Nalandra Padma Retreat Centre India

On 4 April 2015, the 15th day of the month in the lunar calendar, Rinpoche re-inaugurated the century-old Bhanodi Gompa in the heart of the Himalayas, and renamed it the Padma Retreat Centre. It was a very auspicious day with many followers and devotees from all over India trekking through rocky falls to see their next Guru (HE Zim’og Rinpoche) taking charge of the long abandoned temple/shrine.

With the help of his brother-in-law (Nyingma-pa Tulku Kunzang) Rinpoche performed a grand Tsok day for Guru Padmasambhava and made a thousand lamp offerings. The committee then offered the land and temple as a mandala, placing them into his supervision and for his longevity. Rinpoche accepted the leadership role for the continuation of culture, environmental harmony, and Buddhism in the region. He promised to build a new kitchen (see existing kitchen in picture below), dining room, and a dome to enshrine the existing temple for people to witness for centuries to come. Furthermore, depending on the Indian government’s generosity, he announced a future plan to build a giant Stupa to promote happiness. This would subsequently attract tourists, trekkers, environmentalists and (ayurvedic) herb collectors, generating regular income for the local people. Rinpoche returned all the monetary offerings to the temple and gave his first donation of 100,000 rupee to cover the costs of construction.

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