Visit to Italy by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubten Chonyi. Abbot of Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastery

We are extremely pleased to announce that Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubten Chonyi, abbot of Kopan Monastery and member of the Board of Directors of FPMT International, has accepted our invitation to come to Italy to officially assume the role of abbot of Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastery, assigned by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche last January.

Khen Rinpoche, accompanied by some monks from his monastery, will arrive in Pomaia as a guest of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Monday 25 September at 19pm (we suggest arriving about 30 minutes early), for a series of appointments that will see him personally involved. We will find ourselves welcoming him in the main courtyard of the Institute to welcome him and offer him the katag.

Below we share the program of events open to the public.
Timetables may undergo changes which will be communicated promptly.

  • Wednesday 27 September
    9 hours: 30
    Public blessing of the hill land of Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastery. Khen Rinpoche together with his monks will officiate the preparatory rituals, foreseen as per tradition, for the start of the monastery works.
  • Saturday September 30th
    From 9: 30 11 to: 00
    Khen Rinpoche inauguration ceremony, on the hill of Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastery.
    From 11: 15 12 to: 30
    Teachings su "The three main aspects of the Pathby Lama Tsongkhapa
  • Friday 6 October 2023 – ASSISI
    The Rule and the Vinaya in convents and monasteries in the times of artificial intelligence (AI)

    Buddhism and Franciscanism in dialogue
    Assisi, 6 October 2023 – 15 pm

Finally, the conditions have matured for us monks and nuns to have the presence and qualified guidance of the Abbot, who will help us grow and keep the Sangha united in this extremely important moment for the constitution of the Monastery. We look forward to seeing many of you to share this historic moment in the history of our Monastery.

KHEN RINPOCHE Born in Nepal in 1962, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Thubten Chonyi joined Kopan Monastery after being ordained as a monk by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1974. He studied in Kopan for six years also with Geshe Ciampa Gyatso: the mind and mental factors , the philosophical schools, lands and paths, the 70 subjects, Pramanavartika and Tibetan grammar. He was later admitted to Sera Je Monastery in southern India where, after 18 years of intense study and debate, he was awarded the highest academic degree bestowed in the Gelugpa monastic tradition, Geshe Lharampa. After completing his training in Sera Je, Khen Rinpoche studied and completed his tantra studies, finishing first in his class, at the Gyudmed Tantric College. Gyudmed Monastery is one of the two main monastic colleges specializing in the Buddhist Tantra teachings of the Gelugpa tradition. Since 1999, on the recommendation of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, he has been the resident teacher of the Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore and since 14 July 2011 he has been appointed abbot of the Kopan Monastery and Nunnery in Nepal.

Since 2011 Khen Rinpoche has been on the board of FPMT Inc.
For those who want to learn more, Khen Rinpoche tells his story on the FPMT YouTube channel:

Translation into Italian by Ven. Siliana Bosa, Sangha Onlus Association.
Photo credits: FPMT



Pdf Prayers in Italian

Pdf Prayers in English

Hill with Moon No reservation is required for the event.

IMPORTANT: IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO GO UP THE HILL WITH YOUR OWN CAR. There is a large parking area at the foot of the hill. From the parking lot to the event area you walk for about 4 minutes with a final climb.
It will be possible to accompany people with mobility difficulties to the event location no later than 9:00 am, subsequently the road will be closed and only the parking area at the foot of the hill will remain accessible to cars.

Driving directions: Provincial Road 13 del Commercio, 56040 Pomaia PI Google Maps:
During the visit to the hills it will be useful to bring with you:

  • A digital device to consult i prayer texts in PDF (prayers will not be printed).
  • A throw/blanket, cushions and/or folding chair.
  • Comfortable clothes.
  • Shoes with rubber soles or in any case suitable for the countryside.
  • The climate in the month of September can be variable and therefore we suggest: a hat, a waterproof windbreaker, an umbrella.

We have placed toilets on the hill (bathrooms).
During the break you will find food and drinks. We therefore ask you not to bring food from home (except for specific dietary needs) and to dispose of rubbish in the appropriate containers that you will find in the event area.



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