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The Sangha Association

The monks and nuns of the Sangha Onlus Association have as their main objective the construction of a monastic complex that will be open to all the ordained Sangha, with two separate entities, one male and one female.

Inspired and strongly desired by the Venerable Geshe Jampa Gyatso, the Association was established in 2005.

It is currently made up of a monastic community of nearly thirty monks and nuns, mainly Western, who have chosen to follow the practice of Buddha's teaching, preserving its great spiritual and philosophical value, in harmony with contemporary thought.

The purpose behind this project is to create an environment suitable for study, meditation and a lifestyle based on the Vinaya - the tradition that regulates the ethical and moral discipline of the ordained Sangha (those who have taken monastic vows), - as taught by Buddha Sakyamuni.

The realization of this project will allow monks and nuns to make their own the ethical, doctrinal and spiritual values ​​of the Buddha's teaching, to be a valid support for the activities of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, of other Centers and to be an important and stable point of reference for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The name Lhungtok Choekorling was given to the Monastery by His Holiness the XNUMXth Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso. It means "place where the Dharma is transmitted and realized". The logo was designed by a Nepali painter Sonam Sherpa, under the supervision of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

In 2006, thanks to the generosity of many people, Sangha Onlus was able to purchase the first 11 hectares in Pomaia. 

The Sangha Onlus Association places itself under the spiritual authority of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, as spiritual director. It is part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and the Italian Buddhist Union.

Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

The FPMT is an organization whose purpose is to preserve and spread Mahayana Buddhism in the world, creating opportunities for listening, reflection, meditation and practice of the perfect teachings of the Buddha, in order to actualize and spread the Dharma among all sentient beings. We offer integrated education, which can transform people's minds and hearts to their fullest potential, for the benefit of all beings, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. Our goal is to create harmonious contexts and help all beings to fully develop their potential for infinite wisdom and compassion. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa, as taught by our founders Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The FPMT includes Dharma Centers, study groups, projects and services spread all over the world. For more information click on www.fpmt.org

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