​Drupon Palkyi

Drupon Palkyi received her education and training as a retreat master from Drikung Samtenling Nunnery in Dehradun, Uttarkand, India.


Drupon Palkyi became a nun at age fourteen, and received a thorough monastic training in Tibet where she also practiced extensively in retreat. She has completed four full cycles of the Drikung Kagyu ngöndro for the five-fold path of Mahamudra, and has practiced Nyungne extensively, completing a 200 day Nyungne retreat, a number of 16-day Nyungne retreats, and many 2-day Nyungne retreats.

After traveling to India in 2001, Drupon Palkyi joined Drikung Samtenling Nunnery where she studied grammar and Buddhist philosophy for six years. She also received extensive training in music, rituals, and dance, and served as the head chant master of Samtenling Nunnery for three years.

After completing her philosophy studies, Drupon Palkyi entered a traditional Three-Year-Retreat in 2008 where she practiced the Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa.

In August 2013 she was invited by Drikung Garchen Institute to Munich, Germany where she continues to serve as a resident lama, regularly offering teachings and leading group practices and retreats.

In February 2023 Drupon Palkyi completed a 200 hr Holistic Yoga Teacher training program with Pyramid Yogshala in Rishikesh, India and is now a certified Hatha yoga instructor and enjoys leading yoga retreats that combine Buddhist yogic practices with Hatha yoga.

 2024 North American Tour

Garchen Mila Buddhist Center and Drong Ngur Buddhist Center are planning a North American Tour for Drupon Palkyi.  We are hoping to have at least 5 Drikung Kagyu Dharma Centers involved with the tour. Please contact us if you are interested in having Drupon Palkyi Come to your center.


Tour Locations
Drong Ngur Buddhist Center | Wesley Chapel, Florida
Garchen Mila Buddhist Center |  Iowa City, Iowa

Possible Teaching and Practice Programs
Nyungne Retreat
Meditation / shamatha in particular
Channels and winds / tsa lung
Yoga (a combination of haha yoga and Tibetan yogic practices)

This tour is being organized by Virginia Blum and Ellen Marie Lauricella.