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Ari Bhod Retreat | Tehachapi, CA

Zangdok Palri U.S.A.
Ari Bhod, Tehachapi has been chosen as the location for the construction of Zangdok Palri USA. This highly symbolic mandala represents the enlightened mind of Guru Padmansambhava, the master who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century. For those who see, touch, enter or remember this sacred structure, it is said that a connection is made to quicken one's spiritual development and to realize one's innate compassion.

Under the direction of the Venerable Lama Chodak Gyatso Nubpa, we have already begun the initial stages for constructing this mandala as centuries lasting, four-story monument dedicated to global peace & harmony.

The Zangdok Palri U.S.A. blueprints and an intricately detailed scale model of this elaborate three-dimensional mandala are currently being designed and constructed at Ari Bhod. Responsible for all aspects of Zangdok Palris traditional Tibetan architecture and design is master mandala artist Pema Namdol Thaye. His uncle and teacher, Ven. Lama Gonpo Tenzin, one of the few senior lineageholders of this rare cultural treasure, is also in residence to provide consultation for many of Zangdok Palri's esoteric attributes and sacred representations.

Ari Bhod's Architectural Team is led by award-winning architect and educator Michael Rotondi, founder of Sci-Arc & Morphosis. Michael and his RoTo Architecture team will work with Lama Chodak Gyatso Nubpa and Pema Namdol Thaye to interpret, plan and construct this comprehensive traditional design according to our rigorous western standards, while maintaining Zangdok Palri's sacred design, authenticity and accuracy.

Historically this mandala is extremely ornate and detailed, requiring rare, esoteric expertise that is currently in danger of being lost. Only a few elderly Tibetan masters remain with the knowledge required to accurately depict this cultural treasure, making time an urgent consideration in this project.


T'hondup Ling
T'hondup Ling, a center for teaching and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition and Venerable Lama Chodak Gyatso Nubpa is the resident lama. The center is located in Los Angeles in Los Feliz.

T'hondup Ling, which means literally "to accomplish the purpose," was established in 1987 by His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized meditation master and abbot of Chagdud Gonpa monastery, established in 1131. In 1979, he created the Chagdud Gonpa Foundation, which has established centers for the study and practice of Vajrayana Buddhism in the United States, Canada and Brazil.