GEDEN PHACHO BHUCHO
The Geden tradition of Tibetan Buddhism--also known as the Gelugpa School--was founded in the 14th century by the highly revered Buddhist master, scholar and yogi Je Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa's legacy is tremendous and he is credited with having revitalised many teaching lineages which would otherwise have become extinct. Lelung Rinpoche is now spearheading an important project to preserve Tsongkhapa's lineage for future generations.
The importance of pure lineage transmission in the form of Buddhism practiced in Tibet is immense. It ensures a stream of undiluted Blessing from the Buddha himself to contemporary students and is considered essential for the ultimate realization of Buddhahood. If a lineage is broken, then the teachings themselves are threatened. Without qualified teachers giving correct personal oral transmissions, the extraordinary blessings, enlightened understanding and spiritual energy of previous masters cannot be passed on effectively.
Since 1959, when Tibetans began to leave Tibet and settle in many parts of the world, many precious teachings have already been lost. Often older Tibetan lamas pass away, without having fully transmitted the teachings they held to the younger generation. If this continues to happen, some of Tsongkhapa's precious legacy is at risk of being lost forever. Work on the preservation of the lineage teachings needs to be carried out now, or many of the vast and profound teachings of the Geden tradition may not survive for long. This will be a great loss not only to Tibetan Buddhists, but also to the whole world as this wise and unique tradition has much to offer humanity.
Je Tsongkhapa's legacy consists of two parts. The teachings comprising the Collected Works of Je Tsongkhapa and his two chief disciples are known as Phacho in Tibetan or "Teachings of the Fathers". The works of their immediate disciples and their followers, together with commentaries of Indian Buddhist scholars are known as Bhucho in Tibetan or "Teachings of the Sons".
The goal of Geden Phacho Bhucho is to preserve the sanctity and purity of the teachings of the Buddha for present and future generations. Since its inception in 2006, the following objectives have been realized:
- Establishment of main office and reference catalogue. In August 2006, an office was established in Dharamsala, India to act as a base for the huge task of collecting data and vital research so that the initial stage of the project could begin. A network of volunteer field researchers working in different regions was also established.
- Conferences and programme of oral transmissions and teachings. On the advice of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister, our first conference was held at the Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala in June 2006. In July 2007, at Ganden Monastery in South India, Lati Rinpoche gave rare and precious teachings to many hundreds of lamas and monks.
In the broader framework of the project, two phases remain:
- Phase One. Identification of the lineage holder/master and the disciple and the transmission of lineages. Rare teachings held by authentic lineage holders will be prioritised
- Phase Two. Completion and follow-up. Once the existing lineages are successfully transmitted from their holders to qualified students, the project will be said to be complete, but ongoing maintenance will be required to keep the reference catalogue up to date.
Geden Phacho Bhucho was conceived of by H.E. Lelung Rinpoche and has been widely applauded and endorsed by many great masters and tulkus of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Without the guidance of these individuals, it would be impossible to carry out this work. H.H. Dalai Lama is the Supreme Patron of the project and Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche is the Honorary Patron. (Please download the full project description for a full list of patrons and advisors.) It is extremely good fortune for the whole of humanity that this project has the blessings of these most highly revered teachers.
Presently, the project is coordinated from London and Dharamsala by Lelung Dharma Trust. We are urgently seeking financial assistance from individuals and organizations around the world to help support this project. A small sum has already been raised to cover the costs of the office in Dharamsala, but to continue to realize our goals we need your help. If you are inspired to help this project by making a donation, please see visit the project website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.