Who and Where We Are
Lotus Garden (Pema Gatsal), 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.
Programs and Retreats
Lotus Garden offers a variety of programs through out the year including the Annual Retreat lead by Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, the Shedra program and other programs that host respected and great teachers of Tibetan Buddhism as well as smaller weekend programs lead by the Lotus Garden lopöns and drupön. Currently, 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 Dechen Gatsal Project is a designated retreat setting that provides opportunities for senior members of the sangha to participate in “life-time” retreats in individual cabins or retreat rooms.
Lotus Garden is Growing
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. Within the last few years, we have also created a public garden, Sonam Gatsal, that features a special gift from Mindrolling Monastery in India — an exquisite 15-foot tall statue of Buddha Shakyamuni. It was the wish of His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen that this Buddha be brought to Lotus Garden to celebrate the establishment of the Mindrolling lineage in the west. The community dining pavilion was completed in 2014. The Sangha Retreat House, Tashi Chö Dzong, was completed in 2015 with some 11 retreatants now in residence there.
Some quick and helpful links to the Lotus Garden web site
Photo credit: Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and Jetsun Dechen Paldron gather with sangha members during the Kunzang Gongpa Zangthal empowerments in 2011.