A Statement of Aspiration, by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche
“All the activities of the great lamas such as H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche are solely for the benefit of sentient beings, who in these especially degenerate times are in need of refuge. The supreme refuge is in Buddha Shakyamuni. Through the union of his compassion and wisdom, his body, speech and mind exist as the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the Three Jewels of Refuge. The Three Jewels of Refuge are not only for easterners living in Buddhist countries but for anyone who has interest in their meaning. Through the blessing of the lamas who have graced us, and through the merit of this country, many Americans are connecting to the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, which are like nectar that heals all suffering.
Tashi Chöling is a symbolic mandala. The outer form is the temple, the inner form is the sangha, the secret aspect is meditation, and the supremely secret aspect is liberation itself. According to our abilities, we have built a place of refuge in which to practice Dharma so that our body, speech and mind can make a connection on an inner level which leads to true understanding of the symbolic representation. Life is short, and in this temporary situation one can learn, practice and purify obscurations to spiritual development. In the future, if one has applied these methods, one will be lead to liberation from all suffering. This is the aspiration of the Buddha.”