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KTGR Digital Library News

~ Updated December 2018 ~

Our KTGR Digital Library team has continued to be busy this year and we're pleased to share with you a few updates on their work.

Tek Chok Ling Earthquake News

As we all are aware a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25th, just a few long days ago. We are relieved to know that Khenpo Rinpoche, his nuns, and their families are safe, but terribly sadden by the great loss of life and suffering that has resulted for so many. We know so many people in Nepal have lost their lives or those of their loved ones and friends. Thousands more have lost their homes, are hurt or sick. It really is a shocking time.

Although it is hard to get news right now, we will try to post what we do know and keep this updated as we hear more.

Mitra Karl Brunnhölzl, MD, Nalandabodhi and Nitartha Institute

United States

Dr. Karl Brunnhölzl is a Mitra, an authorized senior teacher of Nalandabodhi who is deeply involved in the curriculum development and teaching of both the Nalandabodhi and the Nitartha Institute curricula.  Mitra Karl, a physician, received his training in higher Buddhist philosophy at Kamalashila Institute, Germany, and with Khenpo Rinpoche at the Marpa Institute for Translators.

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen, Nalandabodhi, Nitartha Institute, and Naropa University

United States

Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen shares leadership and teaching responsibility with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Nitartha Institute and teaches regularly at the Nalandabodhi centers in America and Asia.

He is a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nalandabodhi and Nitartha International

United States

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, a scholar, artist, and meditation master, is acknowledged as one of his generation’s foremost teachers. A prolific tech savvy author, he is fluent in English and at home in Western culture. Ponlop Rinpoche is the founder and president of Nalandabodhi and Nitartha International.

Jane Pathan Friedewald, Marpa Lobdra Germany e.V.


When Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche for the first time arrived in Europe 1977, Jane Pathan Friedewald was studying by coincidence Tibetan scripture and grammar at the University of Hamburg. She joined Khen Rinpoche‘s first Tibetan language classes given in Copenhagen as well as all his classes given along the road throughout Europe in the entourage of His Holiness Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa.

Digital Library

The project can be described in the following way:

1.      The database:

Marpa Foundation has developed a database, where all the information related to registering, digitizing, archiving, reviewing and post-producing these recordings are kept.

Up to this date we have more than 17,000 individual audio or video recordings digitized. Approximately 3,500 audio and video teachings have been reviewed and post-produced. Of these, about 900 video.

2.      The MF server:

With the aspiration that as many sentient beings as possible may get a connection to Rinpoche’s wondrous enlightened activity, Marpa Foundation invites you to roam the digital library and take delight in Rinpoche’s profound teachings and blessing.

Please consider supporting this project financially. Any amount is most welcome.

To donate click here.

If you have recordings of Rinpoche teaching, please consider sharing them with others via the library project.

Marpa Foundation would like to assure you, that you do not lose your recordings by doing so. On the contrary, after digitization they will be returned to you alongside a little gift: a digital version of them.

In that way, when you want to listen to them, they are suddenly just a click away!

Prayer Requests

The following prayers may be requested at this time

(with suggested donations per nunnery)


Tara Prayers

100 recitations ($5)

1,000 recitations ($50)

Twenty-One Taras Ritual

100 recitations ($30)

Offered for the fulfillment of wishes and achieving success (personal or for others, business or spiritual), overcoming outer and inner obstacles, protection from fears, and the promotion of longevity, healing, and well-being


Prayer for Excellent Conduct Recitations

recited for 49 days ($50)

Offered for those who are sick, dying, or have died: for soothing the mind of the dying or sick, and for creating merit and auspicious connections for those who have died



Amitabha Ritual

performed once with 108 butterlamps ($75)

Offered for those who have died: to ease their passage through the bardo, to create merit and auspicious connections for subsequent rebirth

To request prayers at Karma Drubdey Nunnery (Bhutan), click here


To request prayers at Tek Chok Ling Nunnery (Nepal), click here

80th Birthday

An Unprecedented Event

For the first time ever, Khenpo Rinpoche’s nuns, students and friends from all over the world gathered as one large group at Tek Chok Ling, Rinpoche’s nunnery in Boudhanath, Nepal. The occasion was the celebration of Rinpoche’s 80th birthday. The gathering included nuns from Karma Drubdey Nunnery in Bhutan, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and his students from Nalandabodhi, groups of students and friends from Asia, Europe, and North America, and many lamas, khenpos, and monks.


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