At this time of great change in the world, in the beautiful mountainous Kootenay region, a seed has sprouted. Under the spiritual direction of Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, devoted practitioners of the Buddha Dharma have purchased land with buildings to create an International Gompa (Temple) in the Gaden tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Gaden for the West Gompa is a sanctuary for meditation and contemplation, where people can find peace. A gathering place where practitioners can purify their mind and body and attain realizations of Enlightenment and Buddhahood for the benefit of all living beings. This Gompa will be both for people who follow the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa (the Gelug tradition) and other traditions. The purpose of acquiring a Gompa is so people can do group retreats and study the Three Vehicles, as well as Buddhist philosophy, debate and logic.
It is our desire that the Gompa will serve many people and will gather support from different parts of the world. We will invite great lamas and wonderful Dharma teachers who will bless and inspire us through their teachings.