Upcoming Events

Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche Event Schedule, Feb. 26-28

[Please Note: This Schedule is subject to change; entire program at PCD-DC Practice Room, 2620 Monacacy Bottom Rd., Adamstown, MD]
Friday, Feb. 26:
7:30 p.m. — Public Talk:
“How to Deal With Depression and Anxiety In Our Daily Lives”
Saturday, Feb. 27:
10 a.m. — Empowerment: Yellow Dzambhala (with commentary)
12 noon — Lunch break ($10 donation requested)
1:30 p.m. — Practice: Twenty-One Dzambhala sadhana
5 p.m. — Dinner break
7 p.m. — (To be announced)
Sunday, Feb. 28:
10 a.m. — Practice: Twenty-One Dzambhala
12 noon — Lunch break ($10 donation requested)
1:30 p.m. — Practice: Twenty-One Dzambhala
5 p.m. — Dinner break

  Lama Pasang Tenzin visited PCD-DC on Friday, Jan. 8 through Saturday, Jan. 9.  The Friday session contained  instruction on the Rigdzin Dupa tsog with a short practice. Saturdayand Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10, the retreat continued with Rigdzin Dupa practice sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30.  On Saturday we celebrated the fourth birthday of The Fourth Pema Norbu Rinpoche as well.  

Tibetan Buddhism Teachings with Khenpo Tenzin Norgay

posted Oct 4, 2015, 5:59 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 6:02 AM ]

How to Integrate the Bodhicharyavatara into Meditation based on
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay
Patrul Rinpoche's text "The Brightly Shining Sun"

Friday, October 9th:
7 p.m.  TalkIntroduction to “ The Brightly Shining Sun”
Saturday October 10th:
10 a.m. — Teaching: “The Brightly Shining Sun”
2 p.m.— Teaching“The Brightly Shining Sun”
Sunday October 11th:
10 a.m. — Teaching“The Brightly Shining Sun”
2 p.m— Teaching“The Brightly Shining Sun”

2620 Monocacy Bottom Rd, Adamstown, MD

Everyone is warmly invited to all events.

For the teachings $20 donations are gratefully accepted, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche to Return June 10-14

posted May 21, 2015, 10:33 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area   [ updated May 21, 2015, 10:35 AM ]

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche Teaching & Event Schedule, June 10-14

[Please Note: This Schedule is subject to change]

Wednesday, June 10

Sangha dinner with Khen Rinpoche.  [Time and place to be announced. Please RSVP to homestone11@juno.com]

Thursday, June 11Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

7 p.m.  — Teaching on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend; Location, 316 Commerce St., Alexandria, VA. 

Friday, June 12, 

7 p.m.Dakini Day celebration, with Yumka tsog; : 316 Commerce St., Alexandria, VA.

Saturday, June 13 Dharma Festival,” with following events:

10 a.m.: Empowerment for Avalokiteshvara of the Six Realms.

Noon: Lunch (All proceeds from on-site lunch go to support PCD-DC).

2 p.m.: Teaching, Avalokiteshvara of the Six Realms; Sacred Lama Dance.

4 p.m.: Dedication, dissolution of Sand Mandala

Location: Saturday’s program will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville; 100 Welsh Park Dr.; Rockville, MD 20850

Sunday, June 14

10 a.m. teaching on Nagajuna’s Letter to a Friend;

2 p.m. teachings continue, ending with Dedication; Location: 316 Commerce St. Alexandria, VA.

Please note that flyers are attached to this post. Please distribute flyers to anyone who may be interested.

Losar Tashi Delek! Happy New Year!

posted Feb 19, 2015, 6:49 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

The Fourth Pema Norbu Rinpoche
Losar Tashi Delek! Happy New Year!

Palyul Ling International wishes all the Palyul students and everyone around the world a happy, healthy and prosperous FEMALE WOOD SHEEP NEW YEAR! May this Losar bring a happy childhood to our Yangsi Rinpoche and may his spiritual training be successful so that he benefits as many beings as possible through his enlightened activities thereby following the footsteps of his predecessor!
1st day of the 1st month, 2142 (19 February, 2015)

Khenpo Tsewang Rigzin Rinpoche

posted Dec 8, 2014, 8:08 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

Khenpo Tsewang Rigzin Rinpoche will visit PCD-DC this month.  Khenpo Rinpoche is one of the great Nyingmapa masters of Buddhist philosophy and psychology.  Among his many accomplishments, he taught at the Mindroling Monastery in India for 15 years. During his visit with us Rinpoche will teach The Thirty-Seven Verses on The Practice Of A Bodhisattva, by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme.  See “Rinpoche’s Schedule” below for details.  [Note: There are many translations and commentaries of this work.  We recommend The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.]

Friday, December 12
7 PM — Teaching TBD

Saturday, December 13
10 AM — Teaching: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, part 1. 
2 PM — Teaching: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, part 2.

Sunday,  December 14
10 AM —  Teaching:37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, part 3. 
2 PM —  Teaching: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, part 4.

All sessions are at 316 Commerce St.; Alexandria, VA 22314. Open to all. 

PCD-DC operates by donations only.  We request an offering of $20 for each session to defray Rinpoche’s travel and expenses.  However, no one will be refused entrance for want of money.  PCD-DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Listen to Dharma from PalyulDC

posted Oct 23, 2014, 5:56 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

Palyul DC is now on Soundcloud! You can listen to our Dharma recordings. You can stream them from your phone or the web. You can even download them. There is also a lovely donation button too!

Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche Oct 24th

posted Oct 8, 2014, 12:13 PM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

Khenpo Tenzin Norgay RinpocheKhenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche is coming to visit PCD-DC the weekend of Oct. 24.  Khen Rinpoche will give a public teaching, and will also teach the Seven-Point Mind Training (lojong), by Lord Atisha and Geshe Yeshe Chekawa.  Please see “Rinpoche’s Schedule” below for details.  (Note: There are many translations and commentaries on the Seven-Point teaching.  Our teachers usually refer to the book titled Enlightened Courage, by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.)

Friday, October 24
7 PM — Lecture.

Saturday, October 25
10 AM — Teaching: Seven-Point Mind Training, part 1. 
2 PM — Teaching: Seven-Point Mind Training, part 2.

Sunday, October 26
10 AM — Teaching: Seven-Point Mind Training, part 3. 
2 PM — Teaching: Seven-Point Mind Training, part 4.

All sessions are at 316 Commerce St.; Alexandria, VA 22314. Open to all. 

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche will visit our sister Sangha, the Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center, in New York City, Oct. 9 – 15.  Rinpoche will teach Longchenpa’s Natural Self-Liberation of Mind, and will give a public talk.  For more information, click on “Nyingma Palyul” above.

Saturday, Oct. 18, is Dakini Day, the 25th day of the lunar month.  We will celebrate with the Yumka practice with tsog (banquet) in our usual location, 316 Commerce St, Alexandria, VA, at 6 p.m.  Please bring an offering of finger food, non-alcoholic beverage, or flowers to add to the banquet.  All are invited.

PLEASE NOTE:  Our usual Sunday morning Meditation Group is cancelled for Sunday, Oct. 12.  We will resume our usual schedule on Sunday, Oct. 19. 

No Meditation/Prayers Sunday 24th of August

posted Aug 19, 2014, 8:25 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

Just a reminder that there will be no session this upcoming Sunday. We hope that everyone at the retreat are having a blessed and wonderful time!

NY Palyul Center to host Khenchen! July 11-13

posted Jun 27, 2014, 10:31 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area

The Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center Is Honored to Host
Khenchen Tsewang Rinpoche
Public Talk, Teachings, and Empowerment
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 11 - 13
Nyingma Palyul Dharma Center
121 Bowery - 3rd Floor
(between Grand and Hester)
New York, NY 10002
Friday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
Public Talk:
How to Deal with 
Stress and Depression in Modern Life
 All are welcome - Free admission
Saturday & Sunday, July 12 & 13 
Teaching on:
Longchenpa's "Natural Self-Liberation of Mind
   (Sem-nyid Rangdrol)
Three Sessions:
Sat. Morning: 10:00 a.m.
Sat. Afternoon: 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Morning: 10:00 a.m.
(See below for description of this text)
Please note: This teaching is only open to students who have received Ngondro Teachings AND either a Guru Padmasambhava or other Inner Tantra Empowerment. 
Suggested Donation: $20 per session

Sunday, July 13, 2:30 p.m.
 Sampa Lhundrup Empowerment
(Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes)
 The empowerment will take place at the 
United Sherpa Association:
41-01 75th Street, Elmhurst (Queens) NY 11373
Subway: Take 7, E, F, M, or R to 
Jackson Heights - Roosevelt Ave  
Donations may either be offered to Rinpoche 
at the conclusion of the empowerment, or at the door.
Khenchen Rinpoche will lead us through a study of the "Natural Self-Liberation of Mind" composed by Longchenpa (1308-1383), one of the greatest masters in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The text for this teaching offers Dzogchen instructions concerning the self-liberating nature of all phenomena, and asserts that samsara and nirvana, sentient and enlightened beings, are equivalent in their primordial nature - pure and enlightened. 
A copy of the text will be provided.

Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche July 3-6

posted Jun 18, 2014, 10:32 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 10:32 AM ]

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling D.C. Area presents Tibetan Buddhism Teachings with Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. 

Location for all teachings:
Springhill Suites Marriott
6065 Richmond Highway, Alexandria VA 22303 
(the same place we used last September)

Tuesday July 1st 
7:30 PM - Greeting: Khenchen arrives at Reagan National

Thursday July 3rd
7 PM - Teaching: Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend

Friday July 4th
10 AM - Teaching: Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend
Afternoon - Social: Picnic at Irina's house in the afternoon

Saturday July 5th: 
10 AM - Empowerment: Namcho Medicine Buddha
2 PM - Teaching: Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend 

Sunday July 6th
10 AM - Empowerment: Lion Speech Manjushri
2 PM - Teaching: Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend, closing prayers

For the teachings $20 donations are gratefully accepted, no one will be turned away. For More Information Please visit PCD-DC on the web www.palyuldc.org. The flyer is attached to this post.

Saga Dawa Düchen 2014

posted Jun 13, 2014, 6:22 AM by Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Washington DC Area   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 6:29 AM ]

Tashi Delek,  

The 13th of June is the anniversary of the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Passing into Parinirvana by Shakyamuni Buddha.  The energy of the activities of the Buddha are so powerful and have helped so many beings, and by our own connection to him, any merit we accumulate on this day is considered to multiply 100,000 times or more. Through our virtuous activity especially on this day, we can radiate the joy of the profound peace of enlightenment throughout our world for everyone.  

If you would like to accumulate merit and join in the practices on this special day, you can do any of the following:

 - Join practice at your local center 

Because it is so important to gather the two accumulations during the most holy Saga Dawa, we will engage the Shower of Blessings practice, with tsog, followed by the Treasure of Blessings practice on Friday.  We will begin our practice at 7 p.m. at A Center for Relationships; 316 Commerce Street; Alexandria, VA 22314.

- Do not eat meat

- Feed and save the lives of animals

- Recite the Mantra of the Buddha (Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Soha) 

- Recite the practice below.

༄༅། །ཐུབ་པའི་བསྟོད་པ་གང་ཚེ་རྐང་གཉིས་མ།

Short Praise of the Buddha's Deeds

by Ārya Śura

༄༅། །གང་ཚེ་རྐང་གཉིས་གཙོ་བོ་ཁྱོད་བལྟམས་ཚེ།

gang tsé kang nyi tsowo khyö tam tsé

When you were born, chief among human beings,


sa chen di la gompa dün bor né

You took seven steps on this vast earth and 


nga ni jikten di na chok ché sung

Proclaimed: "I'm the Supreme One in this world!"


detsé khepa khyö la chaktsal lo

You were wise even from the tie of birth.  To you I prostrate! 


dangpo ganden lha yi yul né jön

First, you descended from Tushita heaven. 


gyalpö khab tu yum gyi lhum su shyuk

In Rajgiri you entered the womb of your mother. 


lumbini yi tsal du tubpa tam

In the Lumbini Grove you, the Sakyamuni, were born. 


chomden lha yi lha la chaktsal lo

The Bhagavan, god of gods, to you I prostrate! 


shyalyé khang du mama gyé shyi chö

Nurtured by eight nurses in the palace, 


shakyé drong du shyönnü roltsé dzé

you played youthful sports in the land of the Shakyas. 


serkyé né su sa tso khab tu shyé

And wedded to Yashodhara in Kapilavastu. 


si sum tsungmé ku la chaktsal lo

The matchless one in the three realms, to you, I prostrate! 


drongkhyer go shyir kyowé tsul ten né

Expressing disgust at the gates of the four cities, 


chörten namdak drung du utra sil

You shaved your head before the Vishuddha Stupa.  


nairanjané dram du katub dzé

Nearby the Neranjana river you practiced austerities.


drib nyi kyön dangdral la chaktsal lo

Freed from the faults of the two obscurations, to you, I prostrate! 


gyalpö khab tu langchen nyönpa tul

You tamed the big mad Elephant in Rajgiri. 


yangpachen du pé'ü drangtsi pul

A monkey offered you honey at Vaisali. 


magadha ru tubpa ngön sangye

You achieved enlightenment at Magadha. 


khyenpé yeshe bar la chaktsal lo

To you, ablaze with primordial wisdom, I prostrate! 


varanasir chö kyi khorlo kor

You turned the Wheel of Dharma in Varanasi. 


dzeté tsal du chotrul chenpo ten

Displayed the great miracles in Jeta Groves.


tsachok drong du gongpa nya ngen dé

Attained Parinirvana at Kushinagar.


tuk ni namkha dra la chaktsal lo

To you whose mind is like open space, I prostrate! 


ditar tenpé dakpo chomdendé

In this manner to the Lord of Dharma,  


dzepé tsul la do tsam töpa yi

I have offered brief praises to his enlightened activities. 


gewé drowa kün gyi chöpa yang

May by these virtues, entire activities of sentient beings 


deshek nyi kyi dzé dang tsungpar shok

Become like those of the Sugatas!



The Shorter Praise was composed by Acharya Ashvagosha


Translation: Lopon Phuntsho Gyaltshen, Namdroling Monastery 2009  

(Transliteration and Tibetan courtesy Rigpa Translations under Creative Commons at Lotsawa House.) 

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