Letters of Support
These letters from Namgyal Monastery at Dharamsala are in support of the campaign for Dü Khor Choe Ling. Click on the images to see the original letters, which are also transcribed below.
Namgyal Monastery was founded in Lhasa, Tibet, in the 16th century by the Second Dalai Lama Gendun Gyatso, primarily in order to assist him in carrying out his religious activities. Since then, it has served as the private monastery for the Dalai Lamas. Soon after coming into exile in 1959, Namgyal Monastery was reestablished in Dharamsala. Besides the traditional role of assisting the Dalai Lama in religious activities a program of studying the Buddhist philosophical texts, complementing the Tantric practices continues to preserve and create a deeper awareness of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies of Ithaca, New York was founded in 1992 and is the only branch of Namgyal Monastery located outside of India. It aims to provide authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings in the context of a non-sectarian institute promoting dialogue between western scholars, clergy and Tibetan teachers. It also aims to function as a Tibetan cultural center, with a particular focus on providing cultural support to the local Tibetan community of Ithaca as well as others in the United States.
The present location of the Monastery is not able to house these projects. Therefore, the Institute has recently purchased land and plans to build a new monastery. A fundraising campaign towards achieving these goals is planned to begin this spring. Any assistance extended to the Monastery in its efforts to achieve these goals will be much appreciated.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given his approval to the proposal of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A. It is His Holiness’ hope that the new institutue will be able to provide qualified Buddhist teachings and function as a Tibetan cultural center. We therefore welcome any assistance provided for the successful completion of this proposal.
We the Namgyal Monastery Board of Director, Dharamsala, India have received the project proposal for the expansion and improvement of the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca, New York.
It is our view that this project is necessary in order to serve the growing interest for the pursuit of studies of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. The expanded facilities will also provide space for a forum for interfaith dialogue and exchange of ideas with the scientific community.
We whole-heartedly indorse this project and appreciate any support you could provide.
Thank you for your interest and assistance in this important endeavor.