“Sangha means spiritual community. Being a sangha member means to share the path of enlightenment and, through practice and meditation together, bring the benefit of being fully awake to self and others, in this life and beyond.
Sangha is equal to all the Triple Gems in one. If there is a sangha practitioner then there is the potential of enlightenment and buddhahood; if there is a Buddha then there is a Dharma. Therefore, Sangha is the most precious of the Triple Gems and the true source of the awakened mind of enlightenment.” ~~~ Dza Kilung Rinpoche
Dza Kilung Rinpoche offers a connection to the Longchen Nyingtik lineage and transmission of Dzogchen, and to the limitless vast awakening, the Buddha nature and essence of enlightened wisdom and compassion existing equally in every single being.
Pema Kilaya is the Tibetan Buddhist sangha practicing and studying with H.E. Dza Kilung Rinpoche, lineage holder of Longchen Nyingtik and Dzogchen teachings. Pema Kilaya was founded in 2003 as part of the Kilung Foundation’s mission of bringing Buddhism to the West. The sangha now has members throughout the world.
In June, 2019, the Yeshe Long Buddhist Center was established and consecrated. Yeshe Long means “vast wisdom”. Yeshe Long is the dharma seat for Rinpoche’s teachings and meditation retreats, and home for his Sangha.
Pema Kilaya provides a way for individuals to become formally recognized by Rinpoche as a student in the authentic Dzogchen-Longchen Nyingtik lineage. Students and practitioners look to Rinpoche for inspiration, instruction through group teachings, individual practice and retreat guidance, mentorship, as well as sangha leadership. This support and direct connection with Rinpoche, and also with each other as sangha members, encourages the development and fruition of one’s practice.
Rinpoche speaks fluent English and gives students the opportunity to learn from him directly. Pema Kilaya members range from those entering the path to those with decades of experience, as Rinpoche offers teachings, retreats and meditation opportunities for a wide range of practitioners. Rinpoche provides a formal program of study, practice and retreat, which lays out the scope and sequence of developing as a serious Vajrayana and Dzogchen student.
In particular, Pema Kilaya offers the Shakgya 100 days and night retreat program, as well as Fall and Spring Dzogchen Retreats, and other teachings and retreats. The calendar of sangha events is HERE. As a community of practitioners, sangha members also lead monthly and weekly Vajrayana practices. These teachings and practices take place in the beautiful temple at Yeshe Long, which is very conducive to practice.
Rinpoche’s vision of the Pema Kilaya sangha is a community of dedicated practitioners that inspire each other to integrate dharma into their daily life. Sangha members also have the opportunity to serve the dharma through youth programs on Whidbey Island, as well as humanitarian aid in the Dzachuka community in east Tibet.
To become a sangha member, more information is HERE.