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Lama Dondrup Dorje

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Principal

Company Description: Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies is currently involved in two areas of operation: A. The provision of education leading to the realisation of harmonious...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Palyul Nyingmapa Buddhist Association and Ireland
  • Founder
    Palyul Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist Association and Australia

Education

  • MBA degree
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Teaching Faculty - Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies
www.pathgate.org, 12 Oct 2015 [cached]
Lama Dondrup Dorje
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Lama Dondrup Dorje is the Principal of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Founder of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association in the United Kingdom, Greece and Australia.
Lama Dondrup Dorje with HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
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His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Khenpo Guru and Lama Dondrup Dorje
Known for his devotion to the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was one of the selected few who had the blessing and consent of the late Holiness to accompany him on his travel outside the monastery.
Encouraged by the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche to propagate Buddha Dharma in the West, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, has been actively teaching and establishing many Buddhist Communities around the world. He has also been tasked by the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche to oversee the discipline and education of the first Palyul Western Ordained Community in Europe.
Lama Dondrup Dorje with students at the Palyul Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with the bell and damaru given to him by the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche
HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche later gave him two more Dharma names. The first one is Dakpa Gyaltsen - the name of a 12th century illustrious Tibetan Ngakpa Lama (Tantric Yogi), which means 'Famous Banner of Victory'. The second one is Dondrup Dorje. Dondrup is the personal name of Shakyamuni Buddha, while Dorje is the Vajrayana Symbol representing the Oneness of Nirvana and Samsara - that which transcends the boundary of liberation and suffering.
Rinchen Terzod prayer texts
From his Root Guru, the late Holiness Penor Norbu Rinpoche, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje received extensive instruction on a range of Vajrayana practices, particularly that of the Dzogchen lineage, which includes Ngondro (the preliminary practice of Dzogchen known as 'Buddhahood In The Palm Of Your Hand'), Tsalung - (Tummo - mystic heat yoga which purifies obscuration), Togal (Leap Over - which cultivates pure vision of a realised Bodhisattva), and Trekcho (Cutting Through - which generates the recognition of naked awareness).
He also received many precious rare transmissions such as Rinchen Terzod (comprising the entire cycle of over 700 Nyingmapa practices), Namcho Dzogchen (over 800 practices unique to the Palyul Lineage); Nyingthig Yab Zhi (the four most profound teachings from the Longchen Nyingthig Lineage) and Terzod Kagyama (the secret empowerment given only to Lineage Holders or High Lamas).
From the senior Khenpos at Namdroling Monastery such as Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso who teaches extensively in the west, and Khenpo Sangye Wangdi, the former Principal of the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies, Lama Dondrup Dorje has received many additional transmissions of Buddhist Treatises and Commentaries by the ancient masters such as Acharya Nargajuna, Acharya Shantideva, Acharya Shantarakshita, Acharya Chandrakirti, Mipham Rinpoche, Patrul Rinpoche, Lord Maitreya, Longchenpa, Dudjom Lingpa among many others.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with Thubsang Tulku
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with HE Tulku Gyangkhang Rinpoche
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Lama Dondrup Dorje travels regularly to give Dharma teaching to students in Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has, to date, produced and made available worldwide many educational media for free distribution, such as Audio Dharma Teaching, Thangka and the DVD film 'The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche' that has a selection of 12 different languages in commentary.
Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje teaching in Athens Lama Dondrup Dorje with Italian students
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with students from Sydney
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Lama Dondrup Dorje has actively sponsored the translation, printing and free distribution of Dharma books in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, USA, UK, Greece, Ireland, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and many other countries. He is the editor for three translated Tibetan Prayer Texts: 'Wish-Granting Attainments - Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer', 'The Wish-Granting Tree of Enlightenment - Prayer for the Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo', and 'The Stairway to the Pure Lands - Prayer of the Palyul Nyingma Tradition'.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje has also extended to the support of a diversity of Dharma projects, charities, and countless different individuals from around the world.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje tirelessly applies himself by utilising a variety of skillful means to help all beings in accordance to their karmic condition to attain not only temporal happiness in this life but also lasting happiness in future lives.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with Grandmaster Wai Lun Choi
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Lama Dondrup Dorje and members of the Wu Family
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Lama Dondrup Dorje receives award from Grandmaster Chiang Che Cheng
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with Grandmaster Pan Qing-Fu
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Lama Dondrup Dorje with Grandmaster Ip Chun
For example, between 1992 and 1998, he guided 72 students to become International Champions in Chinese Martial Arts in both the UK & the USA, winning a total number of 370 Gold, 262 Silver & 129 Bronze Medals.
Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies
www.pathgate.org, 30 June 2012 [cached]
Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje
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Lama Dondrup Dorje instructed his students from around the world to join in with pujas at their respective local centres and to accumulate prayers for the Swift Rebirth of HH Penor Rinpoche.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje at the Namdroling Monastery in India who have recently become the recipients of the degree of Khenpo and Vajracharya.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje gave a series of vibrant demonstrations to illustrate the reason why Buddhadharma is the foundation of authentic classical internal arts practice. He also highlighted the impact Buddhadharma has in bringing harmony to every facet of our daily lives. Through endless vivid examples, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje repeatedly remind the students that true learning cannot even begin until we have completely renounced our reliance on personal logic which is the product of individual habit and preferences, and has nothing in common with the primordial wisdom of discriminative awareness, which is the result of successful Chan Ding practice through firm faith and devotion in taking refuge in the guidance of a qualified teacher.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje is a member of the Executive Committee, this month-long event with oral transmission of Nyingma Gyudbum by Togden Rinpoche, Kama Empowerment by Yangthang Rinpoche, and pith instruction by Khenchen Pema Sherab, attracted a record number of over 3000 Nyingma practitioners.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje immediately took steps to offer financial help to the KPC by diverting money to the KPC from the Pathgate Centre Fund, which was due to be used in paying off the mortgage for the main Pathgate Dharma Centre, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Wishing to encourage the many supporters of KPC around the world to play a bigger part in the fundraising effort, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje offered to match the amount pledged by donors during the final night of their fund-raising telethon on the 28th April. Being aware that this effort may still not have been sufficient, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje also offered to top up the difference in the short fall of donation that was needed to reach the total amount of $250,000 US dollars, to ensure the future of the KPC Temple was secured. As a result, the KPC temple, which Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje regarded as the extension of his Root Guru Penor Rinpoche's Enlightened Activities, was saved from the bank.
Location of the Samantabhadra Retreat Centre, Paro Valley, Bhutan
A plan to establish a Retreat Centre by Pathgate Institute in Bhutan through the joint effort of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje and his Dharma friends from Namdroling Monastery has been quietly proceeding for several years.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje by Khenpo Sangay Wangdi (former Principal of Ngagyur Nyingma University at the Namdroling Monastery) and Khenpo Jurme Kunzang (former Abbot of the Singapore Palyul Centre). In response to their appeal, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje agreed to sponsor the initial construction of one two-storey retreat house and has since made good his words by providing full funding for its completion during the course of 2010.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje that he lost both his legs at a train accident when he was age 19, and that he was in the right place at the right time to learn a big lesson in life.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje went to the National Palace Museum in Taipei in September to visit an exhibition of extremely precious Tibetan Buddhist Artefacts that are usually kept in safe storage, he found himself pleasantly surprised to come face to face with a statue of Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216) - one of the founding patriarchs of Sakya Vajrayana tradition in Tibet.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje was accompanied by several students from Hong Kong and Singapore. During their stay in Taipei, they were well looked after by his many Dharma friends there. Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje would like to expresses his heart-felt gratitude to the thoughtful hospitality he received from his friends in Taiwan and he looks forward to meeting up with them in the near future.
Personal Gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo Personal gift of Rock Crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo flanked by Wealth Vases blessed by the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche
On his return to the UK in July after having completed a teaching tour of the Far East and Australia, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje was greeted by the arrival of a most excellent gift of rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo, founder of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling (KPC), a Vajrayana Buddhist Organization of the Nyingma Palyul Lineage, in Poolesville, Maryland, USA. The unexpected gift was a gesture of gratitude from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo in appreciation of Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's financial support in saving the temple of Kunzang Odsal Palyul Changchub Choling a few months earlier when the KPC was given just 5 days to find US$250,000 to pay off a bank note that was secured against the temple property.
On being informed of their predicament, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje made the prompt decision to redirect money from the Pathgate Centre Fund which was meant to pay off the outstanding mortgage owed by his own Pathgate Dharma Centre in the UK, to the KPC's bank account in the USA so that the KPC temple property will not be lost to the bank and in doing so, preserve the Dharma activity of his root guru, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
The rock crystal from Jetsunma Ahkon Norbu Lhamo has now been placed in Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje's personal shrine room amongst the many precious gifts he received from his root guru, the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies
www.pathgate.org, 30 June 2012 [cached]
Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje
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Lama Dondrup Dorje is the Principal of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Founder of the Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association in the United Kingdom, Greece and Australia.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje was one of the selected few who had the blessing and consent of the late Holiness to accompany him on his travels outside the monastery.
Encouraged by the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche to propagate Buddha Dharma in the West, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, has been actively teaching and establishing many Buddhist Communities around the world. He has also been tasked by the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche to oversee the discipline and education of the first Palyul Western Ordained Community in Europe.
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Dondrup is the personal name of Shakyamuni Buddha, while Dorje is the Vajrayana Symbol representing the Oneness of Nirvana and Samsara - that which transcends the boundary of liberation and suffering.
Text of Rinchen Terzod
From his Root Guru, the late Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje received extensive instruction on a range of Vajrayana practices, particularly that of the Dzogchen lineage, which includes Ngondro (the preliminary practice of Dzogchen known as 'Buddhahood In The Palm Of Your Hand'), Tsalung - (Tummo - mystic heat yoga which purifies obscuration), Togal (Leap Over - which cultivates pure vision of a realised Bodhisattva), and Trekcho (Cutting Through - which generates the recognition of naked awareness).
He also received many precious rare transmissions such as Rinchen Terzod (comprising the entire cycle of over 700 Nyingmapa practices), Namcho Dzogchen (over 800 practices unique to the Palyul Lineage); Nyingthig Yab Zhi (the four most profound teachings from the Longchen Nyingthig Lineage) and Terzod Kagyama (the secret empowerment given only to Lineage Holders or High Lamas).
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Lama Dondrup Dorje received many additional transmissions of Buddhist Treatises and Commentaries by the ancient masters such as Acharya Nargajuna, Acharya Shantideva, Acharya Shantarakshita, Acharya Chandrakirti, Mipham Rinpoche, Patrul Rinpoche, Lord Maitreya, Longchenpa, Dudjom Lingpa among many others.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje travels regularly to give Dharma teaching to students in Europe, Australia and the Far East. He has, to date, produced and made available worldwide many educational media for free distribution, such as Audio Dharma Teaching, Thangka and the dvd film 'The Compassionate World of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche' that has a selection of 12 different languages in commentary.
Over the years, Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje has actively sponsored the translation, printing and free distribution of Dharma books in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, USA, UK, Greece, Ireland, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and many other countries He is the editor for three translated Tibetan Prayer Texts: 'Wish-Granting Attainments - Namdroling Monastery Daily Prayer', 'The Wish-Granting Tree of Enlightenment - Prayer for the Annual Nyingma Monlam Chenmo', and 'The Stairway to the Pure Lands - Prayer of the Palyul Nyingma Tradition'.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje has also extended to the support of a diversity of Dharma projects, charities, and countless different individuals from around the world.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje tirelessly applies himself by utilising a variety of skillful means to help all beings in accordance to their karmic condition to attain not only temporal happiness in this life but also lasting happiness in future lives.
Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies
www.pathgate.org, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Audio Teachings by Lama Dondrup Dorje
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The Retreat offers 12 days intensive study of Buddha Dharma, Meditation and Energy Yoga with Lama Dondrup Dorje, a long time disciple of H.H. Penor Rinpoche, the 11th Throne Holder of the Tibetan Palyul Nyingmapa Buddhist Tradition. Lama Dondrup Dorje is the Head of Studies of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Founding Director of the Palyul Nyingmapa Buddhist Association in the United Kingdom, Greece and Ireland. He is also a world-renowned Master Teacher of Healing Energy & Classical Chinese Internal Arts.
A sample of the daily schedule at the retreat includes:
Lama Dondrup Dorje at the Pathgate Summer Retreat
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There will be ample free periods in the afternoon for the students to relax by the beach, swim, snorkel, or spend time with Lama Dondrup Dorje - a perfect opportunity to ask further questions about the teachings of the day.
Audio Teachings by Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje - Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies
www.pathgate.org, 12 Oct 2015 [cached]
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Lama Dondrup Dorje continues to explain the suffering caused by our fixations with gain and loss, and with afflictive emotions such as anger, encouragin us to let go of our obsessions and win a life of peace and harmony.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains our obsession with winning and losing and the suffering it causes through insecurity, resentment and conflict.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje describes how we fixate on a self-image which simply isn't real.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje during the Pathgate Summer School 2012; encouraging students to retreat from the fixations of their own minds, from opinions and habitual tendencies.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje gives advice about how to have a proper relationship with our children, and explains the importance of taking refuge in those who know.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains the role of the parent is to protect well-being and to nurture the proper development of their children.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje encourages students to start cultivating mindfulness in daily activities.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje emphasises the importance of right motivation, and explains the essential qualities of faith and devotion as the most important factors in the practice of Buddhism.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje shows the benefits of approaching all situations with an attitude of repeated gratitude...
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains the benefit of returning to the right view by taking refuge in the time-proven guidance of the Three Jewels - the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the unsatisfactoriness and impermanence of all worldly phenomena, and that Dharma teachings provide the seed that can ripen into Buddhahood.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje gave on the Sutra of Cause and Effect of the Three Times; illustrating the Law of Cause and Effect through stories from Ancient China and from the time of Lord Buddha.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje compassionately gave this teaching explaining the need for wholehearted commitment to our spiritual master.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje recounts the story of the time Lord Buddha was asked about the requirements of an ideal disciple, and explained the need for discipline of conduct and diligence in study and practice.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje gives us a nine-pointed meditation on Death and describes the advantages of remembering death and impermanence, and the disadvantages of not remembering them.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains right motivation for taking ordination, the qualities of the ordained and the benefits of protecting vows.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains the Reasons for Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels - the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha; the powers and qualities of Lord Buddha, and the commitments which one undertakes by going for refuge.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the Aspects of the Path, the need to recognise impermanence and emptiness, and the true reason for the and the true reason for the attainment of human life. Read More... .
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Describing the four main types of obscuration, Lama Dondrup Dorje speaks of the need for daily vigilance in watching over the mind.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje describes the Eight Mundane Concerns and explains the States of Naturalness, as described in Buddhist sutras.
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Lama Dondrup Dorje explains these actions, and the Principles of the Path we must follow.
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