DCM Projects

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    Dechen Choekhor Monastery,
    Gonggar, Lhasa, Tibet.

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    Dechen Choekhor Monastery,
    Kullu, H.P. India.
    Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Projects
    Last updated on 18 January 2013
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    Rebuilding of Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara

    Dechen Choekhor being the foremost seat of the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage in Tibet, was the cultural focal point for more than 300 monasteries that branched out from it in the 16th century, including Khamtrul Rinpoche's monastery - Khampagar  in Eastern Tibet; Hemis Monastery, Chemey Monastery and Korzog Monastery in Ladakh; and Dorzong Monastery of Tibet. Tsechu Monastery of Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche in Nangchen, Qinghai is a direct branch monastery of Khampagar.

    It has been closed to 13 years since we first started this enormous undertaking of rebuilding Dechen Choekhor Monastery way back in year 2000. Initially, we plan to hold the inauguration of the main temple in year 2009, and then it was rescheduled to year 2010 due to insufficient funding . . . and in view of the current construction progress; we have no other option but to further delay the inauguration to year 2013 or later . . .

    As at 1st June 2012, the exterior structures of the main temple are considered done, except the top floor where "The 1000 Buddhas Temple" is yet to be commenced. As for the inner structures, apart from the three giant Buddha's statues of the main shrine hall have been completed, other sections of the monastery are way behind plan. There are other essential Buddha's statues that must be made as they are Dechen Choekhor main practices. The smaller temples in second and third floor such as "The Three Root Temple", "The Dharmapalas Temple", "The Lineage Temple" etc.  are still under development and construction.

    We are in urgent need of funds to complete the constructions of the main temple. We understand that there are many worthy organizations are in quest of your kind assistance, but in the Buddhist perspective, supporting the Buddhadharma with pure motivation and intentions, accumulated immeasurable merits!

    In the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha Sutra, Buddha mentioned that it's very meaningful to turn mundane wealth into non-mundane, non-ordinary wealth, by supporting the genuine Sangha community and the sublime Dharma. This is very clearly mentioned in Mahayana teachings.

    With your kind contribution the great dharma activities will be able to continue and flourish; many shall be benefited now and future with your helps. 

    Other Dharma Projects in Plan:

    In order to make Dechen Choekhor a complete Tibetan Buddhist Learning Institute, we hope with the support and generosity of people throughout the Himalayan regions, to materialize the following projects (listed according to their priority to the monastery) in years to come.

    1. Thupten Dö Ngag Choeling - The Centre of Buddhadharma for Monk's Learning, Retreat and Accommodation
    2. Mahakala Temple
    3. Chakrasamvara Temple
    4. Eight Stupas
    5. Catering (Self-Sustaining) Fund
    6. Health Clinic
    7. Lhatsewa Retreat Centre
    8. Jampal Pawo Institute for Buddhist Studies
    9. Nunnery

    1. Thupten Dö Ngag Choeling

    Thupten Dö Ngag Choeling - The Centre of Buddhadharma for Monk's Learning, Retreat & Accommodation:

    • is the joined version of several Rinpoche's projects as below.
    • this '3 in 1' idea was adopted in view of the shortage of fund and the urgency to complete these infra-structures to provide Dechen Choekhor's monks a more complete  monastic training in the Buddhadharma.
    • the combined projects will require significantly lesser fund compared to the execution of each project individually.

    2. The Dharmapala Temple (Mahakala Temple & Jagpa Melen Temple)

    Location: to be built on the left side of the main temple

    The Drukpa Choegon Lineage is renowned as the incomparable accomplished master for the practice of Mahakala, Chakrasamvara and Vajrapani. He is an emanation of Vajrapani, and Rinpoche previous lifetimes can be traced back to ancient India where he was the Lord Shakyamuni Buddha´s disciple and personal attendant, Ananda.

    In all his previous lives, they are inseparable from the practice of Mahakala, which include Palchen Galo (widely known as Ga Lotsawa, the great Tibetan mahasiddha and translator who visited India and brought back many precious teachings to Tibet) and Phuljung Samgyal Khache (the great accomplished master of Mahakala practice). The Choegon Lineage is renowned as the most powerful Mahakala practitioner of Drukpa Kagyu.

    Thus, Mahakala Temple and Retreat House are mandatory in Dechen Choekhor Tradition, to enable its monks continue to be trained in this precious practice lineage of Drukpa Choegon.

    3. The Chakrasamvara Temple

    Location: to be built on the right side of the main temple

    Buddha Shakyamuni manifests in the form of Heruka Chakrasamvara (Tib. korlo dompa) for the benefit of all beings and therefore he is considered the source of this high tantra. For Kagyupa, Tilopa the Mahasiddha --  the greatly accomplished 10th-century South Indian adept -- is an embodiment of this deity.

    "Given that Tilopa was truly Chakrasamvara, then it would follow that Gonpo Chak Zhipa (the four-armed Mahakala), would be Tilopa, the embodiment of Chakrasamvara in Mahakala-form"

    The Drukpa Choegon Lineage is renowned as the incomparable accomplished master for the practice of Mahakala, Charasamvara and Vajrapani. He is an emanation of Vajrapani, and the nearer sources of emanation of Drukpa Choegons, include the Mahasiddha Tilopa, Palchen Galo (widely known as Ga Lotsawa, the great Tibetan mahasiddha and translator who visited India and brought back many precious teachings to Tibet) and Phuljung Samgyal Khache (the great accomplished master of Mahakala practice).

    The Drukpa Choegons are inseparable from the practice of Chakrasamvara and Mahakala. Thus, the Mahakala and Chakrasamvara Temple and their Retreat Houses are mandatory in Dechen Choekhor Tradition, to enable its monks continue to be trained in this precious practice lineage of Drukpa Choegon.

    4. Eight Stupas of Dechen Choekhor

    The Tibetan word is Chorten, which means "the basis of offering". Stupa or Spiritual Monument is a symbol of enlightened mind (the awakened mind, universal divinity), and the path to its realisation.

    Stupas generally represent the enlightened mind of the Buddha. They were constructed since the early days of Buddhism. One of the symbolic meanings is that they represent the five elements: the square base represents earth, the round dome is for water, the cone-shape is fire, the canopy is air and the volume of the stupa is space. Stupas are often used to store relics from important masters. Stupas also offer the quality of harmonizing the surrounding environment. No Tibetan monastery is ever constructed without a stupa.

    5. Catering (Self-Sustaining) Fund

    The goal of the catering fund is to create a self sustaining income to feed the large number of monks in the monastery. This will help reduce the dependency on public donation in long run.

    In many monasteries a senior monk is given the sole responsibility of managing this fund. The monk will then using his entrepreneurial skills invests this money (common practices in India is running guest houses, opening restaurants and making and selling items like incense, protection chakra etc.) and creates a steady return with which he can run the catering for the monastery. This practice has been very effective at other monasteries and we hope to emulate it.

    6. Health Clinic

    Basic modern medical care seems beyond the reach of the vast number of the local people in this region. As one of our self-support project, we intend to set up a fundamental health clinic that serves the monastery community as well as the nearby villagers.

    We plan to set up some basic healthcare equipment and the necessary medical supplies in a dedicated area in the monastery compound.

    7. Lhatsewa Retreat Center

    A monastery without retreat center is not complete, especially in Drukpa Kagyu tradition. The Drukpa Choegon Lineage puts a huge emphasis on meditation practices. We intend to re-create the renowned Lhatsewa Retreat Center from Tibet here in Kullu. With this retreat center, the monastery will be able to provide retreat and extensive meditation courses, which also include the traditional three years retreat, the life long retreat programs and yogic training. Foreign and international students will also be able to utilize our Vajrayana retreat facilities for their practices.

    8. Jampal Pawo Institute for Buddhist Studies

    The second language for the Himalayan children is Tibetan. All the holy scriptures are in Tibetan. Therefore there is a great need to preserve and promote Tibetan language studies. Currently, we do not have the capacity to provide proper classroom to impart such scholarly education. We are making do by temporarily using a part of the temple, hostel and dining hall as classrooms on a rotation basis for different levels of studies.

    Therefore in future, we intend to create this separate building for Buddhist studies to cater for the education needs of two to three hundred monks. The school will cover the basic language study such as English, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Hindi and other relevant subjects, so that our monks will be conversant in the languages of the modern world and the old. Other core courses will include subjects like Buddhist history, literatures and philosophies. After mastering the basics the students will then be exposed to more fundamental and advanced studies in Buddhist philosophy including Logic, Abhidharma, Madhyamika, Vinaya etc.

    The center also aims to conduct more research on Buddhist studies and organize various seminars on such topics. It is also our sincere hope that the students who come out of this school will act as responsible stewards of this planet with strong sense of environmental awareness and global citizenship.

    The facilities planned are as follow:

    Description Number
    Classrooms 15 x 22 ft 10
    Computer Room & Media Room 1 each
    Library / Translation section 1
    Store Room 1
    Staff Room 1
    Office Reception 1
    Multipurpose Hall 22 x 45 ft 1
    Torma / Sand Mandala Arts and Crafts room 1

    9. Nunnery in Kinnaur

    Many of Rinpoche's female disciples have expressed their dire wish to join the monastic life, and have repetitively entreated the previous and current Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche to set up a nunnery in this remote region of Himalaya. Rinpoche has gave a serious consideration to their request, but due to insufficient resources, this project will need to be put on hold until the right causes and conditions arise.

     
      
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