We are a Tibetan Buddhist practice group within the Terchen Barway Dorje lineage under the spiritual guidance of Venerable Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Kunzang Palchen Ling in Red Hook, New York. We reflect Kunzang Palchen Ling’s non-sectarian mission and respect all religious traditions.
Bardor Rinpoche has a close connection with the Northwest, having taught here for the past two decades. Palchen (“Great Splendor”) Study Group Seattle was founded in 2015 with Rinpoche’s blessings.
Bardor Tulku Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the third incarnation of Terchen Barway Dorje — the incarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe — one of the 25 principle disciples of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).
Bardor Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual head of Kunzang Palchen Ling (KPL) in Red Hook, NY, and for 30 years was instrumental in establishing Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY. Rinpoche now dedicates his time working to establish Kunzang Palchen Ling for the benefit of all beings and students in the West.
What is lineage?
Lineage is an important concept in Buddhism, in general, and in Tibetan Buddhism, in particular. It describes an unbroken line of teachings linked by a teacher-student relationship, so that teachings and practices are passed down through generations of practitioners. A lineage provides a living validation of the teachings and practices of a given tradition and confirms its authenticity.
What is treasure lineage?
In Tibetan Buddhism a number of lineages can be traced back to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the historical Buddhist master who established Buddhism in Tibet and is considered to be the second buddha. Guru Rinpoche, who himself attained complete buddhahood, concealed many teachings for future generations. In fact, most of these teachings were concealed by Guru Rinpoche’s principle disciple and consort, the Yeshe Tsogyal. The teachings she concealed, called treasures or termas, have been and will be discovered over the centuries by destined meditation masters known as treasure revealers or tertons. Once discovered, treasure teachings are practiced and preserved as they are passed down from teacher to student—often through a line of incarnations of the treasure revealer.
“Termas are considered especially relevant and powerful in the conferring of blessing in this present age. It is thought that terma teachings are custom-made for the time they are to be discovered and disseminated. All beings in the future who are interested in these treasures will all be those who have established a karmic connection with them in the past. Therefore, have joy and confidence. These words of mine are more precious than gold.”
— Yeshe Tsogyal