About Do Ngak Kunphen Ling
Tibetan Buddhist Center
for Universal Peace
About Do Ngak Kunphen Ling
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 and former Sweet Briar College president Martha Lucas Pate, the center is dedicated to benefiting and serving 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 and 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 children’s program promotes family harmony by using guided meditation, storytelling, and creative activities. Geshe Dhargey also teaches the global Tibetan community online and tutors young students at Sera Mey Monastery in India via Skype. A wider community of monks, nuns, and lay people travel to DNKL worldwide 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.
About the DNKL logo
Do Ngak Kunphen Ling literally means The Place of Sutra and Tantra for the Benefit of All. The DNKL logo represents this name with a drawing of a lotus, moon disc, and sun disc with a vajra and bell on top. The lotus, sun disc, and moon disc represent three principal aspects of the Sutra teaching and practice path. The lotus symbolizes the renunciation of the pleasures and sufferings of samsara in order to gain liberation. The moon disc symbolizes Bodhichitta, the altruistic mind that cherishes all sentient beings equally. The sun disc symbolizes the ultimate truth of emptiness, the true nature of reality.
The vajra and bell represent the two aspects of the path of Tantra teachings and practice. The vajra, a ritual object, symbolizes diamond strength and method of transformation. The bell symbolizes wisdom.
From One Man's Generosity
The Maurice Pate Institute for Human Survival donated the Pate's 100-acre property to the Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Center of Connecticut in 1997 as an organization committed to world peace. Originally operating under the name Godstow, the center was renamed Do Ngak Kunphen Ling in 2006.
Do Ngak Kunphen Ling
Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace
30 Putnam Park Road
Redding, CT 06896