His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama blessed Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace with a visit to our temple on Oct. 18, 2012. He met with our members and gave a short talk during which he gave high praise to our Spiritual Director, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche. DNKL draws on the spiritual tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhist lineage of teachings founded in 14th century Tibet by Lama Je Tsongkhapa.
DNKL’s newly expanded temple has a traditional Tibetan Buddhist appearance both inside and out. Our exquisite temple is used daily for meditation, prayers, religious pujas, festivals, retreats, yoga, special events for the local community and the Tibetan community, and an increasing number of classes for our growing number of students.
Our Spiritual Director Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa is a scholar of great knowledge and understanding, a devoted practitioner, and a holder of many traditional teaching lineages. His lifelong student, our beloved Resident Teacher Geshe Lobsang Dhargey, achieved the highest monastic degree of Geshe Lharampa, and the advanced Ngagrampa degree from Gyumed Tantric College.
Part of the DNKL mission is to host public talks, spiritual festivals, and other community events in which local families may participate. We are pleased to be sponsor of many such events, including annual animal blessings and artist paint outs, a one day seminar for educators to develop the skills of teaching mindfulness and compassion in the classroom, annual Tibetan cultural retreats for children, young adults and elders in collaboration with Tibet Fund and the Online Tibetan Education organization, films, presentations, discussion groups, readings, yoga classes, celebrations and many other activities.
DNKL is the steward of 96 acres of land, including woods, meadows, ponds, lawns, gardens and trails. A conservation easement with the Redding Land Trust guarantees the maintenance of the entire property in its natural state. Our monks and member volunteers care for it all.
One of the most visually engaging and spiritually meaningful Tibetan Buddhist activities is the creation and dissolution of sand mandalas by skilled Tibetan monks trained at Sera Mey monastery in India. Mandalas are an ancient form of art created over several days during a sacred ritual. In the opening ceremonies the monks consecrate the space, chanting mantra prayers to call forth all goodness and compassion. Using millions of grains of colorful sand the monks create a three dimensional representation of the world in its divine form. In the closing ceremony it is dissolved in recognition of the impermanence of all things and its sands dispersed into water to spread its blessed healing intentions into the universe.