It helps to lead the practitioners into profound mediation foundation, and gain more enthusiastic visualization and good experience from the lower vehicle up to the great Dzogchen views. Many great masters had been into retreat for many years and had achieved absolute enlightenment in this life. But without having studies, it is hard to achieve the meditation. The great saint Milarepa said: To meditate without having studies, is like climbing a rock when you have no arms. Therefore, the retreat centre is a right place where practitioner could study like spiritual practice, contemplative study and gain more experiences in field of meditation, and the utmost important is to develop the ability to give proper guidance to others. A good and peaceful place for practices and studies is therefore vital to all Buddhist practitioners, and beneficial for all sentient beings.

Cheni Lhendrup Rinpoche from his early life longed and planned to build a retreat centre. Building of retreat centre has remained a far-fetched dream as it required big sum of money. Today Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuk’s plan of building Retreat Centre is close to realization of the very dream and vision of Cheni Lhendrup Rinpoche. Located at Tashicholing, Tsheldang village, the site has been surveyed and it is deemed suitable for use as monastery. And uppermost, it is free from any negative circumstances. The superior location of the site commands a pleasant panoramic view of both Rinpoche and Khenpo’s home town, and is within two hours walk from the present Orgyen Choling monastery. The place was blessed and prophesized by Rinpoche’s root teacher HH Polo Khen Rinpoche and Geshe Pema Thinley in 1970s to be an ideal site for a monastery or a retreat center.

This site measuring six acres of land is big and ready for use at anytime. It was donated by Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuk’s grandfather and father. The entire community has no objection to this project. Peace and calmness is no question here as peace and tranquility is of paramount importance to practitioners. The only drawback is its remoteness and the lack of road and electricity networks.

The practices namely; the Longchen Nyingtik lineage (the Heart Essence Teaching of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection Teaching, and Pema Lingpa’s teaching, the Bhutanese great treasure revealer) from the five king terton lineage will be mainly using this retreat. The teaching and guidance in both teachings will be headed and led by Cheni Lhendrup Rinpoche and Khenpo Rigizn Wangchuk, after the format of traditional three years, three months, three weeks and three days. The practitioners will complete the recitation of one hundred thousand refuge mantra, bodhichitta, mandala offering, Vajrasattava purification, Guru Yoga or Guru Rinpoche mantra recitation, and other practice during their three years of retreat here.

Currently, there is no Retreat Centre in the vicinity. Monks after their studies have to leave for other monasteries, resulting in loss of resources. Kunzang Shedrup Choling Retreat Centre will be the first of its kind in the Zhemgang district, in Kheng region, to bring benefits to more than thirteen villages within the vicinity. The immediate project of buildinga Retreat Centre is the final wish of Cheni Lhendrup Rimpoche as prophesized by both his root teacher HH Polo Khen Rinpoche and Geshe Pema Thinley.

HH Penor Rinpoche while in USA had commanded and directed Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuk to build the centre, while he was studying in USA. After studies, Khenpo left USA and tried to start the project once in India but in vain. He failed to obtain the approval of government permit in Sikkim.

Today, the wishes of Cheni Lhendrup and Khenpo’s ideals have joined hands to build up the retreat centre in their home town.

The center will be named as Kunzang Shedrup Choling, as recommended by HH Penor Rinpoche in Pasadena, (Rinpoche’s residential place in March 2007 at California USA), and the same named by seventh HH Dodrupchen Rinpoche at Sikkim, India. The retreat centre will be managed by Khenpo Rigzin Wangchuk under the guidance of his great grandpa Cheni Lhendrup Rinpoche, Gangtey Tulku, the 7th Shechen Ramjam Rinpoche, and the young reincarnation of HH Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche. The centre was modeled and designed according to Bhutanese traditional architecture.

The main temple will be three stories high measuring 14 meters in height, 37 foot in width and 37 foot in length. Within temple, there will be on display various 5-foot statues of saints like;

  • Buddha
  • Guru Rinpoche
  • Longchenpa
  • Jigme Lingpa
  • Pema Lingpa
  • Sharbduring

At the main entrance, there will be one 9th height- foot prayers wheel with a hundred and eight small hand prayer wheels surrounding the main temple.

Paintings on display within the main temple wall will be:

  • Dilgo Khyentshe Rinpoche’s mind treasure rediscovered practice thangka
  • Longchen Nyingtik Lama, Yidam and Khando practice thangka
  • Pema Lingpa’s treasure practice thangka

The structure includes 15 rooms, 4 toilets for public, one kitchen, one living room, and one storeroom and attached bathrooms for 15 rooms. The project will commence within five years.

The project will cost Rs19,390,651.15, or USD$403,971.896, or SGD$605,957.844.

We believe in rewards and merits for generosity and good deeds, There is a saying “Goods are friends when need arises, Good is merits when life is at an end and Good is abandoning the sufferings”. Let's join hands together, accumulate merits and virtues and help build the retreat centre. Your helping hand will be credited. Thank you.

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