Welcome to PADMASAMBHAVA BUDDHIST CENTER BUDDHIST STUDY & MEDITATION CENTER IN THE TIBETAN NYINGMA TRADITION Our Precious Teachers VENERABLE KHENPO RINPOCHES "As much as we have bodhichitta, that's how much we are practitioners." Our Teachers TIBETAN BUDDHIST SCHOLARS & DZOGCHEN MEDITATION MASTERS Buddha Shakyamuni FULLY ENLIGHTENED ONE Do not engage in any negative activity. Practice virtue perfectly. Complete tame your own mind. This is the teaching of the Buddha. Buddhism INFINITE LOVE, COMPASSION AND WISDOM Come Join Us! WARM-HEARTED COMMUNITY Use this opportunity wisely to benefit others & fulfill the meaning and purpose of your life. Upcoming Events INSPIRE ONE ANOTHER ALONG THE PATH Relax DISCOVER INNER PEACE "When it comes to meditation, what is most important? Certainty. Sure, open, relaxed confidence." Personal Retreats REJUVENATE YOUR BODY AND MIND Dharma Study DEVELOP CERTAINTY WISDOM There’s no higher Dharma than true love, true compassion, and true wisdom. Learn More SHARPEN YOUR INTELLECT, OPEN YOUR HEART
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Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche

Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet and enthroned as a Nyingmapa abbot by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. He traveled and studied with H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, as well as with his late brother, Vajrayana master and scholar Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and his father, the hidden yogi Lama Chimed Namgyal. As a holder of the complete Nyingmapa lineage, Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and is a master of Dzogchen. He has co-authored over 35 Dharma books in English with Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, and travels throughout the world giving teachings, empowerments, and personal guidance at numerous retreats.
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Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1938-2010)

Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche was born in 1938 in eastern Tibet. Around age 4 he began to read & write, and to learn the chants & ritual ceremonies at local Gochen Monastery, as well as lama dancing, torma making, & painting. At the age of 14, he went to the prestigious Riwoche monastic university where he excelled in Buddhist philosophy & the entirety of Hinayana, Mahayana, & Vajrayana teachings, as well as Sanskrit & Tibetan Medicine.
In 1965, Khenchen Rinpoche was selected by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to represent the Nyingma lineage in a historic collaboration with all the Tibetan lineages to organize an education system for Tibetan refugees in India. Khenchen Rinpoche was a founding member of the Institute for Tibetan Higher Studies at Sarnath, India where in the early years he taught 12-14 classes per day. He also taught at Sanskrit University as head professor of Nyingmapa studies.
In 1984 Khenchen Rinpoche moved to New York to work closely with H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, & in 1988, he & his brother Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center. Khenchen Rinpoche authored over 25 books in Tibetan and English.
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche worked tirelessly his entire life to pass on the authentic, ancient Buddhist teachings and has inspired many Dharma practitioners the world over, leaving a great legacy of peace, love, & wisdom. Truly, he is a son of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava, and we will honor and revere him & his legacy forever.
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What is Buddhism?

"Buddhism is a teaching of non-violence, kindness, and compassion, as well as respect and appreciation for all living beings. Being harmonious and peaceful with everything that exists is the foundation of the entire teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni." Buddha Shakyamuni “The great teacher Buddha Shakyamuni said that this is our nature—these qualities are not new ideas [...]

What is Meditation?

"It is exceptionally helpful to meditate every day at a regular time that is convenient for you. Early morning is ideal. In addition to your daily individual meditation, it is also very good to meditate with others. If there is a PBC meditation group available near you, it’s good to practice together with them in [...]

Who is Padmasambhava?

In Tibetan, Guru Padmasambhava is generally referred to as Guru Rinpoche, which means “precious master.” Guru Rinpoche is a totally enlightened being, a fully awakened one, a buddha. He did not become enlightened gradually, or start practicing the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and eventually achieve enlightenment. Guru Rinpoche incarnated as a fully enlightened being. Through [...]

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