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Our Monastic Community
Lerab Ling is home to a thriving community of monastic practitioners who observe a daily schedule of prayer and meditation, following one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (the Nyingma school). It is a time-honoured tradition in Buddhism to make offerings to the ordained spiritual community (Sangha). According to the teachings of the Buddha himself, this is an especially meaningful way to practice generosity and accumulate merit.
New Roof over our Holy Shrine
The holy shrine is still the most sacred place in Lerab Ling and a home to so many treasure objects that were offered by great masters of many different lineages to Sogyal Rinpoche. The building is ageing and the roof over the holy shrine needs to be replaced urgently. For many years we have been trying to patch up the roof but that is no longer adequate and we really need to do major construction to make it safe again. This will cost around €30,000. All donation regardless of their size are welcome.
Practising Community in Lerab Ling
At the moment, we have a strong team of almost 60 practising sangha members at Lerab Ling made up of the monastic community as well as specialized practitioners. They hold the full range of practices that we follow in Rigpa, from the Longchen Nyingtik tradition, from Lerab Lingpa, and practices from various other lineages.
Preserve the Lerab Ling Temple
Please help to keep Tibet’s tradition alive in Lerab Ling. Your donation will directly benefit the temple, its sacred art and architecture, environment and infrastructure.
Vajrasattva Prayer Wheels at Lerab Ling
Sponsoring one or more of the 65 prayer wheels that are being installed near to the Lerab Ling temple, each one containing several thousand mantras of Vajrasattva. Additionally, 3 very large prayer wheels are planned that will contain 100 million mantras of Vajrasattva and Vajrakilaya.
Sponsoring Prayer Flags
Prayer flags printed with auspicious symbols and prayers are considered to transmit peace and benefit around the world by being carried on the wind. In the Tibetan tradition, they bless the countryside and bring harmony, wisdom, health and prosperity to all beings. Your donation will go towards the purchase and sewing of prayer flags and banners which are replaced regularly throughout the year all around Lerab Ling.
All Losar Drupchös 2018
To avert the negativity of the old and create auspicious circumstances for the new Tibetan year, Lerab Ling and the main Rigpa centres will be holding a series of practice intensives (drupchö). This will include Tendrel Nyesel, Rigdzin Düpa, Riwo Sangchö, Vajrakilaya and Chime Pakme Nyingtik. You are warmly invited to make a special connection with these practices by making an offering. All the names offered in dedication will be included in the practices. Your donation will support all drupchös and practice intensives in each country so that your merit will multiply around the world.
Daily Tendrel Nyesel and other practices
Practices for averting negativity and creating favourable circumstances (including those related to ill health). Dedications are made each day at Lerab Ling during the practices of Tendrel Nyesel, Vajrakilaya and other sadhanas. The terma of Tendrel Nyesel was revealed by Tertön Sogyal, Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), Sogyal Rinpoche’s predecessor, and is the core practice of the Rigpa community. Suggested offering €20.
Riwo Sangchö and Dukngal Rangdrol
Practices for the deceased. For 7 weeks in a row, prayer dedications for those who have died are made during the daily practice of Riwo Sangchö (Mountain Smoke Offering). A specialized group of senior members of the monastic community and specialized practitioners also carry out the practice of Dukngal Rangdrol (The Self-Liberation of Suffering). Suggested offering €40.
Tendrel Nyesel on Special Days
Extra practices, including tsok are being done on Guru Rinpoche day and Dakini day (the 10th and 25th days of the Tibetan calendar) as well as on the four major anniversaries associated with the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. The suggested offering per day is €35 for Dakini and Guru Rinpoche days and €108 for one of the four major Buddhist festivals, though of course you may choose to offer as much as you are inspired, motivated and able to do so.
Dharma Protectors Practices
Dharma protectors are emanations of the Buddha whose role is to protect the teachings and support practitioners to attain spiritual realizations. Each day these practices are performed by a small group of specially trained practitioners in a dedicated shrine of the Lerab Ling temple. Suggested offering €50.
Zabtik Drolchok, the Profound Essence of Tara
Practice for the swift accomplishment of activity. Zabtik Drolchok (The Profound Essence of Tara) is a popular practice of Green Tara. The practice is carried out each day by a small group of the Lerab Ling practicing community, and is considered to be especially beneficial for the accomplishment of one’s activities. Suggested offering €15.
Chime Pakme Nyingtik
Prayers for Long Life. Chime Pakme Nyingtik (The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality) is a long life practice based on White Tara that was discovered as a mind terma by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892). Many masters have been able to remove obstacles for their long life and enhance their accomplishments through this sadhana. In Lerab Ling, the Chime Pakmé Nyingtik practice is carried out 5 days a week. Suggested offering €15
Prayers and Ceremonies in the East
In addition to the prayers and practices that you can sponsor directly in Lerab Ling, the Prayer Request team facilitates in requesting divinations on what practices would be appropriate for you to sponsor, according to your circumstances. Before you make a donation, please contact email@example.com first. Depending on the outcome of the divination, you can sponsor prayers and practices that will be carried out by the monastic communities at Chorten Gompa in Sikkim and Nubri Gompa in Nepal.
Freeing Lives (Tsetar)
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the practice of freeing animals otherwise destined for slaughter, is considered to be a particularly powerful way to accumulate merit and extend one’s lifespan.
Help to Build a Monastery for Kyabje Soktse Rinpoche
Help Kyabje Soktse Rinpoche is building a monastery for his nuns in Tashi Choling (Sikkim), a nunnery that he founded in the eighties, near the staggering lake of Chechu Palri (Wish fulfilling lake).
The Manjushri Educational Project
Around Khenpchen Namdrol Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal, there are many destitute families who have no means of improving their life circumstances. The Manjushri Educational Project is now sponsoring the tuition for 60 children from class 1 to 8 in one of the best schools in Parphing, Nepal.
Rigpa Scholarship Fund – unrestricted
The Rigpa Scholarship Funds most urgent priority is to secure the future of Sogyal Rinpoche's work by ensuring that more students are thoroughly trained and accomplished in the study and practice of the Dharma. Rigpa students who aim to become translators, instructors, scholars, but also Dharma practitioners and spiritual care specialists, who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of the path, have the opportunity to engage in long periods of Dharma study.
An Education in Rigpa Shedra East
Rigpa students who aim to become translators and scholars, but also Dharma practitioners who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of the path, have the opportunity to engage in long periods of Dharma study. Rigpa Shedra East offers a comprehensive Dharma education for those aspiring to contribute to the transmission of the authentic Dharma to the West.
Rigpé Yeshé is Rigpa’s programme for children and parents. Different programmes are offered to meet the needs of a wide variety of children, from those who are discovering meditation for the first time through to those who have grown up in a Buddhist family and who are ready to deepen their study and practice. It is a huge and exciting task to invite lamas to teach the children, recording and editing these teachings, and then present the edits within a curriculum especially designed to inspire and nourish. We are very grateful for your support.
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