Ngala ’ö-Dzin

Ngala ’ö-Dzin

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Ngala ’ö-Dzin Tridral—the husband of Ngala Nor’dzin Pamo—has been a fully involved and committed Vajrayana practitioner since 1980 and became a disciple of Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen in 1992.

He is highly intelligent and has an excellent memory. Ngala ’ö-Dzin works full time in the Information Services Department of Cardiff University. Through his employment, Ngala ’ö-Dzin enables many opportunities to be available to Vajrayana practitioners, by supporting the practice environment of Khalding Tsang (A ro mKha’ lDing tshang – which is both a family home and the venue for regular meetings for practice, study, and retreat). Three or four retreats a year take place at the home of Ngala Nor’dzin and Ngala ’ö-Dzin, including a week long craft retreat.

On the 2003 craft retreat, an appliqué of the Lineage Lama form of Yeshé Tsogyel was created, though sadly Ngala ’ö-Dzin himself was not able to be present at the retreat weekdays, due to the limitations of his annual leave.

Ngala ’ö-Dzin comments:
It could be most frustrating in one sense – but I enjoy my work for the university. I find it rewarding. In terms of our apprentices however, there is so much more I could offer – to them and to the Confederate Sanghas of Aro.

Ngala ’ö-Dzin’s memory serves him well as the Lineage historian, and he is frequently requested to recount the lineage history on retreats given by the lineage Lamas. He is well known for his sense of humour and for his calm, relaxed, and gentle style.

It is hoped that, as the sangha of Ngala ’ö-Dzin and Ngala Nor’dzin grows, he will be able to take early retirement and then devote all his energies to Vajrayana study, practice, and teaching.

Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen commented:
We earnestly hope that as more people come to hear of Ngala ’ö-Dzin Tridral and his wife Ngala Nor’dzin Pamo, the wealth of experience they have to offer will facilitate access to a Vajrayana culture in Wales. People who are unaware or uninformed concerning Vajrayana tend to think of Buddhism as a monastic religion – or, failing that, as the proclivity of rather sombre single celibates who specialise in what they give up rather than what that joyfully embrace. Even those who have encountered Vajrayana tend to understand it as ‘Buddhism with pictures’ – and so it is wonderful to have a couple like Ngala Nor’dzin and Ngala ’ö-Dzin in Wales, because they are not merely pictures – they are the physical embodiment of what Vajrayana makes possible in a suburban setting. Ngala ’ö-Dzin Tridral is a subtle yogi who reflects the khandropa qualities of Aro Yeshé – the secret activity quality of one who simply lives the nature of the teachings.