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The Dalai Lama in Italy

We are very pleased to announce that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has accepted the invitation of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa of Pomaia and will be in Tuscany from 19th to 21st of September 2017. This visit will follow His Holiness’ stop in Sicily from 16th to 18th September, invited by the cities of Messina and Palermo.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa

The Lama Tzong Khapa Institute is pleased to announce that from October 4th to November 5th, 2017, Lama Zopa Rinpoche will lead the 100 million “OM MANI PADME HUM” mantra retreat here in Pomaia.
Rinpoche says:

The benefits of reciting the Mantra of the Buddha of Compassion are countless, as the sky has no limits. Even just one recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM purifies completely every breaking of the four-root vows of individual liberation and every other negative karma.

The meaning of the Monastery’s name

lung rtogs (pronounced lhungtok) authoritative scriptures and the realization of the Dharma in the minds of noble beings.

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.

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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.