We are very unfortunate that our beloved and compassionate root guru and guide; His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is not here with us today as he passed away to parinirvana for the benefit of sentient beings.
However, His Holiness’ enlightened mind and spirit, his blessings and inspiration, his priceless words and instructions are still very much intact and fresh in our hearts. If we feel that we are the worthy and devoted spiritual offspring of His Holiness and we need to keep his enlightened activities alive within us, we have to carry out his noble wishes so that we will always be blessed with his ever present wisdom and compassion. Among his many benevolent activities, one month summer retreat held at New York Upstate is one of the most wonderful spiritual projects he has undertaken in the western world that provides students to receive and practice the priceless Ngondro, Tsa Lung and Dzogchen teachings from the Namcho Cycle. His Holiness has expressed his wish to continue the study and practice of this vibrant and dynamic teaching in New York even in his absence.
Therefore, even though His Holiness is not present with us physically, his enlightened wisdom and compassion has taken the form of the three great and qualified teachers; his three heart sons namely His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, HE Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche and HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, their well-trained teacher Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche as well as Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. The three heart sons are the major Palyul lineage holders, reared and directly guided by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and uniquely qualified to transmit the spirit, blessings and the essence of the teachings. Just as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the Heart Sons and Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche give teachings in exact accordance with the original transmissions given centuries ago by the Terton Migyur Dorje. Therefore, all the students who have attended the one-month retreat before are advised to continue it without breakage and for those who wish to take the course should take this wonderful opportunity to receive the teachings from the three Heart Sons. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche and Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche will also be there to provide translation, commentary and practice instructions if necessary.