Within the natural environment of Chojung Dorje Ling ~ Flower Dance Temple in Pitcairn NY is where our “wilderness practice monastery” is situated.

Bear Paw Monastery, a garden of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, is rooted in the teachings and practices of Shakyamuni Buddha and our precious lineage masters.

Bear Paw Monastery provides a precious environment for study and practice.

A well-defined ethical discipline while manifesting loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity within our community offers stability and pliancy as we endeavor to live harmoniously.

Additionally, we endeavor to live ethically and compassionately in light of protecting and caring for sentient beings which include humans, animals, and fish, as well as plants, trees, air, earth, and water as we integrate the principles of permaculture within our daily practice.

To ensure that the Buddha’s teachings endure for future generations, Chojung Dorje Ling ~ Flower Dance Temple and Bear Paw Monastery @ Flower Dance Temple are creating a favorable and stable milieu designed for sustained training and practice dedicated to the Ten Dharma Activities for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The unfolding story of Bear Paw Monastery:

One day in 2001, while practicing in a forest hermitage in W PA, Venerable Ani Drubgyudma felt an inward desire to do something to benefit all sentient beings. A strong impulse with an inner realization arose – she became convinced that she was to establish a forest mountain wilderness sanctuary in the USA. With the blessings and co-operation of Most Venerable Drongpa Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche and H.E. Chenga Rinpoche of Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center in NJ/Taiwan, Chojung Dorje Ling was established in 2004.

Chojung Dorje Ling established Bear Paw Monastery, a garden of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha in 2011.

Please feel free to contact us. Thank you.

 All the best wishes!


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