Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Centers and Practice Groups
Thondup Ling is part of a large organization that spans most of the western and mid United States, as far north as Alaska, as far east as Chicago, and as far south as Los Angeles.
Chagdud Gonpa Foundation Membership
Membership in Chagdud Gonpa increases the ability of Chagdud Gonpa centers and practice groups 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. Chagdud Gonpa membership is fully tax deductible and members receive a discount on all Chagdud Gonpa events.
Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling
Rigdzin Ling is the North American headquarters for the Chagud Gonpa Foundation and the seat of His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. Established in 1990, it is a beautiful 245-acre property set in the Trinity mountains area of northern California, and is a hub of extensive dharma activity replete with a large shrine room, comfortable guest housing, a large Guru Rinpoche statue, 8 traditional large stupas, and a large prayer wheel house spinning trillions of mantras.
Chagdud Gonpa Ati Ling
Ati Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist center offering meditation instruction, daily group practice and longer retreats, use of our beautiful shrine-room and library, prayer support, and training in Tibetan sacred arts. Ati Ling is the Bay Area branch of the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation established by the late His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, and is located just over two hours north of San Francisco in the coastal hills of west Sonoma county. Our resident lama is Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, son of Chagdud Rinpoche, and lama of Ati Ling since 1992.
Padmasambhava Peace Institute
The Padmasambhava Peace Institute was established in 2003 by Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma tradition. PPI is located at the Black Mountain Reserve, a beautiful 485-acre property set in the hills and forests overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in western Sonoma county.
Chagdud Gonpa Amrita
Chagdud Gonpa Amrita is the Seattle branch of Chagdud Gonpa Foundation with resident teacher Lama Padma Gyatso. Since 1983, it has provided a place for beginning students and long-time practitioners to gather for teachings and practice in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Sanskrit word "mahakaruna" means great (maha) compassion (karuna). Through its activities, the Mahakaruna Foundation works to assist the old, sick, undernourished and undereducated peoples of Buddhist Asia, and to help preserve the ancient Buddhist heritage and culture of Tibet.
The Buddha Akshobhya established the enlightened intention that all sentient beings could purify any degree of nonvirtue. Even the extreme nonvirtue of hatred, violence, and killing can be cleansed through relying on him as the focus of meditation, acknowledging and abandoning nonvirtuous actions, and invoking his blessings of purification. Akshobhya meditation can liberate not only the practitioner him or herself from the fear of inauspicious rebirth, but other beings as well. Akshobhya explicitly promised that the merit generated by reciting one-hundred-thousand of his long dhayani mantra and creating an image of him could be dedicated to another person, even someone long deceased, and they would be assured of release from lower states of existence and rebirth in spiritually fortunate circumstances.
An experienced Akshobhya practitioner in strict retreat can recite one-hundred-thousand mantras in about a month. For the past decade, to benefit those who cannot undertake the Akshobhya practice themselves, Mahakaruna Foundation has arranged for this practice to be performed by qualified practitioners in Asia and more recently, in Brazil, where the late H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche created a splendid, monumental Akshobhya statue, sponsored a huge Akshobhya prayer wheel, and made plans for an Akshobhya garden.
Ari Bhod Ari Bhöd’s mission is to preserve and transmit the priceless legacy of the ancient Tibetan Nyingma lineage tradition, a sacred culture of peace that has been kept vital and effective through more than fifty generations of lifelong practitioners and lineage masters. Ari Bhöd’s retreat center, Pema Drawa, is located on 475 acres in the peaceful mountains of Tehachapi, California. Ari Bhod was established by Lama Chodak Gyatso and is an Associated Group with Thondup Ling.
In 1989, His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche requested that his students make some practice items, books, and texts available to others by starting a small store at Rigdzin Ling, CGF's main center in North America. What started as a small glass display case in the living room has grown into Tibetan Treasures, a vibrant internet business and associated storefront. All your needs for practice and study of Tibetan Buddhism, include shrine items and such as thangkas, can be found on this site.
Written and Audio Teachings
- His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche's 37 Points of Practice
- A Poem by His Eminence Chagud Tulku Rinpoche and audio teachings from Lama Tsering Everest
- The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to Dharma
- Butterlamp Offerings and Life Saving
- How to Make a Shrine