History

Under the blessing of His Holiness Karmapa and Kenting Tai Situpa Venerable Choje Lama Shedrup established Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust in May 2000 at the request of his students to engage in publishing and dharma activity for the benefit of all sentient beings. The name was bestowed by His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje and carries with it His Holiness' blessing that these activities are successful and benefit all sentient beings. The name can be translated as "Joyful Dharma Grove of Excellent Peace."

In 2004 at the request of Ven. Choje Lama Shedrup 12th Kenting Tai Situpa confirmed Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal as an official branch of Palpung Sherabling Dharma Seat under the spiritual direction of Kenting Tai Situpa.

Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal has published over 30 books by Karma Kagyu masters such as Kenting Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and His Holiness Dalai Lama. Since 2004 Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal has also published a tri-annual dharma journal Thar Lam. These books and journals are distributed worldwide in addition to many hundreds having been donated to Monasteries, Dharma Centres, Prisons and Libraries around the world.

In August 2005 the Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Trust purchased a property in the residential suburb of Manurewa in South Auckland for the establishment of a dharma centre. Since the time the centre has hosted a number of Rinpoches and visiting teachers.

In March 2008 the centre welcomed the arrival of resident Lama Venerable Lama Lobsang from Sherabling to assist the abbot Ven. Choje Lama Shedrup.

On 7 September 2008 the new centre, Palpung Thubten Chokyi Ghatsal Tibetan Buddhist Institute, was officially opened along with the consecration of its great statue of Lord Buddha Maitreya.