Palri Pema Od Ling Past and Present
“If you want to know the past, look at your present. If you want to know the future, look at your present.”
Palri Pema Od Ling Buddhist Center (PPOL)
Palri Pema Od Ling (Glorious Light of Lotus Copper Mountain Sanctuary) received it’s name in 2002 from His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche the 11th Throneholder of the Palyul Lineage of Nyingma (March 27, 1932-March 27, 2009). He is considered one of the foremost masters of the Buddhist Tradition of Tibet.
Throughout the Buddhist community, H.H. Penor Rinpoche is respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishments and for the integrity and strength with which he upheld the Buddhist teachings. For a full list of PPOL’s Spiritual Directors, please click on “Teachers”.
PPOL actually began in the early 90’s as a small shrine room created in the basement of one of Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche’s devoted students. The basement, converted into a beautiful shrine room, was decorated in the fashion of an authentic Tibetan Buddhist Temple featuring thangkas, statues, texts and many other Tibetan Buddhist ritual items. For many years, this little shrine room provided a place for Dharma activity, visiting teachers, translators, artists, lamas, monks and students to come together. Students studied, practiced and received empowerments from the very Lamas we now refer to as our Precious Teachers. These early years in that basement shrine would eventually lay the foundation for what we now refer to as the Austin Tibetan Buddhist Center, Palri Pema Od Ling (PPOL).
At this time, we are fortunate to be able to invite a number of our spiritual directors and other Nyingma teachers on a much more regular basis than ever before. Most recently, in mid May, Khenpo Tenzin Norgay visited our Temple for a week providing wonderful teachings from the text, From the Depths of the Heart, Padmasambhava’s Spiritual Advice Committed to writing by Yeshe Tsogyal and allowing students to take refuge. In August, we will be visited by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche. He will not only be giving teachings, but also namcho empowerments. During this time individual interviews will be possible. Please stay tuned to our web site under events for exact dates and times as well as topics.
As always, please feel free to attend our regular Thursday evening meditation from 7:00-8:30 and Ngöndro class on Sunday from 10-12:00. All classes and events will be listed on our calendar. So please stay tuned.
Our Mission –
Our mission is to uphold and preserve the teachings of the Buddha through study, practice and activity. Our goal is to make the teachings, particularly in the Palyul Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism available to all. PPOL is but one of the many temples and monastaries throughout the U.S. and around the globe established by H.H. Penor Rinpoche during his lifetime.
Current Projects -
At the present time we are making much needed repairs to PPOL. There are leaks in the upstairs patio which could soon encroach on the main temple. This will be our first order of business. Additionally, we have plans to remodel the downstairs kitchen area of the Temple to create an attractive space for students to gather after classes for discussions, additional teachings and to have a quiet space for interviews with visiting Lamas. This area will also be used as a preparation area for Tsogs, Pujas and other Buddhist festivals throughout the year. Because our downstairs space is quite large and divisible, it can provide additional space in the event of overflow in the upper Temple and/or provide a cozy space for our visiting Lamas on a temporary basis. We are sculpting the back grounds to create a peaceful place for our Lamas, students and visitors to walk, meditate and relax. We are also looking to rebuild our weathered and worn fencing. And lastly, we will be restoring the Padmasambhava house and prayer wheels which have become weathered over the years. If you are interested in donating to our temple, please see the Donate page. All donations are used exactly as specified.