South East Wales, UK -- A Tibetan Buddhist order which traces its lineage back to the 8th century is setting about raising half a million pounds to establish a permanent retreat centre in South East Wales. It will be called Drala Jong, which means Sparkling Meadow of Primal Iridescence.
The charity was given the name of Sang-ngak-chö-dzong (ngak is the Tibetan word for the Sanskrit word, mantra) by a famous yogi and head of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ngak’chang Rinpoche, who was born in Germany and grew up in England, was recognized by his teacher, Lama Chimmed Rigdzin Rinpoche (known affectionately as ‘C. R. Lama’), to be the incarnation of an18th century lama.
He said today: “We wish to be of help to committed life-long practitioners, and to those who simply find elements of Buddhism useful in their everyday lives.”
The centre will offer a programme of Buddhist art and crafts, dance, Tibetan yoga, music, horticulture, cookery, children’s education and, particularly useful these days, teachings on transforming emotions and establishing healthy and happy relationships between men and women.
An extensive library for practitioners, children and academics will be incorporated into the centre and future plans will include equestrian facilities.