The Palyul Retreat Center is located in McDonough, New York in the United States. It was established in 1998 by Dzogchen Master, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, to provide Westerners with the opportunity to study and practice Buddhism. To learn about the center, visit this link...

Dates for 2015 Retreat

Currently the dates of our 2015 annual summer retreat are scheduled for July 10 to August 10 of this year. We'll also continue with our Memorial Weekend Volunteer Clean-up Retreat as well as the July Fourth Nyungne retreat.

The flier is being created and the registration form will be published after Losar (February 19).

Hope to see you here this summer!

September 13 and 14: Celebration and Empowerment

Join us on September 13 and 14 for a weekend of celebration and contemplation. We'll enjoy traditional Tibetan cultural dances, performed for such an occasion, as well as other musical and dance offerings from around the world. Sunday we'll receive a blessing for long life known as a "Tsewang." Looking forward to having you join us.

Update on Accommodations
Rooms: no availability
Tents: first-come-first-served, shared tents
Blankets: it is COLD at night, in the 50s, so do bring a jacket and a warm blanket for night!

Special Guest Performers
Phurbu T. Namgyal

Contacts for Bus Tickets


2014 Empowerment Schedule

You are welcome to join the retreat as a visitor on weekends for the following empowerments ("wangs"). Most wangs will take place at 2 PM, but call the office to confirm the schedule in case it shifts to the morning. Cost per night depends on accommodation selected.

8/17 Vajrakilaya
8/23 CHANGE: White Tara
8/24 Refuge Vows
8/30 Vajrasattva
8/31 Avalokiteshvara
9/6 Guru Rinpoche
9/7 Amitaba
9/13 Lama Dance and Celebration of Yangsi Enthronement
9/14 Long-life Empowerment

Retreat Registration / Flier 2014

2014 Registration is open! You can use the forms below.

This summer we're looking forward to welcoming HE Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche as main retreat master along with HE Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Tulku Ajam Rinpoche, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and other special guests.

His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche plans to come to the retreat center during retreat and will inaugurate the Migyur Dorje Stupa. Details about this ceremony will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Trouble Accessing the forms and flier?
Call the center at 607-656-9640 and ask them to mail you a copy.

Retreat to be held August 15 to September 15, 2014

Dear friends,
We're happy to announce that our retreat will proceed this year after the joyous celebration of the enthronement of our Yangsi, the Fourth Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The Yangsi will be enthroned July 31 in Palyul Monastery.

We do not have details yet for our retreat, but wanted to get the news to you as soon as we could so you would be able to make plans.

Much love to you all, dear friends! And see you on retreat.

Note: Registration will open and forms will be available March 1.

Stupa Ground-Breaking Ceremony October 18 & 19 2013

Tulku Sangngag Rinpoche will conduct Ground-Breaking Ceremony for the Stupa at the Palyul Retreat Center in McDonough, NY. Details:

2013 Public Program: Lama Dance

A special performance of sacred Tibetan dances, dating to the eighth century, is scheduled at the Palyul Ling International Retreat Center, located near Smithville Flats, for Saturday, August 10th at 4:30 p.m.

Brr! Bring a blanket this week

Friends, it is a little chilly up here on retreat so if you're heading up for the final week, or the Lama Dance and Culture Show weekend, be sure to pack an extra set of blankets. Temperatures are forecast to reach 52 F / 11 C at night and get up as high as 79 F / 26 C during the day, so a range of clothing for comfort in both warm and chilly temperatures would be good for you to have.

2013 Bus - August 10 Bus Information

Friends of Palyul are organizing buses to come upstate.

Cost: $55 round trip (includes lunch)

For Bus Ticket Info, Please Call:
Karma Dorjee: 917-519-4576
Karma Drukpa: 646-291-9751
Tashi Phuri: 347-878-4835

Sat, August 10, 6:30 AM, Jackson Heights 75th Street & Broadway

Bus departs Jackson Heights at 6:30 AM;
Same day returns from center departing at 4 PM (arrives city around 9 PM)

Saturday, 8/10 - Amitayu Long Life

July 9 Bus to Center - INFO

Dear Dharma friends,
There will be bus available from New York City to upstate Palyul Retreat Center on July 9, 2013. Please contact these coordinators:

Karma: 1-646-291-9751


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