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Mission Statement

Under the guidance of Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa, Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace will draw on the spiritual tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the humanitarian visions of Maurice Pate to achieve the following goals:

1. Conduct classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation on a regular basis. Since the heart of Buddhist meditation is nonsectarian in nature, the classes will be open to people of all religious traditions and to those with no particular religious affiliation.

2. Offer systematic and graduated levels of training in Buddhist moral discipline, meditative concentration, and transformative wisdom so that participants can incorporate such thought and practice in their daily lives. The courses will be based on the tradition of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra that enjoys an unbroken lineage of transmission from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha.

3. Conduct short and long-term retreats and facilitate solitary retreats.

4. Host public talks, spiritual festivals, and other community events where families can participate.

5. Engage in humanitarian activities such as helping Tibetan monks and children with basic education and health needs.

6. Eventually, DNKL hopes to establish itself as a Buddhist university for American students.


About DNKL

Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace (DNKL) promotes peaceful living through teachings, study, meditation and community service. Its unique program integrates the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism with stewardship of its historic New England landscape. DNKL follows the spiritual tradition and lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Located in the former home and estate of UNICEF founding director Maurice Pate, the center is dedicated to benefit and serve others.

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche presides over a resident monastic community that maintains and provides study opportunities in the Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist tradition for both lay and monastic students. Rinpoche, along with Geshe Lobsang Dhargey, provide basic classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation along with more advanced systematic studies. The courses and activities encourage a more compassionate daily life, new insights into the reality of our existence and the transformation of negative emotions, thoughts and actions.

A monthly children’s program uses guided meditation, storytelling and creative activities to promote family harmony. Geshe Dhargey also teaches online to the global Tibetan community and tutors young students at Sera Mey Monastery in India via Skype. A wider community of monks, nuns and lay people travel to DNKL from around the world for special teachings, rituals and ceremonies. All activities help individuals to transform their minds and hearts into their highest potential for the benefit of others.

DNKL hosts and contributes to public talks, spiritual festivals, interfaith dialogues, and events with families and community organizations to promote compassion and the wisdom found in Buddhist teachings. DNKL also engages in humanitarian activities, such as assisting Tibetan monks and children with basic education and health needs.

In 2010, DNKL established an ongoing collaboration with nearby Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury. In April 2012 they presented a conference on creativity and compassion with Buddhist scholars, distinguished faculty, professional artists, and students. In October 2012 DNKL and WCSU co-hosted a visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for two public talks to further investigate compassion and creativity within the challenges of the 21st century. The university and DNKL continue to explore the joint formation of a center for the advanced study of compassion and creativity.

DNKL programs and activities rely solely on the generosity of donor gifts, monthly pledges, matching grants, and volunteers who offer their services. DNKL is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation so donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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