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Pema Chödrön at the Benefactors Tea at Pema Chöling on August 20, 2019.  Photo by Ven. Jampa Kalden.

Pema Chödrön at the Benefactors Tea at Pema Chöling on August 20, 2019.
Photo by Ven. Jampa Kalden.

"On September 10, Lion's Roar magazine published a news item about Pema Choling's Benefactors Tea in August. With Ani Pema Chodron as guest of honor, we announced to a group of about 50 supporters that this spring the Pema Chodron Foundation granted the property deed to the Pema Choling non-profit organization. Please see the article here!”

 

Pema Chöling Granted Deed to Residential Property

 
 

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: In recognition of the maturation and stability of the Pema Chöling monastic community, on July 1, 2019, the Pema Chödrön Foundation officially granted Pema Chöling the deed to the residential property that they had purchased for the community in October, 2015. The Pema Chöling board wishes to express its deep gratitude for such unstinting generosity and trust on the part of the Pema Chödrön Foundation, with the pledge to be conscientious stewards of this rare monastic environment. And while the PCF has promised ongoing annual support for Pema Chöling, assuming responsibility for the property will mean additional financial responsibilities as well—insurance, POA fees, physical maintenance, etc. It is our hope that Pema Chöling’s benefactors and friends will continue to contribute to our fiscal health, so that the community may direct the majority of its focus to the spiritual development of themselves and all sentient beings. Please consider committing to a monthly or one-time donation here, and may you thereby be blessed with effortless abundance.


Pema Chöling Monastics Add Voices to Sutra Resounding

 
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This year, on both the sacred days of Saga Dawa (June 17) and Chokhor Duchen (Aug. 4), monastics from Pema Chöling participated the Global Sutra Resoundings organized by 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. On these days, the monastics joined thousands of others in reading aloud the recently translated Jewel Cloud Sutra and the Sutra of the Perfection of Generosity, respectively.


Pema Chöling Visit to Thrangu Rinpoche, July 2019

Crestone monastic community – coordinated by PCL – Once again, the Pema Chöling monastics, in gratitude, prepare and serve a lunch for Rinpoche and the monastics and residents of Vajra Vidya. Here is the group enjoying a gorgeous summer day on Rinpoche’s balcony, after receiving his blessing and gifts, with special guest Ven. Pema Chödrön.

 
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Uruguay, April 2019

Ven. Thubten Saldon spent two months in Uruguay, teaching and leading retreats. This year her group has been studying on the Yogacara philosophical school of Buddhism.

She also offered Refuge Vows and Five Precepts to new students. The students have been busy planning a pilgrimage to the sacred sites in India associated with the life of the Buddha to be lead by Ven. Saldon in the winter.

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Pema Chöling, Spring 2019

 
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Pema Chöling offered a two months study group for those interested in the local lay community, based on Ven. Pema Chödrön video teachings on the Bardos and the Five Buddha Families. Please stay in touch with us to find out about future study groups.

In June we acquired a small shed that will be used as much needed storage and as TsaTsa studio as well.

 

Anam Thubten Rinpoche, March 2019

"At the beginning of March, while in Crestone, CO to lead a Wilderness Dharma Movement retreat with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Anam Thubten Rinpoche took time out to pay a lunchtime visit to Pema Chöling. After offering auspicious prayers in Pema Chöling's shrine room, Rinpoche joined five of our local nuns and monks for a specially prepared lunch. There was a wide ranging discussion with many questions raised about the future of Buddhism in the West. Anam Thubten described to us that according to Buddhist scriptures, one can't say that Buddhism is fully present in a place unless there is a stable monastic sangha, which we all found very encouraging."

Anam Thubten Rinpoche offering auspicious prayers to bless Pema Chöling's shrine room.

Ven. Thubten Saldon shows Anam Thubten Pema Chöling's newly assembled and printed daily prayer book.

Anam Thubten's gentle, relaxed style made for delightful lunchtime conversation.

The obligatory group photo before the local monastics bid farewell to Anam Thubten with the heartfelt wish that he return again and again.


Pema Chöling's Yarney Retreat, February 2019

"On Feb. 19th, four of Crestone's monastics completed the one-month Yarney retreat. Since the time of the Buddha, this has been an annual obligation for Buddhist monastics, to pledge to remain within the boundaries one place, and intensify their practice of study, reflection, and meditation. This photo was taken on Gagye, which is the traditional ceremony for the lifting of these restrictions."


Tsoknyi Rinpoche Tea, August 2018

During Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s visit to Crestone to lead his annual retreat, Pema extended an invitation to him and Ven. Pema Chödrön for an afternoon tea with the local and visiting monastics. Graciously accepting, Rinpoche learned from Ven. Thubten Saldon about Pema Chöling’s history and activities to uphold Buddhist monastic life in Crestone. Expressing his appreciation, Rinpoche also offered generous advice, encouraging the residents and participants to stay fully open and fearless as Pema Chöling evolved. He then performed a blessing for every space in the house, as well as the nuns and monks in attendance.

Ven. Pema Chödrön and Tsoknyi Rinpoche have a warm and lively conversation as guests of honor for an afternoon tea with the local and visiting monastics at Pema Chöling.

Local and visiting monastics gather after a very enjoyable and illuminating afternoon tea with Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Ven. Pema Chödrön.


Pema Choling Open House, August 2018

Toward the end of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s annual retreat in Crestone, Pema Chöling’s Development Manager Victress Hitchcock organized an Open House for the retreatants, many of whom are supporters of Pema Chöling but had never visited, as well as Crestone residents. Several dozen attended and enjoyed tours of the house, informal conversation with local monastics, as well as presentations by Vicky and Pema Chöling Board President, Bhikhsuni Thubten Saldon.

Visitors to the Pema Chöling Open House enjoy refreshments while getting to know the resident and local monastics.

During one of the presentations, Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, Pema Chöling’s Education Advisor, looks on, along with Barbara Green and M.L. Mackie.

Attendees listen to Ven. Thubten Chödrön’s presentation about Pema Chöling’s history and activities. In the lower right is Owsley Brown, whose foundation provides major annual support for Pema Chöling.

During the Open House, Ven. Thubten and Jane Harris enjoy a quiet moment together amidst Crestone’s breathtaking scenery.

Ven. Thubten Saldon describing the history of Pema Chöling and its importance for Crestone’s dispersed monastic residents and the community at large.

Victress Hitchcock, Pema Chöling’s Development Manager, welcomed everyone to the Open House she organized, and encouraged support for Pema Chöling as one of the few stable monastic communities in North America.


Pema Chöling Visit to Thrangu Rinpoche

In July, 2018, Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche was in residence at his Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone to confer empowerments and to consecrate the area prior to their breaking ground on the center’s new residential wing. Many of the nuns connected with Pema Chöling have received their ordination from Thrangu Rinpoche and consider him one of their primary teachers. As such, each year the Pema Chöling monastics, in gratitude, prepare and serve a lunch for Rinpoche and the monastics and residents of Vajra Vidya. Here is the group enjoying a gorgeous summer day on Rinpoche’s balcony, after receiving his blessing and gifts, with special guest Ven. Pema Chödrön. You can learn more about Vajra Vidya’s efforts to complete their South Wing here.

 
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Sravasti Abbey Living Vinaya

In February, 2018, three of Pema Chöling’s board members—Ven. Thubten Saldon, Ven. Tsering Lhamo, and Ven. Jampa Sangmo—attended the 16-day Living Vinaya program at Sravasti Abbey, Ven. Thubten Chödrön’s monastic community in Newport, WA. This program, led by Ven. Master Wuyin, founder and abbess of the Luminary International Buddhist Society (LIBS) in Taiwan, offered for the first time ever in North America extensive training in English in Vinaya, or monastic discipline, to nuns who had gathered from nine different countries. You can read more about the program here.

All of the nuns who gathered from nine different countries for the historic Living Vinaya monastic training program, led by Ven. Master Wuyin at Sravasti Abbey.

All of the nuns who gathered from nine different countries for the historic Living Vinaya monastic training program, led by Ven. Master Wuyin at Sravasti Abbey.

Ven. Tsering Lhamo, Ven. Thubten Saldon, Ven. Jampa Sangmo, and Ven. Drolma pose with Ven. Master Wuyin and two of her nuns at the conclusion of the 16-day Living Vinaya nuns’ training in monastic discipline at Srvasti Abbey.

Ven. Tsering Lhamo, Ven. Thubten Saldon, Ven. Jampa Sangmo, and Ven. Drolma pose with Ven. Master Wuyin and two of her nuns at the conclusion of the 16-day Living Vinaya nuns’ training in monastic discipline at Srvasti Abbey.


Pema Chöling, Winter Yarney 2017-18

For one month, from December, 2017 to January, 2018, Pema Chöling hosted the traditional Yarney—the annual monastic retreat—for six nuns and monks, led by Ven. Pema Chödrön. Since the time of the Buddha, this retreat, when in the Indian subcontinent, is held during the summer monsoon season, and it’s a time when the monastics stop wandering and settle together for a time of intensified study, reflection, and meditation. In the West, we find that winter is a more conducive time for such a retreat. In the Tibetan tradition, Yarney usually lasts for 45 days. The Pema Chöling Yarney was abbreviated this year due to the resident nuns’ planned attendance at the Living Vinaya monastic discipline course at Sravasti Abbey. Nonetheless, we upheld all the requisite elements and the retreat was concluded successfully. The next Yarney will be held from Jan. 20–Feb. 19, 2019, again abbreviated due to some of the primary participants’ obligations elsewhere.

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