Ewam has many monasteries and centers throughout Asia. In Nepal and India, Ewam’s activities are broadening quickly under the umbrella of Turquiose Leaf Nunnery. The Tibetan nuns living there have a Shedra 9-year course of study in Buddhist philosophy, a 3-year retreat program, and a full education program of modern languages and subjects. The Indian center is also host to international retreats and events for both Asians and westerners. There are additionally centers in Bhutan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan that serve a variety of educational, community and practice needs.
Ewam Sangak Purpa Ling & Kusum Khandro Ling Retreat Centers
These are two centers of practice near the Asura Cave in Pharping, Nepal. To begin with, as Rinpoche received repeated requests to return to his home region to restore the lineages and monasteries undergoing decline, he asked permission of his refuge lord Khyentse Rinpoche, master of the entire range of the teachings, but when he did so Khyentse Rinpoche directed him not to return home, but rather to found a practice center to ensure the continuity of the lifeline that is the extensive tradition of the profound Namchak teachings, to publish the texts of these excellent teachings, to commission new depictions of the deities to be used during empowerments, and to carry these projects out as well as possible. Later on, he intimated, the time would come when it would be fitting for Rinpoche to return to his home and to restore the teachings there.
Turquoise Leaf Nunnery Jetsün Ling College
To begin with, the construction of this college at Turquoise Leaf Nunnery as a new institution began in the water bird year of the seventeenth sexagenary cycle (that is, 1993). Over about two years, a new temple and its contents were constructed, providing a new residence for venerable nuns. Over many years they have well trained in the rituals uniting our traditions of the profound cycles of The Heart Drop of Longchenpa (Longchen Nyingthig) and the Namchak tradition, becoming highly proficient in the traditional methods of carrying out ritual activity. Six months out of every year the venerable nuns enter into strict retreat, upholding the tradition of spiritual development and purification through the preliminary practices.
Namchak Kusum Gongdü Religious Organization
Concerning this Ewam center in Bhutan, the great incarnate tertön Drodul Pegyel Lingpa, who reappeared to discover the remaining treasures of Tsasum Lingpa, regarded the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, land of medicinal plants, as his extraordinary field for guiding beings, visiting it on two occasions. During the second visit the Queen Mother Puntsok Chödrön, appointed him as the Lama of Drametse, the great monastic seat of Pema Lingpa’s lineage. He took up this responsibility and served in this capacity for some thirteen years. During this time he constructed a new temple at Gongtung in Tashigang. As well, he visited many areas such as Paro, Thimphu, Bumthang, Mongar, and Kurtoed, and wherever it was appropriate he constructed new representations of enlightened form, speech, and mind—such as monastic centers and stupas—and restored old ones.