“In the land of the future monastery live millions and millions of animals and other beings that we can not see. All of these will be benefited from the construction of a monastery, helping to create a monastery, and give monks and nuns the chance to study and practice Dharma, thus promoting the continuity of the Dharma teachings and the inner path, and the ability to free other sentient beings. Building a monastery is much more important than building the world’s largest company that will benefit only one life but with a monastery the benefits will be infinite for all future lives.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, October 2017
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 pending affiliation with 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.