|Chojung Dorje Ling ~ Flower Dance Temple, a Buddhist forest sanctuary and home of
Bear Paw Monastery located on 10 mountain wilderness acres that borders hundreds of
state forest wilderness acres, is situated in the foothills of the Adirondack Region of
Northwestern New York in Pitcairn-Harrisville, St. Lawrence County, NY, along with a
Western PA Sangha group.
Our sanctuary is where the healing atmosphere of the mountain forest wilderness is
experienced in light of our meditative and contemplative studies and practices.
We place great significance upon the value of a forest mountain nature sanctuary. Our
practices, ministry, and services are offered in cultivated and wilderness environments.
Prior to, and since 2004 when Chojung Dorje Ling was established, we have encouraged
our community to spend time in hermitages, forest and nature shrines, and the
wilderness in order to understand ourselves as human beings in light of what Buddha
Shakyamuni taught and exemplified.
An aspect of understanding our humanity is the appreciation that we are of the same
nature as earth, air, water, and fire. This appreciation leads to the insight of our
interdependence with all of creation - seen and unseen.
Awareness of interdependence leads to a greater acceptance of the responsibility that
one has to self, others, and nature in light of living in peace, harmony, and compassion
on planet earth, as well as ethically integrating healthy alternatives in relation to how
and where we acquire food and the necessities of life, and how and where put forth
our resources of time, energy, and assets.
We build upon and give witness to universal, inclusive, and inter-penetrative teachings
and practices of Buddha Shakyamuni and the Buddhist meditation masters.
By referring to ourselves as universal Buddhists we mean that we have faith in a
universal transcendence enlightenment. Human beings have the potential to realize and
stabilize as altruistic compassionate wisdom beings in the world, i.e., the potential to
evolve as transcendence bodhisattvas, enlightening bodhisattvas.
Chojung Dorje Ling, aka Flower Dance Temple, was incorporated as a religious, educational and
charitable nonprofit and tax-exempt Buddhist faith-based church organization pursuant to the NYS
Religious Corporation Law in March 2004 in St. Lawrence County NY.
|Chojung Dorje Ling ~
Flower Dance Temple