Dear Sangha Friend,
As 2011 comes to a close, we are happy to report that the dynamic cooperation of our staff, volunteers, and lamas all over the world has upheld and spread H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s vision for the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation (CGF) as well as his main North American dharma center, Ridgzin Ling.
Both dramatic and quiet changes have taken place. At Rigdzin Ling the completion of a major renovation of Tara House fulfills Chagdud Rinpoche’s plans to establish an east entrance to the shrine room. With financial support from the sangha and extraordinary effort by both volunteers and professionals, the stupa renovation project is almost completed. Administratively, the systems, policies, and communications that support a variety of dharma activities, at Chagdud Gonpa Foundation/Rigdzin Ling as well as branch centers and practice groups are being updated.
Your contribution as a member increases the ability of Chagdud Gonpa centers to support resident lamas, invite visiting lamas, and carry out elaborate ceremonies led by accomplished lineage masters. It provides the foundation that enables smaller centers to maintain and improve their facilities and larger centers to undertake major dharma projects. These activities are inspiring, and the merit of your membership is the catalyst. From our pure motivation and aspirations arise cycles of benefit for sentient beings.
As we look back on the changes this year, our Buddhist perspective of impermanence helps us generate greater compassion, wisdom and commitment to the path. Chagdud Rinpoche created a vast ﬁeld of merit, an essential part of Vajrayana Buddhism, so that all of his students could participate and beneﬁt as fully as possible. All Chagdud Gonpa facilities, retreat centers, and practice groups are an interconnected web dedicated to maintaining Chagdud Rinpoche’s dharma lineage passed down through generations of great Nyingma masters.
As individual practitioners, we are each needed to uphold these great lineage practices and to create the interdependent condition for the Chagdud incarnation to ﬂourish. Please participate in this great ﬁeld of merit becoming a member of Chagdud Gonpa. The year-end is a perfect time to choose the membership level that is best for you, and to make a commitment that will create lasting beneﬁt.
May the merit of upholding the Chagdud sangha multiply and return to you and whoever is connected to you now and in the future!
Best wishes for the New Year,
Bejay Moore, Membership Secretary, and the CGF Membership Committee
As a Chagdud Gonpa lineage sangha member, your contribution supports:
- Development and maintenance of all Chagdud Gonpa facilities and retreat centers
- Publishing of sacred texts and practice materials
- Restoration and maintenance of sacred images and structures
- Dharma projects and events
- Development and maintenance of the CGF website and member communication
- Local practice groups with ongoing teaching tours of CGF lamas, weekly sangha practices, and special events in your local community