|Organization and Brief Background of Flower Dance Temple
Flower Dance Temple (aka Chojung Dorje Ling, or CDL) was incorporated as a religious, educational and
charitable nonprofit Buddhist faith-based church organization pursuant to the NYS Religious Corporation
Law in March 2004 in St. Lawrence County NY and is situated on 10 forest mountain acres in the beautiful
foothills of the Adirondack in northwestern NY, with a branch community in Western PA.
Flower Dance Temple arose from our Western PA Sangha.
Since 2004, we have offered ministries in New York State and Pennsylvania under the guidance of
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma.
A Brief Chronicle
In 2001 while practicing in a forest hermitage in W PA, Venerable KongHu Shi 空護法師, who later became
known as Venerable Bhikshuni Ani Drubgyudma, felt confident that she was to establish a forest mountain
sanctuary in the USA - an environment where the healing atmosphere of the forest mountain wilderness
would benefit the health and well-being of her sangha community and friends in light of their contemplative
and meditative practices. It was at this time that the nameless seed of what eventually manifested as Flower
Dance Temple was planted in her heart.
As time unfolded, Venerable Ani Drubgyudma along with sangha community, family and friends from Western
Pennsylvania established Flower Dance Temple (aka Chojung Dorje Ling) in 2004. Flower Dance Temple,
with its branch sangha located in Western PA, was incorporated in St. Lawrence County New York as a non-
profit Buddhist church organization pursuant to the NYS Religious Corporation Law and is tax-exempt. All
donations are tax-deductible.
Upon purchasing 200 acres and building a rustic forest hermitage in 2004 in Pitcairn NY, Ven. Ani
Drubgyudma practiced and ministered on behalf of Flower Dance Temple. W PA Sangha members visited for
spiritual direction and practice, while new friends from the area came for spiritual direction, Buddhist
teachings, and meditation instruction. Due to conditions that hindered further development, we sold the
property in 2009. Even so, the ministry of Flower Dance Temple continued in NY and PA. During this time,
Flower Dance Temple, along with sangha and friends, provided the financial and human resources to rehab
and use a small forest Buddhist temple that was in dire need of renovation and occupancy in New York. In
2010, we began a new property search.
After overcoming various challenges, a superior property was located and cash purchased within the same
town of Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, NY where our original property was situated. Since May 2012, the
forest wilderness environment of Flower Dance Temple has been used as Bear Paw Monastery's wilderness
practice camp. Barb Cooper has provided office space/room in Harrisville NY since 2008 as needed.
Our Western PA Sangha has been meeting at various venues ever since 2000.
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma resides in a hermitage at Bear Paw Monastery @ Flower Dance Temple.
Introduction of Bear Paw Monastery @ Flower Dance Temple
Website/blog http://bearpawmonastery.wordpress.com offers relevant information.
Introduction of Bear Paw Wilderness Refuge @ Flower Dance Temple
A future endeavor - more to be posted later.
To contact Flower Dance Temple write to:
P.O. Box 234, Harrisville, NY 13648.
Or, you can email to: flowerdancetemple at chojung.org
Please refer to www.chojung.org/Schedules.html www.chojung.org/WesternPASangha.html .
Jeff Murphy - Buddhist Studies Group Facilitator & Prisoner Mentor
Jeff Murphy is a student of life with continuing studies in Buddhism and Yoga. A few life events sent him searching for
what it means to be in human form and these traditions have helped facilitate that search. On October 16, 2011 Jeff
took Buddhist Refuge and Lay Precept Ordination and Bodhisattva Precept Ordination (November 24, 2013) with
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma as his preceptor.
Jeff has found a great connection with these traditions and uses that to better understand and help himself and
humanity. This, with the guidance of Ani Drubgyudma, has led him to become a mentor with The Foundation of HOPE
prison mentoring program.
Jeff has also completed a 200 hour Yoga teacher training through Amazing Yoga in August 2011. He continues to
practice and study various traditions. In his free time, Jeff embraces many forms of creativity as a means of expression
and investigates how others give rise to their creativity. All of this has been shared with his wife and son while living in
|Teacher & Facilitator Bios
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma (Venerable KongHu Shi 空護法師) is a Buddhist monk and teacher residing
at Bear Paw Monastery @ Flower Dance Temple in New York.
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma's elaborated bio may be found here
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma offers teachings in NY and W PA, as well as personal guidance.