Important Aspect of Retreat by His Eminence Rinpoche

His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche has instructed that silence is one of the most important  aspects of retreat practice. The practice of silence is based in an orientation of inwardness, of solitude, of letting go of one’s normal need for social acknowledgment and interaction.

 It is very rare to have  an opportunity to do this, and the outcome can be profound. 

 No matter where you are on the path – whether you are learning if  solitary retreat is right for you, or if you are ready to take the next  step to a short term or long term retreat – it will be Pamela's great joy to  help you realize your aspirations, for the benefit of all beings. 

There are so many benefits to doing group retreat with a qualified guide and fellow practitioners

 So many people have the aspiration to put into practice the extraordinary teachings that H.E. Garchen Rinpoche has tirelessly given  over the last 20 years in the West. 

Please contact Pamela Sophia Rays if you wish to be part of group or personal classes

Dharma By Pamela Sophia Rays (Gyurme)

Dharma Teachings

The Heart Sutra as recited in the Triratna Buddhist Community

The Bodhisattva of Compassion, When he meditated deeply, Saw the emptiness of all five Skandhas

And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering.

Here then,

Form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form. 

Form is only emptiness, Emptiness only form.

Feeling, thought, and choice, 

Consciousness itself, Are the same as this.

All things are by nature void

They are not born or destroyed Nor are they stained or pure 

Nor do they wax or wane

So, in emptiness, no form,

No feeling, thought, or choice, Nor is there consciousness.

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;

No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch,

Or what the mind takes hold of, Nor even act of sensing.

No ignorance or end of it,

Nor all that comes of ignorance;

No withering, no death, No end of them.

Nor is there pain, or cause of pain, Or cease in pain, or noble path 

To lead from pain;

Not even wisdom to attain! 

Attainment too is emptiness.

So  know that the Bodhisattva Holding to nothing whatever, But dwelling in Prajna wisdom, Is freed of delusive hindrance, Rid of the fear bred by  it,

And reaches clearest Nirvana.

All Buddhas of past and present, Buddhas of future time,

Using this Prajna wisdom,

Come to full and perfect vision.

Hear then the great dharani, The radiant peerless mantra, The Prajnaparamita

Whose words allay all pain; Hear and believe its truth!

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

Gate Gate

Pamela mentors:

His holiness the Dalia Lama 

Garchen Rinpoche 

TRAGA Rinpoche 

The Karmapa 




The Garchen Buddhist Institute

 The Garchen Buddhist Institute was created by Garchen Rinpoche to establish the Buddha Dharma. Pamela has been a student of His Eminence for many years