THRANGU TASHI CHOLING NUBRI HINANG

A monastery high in the Himalayas
Under the auspices of
the Namo Buddha Meditation and Educational Centre


LETTER FROM KHENCHEN THRAGU RINPOCHE

          During the time of the decrease in my merit, the Buddhadhrma in the land of snow (Tibet) was diminishing, This was especially the fate of the Karma Kagyu Monastery called Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Kham that was founded and blessed by His Holiness the 7th Gyalwa Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso. At that time, I became a refugee and did not know where to go.

          During this time of hardship, having the motivation to keep my monastery alive, I purchased a small piece of land in front of the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in Kathmandu, Nepal and built a small monastery which I named Thrangu Tashi Choling.

          After building the monastery in Boudha, it was difficult to find children who wanted to become monks. I decided to ask some people I knew about finding children who wished to be monks. They said " nowadays all people want to go to school and study or to do business andearn much money. It's almost impossible to find children to become monks."

          After hearing this, I was very depressed and disappointed but nevertheless I made a fruitful aspiration with good motivation and put many Chakras (mandalas) of the Sangha and Harmony of the Sangha into the main Buddha statue of monastery. As the result of that, Tenzin Dorje became the first monk from Nubri Village, Gorkha, Nepal.

Eventually the number of monks grew and flourished and soon there were almost as many monks as in the monastery in Tibet.

          The country where I built the new Thrangu Monastery is a country that accepts all kinds of religions and has faith and devotion to them. The southern regions, near India are mainly dominated by Hindus. In the center are the Newari people who practice and study Vajrayana Buddhism in Sanskrit. In the northern regions, bordering on Tibet, the people practice Buddhism according to the Kangyur (sutras of the Buddha) and Tengyur (the commentaries of great masters). The people of the southern regions of the Himalayan Mountains have great faith in and devotion to Buddha dharma. They avoid killing and take special vows on the full moon and new moon days. They often perform feast offerings (tsok) on the 10th and 25th days of each month of the Tibetan calendar.

          Because of these people's great faith and devotion and their diligence in the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, I became determined to build a monastery in this region to benefit many people. I also thought of building a monastery so that it can host a monastic sangha who could teach through their vast knowledge of Buddhism. I discussed this idea with my monks from Nubri and they all agreed to assist me in building this monastery. Therefore, I have founded the monastery called Nubri Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery which is now under construction and which will be part of the government registration of Namo Buddha Meditation and Educational Centre.

         

ABOUT NOBRI: A BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE PLACE         

          In the high Himalayas of northern Nepal near the boarder of Tibet lies the area known as Nubri and the village of Kemanlung. Nubri is located in the provinces of Gorkha at an altitude of over 4000 meters. This area is very remote and is a seven days walk from the nearest road. Most people in Nubri manage a subsistence living by farming and animal herding.

       The area is a well- known pilgrimage destination because many great enlightened beings. Including Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet, and Milarepa, The greatest of all Tibetan yogis, meditated in a cave above the village known as "Naljor Phuk" which means "Yogi Cave". The oral history of the village includes stories of their retreats and the villagers can show visitors Naljor Phuk and the footprints that Guru Rinpoche left in the rocks.

         

NUBRI THRANGU TASHI CHOLING MONASTERY

          In order to help the villagers of this area, both in terms of spreading the Buddha's teaching and providing community services, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche decided to build a monastery in Nubri. The monastery will be staffed with lamas and monks to perform prayers, rituals and other religious services for the villagers and to teach the villagers about Dharma. The monastery will have good facilities, including electricity and running water to encourage monks to stay in the village. There will also be a free health clinic for the village. As the monastery grows, it will help to provide other development [projects. In addition, the monastery will invite important lamas and teachers to the people of the surrounding villages, bringing them onto the path of compassion.

         

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Because the people of Nubri are so poor, a project like this cannot be completed without help from outside. Many kind and generous sponsors have made it possible to nearly complete the exterior of the monastery.

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE FOLLWING

          The interior of the temple needs to be finished: The temple will feature large statues of the Buddha, Guru Rinpoche, HH Karmapa and smaller statues of great meditators and masters of the Kagyu lineage including Vajradhara, Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and Gampopa. The large statues will cost $1,000 each. Small statues are $200 each.

          Texts will be needed: a complete set of the basic canonical texts of Tibetan Buddhism plus the Kangyur and Tenyur, which ate the full teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, a requirement for every monastery. The 103 volumes of the Kangyur will cost $900, and the 225 volumes of the Tengyur will cost $1,200.

          Funding for painting and furnishing the temple: including $2,000 for shrines, $1,100 for thrones and tables, $1,00 for carpets and $500 for cushions for seating.

          Funds for the living quarters, which still need to be constructed: this includes a $1,000 for a kitchen, $750 for a bathroom and #6,500 for eight dormitory rooms for the monks.

          Because there are no roads for motor vehicles, cement and many other construction materials, except for stone, need to be carried in by helicopter or by foot, which increases the cost of construction considerably.

          The free health clinic has a sponsor who is providing construction funding and western medicine, but we also need funding for our lama. a trained Doctor of Tibetan medicine, to purchase traditional Tibetan medicines which will cost approximately $400 per year.


United States
Himalayan Children's Fund
C/o Debra Ann Robinson, Director
Himalayan Children's Fund, P.O. Box 15644,
Beverly Hills, CA 90209
debraannr@mac.com

 Canada
Namo Buddha Foundation Canada
Treasurer - Betty Wong
P O Box 46898 STN.D.
Vancouver, B.C.,
CANADA V6J 5M4
nbfcanada@yahoo.ca
http://namobuddhacanada.org/ 

United Kingdom
Thrangu Rinpoche Trust
Stuart Tett, Treasurer
42 Magdalen Road, Oxford, UKEOX 1RB
Tel: 44-1865-241555
Fax: 44-1865-790096
treasurer@thrangu.clara.net

European Union
Contact: Wolfgang Schmid
Vajra Vidya Centre, Wackerstraße 47b
88131 Lindau, GERMANY
Tel & Fax : 49-8382-6807
VajraVidya@gmx.de

Malaysia
Lama Lodro
Thrnagu Dharma Society, Petaling Jaya
29, Jalan 12/21, 46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 60-3-758-8548

 Taiwan
Lama Karma Tsewang
TAIPEI VAJRA VIDYA BUDDHIST CENTER
4F, No.5, Lane 263, Sec.3,
Mind Sheng Road
Pan-Chiao City 220 Taipei,
Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel: 886-2-2255-8814/2256-5250
master@vvct.org
 

Hong Kong
Lama Karma Dawa
THRANGU VAJRAYANA BUDDHIST CENTER
Flat A, 5/F Lomond Mansion
149 Argyle Street, Kowloon
Tel: 852-2760-8381
Fax: 852-2761-3863
lamadawa@netvigator.com 

Nepal
Khenpo Chogyal or Lama Namdak
Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery
Kathmandu, NEPAL
P.o. Box No. 1287
Tel. 977-1-447-0028
Mobile: 977-98510-46728
nubri_httcm@hotmail.com

 


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