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Monks of the Gaden Jangtse 2004-2005
Tour for World Peace and Universal Compassion
Jigme Gyatso, Ven. Geylong, Ven. Lobsang Khatsun, Ven. Thutan Gaycho, Ven.
Jamba Leta, Ven. Lobsang Tenpa, Ven. Thupten Phunchok, Ven. Dawa,
Ven. Sangey Wangchuk
These ten monks visited the United States and Canada from their home monastery in Mundgod South India in order to share the rich cultural heritage and sacred arts of Tibet during 2004-2005.
Monks of the Gaden Jangtse 2003-2004
Tour for World Peace and Universal Compassion
Penpa Gyaltsen, Lobsang Smolam, Lobsang Nima, Geshe Thupten Dargey, Geshe Jigme Rapten, Geshe Geylong, Sang Dorji, Tenzin Tsetan
Information about Dolma Ling Buddhist Center
Dolma Ling Buddhist Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit religious organization. Our main aim is to promote teachings on Buddhism and peace throughout the United States, and to encourage compassion and kindness towards all living beings. Our Center is affiliated with the Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangtsen (Monastic College) in South India. Both practice Buddhism in Gelugpa tradition. The Gelugpa tradition, or Model of Virtue, is one of the four main sects of Tibetan Buddhism. This sect of Buddhism was founded by the great teacher and scholar, Je Tsong Khapa, who in 1409 also founded the original Gaden Jangtse Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet (later relocated to India). The purpose of the Gelugpa tradition was to return Buddhism to its purest form and reintroduced strict celibacy amongst the monks, as well as prohibitions on the consumption of Alcohol and any other impure substances. The concept of better discipline among monks is emphasized and a high value is placed upon the study of religious texts.
Dolma Ling's headquarters is in Lyme, New Hampshire and we hold regular meetings about three or four times each week. The meetings include spiritual teachings on Buddhist topics, pujas (special prayer ceremonies) and teaching instruction for Buddhist practice including meditation. Often a specific Buddhist Text is studied to enhance the spiritual progress of our Dharma practitioners. The local meetings are open to beginning Dharma students as well as long time practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The main purpose of these teachings and meeting times is to provide answers to spiritual questions, requests and prayer in response to the needs of the local community.
In addition to serving as a resource in the local community we often visit other venues and communities. We are often invited to visit universities, museums, hospitals, prisons, schools, and various places of worship (temples, churches, synagogues, spiritual centers etc) to present cultural displays, organize prayers (pujas), teachings, ceremonies and religious discussions as well as the creation of Buddhist Art. These invitations allows us to reach more members and persons interested in Tibetan Buddhism, the Buddhist Faith and spread the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) to a much larger audience across the United States. These spiritual teachings are made available to those who wish to participate and allow access to the Dharma for those who are interested.
Dolma Ling Buddhist Center's creed, form of worship, code of discipline, services and ceremonies are consistent with those taught by His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Our mission is to promote harmony and peace among all people and within each person, and to encourage the cultivation of compassion and kindness towards all living beings. The Center offers teachings in Tibetan Buddhism, organizes prayers, ceremonies, and religious discussions, as well as the creation of sacred Buddhist arts..
Our mission is to promote harmony and peace among all people and within each person, and to encourage the cultivation of compassion and kindness towards all living beings. The Center organizes prayers, teachings, ceremonies, and religious discussions, as well as the creation of sacred Buddhist art.
Monks at Dolma Ling Buddhist Center
An important aspect of the Spiritual Director's work which Geshe Geylong has been responsible for has been training and observation of monks in his charge. From time to time individual monks from Gaden Jangtse Monastery are in residence at Dolma Ling Buddhist Center. These monks are fully ordained and serve in their religious vocations as monks. As the Spiritual Director, Geshe Geylong must ensure that the monks selected are capable of entering a Western society and can withstand temptation. He must judge their religious training prior to their being assigned work for Dolma Ling Buddhist Center. Thereafter the monks receive further training from Geylong on the spiritual teachings as well as the sacred and ritual arts. The monks position here is strictly religious and they must meet the following criteria:
1. Be fully ordained
2. Keep and observe the 253 vows for the ordained monks.
3. Be trained in a high level of skill in monastic arts and rituals.
4. Be trained in Buddhist Philosophy to help assist in the spiritual teachings with the religious community as a whole.
5. Be trained in a high level of monastic music (chanting mantra/prayer) to conduct pujas and blessings.
6. Assist in meeting the spiritual needs of the Dharma community including participation in teachings, pujas, prayers, ceremonies, blessings, rituals, sacred dance and music, and creation of sacred arts.
7. Maintain their spiritual discipline including practice and prayers.
Through study and practice has obtained training, understanding and artistic skills required at the "Masters" level. The Mandala Master is responsible for knowing (by memory and in detail) the history, philosophy, meditative practice and symbology of the numerous Buddhist mandalas. He must have an in-depth understanding of mandala construction and the ceremonial rituals for this sacred Buddhist art.
Through study and practice has obtained training and has natural talent required at the "Masters" level. The Chant Master is responsible for knowing by heart the history, philosophy, (Sanskrit) musical notation and understand meditative practice for numerous pujas. Must have in-depth understanding of prayers and mantras for Tibetan sacred music and the various ceremonial rituals associated with each puja.
Sacred Dance Master
Through study and practice has obtained training and has natural talent required at the "Masters" level in sacred Tibetan Buddhist dance. The Dance Master is responsible for knowing the history, philosophy, meditative practice and symbology of the numerous monastic dances. Must also have a mastery of sacred music. He must have an in-depth understanding of sacred dance and the associated ceremonial rituals.
Through study and practice has obtained training, understanding and ritual skills at the"Masters" level. The Ritual Master is responsible for knowing all rituals associated with Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies and practice. He must know the history, philosophy, ritual objects, offerings etc and understand the meditative practice and pujas for each ceremony.
To meet the needs of our Center and Dharma community, Dolma Ling permanently employs Geshe Geylong in the position of Spiritual Director. Dolma Ling Buddhist Center has grown in size and purpose and we have requested that Geshe Geylong remain in permanent residence and in this employment. The Spiritual Director's position can only be filled by a fully ordained monk with specific monastic training that can not be matched by any monastic training offered in the United States, and for that matter, cannot be found in most places around the world. In addition, the Gelugpa tradition is a specific sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and training can only be obtained from a Tibetan Monastic institution that offers this particular linage. The Spiritual Director must also have attained the Geshe degree and be qualified to teach the texts and perform the rituals associated with this tradition. The Spiritual Director must also be responsible for overseeing the training of monks under his guidance. The person filling this position must also possess the following specific skills:
A high level of training and skill in the monastic and ritual arts. Interpretation of religious texts and teachings from the original Sanskrit and Tibetan. The ability to direct and manage spiritual teachings to the religious community as a whole (both laity and monastic).
The Spiritual Director's position is strictly religious and the main responsibility is to conduct and oversee all aspects of the spiritual needs of the Dharma Community. This will include:
1.Leading Dharma talks
(religious teachings) and pujas (prayer ceremonies).
2.Dedication of prayers for the sick, dying and deceased (including last rites).
3. House Blessings and purifications. Creation of sacred Buddhist arts, including mandala construction, sacred dance and music, thangka paintings (sacred paintings) and creation of sacred butter sculptures. Spiritual counseling and guidance.
4. Performing Buddhist Ritual Arts. Teaching and training the sangha (spiritual community). Transmission of Initiations and Empowerments.
Geshe Geylong, the Spiritual Director and Senior Teacher of Dolma Ling Buddhist Center, was born in Tawang, India in 1968. He became a Buddhist monk of Gaden Jangtse Monastery at the age of nine, and has been studying the teachings of Buddhism since he was a young boy. This has allowed Geylong to develop a deep and unique understanding of the Buddhist faith and practices. On November 12, 1993, at the age of 23, he received his full ordination by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. At this monastery he received his education in Buddhist Philosophy. Geshe Geylong received teachings, initiations, and guidance from the great masters of this time including Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
At Gaden Jangtse Monastery Geylong received extensive training in the Buddhist sacred arts including mandala construction, sacred dance and music, thangka painting, construction of sacred butter sculpture, ritual arts such as ceremonies and pujas, and Buddhist philosophy and debate. Geylong also received special training in the interpretation of texts from Sanskrit and Tibetan. In 2001, after 20 years of studying and practicing Sutrayana and Tantrayana he was awarded the degree of Geshe Laharampa, an extremely high form of recognition within Tibetan Buddhism gained by very few. The Geshe degree is considered to be the equivalent to a Doctorate of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies. For 15 years, Geshe Geylong taught and trained monastic students at Gaden Jangtse Monastery in South India and Nepal. From 1998 through the present, Geshe Geylong has acted as the monastery's spiritual leader here in the United States. He oversees our local efforts and is responsible for providing spiritual and compassionate guidance for our religious tours that are operated throughout the United States and Canada. These tours are organized to spread the teaching of Tibetan Buddhism to those who would like access to the Dharma teachings and result in new people being introduced to the idea of Buddhism, its teachings and the principals presented in the faith. Geshe Geylong has served as Administrator of the Monastery in India and Nepal as well as traveling extensively throughout India, Nepal, United States and Canada to teach Dharma, perform sacred ritual arts and guide Dharma students on their spiritual path in practicing Buddhism. Geylong's role as Administrator of the Monastery, his leadership role in the tours and his leadership of our activities here demonstrate his ability to manage and direct spiritual teachings and events as well as train and match appropriate monks for our different activities and programs. Geshe Geylong's unique and extensive experience in his vocation as a monk, coupled with his spiritual training and education, demonstrates how well he is suited for this position at our Center.
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