Welcome to Palyul Changchub Dargyeling D.C. Area
We are a non-profit organization of Vajrayana Buddhism in the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma tradition. We are one of a world-wide network of Dharma centers founded by the late Kyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche under the current leadership of Kyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th throne holder of the Palyul lineage. We follow the guidance, advice and personal examples of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, our Palyul Rinpoches, Teachers, Lamas and our Spiritual Director, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
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A message from Yeshe, President of the Board of Directors:
May your 2018 be auspiciousness and productive!
The board and I would like to outline the focus of our activities for 2018. First, I want to note some changes within the board that occured at the end of 2017; in September we welcomed Christine Lehmann to the board. In November the board held its annual officer election: I was re-elected as president of the board, Christine has been elected the treasurer, and Mike Meissner has been elected secretary. We humbly thank Irina for her time on the board and are sad to see her retire, but are elated that she is retaining the position of “Lama Event” Manager; where she will be working with the board in our upcoming visits from our teachers. In December the board approved an annual budget and signed a lease with “A Center for Relationships” to continue renting 316 Commerce Street.
As the community has no doubt noticed, PCD-DC has been through many changes in the past few years. These changes have had adverse effects on the level of participation at our various events. This in turn has negatively affected the donations that PCD-DC receives, which in turn impacts our capacity to host events. The net result is that PCD-DC is operating with a smaller pool of volunteers and a smaller budget compared to years past. To mitigate the loss and to attempt to rebuild the community the board decided to remain at 316 Commerce Street for the duration of the year and to hold all events at this location. In addition the board made the tough decision to limit the number of visits from our teachers to only three visits per year. We will announce the visits when we have details but expect a visit from Khenpo Norgay occurring sometime in the Spring. We may have a visit from Khenchen in the Summer if the recent visitation pattern persists. And we look to have a final visit for 2018 occurring sometime in the Fall. Details for these visits will be announced as soon as plans are settled.
As noted participation has waned over the years. In order to improve on this situation we have decided to host all regular events on Sundays. We will adhere to a regular schedule. Our aim is to follow this schedule in order to encourage participation. We will continue with the beginner and intermediate meditation classes at 10 AM and 11:30 AM respectively. In addition we will host a tsog every Sunday at 2 PM. Two of these tsogs will be our observations of Guru Rinpoche day and Dakini day. On those days we will follow the sadhanas of the Rigdzin Dupa and the Yumka. In addition one Sunday a month we will practice the Lhadrub Thigle Gyachen and the last remaining Sunday we will practice the Hundred Deities sadhana from the Nam Cho of Terton Migyur Dorje. We are hosting these weekly tsogs as an offering to the established practitioners of the sangha such that this many nourish and enrich the community. In June of 2017 Lion’s Roar published a beautiful article by Thich Nhat Hanh in which he said the following:
“If we do not have a supportive sangha, we may not be getting the kind of support we need for our practice, that we need to nourish our bodhichitta (the strong desire to cultivate love and understanding in ourselves). Sometimes we call it “beginner’s mind.” The mind of a beginner is always very beautiful, very strong. In a good and healthy sangha, there is encouragement for our beginner’s mind, for our bodhichitta. So the sangha is the soil and we are the seed. No matter how beautiful, how vigorous our seed is, if the soil does not provide us with vitality, our seed will die.”
It is our sincerest hope that you will choose to participate with us on Sundays. Perhaps you might be inclined to make these tsogs part of your regular practice routine. Participating and interacting with the newer students would be vastly beneficial along the lines of what Thich Nhat Hanh is suggesting.
The mission of PCD-DC is “to offer teachings and practices in the tantric Buddhist traditions of the Nyingmapa; and to create a gathering place and support structure for the D.C. area community for regular practice, instruction and study…” Despite the waning of participation over the years, PCD-DC will continue to operate according to our mission statement by hosting events with our Palyul teachers and by holding regular practices. The board will continue these operations for the community. We hope to see you in 2018.