Palpung and the Kenting Tai Situpa Lineage

Palpung: Mount of Excellence

In Tibetan, Palpung means Mount of Excellence, and was first used in 1727, when the Eighth Tai Situpa founded the great Palpung Thubten Chokor Ling Monastery in Tibet. The name conveys the vast magnitude of study and practice engaged in at the monastery. Palpung in Tibet is the Karma Kagyu mother monastery in Kham, and evolved into the center of the Rimé (non-sectarian) movement. All eight major practice traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are upheld in the Palpung tradition, with a particular emphasis on the Marpa Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu.

Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
Pema Donyo Nyinche Wangpo

12th-kenting-tai-situpa-rinpoche

The lineage of the Kenting Tai Situpas is traced to one of the main disciples of the Buddha, the Bodhisattva Maitreya. Since that time, there has been a successive chain of incarnations, a direct lineage that continues to the present day.

The Twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa is the current head of the Palpung lineage. Born in 1954 in Tibet to a family of farmers, he was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa Rigpe Dorje at an early age and was one of his closest students. He in turn became the main teacher of HH the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. The Twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa oversees a vast network of monasteries, retreat centers, and Dharma centers worldwide, and has made great contributions toward training the next generation of Buddhist masters, including Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is also a scholar, poet, calligrapher, artist, author, architect, and geomancer.

Event News

12/04-13/2021 – Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

The resident sangha of PTC will be participating in a variety of chanting events to dispel obstacles and bring about auspicious conditions. 

Calling the Lama from Afar – Teaching and Chanting

Lama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

The Perfection of Merit: A Day of Dharma Activity

Please help us magnify the benefit of Merit Day, a day of Dharma Activity

The Perfection of Merit for Lhabap Duchen


The resident sangha of PTC will be participating in the practice of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.

Calling the Lama from Afar – Teaching and Chanting

Lama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

5K Run/Walk for Global Peace

You are invited to join us for our virtual 5K Run/Walk for Global Peace. The aspiration for Global Peace is very important to everyone on the planet.

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Lama Norlha Rinpoche
Our Founder

Lama Tsering
Retreat Master

Lama Norgyal
Resident Lama

Stupas represent the enlightened mind. Traditionally it is said that building or maintaining a stupa is an exceptional means for accumulating merit. Our stupa overlooks the Hudson River, blessing its waters on their way to New York City and the sea.

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