Meet our Palyul Family

Palyul Centers are located around the globe, providing the facilities for learning and practicing the teachings of the Buddha.

This site will help you find the Palyul center closest to you, our teachers, their teachings, and teaching schedules.

His Holiness the Fourth Pema Norbu Rinpoche

༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་གྲུབ་དབང་པདྨ་ནོར་བུ་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་བཞི་པ་༧སྐྱབས་རྗེ་མི་འགྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་གར་དབང་ཟིལ་གནོན་རྡོ་རྗེ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་མཆོག་ལ་ན་མོ། Homage to His Holiness the 4th Drubwang Pema Norbu, Mingyur Dechen Garwang Zilnon Dorje Rinpoche! 頂禮尊貴的第四世貝諾法王,明就德千噶旺舍嫩多傑仁波切

Heart Sons

HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th Throneholder, HH Gyangkhang Rinpoche (right) and HH Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche (left) shoulder the responsibilities of the legacy of our root teacher, HH Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

Namdroling Monastery

Located in Karnataka, India, home to over 3000 monks and 1000 nuns.

US Retreat Center

Founded by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 1998, this center in the rolling hills of upstate New York in the United States offers a one-month retreat as has been offered in Tibet and India for generations. Learn techniques for getting compassion to arise in your mind. Attend for the month or a few days. Please visit for retreat information.

Palyul (དཔལ་ཡུལ་དགོན།) is one of the six great “mother monasteries” following the Nyingma School, or Ancient Translation Tradition, of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded in 1665 in the Kham province of eastern Tibet (present-day Baiyu, Sichuan, China) by Kunzang Sherab, the First Palyul Throne Holder. Find out more…

Tertön Migyur Dorje (1645 – 1667) revealed the teachings that form the main practices upon which the Palyul Tradition is built. The cycle he revealed is called the Nam Chö or “Sky Dharma,” a complete set of instructions for those wishing to practice the path. He first transmitted these to his teacher Karma Chakmé (1613-1678) who transcribed the teachings that Palyul students worldwide recite daily. Find out more about Tertön Migyur Dorje here…

Kyabjé Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche (“Penor Rinpoche,” 1932 – March 27, 2009), was the 11th throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was widely renowned in the Tibetan Buddhist world as a master of Dzogchen, meditation techniques designed to help us realize our true nature.  Read more here…

The Three Heart Sons now oversee the work of His Holiness. His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche (center), the Twelfth Throne Holder, is the current head of the Palyul Lineage an oversees responsibilities in Baiyu, Shichuan. His Holiness Khentrul Gyangkhang Rinpoche (right) serves as chief of Namdroling Monastery along with His Holiness Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche (left).


As His Holiness Penor Rinpoche tells us in the introduction to A Garland of Immortal Wish Fulfilling Trees, by Venerable Tsering Lama Jampal Zangpo, “… many troubled times have passed. However, due to the strength of the profound prayers made by many realized beings of the past, this stainless lineage has been maintained in an unbroken line to the present day. The original, undefiled blessings have not only been kept in the mother monastery, but also in the thousands of branch monasteries.”