What the teachers say about restarting your Buddhist practice: overcoming obstacles, bringing back the enthusiasm, re-establishing faith and commitments
Video mantra chanting: Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma. Benefits: healing, compassion, metta, wisdom
Video teaching: Metta and Karuna, the “most important” Buddhist practices of Love and Compassion, from H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche with Lama Tsongkhapa Migtsema mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma
Sacred outlook – Seeing beyond ordinary perception in modern culture, and American Buddhism
Why is pride a poison, and when can pride of accomplishment be considered a good thing? With full Ambattha Sutta “Pride of Birth and its Fall.”
Vajrasattva, the Great Purifyer, among the most powerful and profound healing and purifications techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism
Family lay Buddhism: What the Teachers Say about keeping motivated in your Buddhist Practice as parents — and coping with every-day family life in a modern stressful world
Reconnecting with nature to reboot our “spiritual self” activates a feeling of self-transcendence
Video: Buddhist Teachings on Ngondro, The Foundation Practices with Venerable Zasep Rinpoche
Kucchivikara-vattha: The Monk with Dysentery (Sutra teachings) “If you don’t tend to one another, who then will tend to you?”
“Putting Compassion on the Scientific Map”: Compassion Boosts Happiness/Health; and Research Indicates That Practicing Buddhists Are Happier than Average.
Video with wonderful mantra chanting: Om Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha, the essence of Heart Sutra and Emptiness
Music Mantra Video: Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and the Four Immeasurables wonderfully sung by Yoko Dharma with video visualizations
Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?
Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa: teachings on calm abiding meditation that go beyond “the breath” as the focus — targeting the main affliction
Music Mantra Video: Om Mani Padme Hum wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma, the sacred sound of compassionate Buddha Chenrezig
Tara Book excerpt and teaching: Who is Tara and how can She help us? An introduction to Tara, Karma, Shunyata, Dependent Arising, and Buddha Nature by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
What’s with all this consort union in Tantric Buddhism? No, it’s not about sexual fantasies. The psychology of Yab-Yum consorts, union of wisdom and compassion
Video: “How do I deal with my anger? Sometimes it consumes me and hurts others”: a Buddhist student asks teacher Ven. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Video: “Experience Buddhism” with Namdrol Rinpoche “Buddhism emphasizes, and lays its very foundations on, equanimity.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers recommend Kṣitigarbha mantra and practice for times of disaster, especially hurricane and earthquake, because of the great Bodhisattva’s vow
Medicine Buddha healing mantras chanted by the amazing Yoko Dharma
Why 35 Confessional Buddhas practice and “The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls” is a critical purifying practice for Buddhists
What the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams Have in Common: Laughter, and Compassion, the Best Medicine
“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”
Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?
Painter and digital Thangka artist Jampay Dorje aims to bring “Thangka painting into a modern era” with spectacular art, lessons for students, and a life-long project to illustrate all of the 11 Yogas of Naropa
Buddha teaches us to view every meal as if we were reluctant cannibals: Samyukta Agama Sutra 373, the Four Nutriments
Letting Go — letting go of past, letting go of future, letting go is the hardest thing to do: Na Tumhaka Sutta
Becoming Gesar, the fearless Buddhist: How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra
The Hand of Buddha defeats the three poisons : Vajrapani (literally, “Vajra Hand”) — Guardian of Shakyamuni Himself; Vajrapani, the power of the mind to overcome obstacles such as pride, anger, hate and jealousy
Tonglen video: Why giving and taking practice is an important kindness meditation and Bodhichitta practice; how to do it: taught by Zasep Rinpoche
Understanding Dependent Co-Arising is critical to Buddhist practice: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta
Pali Sutta for Our Age: Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Book Review of a Classic
The bridge between science and Buddhism, atoms and no atoms, theism and athiesm; Yidam deity meditation and the Cognitive Science of Tantra
“Every one has Buddha Nature.” A teaching video: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche with mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma
Video: “Experience Buddhism” with Namdrol Rinpoche “Buddhism emphasizes, and lays its very foundations on, equanimity.”

Video: “Experience Buddhism” with Namdrol Rinpoche “Buddhism emphasizes, and lays its very foundations on, equanimity.”

Namdrol Rinpoche (left) with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (right). Namdrol Rinpoche’s root gurus are the late Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup Rigsel (the ex-Abbot of Kopan Monastery), Venerable Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, and the late Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog.

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:



For more video teachings from Rinpoche, visit the Thekchen Choling YouTube Channel>>

Schedule of events during Rinpoche’s September/October teaching visit to New York:



Transcript of Video

Title: Experience Buddhism, with Namdrol Rinpoche
[Images in Tekchen Choling temple in Singapore. Students making offerings, Rinpoche teaching, various activities in temple.]
Namdrol Rinpoche: “Buddha was just like you. He had all kinds of difficulties, and all kinds of suffering, but he was victorious over his own body, speech and mind — and he became Awakened.
Singapore’s largest 1000-Armed Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is at Thekchen Choling. The beautiful statue is 2.3 metres in height.

“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.”

A student speaking: “I always felt like I was drawn to Buddhism.”
Another student speaking: “I was searching for something that would answer the questions I had about life and death.”
Rinpoche: “There’s no answer in life. Everybody has their own past. And you have your own experiences. Therefore, there is no one way to say ‘this is the answer to life.’ Everyday life in itself is a spiritual journey. And, therefore, we can become Enlightened Buddhas.
“Our practice is not so much about faith. It’s not so much about prayer. One of the biggest differences is that in all religions there’s always a god, and you can never be god, and you always need god’s forgiveness. We are sinners. But in Tibetan Buddhism, we are all divine. The purpose of practice is to bring out the divinity in us.
“The difference between Thekchen Choling and others is that the Lama, myself, I’m not a monk. I have a wife, and I have children, and I can fully understand the daily challenges the things that everybody else is facing, too.
Woman narrator: “He was a chef before. He used to feel that he worked very hard, and long hours, and at the end of the work day we couldn’t go to any temple, they weren’t open. So, we are open 24 hours a day.”
A student: “On Thursday and Friday evenings we have teachings, both in English and Mandarin language.”
Another student: “He is very approachable. He makes the teachings very close to our daily life.”
[Images of student offering incense.]
Rinpoche: “The purpose of offering incense is to remind us that no matter how strong and how powerful you are now, our life is only going to get shorter and shorter. And, at the end of the day, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Every day brings us closer to our death. It is only be remembering that, that we will treasure life, and what we have now.”
[Image of giant temple Mani prayer wheel being turned by students.]
Rinpoche: “When we are turning the mani wheel, the bottom of the wheel sucks all the negativity out from our body, and then all the blessings come from the top and adorns your body. That’s why, when you see the big wheel, on top there are silks and brocades and jewels.
“Remember that we share this world, this planet. We must pray together. Pray for one another. Don’t just pray for yourself.”
Student: “People around me change the way they respond to me, so they must have seen some changes in me.”
Rinpoche: “The most difficult part in practice is actually in giving ourselves. We are our own biggest obstacle. It’s like if you are only a small cup, you can only take so much water. But if you have already given up all boundaries, you become the sea.”
A student: “Basically, what he is teaching is a living Buddhism.”
Another student: “You don’t need to be a Buddhist to attend. But you always get a gift from Lama that you can use.”
Another student: “You are taught to apply these principles of Buddhism in your life.”
Rinpoche: “I guide them along. I do not pinpoint and say ‘lets do this and do this’ and achieve this and that. That, of course is like the external mark that many people can see. But what is the internal goal? It is that they be able to life as a journey.”
Student: “This is really the paradise of Dharma. Family and friends that are beyond blood and relations. It’s a very special place.”
Rinpoche: “Experience the Dharma. And experience your life. For your life is the very Dharma. And the Dharma was meant for your life.


Namdrol Rinpoche. Rinpoche’s main Gurus are His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Eminence the 5th Dagri Dorje Chang, His Eminence Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the late Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup and the late Geshe Lama Konchog, now reincarnated as His Eminence Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche.


Following is the announcement text for the Syracuse 2017 teaching event:

Public Schedule for Syracuse 2017

Singha Namdrol Rinpoche’s Teachings                                                      


About Rinpoche

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)



For more information about these events, contact Thekchen Choling Temple, menla108@yahoo.com or call: 315-480-1088.  Please be sure to visit our website at www.thek.us and look for us on Face Book.






Leave a reply

Are you a Sentient Being? *

Awarded Top 50 Buddhist Blog

Copyright Buddha Weekly 2007-2017. All Rights Reserved. Please feel free to excerpt stories with full credit and a link to Budddha Weekly. Please do not use more than an excerpt. Subject to terms of use and privacy statement. All information on this site, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote  understanding and knowledge. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, including medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Buddha Weekly does not recommend or endorse any information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

Send this to a friend