Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje
Lama Dondrup Dorje with fellow Lamas, Tulkus, Khenpos, and Lopens at the teaching. Sitting to his right is Choying Gyaltsen Rinpoche, the sponsor of this year's event.
Dinner given in honor of Khenchen Pema Sherab by members of the organising committee of The Association for the Preservation of Ngagyur Kama Tradition. Sitting next to Lama Dondrup Dorje is Khenpo Gyurme Tsultrim, the Chairman of the Association.
For the year 2008, 390 new beds were offered by Lama Dondrup Dorje
to the Ngagyur Nyingma Junior School
, which has at present 1600 young monks undergoing an eight-year junior school academic programme.
In response to a request made by Khenpo Tsering Namgyal, the School Principal, Lama Dondrup Dorje
has agreed to take care of the full cost of the extension project to increase the size of the Staff Meeting Room to cater for the increasing number of teachers at the school.
Ultrasonic devices installed in the Golden Temple
The Golden Temple
at the Namdroling Monastery
has, for several years, been plagued by the pest of bird droppings from pigeons, which adopted the interior of the temple as their home.
The condition of the bird pest got to such a serious state that a plan to install bird nets in the temple to protect the statues from further fouling from the pigeons had even been considered.
In the summer of 2007, Lama Dondrup Dorje
presented a plan of alternative action to His
Holiness Penor Rinpoche on how to eliminate this problem.
Curtain of large wooden beads at the entrance to the Golden Temple
Having had discussion with experts on pest control in the UK, Lama Dondrup Dorje
put forward the suggestion of installing ultrasonic devices, which emit ultrasonic sound that is inaudible to human ears but causes irritation to the birds with a sound much like that of a car alarm.
Upon permission of His
Holiness, Lama Dondrup Dorje
made trips to the monastery to supervise the installation of twenty-four individual units of ultrasonic speakers and control boxes.
Lama Dondrup Dorje (left) and Lopon Phuntsho Gyeltshen (right) working together at Namdroling Monastery
The sponsorship of Translation projects in 2008 continues with the imminent publication of two new prayers books in English: the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo Prayer Book and the Palyul Choe Chyod.
It is the first time that these two books have been translated into English.
Both books feature original Tibetan text with English phonetics and meaning.
Translated by Lopon Phuntsho Gyeltshen of Ngagyur Nyingma Institute
and edited by Lama Dondrup Dorje
The translation and publication of both prayer books has been sponsored by Pathgate Partnership Programme, and are being published by Namdroling Monastery
in conjunction with Pathgate Institute for Buddhist Studies
Lama Dondrup Dorje with Rev. Sumeda and Rev. Mahinda in Cyprus
On a recent visit by Lama Dondrup Dorje
to the drought-ridden island of Cyprus, which was preceded by auspicious signs, with rainfall the day before he
arrived and also during his
stay there, Lama Dondrup Dorje
gave teaching on a range of subjects, which cover Buddhist Medicine and Healing, Meditation and Medical Qigong.
was also invited to visit the local Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple
, which serves the 20,000 Sri Lankans living and working on the island.
met with the Temple's resident monks, Rev. Sumeda and Rev. Mahinda, who kindly invited him to join them for lunch, which comprised of Sri Lankan food cooked by the Sri Lankan community.
During the course of the visit, Lama Dondrup Dorje
exchanged views with his
hosts on a wide range of topics on the Buddhist Paths which are common to the Hinayana Path they follow and the Vajrayana Path which Lama Dondrup Dorje
The visit undoubtedly goes a long way to promoting friendship and understanding between Dharma brothers from two different Buddhist traditions.
Lama Dondrup Dorje with Master Shi Chang Ming and students at Lin Yan Xue Chu in Sydney, Australia
Two weeks later, Lama Dondrup Dorje
was invited to visit Lin Yan Xue Chu - a Chinese Buddhist Temple in Sydney, Australia.
The abbot, Master Shi Chang Ming who is a disciple of Master Quan Hui in Hong Kong, welcomed Lama Dondrup Dorje
with a most splendid lunch prepared by the Chinese speaking sangha of the temple.
Although Master Shi Chang Ming has been practising Chan Meditation for over twenty years, she
was keen to find out more about the remedy on how to overcome the pitfalls of meditation and put forward questions to Lama Dondrup Dorje
on the subject of calming the mind.
Lama Dondrup Dorje
directed their attention to the usefulness of Shinay (one-pointed focus meditation) of both the Mahayana and Vajrayana Paths, which allow the mind to relax within its own nature by replacing all thoughts with one single focus.
At the request of Master Shi Chang Ming, Lama Dondrup Dorje
gave some instruction on sitting qigong practice that prepares the mind for Chan meditation.
Lama Dondrup Dorje
is due to visit Cyprus in early December 2008 and Australia in late February 2009.
Lama Dondrup Dorje with Reverend Marc Palmer outside St. Chad's Church
The teaching was attended by members of the congregation who offered khatas in welcoming Lama Dondrup Dorje
to the church.
During the talk, Lama Dondrup Dorje
spoke of the common ground between Buddhist and Christian teachings, and the need for all people, regardless of faith, to begin by being a good person, to calm their minds and not to be overwhelmed by emotion and opinion, giving others the benefit of the doubt and not judging others.
Encouraging the congregation to follow the teachings of their own faith, Lama Dondrup Dorje
explained the value of the teaching of Jesus in advising us to 'love thy neighbour', and showing that followers of the teaching of Jesus, just as the followers of the teachings of Buddha, should think of other people first.
As Lama Dondrup Dorje
explained 'All the happiness the world contains comes from wishing happiness for others, and all the suffering the world contains comes from wishing happiness for ourselves.'
Lama Dondrup Dorje
then gave an explanation of the principle of Buddhist meditation practice, which is known as Shinay in Tibetan, Chan in Chinese and Zen in Japanese.
This explanation included instruction on the quiet sitting practice of watching the breath, and the practice which can be applied throughout the whole day of bringing your mind back to the teaching.
Lama Dondrup Dorje
highlighted the benefit of returning the mind to the thought of loving kindness for all beings, and encouraged church-goers to use this to replace other thoughts.