Date: 3/12/2014 11:15:29 AM
Subject: [CASonline] Most Venerable Samten Phuntsok Rinpoche
Dearest Friends @ CAS,
Kyabje Penor Rinpoche
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, Guru Rinpoche's 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:
The Programme
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."
( See more on Vajrakilaya at )
13 December, Saturday 
Morning - Release Life
Evening - 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 to Dzogchen"
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" at
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.  
About 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 the monastery.

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.
His Holiness 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 School ). 
We 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.
How 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.
If 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 by 7 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. 
We 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 ).
Venue at Malacca
Dharma centre
Library corner
Dharma hall
Phuntsok Cho Ling Buddhist Centre (CAS)
11-A, Jalan MP 16,
Taman Merdeka Permai,
Batu Berendam, 75350
Melaka, Malaysia
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