Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Ohio

3750 W Streetsboro Rd                                                                                                                                                                                           Richfield, OH 44286                                                                                                                                                                                           website: palyulohio.org                                                                                                                                                                     

Description of Organization:

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Ohio was established in 2000 as one of H.H. Penor Rinpoche’s Palyul dharma centers following the first visit of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, our Spiritual Director, who gave our center the name Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Ohio. This is translated from Tibetan as “The Glorious Island of Flourishing Enlightenment”. The Spiritual Director Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche guides Palyul to fulfill the vision of Holiness Pema Norbu to take these teachings into our hearts and apply them to our daily lives.  Weekly practice sessions are held on Saturdays and Sundays and meditation sessions on Wednesdays, in addition to specific practices on lunar calendar based days, as well as special classes and teaching programs throughout the year. Programs are offered for beginners as well as serious practitioners. All programs are offered without charge, although suggested donations are requested if needed for special events.  Programs are led by our resident lama and senior students. We also host visiting khenpos and tulkus from Namdroling Monastery in South India, and other Nyingma Palyul dharma centers and affiliated monasteries. 

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhist grant in the amount of $7,000 was awarded to support a newly ordained khenmo [the female holder of a degree for higher Tibetan Buddhist studies] to be a teacher in residence at the Ohio temple next year.The plan is to welcome the khenmo for a month-long schedule of teachings, ceremonies, and special events. The khenmo would reside on site since the temple has housing accommodations for multiple guests. The teaching topics will focus in large part on the feminine principle, and the empowerments (initiation rituals) that introduce students to specific Vajrayana practices will be primarily centered on female deities.

It is difficult to understate the importance of the feminine principle in Tibetan Teachings and events will take place at the temple as well as select locations in the community (i.e. universities, museums). Each teaching and event will be hosted in-person as well as streamed live online to attendees across the globe. The khenmo’s visit will be groundbreaking for our lineage as this will be the first time a temple in North America welcomes a khenmo to give teachings. It is fitting since our temple is led by and was founded by a core group of women together with Khechen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. Our sincerest hope is that the success of this project will encourage other temples to do the same, resulting in the blossoming and strengthening of the Palyul khenmo tradition so that countless future students can benefit from their precious wisdom. .