Choying Dzong, the name given by Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche in 2001, means Fortress
of Dharmata. Dharmata is a Sanskrit word that refers to the innate pure nature
of all phenomena and the very essence of mind itself. Dzong, or fortress, refers
to the vessel or mandala that holds that space and maintains its innate purity
for all who enter.
In 1998, when the plans for Choying Dzong were first presented, Gangteng
Rinpoche advised his students that, "Although it may be difficult to achieve the
permanent rainbow shimmer of Guru Rinpoche's Copper Colored
Mountain--Zangdupalri--we should keep this as our vision." Since the
construction of Choying Dzong began in 1999, Yeshe Khorlo has provided a retreat
setting that reflects the deep spiritual tradition of Bhutan and the
authenticity of the Pema Lingpa lineage to Buddhist practitioners from all
lineages who have either come for personal retreat or attended one of the
regular teaching programs or group retreats offered in the lhakang (temple).
The retreat facilities at Choying Dzong, together with the excellent conditions
of the land, offer an ideal environment in which to engage in solitary retreat.
We have four cabins; each equipped with a small kitchen, including a two burner
propane cook stove and ice chest, shrine and meditation area, wood stove for
heat, sleeping area with closet, and outdoor composting toilet. The cabins vary,
but are all around 200 sq ft in size. Two of the cabins have electricity for a
small fridge and lights. While simple, the cabins are built to accommodate the
needs of personal retreat in a pristine environment of awe inspiring beauty and
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