Located in the town of Liberec in the Czech Republic is Rabten Chodarling, one of the many Rabten Monasteries founded by Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche in Europe. Liberec is nestled in the Jizera Mountains at the foot of Ještěd Mountain in the Bohemia region of northern Czech Republic close to the place where the Czech, Polish and German borders meet. Thus, despite Liberac being a big city by Czech standards, visitors to Rabten Chodarling get to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside with its calm and clear atmosphere.
Since its inception in 2000, Rabten Chodarling has been functioning as a centre for Tibetan Buddhist studies and as a branch of the Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Rabten Choeling. Similar to all other Rabten Monasteries, Rabten Chodarling was entrusted to the care and guidance of His Eminence Gonsar Rinpoche following the passing of Geshe Rabten Rinpoche in 1986.
Rabten Chodarling is housed in a beautiful, white-walled eastern European-style building amidst lush grounds which now extend to a garden park. Commonly referred to as the “Garden of Peace”, it was officially opened to the public on 23 April, 2013.
In addition, a 6.4-metre-high Vijaya stupa housing the relics of Buddha Shakyamuni and Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche can be found in Rabten Chodarling. The construction of the stupa commenced in the autumn of 2009 and took around five years to complete. The work was primarily carried out by members of Rabten Chodarling and the decorative finishing touches were done by Nepalese artists. The stupa was consecrated on 27 September 2014.
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