We are pleased to share the meetings we had in Dharamsala with Khen Rinpoche, Ven. Geshe Thubten Chonyi, the abbot appointed a few months ago by our precious spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It was an opportunity to thank him in person for accepting the assignment and to invite him to Pomaia.
Since he has never been to Italy, we have updated him on the Monastery, its origins thanks to the vision of Geshe Jampa Gyatso, the many meetings and suggestions we had with Lama Zopa over the years, the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in June 2014 with the blessing of the land, up to informing him of the current situation.
During our talks we talked about the monastic discipline, the Vinaya, and its importance. In particular of the need for a clear rule to be established for everyone from the outset within the community.
The Abbot, by virtue of his experience in the Kopan Monastery, indicated to us what could be the logistical criticalities for the arrangement of the offices inside the Temple, and advised us not to create them in the main building.
Regarding the fundraising Khen Rinpoche, after listening to us, also gave us some suggestions to promote the project.
The abbot accepted our request to come to Pomaia in September, and for the Sangha he shared a video message, where he stated, among other things, “I hope this [Monastery] will happen soon in Italy. I saw the project – this wonderful project – and I really liked it and I hope it comes to fruition very soon. So everyone will be able to live together, study and practice”.
In Dharamsala we requested an appointment with Ven. Roger Kunsang which occurred punctually at FPMT Tushita Meditation Centre.
Ven. Roger, following our last January meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, was updated on the state of the Temple architectural project and related fundraising.
Ven. Roger was very pleased with the progress made and pledged to give us organizational support.
We are approaching a very significant and important date for the Monastery project and we can't wait to be able to share it all with you.
The monks and nuns of Sangha Onlus.