„one vision, one goal“
His Holiness the Dalai Lama advised Geshe-la to revive and promote the Bodong Tradition and prevent the traditions´s lineage, oral transmissions, and instructions from vanishing altogether. In Geshe Pema Dorjee´s words: We are trying to keep Tibetan Buddhism alive as a whole, which means that every tradition must also be kept alive. When five fingers are healthy, the hand is also healthy. without the finve fingers, there is no hand, isn´t that so? We can talk about the preservation of Tibetan Spirituality in a similar way. This is our responsibility.
At the outset, Geshe-la reported that „there were almost no monasteries and nunneries, even though Vinaya is fundamental in Buddhism“. After some years of preparatory work and communication, the Pelmo Choeding monastery (Porong Gompa) in exile was established in Dharamsala in 1989 and a program of study of the Bodong tradition was developed, including religious rituals and the basic principles of Buddhism and the Tibetan language. Finally, together with the Porong community, the education of young monks at Porong Gompa was initiated. The monastery has become an essential foundation for the revival of the Bodong tradition. The monastery is closely associated with the Research and Publication Center in Dharamsala (India) where commentaries are selected, study syllabus for the learning centers are formulated, and research studies along the lineage are approved. “It is essential for all of us to work hard for this monastery to become a good learning center for the followers of the Bodong tradition,” says Geshe Pema Dorjee.
The constant increase in the number of students has given rise to a need for more space, which was fulfilled by constructing an additional wing at the monastery, which houses two additional classrooms, dining space, and a better equipped kitchen. This improved infrastructure provides the basis for a good modern education, healthy conditions, and basic living standards for the monks. For further questions and contributions please contact us. Your generous donation means a lot to us and is greatly appreciated.