Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre
|Fig 1. Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Center|
In view of the essential need to uphold the teachings of lineage and dharma, Shangpa Rinpoche established Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre in 2008. It is set amidst the tranquil and serene environment at Sarangkot in Pokhara, Nepal.
"The Karma Kagyu retreat is renowned for its strict discipline and profound practice under the guidance of qualified masters. This tradition has ongoing for more than a thousand years. Until today the transmission of teaching and methods of practice are still very alive and thus the blessings are transmitted to those who sincerely engage themselves in the practice."
|Fig 2. Shangpa Rinpoche with the first batch of monks who finished their retreat in year 2011|
In the summer of 2011, two Rinpoches and sixteen Lamas completed the three years and three months traditional retreat under the blessings of lineage masters as well as the careful instructions and transmissions of the retreat master Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche. They were not only well trained in the meditation of Mahamudra at every stage of their practice but also the most important Karma Kagyu teachings that include The Six Yogas of Naropa along with many high tantric deity yoga practices. The second group of Lamas had also entered the retreat in the summer of 2011.
Retreatants usually require financial sponsorship to cover the costs of food, electricity, gas, practice necessities such as Tsog offering and offering to visiting high Lamas who provide them with instructions. Most monks who wish to join the retreat have limited, if any, financial support from their own families. Shangpa Rinpoche thus plays a critical role in helping them look for sponsors so that they can concentrate on their retreats without having to worry over financial support.
It is said that,"Supporting a person in retreat is considered as meritorious as if you yourself are doing the retreat." Sponsoring a retreat lama is a meaningful way to practice generosity. It would help the retreatants in their practices, benefit the Sangha at large and ensures that the glorious and pure teachings of the Buddha and the unbroken lineage will continue to flourish in this degenerate time. Through it may all sentient beings be liberated. If you cannot go into retreat yourself, why not consider helping by:
1) Donating any amount towards supporting all the retreatants
2) Sponsoring the expenses of a particular monk in retreat for the period of 1 year or throughout the 3 years
|Fig 3. Ribbon-cutting during the opening ceremony, performed by Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche and Venerable Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche|
The first batch of 16 monks including 2 Tulkus entered into their 3 years 3 months retreat on 26 May 2008.
In the 3 days from 22 May to 24 May 2008, both Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche and the retreat master, Venerable Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche led the monks who were entering into the retreat to conduct prayers for the purpose of dispelling obstacles for the retreat. On 26 May 2008 there was a ceremony which marked the beginning of the 3 years 3 months retreat for the 16 monks. This moment marked the start of a rare, meaningful and important event in their lives, which should be rejoiced by all.
To those who have supported towards the building of the retreat centre as well as providing financial support to the retreatant monks, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and rejoice.
With this merit, may the glorious and pure teachings of the Buddha and the unbroken lineage continue to flourish in these degenerate times. Through this, may all sentient beings be liberated and attain everlasting happiness.