Ligmincha International is a worldwide network of centers and sanghas founded by Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Serenity Ridge, a year-round retreat center located in Nelson County, Virginia, USA, is the headquarters of Ligmincha International.
Our organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was founded in 1992 as Ligmincha Institute in order to preserve the ancient teachings, transmissions and practices of the Bön Buddhist tradition of Tibet. As the indigenous religion of Tibet and one of the world's most ancient unbroken spiritual traditions, the Bön tradition has a rich and unique heritage. Toward achieving this goal Ligmincha aims to introduce these traditions in an authentic manner to the Western world, in such a way that they remain beneficial when integrated into modern Western culture. The organization name was changed to Ligmincha International in 2014 to reflect the expansion of the organization worldwide.
Significance of the Ligmincha Seal
Ligmincha International is named for the Ligmincha dynasty of kings of the ancient country of Zhang Zhung, which is said to have been located in what is now northwestern Tibet. The inscription in Zhang Zhung language on the outermost circle of the Ligmincha seal is from the official seal of the last king of Zhang Zhung. It means “The king of existence who has power over the Three Worlds (Tib.: KhamTshan pa shang lig zhi ra rtsa). Just within that circle appear the five petals of a lotus flower, symbolizing the five sciences (rig-gnas-Inga) whose knowledge is necessary for an educated human to live fully in the world. Within that circle is an eight-pointed star signifying the first eight ways toward enlightenment among the causal and fruitional vehicles of the Nine Ways of Bon. At the center of the seal is the Tibetan letter A, which represents the Ninth Way, the Ultimate Path of Self-Liberation, known as dzogchen, the Great Perfection.
A Worldwide Community
In addition to Serenity Ridge, Ligmincha International also includes three other retreat centers worldwide: Chamma Ling Colorado, USA in Crestone, Colorado; Chamma Ling Mexico in Valle de Bravo; Chamma Ling Torreon Mexico; and Chamma Ling Poland in Wilga, Poland. Ligmincha International includes sanghas of students in many states in the USA and in Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru in the Americas; and in European countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and Switzerland,