Ku-soom Lhun-drub Ling Bonpo Gon-pa
Lhundrub Ling Bonpo Gon-pa
(The Divine House of Bonpo,
realm of the Three Perfect Bodies, which are spontaneously realized.)
was established here
in London, UK in 2013 by Khyimsar Lama Rinpoche. It is the formal physical
meeting centre of the TYBSC, particularly called "Ku-soom Lhundrub
Ling Bonpo Gon-pa" where all level meditational practices including
retreats are taught and practiced. The Gon-pa is created with
the tireless effort and unwavering determination of our spiritual
Master Khyimsar Lama Rinpoche, TYBSC’s trustees, and with
the support of member students. The establishing of the Gon-pa
is one of the Rinpoche’s great achievements in addition
to his priceless teachings that were taught during 25 years of
his spiritual leadership. His teachings are comprised of Sutra,
Tantra, and Dzogchen Ta-wa (views) respectively.
It is an exciting moment for TYBSC, its members and students!
The spiritual director directed us that from now on, under the
umbrella of TYBSC, he named the physical centre by the name of
“Ku-soom Lhun-drub Ling Bonpo Gon-pa” or in short,
Ku-soom Ling, located within the East-New Barnet council, 30 Henry
Road, London EN4 8BD, UK.
spiritual Master, Khyimsar Lama Rinpoche initiated the first use
of the Gon-pa by organizing the Zhang Zhung Meri Empowerment.
The Meri Wang was given by Yang-ton Ponlop Trinley Nyima Rinpoche
of Menri Monastery, India at the request of Khyimsar Lama Rinpoche. The
Ponlop was assisted by Khyimsar Lama Rinpoche himself, Geshe Thupten
and Khyimsar Lama Sonam Rinpoche. Khyimsar Drub-dra’s Umzey Rob Tsewang
Norbu was intrusted to serve as chhod-pon (Altar attendant) during
has in 2014 arranged and performed in the Ku-soom Ling Bonpo
Gon-pa, The Long-gye Jin-seg offering ceremony. It was
performed for the first time in the history of Europe and UK.
The Jin-seg was dedicated for the benefit of all the sentient
beings (living and dead) including those who have contributed
by partly sponsoring for themselves as well as for their loved
ones. It was also dedicated for the planet in which we are living,
to harmonize, balance, and eradicate natural calamities, diseases
and towards developing love and compassion for all etc. etc. The
Jin-seg also served the purpose of SA-DUL (Decontaminating and
consecrating of the land).
Huge progress has been made in renovating since the old chapel
building was acquired. The internal wall has been completely
plastered and repainted. The floor of the hall has been completely
insulated, readjusted, sanded and varnished. The Gon-pa is
now fully heated by installing electric radiators and made comfortable
for all by considering each and every one’s needs especially
of those who have health issues. A big thank you to those who
have contributed/donated their contributions (cash and kind)
in this time of need!
Further work was concluded in adding
a two room storey on the existing back utility-room. The two
rooms are built to facilitate advancing practitioners to perform
various advance meditation practices including Dzogchen Thod-ghel.
The Gon-pa is used by the Khyimsar Drub-dhe
as well as by general public on weekly and monthly basis. Individual
and group drub-drawas can use the Gon-pa for retreat/s by
requesting permission from Rinpoche. The Gon-pa is also available
for renting to like-minded people (Yoga teachers, healers, tai-chi
instructors and other similar arts etc.) who would respect its
ins and outs.
Since then, every year in August we have staged the Fifteen Days International Yar-tsham (Summer Retreat)
Aims of the TYBSC (UK)
Whilst teaching Yungdrung Bön in India, Rinpoche was
approached by westerners keen to learn more about the tradition
and to benefit from its teachings. As a result, in 1993, he accepted
an invitation to go to Europe to teach. In March of that year he
founded the first ever Tibetan Yungdrung Bön Study Centre —
TYBSC (UK)— and subsequently on 2nd March 1994, coinciding
with the first day of the Tibetan New Year, the centre gained recognition
as a Scottish Charity No. SCO23439.
The aim of TYBSC (UK) is to preserve this ancient spiritual tradition
and cultural heritage of Tibet and the Tibetan people, which is
in grave danger of diminishing, and to make its profound teachings
available to the general public. Although many thousands of years
old, the teachings are particularly relevant in these times since
the ancient wisdom they contain teaches us unconditional love and
compassion — qualities which are essential in a world so often
full of conflict and materialism. Such teachings also provide us
with a tool kit with which we can transform even the most negative
of emotions , thus paving the way to Enlightenment.
In order to make the teachings as widely available as possible,
TYBSC (UK) arranges regular teachings, practice retreats and other
events. These are open to all, regardless of faith, creed, gender
and experience. Rinpoche firmly believes that as common themes
run through all spiritual paths, it is possible to use his teachings
to complement other paths, and vice versa.
TYBSC (UK) has a translation project (of relevant teachings) and hopes to set up a library
of Bönpo texts, and reading room in an effort to provide
an environment where spiritual practitioners
may have access to Bönpo texts and visiting Lamas.
A: To build the two Tsham-khangs,
the estimated cost is between £50 to £60,000 (Recent
architect's estimation). Two drub-dra students have already donated
£20,000 and £21,000 towards it which have been spent on the building.
Please donate as much as you can towards the project.
B: We also need to build
a porch attach to the main door. The proposed porch will help in
shading wind from outside and preserving heat from inside. The exterior
design of the porch will depict an authentic pagoda type dome. We
don’t know the cost until we hear from the council whether
they will permit us to build a whole or part brick or wooden structure
but we need funds towards the proposed porch. Can you sponsor the
whole porch or part of it? Update:
The proposed porch has now been built and it cost £6000.
C: We have been looking
for a quote from insurance companies for insuring the Gon-pa
building and its contents. We got one quote now for £1,200
per year. Can you help or can you ask, on behalf of Rinpoche and
TYBSC, for help from your family, friends and business companies?
D: TYBSC is still short
of pledges towards its mortgage, electricity and other expenses.
Please make your pledge/s towards the mortgage or by making a one
off donation. The mortgage is a big responsibility that Rinpoche
has taken by signing himself in the bank along with TYBSC's secretary
Penny Lee. He is hoping that someone somewhere will appear to donate
a lump sum amount so that TYBSC can drastically reduce the existing
mortgage to 50% or even 70%. Please explain to those who are in
a position to donate and indeed such an act will be a very
Sang-gye Tonpai Ku or Buddha Tonpa Shenrab statue: At the call of
Rinpoche’s appeal towards the proposed statue which will form
the principal interior artifact of the Gon-pa, we have made a
good progress in this project. Some individuals have donated purely
for the statue, so now we have enough funds to initiate the order.
As such, Rinpoche has already intrusted a Bonpo Geshe in Nepal,
Kathmandu to enquire all the details as per Rinpoche’s specific
requirements for the statue. The proposed Statue could look like
the image shown on the left. Update:
The proposed staue is 80% manufactured and obtaining of the necessary
documents from Nepalease archeological departments and other related
matters are under way, in order to ship the statue to the UK. Further Update:
The Jowo Tonpa Shenrab statue is now completed, transported, built with the necessary Szung-jook done
and Rab-ney completed, and successfully installed in the Gon-pa!.
Whenever you make a donation, please send an e-mail to the treasurer.
All the donations/cheques should be made payable to TYBSC.
Again, we want to thank you each and every one very much for your
generosity and without which this would not have materialized and
we would not have made such a progress!
From the Office of TYBSC, in consultation with the Spiritual Director
and the Board of Trustees.
More about the BONPO GON-PA
Rinpoche is also thinking of another project attached to the Gon-pa,
which is to have a wooden chalet (Scandinavian style), to be built
preferably with two stories, in the backyard of the Gon-pa, to
create a second hall with other flexible facilities available. Update:
Since the planning permission was not granted, Rinpoche has now opted to buy an extended 3 bed apartment next to
the Gon-pa. This is necessary as we don't have a residence in the Gon-pa and we cannot sleep there, so these three
bedrooms will be for accomodating visiting Lamas and international and national students (Before and after the
retreats). For purchasing this property, Rinpoche and TYBSC have applied for a mortgage, and the mortgage has been
approved on principal (with the condition that TYBSC has to put a 30% down payment and prove monthly pledges are
in place to cover it. As such, Rinpoche is appealing to individuals, friends their families to help and donate,
no matter how small the amount. One can donate in the name of their family, loved ones (both alive or dead) which
would be a great virtue and karmic cause.
How YOU can Support Rinpoche’s Vision!
Can you help?
Donate easily, securely and quickly with Paypal:
All of these will be a great karmic act in accumulating merits!
You can ask, on behalf of Rinpoche and the TYBSC’s trustees,
for help and support from your family members, friends, business
people and companies in the name of living people as well as in
the name of those who have passed away.
"It will be a great Karmic act to help, support and donate funds
towards such a virtuous cause which brings the profound wisdom of
Shambala and Tibet into this part of the world. This will benefit
countless beings here and elsewhere now and in the long run!"
The standing order should be set up to go into the TYBSC main account
and please put a reference on the payment of "Retreat Centre Expenses"
. If you are donating/paying by cheque, please make your cheque
payable to "TYBSC". Please e-mail us if you are donating or setting
up standing order or posting a cheque etc.
We are with HSBC bank.
Account no: 72181843
Sort Code: 40-16-22
Please note for international payments, it is more cost efficient to use bank transfer for which the
details are: IBAN number is GB30HBUK40162272181843 and SWIFT code is HBUKGB4113L
or phone Sarah on 07815190476
Heartfelt Thanks From Rinpoche and the trustees of the TYBSC