Namdrol Rinpoche’s charm is his down-to-earth style of teaching — very evident in the short video Experience Buddhism, below. Although short, the video contains profound insights:
“Our practice is not so much about faith. It’s not so much about prayer…The purpose of practice is to bring out the divinity in us.”
Namdrol Rinpoche is popular, in part, because he is an engaging teacher in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Recognized as a Tulku, Namdrol Rinpoche studied with teachers from Theravada, Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He was a lay Yogi at Kopan Monastery in Nepal for many years. Today, he is the spiritual director at Thekchen Choling temple in Singapore.
Namdrol Rinpoche teaching in Central New York
In September and October, Rinpoche will visit the Central New York area for teachings at Thekchen Choling Temple in Minoa. [Schedule below.] Here’s a quick glimpse, a five-minute video [full transcript below video] that introduces Buddhism and reveals his charismatic teaching style:
Schedule of events during Rinpoche’s September/October teaching visit to New York:
Transcript of Video
“Buddhism emphasizes and lays it very foundations on equanimity. There is no difference between god and human and animal, rich person, poor person — everybody is fundamentally the same. That is the core teaching of Buddhism.”
Following is the announcement text for the Syracuse 2017 teaching event:
Public Schedule for Syracuse 2017
Singha Namdrol Rinpoche’s Teachings
Thekchen Choling Buddhist Temple is happy to announce the return of Buddhist master, Singha Namdrol Rinpoche, to the Syracuse area for a 4-week visit. During this time, Rinpoche will offer a series of teachings and other Dharma activities for the general public.
Born in Singapore in 1974 to a Chinese Taoist family, Singha Namdrol Rinpoche is a “tulku,” the recognized reincarnation of a Buddhist master from Tibet. Drawn to Buddhism from an early age, Rinpoche studied with teachers from the Theravada, Chinese Mahayana, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. For many years he trained, not as a monk, but as a lay Tibetan Buddhist Yogi at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, before founding his own temple in Singapore in 2001.
A brilliant teacher fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, Singha Namdrol Rinpoche is well known for his fresh, exciting, down-to-earth teaching style, as well as his practical wisdom and insightful humor.
Schedule of Teachings and Events
SEPT 14 (Thurs): Teaching & Film: “Many Lives, Many Lessons: How to Move Forward to a New and Better Life,” 6:30 pm, Manlius Public Library, Arkie Albanese Lane, Manlius, NY. (FREE)
SEPT 15 (Fri): Guru Rinpoche Puja & Tsok Feast (Potluck): 6:30 pm, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY.
SEPT 16 (Sat): Lhamo Chundi Initiation: 11 am, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY, (Participants are asked to please be vegetarian the morning before the Initiation).
SEPT 19 (Tues): Birthday Celebration of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha: Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY
11 am: Chinese Chanting: Offering to Buddha and Recitation of the Ksitigarbha Sutra (Part 1).
1:00 pm: Vegetarian Lunch
5:00 pm: Recitation of Ksitigarbha Sutra (Part 2)
6:30 pm: Vegetarian Dinner
7:30 pm: Recitation of the Ksitigarbha Sutra (Part 3) & Amitabha Sutra for the Salvation of all Beings
SEPT 20 (Wed): Teaching: “The Practice of Lhamo Chundi and Chanting of the Chundi Prayer” (English), 7:00 pm, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY
SEPT 23 (Sat): Incense Smoke Offering, 10 am, Whorrall Pavillion, Mill Run Park, Manlius
SEPT 26 (Tues): Chinese Chanting, 7:00 pm, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY (FREE)
SEPT 27 (Wed): Buddhist Teaching: “Why Wait for Happiness?” 6:30 pm, Manlius Public Library, Arkie Albanese Lane, Manlius, NY (FREE)
SEPT 29 – OCT 1 (Fri, Sat & Sun): “Be the Light: Amitabha Buddha Retreat”
FRIDAY: 9/29: Temple:
Registration: 6 pm -7 pm
Program: 7:00 pm
8:30 pm “Passing the Light” ceremony
SATURDAY: 9/30: Temple
Morning Tea & check in: 8 am
Program: 9 am – 12 noon
Lunch: 12 pm – 2 pm
Program: 2 pm to 5 pm
SUNDAY: 10/1: Temple
Morning Tea & check in: 8 am
Program: 9 am – 12 pm
Lunch 12 – 2pm
(Suggested donation for the Amitabha Retreat weekend: $100, includes tea & snacks, vegetarian lunch on Sat & Sun, and all materials. Sliding scale available).
OCT 3 (Tues): Mandarin Teaching: “The Purpose of Generosity & Offerings,” 7:00 pm, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY (English translation provided) (FREE)
OCT 4 (Wed): Teaching: “A Spark of Light in the Darkest Moment: A Buddhist Perspective on Life,” 6:00 pm, Solvay Library, 615 Woods Rd, Solvay, NY 13209, (FREE)
OCT 5 (Thur): Lhamo Chundi Chanting (English), 7:00 pm, Thekchen Choling Temple, 109 East Avenue, Minoa, NY (FREE)