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Dharma House Lisbon to Open in April with Inaugural Teaching from Khenpo Pema Namgyal

Dharma House Lisbon, a new center of Buddhist practice in the Portuguese capital that is affiliated with the growing global mandala of Dharma activities founded and guided by the revered Dzogchen master Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, is to hold its inaugural Dharma teaching on 19–21 April. The two-day seminar, titled “The Four Truths of the Noble Ones,” will be led by the esteemed Buddhist scholar Khenpo Pema Namgyal.

“We are delighted to announce that Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, founder of Dharma House Lisbon, is very kindly sending his close personal aid, Khenpo Pema Namgyal, to offer the very first seminar at Dharma House Lisbon,” Shedrub, the online expression of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s global sangha, said in announcement shared with BDG.

Shedrub is the online manifestation of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s global sangha, at the heart of which lies Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, a dedicated sanctuary for studying and practicing the Buddhadharma.


“Khenpo Pema Namgyal, who speaks fluent English, is an esteemed professor of Buddhist philosophy who teaches at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu,” Shedrub explained. “Moreover, he is a senior monk residing at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and one of Rinpoche’s most trusted personal attendants.”

Khenpo Pema Namgyal is also scheduled to give a public teaching in Lisbon on 14 April.

Shedrub expressed hope that Khenpo Pema Namgyal’s two-day seminar on the foundation of Buddhist teachings would also lay the foundation for a personal visit by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche to officially inaugurate Dharma House Lisbon and grant further Dharma teachings.

Originally from Nubri Valley, an ethnically Tibetan region of northern Nepal, Khenpo Pema Namgyal served as a personal tutor to the revered master Tulku Urgyen Yangsi Rinpoche. Khenpo is a personal assistant to Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, among his other duties and responsibilities. As a highly respected senior monastic scholar, Khenpo is well-versed in Buddhist philosophy and is renowned as a teacher who is not afraid to delve deeply into the profundities of the Buddhist texts.

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Dharma House Lisbon was founded with the vision of creating a venue where practitioners could receive authentic teachings of the Buddhadharma and engage with meditative practices in the Tibetan tradition.

“Our wish is to create a space of openness, where people, especially people from Portugal, can come to get familiarity with their mind and its essence,” Dharma House Lisbon noted. “Practicing the Buddhist teachings means creating the right circumstances for our inherent qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom to unfold naturally. In our Dharma House Lisbon one can enjoy and practice with a beautiful view over the wide Atlantic Ocean. This helps [us] to calm down, develop a kind heart, and a clear mind.” (Dharma House Lisbon)

A Dharma House should be an environment dedicated to making authentic Buddhist teachings and meditation practices easily accessible to everyone. — Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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