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Bhutan – Jarey Lhakhang Project

It was H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche’s wish to maintain his and ODN’s long standing relationship with the Royal Government of Bhutan and its people. Shortly after his passing, ODN was given final approval to contribute to the establishment and funding of the Jarey Lhakhang. The project consists of constructing a community center (lhakhang) which provides a place for worship, celebrations, and Dharma teachings for devout Buddhists in a very remote settlement (Jarey) in Eastern Bhutan.

The Bhutanese government describes the significance of a lhakhang as follows: “It is not only a place to worship or to perform religious ceremonies, but it is also a converging point where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate important social and religious events and build social and spiritual harmony. Each individual derives inspiration and draws social and religious values from the lhakhang. From archery to the painting of murals, from the phenomenon of birth to that of sickness and death, it provides a platform for maintaining our spiritual, cultural and religious traditions, without which we believe our material well-being would be incomplete and meaningless.”

At this time, we do not know the future of ODN’s relationship with Bhutan. Certainly we have made valued friends and established important relationships that we may decide to explore further at some point. Having funded this project is a fulfillment of a promise made, and in that respect continues to ensure that opportunities will be available to ODN in the future.

Boulder, Colorado – ODN and Lenz Foundation Project

ODN and Lenz Foundation Project: This project consists of a written commentary on Rama’s (Dr. Frederick Lenz) Tantric Buddhism Talks, by H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche -- including references to the teachings of Nyala Pema Dundul, and edited by Lama Tsewang Seetar Rinpoche and Former Students of Khempo Rinpoche & Rama.

With the help of Khempo’s colleague Tsewang Seetar Rinpoche, we will be able to accomplish Khempo Rinpoche’s original goal of commenting on Rama’s teachings and comparing them to the more traditional Tibetan Tantric teachings. In addition, we are hoping to show parallels between the ways that a revered historical teacher (Nyala Pema Dundul) and Rama delivered the teachings, both of whom brought fresh energy and insights to their contemporaries, albeit in very diverse cultural settings.

Kham Kathok Settlement Fund

Kham Kathok Settlement Fund Project: According to Khempo Rinpoche’s wishes, ODN maintains a fund that supports his monastery, monks and family who reside in the Kham Kathok Tibetan Settlement in Sataun, India.

Khempo Rinpoche was the sole supporter of his family, and provided financially for all their needs. Those of us who visited with the family were greatly touched by their humility, kindness and shyness regarding speaking to us about their financial future, which was impacted greatly by Khempo Rinpoche’s passing.

It quickly became apparent to us that Khempo Rinpoche's organization, ODN, should continue to support his monastery, monks and family. We believe that this is undoubtedly what Khempo Rinpoche would have wanted.

Longevity Prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Longevity Prayers for HHDL Project: H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche supported and participated in the annual longevity prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. ODN is dedicated to continuing the support of these prayers performed in India by the monks from Kham Kathok monastery.

Annual Memorial Event to Honor: H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche,
Dr. Frederick Lenz (Rama), and Thomas Lundstrom

Annual Memorial Event: ODN will be sponsoring a yearly Memorial to honor our beloved teachers, H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche, and Dr. Frederick Lenz - Rama. In addition to our teachers, we pay our respects to Thomas Lundstrom, Khempo Rinpoche’s treasured Dharma friend and sponsor. As the date is scheduled each year, details will be posted on the website. The Memorial will be open to all who wish to attend.

We are planning to schedule the next memorial event during Lama Tsewang Seetar Rinpoche’s next visit to the U.S.

World Peace Project

Prior to his passing, H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche communicated a vision he had in which he saw that a ‘Symbol of Enlightenment’ – not necessarily a replica of the destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas – would be erected on ODN’s parcel of land in Siskiyou County, in Weed California. In addition, he suggested that a ‘cultural center’ involving both commercial and educational resources be built there.

He saw great potential for this land, which is located in a city that borders the beautiful northern side of Mount Shasta. The land backs up to thousands of acres of breathtaking Forestry Land comprised of a natural wildlife habitat. Khempo Rinpoche believed that this land was very powerful spiritually. He considered it to be a good building site with excellent public access which was conducive to the realization of his vision of a World Peace Center and Symbol of Enlightenment. The members of ODN are inspired and committed to continue this project as Khempo Rinpoche envisioned.

Displaying the 50 Foot Buddha Thangka

Displaying the 50 Foot Buddha Thangka: In honor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso’s visit to South Florida in 2004, the largest thanka ever painted in the United States was created. The standing Buddha Thangka symbolizes World Peace and was designed by ODN’s founder, H.E. Khempo Yurmed Tinly Rinpoche and painted by Master Artist Lama Pema Tenzin.

ODN is considering making the thangka available to Buddhist temples for teachings and celebrations worldwide.

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