Establishment of a state-of-the-art Contemplative Resource and Retreat Center in the Heart of Texas

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, inspired by the example of the renowned Nalanda University of ancient India, is directing a project to establish a state-of-the-art Contemplative Resource and Retreat Center in Central Texas. A gathering place for the great wisdom traditions of its time, Nalanda University attracted students and scholars from near and far. Courses were drawn from every field of learning, sacred and secular: the sciences and arts, metaphysics, philosophy, and the scriptural traditions of various Buddhist and non-Buddhist lineages. In a spirit of ecumenical harmony, seekers drawn to Nalanda’s famed gates engaged in the most important of explorations: What is genuine happiness? What is truth? What is the nature of reality and what implications does this have for living a meaningful life?

In the same spirit of open inquiry and inclusiveness, the future Contemplative Resource and Retreat Center, based on the selfless, ethical, and compassionate teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, will welcome and honor people and groups of all faiths and wisdom traditions. The Center will offer programs and trainings in five fields of study and research: Creativity and the Arts, Communications, Health and Wellbeing, Philosophy (Knowing and Reasoning), and the Science of Mind.

In the tradition of all great faiths, a core principle of the center will be a commitment to community outreach and the development of programs, internships, and mentoring opportunities, on- and off-site, for youth, families and other interested communities. Why Central Texas? In addition to the natural beauty of the heart of Texas, the region is equally known for its diverse culture, thriving art scene, and spirit of public interest. Locating in the area promises opportunities to form meaningful connections that serve to promote individual and social well-being.


Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and the Nalandabodhi International community of students invite you to join us in transforming this aspiration into a reality.

  • We are now seeking donations to assist with the acquisition of a property in Central Texas.

  • We are targeting a property between 150 – 600 acres

  • We are targeting a property within 2 hours of a major airport.

  • We are targeting a metropolitan area with world-class healthcare facilities, shopping, parks, museums and entertainment.