Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation
Wencheng Gongzhu International Foundation was established in Hong Kong in 2009 to support the compassionate activities of His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche throughout Southeast Asia. Subsequently, branches have been opened in Malaysia and Taiwan. The organization is named after the legendary Chinese Princess Wencheng Gongzhu, who introduced Buddhism into Tibet and devoted her life to the spiritual and material well-being of the Tibetan people. Embodying the spirit of Princess Wencheng Gongzhu, the Foundation seeks to support and enhance spiritual growth across Asia.
Under the leadership of His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, the Foundation organizes teachings, seminars, meditation retreats and pilgrimages. It also helps to raise funds to support spiritual centers, such as the Education and Monastic College at Shyalpa Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Rangrig Yeshe and Buddhafield
In 2003, Rinpoche established Buddhafield as his center of compassionate activity in the United States of America. Buddhafield is a pristine sanctuary of over 40 acres in Millerton, New York, just 90 minutes north of New York City. His Eminence envisioned Buddhafield as a pristine sanctuary where one can rest and remain at ease in these stressful turbulent times.
While Buddhafield is a physical place existing in time and space, the essence of Buddhafield transcends limited concepts and conditions. Buddhafield is an expression of open space, where one can find unconditional freedom, the room to relax and be at ease with oneself and the world. Rinpoche always describes it in this way: “We are building more than a retreat center, we are building a sanctuary of complete awareness within ourselves, in the center of our hearts.”
For the past several years, Rinpoche has conducted summer retreats at Buddhafield under a great white tent accommodating attendees from the United States and Asia. Plans are now underway to begin construction on the site, beginning with a great Stupa, representing the mind of enlightenment, and simple cabins for extended retreats. A hall for meditation and teachings, and a family residence for His Eminence are also proposed. Rinpoche has taught and traveled in the United States for over two decades, and the Buddhafield sanctuary is Rinpoche’s way of returning the kindness and generosity of the American people who have been supportive friends for so many years. Shyalpa Rinpoche’s sense loyalty is an example for us all.
Shyalpa Monastery, Nunnery, and Retreat Center
Shyalpa Monastery, Nunnery, and Retreat Center are located on Kopan Hill above
Kathmandu valley. The monastery and nunnery currently houses over 130 monks and nuns. The Retreat Center hosts students from around the world who wish to learn Buddhist teachings and enrich their spiritual practice.
In November 2013, an inauguration ceremony took place for the new Shyalpa Monastery Education Complex and Mipham Institute. This seven-story building houses seven classrooms, a library, two prayer halls, auditorium, computer classroom, staff lounge, sixteen apartments for instructors and staff, and a health clinic for the monks, nuns, and local villagers. The complex also includes facilities to host major events for up to 3,000 participants, with dining facilities and public toilets. The complex is situated on a hillside to the north, adjacent to the monastery compound.
Himalayan Children’s Fund
At the request of elder Tibetans, H.E. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche founded the Himalayan Children’s Fund to help alleviate the hardship of Himalayan children and give them the opportunity for a better life through modern spiritual education.
Children who are currently living in India and Nepal have the opportunity to become monks and nuns and live at Shyalpa Monastery, where they learn and practice Tibetan Buddhist spiritual traditions and study reading, writing, math, and computer skills. These young monks and nuns will inherit the vast treasury of wisdom in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and help to transmit their knowledge to future generations.
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