An Epic Event – August 4, 2013

An Epic Event at KPC with His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche & Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

HHKK Event

On a balmy, clear August Sunday, more than 300 people gathered at Kunzang Palyul Odsal Changchub Choling (KPC) to receive a precious Buddhist empowerment from His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th throneholder of the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.

HHKK ThroneKPC’s verdant lawn was transformed into an outdoor temple. At the far end of an oversized tent was a beautiful altar, a floor-to-ceiling painted wall hanging (thangka) of the wisdom Bodhisattva Manjushri, and a raised platform where His Holiness sat on a traditional dharma throne to preside over the sacred gathering.  Surrounding the dais were rows and rows of white chairs where people of all ages and physical condition eagerly participated in the ceremony.  The devotion of those in attendance was palpable.

His Holiness conferred one of the most profound empowerments in the Tibetan Buddhist treasury—the Amitabha empowerment, which plants both the seeds for an auspicious rebirth and eventual enlightenment.

HHKK EmpowermentAccompanying the empowerment was a sacred food feast or tsog that was handpicked by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, KPC’s founder and spiritual director.  The tsog seemed reminiscent of the very first meeting of Jetsunma’s spiritual community with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the late Tibetan Buddhist master and the 11th throneholdler of the Palyul lineage.  This revered holy sage, believed by many to be a living Buddha, recognized Jetsunma as a Tibetan tulku—the incarnation of the lineage’s cofounder, the first Ahkon Lhamo.  That meeting in the mid-1980s was a barbecue, and so the tsog included hot dogs, soda, and donuts, typical fare for Americans but uncommon for Tibetans.  Attendees were delighted.  It felt like the clock had rolled back, and everyone was full of youthful hope for a bright future for the dharma in the West.

Indeed the auspicious day, seemed like a new beginning—a watershed event in KPC’s history.  Although the inside of the temple is currently closed to public assembly because of required code improvements, the crowd seemed to be saying: “This temple must continue for the benefit of future generations; its sacred legacy of anchoring dharma in the West must go on. We are committed to making this happen.”

Over the years some of the most beloved, learned, and compassionate masters of the dharma have offered cycles of profound teachings and empowerments at KPC, and these blessings permeate the very fabric of the temple’s walls.  Many of these teachers, like His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, have since passed from this earth, and each had remarked upon the importance of KPC for the vitality of the dharma in the West.

HHKK & JAL and roseThe crowd was understandably excited to receive the blessings of the day. But it also felt like a joyful, family reunion—and it was. Guests included visitors from as far away as Australia and many states across the country.  There were students from every phase of the temple’s three-decade history, many of whom had not seen each other for years. There were even visitors who happened to drive by the temple that very day and felt moved to attend. There was definitely a celebratory air.

After the empowerment, attendees were treated to a delicious catered and donated lunch. Then, they had the opportunity to offer the traditional white scarf in homage to both His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche and Jetsunma and receive their blessings.Friends

To conclude the day, many walked the grounds to enjoy KPC’s stupas and gardens. The recently restored Migyur Dorje stupa, which houses relics of the great 16th century dharma treasurer revealer Migyur Dorje—whose revelations are the heart and foundation of the Palyul lineage—glistened in the sun. This stupa, which is dedicated to healing of afflictions of body, emotions, and spirit, drew many attendees, who made the short pilgrimage to the stupa site.  Many also visited the stupa garden.

Everyone who left KPC that day felt invigorated, blessed, and profoundly grateful to have participated in this milestone event.

Many thanks to the donors, volunteers, businesses and community whose generous support and remarkable efforts contributed to the success of the event.

By Sylvia Somerville

Kindness is the Way

There is nothing more precious than helping sentient beings.

Last Sunday we were reminded of this by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, during a teaching she gave at the Palyul Retreat Center in upstate New York. It was the first time Jetsunma has taught at Palyul Retreat, which was established by her own Root Guru, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Jetsunma began the teaching speaking of His Holiness’ great compassion and kindness, and her grief at his passing.

As always, Jetsunma taught the essence of Dharma with clarity and humor. She reminds us that kindness and compassion are the foundation of the Buddhist path and that whatever we do, we should not forget the suffering of others.

This was an extraordinary and historic event, as it was His Holiness who recognized Jetsunma as an incarnation of Ahkon Lhamo, the co-founder, with her brother Kunzang Sherab, of the Palyul Lineage. On Sunday she was able to pay homage to His Holiness in the temple he built to ensure the purity of Palyul as it takes root in the West.

Please enjoy this nourishing teaching that reminds us to never forget love, and that in our daily lives we always have something to offer others.

Download Jetsunma’s teaching here…

Read Jetsunma’s biography here…

Tertons and Terma

The following is an excerpt from a teaching by Choggi Rinpoche given at Kunzang Palyul Choling in 1988.  He was telling the story of how His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche came to write his last prayer.

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche & Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche

This prayer was the last prayer written by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche who was my teacher.  According to Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness is believed to be the manifestation of Padmasambhava.  Padmasambhava was born eight years after the parinirvana, the death, of Buddha Shakyamuni.  As prophesized, Padmasambhava was called the second Buddha, and was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.  In every prophecy, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche is described as the manifestation of Padmasambhava himself.

This teaching is not a simple teaching.  It was a vision.  This is the story about how this teaching appeared.

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche’s wife had a special Dakini, a wisdom goddess, who would visit her in her dreams from time to time.  This Dakini would predict many things to her.  One day this wisdom Dakini appeared in her dream and asked her to please ask His Holiness for a prayer, which would be extremely beneficial for future human beings.

The next day His Holiness’ wife made the request.  She said, “I had a dream.  Please write a prayer for beings.”  And His Holiness said, “I have written so many prayers.  There is no lack of prayers for people to read.  It’s just that they don’t read.  That’s the thing.  There is no end to what I have written.”

And his wife thought maybe that was right, because in his last life, he wrote 23 texts of different practices.  These texts were not just composed. They were wisdom manifestation teachings called terma.

During the time of the eighth century in Tibet, Padmasambhava realized that in the future the teachings would be disrupted.  There would be negative forces – those who would try to change the essence of the teachings.  So Padmasambhava and his Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal concealed those teachings.  They concealed the teachings in the ground, in space, in the water, and predicted exactly at what particular time they would be revealed in the future and the name of the particular Terton that would reveal each teaching or practice.  And that is exactly what has happened to this day.  These terma revelations are so fresh, and therefore the whole teaching is preserved as it is.

The Terton, or treasure revealer, is like one who has been directly initiated by Padmasambhava himself.  All the protectors who were keeping that wisdom took a vow with Padmasambhava that the terma would be given only to the right person, to the Chosen One of Padmasambhava. The whole teaching might be 300 pages, but the 300 pages are written in one line.  It is secret and kept hidden in Dakini letters, which is itself hidden.  No one can read that text except for the Terton initiated by Padmasambhava.  Only he can read it.  When discovered, there is only one line and through that a spontaneous text comes out.  Terma is self-hidden wisdom. It is so important that we are able to have that.  I feel very fortunate.  We believe that His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche is the manifestation of Padmasambhava.

Then His Holiness’ wife had another dream. Twice the same Dakini appeared in her dream and this time she said, “I asked you before.  It is very important that you request a prayer and you did not.  Now please, ask him.  Don’t neglect that.  It is very important.  There is big meaning within the prayer.”

So again she asked His Holiness.  And then again His Holiness said the same thing.  “No, I have written so many prayers.  People just don’t do.  From my side there is nothing lacking.”

And then she requested a third time.  That morning His Holiness was in his Paris apartment in France.  In the early morning hours, he was in his sitting room, and suddenly he had a vision of Padmasambhava.  The whole room started to glow, and became big.  A person wearing a white cloth and a symbol came dancing.  And then Padmasambhava himself spoke.  He said, “Establish the dharma.  Plant it in your heart.  In the depth of your heart, you will attain Buddhahood.  Enter the Buddha land.  Purify confusion.  Happily the Pure land is nearby.  Generate diligence in the essence practice.  Without practice, who can get results?  Looking at all of one’s faults is difficult.  Laying down one’s own fault is the essential point.  One day all defects will slowly purify themselves.  And good qualities gradually flourish.”  That was the teaching.  And then right at that moment, His Holiness wrote this whole teaching.

The life of a Terton is extremely interesting, because all communication is on an extremely subtle level.  For gross consciousness it is very hard to understand.  His Holiness immediately picked up a table and told the attendants to fill it with milk, and then he asked his wife and son Shenphen Rinpoche to come.

It was very early and Shenphen Rinpoche thought, “What’s happened? Is His Holiness’ health ok?”  He came rushing down.  And His Holiness said, “Just sit down.  And drink this milk.”  Now this is how delicate a Terton’s life is.  If Shenphen Rinpoche did not drink the milk at that point, what would become of the teaching?  Sometimes they say that one person represents all human beings when in front of a very powerful being.  So Shenphen Rinpoche drank it all.  And that showed that the blessing would be attained by all beings.  He drank all the milk.  And His Holiness said, “Good.”  This is how Tertons are.

Sometimes when one is next to a Terton, the Terton will tell you to get him something.  He or she may tell you in the middle of nowhere, “Get me something” which you can never get.  But the Terton never has the idea that it is not possible to get it, so the only thing you have to do is pick up anything and just give it to him because for the Terton habit is totally dissolved.  There is no such thing.  And when you just present that, it manifests in that state.  So when His Holiness said, “Drink the milk,” his son drank all the milk.  And His Holiness said, ‘Very good.  Just now I had this vision of Padmasambhava.”  And then he wrote this prayer.  This is the last prayer of His Holiness.  And there is a tremendous blessing in this prayer.

Namo Guru!

Homage to the Guru!

Conqueror Shakyamuni, Supreme Guide of the universe in this fortunate aeon.

Sons of the Conquerors, assembly of noble Bodhisattvas, you who train beings. 

Revered Guru, unsurpassed protector of beings of this degenerate age, 

Three Roots, host of oath-bound, and the Dharma protectors, one-pointedly remembering you from the depths of our hearts, 

We pray repeatedly invoking your attention

Hold us with loving kindness, and power of unobstructed compassion

Bless us to accomplish our aims in accordance with Dharma.

From former positive actions, we’ve gained this precious human body.

Due to merit, by no means small, we have met with holy Dharma.

Accepted by the Guru, we have received empowerments, blessings, pith instructions.

Though we hold such a jewel in our hands right now, our minds, like frivolous monkeys, fall for cunning demons of distraction.

And we cannot even use this wealth, which is our very own. 

Freedoms, endowments, and pith instructions have simply been wasted. 

Now we are coming to the crucial turning point.  Everything we ask for and receive has become like a story.

Putting on the appearance of Dharma, we even think we are practitioners, yet this minds falls far short of perfect practice, lacking even human dharma, let alone the view of Buddha dharma. 

With only a vague notion of the sixteen rules of proper human conduct, when examining ourselves, our own bad deeds bring us no shame.  When it comes to others, our patience is short like the tail of a door mouse.

Unable to execute the ten virtuous actions of
full of sectarian bias, although there is only one teacher and one teaching, we criticize teachings and the sages, accumulating bad karma; 

Using Dharma in this way is just carrying along a big burden of sin.

We have heard a lot of teachings, but they only increase our pride. Our mental analysis does not penetrate the depth of their meaning. 

Though we think we keep the Pratimoksha discipline, the four dharmas of the practitioner are scattered without trace. 

Though we think we possess the Bodhisattva precious training, the Four Immeasurables are like a painted picture of a lamp. 

Though we think we keep the samayas of the secret
undervaluing the first root downfall we slip into it, taking for granted. 

Though we can mouth the explanations of the Four Thoughts that Change the Mind, attachment to the appearances of this life shows we have no renunciation. 

Though we rely on a guru, our respect and devotion gradually wane. In the place of pure vision, we wrongly think ourselves his equals. 

Respect, love and kindness toward our vajra brothers and sisters decline.

Even a bad word on their part seems intolerable and we shower them with curses. The love and compassion born of recognizing the beings of the six realms as our parents, vanishes like mist when we do not practice from the depths of

Though we act as though we have experience of the Development and Completion stages, we have no alternative to our ordinary confused perception. 

Though we know the Voidness is the ultimate teaching of Sutra and Tantra, 
we have no decisive understanding of it; our mind-streams become hard as horn. 

Unable to abide in the Original Nature, we pay mere lip service to the view and throwing cause and effect to the wind. 

Though outwardly, we appear to be well disciplined and well behaved, inwardly, attachment, craving, desire and greed burn like fire. 

Though we keep our bodies secluded in the mountains, day and night our minds ceaselessly wander in the cities. 

We don’t really trust our own experience and practice and yet guiding and advising others is like a child telling stories. 

Though we can’t be cheated by the compassion of the Three Jewels, yet due to our failing devotion, we cheat and harm ourselves. 

In this way, although to the profound Lama and Dharma, we have no wrong beliefs arising from lack of trust and faith, we sentient beings perform bad actions and remain unfulfilled in these degenerate times. 

Knowing full well what we are doing, we get into self-destructive carelessness.

Not protecting mindfulness, we suffer great loss. 

Now at this time as mind looks at itself, everything we do adds to the confusion.

Everything we think is tainted by emotional affliction.

We see our virtuous activities mixed with sin.  So ultimately where else is there to go but to the lower realms? 

As to our actions and patterns of behavior, calling them to mind, we lose confidence in ourselves. 

Looking at others only amplifies alienation.   We find no one trustworthy to be sure and help us. 

Now if we don’t take ourselves in hand, then when we are caught by the messenger of the Lord of Death, 
no one will be able to protect us, and all hope will be gone. 

Don’t you feel that waiting for such empty expectations is just deceiving ourselves?

With remorse and regret, recognize your own defects.  Wherever we have failed in dharma through error, lapse or transgression, we will not now increase it by concealing it in the presence of those with the eye of wisdom.

We confess in the depths of our hearts: With your compassion, forgive us. Protect us from the terror of the precipice of the wrong path.  Guiding us so that we can attain the perfect path of liberation. 

Having busily spent life doing this and that we have not laid hands on the essential meaning.  Give up the path in which you know so much and miss the one essential point.

Should we not now enter the path of knowing the one thing that liberates all? 

Undeceiving supreme protector, sole certainty and support, Root Guru, who encompasses all refuges, we pray to you with one-pointed devotion.

Look upon us with compassion most kind and supreme refuge,

Bless us so that we can see our own faults. 

Please bless us to not look into the faults of others. 

Bless us so we pacify harmful scheming and violent thoughts. 

Please bless us so that good thoughts arise from deep within. 

Bless us so we have little desire and know how to be satisfied. 

Please bless us so we may remember the time of death is uncertain. 

Bless us so we have no plans left over at the time of death. 

Bless us so we can generate great confidence in Dharma. 

Bless us so we practice impartial pure perception. 

Please bless us so that we develop uncontrived respect and devotion. 

Bless us that we reduce mental activity about unobtainable goals. 

Please bless us with the power to establish the Dharma in the depths of our minds. The ultimate point of the Dharma is the effort put into the practice.  The ultimate point of practice is to liberate our mind streams.  Please bless us.

Bless us so that our practice is free of obstacles.

Please bless us so that its results may ripen immediately.

Bless us so that we may liberate everything we come into contact with. 

Please bless us so that we destroy the duality of hope and fear.

Bless us so that we to see the non-dual primordial wisdom. 

Please bless us so that we recognize our own primordial wisdom. 

Bless us so that we reach the secure ground. 

Please bless us so that we gain ultimate effortless certainty. 

With the great vajra weapon of primordial, pristine cognition, may the life force of samsara and nirvana be cut into emptiness with one stroke. 

Into the unobstructed great bliss enjoyment of Nyema, may we always enjoy activity transcending together and separating. In the expanse of the all-pervasive equalness even the word suffering does not exist. 

Who could there be still searching for happiness where happiness and suffering have the same taste and grasping is self-liberated?  This is the Kingdom of Samantabhadra: May we attain it in this very lifetime!


Images of Tara, Mother of All Buddhas

Recently Jetsunma donated dozens of her personal thangkas to the Temple.  She is also surrounding herself with sacred images and prayer flags. Jetsunma has taught about how the deities with their various implements represent different aspects and qualities of enlightened nature, which is our true nature.  Therefore to look at a thangka or statue of a Buddhist deity is a reminder of our own true nature and enlightened qualities.  We thank Jetsunma for her tremendous generosity and for this extraordinary reminder of what we truly are.

This month in honor of our Mothers, all motherly sentient beings, who have cared for us in this and countless lifetimes, we would like to share with you some of the beautiful thangka images of Tara, Mother of all the Buddhas.

May these images be a reminder to you of your true nature.

Click on each image below to get a closer look.

The Magnetic Temple

The following is a post by a new student, sharing her personal journey of discovery on the Buddhist path. 

by Kristin Laing

I don’t get to Kunzang Palyul Choling as often as I would like. I live in Fairfax and work in Chantilly. On Friday nights during rush hour, Poolesville, MD – home to KPC – might as well be on the moon for what it takes to get there. Even on Sundays, getting out to the country isn’t easy. The effort, however, is SO WORTH IT. There is something so transformative, so rejuvenating, so uplifting about wading through the tidal wave of traffic to spend some time at KPC.

First, there’s the drive. I’ve taken to saying the Seven Line Prayer to keep me calm on the Beltway till I reach River Road. Once on it, you drive through Potomac, passing churches, neighborhoods, BIG mansions. There are almost always cyclists on Sundays – bright and colorful, like a live action modern painting, struggling up and coasting down the hills as suburb gives way to forest. Right now, the canopy is bright green with the bloom of Spring; the air is fresher, smelling sweet and damp from the river nearby and its streams occasionally running under the road. You reach a point where it seems like the road is ending, but you’ve just made it to another, lesser traveled portion of River Road – you are in the country now. You pass beautiful gardens surrounding farm houses and wide open fields, a historic schoolhouse. By the time you reach the driveway of KPC, the stresses of samsara (the state of suffering all sentient beings are in) have faded. You feel like you’re home.

Inside KPC on a Sunday, the building is buzzing like a beehive.  Maroon and yellow fill the hallways as ordained flutter through their preparations for teachings, tsog, a crystal tour or a talk about Jetsunma’s early years. The bookstore is full of students and visitors. The prayer vigil continues in the prayer room, while Dharma is being taught in the other meeting room. DELICIOUS smells waft from the kitchen/diningroom where Noreen prepares the lunch that will nourish body so that mind can open for teaching. Noreen is funny and direct, or is that direct and funny about it. She is also humble and loving. It makes her food taste better!

The Dharma teaching is from the archives again, a disappointment for me. Jetsunma came home when I prayed for her to, because I needed help praying for all of the sentient beings in my life. Maybe I’m kidding myself that she came back to Maryland after being gone so long, but it makes me smile to think that maybe she heard or sensed my call. So, I have to laugh when I arrive at the temple with our possible physical introduction visualized, to find that it ain’t happenin’ today either. I KNOW she is making me let it go before she appears to me. And I know that when we do finally meet, it will be as void of fanfare as any 2 people meeting for the first time, so I also need to let go of the maternal/fellow NYer hug that is part of that visualization. The day I arrive at the temple visualizing only my practice, there she will be… I’m working on it, Jetsunma!

It’s 3pm. I have been at the temple since 11am and it’s like no time has passed at all. I have absorbed Dharma, giggled along with the women who are now ordained, who tell the stories of the early days before and just after Jetsunma became Jetsunma, about her amazing presence and the work of their own paths. I am sitting in a lazy boy chair now, feigning an attempt to write my next blog entry, but the temple is still buzzing with laughter and conversation. It’s like Thanksgiving, without the fighting or football. Noreen appears from the lunchroom and asks who will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Occupy DC – it’s just the thing to refocus my energy! Somewhere around the middle of the 2nd loaf of spreading peanut butter on bread, I realize how good I feel. I am a part of a family that I am helping to be nourished, and they nourish me – mentally, physically, spiritually – right back.

Holly sits down nearby and becomes the unwitting co-victim to my onslaught of questions. She and Noreen patiently answer every question – just the question I ask and no more. Because of this exchange, days later I would realize the difference between someone who practices Buddhism and someone who possesses knowledge of Buddhism. Someone who practices Buddhism answers only the question that is asked, as if there is an understanding that your path has taken you to the question you are asking at that moment, and the path is YOURS to discover at your pace. The practicing Buddhist only shares as much as you ask. The person who possesses knowledge, however, doesn’t wait for a question. He or she hears something familiar sounding and shares his or her interpretation of that knowledge without hearing that a question hasn’t been asked. This difference makes me appreciate Holly and Noreen, and all of the patient members of my sangha (spiritual group) all the more.

The sun is shining brightly outside, the air is cool but the promise of warmer days is on its breath as I make my way to the Enlightenment Stupa in what has now become my parting ritual with the temple. The stupa BEAMS white light in the sunshine, the prayer flags framing it in color, the burning incense is pleasant to smell, the soft ground supports each step as I pray for my loved ones and friends, and for all sentient beings.

I am walking down the driveway to my car parked along the roadside. It is after 4pm and it is time to re-enter civilization. My head says I must, but my heart wants to stay. I don’t want to go back ‘there’ where nobody understands me or my new enthusiasm for Buddhism. The people who are selflessly loving and caring are so rare amid the self-serving who are lost in the Matrix of samsara. I want to stay where I am welcomed and loved unconditionally. It is an attachment I am sure I have to work on.

So is the attachment of excitement over finding my path. I doubt I will achieve Enlightenment within this precious life because I doubt I will ever let go of the attachment of excitement. I’m okay with that. I have found Dharma, I have found the path. For THIS soul – that is a huge leap forward. Maybe I will earn enough merit this time around to come back as something fun like a Border Collie in the next life!

It was a hot fall day at the Amitabha Stupa

Amitabha StupaIt was a hot fall day at the Amitabha Stupa. The sun glinted off the tigle (teardrop) at the top. Golden wildflowers garlanded the clearing, and chirping birds filled the air, adding their own praises. One Colorado blue bird regularly nose dives for one of the water offering bowls to get a quick drink and then resumes his antics in a nearby pinion pine.

Nearly a dozen KPC members from Sedona gathered to practice the “Shower of Blessings,” a moving, devotional ceremony which, each Saturday afternoon (currently at 4 p.m.) and on ritual holy days, includes a food feast or tsog offering. Often visitors join the practice or share in the food feast at the end. Everyone is welcome.

During the middle of the ceremony, a Sri Lankan family came to the stupa to say some traditional prayers. They had made the trip from California especially for this purpose. After a few moments of silent prayer, the three visitors walked around with candles. They were unlit because of fire restrictions. Although initially disappointed, the family was reassured that imagining them ablaze is considered to be equally effective.  In the Buddhist tradition, visualizing an offering is as potent as making one.

Shower of Blessings TsogDuring the “Shower of Blessings,” visitors kept coming. Some hesitated to walk around the stupa at first, but were warmly greeted and told it is always appropriate to circumambulate a stupa, even if there is a ceremony in progress.

As the sun went behind the red rocks, more people came to meditate and pray. The cooler evenings always bring locals who come to the site to worship. By 6:30 the sun was gone, and the stupa park closed.

Elemental Dakini Day at KPC Australia’s new retreat centre.

Rainbow1Ani Wangmo drove through a deluge of hail stones, as a huge storm hit the centre, a roar of thunder took out the power. As the final preparations for Tsok were taking place, the storm subsided and a vivid rainbow appeared. This was Dakini Day in Australia at KPCs new retreat centre in Buninyong, Victoria.

We are all happy to have a place for group practice and to anchor activities in Australia. We envisage having weekly group Tsoks, monthly weekend retreats and Lama visits throughout the year.

A General Assembly for KPC Australia was held the day following Dakini Day with the following Board members elected; President-Lungtog; Secretary-Ani Sherab; Treasurer-Sarah McMullen, Board Member-Sherida Carrick. We hope that we can work well together so that Jetsunma’s teachings and the Palyul lineage can flourish in Australia.

KPC Australia

Mr. Prayer Vigil


As “Caretaker in Chief,” Namgyal is proud of his work with the Prayer Vigil. “When I look back over my life, I’m most proud of the work I’ve done with the Prayer Vigil. As a team, we’ve done something unprecedented that has made a real difference in the world. We’ve had the opportunity to participate in many miraculous events.”

In particular, Namgyal remembers when Jetsunma and the Sangha held a weekend retreat in August of 1999. One could feel the probabilities at that time as somewhat ominous. Many spiritual groups were aware of the potential dangers of an unusual astrological configuration, called the “Grand Cross.” People around the world were praying to avert the negative probabilities. After that global effort, one could feel that something was different, that most of the negative potentials had dissolved.

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama heard about the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil, he jumped for joy. When other Lamas have come to KPC they have marveled and wondered how Jetsunma and the Sangha were able to accomplish so much – until they found out about our Prayer Vigil.  It is truly the heart of the mandala that keeps everything going.

Namgyal believes that KPC needs to strengthen the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil – especially the younger generation of newer practitioners needs to be involved in this effort. The Prayer Vigil has kept KPC alive and has kept many of the participants alive and on the Path. The best days of the 24-Hour Prayer Vigil may be in our future!

Entering the Path Series – The Power of Om Mani Padme Hung Sunday, August 14th 11a.m.


All are welcome to attend this class on the significance and practice of Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit), the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas.

Chenrezig’s mantra OM MANI PADME HUNG, is chanted worldwide to relieve the sufferings that beings experience

in all realms of existence. Reciting this mantra leads one towards the awakening of love and compassion. The practice will be taught so participants can apply its potency to their everyday lives and also alleviate the suffering of others.

If you cannot attend the class in person, please tune into the live webcast here…