Schedule 2019

In 2015 Drupon Khen Rinpoche decided to travel for no more than three months each year and to spend most of his time in Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Center, Nepal. Drupon Rinpoche feels he is better able to serve the buddhadharma and sentient beings by dedicating most of his time to the development of a single group of full-time students, with the hope that they come to fully embody the teachings and maintain the lineage.


Usual residenceThrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, BhaktapurDaily Teachings
9th, 14th, 24th and 29th of the Tibetan calendarThrangu Shedra, NamobuddhaTeachings on Heart-Nectar Advice by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, to the Shedra students and Khenpos.
9-11 AugustThrangu Chopel Ling Temple, NarDrupon Khen Rinpoche has been requested to preside over the consecration and opening ceremony of the new Narsam Drubcho Ling Temple (སྣར་བསམ་གྲུབ་ཆོས་གླིང་དགོན་པ།).

The temple was originally established in 1604 by the Lama of Nar, Karma Wangchug, after receiving the sacred command to do so from Karma Lobzang, a student of The 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje and The 6th Shamarpa Chokyi Wangchug. The temple has been rebuilt with help from the people of Nar and the ceremony of consecration and reopening will take place on the 10th of the sixth month of the Tibetan calendar (10th August 2019.)

As part of the ceremonies to mark this auspicious event, Khen Rinpoche will give public teachings to Temple’s local community. Also during his visit to the Nar region, he will visit and teach at Thrangu Chopel Ling Temple.

The timetable for the three day visit, from 9th-11th August will be as follows:

9th August pm: Public Dharma teachings for the local community

10th August am: The consecration and opening ceremony of the new Temple

10th August pm: Public Dharma teachings for the general public

11th August: visit to Thrangu Chopel Ling Temple(སྣར་ས་སྟེག་ཁྲ་འགུ་ཆོས་འཕེལ་གླིང་དགོན་པ།) with public Dharma teachings t in the afternoon.

20-26 NovemberThrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, Namo Buddha, NepalAnnual One-Week Retreat for Thrangu Monastery Lamas with teachings on The Precious Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

Outside of Nepal

18 February - 1 MarchVajra Vidya Institute, Sarnath, Varanasi, India
Drupon Khen Rinpoche will be teaching a course at the 19th Vajra Vidya International Seminar at the request and on behalf of Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche due to a recent health issue.

Teaching: Chapter 6 on Patience from The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva

Interpreters: English – Khenpo Choephel

Chinese (FM radio) – Khenpo Nyima Dondrup

For course details from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's website, please visit this link


10-17 JuneKagyu Samye Ling, Scotland

Second UK Kagyu Monlam. Teaching on A Song on Seizing the Royal Seat of the Kagyu, by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye.

Details on Samye Ling's website
22-28 JuneThrangu Vajrayana Buddhist Center, Hong KongCalm Abiding Meditation Retreat with teaching on The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment by Atisha
29-30 JuneEwam Yeshe Dharma Centre, Tokyo, JapanCalm abiding Meditation and Fundamental Buddhist Principles
3-7 JulyThrangu Dharmakara, Toronto, CanadaCalm Abiding Meditation
8 JulyKarma Tekchen Zabsal Ling, Toronto Thrangu Centre, Ontario, Canada

Introduction to the Fundamental Aspects of Buddhism

Karma Tekchen Zabsal Ling's website
21-22 SeptemberKagyu Samye Dzong London, UK

Teaching on A Song on Seizing the Royal Seat of the Kagyu, by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye

Course details on Kagyu Samye Dzong London website
23 SeptemberKagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, Scotland

Teachings on Mind Training
Monday Sep 23rd 2019 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Course details on Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh's website
24 SeptemberEdinburgh University, Edinburgh, ScotlandAn Introduction to the Main Principles of Buddhism.
Time: Tuesday 24th September 2019, 1-2pm

This event is hosted by the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies network

Download event's poster (PDF)
24 September - 4 OctoberKagyu Samye Ling, Scotland

Teachings on Precious Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa

Course details on Samye Ling's website
5 OctoberKagyu Samye Ling, Scotland

Public Teaching

Course details on Samye Ling's website
6-13 OctoberKagyu Samye Ling, ScotlandAnnual One-Week Meditation Retreat conjoined with the commemoration of the 6th Anniversary of the passing of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

In this meditation retreat, there will also be a change in the format of the meditation sessions – Drupon Rinpoche will guide the retreatants in an exploration of mind and thoughts by posing questions and highlighting possible issues with some of the answers people often assume to be correct.

This year, for the first time, Rinpoche will provide a rare opportunity to experience the unique, traditional means of teaching authentic Buddhist meditation – by the master asking the disciples questions and thus letting them come to find the truth of real meditation for themselves.

The emphasis will be on developing an understanding of what meditation really is, rather than on learning different methods.

This revised format will be especially insightful for those who are slightly more experienced in meditation, and helpful for anyone who is genuinely interested in developing an authentic and effective meditation practice.

Course details on Samye Ling's website

13 OctoberKagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow, Scotland

The Fundamental Principles of Buddhism

Course details on Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow's website
15 OctoberThrangu Vajra Vidya Buddhist Center, Taipei, TaiwanDharma Teaching
16-22 OctoberHwayue Foundation, Taipei, TaiwanOne-Week Meditation Retreat with teaching on Mind Training
22 OctoberThrangu Dharmakara, Taipei, TaiwanDharma Teaching
25-26 OctoberKagyu Samye Dzong Cape Town, South AfricaDharma Teaching
27 OctoberKagyu Samye Dzong Randburg, Johannesburg, South AfricaDharma Teaching
28 OctoberKagyu Samye Dzong Johannesburg, Kensington, Johannesburg, South AfricaDharma Teaching
29-31 OctoberKagyu Samye Ling Zimbabwe, Harare, ZimbabweDharma Teaching
1-3 NovemberKagyu Samye Dzong, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the CongoDharma Teaching

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