Current Update: 19 April 2018
Rinpoche is travelling to India and will stay at the Nalandra Padma Retreat Centre for the next five months to bring the project to completion. Followers of the Padma Retreat Centre (Himalayan Tibetan people) are on their way up to the Bhanodi temple as we speak. Carpenters, bricklayers and concrete layers have already made their departure from their home towns. Rinpoche will travel by mid-May 2018 with the gifts for Bhanodi children that our members have accumulated. He will also spend monetary offerings that he received for his teachings to assist the children and single mothers. Although the money is not enough to cover his travel and expenses, he will dedicate all his offerings to support the people and stablise Nalandra's future.
To accomplish the project in India is to restore and maintain ancient and human values. Here it is described as a summary of achievements of the past, present and future.
In the past, we have been quite successful in restoring the Gompa/temple and assuring Rinpoche has all the facilities for his retreat. A fully functional, ventilated kitchen has also been built for mothers to have a healthier cooking environment and facilities, with an adjoining dining area. The dormitory shower rooms and toilets have been upgraded and pathways connecting living areas have been cleared. Above all the fellowship of the Padma Retreat Centre has been brought into confidence that they have a Guru and trustworthy organisation such as Nalandra, not only to restore the holy environment but to lead in a great future of helping young children. For more information please see the March 2016 (Issue 4) Newsletter.In the present, tasks to complete this summer include: 1). Finishing Rinpoche's personal retreat kitchen, installing the water system etc., 2). Create a circumambulation path around the temple and plant some Australian flowers in the bush, 3). Build over 150 steps from the base of the Padma Retreat Centre property up to the Gompa, 4). Restore around 7 caves which were once liveable meditation rock shelters, installing electricity facilities and proper doors and windows, 5). Build extra dormitory shower and toilet facilitiies. In the future, 1). At the foot of the property Rinpoche plans to build a convenience store/ coffee shop in the wilderness to avail the homesickness of Aussies in retreat. 2). A large stupa will also be built in the arena of the coffee shop, on the way from retreatants' caves to the temple where they will go for Rinpoche's teachings, practice, circumambulation, meals and to meet with others. In the great future, Rinpoche has a wish to build an educational nunnery in the Chamba district where he has been offered land to use however he sees fit. There is no other way than to give it back to the people, so that local girls have the opportunity to receive a proper education in the Buddha's uniform and then decide their future for themselves. If you wish to assist with Rinpoche's plans, please make a donation in our fundraising vase.
For the complete history of Nalandra's Padma Retreat Centre, please see our newsletters which speak of the project's past, present and future activities.