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...

Retreat Master 2018: His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

The summer retreat offered annually at the Palyul Retreat Center will be lead in 2018 by His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche. He will be accompanied by Khenchen Rinpoche Tsewang Gyatso, Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche, Khenpo Rinpoche Tenzin Norgay, and at least eight other high-trained Palyul monk and nun instructors. This year's egistration form here

Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche to lead 2018 Nyungne

Tulku Dawa Gyalpo Rinpoche will lead this year's Nyungne retreat. Tulku Rinpoche will be conferring the Chenresig Wang and so our schedule will include one additional day, to be announced.

Registration 2018

2018 Registration is open! You can use the form below by downloading it to your computer, first, and then filling it out and emailing it to us. Note: Firefox will not support fillable forms; please save locally on your computer or open in alternate browser. Sorry!

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 email, mail, or fax in your registration form. It helps us stay organized!

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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