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ECO BUDDHISM

A new responsible attitude generated by global awareness, eco-Buddhism inspires communities to work together on environmental protection as an example valuing compassion and interdependence.

TNG Centre® shares the directives of  KHORYUG ®, an environmental association initiated by The Karmapa in the Himalayas. In our attempt to respect the Environment, we practice an agriculture based on biodynamie. This allows our community of Residents to have an organic vegetarian diet. Because of the suffering imposed on animals by the food industry, we tend also to reduce the use of all dairy products.

Together now, we can help and protect All Life on Earth!

THE KARMAPA

Palden Dusum Khyenpa, was one of the four heart disciples of Lord Gampopa, heir of the great Saint Milarepa. Known later as The Karmapa, he was the founder of the Karma Kagyud School of Tibetan Buddhism. 
The XVIIth Karmapa, was born in the Lhatok region of Eastern Tibet. In 1992, His Holiness was found there in accordance with the prediction letter left by His Predecessor Rangjung Rigpei Dorje. The new incarnation, Ogyen Thrinley Dorje, was enthroned at His Main Seat of Tsurphu in Tibet in September 1992. 
Since 2000, His Holiness is in residence at Gyurto monastery, Sidhbari - India.

WHAT'S NEW?

Update on TNG-Centre®:

  • English Website : Global editing
  • Fourth seminar on Bardo Teachings: from December 9 to 18, 2016.
  • Lama Gelong Sangyay Tendzin's Personnal Agenda for 2017
  • Update of the activities held at the various Dzongs.
  • Visit of V. V. Yongey Mingyur RInpoche to TNG-IPOH, Malaysia.

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Buddhism is a major religion, philosophy and way of life with a complex development through the various cultures of the world. Over 2500 years ago in ancient India, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was led to indulge into a life of luxury, enjoying the privileges of his royal birth. After encountering a pregnant woman, an old man, an ill man, a corpse and a meditating ascetic, Prince Gautama became convinced that suffering lays at the heart of all existence, stemming principally from the egocentric grasping and attachment to the transitory things of this world. He consequently renounced his social status of a prince. Freeing himself of possessions in the hope of comprehending the truth, he chose the life of a mendicant in search of a path toward liberation. Meditating in this way for several years, he came to experience a breakthrough in understanding. From then onward, Gautama came to be known as the Buddha. He spent the remainder of his life journeying about India, teaching others what he had come to realize. A definite characteristic common to every sentient beings, is that we all look for happiness and try to escape suffering. Suffering is the first Noble Truth taught by the Buddha. Suffering has a cause and the Path to Enlightenment leads to its cessation. This can be achieved exclusively through the intense practice of Meditation. Anyone can learn basic meditation techniques and experience great benefits, but to progress beyond basic meditation requires faith in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which are the outer manifestation of the triple inner aspects of one's own mind nature.

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The Kagyüd school of Tibetan Buddhism - also called the Oral Transmission Lineage - traces its origin back to Buddha Shakyamuni. The most important source for the specific practices of this lineage is the great Indian yogi Tilopa (988-1069), one of the 84 Indian mahasiddhas, who first developed the spontaneous insight of enlightened realization.

He gained this realization through the methods taught by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni to his closest students, methods that continued to be practiced during the time of Tilopa. In turn, the realization of these masters was passed down to their disciples through the great forefathers of the lineage: Indian mahasiddha Naropa, Marpa-the great translator, Milarepa-the greatest yogi of Tibet, and then to Gampopa-whose coming was prophesized by the Buddha.

The lineage of the Kagyüd emphasizes the continuity of oral instructions passed on from master to student, from whence the name "Kagyüd" derives. The first Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193) was a prominent heart disciple of Lord Gampopa, and the founder of the Karma Kagyüd Lineage. This lineage has been kept intact and periodically developed into the present days through the outstanding spiritual figure of the Karmapa, in an unbroken chain of 17 reincarnations. Each of these incarnations contributed to the preservation of the lineage through their outstanding erudition and realization gained through outstanding meditation practice.

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Trained as a "rimed yogi" of Tibetan Buddhism, Venerable Lama Gelong Sangyay Tendzin practices and propagates the teachings of the Karma Kamtshang lineage. 

His traditional approach to Dharma emphasizes the development of wisdom through 'Töd-Sam-Gom' - 'Listening, studying and practicing'. From 1981 to 1996, he resided permanently in Asia where he completed his formal spiritual training: Nepal - India - Ladakh - Central Tibet and Kham, Nangchen. During these years, he met and received guidance, teachings and initiations from many prominent Tibetan Masters and practiced in retreat the usual set of practices taught in the Kagyüd Lineage.

In 1992, Lama Sangyay Tendzin -aka Lama Norbu Repa- went to Tsurphu in Tibet to attend the enthronement of H. H. Orgyen Thrinley Dorje, the XVIIth Gyalwang Karmapa.

During the next three years, he lived at Tashi Gang Monastery in the Nye-Thang Valley, near the place of residence of Lord Atisha. While on this site, answering the request of His Guru, he undertook the renovation of the monastery while providing shelter and sustenance to twenty-five monks. Upon completion, he moved to Kham-Nangchen in Eastern Tibet and initiated several projects of assistance for Tibetan nomads. 

In 1997, Lama Sangyay Tendzin came back to Europe where he created and manages Theg-Chog Norbu Ling, a Dharma Centre established in the South of France under the spiritual authority of His Holiness Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje.

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TNG Centre is a project presented to His Eminence Tai Situpa in the early eighties by Venerable Lama Sangyay Tendzin -aka Lama Norbu Repa. His vision was to establish a Dharma Centre in France, gathering resident community with the view to initiate a continuous 'Minling Dorsem Nyendrub', with the aim to cleanse the negativities of the present ages.

This project has been supported since 1997 by His Holiness Karmapa who was entrusted with a request for blessing and protection at the early inception stage.

His Holiness further advised Lama Sangyay Tendzin to seek the needed transmissions, teachings and initiation of this particular practice from the main Dorje Lopön of the lineage: The Most Venerable Tenga Rinpoche. In June 2007, during a four days visit, Most Venerable Dorlop Tenga Rinpoche consecrated the main shrine room and gave the complete transmission of the Minling Dorsem Sadhana.

TNG Centre is operating all year long hosting a community of ten local residents. Its remote location in the countryside constitutes a unique window of access to the practice of medition. Regular seminars and reteeats take place there all year long.

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TNG-WEB CENTRE®

 

Learn about or 

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- The XVIIth Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje;

- The Great Masters of the Kagyud Lineage;

- Our resident teacher, Lama Sangyay Tendzin.


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- Click here to access TNG-IPOH

- Click here to access TNG-PHOENIX

- Click here to access TNG-SUISSE

- Click here to access TNG-Newsletter


TNG Centre® and its affiliated Dzongs are registered at the Tsurphu Labrang.


 

TNG-CENTRE®

 

Named in 1999 by His Holiness Ogyen Trinley Dorje, The XVII Gyalwang KARMAPA, THEG-CHOG NORBU'I GA-TSAL, The Garden of Happiness of the Unsurpassable Jewel Path, is located in the mountainous region -"Les Hautes-Corbières" in the French department of Aude.
This site, most inspiring through its beauty and calm, is an ideal environment for the practice of meditation away from the burdens and stresses of daily life. Positioned within the grounds are several small buildings that include the Meditation Hall, a residence for visiting Lamas and Rinpoches and a multimedia library.
Accommodations for retreatants include a secluded retreat house, a small guesthouse, a larger house with five individual rooms, and separate dormitory buildings. The place includes also a field where camping and caravanning are possible.
Answering progressively the requests of a few Buddhist practitioners, TNG Centre is developing into a small network of affiliated Dharma Centers.
Currently three main satellites are registered at the Tsurphu Labrang - the Office of Administration of His Holiness Karmapa established at Gyurto Monastery - Sidhbari - Dharamsala in Northern India:
1. TNG-IPOH in the Town of Ipoh in Malaysia - Asia;
2. TNG-PHOENIX in the town of Phoenix in Arizona - USA;
3. TNG-SUISSE in the town of Martigny in Switzerland - Europe.THEG-CHOG NORBU'I GA-TSAL

"The Garden of Happiness of the Unsurpassable Jewel Path, was the name given to TNG-Centre® by The Gyalwang KARMAPA, H. H. Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

TNG-Centre® was established in 1997 as a Karma Kamtshang Dharma Centre by Lama Sangyay Tendzin.

Built as a small hamlet near the River 'L'Orbieu', it includes a Meditation Hall, a Residence for visiting Lamas and Rinpoches, a Multimedia Library, a main guesthouse, a Retreat House and accommodation for retreatants.

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TNG Centre® currently hosts a resident community of two monks :

  • Venerable GELONG SANGYAY TENDZIN
  • GETSHUL THRINLEY TOBDEN
three Upasikas :
  • UPASIKA LEKSHEY
  • UPASIKA DÖNDRUB
  • UPASIKA DROLMA

and five lay practitioners: Naljor, Jigmed, Sherab, Dawa and Gyalmo.

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TNG-WWOOF®

Since 2010, young wwoofers from all over the world have been offered the opportunity to take part in the life of the residents at TNG-Centre.

This gave them the opportunity to share their skills and experience while engaging in our organic gardening and eco-construction projects.

TNG-WWOOFING programs have been most successful, providing many people with the opportunity to become more familiar with the life at a Buddhist Dharma Centre.

 

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Next TNG-WWOOFING Program will start in March 2017.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the french Wwoof Organisation for the wonderful support and collaboration they provided over the past five years.

We also wish to express here our gratitude to all wwoofers who visited us and offered us their valuable contribution.



LEGAL SETUP

All Religious activities held at "TNG Centre®" are operated under a French Cultual Association 1905. All other non-religious activities such as hosting cultural events and seminars, are operated by Association 1901 DRA TAGPA RITRU®, legally registered and audited since February 2000.

VISITING US

TNG-Centre® is located in the South of France, near FOURTOU, a village of the "Haute Vallée des Corbières" in the French department of Aude.

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CREDITS

Concept : Philippe DANAUX aka Lama SANGYAY TENDZIN - BRUSSELS - B

Graphic design : Davide OPPIZZI - Dcube Agency® - Geneva - CH

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