build the first

tibetan buddhist monastery in italy

GOAL 2023

As of June 13, 2023 we have received donations of €1.040.000. We sincerely thank the many supporters.

To carry out the first step of the project we need to reach the figure of € 2023 by 2.000.000. Donate a brick!

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By calling +39 370 117 6940

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With one click! To the page: Support us

Bank transfer

By entering the IBAN code IT68W0501802800000017243205 or for transfers from abroad BIC code: ETICIT22XXX

Postal

Postal current account no. 81230138 made out to the Sangha Onlus Association

WITH US IN POMAIA

By telephone appointment

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's video in support of the Monastery.

Who has already believed in us:
Alberto Brambilla, Alessandro Pacetti, Paolo Sala, Patrizia Sala.

A place of prayer and meditation to contribute to peace in the world

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Why a Buddhist Monastery?

To answer this question it is necessary to have an idea of ​​what Buddhism is; it would take many pages to describe it in depth but, leaving this research to everyone, we could summarize it as follows: "all the problems we experience arise from the way our mind works ... therefore, all we need is to know our true nature as we really are."

When we study Buddhism, we are actually studying ourselves, we are learning about the nature of our mind not on high aspects but on practical things, how to live daily life, integrating this knowledge into the mind, so that it becomes serene and balanced . Indeed, according to Western terminology, we can also say that Buddhism is not a religion but a science of the mind.

According to Albert Einstein, Buddhism is a universal message, the harmony of science and spirituality, beyond any cultural, social and religious barrier.

the monastery

It will be built from scratch on the rock just like the monasteries of Tibet, in Pomaia in the municipality of Santa Luce (Pisa). In an area of ​​great beauty that has suffered the environmental trauma of excavation in the past, and which will be recovered with the creation of a Park of Contemplation and Peace.

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet who visited and blessed the place of the monastery in June 2014 and gave it the name Lhungtok Choekhorling. In Italian it can be freely translated as "Place where teaching is transmitted and realised". 

The monastery, which will house around a hundred monks and nuns, is a treasure chest which will help preserve and pass on the Buddhist teachings, precious jewels of wisdom from over 2500 years ago, which are of great benefit to all humanity.

It will help to increase compassion and love for all sentient beings while respecting our only home, the Earth. It will contribute to the development of wisdom, to scientific dialogue, to the encounter between the wisdom and science of East and West and to promote peace in the world through interreligious dialogue.

The project

To found
a Monastery

A place where monks and nuns can live in accordance with the discipline and ethics taught by Buddha Sakyamuni, to receive teachings, study, progress in practice and keep the Buddhist tradition alive.

The Sangha Onlus Association

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

As a monastic project it relies on the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and is part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and of the Italian Buddhist Union.

The Association's main objective is the construction of the first Buddhist monastery of the Tibetan tradition in Italy.

The mere presence of a spiritual community such as a monastery is important for the well-being of the whole country. The atmosphere of harmony created by monks and nuns living in observance of vows brings peace and harmony to all surroundings.

(In the photo the Tangka donated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche).

Architecture

Designed by the arch. Gino Zavanella will be sensitive both to ancient traditions and to the landscape context, he will follow an eco-sustainability path in harmony with the surrounding area and the use of natural and clean energy resources.

The video rendering of the Temple is available at the link: Monasterobuddhista.it/il-monastero/

The bureaucratic process between the Municipality of Santa Luce and the Sangha Onlus Association, started in 2004, ended with the building permit signed in June 2022.

Everyone, Buddhists and non-Buddhists will benefit from this place of meditation and prayer.

Franco Battiato, who was very close to the project, wrote a letter to the then mayor of Santa Luce in 2012: “The monastery, which should be built on the rock, like the monasteries of Tibet,

it is a project of high architectural level, simple and rigorous… it would also make a significant contribution to environmental recovery. Please take my advice into consideration: it could bring international prestige to your municipality, which has a predestined name, and to Italy".

Relational value

Openness to others and to intermonastic and interreligious exchange. The Monastery will reserve some spaces for silence and contemplation, but fundamentally it will be open to contact with others, to spiritual advice and to dialogue.

Environmental value

The creation of a Park of Contemplation and Peace will be our contribution to the recovery of a degraded area, originally an expression of the rich Mediterranean maquis and the large forest of Santa Luce. We will protect the existing wildlife, and we will organize guided tours and educational workshops in Naturalistic Engineering.

Social value

Opportunities for personal and community growth by contributing to spiritual, social and economic well-being.

Cultural value

The Monastery will enhance and promote the cultural heritage of the Tibetan people, which belongs to the whole world.
Tibet has a precious thousand-year-old culture based on principles of wisdom and compassion, and can contribute to what is missing in today's world.

Economic value

The Monastery will produce, both directly and indirectly, work (commerce, catering, accommodation facilities and more) and slow tourism which will improve the quality of people's time and their psychophysical balance. 

openness to others e
interreligious dialogue

The Monastery will reserve some spaces for silence and contemplation, but fundamentally it will be open to contact with others, to spiritual counseling and interreligious dialogue. It will allow people of different faiths to open their hearts and minds to the harmony of a communication based on respect and tolerance and to increase their serenity in everyday life and promote peace in the world.

how the project developed

Many ideas were considered for the site: some, such as building on rock, were discarded; others were considered too invasive and not in harmony with the territory. After the study of the University of Pisa in 2008, the architects drew up more detailed plans for the site, which were proposed to the municipal administration in 2011. These plans form the basis of the most recent project, presented in 2021, shared with the local authorities and with a view to developing an architecture that is as sustainable as possible.

How to share the project

We bought the 96 hectares of land and have a magnificent architectural project. Everything else still has to happen.
If you think you can help us we will be extremely grateful

Let's write history together ...

help us to rise
this wonderful project