Really the story begins many years ago when four friends, all Lamas, and I left Tibet. Upon reaching to India we made a vow together that one of us would someday start a school to preserve the special teachings and yogic practices of the Nyingma lineage. We made this promise to Dudjom Rinpoche. Now, many years later not all of us are alive and others are engaged in important work and so it has fallen to me to undertake this project. Really I am very lucky because to do such auspicious work in a sacred land such as Pemako makes one very fortunate. We are all very fortunate to be able to help the Buddha's teachings to flourish.
In many Terma Padmasambhava spoke of the special characteristics of Pemako as a sacred hidden land. To go there, to help the Buddha's teachings there, brings great merit. Two years ago when I began this work I went to the Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage, H.H. Minling Trichen Rinpoche, and he blessed our school with the name Lhundrup Topgye Ling. This year while in America my root Lama, Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche's son, also gave very strong blessing for this project. So I am very lucky indeed to be doing this work.
When I came to the west I met many people who wished to help and now people from three continents and more than 7 countries have contributed to our noble project. We have built a school where there has been no school. We have built a nursery for small children and also a kitchen, which provides food for children and parents. We offer clothing and medical care as well. Just this year we have arranged for a medical camp to come to the region with doctors and supplies from the west. This sacred area of Pemako is so remote that it receives very little aide and these resources are much needed.
My goal was not to merely start a school but to help the whole community there thrive. Our vision must be holistic it must be very broad because we must make the whole community strong in order to save these precious teachings. As Buddhist we must have impartial compassion and love for all beings not only those who look like us or have our nationality. For this reason we offer the school, the nursery, the aide, to all people in the region both Tibetan refugees and local children. In this way the school will be built on a strong foundation and continue into the future after we are all gone. Guru Rinpoche's tradition is for everyone!