By Jamie Ordonez, Indiana Public Media, October 4, 2014
Bloomington, ID (USA) -- A Tibetan Buddhist monastery is opening in Bloomington this weekend. The Gaden KhachoeShin monastery sits on a 128-acre piece of land that was purchased in 2007.
Construction on the 21,000 square-foot monastery began in 2012 and expands the existing Dagom Gaden Tensung Ling Buddhist monastery in Bloomington.
Donations from students around the world funded the multi-million dollar project.
The monks follow the teachings of the Gelupga lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is both their political and spiritual leader.
Jamyang Lama, resident monk and teacher at the monastery, says it will serve as a residence for four monks, and will also serve as a space for Buddhist teachings.
“The monastery is for the people who are interested to learn the Buddhist philosophy, and to attend peace in their mind, at a time in the world when there’s a lot of chaos, and sufferings and so forth,” he says.
The monastery will also host visiting. Jamyang says monks from all over the world are in town for this weekend’s opening, including some well-known, highly revered teachers.
The official opening is on Saturday, and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a concert on the grounds.