Palyul Nyingma Buddhist Association (PNBA) was founded by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche per instruction by the late His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche. The centre was registered in Singapore in March 1993, formerly known as Bai-yu Buddhist Association.
PNBA is one of the official world-wide centres under Palyul Namdroling Monastery located in Bylakuppe, South India. We follow the advice and guidance of our lineage teachers; the late His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, His Eminence Khentrul Gyang Khang Rinpoche and His Eminence Tulku Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche.
The centre was set up to uphold the teaching of the Buddha through study and practice, and particularly the teachings and practices of the Palyul lineage to benefit the students in Singapore.
the resident Dharma teacher
Khenpo Ogyen Nyima Rinpoche entered Namdroling Monastery at the age of thirteen. He received the basic monastic training like reading and writing Tibetan, memorizing and chanting scriptures, performing religious rites and rituals including ritual dance, constructing butter sculptures and playing religious instruments. In the fall of 1992, Namdroling Monastery sent him to Tsechu Monastery, at Darjeeling to perform Buddhist rites and rituals for the benefit of local residents who need spiritual guidance and care.
In 1996, he enrolled in Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, the prestigious monastic college of our monastery, where he studied Buddhist philosophy and practice for nine years under many renowned scholars. He also received many important, sacred, secret and esoteric teachings of Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and many other great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Especially, he studied and mastered the art of Cham - the sacred Buddhist ritual dance and other rituals activities under many experienced masters from 2000 to 2007; he took the responsibility of teaching ritual dance at Namdroling monastery and overlooking religious ceremonies.
After completing his monastic college, he was appointed to the post of general secretary of Namdroling Monastery administration by the late His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in 2007, where he served for four years till 2011.
On 18th March, 2011, in recognition to his knowledge and capability, His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche formally enthroned him as Khenpo (Professor of Buddhist Philosophy) and conferred the certificate of "Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy".
In August 2017, HE Mugsang Kuchen Tulku Rinpoche, the head of Palyul Namdroling Monastery in India, appointed Khenpo Ogyen Nyima to be Singapore's Resident Dharma Teacher.
Khenpo is well-versed in performing religious rites and rituals, as well as teaching of the Buddha Dharma. He will greatly benefit Singapore’s Palyul students in learning and practicing the Dharma.