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.
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 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 Chojung Dorje Ling (aka Flower Dance Temple) in 2004, with blessings and
cooperation of our Most Venerable Drongpa Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche and H.E. Chenga Rinpoche of
Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center.. Chojung Dorje Ling (aka Flower Dance Temple) 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 Chojung Dorje Ling ~ 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 unforeseeable 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. In May 2012, the new
forest wilderness property of Flower Dance Temple initiated our 3 season practice camp. In 2014, a
hermitage was built where our Master Teacher took up residence. Currently, our scenic Outdoor Sanctuary
and Hermitage-on-Wheels (RV) provides the space for our group gatherings, personal retreats, teaching
sessions, personal spiritual guidance, and integrative counseling ministries.
Our Western PA Sangha has been meeting at various venues ever since 2000.
Flower Dance Temple continues to unfold, in light of our Buddhist practice and training, creating a favorable
environment to carry on the lineage of the Buddhas.
Jeff Murphy - Buddhist Studies Group Facilitator
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 and his family reside in Butler County, PA.
Teacher & Facilitator Bios
Venerable Ani Drubgyudma our founder and Master Teacher, is a Buddhist mountain yogini nun who
resides in a hermitage at Bear Paw Monastery @ Flower Dance Temple in New York.