Blessing of the Shrine Room
Three lamas inaugurate the new Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room with a traditional blessing and then conduct a short tour of some of the art in the galleries that is most meaningful to them.
Free with admission
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche
Bardok Chusang Rinpoche
About the Speakers
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay was born in the Tashigang District of Bhutan in 1965 and formally enthroned as Khenpo by H. H. Penor Rinpoche in 1998 and was assigned to teach at the Buddhist college at Palyul monastery in Tibet. He has received all the major empowerments of the Rinchen Terzod, Nam Cho, Nyingthik Yabshi and Nyingma Kama from Penor Rinpoche as well as the Mipham Kabum from H. H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Because of his knowledge and experience, and fluent command of the English language, Penor Rinpoche has assigned him to teach students in the United States in conjunction with the ongoing teaching programs offered by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Pare Rinpoche was recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama as his predecessor at age 9. He joined Sera Jey Monastic University (SJMU) in Bylakuppe, Mysore, south India and received the Geshe Lharampa degree in 1999. He completed Tantric studies at Gyumey Tantric Monastery and was later appointed residential lama of Sera Jey Taiwan Center for four years. Rinpoche was appointed as residential lama of Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center in New York in June of 2012 by SJMU. While not traveling for teaching, Rinpoche stays at the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala on retreat.
Venerable Bardok Chusang Rinpoche is recognized as the incarnation of an eleventh century Indian yogi-saint Pa Dampa Sangye the founder of a system of spiritual practice known as Chöd. He is based in Kathmandu, Nepal to which he escaped during the upheavals of the 1950s and 1960s in Tibet. He is married and has three children. Like his root guru Tipun, Chusang Rinpoche refuses to teach and gives no public lectures.