OUR CENTRE BEGAN IN MAY 2003

Geshe YongDong (GesheLa) began teaching small groups of students from his home in Courtenay B.C. in 2002.  The classes quickly grew to an average of 10-12 on a weekly basis, and workshops held in the tiny living room regularly attracted 15 – 18 students.  There were many requests to have a drop-in meditation practice and more workshops. It was soon evident that we were ready and needed a bigger space.

Several dedicated students and sangha members, committed themselves to pay a monthly annuity towards the rental of a room for a centre. The necessary paperwork was completed to create “Sherab Chamma Ling”, and after a long search, a rental room was agreed upon. Donations paid the rent and any maintenance items needed for the upkeep of the centre. With the help of caring members, our centre had become a reality.  

We began to create the Tibetan Bὄn Buddhist Society in November 2005 and the first AGM was held in February 2007. Our first executive was elected and to many this was our first experience with a society, so it was and continues to be a learning process for all of us. The Tibetan Bön Buddhist Society is a registered non-profit, tax-exempt charity administered by volunteers.

It took a few more years and paperwork, but we finally received our “tax revenue” number form the B.C. government and we were then able to give tax receipts for donations made. Regular business meetings are held once every four months and the Annual General Meeting of the society is held yearly in February.  

More information on and about our society, the constitution, by-laws and membership forms can be viewed Here.
In 2008, a new, larger and more central location was found for our centre - 407A 5th Street at England, right in the heart of Courtenay.
 
Students and sangha members formed work parties and spent many hours first cleaning the space, hammering, painting and all the other necessary jobs to get the centre ready.
 
On 28th September 2008, we had our “official” opening to the general public.


Our centre hosts, meditation practice, weekly teachings, Ngondro practices and special sangha social events on a regular basis. In addition it is used to hold business and AGM meetings; GesheLa uses it to do spiritual and astrology consultations, several fund raising committees now use the space to meet and carry out fund raising projects such as making prayer flags.

The centre assumed the responsibility of hosting the two annual weekend teaching retreats which have turned out to be an overwhelming success.   Sherab Chamma Ling has hosted several visiting monks from other centres and from the Tibetan Bön monastery Menri, in Dolanji India.
 

In addition to teaching at Sherab Chamma Ling, GesheLa travels on a regular basis to teach other groups of students’ at different locations on Vancouver Island and the mainland. These include groups on Quadra Island, Cortez Island, Gabriola Island, Nanaimo and Pt. Alberni, as well as talks and day workshops at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo B.C. GesheLa travels regularly to teach in the U.S. at the Yeru Bon Center in L.A. and at the Ligmincha centers in Charlottesville, Virginia and Houston, Texas.

GesheLa has several short video recordings of his teachings which are posted on YouTube

All activities of Sherab Chamma Ling and Geshe YongDong can be found on our calendar. 
 
The calendar is updated on a regular basis and includes the date, location, and topic of teaching and other information.  

As a fund raising project, Sherab Chamma Ling produces Tibetan Bon Prayer Flags.  Two sizes are available for sale: a set of 10 small flags are available - $8.00 each and a set of medium - $6.00 set.  Flags are available from the centre.


Our prayer flags can now be found hanging in several different parts of the world! In addition to prayer flags, our centre sells several Dharma items including practice booklets, Tibetan Bon Thangkas, Malas, wall hangings etc.
GesheLa has recorded a few CD’s of his teachings and chanting which are available for students.  
 

GesheLa’s CD’s include:
•    Tibetan Bön Three Heart Mantra – teaching & chanting;
•    Ngondro (Preliminary) Practice – teaching & chanting;
•    Introduction to Tibetan Meditation – teaching;  
•    Spirit Chant – YungDrung Bön chants;
•    Ah Om Hung – meditation chanting
•    Phowa Chanting – chanting with GesheLa
•    Introduction to Tibetan Meditation - teaching & guided meditations


Our centre continues to survive on the support and donations of students and friends. Without the generous assistance and encouragement from these kind people we would not be able to offer the sacred Tibetan Bὄn teachings.
 
We thank you all very much.

If you would like to help us to continue and reach the goal of building a permanent international meditation/retreat centre here in Canada, please see our donation page.

The main goal of GesheLa, the Society and sangha members is:

•    To purchase land and/or buildings to create a Tibetan YungDrung Bön international teaching and retreat centre known as: Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bön Buddhist Centre.

In addition to this, the Society has the following goals:

•    To create and maintain the teaching and meditation retreat centre, “Sherab Chamma Ling”; to preserve Bön, the native religion of Tibet and its culture; to spread Bön teachings by cultivating practitioners and scholars in the west; and, to support and sustain a Spiritual Director and visiting teachers.

•    To support and sustain the Spiritual Director/Resident Lama, and visiting teachers.

•    To serve the community by providing an environment in which members may benefit themselves and others through the teaching and practice of Buddhist philosophies.

•    To provide opportunities and venues for public worship and observance of religious holidays for practicing Buddhists.

Special Thanks & Recognition
A sincere thank you to H.H. Menri Tritzen, H.E. Nangzhig Kabygon Rinpoche, GesehLa's root teacher - Venerable Gyaltshab Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and all the Bön monks of Menri, Nangzhig and Norbutse Monasteries, who have said many chants and prayers and offered good wishes and help in the establishment of this centre.

DEDICATION

Go-sum dag-pe ge-wa gang-gyi pa
Kham-sum sem-chen nam-gyi don-du ngo
Du-sum sag-pe le-drib kun-jang ne
Ku-sum dzog-pe sang-gye nyur-thob shok

 

 Tibetan Bön Buddhist Society

B.C. Society # S-49873    01 November 2005

Our Vision

• Create & maintain a meditation retreat centre, “Sherab Chamma Ling”;

•   Preserve Bön, the native religion of Tibet & its culture;

•   Spread Bön teachings by cultivating practitioners & scholars in the west; &

•   Support & sustain a Spiritual Director & visiting teachers.

Proposed Sherab Chamma Ling (Painted by Colleen Jay)

Our Mission

To purchase land and/or buildings to create a Tibetan Yungdrung Bön international teaching & retreat centre known as: Sherab Chamma Ling, Tibetan Bön Buddhist Centre.

Our Commitment

To raise funds whether by way of fund-raising activities, receipt of gifts, donations, legacies & grants or otherwise to hold, invest, & use them for the promotion of the objects of the Society.

To acquire lands & buildings by purchase or otherwise, for the purpose of establishing a worship centre, teaching & meeting place, & retreat centre.

In November 2005, two years after Lama Geshe YongDong created Sherab Chamma Ling, the Tibetan Bön Buddhist Society was formed.  Under the direction of Geshe YongDong, the society is administered to by an elected executive consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, & Secretary.  Executive terms are for a two year period; an AGM is held annually and General Business Meetings are held during the year.

The centre has been operating since 2003 in local rented facilities.  Regular drop in meditation practices and teachings attract an average of 25-30 students and the two annual teaching weekend retreats have successfully filled up with 35–40 students. 

In addition to teaching at the centre in Courtenay B.C., Geshe YongDong regularly travels to teach other groups on Vancouver Island, Alberta, California, Texas and in the Ligmincha centre in Virginia U.S.  Geshe YongDong has recently taught in Costa Rica.

The centre and society are dedicated to raising and/or securing funds to purchase land and buildings to create a Tibetan Yungdrung Bön international teaching and retreat centre.

Funds are being actively pursued by way of fund-raising activities, receipt of gifts, donations of any amount, legacies and grants.

If you would like to help in creating an international teaching and retreat centre on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada, please consider making a contribution. We are a registered non profit, tax-exempt charity.  

Computer drawings of the proposed permanent Sherab Chamma Ling

 

METHODS OF DONATIONS

Sherab Chamma Ling founded in 2002 by Geshe YongDong, has been operating from a rented space in the city of Courtenay B.C.

The main purpose(s) of the centre is to preserve Bön, the native religion of Tibet and its culture; to spread Bön teachings by cultivating practitioners and scholars in the west; and, to support and sustain a Spiritual Director and visiting teachers.

In order to do this, the centre and society are dedicated to raising and/or securing funds to purchase land and/or buildings to create a Tibetan YungDrung Bön international teaching and retreat centre.

Funds are being actively pursued by way of fund-raising activities, receipt of gifts, donations, legacies and grants.

If you would like to help in creating an international teaching and retreat centre in Canada, please consider making a contribution. We are a registered non profit, tax-exempt charity administered by volunteers.

For information, please write or email:

Tibetan Bön Buddhist Society
Unit 7 - 3020 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay B.C.
Canada V9N 2L7
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