Lopon Nidup and the Dharma Reading Group
Did you know that KPC has a Dharma Reading Group that meets every week?
Since last October, Lopon Nidup has been discussing Patrul Rinpoche’s classic text, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, supplemented by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang’s commentary, A Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher. This practical guide covers essential Tibetan Buddhist practices, and is filled with stories and quotes, relating Buddhism to everyday life. It is appropriate for beginners and long-term students. Lopon has been joining us live on Zoom from Namdroling Monastery, where he is the coordinator for the Padma Mani Translation Committee (PMTC).
Lopon has just begun the section on refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and about the benefits of taking refuge. He first explains the meaning of the main text, followed by the commentary, and finishes with a Q&A. The reading group is relaxed and informal, and meets every Tuesday night at 7:30 Eastern Time (U.S.). Everyone is invited to attend!
More about Lopon Nidup:
Orphaned at a young age and raised by a loving foster family, Lopon Nidup had to work as a child to pay for his primary school expenses. He did very well in school, and credits that to having many helpful teachers along the way. While he was still a student, he had an injury at work. This became the catalyst for his instant renunciation of samsara. The day he was supposed to receive the scores on his finals, the result of everything he had worked so hard for, he walked away to become a monk.
Lopon Nidup joined Namdroling Monastery in 2011 and completed the foundational Ngondro practices that year. In 2012, he started at Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (NNI) and later graduated in 2022. In 2017, as a student, he served as the institute’s librarian, and in 2018, a translator member for PMTC. From 2019 to 2021, he worked in the English section of Ngagyur Rigzod Editorial Committee.
Lopon Nidup has been the coordinator for the Padma Mani Translation Committee since 2022. He has been responsible for overseeing many translations such as HH Penor Rinpoche’s A Lamp on the Path: Vol. 2 and works by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok.
KPC is very fortunate and grateful to have Lopon Nidrup share his wealth of knowledge and wisdom with us.
We invite you to join the Dharma Reading Group on Zoom, every Tuesday Night at 7:30 Eastern Time (U.S).
Zoom meeting ID: 865-1252-6677
If you prefer, you can call into the meeting at +1 (301) 715-8592. Enter the Zoom meeting ID and password when prompted.
You can order texts here:
Words of My Perfect Teacher, available from Yale University Press:
The commentary, A Guide to The Words Of My Perfect Teacher by Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang is available from Shambhala Publications:
(Both are also available on Amazon.)
Want to hear some of the past classes? The recordings will soon be available on KPC’s Buddhism for Beginners podcast! Stay tuned!