famous collections of Dzogchen scriptures, in which Longchenpa combined the streams of teachings from Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra together with his own mind treasures.
The great fifteenth century treasure revealer Ratna Linga’s transmissions have been practiced by Nyingmapas down to the present day. His Holiness and the successive throne holders of Palyul have kept them as their innermost heart practice. This Great Transmission (wang chen) bestowed all the empowerments and authorization to practice the yidam Vajrakilaya, who is supreme in overcoming all obstacles and interferences on the path to full enlightenment. At the conclusion of the initiation, His Holiness and his monks performed the Dur ceremony, renowned for its ability to remove sickness, negative energies and obstacles.
The Guhya Garbha Tantra Empowerment by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche — August 1 to 5, 1997
In 1997 Peling Rinpoche invited His Holiness to bestow the Guhya Garbha great empowerment at Orgyan Dzong. His Holiness was accompanied by Muksang Kuchen Rinpoche and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso, as well as several Namdroling monks, and translation was provided by Sangye Khandro.
This empowerment is called “The Net of Illusory Manifestations” from the Guhya Garhbha Tantra.
Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpa’i Nyima said, “This glorious Guhya Garbha Tantra possesses eight great features. It is the king of all tantras, pinnacle of all vehicles, origin of all doctrines, general commentary for all scriptural transmissions, core wisdom intent of all the victorious ones, ultimate state of all results, path that all tathagatas have embarked upon, and great path of all true practitioners.”
Long Chen Nying Thing and Zab Mo Yang Thing bestowed by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche — August 2 to 14, 1988
Just a few years after having purchased 100 acres of forested land with some very dilapidated buildings on it, Rinpoche’s students spent the first part of the summer of 1988 scrambling to get the centre as presentable as possible to host a visit from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage, and his retinue of 14 lamas and monks, as well as Gyaltrul Rinpoche and Sangye Khandro, who translated for His Holiness. Professor and Mrs. Herbert Guenther were also invited as special guests.
Peling Rinpoche had formally requested His Holiness to bestow the (Longchen) Nyingthig Zapod and Zabmo Yangthig cycles of teachings and initiations, These teachings, given to Jigme Lingpa during a series of visions of the great Nyingma master Longchenpa, are a profound and critical component of all Nyingma lineages. At the end of each day’s transmission, the lamas and monks performed religious dances, such as the Black Hat, Dakini, Vajrakila, Snow Lion and many other peaceful and wrathful dances.
Attended by over 120 people from North and South America and Europe, this transmission, given for the first time in North America, was a profound blessing for all those who attended, as well as for the centre itself and Canada in general.
His Holiness’ visit concluded with various Lama dances being performed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.