Gaden Tenzin Ling

The following article is from the Winter, 1986 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Gaden Tenzin Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center, has been founded in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca is a small college town (home of Cornell University) in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York surrounded by wooded hills, waterfalls and lakes. The center's director is Ven. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche and its spiritual head is H.H. the Dalai Lama. GTL offers a practice and study program that covers both sutra and tantra. The center is dedicated to the long life and teachings of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Gaden Tenzin Ling, despite its small size and modest facilities, offers a complete program in Buddhist theory and practice including group sittings, courses, retreats, and workshops given by Zasep Tulku, senior students, or visiting teachers, including many well-known Tibetan lamas.

Members of Snow Lion were instrumental in the formation of Gaden Tenzin Ling. The center is the natural outgrowth of their efforts to strengthen the presence of Dharma in the USA. The center is located at 120 W. State St. (Fourth floor), Ithaca, NY 14850. This present location was consecrated by monks of the Gyume Tantric College. Zasep Tulku Rinposhe led a Green Tara retreat and gave other teachings this past year. The center has hosted many other venerable lamas. Notable among the past years visitors have been the Abbot and monks of the Gyuto Tantric College, Doboom Tulku Rinpoche, H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche, the monks of Gyume Tantric College, Gelek Rinpoche, Geshe Sangye Samdup, Dr. Lobsang Rapgay, Ven. Tara Tulku, and Ven. Khyongla Rato Rinpoche.

In the fall of 1986, we look forward to the visits of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon, Chetsang Rinpoche head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, several visits from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, and another visit from Gelek Rinpoche.

Recently members of GTL went to Toronto where they and members of Gaden Choling received the Yamantaka and Vajra Yogini initiations from the Ven. Lati Rinpoche.

Gaden Tenzin Ling is preparing to build a retreat center on land ten miles outside of Ithaca. This past summer two staff members of Snow Lion Publications did Gyalwa Gyatso Fire Pujas on the land to conclude their retreats. Later on, two other people came from Ann Arbor, MI to the retreat site to do Vajra Yogini Fire Pujas. Zasep Rinpoche assisted in all the fire pujas. Presently the land contains only a large barn which will be converted to a shrine room with lamas' quarters and spaces for retreatants. The land is wooded and has a small stream flowing through it. Both land and barn are being kindly provided by a member and her husband. Next August Zasep Tulku will lead a Vajra Yogini meditation retreat on the land.

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At present the center is small and has no accomodations for visitors except in members' homes. We eventually hope to have a larger space as well as a resident monk. If you share in our enthusiasm for this project you can help by becoming a Supporting Member of Gaden Tenzin Ling at $100 per year or you can make a donation of any amount to help in the growth of Gaden Tenzin Ling. GTL is a non-profit taxexempt organization. Supporting Members will be notified of special visits by lamas and other teachers and will receive a discount on all teachings. Also, GTL is capable of accepting donations to sponsor dharma publications through Snow Lion. Anyone interested in sponsoring a dharma book can write to Snow Lion for a list of titles needing sponsorship.

Gaden Tenzin Ling welcomes lamas and visitors from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and has planned a very busy schedule for the next year. Please call us at Snow Lion during the dav (607 273-8506) or Pat Aiello (607 273 4859 evenings) for more information.

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