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People ask why I built the monastery in Boudhanath. I have heard said:
In this age of degeneration, carry the burden of the doctrine. If you are unable to do so, simply your fear that the teachings may die out will have tremendous merit. Thus, by building a monastery and gathering a sangha of monks - as a simple reflection of the doctrine in this dark age - I have the great hope of maintaining the tradition of the Dharma.
Whether or not the monks individually do any practice is their own business. However, by merely wearing the robes on their bodies, cutting the hair on their heads and gathering together in a group of at least four, their presence and the respect, faith and donations a benefactor may offer, no matter how insignificant the contribution or faith may be, will accumulate merit and purify obscurations. This is independent of whether or not the monks misbehave or misappropriate their donations: that is totally up to them.
For the benefactors, the blessings of the buddhas are assured when they make a donation to a gathering of four monks. For that reason I made the effort to build a monastery.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
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