Projects Overview

Lelung Rinpoche is involved with projects in the UK, India, Mongolia and beyond. Here is an overview of his ongoing work and projects

 
 
 The great 14th century master Je Tsongkhapa founded the Gelung school of Tibetan Buddhism

The great 14th century master Je Tsongkhapa founded the Gelung school of Tibetan Buddhism

Geden PHacho BHucho

The Geden tradition of Tibetan Buddhism--also known as the Gelugpa School--was founded in the 14th century by the highly revered Buddhist master, scholar and yogi Je Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa's legacy is tremendous and he is credited with having revitalised many teaching lineages which would otherwise have become extinct. Lelung Rinpoche is now spearheading an important project to preserve Tsongkhapa's lineage for future generations.

The importance of pure lineage transmission in the form of Buddhism practiced in Tibet is immense. It ensures a stream of undiluted Blessing from the Buddha himself to contemporary students and is considered essential for the ultimate realization of Buddhahood. If a lineage is broken, then the teachings themselves are threatened. Without qualified teachers giving correct personal oral transmissions, the extraordinary blessings, enlightened understanding and spiritual energy of previous masters cannot be passed on effectively.

Since 1959, when Tibetans began to leave Tibet and settle in many parts of the world, many precious teachings have already been lost. Often older Tibetan lamas pass away, without having fully transmitted the teachings they held to the younger generation. If this continues to happen, some of Tsongkhapa's precious legacy is at risk of being lost forever. Work on the preservation of the lineage teachings needs to be carried out now, or many of the vast and profound teachings of the Geden tradition may not survive for long. This will be a great loss not only to Tibetan Buddhists, but also to the whole world as this wise and unique tradition has much to offer humanity.

Je Tsongkhapa's legacy consists of two parts. The teachings comprising the Collected Works of Je Tsongkhapa and his two chief disciples are known as Phacho in Tibetan or "Teachings of the Fathers". The works of their immediate disciples and their followers, together with commentaries of Indian Buddhist scholars are known as Bhucho in Tibetan or "Teachings of the Sons".

The goal of Geden Phacho Bhucho is to preserve the sanctity and purity of the teachings of the Buddha for present and future generations. 


collected works

 The Lelung Literature Preservation Centre was set up in 2003 in Dharamsala, North India. Its mission is to compile, transcribe and publish the works of the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje.

 

Scholars at the Lelung Literature Preservation Centre have completed data entry and editing of 35 of the 40 volumes by the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche. Only five more volumes must be edited before Lelung Rinpoche (assisted by an experienced Tibetan scholar) will begin the final round of editing. Many thanks to the Ruislip Lelung Dharma Centre and the Taiwanese Dharma Study Group in Taipei for their continued support! Read more...

Whilst material is available to complete 40 volumes, many of the teachings were scattered in remote regions of the world (Mongolia, Bhutan, Japan, Tibet, and the Indian states of Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh). As the holder of the Lelung lineage, the present Lelung Rinpoche has, during his lifetime, the responsibility to retrieve or reproduce all the works of his predecessors from these remote regions of the world.

Of the material available, some sixteen scriptures were brought out of Tibet by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. Dudjom Rinpoche, who was head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, was a great scholar and historian. The sixteen volumes of teachings from the Lelung lineage that he rescued are now preserved for posterity. The fact that Dudjom Rinpoche, a highly realized master, recognized the importance of these teachings and managed to rescue them during such period of uncertainty, indicates that they are likely to have great significance for future generations.

 An heroic figure in the history of the Lelung lineage, the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje, revealed many sacred teachings, wrote numerous manuscripts and built a new monastery in Lelung Valley

An heroic figure in the history of the Lelung lineage, the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, Pema Zhepai Dorje, revealed many sacred teachings, wrote numerous manuscripts and built a new monastery in Lelung Valley


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