Establish a Public Meditation Center
The Dharma is a system of teachings and meditation practices which enable us to free ourselves from suffering and achieve genuine, lasting happiness. An ever-growing number of scientific studies and medical practitioners maintain that meditation can contribute greatly to our health and well-being. It has been used throughout history as a way to transcend all types of suffering, be they physical, mental or spiritual. Within the Buddhist tradition meditation is practiced so that we may attain the highest state of awakening – enlightenment, the realization of compassionate wisdom and perfect freedom. Practicing the Dharma is as relevant today as it was during the time of the Buddha some 2500 years ago.
– Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche
Considered an emanation of the illustrious Tibetan yogi Milarepa, the 4th Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche is a prominent incarnate lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In 1990 Gyaltrul Rinpoche earned the traditional monastic Acharya degree from Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and he received a PhD from Harvard in 2004. Rinpoche founded the United Trungram Buddhist Fellowship and currently is working on two major projects: establishing the Mahamudra Hermitage retreat center in upstate New York; and building a monastery in Lumbini, Nepal - the birthplace of the Buddha - under the auspices of the UN as part of the Lumbini Development Project. The Siddhartha Foundation International supports the efforts of Gyaltrul Rinpoche. Each year Gyaltrul Rinpoche travels throughout the US, Europe and Asia teaching Buddhist philosophy and leading meditation retreats.