Tashi Gatsel Ling

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Description of Organization:

Tashi Gatsel Ling began in Freeport, Maine in 1990s when as a monk in his mid-forties Khen Rinpoche was visiting the state and learning English.  He had a strong wish to transmit authentic Buddhist Dharma in the West. Twice each year he visited Maine and gave teachings.  Khen Rinpoche’s schedule and responsibilities continued to increase, limiting the amount of time he was able to spend in Maine each year.  His longtime disciples continued to support his and Tashi Gatsel Ling’s legacy by maintaining an active, thriving Buddhist Dharma community.  Tashi Gatsel Ling contributes to whole-community engagement by providing contemporary practical applications of Buddhist wisdom and compassion in a welcoming environment. It is a vehicle to explore and engage in reliable practice: meditation, study, teachings, engaged Buddhism and retreats led by Buddhist monastic teachers.

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhism grant in the amount of $13,000 was awarded to Tashi Gatsel Ling in order to fulfill a vision — bringing Tibetan Buddhist female monastics to Maine for intercultural learning and practice. The Geshe Mas are monastic women holding the Geshe degree, Tibetan Buddhism’s highest scholarly degree, and the Dalai Lama has recently requested that they begin teaching broadly. The impact of the program will be to bring ordained, highly-trained women leaders in Buddhism to the United States as models and teachers in a lineage tradition.

Bringing the Geshe Mas to the United States creates an opportunity to expand their impact and elevates them to a position of leadership in the United States. They are role models for female Buddhist practioners and will inspire women to become lay leaders in this practice. There are two components to this program:

1) The Geshe Mas coming to the United States for a cultural exchange and sharing of their practices. In April, 2024 two Geshe Mas, both Tibetan refugees who live in Dolma Ling Nunnery in Dharmsala India, will travel to the United States under the guidance of Tashi Gatsel Ling. The Geshe Mas are members of the historic first class of female monastics to earn the highest Buddhist philosophical degree. They will tour a number of Dharma Centers and universities in the US including Bates College and Brown University, the Wisdom Seat Dharma Community in Pennsylvania, Colorado Bodhimind Center, Tibetan Meditation Center, CO Springs and Denver’s Lama Yeshe House of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Buddhism.

2) In 2025, Tashi Gatsel Ling will host two nuns from Ladakh and one from Arunachal Pradesh, who are each the heads of their institutions, for a month-long intensive at New England Institute of English as a Second Language. Then these nuns will repeat the same schedule and tour as those who visited in 2024 as described above.