The Palmo Center for Peace and Education, a non-profit organization, provides a welcoming environment where people of all faiths, cultures, political affiliations, and social orientations can thrive.
The Center's programs are based on wisdom drawn from the disciplines of neuroscience, psychology, economics, medicine, ecology, and contemplative traditions. Programs are offered in schools, hospitals, prisons, military institutions, and community venues. We host an array of well-known public figures, such as The Dalai Lama and Dr. Arun Ghandi, as a way to educate the heart and the mind, and promote dialogues which explore and honor interconnectedness.
“I make [a] sincere appeal to all the generous and kindhearted to help the center in every way possible for enabling them to fulfill this great wish.”
~ The 41st Sakya Trichen
The Palmo Center’s mission is to inform, advance, and inspire the hearts and minds of individuals and communities through education, academic conferences, and an integration of modern science with contemplative traditions.
We aspire to serve the Dalai Lama’s three major
commitments: To promote basic human values and
secular ethics in the interest of global happiness, to foster worldwide, inter-religious harmony, and to preserve the endangered Tibetan culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.
Founder and Director
Jigme Rinpoche is a Tibetan meditation and philosophy teacher who serves as the Director and Co-founder of the Palmo Center for Peace and Education. Rinpoche has been traveling and teaching in North America, Asia, and Europe for more than 10 years. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, Rinpoche teaches with clarity, insight, and humor. He assists students in developing tools necessary to uncover their innate basic goodness which lies hidden beneath our obscuring habitual ways of perceiving ourselves and our world.
Rinpoche has organized and participated in conventions and seminars here in Eugene, hosting scientists and World Peace leaders, such as the Dalai Lama and Dr. Arun Ghandi. Rinpoche provides one-on-one spiritual counsel and offers public talks on important life issues. In his life, Rinpoche has initiated the Jangchup Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving the spiritual, cultural, educational, and humanitarian needs of Tibetan refugees living in Tibet, Nepal, and India.
A woman of wisdom and compassion, affectionately known as Amala, (Honored Mother,) Yogini Palmo (1943-2014) was a prominent peace advocate, spiritual teacher, and engaged member of Eugene’s community. Amala is a role model and an inspiration for all who hear her amazing story.
Her early life, marked by incredible suffering, clearly illustrates how love and compassion, when rooted in a deep, all-permeating inner peace, can triumph over even the direst of circumstances.
In recognition of Yogini Palmo's tireless dedication to peace and the betterment of humankind, the Palmo Center for Peace and Education was aptly named in her honor.
Ngaglo Rinpoche is recognized by his fellow Tibetans as a revered teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche has accomplished studies equivalent to a Doctoral level in Buddhist Philosophy, and has completed several solitary retreats. He is a Co-founder and Director of the Eugene Sakya Center, which is the Palmo Center for Peace and Education's sister center.