WHO WE ARE
In 1984, Ven. Peling Rinpoche formed the Palyul Foundation of Canada, a registered charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the teachings of the Nyingma lineage of Vajrayana Buddhism, with particular emphasis on the traditions of the Palyul School, which is headed by His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, its twelfth throne holder.
The Foundation funds and maintains Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong, a 350 acre temple and retreat centre, nestled at the base of southern Ontario’s highest peak, Mount Moriah, and surrounded by serene woodlands north of the village of Madoc.
Orgyan Dzong is considered to be a sacred place which has been blessed many times by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche beginning in 1988 where he bestowed the Long Chen Nying Thig for the first time in North America. On that auspicious occasion, His Holiness was accompanied by 14 lamas including Gyaltrul Rinpoche along with the famous translator, Herbert Guenther. His Holiness continued to visit Orgyan Dzong numerous times over the years to bestow further teachings from the Palyul Tradition. The Centre has been a host to many other great Palyul masters including H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Tulkudawa Gyalpo Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche.
We offer private rooms for short- or long-term retreats for intermediate and advanced Buddhist practitioners; regular group practice sessions, and periodic events with contemporary lineage masters at the centre. During the winter months, we do not offer a public teaching schedule due to Canadian weather conditions, but we are open for individual short and longer term retreats. Our 2020 public event schedule will begin in late April or early May depending on weather and road conditions.
The Foundation issues official Canadian tax deductible receipts for all donations which go to the preservation and maintenance of the centre and its programs, the support of monks and nuns, and the upkeep and enlargement of its extensive library.