Dorje Ling Buddhist Center represents the 700-year-old Jonang Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Tulku Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche.
It is the first Jonangpa Buddhist Center located in the West. Jonang is the name of a retreat location in central Tibet, in today’s District of Lhaze in the Shigaze Area. Since this tradition was developed from that place, followers of this school are called Jonangpa. It is one of the old schools of philosophy in Tibet.
The Jonangpa tradition is famous because of its strong historical connection dedicated to the instruction and practice of Kalachakra Tantra. The Jonang tradition differs from other Buddhist schools of thought due to its philosophical viewpoint on the nature of reality.
All Buddhists believe the basic nature of all phenomena is emptiness. In Tibetan Buddhism the viewpoint of emptiness is divided into two: self-emptiness and other-emptiness. Most Tibetan Buddhist scholars follow the viewpoint of self-emptiness. However, from Master Dolpopa to Taranatha to the very present day, the followers of Jonang hold the philosophical viewpoint of other-emptiness. Today in Tibet there are more than 50 Jonangpa monasteries throughout the country, supporting approximately 10,000 monks.
Comparatively the Nyimapa, Sakyapa, Kagyupa, and Gelugpa have more than 300-1000 monasteries each in Tibet. The Jonang maters are highly trained, both experientially and intellectually in the Kalachakra Tantric system. Dorje Ling Buddhist Center teaches the fundamental Buddhist way of living along with the profound deity-visualization meditation.
We introduce the unique spiritual value of both the Tibetan religion and culture through weekly practice, workshops and special empowerment ceremonies.
Teachers of other Tibetan Buddhist Traditions are also invited to the center to share different viewpoints within Tibetan Buddhism.
Ceremonies for traditional Tibetan Buddhist Holidays are open to the public. In the recent past, the center offered the preliminary teachings and practice for the Kalachakra to numerous American students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Additionally teachings of the Highest Yoga Tantra, the Six-Branch Yoga of Kalachakra were offered to students. Teachings are provided in both the English and Chinese languages.
Dorje Ling Buddhist Center was established in 1991 in Brooklyn, NY. Eight years later a second center was established in Atlanta, GA. It is the vision of Tulku Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche to revitalize the Jonang tradition in Tibet and bring that same tradition into the western world. Charitable work of the Dorje Ling Buddhist Center is funded through the US Taranatha Society.