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Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastic Project, which was named by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is an FPMT project to create an ideal environment conducive to study, meditation and a lifestyle based on the vinaya. The meaning of the name is “place where the Dharma is transmitted and realized.”
On Friday, June 13, His Holiness visited the project site in Pomaia, not far from Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, to bless the grounds. During the program, His Holiness “expressed his appreciation to the people of Italy for their warm welcome. He praised the efforts of Zopa Rinpoche, for his foresightedness in keeping the Nalanda tradition alive in his institutes,” DalaiLama.com reported.
The idea for the monastery began in Nepal in 1980 with Lama Yeshe and Geshe Jampa Gyatso envisioning the construction of a monastery in the West for both monks and nuns. The project has been able to acquire 30 hectares (74 acres) of land to build upon that was a former quarry. Currently the project is working with local government for approval of its building plans.
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Ven. Massimo Stordi, coordinator for Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastic Project, a nunnery and monastery in the hills of Pomaia, Italy, shared this exciting news about His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit:
Lhungtok Choekhorling Buddhist Nunnery and Monastery eagerly awaits and prepares for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s June 13 visit. His Holiness has agreed to bless an as-yet-undeveloped hillside, located just under 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Pomaia, Pisa, Italy.
The Lhungtok Choekhorling project is working toward the creation of an ideal environment conducive to study, meditation and a lifestyle based on the Vinaya, the monastic discipline. The name of this monastic project was conferred by His Holiness and translates as “a place where the Dharma is transmitted and realized.”
The future monastery will be built at this site on the bare rock, similar to many monasteries in Tibet. In January 2007 at Sera Monastery in South India, Lama Zopa Rinpoche himself suggested building the new complex in the Tibetan style.
On the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the project has requested His Holiness to give the oral transmission of Ganden Lha Gyäma and also, if there is time, of the prayer Spreading the Teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.
His Holiness will give teachings in the nearby city of Livorno, Italy on June 14 and 15. He will teach on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, confer a Chenrezig empowerment, and hold a public conference on the theme of ”Compassionate Ethics.” These three events will take place at Livorno’s Modigliani Forum.
For more on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Italy, www.dalailama.it.
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