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Apr 19
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Gampo Abbey Welcomes a New Life Monastic
Photo by Lodro Kalsang

Photo by Lodro Kalsang

On April 9th, one of Gampo Abbey’s temporary monks, Thubten Tingdzen, took the brave leap of Parma Rabjung ordination. In the Tibetan tradition, this is a first step in the path of life monasticism, an entry period before taking novice vows.

After the ceremony, with Gampo Acharya Pema Chodron as preceptor, the whole community gathered for a celebration, in which we shared our appreciation for the courageous choice Tingdzen has made. Director Richard Haspray and Shastri Alice Haspray say: “We are honored to be supporting Tingdzen’s journey at the Abbey. His ziji is contagious!”

Many community members celebrated Tingdzen’s kindness, thoughtfulness, humor, intellect, and natural monastic leanings. We are very proud to welcome such a valuable member of the community into the Shambhala Monastic Order. We all now look forward to continuing the journey together.

Photo by Lodro Kalsang

Photo by Lodro Kalsang

“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to make a connection to the Buddha’s monastic lineage at Gampo Abbey,” says Tingdzen “It is humbling to think that so many inspiring practitioners have worked so hard in order for me to be able to take this step. The ceremony was brief but I feel like surrendering in this way has taken a lifetime of preparation. I now feel deeply protected and nurtured by the Buddha who has accepted me just as I am, my wisdom and confusion neatly wrapped in maroon robes, a basically good human being. Through surrendering I have made a commitment to see myself as a Buddha would see me: perfectly capable of realizing the nature of my own mind, worthy of the robes I now wear, a perfectly imperfect monk.”

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5 responses to “ Gampo Abbey Welcomes a New Life Monastic ”
  1. Arthur O'Brien
    Apr 25, 2015

    You are such an inspiring friend to have. Hope I get to see you again soon. It’s always magical,

  2. Linda V. Lewis
    Apr 24, 2015

    Bravo brave soul!
    I really like your words upon taking this leap, Tingdzin! May the many opportunities for samadhi at the Abbey help you realize the true nature of your mind for the benefit of all beings without exception. And I loved the photo taken by Lodro of you + your 6 other sweet robed “comrads”.

  3. Zane de Noncourt
    Apr 24, 2015

    Dear Tingdzen,

    Congratulations, dear friend !
    I ‘second’ the compliment given by the Hasprays: “Your ziji is contagious”!!!
    May it magnetize and inspire all who enter the doors of Gampo Abbey! What a superb way to benefit all beings!

  4. YES! Excellent work, Jack. You are making me proud to be human. And happy to have been there at the beginning of your journey at the Abbey. Take that, Circuit City!

  5. Cara Thornley
    Apr 19, 2015

    How inspiring…

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