The Sangdo Palri Temple
The Sangdo Palri Temple of Wisdom and Compassion:
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s plan for a Sangdo Palri Temple at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling dates back to the time when Mangala Shri Bhuti first acquired the retreat land in the early 1990’s. Yet only recently did Rinpoche feel the conditions and timing had ripened and that to build a Temple now would be of benefit on many levels. Most practically, the location of the Temple in the retreat land’s central meadow means that the bi-monthly groups feast practices (or tsogs) and the bi-annual drupchos (nine-day group practice intenstives), which for years have been held in the precious yet small space of Rinpoche’s own retreat cabin, can now take place in a more spacious and accessible environment. Older retreatants whole find the steep climb to Rinpoche’s cabin arduous will be able to gain much easier access and the entire ritual activity will be facilitated more easily as well.
As a focus of refuge and prayer, the Temple’s existence in the world at this time will foster a greater connection to Guru Rinpoche and invocation of his presence, which is always only connected to aspirations and activity for the benefit of all beings. While the retreat land is closed to the public in general, during the spring, summer and fall months, we will established monthly visiting days, where those who wish to visit may come and circumambulate as well as make offerings and prayers.
“When I awoke, the whole world awakened.” — Buddha Sakyamuni
Sangdo Palri is the environment or “pure realm” of Guru Padmasambhava. We may wonder, “What or where is Sangdo Palri?” and “What is meant by a pure realm?”
Wherever we go in life, whether we walk into someone’s home or stroll through a city, the environment reflects the mind of a collective group and the individuals who inhabit it. Some environments are more harmonious, while other environments express the confusion or aggression of those who live there.
Now suppose our relationship to everything was completely harmonious and unconfused. And imagine what it would be like to value everything we encountered as sacred – even the more “challenging” experiences. If we had this kind of relationship with our world, we might find ourselves in Sangdo Palri – the resting place of Guru Padmasambhava.
When we build a temple or create an environment with the intention of connecting with the world in a more harmonious and wakeful way, we are calling to the forces that be, to support us. We are calling to the wakefulness of Guru Padmasambhava, the wisdom of our own minds, and the richness of the world around us.
We at Dharma Eye are eager to support this wonderful endeavor of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s enlightened vision.
For more, see: www.msbsangdopalri.org
The Sangdo Palri Temple was Dharma Eye’s Featured Organization of the Month in March 2015.