Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche

Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche arrives with his wife Kunsang on Wednesday 26th August and will stay through till 1st September 2009. He will give teachings as the Nyingma Buddhist Centre on Thursday night followed by a 4 day Tibetan Yoga Retreat, including an empowerment at Raupo Bay Retreat. All is suitable for new comers. See all details below.

Lama Pema Dorje is from a yogi family from a Tibetan area of Nepal, called Dolpo. He was born in 1942, on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishi Kesh, India, and was later recognized as a tulku of an accomplished Indian acharya. Rinpoche received teachings and empowerments from many of the great teachers of his day, such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, and Kunsang Dorje Rinpoche. As a youth he practiced the Throma Nakmo cycle of Dudjom Lingpa extensively, which he received from Golok Sertar Rinpoche of Mt. Kailash. He met his main root teacher, HH Dudjom Rinpoche, at age 17. Rinpoche received the entire Dudjom Tersar from him, and practiced it extensively. Rinpoche is a master of tsa lung and Dzog Chen.

He travels extensively. He has a wife, Kunsang, three sons and one daughter. His wife’s father, Uthog Tsomchung Rinpoche, is a Lonchen Nyingthig lineage holder. Her mother, Choje Zangmo’s family was from the Drigung Kagyu tradition.

More about his inspiring history and teaching experience can be found here.

Thursday 27th of August, 6.30 pm – Spiritual Advice: Responses to questions from the noble woman Yeshe Tsogyal (the consort of Guru Rinpoche).

This will be held in the downstairs meditation room at the Nyingma Buddhist Centre, 269 Mt Pleasant Road, Christchurch.


Friday 28th Aug – Monday 31st Aug

Venue: To held at the Tibetan Gompa at Raupo Bay Banks Pennisula.

Join Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche for a relaxing retreat on the longevity yoga practice called the Chime Palter. This practice combines a meditation on White Tara with a gentle physical training practice that relies on Padampa Sangye. Rinpoche became aware that Buddhists who adopt a meditative lifestyle can become weak, stiff, and unhealthy from prolonged sitting, and often turn to yoga practices from outside our tradition for help. For this reason he prayed that he could develop an outer yoga, suitable for all levels of practitioners, based on the knowledge he has gained from a lifetime of engagement with the secret advanced yogic disciplines of the Nyingma tradition. Based on this aspiration, he composed a concise and easy practice that will not only help with stiffness, but also increase longevity and improve one’s meditation if practiced with regularly. The benefits also include reduced sickness, increased clarity, and purification of hindrances and obscurations


Friday 28th Aug

Arrive any time on Friday if earlier then you will have some time to settle in or help set up.

6 pm: Dinner

7 – 9 pm: Introduction to Tibetan Yoga and about empowerments

Saturday 29th Aug

8.30 am: Breakfast

10 am12 noon: Presentation of Tantric ritual items and Questions and Answers

12. 30: Lunch

3 pm – 5 pm: White Tara Empowerment

6 pm: Dinner

Sunday 30th Aug

10 am12 noon: Practice session

12. 30: Lunch

3 – 5 pm: Practice session

Monday 31st Aug

10 am12 noon: Practice session

12. 30: Lunch

Cleaning and return back to Christchurch

Cooking is to be shared between all participants at the retreat, you will need to specify which meal you want to be in charge of when you register. Also please let us know dietary requirements and if vegetarian.


We can car pool to save on petrol costs to and from Christchurch. Let us know if you need a ride or have a car with spare seats available when you register.


Raupo Bay Retreat

110 Mc Hales Road


RD3 Akaroa

Take the road to Akaroa from Christchurch, have a pit stop at Little River, there is a great kiwiana art gallery and cafe there. Carry on up the top of the hill, but don’t go down to Akaroa!! Go along the road the winds along the top of hill and turn down to the left to Little Akaloa. Go down the rollercoaster road, turning right towards Chorlton (on the way to Okains Bay) when you hit Little Akaloa bay. Carry on for 10 mins untill you get to chorlton, don’t miss it, only a few houses there! You will see two large letterboxes on the right and McHales Road is on the left. Go down the gravel road, through a farm gate (don’t forget to close behind you), you will Raupo Bay retreat at the end of the road through a wooden gate.

The mobile phone reception is pretty weak there.

If any questions feel free to contact us.