PY’s use of the title PhD

I was there when PY was given his PhD, which prompted him to call himself “Dr Young” for several years (as referred to in the above post), until he found himself a new title (Lama).

The PhD was given to him by a Chinese friend of his who ran some kind of education establishment in the USA. If you know something about education in the USA you will know that these establishments basically only have satisfy financial criteria in order to award whatever certificates they want. Needless to say this establishment had no real standing or recognition of any kind. I can’t find any trace of it on the internet now.

This friend of his gave PY the PhD, because PY hosted this friend for a weekend in the UK.

That’s it. That’s the only reason he has a PhD. PY hosted a friend for a weekend.

The PhD is not worth the paper it was printed on, and for PY to call himself “Dr” for many years as a result, once again shows how deceptive he is.

It also shows how little respect PY has for any title or honorific. Many people work for years to get a PhD. He hosted a friend for the weekend, and had no shame in claiming the honour. Amongst the military, this is called “stolen valour”.

I saw this happen myself, directly, and was astonished when PY started to call himself “Dr” the following week, changing his business cards to relfect the new title.

PY’s use of “Lama” and “Rinpoche” follow the same pattern.

Misteaching the Middle Way

Peter Yeung openly reminds his students not to think, and not to read Buddhist texts. What we have come to realise as we free ourselves from his influence, is that if anyone actually utilised their critical minds, done their due diligence and investigated Buddha’s teachings, they would discover that PY does not have the deep understanding of Buddhism he claims to possess.

One of PY’s many distortions and misunderstanding of the Buddhist teachings is his complete misinterpretation of the Middle Way. He is the only “teacher” who teaches the Middle Way as “always moving forward”. Compare that to these two definitions from Tibetan Buddhist sources:

Middle Way (Tib. དབུ་མ་, Skt. madhyamāpratipad) can refer specifically to the Madhyamika school or, more generally, to the Buddha’s teachings as a whole, which present a path that avoids the two extremes of eternalism and nihilism.

Middle Way in the Sutrayana
In the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta in the Pali Canon, the first teaching the Buddha gave after his enlightenment which sets forth the four noble truths, he speaks of the Middle Way, the path of practice that avoids the two extremes of sensual indulgence on the one hand, and severe asceticism on the other. He identifies this way specifically as the noble eightfold path.

Middle way
The view presented in Shakyamuni Buddha’s prajñaparamita sutras and elucidated by Nagarjuna that all phenomena are dependent arisings, thereby avoiding the mistaken extremes of self-existence and non-existence, or eternalism and nihilism. Cf Madhyamaka.

(3) Or simply look up Wikipedia’s entry:

So “always moving forward” is not what Buddha taught. It is actually a reflection of PY’s personality, worldview and method, and also indicates his ruthless and narcissistic tendencies. For PY, it is enlightenment at all costs — the end justifies the means — there is no compromise. This is why he leaves a trail of destruction in his wake, broken and damaged students, disharmony within his sangha, and isolation of students from families, friends and society. This is causing harm, it is not compassionate, and it is definitely not Buddhism.

Example: PY’s projecting his ruthlessness to distort Pureland Buddhism — As long as you succeed in taking rebirth in Amitabha’s Pureland, enlightenment is guaranteed; thereafter you can go back in time to liberate all your fathers and mothers; therefore it is important to distance yourself from your current relationships (especially family), attend as many teachings and retreats as you can, and totally depend on him as a teacher to guide you.

If students knew the widely accepted meaning of the Middle Way, they will understand that PY’s way is not “middle”, it is in fact extreme and nihilistic, one of denial and self-mortification, no different from the Indian ascetic practices experienced and rejected by Lord Buddha.

Do not fear Peter Yeung

To help anyone who still fears Peter Yeung, I thought it might be helpful to give more insight into Peter Yeung’s fundamental emotional and psychological weakness.

I hope this shows why he should be pitied, not feared. And also why he should be avoided.

Peter Yeung himself recounted the story that one of his teachers told him, over 25 years ago, to forgive his father. His response was to proudly declaim: “My father was never there, so there’s nothing to forgive!”

With that profoundly ignorant dismissal, he inevitably descended into playing out the role of the shadow-father: bullying, violent, aggressive, obsessed with status and being worshipped, helplessly drawn towards power for the sake of power, uncaring of the hurt he inflicts on others, and despicably cruel to those who place their trust in him.

Peter Yeung treats his students like fools, because he knows within himself that he is just a damaged child. Peter Yeung knows that anyone who seeks to learn from a damaged child must be a fool.

This is why Peter Yeung cannot stand any criticism, however constructive, however honest, however positive, and however much good it will do him.

Any hint of anything less than total worship drives him insane with rage, because to him, all he feels in that moment is his father’s (perceived) rejection of him.

I once saw him get into a literally insane cycle of denial, becoming more and more aggressive at every turn, when a very loyal (totally brainwashed) student was trying to very politely and gently tell him that there was a typo in a document. This student kept pointing out the typo because in her brainwashed state, she couldn’t conceive that Peter Yeung was more interested in being worshiped than seeing the truth of this tiny, insignificant error. He finally overwhelmed the student with his aggression, and she fell silent, entirely confused.

Peter Yeung was literally unable to even accept the presence of a typo, as it hinted he was not perfect. He didn’t think about this – he immediately reacted with violence, and locked into that, as his damaged child was frozen in agony inside himself.

Peter Yeung cannot stop himself from denigrating his students, both in class, and to anyone around him. I witnessed a Tulku gently reproach him for being so mean to his students, to which Peter Yeung reacted angrily (which is very bad behaviour towards a Tulku), and then went into an unstoppable rant about how worthless his students were. Peter Yeung went as far as to say that his students might give the impression of not being entirely worthless, but to trust him on this, as he knew his students better than anyone. The Tulku fell silent.

Peter Yeung is entirely blind to the fact that any teacher who feels that he must constantly denigrate his own students, because he genuinely believes them to be incompetent morons despite years of “learning at his feet”, is, by definition, a bad teacher. That this shows him to clearly be a bad Buddhist, and a bad human being, also doesn’t ever occur to him.

Peter Yeung is to be pitied, for he is entirely driven by the damaged child within himself that still cries out for his father’s love and approval. He experiences no satisfaction and no love. None of his students love him, they all fear him. Peter Yeung feels that fear is the best he can possibly hope for from anyone, because he cannot experience love, because that damaged child within himself feels eternally rejected, and is eternally in fear of further rejection.

Peter Yeung only ever feared his father, because his father was always absent, and so Peter Yeung always felt rejected or the threat of rejection. In taking on the role of a father figure to his students, Peter Yeung has no experience of love to draw on.

Peter Yeung is tortured by the fear of the damaged child that the reason his father was absent was because his father did not love him.

Penor Rinpoche consistently refused to allow Peter Yeung to show off his martial arts or other skills to him, despite Peter Yeung doing everything he could to get the chance to. I heard Peter Yeung say that he’d been trying for years to get the opportunity to do so, and failed every time. Peter Yeung complained bitterly about this, and could not understand why Penor Rinpoche showed zero interest in Peter Yeung’s “powers” – to the point where Penor Rinpoche would ‘accidently’ miss appointments during which Peter Yeung planned to show-off in front of him.

Peter Yeung is a huge disappointment to his teachers, his students, and himself. And, deep down, he knows it. This is why he has become more and more erratic, desperate and despotic over the years. He is locked in a self-destructive cycle by the damaged child he clings onto inside himself. He drags everyone around him into that destructive cycle, because he cannot face the essential emotional truth of his life and come to peace with it.

The only dangerous thing about Peter Yeung is that he believes the big lie he has told himself: that if he attains enough power over others (by any means he can) his daddy might finally love him. This is why he constantly lies to everyone around him, and even to Penor Rinpoche, as witnessed by another commentator in the other thread about Peter Yeung on this forum.

No matter what one thinks of Penor Rinpoche, to anyone who knows something about Tibetan Buddhism, and Tibetan culture, to be called a liar, in public, by the person who one calls his root guru is perhaps the most shameful thing that can possibly happen. It really is very clear evidence of who Peter Yeung is.

The Chinese community in Newcastle, who Peter Yeung has tried to engage with and impress many times over the years, refuse to have anything to do with him. The Tai Chi Union of Great Britain refuse to have anything to do with him. From the little information I have, the Tibetan Buddhist community, including Palyul, Nyingma and Namdroling Monastery, refuse to have anything to do with him now that Penor Rinpoche is gone. Every institution (like Newcastle University) or group who hired out spaces for Peter Yeung to teach in over the years, more or less quickly refused to continue to rent him their space.

All the students I saw over the years who had some talent and intelligence, got as far away as possible from him, as quickly as possible, after they’d spent some time with him. Everyone of any value, from every walk of life, refuses to have anything to do with him.

The only students who remain are brainwashed, obsessed with obtaining power themselves, or in such fear that they dare not leave. These are the people who surround him. Peter Yeung is very clever, and cannot fail to see and understand this. Peter Yeung is however, entirely blind to the reason for it. He has told himself that it is because he is such an advanced being that no one understands him.

Peter Yeung therefore lives out a life of constant rejection by anyone who could give him a sense of self-worth. He relives again and again the fundamental rejection-trauma he experienced through the absence of his father when he was a child (and throughout the rest of his life). This is his own personal hell, that he creates everyday for himself.

The last 15 or so years he has built a new persona based on his supposed “perfect” understanding of Buddhism… yet he even gets 4 Noble Truths totally wrong. The 4 Noble Truths are the most basic and easy to understand introductory level of Buddhist thought. A child can understand them. Peter Yeung gets them totally wrong because he has interpreted them to feed his lust for power.

Peter Yeung claims to be a Vajrayana expert (as well as Hinyana and Mahayana expert, of course) … and yet is still ridiculing his own senior student, in public. The senior student has been with him for more than 20 years. Peter Yeung is so blind to his own shortcomings that he cannot see that if his senior student “deserves” this ridicule as part of “Vajrayana advanced practice”, then it is Peter Yeung who is at fault, who is incompetent.

Peter Yeung is no different to Donald Trump – reduced to puffing himself up with blatant lies backed up by the most puerile bullying of those around him… and totally unaware that anyone with half a brain recognises him clearly, and with ample data-driven evidence, as a total fool and incompetent. Like Donald Trump, Peter Yeung is dangerous, and to be avoided, but at the same time pitied for being a sham of a man.

This is the truth of it.

Uncovering the truth about Pathgate & Lama Dondrup Dorje

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

– Edmund Burke

This website is created by ex-students of “Lama” Dondrup Dorje (Peter Yeung / Young) from Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies headquartered in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Some of us were long-time committed and devoted students who have left or forced out of his community due to his pattern of ethical misconduct over the past 30 years.

Following recent revelations about other teachers who were abusing Buddhism, lineage, and students, we feel very strongly that it is our responsibility to bring to public attention that Palyul’s, H.H. Penor Rinpoche’s and Namdroling’s reputation are being misused by this teacher. We wish to bring to light the real harm he has caused, and continues to cause, his students past and present.

Our concerns are as follows:

1. Peter Yeung’s aggressive, controlling, narcissistic and manipulative behaviour

    a) He engages in verbal abuse such as shouting, shaming and humiliation of regular students, usually in public.

    b) He inflicts emotional and psychological abuse by instilling guilt and fear in students, such as threatening them with karmic retribution.

    c) His aggression even extends to instances of physical assaults on students.

    d) He manipulates students into giving up their careers, family commitments and priorities, and devote themselves to him.
    e) His teaching sessions usually degenerates into boasting about his abilities and accomplishments, and then denigrating his students.
    f) He discourages his students from reading Buddhist texts, and having contact with or learning from other teachers.
    g) Any student who does not conform to his will are directly or indirectly forced out of the sangha by his verbal, emotional and psychological abuse.


2. The effects on his students and ex-students:

    a) Instead of compassion, wisdom and joy, there is an atmosphere of fear, confusion and unhappiness.

    b) There is no real trust and openness amongst students.

    c) Long-term brainwashing has disabled students’ capacity to think for themselves and function properly.

    d) Students become more isolated from mainstream society, families and friends over time.

    e) Many are manipulated into giving up their careers and depleting their financial resources. They are pressured into providing free labour for Pathgate and some are burnt out.

    f) They become dependent on Peter Yeung who progressively controls more and more aspects of their lives.

    g) Students who leave the sangha are often psychologically and emotionally traumatised and some have sought psychiatric treatment.

    h) When students leave, Peter Yeung engages in character assassination, painting them as obscured, evil and destined for misfortune. He does this indiscriminately, separating long-term friends and even family members.

    i) Most found themselves alone with no support from other students because Peter Yeung coerces students to isolate them. Even now, we find it difficult to contact ex-students.

    j) Ex-students whom we have managed to contact personally, have reported very negative experiences with him. The commonality of their experience is striking.

    k) Most students who leave are often fearful of speaking up. Some are terrified of spiritual attack, and a few have reported such attacks after they exited Pathgate.

    l) We observed at least two students developing psychosis during their time in Pathgate.


3. Questionable qualifications and lack of accountability:

    a) Peter Yeung claims to be a long-time disciple of the late Holiness Penor Rinpoche and therefore affiliated to the Palyul Lineage. However, the official website of the Palyul Lineage and its official list of affiliated global centres does not include Pathgate Institute’s centres. We also note that there is already a Palyul Centre in London, UK.

    b) Previous emails to Palyul and Namdroling Monastery requesting for verification of Pathgate and Peter Yeung’s authenticity were unanswered.

    c) Peter Yeung is a layperson but wears the Tibetan monastic robes, which he calls the “lama robes”. Eyewitnesses confirm Peter Yeung received these robes in an honorary capacity, and not after following the usual course of Buddhist study.

    d) Peter Yeung also seems to have no letters or other certificates of lineage or authorisation to teach from H.H. Penor Rinpoche or Palyul. Yet he presents himself as having the ability to teach the highest forms of Buddhism.

    e) Despite extensive research, we can find no evidence of Pathgate Institute being registered as a charity or religious organisation, yet it claims both affiliations.

    f) There appear to be no real accountability as to where the monetary offerings of students go to.


We acknowledge that Peter Yeung has contributed resources to multiple Palyul projects over the years. Many students were also introduced to the Buddhadharma because of him. Unfortunately, it can never justify the harm he has caused directly and indirectly to students and ex-students, all of which we have experienced and witnessed first-hand.

Peter Yeung is not currently teaching Vajrayana Buddhism to his students, and as far as we know, none of his student have taken any formal tantric vows (samaya). It is therefore our conclusion that we have been abused in the name of “Guru Yoga”.

To students and especially ex-students who have been isolated and remained silent till this point in time out of fear, we hope that you can reach out to us to share your story, be part of a growing movement to uncover the harm that Peter Yeung have caused, and to heal from the abuse. We are here to support you.