Welcome to Palyul Changchub Dargyeling D.C. Area

We are a non-profit organization of Vajrayana Buddhism in the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma tradition. We are one of a world-wide network of Dharma centers founded by the late Khyabje Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche under the current leadership of Khyabje Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the 12th throne holder of the Palyul lineage. We follow the guidance, advice and personal examples of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, our Palyul Rinpoches, Teachers, Lamas and our Spiritual Director, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.

See the events page for a listing of online classes and practices presented by our sister Palyul sanghas.


It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that one of the Palyul lineage holders, H.H. Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche, passed into mahaparinirvana on the 10th of January, 2021 (27th day of 11th Tibetan month).  He remained in thugdam for three days. His Kudung (holy body) was then escorted to Palyul Monastery where it was received by H.H. Kuchen RinpocheYangsi Rinpoche, and the monastic sangha.  This will continue until the cremation day on February 3, 2021.  Please read more here.  We request all concerned to make fervent supplication prayers to accomplish the great purposes of benefiting sentient beings and propagating Buddhadharma for the sake of all sentient beings.  The prayer for his Swift Rebirth Prayer (in Tibetan with English Translation) is available here. 

Upcoming events

Due to COVID-19, all PCD-DC events are being held online via Zoom


These are recurring meetings and the meeting ID won't change. 

Meeting ID: 814 3390 5026

Passcode: Drubwang

Palyul Changchub Dargyeling - Washington DC Area, is solely supported by the generosity of donors. PCD-DC cannot exist without donations. In order to maintain our regular meditation classes and to host the Rinpoches of Palyul, PCD-DC humbly requests that you consider making a donation

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Advice from Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
on Living with the Coronavirus

To all my dear fellow humans,

   I know we are in a situation with this coronavirus that is very disturbing and worrying. But it is a reminder for all of us that we should always be careful about what we do and eat or drink, because all sorts of diseases and sicknesses are caused by our own thoughts and activities. It is better that you all learn this well and try to be more aware of it. So now we should train ourselves to be more careful about what we are doing.

   Not only that, but we have to activate more righteous thinking and doing. For that we need to develop kinder hearts, with compassion and loving kindness, instead of worrying or feeling emotional with anger or hatred toward anyone, including the virus itself. Like earthquakes, hurricanes, storms or even heat, including global warming, the virus is innocent—it doesn’t have any thought to harm human beings. We are humans who have the greatest intelligence among all species. We have to learn from our wrongdoing and we should correct ourselves before it’s too late, I think.

   Please be kind to each other and care for each other—we all want happiness and peace. Happiness and peace are possible to achieve in the near future if we humans learn and realize what we really need to do for the wellbeing of ourselves. We are social animals. We are dependent on each other in this global existence. We are so closely related that when any part of the world is affected we all are emotionally disturbed.

   So I am requesting you, all my dear brothers and sisters, please try to understand the situation and be helpful and kind to each other in order that we may all survive on this, our beautiful planet .

Blessings with lots of ❤ love to you all, my dear humans.

Membership has its Benefits!

Audio recordings of "public talks" and "restricted teachings" and the Gurua Yoga Sadhana are available for download to members of PCD-DC on our "Member Portal" (seen in navigation menu by members only once you log-in).

"Friends & Community of PCD-DC" (no-fee membership) will gain access to our collection of public talks. Go to the contact page to sign-up for the no-fee membership.

"Sponsors" (members who donate monthly) will gain access to all of the public talks as well as a special collection of restricted teachings such as the Ladder to Akanishta given by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso and the commentary on the Rigdzin Dupa sadhana given by Khenpo Tenzin Norgay. Go to the membership page to become a sponsor of PCD-DC. You generosity is greatly apprciated!

PCD-DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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