Dana is a Pali word meaning “generosity.” As one of the six paramitas or “perfections,” the practice of generosity is an integral part of the Buddhist path. Dharma teachings are traditionally offered on the basis of dana which is offered to a teacher in recognition of the precious gift that has been given. When dana is offered, tendrel or “auspicious interdependence” is created between the teacher and the student.
Tara Mandala compensates teachers by only covering their travel and room and board while teaching. We sincerely love and appreciate our teachers and are grateful for the teachings they bring each year to our retreats.
Tara Mandala suggests a range of dana for each retreat, based on the number of days in which the retreat will take place. Your offering should be based on your individual capacity. Please offer as much as you comfortably can, which ensures the flourishing of Dharma for generations to come. There is an opportunity to give dana upon registration directly to the teacher(s) or at the end of each retreat, which is a special time of honoring what has been given and what has been received.
Adzom Gyalse Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, who was the son of Adzom Drukpa Pawo Dorje, and born in the year of the Iron-monkey (1980); in Bumthang, a region of central Bhutan, which was blessed as a hidden sacred land by Guru Padmasambhava; within a nomad family, he is the second son of seven, his father Kelzang Phuntsok and his mother Sonam Tsomkyi.
When the letter written by Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje, indicating all details of his rebirth, came to the hand of Rigdzin Pema Tulku, he offered it to HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to confirm. After few years HH Khyentse Rinpoche confirmed his family and a group of people was sent in search, but they returned with the wrong son, because his mother gave the youngest son at that time. Realizing their mistake, HH Khyentse Rinpoche asked for the boy who was born in the Iron-Monkey year, by then he was eight years old. After that he was recognized as the reincarnation of Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje at Gelephu, southeast Bhutan, and HH Khyentshe Rinpoche even performed his hair-cutting ceremony. Then he was first ordained as monk at Kharbandi, Phuntsholing – Bhutan; later at Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu – Nepal, the grand enthronement ceremony was conducted by HH Khyentshe Rinpoche in presence of HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and HE Nyoshul Khen Jamyang Dorje Rinpoche.
At early age he was well taken care with loving kindness by his root teacher HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and during that time he received lots of teachings, transmissions and empowerments from him, also from HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Lama Tserpo Rinpoche, and since some years ago, from HH Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche; besides them, he also received from HH Dalai Lama, HH Trulshik Rinpoche, HH Penor Rinpoche, HE Chokling Rinpoche, HH Taklung Tshetrul Rinpoche and HE Yangthang Rinpoche, HE Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche.
By 2004, under the guidance of HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, he completed the extensive nine years course in Buddhist philosophy and graduated from Philosophical Collage (Shedra). After his graduation he started teaching and giving oral transmissions (lung) at Shechen Philosophical Collage in Nepal. By 2010 he was awarded the scarf of Khenpo (Doctorate Certificate). At present he also preside all the annual ceremony going on in Shechen Monastery in Nepal and even at some branch monasteries in Bhutan. He also gives guidance to the monks who stay in retreat for three years in Bhutan, where he has a retreat center.
For further information about Adzom Gyalse Tulku see adzomgyalsetulku.com.