Retreat Center and Monastery
Ari Bhöd’s mission is to preserve and transmit the priceless legacy of the ancient Tibetan Nyingma lineage tradition, a sacred culture of peace that has been kept vital and effective through more than fifty generations of lifelong practitioners and lineage masters.
Ari Bhöd’s retreat center, Pema Drawa, is located on 475 acres in the peaceful mountains of Tehachapi, California. Working in close collaboration with Lama Chödak Gyatso, we have completed a master land plan for the entire site, which will guide development of a Retreat Center and Monastery. The centerpiece will be Zangdok Palri, a highly symbolic and intricately detailed Mandala representing the enlightened qualities of Guru Padmasambhava, the master who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the ninth century.
The initial stages for constructing this Mandala, as a centuries-lasting, four-story monument dedicated to global peace and harmony has already begun, under the direction of the Lama Gyatso.
Zangdok Palri USA, when realized to scale it will reach ninety feet in height. It will preserve and sustain traditional Tibetan artistic and sacred architectural traditions within the rigorous design demands of Western building codes.