Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery

Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery Namo Buddha, Nepal

  • Website: www.namo-buddha.org
  • Monastery head: The 9th Thrangu Rinpoche
  • Coordinator: Lama Karma Gendun
  • Email: namothrangu [at] gmail.com

History

Namo Buddha Monastery is about 45 kilometers outside of Kathmandu in the Kavre District. It was founded by V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche in 1978 as a small retreat center and now has grown to a large monastery with several hundred monks. The site for this monastery is Tagmo Lüjin (lit. “the place where the future Buddha sacrificed his body to a tigress”) and held as supremely sacred to Tibetan Buddhism. Known as the Three Stupas in Nepal , it is the very sacred place where the perfect and supreme Buddha – at that time still on the path of learning – offered his own body without regret to a tigress suffering from great hunger. Please follow this link for the history of this supreme and distinguished sacred site, whose location is unmistaken based on the clear identification given in the Sutra Requested by the Tigress and so forth.

Environmental Goal

Our monastery has been concerned about health and cleanliness issues always but the First Environmental Conference called by HH, the 17th Karmapa for all the Kagyu monasteries at Varanasi, made us realize that we need to be more concerned about conservation and protection of the environment. Along with that, our Guru Thrangu Rinpoche also advised us about the importance of the environment. He appointed four monk leaders to lead these activities; two for Namo Buddha monastery, one for Boudha monastery and one for the Bhaktapur monastery.

Environmental Activities

1. Environmental Club

Following these two teachings, we decided to open an environmental club; Thrangu Environmental Club. Presently, we have more than 30 members participating in our club at Namo Buddha. We carry out waste management cleaning of monastic and surrounding areas  every Saturday. We separate organic, non-organic and recyclable garbage and use the organic wastes for composting since organic wastes materials decompose and can be used for the monastery vegetable garden and so on.

2. Organic Vegatable Garden

We have planted a large organic vegetable garden that can meet the needs of the monastery and also create less damage to the environment by not using artificial fertilizer.

3. Partnership Building

We have built a good relationship with the organization Small Earth Nepal. We invited them to come to Namo Buddha, and they gave the monk body presentations and shared their knowledge, opinions and ideas about how to protect and save environment. They are really very helpful to us. We are also building a relationship with the British Council, the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations through the help of Sundar Layalu. They have helped us to print many booklets about climate change in Tibetan.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

We have given a lot of importance to the Reducing process because this also fits with our Vinaya vow. We also share the information and knowledge about the topic of “REDUCE” with both monks and local people. Before we even worry about what to do with waste, we should try to avoid it in the first place. Once there is waste, we must reuse or recycle it instead of burning – this will bring good change in the climate and decrease air pollution. Most of the common diseases are gone and monks seem healthier.

Future projects include installing a biogas to reduce pollution from organic wastes, carbon emissions, and reliance on propane and fossil fuels, and investigating installing a large-scale rainwater collection system. The goal is to implement as many of HH Karmapa’s 108 Solutions as possible.

Recently we also sent two monks to the Second Kagyu Environmental Conference in Dharamsala, which was attended by delegates from 33 Kagyu Monasteries. In future, due to our contribution to environment, we hope that global warming will be reduced and brings positive change on the earth. We are also praying and wish for world peace.

May our activities brings climate stability and save our one and only home the earth.
May all sentient beings there are in ten directions, be free from illness and be happy always.
May all the aims in dharma of all beings be in harmony.
May their hopes be fulfilled.

We will never give up the world. Save the environment every time and in everywhere. Thank you very much for your co-operation.

Thrangu Environmental Club

Participating Monasteries