Palyul Changchub Dargyeling of the D.C. area, is a non-profit organization of Vajrayana Buddhism in the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma tradition. We are one of a world-wide network of Dharma centers founded by the late Kyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche under the current leadership of Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th throne holder of the Palyul lineage. We follow the guidance, advice and personal examples of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, our Palyul Rinpoches, Teachers, Lamas and our Spiritual Director, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Message from PCD-DC Board President:
We wish you all a very Happy Losar! We hope you enjoy the year of the fire monkey!
Homage to our Guru!
We at PCD-DC have had an exciting and challenging 2015 filled with precious, profound teachings, practice and blessings. We had visits with our Palyul Lamas leading our meditation group in the spring. In June Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso came to give the Chenrezig of the Six Realms empowerment and teachings accompanied by an Avalokiteshvara sand mandala created by our Palyul Lamas Rapjee and Jigme. This unique and precious event included the traditional Lama dance cham performed for the removal of obstacles.
Many of us were able to go to upstate New York to the Palyul Retreat center for our summer retreat this year. Khenchen returned to PCD-DC in August and beautifully completed the teaching on the renowned text Letter to a Friend by Nagarjuna. We welcomed Khenpo Norgay in October, who gave an excellent teaching on Patrul Rinpoches The Brightly Shining Sun. We also were fortunate to receive the Vajrasattva of the Magical net empowerment and profound teaching on the Guhyagarbha tantra from HE Jigme Lodroe Rinpoche in December. We kicked off 2016 with a powerful Rigzin Dupa retreat and HH Yangsi Rinpoche birthday celebration with Lama Pasang and Lama Tenzin. Lama Pasang will return with Tulku Dawa Rinpoche February 26-29 2016 when he is giving the Yellow Dzambhala empowerment with practice retreat.
PCD-DC has been working on finding our own space for some time per our Teachers guidance, miraculously our fellow student, friend of PCD-DC Treasurer Charlie offered a building on his property to be the PCD-DC shrine and Dharma center. When we met with our Spiritual Director, Khenchen Rinpoche, about this possibility we received his approval and blessing to move forward with this auspicious opportunity, he then came & blessed our new center. While for the long term we are still fundraising to be able to purchase our own center, this is an answer to our prayers and practice as a beneficial way to move forward. We meet on Guru Rinpoche and Dakini days for Guru Rinpoche and Yumka group practice called "tsog" as well as have regular teaching programs, empowerments and practice retreats. Our weekly meditation group has moved from Commerce St. & is hosted in the home of PCD-DC friend and board member Yeshe Dorjes. Yeshe also hosts the monthly Words of my Perfect Teacher study group.
We said farewell with deep gratitude to Chris Engnoth, our outgoing President. Chris has done a wonderful job for PCD-DC for many years, and now that his life is taking new and exciting directions, we wish him the very best. Chris remains on the PCD-DC Board and we will see him at our practices and events.
Elizabeth Johnsen is the current President of the PCD-DC Board. Elizabeth has served on the PCD-DC Board for several years & is a longtime friend of PCD. We welcomed back old friends of PCD Keith Matis & Irina Mitchell along with Yeshe Dorje to our PCD-DC Board this year. Fortunately for PCD-DC, Geoff continues to serve on our board and lends his expertise to our tech activities. Please contact us with any questions you may have and come participate in our regular and special events. We wish you all the best, a very happy New Year and hope to see you soon!
We gratefully acknowledge and recognize all this auspicious, positive activity is because of the ever increasing blessings of our beloved Guru.
May all Beings benefit!
Spiritual Director- Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso
PCD-DC Board 2016
President - Elizabeth Johnsen
Treasurer - Charlie Grant
Secretary - Yeshe Dorje
Web/Tech Manager - Irina Mitchell
- Basic Meditation - Every Sunday 10-11 AM, group instruction and practice, open to all.
- Guru Yoga - 11:30 AM.
For current practice schedule, please visit: Calendar
As a non-profit organization of Vajrayana Buddhism, Palyul Changchub Dargyeling relies on your financial support to bring the teachings and practices of the Palyul Nyingma tradition to our nation's capitol. Your support helps us propagate the Dharma to benefit all Beings, bring our precious Rinpoches and Lamas to give teachings, empowerments, practices and tsogs to the DC area, as well as provide activities such as our practice, meditation and study groups. Please support PCD-DC and consider becoming a member. Thank you!