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...

Registration 2016

2016 Registration is open! You can use the form below.

Click here to see the print flyer. Click here to get the registration form.

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

Texts for Rigdzin Dupa and Yumkha Tsog: Available by ordering online

We are happy to be able to offer you Rigdzin Dupa (Guru) and Yumkha (Dakini) tsog texts for those who participate in Tsog in their local temple or practice at home.

Click below for a PayPal link to order.

If you are outside of the United States and wish to order more than one copy, please email retreat / for details on postage. We do have limited supply so if PayPal does not allow you to order, please email retreat / to indicate your interest and we will email you upon re-printing of the edition.  May all beings beneift!

Arriving Earlier?

If your date of arrival has changed, particularly if you plan to arrive earlier than our planned arrival dates of 7/8 and 7/9, please email the office and let us know. That way we can make sure to be ready for you.

Also, please do fax in your registration form. It helps us stay organized!

2016 Volunteer Weekend - Memorial Day

We need your help!

Come up Memorial Weekend 2016, May 28 - 30, and help the monks-in-residence prepare the center for the summer retreat.

Van transportation from New York City, food, and accommodations provided as a thanks for your help.

Activities will include gardening, planting flowers, dorm cleaning, kitchen set-up and more. If we're lucky, it won't rain and we'll be able to enjoy beautiful weather! Even if it does rain, we'll have plenty to do indoors. Do be sure to bring warm clothes for the evening as it can cool down this time of year to the low 40s at night. But it is expected to be mostly sunny and in the 70s on Sunday and Monday!


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2016 arrival date: evening of Friday, July 1
2016 departure date: the retreat ends Monday morning, July 4 by 10:30 AM

Attendees must arrive the evening of July 1; practice commences 7 AM July 2 and includes empowerment.

Migyur Dorje Sealing Ceremony

This weekend we will be filling the Stupa to Migyur Dorje. Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche will lead and advise our ceremony. We are also pleased to welcome Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche and Tulku Chonjur Rinpoche. Dorje Lopon Lama Sochuk, Lama Pasang Tenzin, Lama Rapjee, Lama Jigme (PhurTenzin), Lama Tenzin Chogyal, Lama Tashi (Phuri), Lama Tsewang Norbu, and Lama Tashi (Taiwan) are helping with the ceremony.

Migyur Dorje Stupa - Making a Connection

Making a connection to the stupa built with the relics of HH Penor Rinpoche and many other blessed objects is truly a once in a life opportunity. Here are ways you can make this link to the stupa:

Attending Ceremonies
Plans are tentatively in place for the filling and sealing of the stupa to take place Memorial Weekend and the consecration to take place Labor Day weekend. Keep in touch via our Facebook page at for up-to-date info.

Cups and Mugs for the Retreat Center

Please bring gently-used cups or mugs you no longer want to retreat for coffee and hot drinks (not glass tumblers, please! :) )

Only few days left until retreat starts!

Watch Out for Deer!

Deer, Skunk, Rabbits, Coyotes, Fox - all call the center home while we are away. When driving to the center, be sure to exercise extreme caution, especially at night! There is a deer family at the stone house and a family that lives between the Dzogchen huts and the field to the left of the temple drive.

Center Skype

Our Skype ID during retreat is "Palyul" - please feel free to contact us that way if it is easier for you!


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