DPR Office FAQ

Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche

1. What is DPR Office?

The Office of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is also called DPR Office or dprO. This office supports Rinpoche in his projects and activities. The secretaries and teams in DPRO help Rinpoche communicate with Nalandabodhi students and administrators, as well as with related and external organizations.


2. Where are the best places to find information about Rinpoche?

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s personal site www.dpr.info has the latest news on Rinpoche, his biography, teaching schedule, sample teachings, his poetry and art! At this site, you will also be able to find links to the organizations under Rinpoche’s guidance – Nalandabodhi, Nitartha InternationalNitartha Institute, and Nalanda West.


 3. Where will Ponlop Rinpoche be teaching next?

Check Rinpoche’s official websitedpr.info. Ponlop Rinpoche’s confirmed teaching events are listed under the Schedule page. It tells you the topics, the when and where of his upcoming teachings, as well as contact information for the organizers of the teaching events.


 4. How do I get the latest news on Rinpoche?

At Rinpoche’s official website, dpr.info, you will find Rinpoche’s teaching schedule, photos, videos, and social media shareables.


 5. Could I get a sampling of Rinpoche’s teachings?

In addition to teachings here on the Nalandabodhi website, you can get teachings online at Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche Facebook page, and at Rinpoche’s official website, www.dpr.info. On the website, you will also find a listing of Rinpoche’s books.

You can subscribe to RebelBuddhaTV on YouTube to get updates on all new video clips of Rinpoche’s teachings.


 6. How could I get more information on Rinpoche’s publications?

More information on Rinpoche’s books is available on dpr.info and on emotionalrescue.info.

To obtain Rinpoche’s teachings for Nalandabodhi students, contact the Nalanda Store at Nalanda West.

To learn about Rinpoche’s publications at Nitartha Institute, visit Nitartha Institute Publications.


 7. How do I get permission to quote Rinpoche or publish his teachings?

Contact Rinpoche’s Publications Secretary and Chief of Staff, Cindy Shelton, at cindy@dproffice.com.


 8. I am a student of Ponlop Rinpoche. How could I get in touch with Rinpoche to send a personal message?

Personal letters or messages from Rinpoche’s students may be sent to him through his Personal Assistant, Ben Mikolaj at ben@dproffice.com. Ben also serves as Rinpoche’s student correspondence secretary.


9. I am a student of Ponlop Rinpoche and have practice questions – how do I get them answered?

As a member of Nalandabodhi, you can receive practice instructions and help from your Nalandabodhi Practice Instructor (PI). Your PI is a trained Nalandabodhi Instructor from your local sangha or another Nalandabodhi sangha.

Other practice questions should typically be directed to the Mitra Council.

To write Rinpoche about practice questions, contact Rinpoche’s Personal Secretary, Ben Mikolaj at ben@dproffice.com. If a Mitra cannot answer your question, Rinpoche will try to respond as his schedule and time permit.


 10. I am not a student. How do I get in touch with Rinpoche?

To connect with Rinpoche on a personal matter, please contact Rinpoche’s Personal Assistant, Ben Mikolaj.


 11. How can I arrange a personal interview with DPR?

To arrange a personal interview, both students and non-students should write to Ben Mikolaj at ben@dproffice.com. In your email, please provide some background information:

* Are you currently a student of DPR? If so, what center or study group do you attend?

* When was your last interview with Rinpoche?

* Briefly provide the reason for your request.

If you are not currently a student but plan to formally request Rinpoche to accept you as his student during your interview, please state that in your email.

Group interviews may also be arranged by writing to Rinpoche’s schedule secretary, Chris Stagg, at chris@dproffice.com and providing some background as well as your reason for requesting the interview.


 12. How can I become a student of DPR?

The ideal situation is to see Rinpoche in person, but this may not always happen immediately because of Rinpoche’s travel and schedule. Sometimes people end up waiting a protracted time to ask in person. You can instead write Rinpoche a request letter in care of Rinpoche’s Personal Assistant, Ben Mikolaj. Ben’s email is ben@dproffice.com. People have been becoming students through correspondence this way, then requesting meetings with Rinpoche as soon as circumstances permit afterwards.

A personal meeting with Rinpoche to request to become a student can sometimes be arranged if Rinpoche plans to teach in your city, or if you plan to be where Rinpoche is teaching. In that case, you can write in advance to Rinpoche’s Personal Assistant, Ben Mikolaj to request an interview during that particular program.  It is suggested that you contact Ben with your request early, as interview time slots fill up quickly.


 13. How can our Center or Study Group invite Rinpoche to visit and teach at our center?

Send your invitation to Rinpoche’s office by contacting chris@dproffice.com.


 14. How do we invite Rinpoche to speak at an event?

Send your invitation to Chris Stagg at chris@dproffice.com.


 15. How do we arrange a media interview or other publicity event with Rinpoche?

For media interviews and other publicity events, please contact Ceci Miller at ceci@dproffice.com


 16. Rinpoche has accepted our invitation to teach, what do we do next?

If you have received confirmation from Chris Stagg that your invitation has been accepted, you could seek advice regarding Rinpoche’s on-the-ground travel, accommodations arrangements, program schedules and other key areas by contacting Rinpoche’s Personal Assistant, Ben Mikolaj at ben@dproffice.com.


 17. I need to clarify something related to organizations guided by Rinpoche. Who should I contact?

* For matters related to Nalandabodhi Administration, Karma Sangha, Marpa Foundation, Zabsang Shedrup and other dharma centers: contact Cindy Shelton at cindy@dproffice.com.

* For matters related to Nalandabodhi Europe and Nitartha Institute, contact Chris Stagg at chris@dproffice.com.

*For matters related to Karmapa Foundation and governmental or legal matters, contact Martin Marvet at marty@dproffice.com.