About Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche

Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche
is in Pittsburgh NOW

khenchenRinpocheMost Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, founder of Three Rivers Dharma Center, is in Pittsburgh now. He is well-respected and beloved as an accomplished scholar, meditation master, teacher, translator, and author. Rinpoche has written over 12 books on Tibetan Buddhism and has translated many Drikung Kagyu practices, prayers and histories into English, including “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation” and “The Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path“.

Students worldwide are inspired by his wisdom, compassion, strength of mind, warmth, and humor. Rinpoche is known for his great wealth of knowledge and skills in engaging his audience, especially in communicating the deepest insights in English without losing the original meaning.

Ven. Khenchen Rinpoche coming to TRTCC in April

Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche
visiting TRTCC April 22-24, 2016

Khenchen RinpocheMost Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche, founder of Three Rivers Dharma Center, is coming to visit Pittsburgh in April:

Friday April 22, 7-9pm
Dakini Achi Chokyi Dorlma Empowerment

Saturday April 23, 10am-12pm, 2-4pm
Teaching with Q&A, Heartfelt Advice and Mind-Training
4:15-6pm Bestowing Bodhisattva Vow
All events on Saturday will be held at:
First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sunday April 24, 10am-12pm
Five-fold Path of Mahamudra Empowerment
( Bodhicitta, Deity yoga, Guru yoga, Mahamudra, and Dedication )
2-4pm Consecration of the new Buddha statue, house blessing, and
cleansing ceremony
4:30-7pm Open for individual interviews with Khenchen Rinpoche
All events on Sunday will be held at TRTCC

We are fortunate to have Khenchen Rinpoche coming to Pittsburgh for a visit. We urge you not to miss this opportunity to be with him and receive his teaching and blessing. To download a flyer for this event please click FLYER , or Khenchen Rinpoche Flyer. For a card size info sheet please click INFO CARD.

Suggested donation for the teaching  is $50 each day on Saturday and Sunday to cover the costs of organizing this event.  Please give what you can.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Dana offering for the teacher will be at the end of each day with traditional Kadak offering.

In order for us to plan the event better please let us know if you are planning to come for the teaching, and which day(s) you are coming, especially if you want to have an interview with Khenchen Rinpoche on Sunday.  Three Rivers Tibetan Cultural Center is located at: 7313 Florence Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15218

Email Us:


The Precious Sutra of The 35 Buddhas

April 3, 2016, at TRTCC

35 Buddhas

Venerable Khenpo Choephel, spiritual director of TRTCC, will teach on The Precious Sutra of The Thirty-Five Buddhas.

Sunday, April 3, 2016
10am-12pm: The Teaching of the Sutra
2-5pm: The Practice of Prostrations

The Sutra of the 35 Buddhas, also known as The Sutra of the Three Heaps, is a powerful purification practice which includes prostration, confession and dedication. The practice is done for the benefit of purifying negativity, accumulating merits, and especially for the purification of the downfall of all vows, including the Vinaya Vows, Bodhisattva Vows, and Tantra Samaya Vows.

Khenpo Choephel

Ven. Khenpo Choephel will explain the meaning and purpose of the teaching in details and lead us in the whole prostration practice.

We invite everyone to come to this event to learn about this practice and participate in the prostrations with us for the benefit of all beings.

Suggested donation for the teaching is $35 for the whole day. Please give what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To download a flyer for Khenpo’s teaching event please click FLYER. For a card-size info sheet please click INFO CARD.


Mindfulness Fair 3/19/16 at Pitt

Mindfulness Fair 3/19/16

Mindfulness Fair

The Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies at the University of Pittsburgh is sponsoring a Mindfulness Fair on Saturday March 19 at the Frick Fine Arts Building on the Pitt campus. It’s a family friendly event that will run from 10am-3pm, with a lunch break; there is no admission fee and all are welcome.

This Mindfulness Fair will feature talks, meditation practices, information tables and activities for children. Snacks will be provided. TRTCC will have an information table there and our resident lama Ven. Khenpo Choephel will be a speaker among others who are from different traditions and professions.

HERE is a flyer for the event. We invite everyone to come to this event to learn about the resources and activities related to mindfulness in this region.

LOSAR celebration this Saturday 2/13/16

LOSAR celebration this Saturday


We will be celebrating Losar (Tibetan New Year) this Saturday 2/13/16 at our location in Swissvale. Khenpo will lead the chanting of auspicious prayers from 10:30-1:00 and then we will have a potluck lunch after. Please come if you are able! We would like to share our center with you on this holiday.

If you can come you will also be able to see our new golden buddha statue which has arrived from Nepal last week. Here at our center we are all excited about this new arrival. Please come and celebrate with us.

New Buddha Statue

New Buddha Statue coming to TRTCC


This golden statue will be shipped to TRTCC from Nepal under the auspices of Khenpo Choephel.   It is our hope that our efforts in preserving the traditional Tibetan culture and promoting the precious Buddha dharma will create an exemplary space for our sangha’s practice at our center.

Please support us by donating to our center.  Any help that you are able to give will further our center’s goals to work for the benefit of all beings.



Tibetan New Year

Celebrate Tibetan New Year at TRTCC

Tebetan New Year 1

Saturday, February 13, 2016        10:30am-1pm

Our resident teacher Khenpo Choephel will lead us in chanting auspicious prayers, and a traditional celebration with delicious food.

All are welcome.