Nalandra has moved to a new premises in Ringwood East. The property is being offered on a lease agreement from a very benevolent student of Rinpoche, who has stepped up as one of Nalandra’s directors. He has found a true teacher in Zim’og Rinpoche and shares the common vision of building a temple (Gompa/school) for imparting the teachings of the Buddha for many years to come. He has already made a generous contribution by funding the application for a planning permit to build the Gompa. We expect a positive outcome of this based on our research and experience. Rinpoche’s dream, with the help of Gurus, Buddhas and Dharmapalas is starting to unfold in the neighbourhood in the ‘Ring of the Wood’ in the East of Melbourne, Victoria (Ringwood East). Nalandra is in an agreement to lease the property until in a position to purchase it.
The one-acre property contains a renovated house with a spacious gompa area overlooking a yard filled with native trees, giving it a semi-rural feel. Working bees are being held once a month to prepare the landscape.
There is a clearing where the new gompa is to be built in front of the house, minimising disturbance to the vegetation.
The new temple/gompa/school will house a shrine for the Buddhas and provide a classroom for Nalandra’s education program. Nalandra’s Abbot Venerable Hojun Futen is in the process of designing the curriculum together with lay teachers.
The aim is for Nalandra to have a permanent property with a temple/gompa/school for teaching, meditation and special events, as well as capacity for long and short individual and group retreats. There will also be a lounge/bookshop, and the house will accommodate Nalandra’s library.