Mindrolling Lotus Garden (Mindrolling Pema Gatsal), also the the North American seat of Mindrolling International, was founded by Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche in 2003. Located in the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains two hours southwest of Washington DC, Lotus Garden is a beautiful 200-acre centre, providing an inspiring environment for study and practice. Rinpoche’s vision of Lotus Garden is as a place of study and practice of the Buddha Dharma with the aspiration in particular to assist in the flourishing of the Mindrolling lineage teachings in the West.
Lotus Garden offers a variety of programs through out the year including the Mindrol Lekshey Summer Retreat, the Vajrayana Retreat program and other programs. Sangha members from around the globe come to Lotus Garden to receive teachings from Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche as well as other eminent rinpoches and to undertake retreats. In addition, Lotus Garden offers facilities for solitary retreats.
The major expansion project currently underway at Lotus Garden is the construction of a new Lhakhang (temple). The new temple, Mindrol Gatsal, will comfortably seat more than 300 people and represents a tremendous step forward in making Lotus Garden a center capable of fulfilling Rinpoche’s vast vision.
Photo credit: Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche, Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, and Minling Jetsün Dechen Paldron gather with sangha members during the Kunzang Gongpa Zangthal empowerments in 2011.