NAMGYAL MONASTERY BREAKS GROUND ON DALAI LAMA LIBRARY AND LEARNING CENTERBy Tricycle
On Friday, April 29, the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York, broke ground on the Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center, a more than 9,000-square-foot building that will hold works by Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters, as well as copies of all 127 books written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One of only four branch monasteries and the only one outside of India, the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca is the North American seat and personal monastery of the Dalia Lama. According to a press release, when the new library is completed, it will be “the only place in the world where people will be able to find the written works of the 14th Dalai Lama, as well as all previous Dalai Lamas.” It will also contain 40,000 hours of audio recordings from the Dalai Lama and about 4,000 books that document Tibetan Buddhist thought. One hundred and fifty members of the community attended the ground-breaking ceremony, which started with prayers by Namgyal Monastery monks and included a performance by the Tibetan Association of Ithaca, and a speech by Venerable Tenzin Choesang, president of the monastery.