Tashi Gatsel Ling Buddhist Center was founded in the Gelugpa lineage as a non-sectarian, registered Nonprofit organization under the spiritual direction of Khensur Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan and has maintained a consistent presence and teachings in Maine since the mid-90's beginning in a small studio in Freeport, ME.
Our broader vision is borrowed from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Five Pillars:
1. Buddhadharma 2. Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom 3. Community Service 4. Interfaith Activities 5. Revenue Generating Activities
Our mission is to provide a welcoming environment where individuals can explore reliable Tibetan Buddhist practice through consistent programming: meditation, study, and periodic teachings and retreats offered by recognized Buddhist teachers.
Our regular programming and physical presence came to a pause in the summer of 2022 while our Spiritual Director, Venerable Tenzin Dasel visited India from June through early September meeting with Khensur Rinpoche, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, and recieving teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama. She will be teaching in Colorado in November, and returning to India to further her studies. We are planning to offer programming in early March 2023.
As we continue to move towards our vision of developing Tashi Gatsel Ling Eco-Dharma Buddhist Center in Maine, we are presented with some practical challenges for sustaining the teachings: The priority is to provide a home base for Tenzin Dasel when she is in Maine and a space to house our Buddhist shrine room (consecrated by Khensur Rinpoche). It’s vital that we establish this foundation as the first step to move forward with our mission. With this in mind, we are asking for your support.
The teachings of the Dharma are more precious than ever. Our vision will offer a welcoming environment where individuals can benefit from reliable Buddhist practice in an eco-friendly environment. We are
grateful for and beholden to the generosity of others to help make this vision become a reality.
This capital campaign is to help us in Phase 1 towards meeting our goal of keeping Dharma available in this troubled world.
For the future, a generous benefactor is bequeathing property to the TGL Sangha for th Eco-Dharma Buddhist Center. We have met with the Freeport Code Officer to get the approval to develop this vision and were given a go ahead. Two established architects are designing a green and ADA handicapped accessible meditation hall and meeting space, as well as monastic living quarters.
Please consider supporting our cause and our project by making a donation and by sharing this fundraiser. Any donation will help make an impact. For more information and to find out how to leave your estate toward developing this project, visit https://tashigatselling.org/eco-dharma-center/.
We thank you in advance for your support. May all be free and well!