Drubgyud Choeling Monastery
|Fig 1. Drubgyud Choeling Monastery|
In 1996, Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche accepted a request by the Dharmo Dhaya Buddhist Committee to undertake the construction and management of a monastery in Lumbini, Nepal. Thus Rinpoche completed building Drubgyud Choeling Monastery in 2001 according to traditional Tibetan architecture. The Inauguration Ceremony for Drubyud Choeling Monastery took place on 21 November 2001.
In 2003 Drubgyud Choeling Monastery hosted the first bi-annual Kamtsang Choghar Dharma Camp under the main sponsorship of Shangpa Rinpoche. Over 200 practitioners from various prestigious Buddhist institutes were present to share and exchange knowledge on the Buddha Dharma in that auspicious event.
|Fig 2. Venerable Shangpa Rinpoche and DCM monks|
The Monastery is two stories high. It comprises a main shrine hall, a library, a dining hall, a kitchen and living quarters. The dining hall and living quarters provide meals and accommodation for members of the Sangha and pilgrims. The main shrine hall features a 8-foot high statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and several hundred gold plated statues of Lord Buddha, each standing 200 mm high. Its walls are decorated with paintings detailing Lord Buddha's life from his birth to his parinirvana. It is also decorated with the Six Great Indian Masters (known as the Six Ornaments), and the two main disciples of the Buddha (known as the two Supreme Ones). The hall has a seating capacity for about 300 people. The library contains a comprehensive collection of books written in both Tibetan and English. Texts covering the traditions of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana are available for reference. The classrooms are used for conducting courses of study. The dining hall and living quarters provide sustenance and accommodation for members of the Sangha and pilgrims.
|Fig 3. King Ashoka's Pillar|
Lumbini is situated 150 km southwest of Kathmandu in Nepal and is a symbol of peace and compassion of the Lord Buddha for all the sentient beings. A pillar built by King Ashoka marks the exact location of Shakyamuni Buddha's birthplace in Lumbini. As the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini holds special significance for all Buddhists. It represents the potential within each sentient being for enlightenment and freedom.
In 1967, the United Nations' secretary - general U Thant, called upon the international community to create a pilgrimage and tourist centre in Lumbini.
This led to the formation of an international Development Committee for the project. Based in New York, the Committee comprised representatives from 16 nations. One of their first tasks was to engage Professor Kenzo Tange of Japan, world renowned for his distinctive, unique and vernacular architecture, to conceptualise the master plan for the development of Lumbini. The Lumbini Development Trust was formed in Nepal in 1985 to implement and administer the master plan with assistance from international funding.
|Fig 2. Maya Devi Temple||Fig 3. What was once Kapilavastu City where Buddha spent his adulthood||Fig 4. Rapeseed relentless march along the road trip to Lumbini|