To the sound of chants from a number of Buddhist traditions, including Tibetan, Sri Lankan and Thai schools of Buddhism, accompanied by a Mongolian throat singer, practitioners welcomed the recently expanded Gaden Samdrupling Buddhist Monastery in Colerain Township, northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio. The ceremony was open to the public and took place on November 22. The event also included the blessing of renowned teacher His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Chocktrul Rinpoche.
Before the event, Jamyang Lama, resident teacher and monk at Gaden Samdrupling, said: “This is a very rare and special opportunity for us to be able to have him come and open this place in the monastery. » (WVXU)
According to a press release, His Holiness is:
. . . the eighteenth in a line of eminent Indian and Tibetan masters and the fourth in the line of Trijang Rinpoches. The supreme reincarnation was born on October 15, 1982 to a Tibetan family in Dalhousie, northern India and was officially recognized by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on April 23, 1985. Rinpoche completed his primary education under the guidance of its root guru, HE Kyabje Lati. Rinpoche and Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. Currently, Rinpoche continues his studies under the guidance of HE Dagpo Rinpoche and HE Yongyal Rinpoche.
In a Facebook post following the event, the Municipality of Colerain observed:
What a beautiful ceremony!
Today Gaden Samdrupling Monastery held an opening blessing ceremony for the new Buddhist temple here in Colerain Township. Renowned Buddhist teacher His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Choktrul Rinpoche and others were present to say a few words. Several talented musicians also performed at the ceremony.
In 2007, GSL Monastery purchased 8,5 acres of land in Colerain Township so that a new gompa (meditation space or temple) could be built on the land. The monastery was built according to traditional Tibetan architectural design.
Greg Griffith, a longtime student of Ven. Jamyang Lama and Ven. Geshe Kuten Lama, said of the event: “Today, after a long wait and many challenges, including waiting for donations and adjacent properties, construction and disappointments with additional delays due to COVID , we finally held our grand opening of our monastery in Gaden Samdrupling. He added: “It was a wonderful event with over 30 monks, nuns, lamas, geshes and rinpoches, traditional Mongolian musicians, over 200 people and Tibetan monastery food. I feel very lucky to be a part of it. . . .” (Facebook)
Jamyang Lama noted that the temple was built with eco-friendly, sustainable and modern materials, while retaining a historic aesthetic, and that the space would feature areas for community gatherings as well as a private residence to house monks and guest teachers.
“We tried to build it (like) a traditional Buddhist monastery that you can see in the Himalayas, in the mountains of Tibet, etc. When you enter it, you will see this type of unique architectural building with many kinds of different colors and so on. So if you can't travel to Nepal, India or distant Tibet, you can just come here to get a taste of the Tibetan cultural Buddhism experience,” he said. (WVXU)
The monastery is part of the Gelug tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.