When we met Kyabje
Penor Rinpoche about 10 years ago, His Holiness advised
us to rely on the local Palyul centre's resident Teacher,
Ven Kalsang Rinpoche, saying that there is "no difference"
between Himself and Kalsang Rinpoche.
Ever since Kalsang
Rinpoche left for Taiwan, many of the beings @ CAS
have been relying on Venerable Samten Rinpoche, the
new resident Guru for divinations, advice and guidance
- and Rinpoche has been an unending source of blessings, wisdom
and indeed, miracles ! (
See below for Ven Samten Rinpoche's short bio )
CAS has been hosting
Teachers from all the Tibetan Buddhist lineages since
1995 and serving the Palyul Nyingma lineage is not
altogether unfamiliar, having supported the Pema Kod
Palyul Retreat Centre under Khenpo Tsering Dorje as
well as hosting Rinpoche for a major programme of
the Longchen Nyingthig cycle, Penor Rinpoche's Kalachakra
programme in Singapore, amongst many others !
We are glad not to
have forgotten our late holy, precious Teacher's
advice and also to serve the Dharma, specifically,
teachings, hosting Samten Rinpoche at our new
centre in Malacca, Phuntsok Cho Ling (CAS).
Tashi delek !
Bb & others @ Phuntsok
Cho Ling (CAS)
PS: Samten Rinpoche,
being the local resident teacher, is accessible to
sentient beings in Singapore's Palyul centre: http://www.palyulsg.org/
Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, "Vajrakīlaya's
supreme and common siddhis [accomplishments] are bestowed
with ease and the potency of (his) compassion is especially
swift compared with other yidams. Thus, (he) is certainly
the unique secret heart deity of all the accomplished
vidyādharas [wisdom-holders] of India and Tibet."
- Release Life
- Empowerment of King Terton Ratna Lingpa's "Unsurpassed
Extremely Secret Vajrakilaya", known as "The
Essence of Play of Concerned Activity"
14 December, Sunday
Morning - Smoke Puja
Evening - Teaching on "Introduction
15 December, Monday
Morning - Touring Malacca
Evening - Black Zambala Empowerment
Translations into English
and Chinese will be available.
Internet "live" webcast will
be available for the teaching "Introduction to Dzogchen"
As advised, empowerments could
not be received via the Internet this time due to
the esoteric nature of the tantric teachings.
PS: Samten Rinpoche is a generally traditional
Master who seldom consent to bestow major empowerments;
it is hence rare and extremely blessed and fortunate this
time, mainly our ( Rinpoche and ourselves ), recalling
the late Penor Rinpoche's instructions.
Most Venerable Samten Phuntsok Rinpoche
The Palyul Tulkus: Kalsang and Samten Rinpoches
Samten Phuntchhok Rinpoche
was born in the same village as His Holiness Norbu
"Penor" Rinpoche was born - the Powo village of Kham,
Eastern Tibet on August 12, 1946.His father's name
is Pema Lama and his mother, Dolma.From an early age,
his father taught him basic reading and writing.When
he turned 12 years old, Samten Rinpoche entered Powo
Fulung Monastery.There, he took refuge vows from his
teacher Fulung Tulku Sangye Rinpoche and practiced
the ceremonies, rituals and traditions of the monastery.
In the year 1961, Samten
Rinpoche was forced to leave the monastery in Tibet
to escape from communist occupation.He traveled through
Pema Kod, Assam and finally arrived at Mysore, South
India.At Mysore, he sought sanctuary at the Namdroling
Monastery of the Nyingma Palyul Tradition which was
under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Samten Rinpoche received
Getsul (novice) and Gelong/ Bhiksu (full ordination)
vows from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche which he followed
wholeheartedly.He also taught young aspiring monks
at Namdroling Monastery's elementary school basic
reading and writing in Tibetan, monastic duties and
Buddhist teachings for four years.Samten Rinpoche
received various teachings, empowerments and oral
transmissions from prominent spiritual masters such
as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo
Khyentse Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche Jamyang
Dorje, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Khenpo Jigmey Phuntsok
Rinpoche and many more.He also underwent a 3-year,
3-month, 3-day intensive retreat and meditation at
In 1978, Samten Rinpoche
entered the prestigious Ngagyur Nyingma Institute
(NNI) to study in-depth Buddhist Philosophy as well
as the traditional practices of Sutrayana and Tantrayana.NNI
is a branch of Namdroling Monastery and a renowned
center for advanced Buddhist education and research
studies according to the Nyingma Tradition.After completing
the nine-year course, Samten Rinpoche shared this
precious knowledge with other monks by teaching at
NNI for 5 years from 1987 to 1992.Throughout his 15
years at NNI, Samten Rinpoche was also in-charge of
the discipline of the monks at the institute.
In 2003, His Holiness
Penor Rinpoche sent Samten Rinpoche to the Philippine
Tibetan Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Center to become its
resident spiritual teacher and advisor.Indeed, we
feel very blessed to have Samten Rinpoche in our midst
to teach and guide us in our Dharma practice.We are
most grateful to him for his clear and precise teachings
and for his display of tremendous patience, wisdom,
compassion and skillful means throughout his efforts
to help us understand and incorporate the Dharma teachings
into our daily lives.
Samten Rinpoche is one
of the seniormost disciples of the late Penor Rinpoche
and is widely respected as a pillar of the teachings
and the lineage.
In India, Kalsang and
Samten Rinpoches assisted HH Penor Rinpoche in
the establishment of the exiled mother monastery of
the Nyingma Palyul lineage. At Penor Rinpoche's request,
HH the Dalai Lama blessed and named the newly-established
monastery, "Namdroling". Since then, the monastery
has grown to become one of the largest and most successful
Nyingma establishments-communities in the world with
over 5,000 ordained sangha in Mysore, India.
the Dalai Lama flanked to His sides the respective
heads of the Tibetan spiritual lineages: the 102nd
Ganden Tripa ( Head of the Gelugpa School ) / the
Gyalwa Karmapa ( Head of the Kamtshang Kagyu School
) / the Sakya Trizin ( Head of the Sakya School
) / the Menri Trizin ( Head of the Bon Tradition
) / Kyabje Penor Rinpoche ( Head of the Nyingma
are looking for as many hands ( and legs ) as we
could agther to help keep the programme going. Posts
avaialble include admin-registration, texts-pictures
distribution, food distribution, IT work.
Accomodation - S$40/- per person per room per
day / costs will be halved for shared room.
Food - delicious vegetarian, halal, multi-cultural and
otherwise fodder are more than abundantly
available, all within walking distance of the
centre, estimated at S$10/- per person per
day / S$30/- for 3 days of the retreat.
Transport - S$30/- per person per trip / S$60/-
per person to and from Singapore.
Texts and picture printing / food and transport
of Rinpoche and entourage ( air and land ) are
sponsored for all students and are also up for
sponsorship, full or partial ( !! )
Accomodation and others
Accomodation is arranged at a reasonably clean
and comfortable budget hotel 5 min walk from the
centre. Laundry and pharmacy services
are all within walking range of the centre.
to get there
Malacca is 2 and a half hrs' drive
from Singapore. Phuntsok Cho Ling (CAS) is
15 min by cab from Melaka Sentral, the main bus
station in Malacca.
you need us to book coach tickets for you ( we are
leaving on 12 Dec early morning at Golden Mile Complex,
Singapore ), sms James at 92708080 or email us at
Dec, midnight, if you are going up to Malacca with
some Beings @ CAS by coach, eating with us and
sleeping with us. Otherwise, you may simply appear
at Malacca anytime during the programme. We should
still be able to promise accomodation and food.
apologise for the late notice but we were pending
approval of Rinpoche and translator's Malaysian
visas which have only been approved yesterday (
2 Dec ).
Phuntsok Cho Ling Buddhist Centre (CAS)
THE CENTRE IS AVAILABLE FOR
INDIVIDUAL / GROUP RETREATS ON CERTAN PERIODS
OF THE YEAR.
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