A new institute for Kālacakra research and practice,
in Dharamsala, India
|Jonang Duekhor Jordruk Gomdra Choekhor Ling Monastery|
Following advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche, Vajra Master of the main Jonang monastery in India, Takten Phuntsok Ling in Shimla, in April 2015 founded Jonang Duekhor Jordruk Gomdra Choekhor Ling Monastery, near Norbulingka in Dharamsala. His Holiness's intention had been for a centre for the teaching of Kalachakra and the Six Yogas, that would be purely a Jonang centre, without combining any other traditions, but open to members of all traditions.
When His Holiness the Dalai Lama was briefed about this during a private audience at his residence on 27 May 2015, His Holiness was very pleased and stated that "You Jonangpas have become the keepers of the Kalachakra teachings. It is wonderful if there is such a non-sectarian institute in place for studying Kalachakra. I have special interest in the 'darkness retreat' (mun mtshams) and other meditation practices of the Six Yogas of Kalachakra. Therefore I truly appreciate and support your excellent work." Along with his words of advice, His Holiness the Dalai Lama named the monastery 'Jonang Duekhor Jordruk Gomdra Choekhor Ling'. At present there are around twenty monks who have begun studying there.
Main Objectives of the Monastery:
Primarily, the study and practice of the complete Kalachakra teachings beginning from the preliminaries.
To translate the Tibetan Kalachakra teachings into English and other languages to make the study of the inner, outer and other teachings of Kalachakra available to everyone.
Properly to preserve the ancient tradition by collecting and researching old representations of the enlightened body, speech and mind of Kalachakra: thangkas, mandalas, texts, and so forth.
To invite prominent abbots, tulkus and geshes and organize spiritual activities in the monastery during religious festivals and celebrate them according to tradition.
To provide facilities for practitioners of the glorious Kalachakra tradition: monk and nun students studying in various monastic institutes and other serious practitioners from all over the world.
Since Jonang Duekhor Jordruk Gomdra Choekhor Ling Monastery is a newly established monastery in Dharamsala, obviously we have numerous problems at the moment. Therefore we sincerely request all generous and religious people to kindly come forward to support us at this, the toughest period for our monastery. 6 July 2015.
|Appeal for donations:|
The new institute currently has no income and is in need of financial assistance. The original building is being renovated and extended; also, the institute will need many other resources, including books and other teaching, study and research materials. If you are able to help, please send a donation to:
Account holders: Choekyi Nangpa, Ven Damchoe Palsang, Lobsang Yarphel.
Name and address of bank branch:
Kangra Dist, Dharamsala
Address: Sidhpur Near Funky Town Norbulingka, Dharamsala, 176057 Disrict Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. India.
|First Course on the Six Yogas.|
Details of the first course to be given on Kālacakra and the Six Yogas are now available. These are
Seven year course on Kālacakra and the Six Yogas: click here for details.
Jonang Duekhor Jordruk Gomdra Choekhor Ling (dus 'khor sbyor drug sgom sgrwa chos skor gling); "Dharma Cakra Monastery, Jonang Meditation Institute for Kālacakra and the Six Yogas"), or, Kalachakra Meditation Institute, is located near Norbulingka Institute, near Dharamsala, in northern India. It was established in April 2015 by Choekyi Nangpa Rinpoche, Vajra Master of the main Jonang monastery in India, Takten Phuntsok Ling, in nearby Shimla. This followed discussion with H.H. Dalai Lama – who gave the institute its name – concerning the need for a centre to teach the practices of Kālacakra and the Six yogas. The official announcement of the establishment of the monastery is in the box to the left.
There are currently (December 2015) 22 young monks staying and studying in the institute. The first main activity for non-residents will be a course on Kālacakra and the Six Yogas starting in October 2016. Please see here for further details on this course. Other activities of the institute will be announced here as and when they are finalised.
Leading off from route 17, the Palampur-Dharamshala Road, is Khanyara Road. At
a fork, the left branch takes you along Temple Road on which lies the
Norbulingka Institute. Passing this on the left, continue past one road to the
right, and then another small fork. Take the left branch and then the next
turning to the left. The Kalachakra Meditation Institute is on the right.
|Construction in the main hall.|
|Monks reciting in the newly finished main hall.|
|The residential quarters of the monks.|
Last updated 17 March 2016.