Khadiravana Center (Kundrol Ling)

Near the Pala-u water fall, to the west of Hua-Hin, a famous seaside resort to the south of Bangkok, is a 26-acre wildlife sanctuary with forest, wetlands, water ponds, mountains and abundant wildlife.

The sanctuary has been blessed and consecrated by Kundrol Mongyal Lhasay Rinpoche, a highly respected senior Dzogchen master in the New Bon tradition of Tibet.

It was named "Khadiravana" or acacia forest and dedicated to Tara, the female Buddha of compassion. The Center was given a Tibetan name in 2009 as "Kesang Kundrol Sengteng Nagtsal Ling (Kundrol Ling) by Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche.

Motivation

Having regularly traveled to Tibet for the past 12 years, Dr. Krisadawan Hongladarom has had auspicious opportunities to visit many Tara temples there. She was inspired to build a Tara temple in Thailand. She was motivated to introduce to Thai society the noble teaching of Mahayana Buddhism, particularly how to cultivate compassion and how to train one's mind so that one can realize the Bodhisattva's ideal.

 

History

In May 2006, she invited Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche, a Sakya lama from Tashi Gong and Jyekundo Monasteries to perform a Manjushri empowerment at Chulalongkorn University.

A day after the empowerment which coincided Buddhadasa 100th birth anniversary (28 May 2006), Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche, Dr. Krisadawan and a few friends visited a plot of land in Hua-Hin. After meditating on a rock underneath an ancient banyan tree there, Rinpoche proclaimed that this was indeed the land of Khadiravani Tara.

In June 2006, Dr. Krisadawan, together with Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche visited the Sakya Monastery in Seattle. During this time she informed H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya and H.E. Dagmo Kusho, the head lamas of the Sakya Monastery, of her plan to buy the land and build a Tara center there. They rejoiced in her motivation and gave her blessings.

In July 2006, Dr. Krisadawan and Dr. Soraj ongladarom bought this piece of land using their personal fund. They dedicated it to the Thousand Stars Foundation so that the land can be used as the Foundation's retreat center, upon which the Tara temple will be built.

In December 2006, they invited Kundrol Mongyal Lhasay Rinpoche to come to Thailand to bless the land. During this time Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche of Manri Monastery in India also joined the consecration.

With great kindness to the Foundation and for the purpose of eliminating obstacles, Kundrol Lhasay Rinpoche and his wife gave the Foundation thousands of prayer flags which were used to build a Tibetan tongdar or mantra stupa.

The first mantra stupa was built on Tibetan New Year 2007 and was celebrated with meditation and prayer on Maghapuja in March the same year. Later on the second mantra stupa was built. It was celebrated with meditation and prayer in November 2007. In the same month Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a renowned Kagyu master from Bodhicharya Center performed White Tara empowerment there.

Now the Center has been working in full steam with its most important project "the Tara Great Stupa for Peace and Harmony". The project came from Kundrol Lhasay Rinpoche's vision to suppress the mind's poisons and to restore peace and harmony in the universe.

Other projects are also operating including the building of retreat houses and organic farming.