If you see all things clearly
while knowing their nature is empty,
then you will always be happy.
(From “Collected Works of C.R. Lama”, compiled by James Low, chapter 10)
Umbusi Buddhist Center’s roots are in the classical wisdom traditions coming from India and Tibet. However, as the inner aspiration is in harmony with the external way of living, this is complemented with the ecological self-sustaining lifestyle.
Umbusi center’s activities are brought into action by Khordong Society, a non-profit organisation founded in 2000. The real founder of Umbusi Buddhist center is Khordong tradition’s (belonging to Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism) tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche (1922-2002). According to his vision, it was of great benefit for beings if the gompa will be built in Estonia. The disciples of Chimmed Rigdzin Rinpoche here in Estonia have started to fulfill his vision. By the auspicious coincidence of different circumstances the place for building a gompa was chosen to be a village of Umbusi in the center of Estonia. In a very small and remote Umbusi village at the edge of the boglands we became the owners of an old schoolhouse built in 1956, which had enough dignity and pride to bring alive Rinpoche’s vision. Around the house, there is also 50 hectares of land, remote meadows by Umbusi river, where no one roams around. Umbusi is also a birth place of the first Estonian Buddhist Saint, brother Vahindra, also known as Barefooted Tõnisson (1873-1962).
Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche has warned us – the beginning (of the construction works) will be very hard and slow but then things start to move. At the moment it seems like the hardest times are over and slowly things are getting easier.
Our vision can be described through three different angles:
I. Here, we keep alive and practice the teachings of Khordong Jangter tradition of Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
In order to keep this tradition alive, our aim is to organise events and seminars related to Nyingma tradition. We also plan to translate texts related to Nyingma tradition in general and Khordong tradition in particular. We invite teachers related to Khordong tradition, especially Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche’s disciples, such as James Low, Jomo Gudrun, Martin Boord, and tulku Urgyen, the son of Chimmed Rigdzin Rinpoche and the head of Khordong monastery in India, near Siliguri. Besides that, in 2016 a non-profit organisation Yeshe Khorlo Eesti was founded by members of Umbusi Buddhist center in order to fulfill the objectives of the IX Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche in Estonia in general and in Umbusi in particular.
II. Activities related to Buddhism in general
Umbusi Buddhist Center is open to all kinds of other open-minded Buddhist communities or just for those interested in Buddhism in general. It is a place where everybody can organise their events, seminars etc. The first retreat-hut is built and ready to receive practitioners wishing to seclude themselves from worldly affairs. We also have started a process of creating the Buddhist library.
III. Activities related to personal development and self-sustaining lifestyle
Under this section, everything fits which is related with these terms in their best sense. Some of these activities will be organised by ourselves, but very welcome are all of those who would like to bring out their activities especially in Umbusi. It can be a place for yoga, taiji, mindfulness courses, everything related to ecological and healthy lifestyle, why not some art exhibitions or musical concerts. The aim of these activities is to better know oneself and through that, try to be kinder and caring towards others and the surrounding environment. At the same time, those activities will support the integral and harmonious development of the local community.