Thursday, 23 April 2015

Drala Jong Retreat Centre Appeal

The Aro Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism wishes to establish a permanent centre in Britain to make this rare strand of Buddhism more accessible to people in the home country of our lineage holders Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. We intend to raise £500,000 to establish a centre capable of hosting residential and non-residential events. Open to interested people every day of every week – and run on a financially and environmentally sustainable basis – it will provide unique facilities.

This will be the fulfilment of the vision of HH Düd’jom Rinpoche, the most remarkable Tibetan Lama of the 20th Century and Head of the Nyingma Buddhist Tradition, who gave instruction for the establishment of our organisation in 1977. In following that instruction over the last 30 years, the Aro tradition has:

  • established the world’s largest online library of images and information regarding the endangered Tantric ngak’phang ordination – established in Tibet in the 7th Century.
  • ordained the first female ngakmas and naljormas outside the Himalayan region in the 2,500 year history of Buddhism
  • contributed to housing, healthcare, and education for Tibetan Lamas and Tibetan children living in exile in India and Nepal.
It is now time for the tradition to have a permanent home in Britain, the country where our work began.
People endeavour to improve the world in different ways: through improvements in diet, physical and mental health, housing, and education. Our approach encourages joyful interpersonal relationships. Happy marital relationships ensure that children grow up in an atmosphere free of mutual psychological damage. Although we are a Buddhist charity, our teachings are open to anyone. At heart, the logic of our tradition is simple: world peace begins in the family. If children have positive rôle models in terms of their parents’ relationship, they are more likely to grow up as kind balanced individuals. This provides a self-perpetuating positive influence upon the world. 

Please see the Retreat Centre Appeal page at

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