Venerable Naljorma Jangchup Palmo, Founder
Affectionately known as Amala (honorific mother) is a prominent peace advocate, spiritual teacher as well as an active and engaged member of our community here in Eugene, Oregon. She is one of those rare individuals who has an immediate effect upon us. When in her presence, people are struck by her incredible warmth, selfless nature and the wisdom in her eyes.
Lady Palmo is a great inspiration and a role model to all who come to know her story. Her early life-experiences, marked by incredible hard-ship and suffering is a clear illustration of how love and compassion, rooted in the clarity of a deep and all permeating inner peace, can triumph even in the direst of circumstances. It is a testament to the potential of the human spirit that lives within us all.
During the Communist China invasion of Tibet in 1959, she lost both her loving parents and three siblings. She nearly lost her own life when she was shot six times and held captive for several years. It can be difficult to imagine, but even in the face of all these hardships, Lady Palmo did not allow her deep, painful loss to overcome her loving and compassionate nature, that is so firmly rooted in her being, in her family and in the Tibetan culture. Instead, her dedication to her commitment to the path of compassion grew even stronger as she completed more than 16 years of spiritual training by doing solitary meditation retreats, first in the caves in the sacred Mt. Kailash of Tibet and later in India. Thus, ultimately transforming the adversity she had experienced into forgiveness, compassion and joy.
Following her arrival in the United States in 1997, she has worked tirelessly for the benefit of others by offering free teachings, seminars,counseling and spiritual healing that promote inner peace and path of compassion. Furthermore, with the blessing and support of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, she has initiated annual, week-long events in North America and Europe dedicated to world peace.
She is a key person responsible in bringing His Holiness the Dalai Lama to our community in Eugene, Oregon. Although currently facing significant challenges to her health, she continues to support the efforts of the Sakya Center and the establishment of the Peace Center.
His Eminence Ngaglo Rinpoche, Co-Founder
Founder of NGSCL and one of the main Rinpoche at Jamchen Lhakhang monastery, Boudha Nepal. Rinpoche descends from a pure lineage of the Sakya Tsarpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is recognized as a reincarnation of great vidhyadhara Khenchen Ngaglo Rinpoche, a revered saint, healer and scholar. Who served as a dean of the Nalendra Monastery in Tibet as well as someone, who was very instrumental figure in the life of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Choe-gye Trichen Rinpoche (Teacher of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) and Her Eminence Jetsun Kusho as being their kind root Guru.
It was believed that, through the blessing of previous great Vidhaydhara Ngaglo Rinpoche, the present head of sakya order Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Sakya Trizin was born. As a repayment of his kindness both His Holiness Sakya Trizen and His Eminence Choe-gye Trichen Rinpoche took personal interest to recognize as well as enthrone the reincarnation of great Vidyadhara Ngalo Rinpoche. Since his recognition Rinpoche’s early monastic training were held in Jamchen Lhakhang with His Eminence Choe-gye Trichen Rinpoche.
Following his early studies, subsequently Rinpoche enrolled in Sakya College, the noted institute of higher Buddhist studies in India to receive further formal Buddhist teachings in depth there began his major Buddhist Studies like mind science (psychology), science of logic (epistemology), cosmology, metaphysics, phenomenology, cognitive process and mental states (conducive to attaining the state of Nirvana) etc., under the tutorship of late Venerable Khenpo Migmar Tsering, Ven.Khenpo gyatso, and more recently from Ven.khenpo Jamyang Tenzin and Ven. khenpo Jorden.
After more than seven years of rigorous studies, Rinpoche completed all his philosophical studies, graduated with Kachupa, which is equivalent to a Bachelor of Buddhist philosophy.His combined level of study is equivalent to a Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy. In addition to this, Rinpoche has received numerous empowerment’s, scriptural transmissions, and explanations far too many to recount here from some of the most accomplished masters of the 20th century of all school of Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche (Head of the Tsarpa lineage of the Sakya Tradition), His Eminence Luding Khenchen Rinpoche (Head of the Ngorpa lineage of the Sakya Tradition) Most Ven. Khenpo Appey Rinpoche,His Eminence Trulshik Rinpoche, His Eminence Thrinley Norbu Rinpoche from Nyingma tradition and Most Ven. Tenga Rinpoche from Kagyu lineage and has completed several solitary retreats: 7 months on Ngondro, 6 months on vajrayogini, vajrapani, and many other mini retreats.
We at the Palmo Peace Center are very fortunate that Rinpoche has taken us under his guidance.
Venerable Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, Co-Founder
Having been brought up in both the Eastern and Western cultures, Ven.Jigme Rinpoche is unique in that he bridges the two worlds. He was recognized as an important reincarnated master from the Nyingma (“Old School”) of Tibetan Buddhism by both Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.)
Ven. Jigme Rinpoche received his initial Buddhist education in India and Nepal under the direction of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche. He then migrated to Eugene, Oregon in America where he received his Western education. Rinpoche first served as a translator and aide to several visiting masters. Later he taught in his own right and planted the seed for the propagation of the practice of the teachings of the Buddha.
In the West, Ven. Jigme Rinpoche serves as the teacher and spiritual director & Co-Founder of Eugene Sakya Center, Palmo Center and its sister centers. As a young man, Rinpoche has studied both the philosophy and practice of Buddhism with great masters of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism for over nine years in India and Nepal. In addition Rinpoche has completed several seven-month long solitary meditation retreats on Ngondro, Shamatha (Calm Abiding Meditation) and other Deity Yoga practices.
Rinpoche travels and teaches widely in Europe and America, conducting workshops, lectures and courses on important works in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition at various venues such as Dharma centers, libraries, art galleries, high schools, colleges and universities. He teaches with humor, clarity and insight relevant to the Western mind.
He is in the process of getting his degree in Western psychology and finishing a book. More recently he initiated a Jangchup Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving the spiritual, cultural, educational and humanitarian needs of Tibetan refugees in Tibet, Nepal and India.