Chagdud Gonpa Brasil is part of an international network of centers whose origin is Chagdud Gonpa in Tibet, a monastery founded in the 15th century. Established in 1994 by the revered master of meditation S. Ema. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (1930-2002), the Brazilian centers offer teachings and meditation practices from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. Since Rinpoche's Parinirvana in 2002, the South American network of centers is under the spiritual direction of Chagdud Khadro.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche visited Brazil for the first time in 1991, when he came to the country to give teachings. Here he found great receptivity for his teachings, so he began to visit Brazil frequently. In 1994, after acquiring a land in Rio Grande do Sul, he decided to establish residence in that region of the country.
Odsal Ling, Chagdud Gonpa Brasil's São Paulo temple, was founded in São Paulo in 1993 by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. After the end of Lama Tsering's retreat ended in 1995, she and her husband Lama Norbu also moved to Brazil establishing themselves in São Paulo to support and make the São Paulo sangha flourish.
Lama Tsering Everest was designated by Rinpoche as Odsal Ling's resident lama as soon as she arrived in Brazil. Since then, she has been coordinating teachings, retreats and ceremonies, with the intention of creating the proper conditions to the authentic practice of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Odsal Ling Temple
Built in a beautiful area in Cotia, only 30 km from São Paulo, the Odsal Ling Temple brings in its architecture elements that mark the traditional Tibetan temples, where retreats, teachings and elaborate ceremonies of Vajrayana Buddhism are held, such as the 100 thousand tsogs ceremony, traditionally held in October.
All are welcome
The Temple is especially designed for students engaged in Buddhist practice, but is also open to beginners and visitors. It has a beautiful meditation room, a stupa, lodgings for the team of volunteers and lodgings for practitioners when they are in retreat.