Lachab Gompa Building project
During the cultural revolution Lachab, Dzong-Go
Ling, Dechen Chokgyur Ling, and Kharkarzong were completely destroyed. In
the 1980’s Ngaktrin Tsewang Dechen Rinpoche, the 5th Ngaktrin Tulku, was
able to commence the slow task of rebuilding. With the help of his
disciple Karma Gyamtsen Tsangsar, the restoration of Lachab, Dzong-Go
Ling, and Dechen Chokgyur Ling began. In later years, suffering from
chronic asthma, Ngaktrin Tulku’s health began to fail. Therefore, in
recognition of a lifetime of service, he named Karma Gyamtsen as his
successor. In March 2006 Ngaktrin Tulku Rinpoche passed away peacefully.
Karma Gyamtsen Tsangsar
At the age of 8 Venerable Karma Gyamtsen Tsangsar ws recognized by H.H.
the 16th Karmapa and enthroned at Lachab. At 11 he formally entered Lachab
to commerce his spiritual training under the guidance of Ngaktrin Rinpoche.
At age 21 he took full ordination. Having completed a three-year retreat,
Karma Gyamtsen first became retreat master at Lachab and later the
principal administrator and manager for the monastery. Following Ngaktrin
Rinpoche’s death, Karma Gyamtsen is now assuming complete responsibility
for Lachab monastery, Dzong-Go Ling, and both nunneries.
Today Lachab is home to 390 monks practicing in the traditions of the
Barom Kagyu and the Chokling Tersar. To date, the monastery’s shrine room,
three-year retreat center, and Mahakala temple have been rebuilt. A shedra
building for Buddhist studies has been added to facilitate the older
monks’ studies. A school for local children has also been built. Currently
35 children are attending the school. While progress has been made, the
monastic community continues to live in very basic, substandard
conditions. Monastic quarters, toilets and kitchen are urgently needed.
Dechen Chokgyur Ling Nunnery
Restoration of Dechen Chokgyur Ling has already started and the nunnery is
today home to 180 nuns. These nuns have forsaken all material comfort to
practice their spiritual path, though certain basic standards need to be
met in order to ensure the health and survival of the community as a
whole. The nuns lack adequate living conditions. Their most urgent need is
for toilets and a kitchen.
Today Kharkarzong nunnery lies in ruins. Rebuilding is urgently needed to
house a scattered community of 30 nuns, currently living here and there,
maintaining their practice as best they can.
Nestled on top of a lofty mountain peak, the isolated hermitage of Dzong
–Go Ling has long been recognized as a special place Guru Rinpoche visited
here. After he blessed the land many Vajra Guru Mantras spontaneously
appeared on the cliffs and are still visible to this day. Today, Dzong –Go
Ling is home to a small community of monks. A small shrine room has been
restored and a three-year retreat center is now operational. Conditions,
however, are extremely basic and the facilities are only capable of
housing a very small number of practitioners. New monks’ quarters, toilets
and a kitchen are urgently needed.
In order to survive, these communities of monks and nuns need our help and
assistance. Without it this rich monastic tradition, a truly positive
force in our world today, will dissipate and gradually disappear. The
future of these centers of spiritual excellence, blessed of practitioners,
is in our hands.
Help support these monastic communities by sponsoring prayers and
ceremonies for the long life and prosperity of yourself your family and
US$ 75.00 half day prayers,
US& 150 full day prayers
US 3 day ceremony
Donate directly to support building projects or to help met the
monks and nuns daily living costs:
US&1.00 per day feeds and clothes a monk or nun
US$ 1,400.00 builds new monk quarters for 40 monks or nuns
US$ 4,000.00 builds toilets for 40 monks
How to you can contact us:
Karma Gyamtsen Tsangsar, Lachab Monastery
Chinyiseb Shang Nangchen Zong QingHai , China
Lachab Gompa photos
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