Biography – Growth

Even as he aged, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche tirelessly continued to travel widely, granting major empowerments and transmissions all around the world including India, Nepal, Tibet, other parts of Asia and the West.

In 2003 he visited the hidden kingdom of Pema Köd and the Mön area, to consecrate temples and give teachings.

In 2004 he completed a hospital. One of the great sponsors of our monastery, known simply as “Palmo-la,” sponsored and built many temples. This includes the Tara Temple, completed in the 90s, but more important, Zangdokpalri Temple, the temple to Guru Rinpoche. This temple was consecrated in 2004.

The year 2004 was a difficult one for His Holiness and had been predicted to be a “black year” in which his health would be endangered. Despite the entreaties of all, His Holiness insisted on continuing with leading the yearly retreats in the preliminaries, Tsa Lung/Tummo and Dzogchen in both India and the United States.

They include the empowerments of the Rinchen Terdzö, the Kalachakra Tantra, the Guhyagarbha Tantra, the Namchö revelations, the complete cycle of Ratna Lingpa’s revelations, the Nyingma Kama and others. Each year he attended the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, the Great Prayer Festival held in Bodhgaya. Monks trained by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche oversaw much of the administration of the event. In particular stipends were given out according to a database developed in Namdroling Monastery.