InternationalTibetan Buddhism Study Intitute
Either due to past aspirations or recent positive karmic connections, it happened that in the early spring of the ox year according to the Tibetan calendar, Thubten Norbu
Rinpoche invited a few masters who had vowed to benefit sentient beings for the sake of the longevity of the Wish Fulfilling Gem, His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok, to a
gathering in a Japanese vegetarian shabu-shabu restaurant, during which their conversation turned to the development of Buddhism and the suffering of sentient
with their body, speech and mind nevertheless have difficulties finding a right access to Tibetan Buddhism. Some self-righteous Dharma preachers propagate erroneous
teachings in disguise of Tibetan Buddhism; some with their incomplete understanding or even total ignorance of Buddhism misguide the public with their own interpretations.
In consequence, many of those who are interested in learning about Buddha’s teachings have been led to faulty doctrines or even to a loss of direction. Therefore, many
misunderstandings have risen about Tibetan Buddhism.
utmost importance on lineage, every center is preoccupied with spreading their own lineage and operates within their own narrow circle, while the promotion of Tibetan
Buddhism as a whole is an exceptionally rare phenomenon. No organization to unite Tibetan Buddhism exists either. Although protecting each individual lineage and
tradition is extremely important, Tibetan Buddhism as a whole should be considered foremost.
is every Buddhist’s responsibility to uphold and propagate authentic Tibetan Buddhism regardless of sect; every teaching and word of any high master should be seen as
treasure common to all fellow Buddhists who should have the right to benefit from them. It is also a mission of Dharma teachers to spread the wish fulfilling jewel-like
Dharma to everyone who has affinity with it. In order to put these grand aims into action it is necessary to establish a solid organization. Everyone who attended the gathering equally felt and verbalized the need for an institution such as the
International Association for the Research of Tibetan Buddhism.
activities that propagate Dharma and benefit sentient beings, but they are not a really great contribution for the whole Buddhism. Neither is it enough to put our
expectations of protecting and propagating Buddha Dharma to someone else, waiting for some great person to show up. Here today, we have 5 monks who have the same
aspiration, and if we can get it started, the people who are going to accomplish our hopes will also appear.”
courage to act. We can wait no more. What needs to be done has to be done right now.”
and then work hard upwards, to shoulder the founding of an association. A great plan must start from the foundation.”
for the same aspiration and vow to make concerted efforts. That way a small movement can accomplish a great goal.”
shouldn’t be missed. As Secretary Shu and Assistant Lu volunteered to pay the expenses at Dante Hotel (70 TianJin Road, Taipei City), we all gladly moved there and
carried on our discussion to reach a common agreement on several points on the agenda.
hotel and continued their discussion until the early hours. Having taken a short nap, next day, we carried on our discussion during and after the 7 oclock breakfast, and
continued until 10 AM.The many discussed subjects were finally trimmed down to 4 main items: Objective, Funds, Membership and Aspiration.
Regardless of lineage, gender or race, it is our aim to uphold and spread traditional Buddhism, propagate environmental protection and create global peace. We plan to
distribute Buddha’s teachings by means of modern mass media like the Internet, radio,
As every Rinpoche has their own burden of expenses for their monasteries and school, there are little funds available for the project, but all four Rinpoches volunteered
to provide NT$ 100,000 each and Garwang Lama NT$ 50,000 to cover the initial expenses. In the future, the establishment of funds would be decided at a meeting of all
In the beginning, every Rinpoche will bring two of their own senior disciples who have an aspiration to spread the Dharma. More members will join later.
Members will make a draw in front of the Triple Gem to decide their position in the
association as chairman, supervisor, secretary, accountant, cashier etc.
Whoever works in the International Association for the Research of Tibetan Buddhism shall follow the objectives of the Association justly, selflessly and with their best
Rong Tac Sum Chu Ling Buddhist Institute, where all establishing members are required to attend and provide the volunteered donation. Thus, a consensus has been reached on
all discussed points. May everything be auspicious.
March 23, 2009