ChokyiNyima Rinpoche´s vision for Gomde, Lindholme Hall is that it becomes a place of refuge for authentic study, reflection and meditation of the Buddha Dharma and, which has at its heart, a monastic and lay community. Given our resources here and the implications of the core teachings of Buddhism, Rinpoche has encouraged us to commit to an environmental strategy that is practical, aspirational and sustainable; in shorta living example of environmental Buddhism.
Much has happened since we moved here including the refurbishment and adornment of our meditation hall which accommodates up to 150 people.
All has been accomplished through Rinpoche´s wisdom, kindness and blessing linked to the efforts of committed volunteers, generous sponsorship and essential private loans.
Principals to guide our endeavours have unfolded over the last two years:
Progress to Date
We seek to have the Dharma at the heart of all we do. To support this we host seminars by Buddhist masters (3 major seminars scheduled for 2012), host visits by experienced monks from the tradition who guide retreat and practice, have twice daily meditation sessions, twice monthly special practice days, facilitate study/practice groups andsupport individual retreat both in the retreat hut and the Hall.
In December 2011 Gomde, became a micro generator with the installation of a 9.9 KW peak, photo- electric array on the south facing roof of the meditation hall. We anticipate the array will produce approximately 70% of our electricity using the national grid as our ‘battery’.
The woodland at Gomde is sustainably managed to provide all our own fuel for our wood burning stoves.
In April 2011 Gomde entered into a Higher Level, Environmental Stewardship Agreement which is designed to protect and enhance the environment and biodiversity of the estate.
The meditation hall (completed 2010) and retreat hut (completed 2011) are both highly energy efficient by design.
Our foundation plan needs be achievable, sustainable and aspirational, with flexibility to grow and incorporate ideas. An image which brings this together is a garland, a garland which surrounds, protects and inspires. New pearls of projects, and ideas, can be
strung when causes and conditions are ripe - in short a Garland of Sustainability.