The meaning of the Monastery’s name
chos ‘khor (pronounced choekhor) the Buddha’s speech teaching the cause, fruition and essence of nirvana manifested in the 4 Noble Truths and 8-fold path
gling (pronounced ling) island, sanctuary, isolated place, monastery
Hence the meaning of our monastery’s name is “the place where the Dharma is transmitted and realised”
The project name was granted by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.
Due to the generosity of so many, Sangha Onlus was able to purchase 30 hectares (about 1.7 sq km) of land near Pomaia, Tuscany in 2007. The architect for the project is Gino Zavanella, who is well known all over Italy.
This undertaking is a monastic project of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and the logo has been designed by a painter under Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s supervision.
Associazione Sangha Onlus exists to provide monasteries and places of religious practice, in which the members can cultivate spiritual knowledge and experience.
Welcome to the website of ASO. Here you can find information about the purpose of the ASO and its project Lhungtok Choekhorling, a calendar of members’ activities, news and an area to download material we think may be of interest.