Odiyana Institute, under the guidance of Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok Rinpoche, is an organization where people come to learn the Buddhist teachings of Wisdom and Compassion. The Dudjom Tersar is the vehicle that is most emphasized on this journey and includes ritual, study and meditation practices.
Odiyana is one of the most significant location in Vajrayana Buddhism, for it is the place where many Vajrayana teachings originated and spread to the rest of the planet. Numerous mahasiddhas-great accomplished masters-and panditas-great scholars-of the Vajrayana traditions hailed from the land of Odiyana, including Guru Padmasambhava himself. Our aspiration is that this Institute will serve as an Odiyana for our time and place, bringing authentic Vajrayana teachings and shedding greater light on the path of liberation for many people in different parts of the world.
Why Odiyana Institute?
Tulku Orgyen was born in the Hidden Land of Pemaköd, a sacred place well known to Himalayan Buddhists. The spiritual power and history of Pemaköd is similar to that of the land of Odiyana. Some traditional accounts even identify Pemaköd's Nirmanakaya holy place of Cita Puri as the location of Lake Dhanakosha, from which Guru Padmasambhava is said to have been born. When Tulku Orgyen was one year old, H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche recognized him as the rebirth of a great master of Pemaköd, Togden Kunzang Longdrol. As the regent of Padmasambhava (also called Orgyen Rinpoche, or Precious Master of Odiyana) Dudjom Rinpoche gave Togden's young incarnation the name Orgyen P'huntsok (Excellence of Odiyana). In this time of degeneration, the higher teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism which originated from the sacred land of Odiyana are regarded as the most effective for practitioners of all capacities and walks of lives. Odiyana Institute is therefore not only a relevant name for this organization, but it also invokes the blessings of Odiyana on a deeper level.
Ati Janchub Ling
In Tibetan, Odiyana Institute's name will be celebrated as Ati Jangchub Ling, which could be translated as Place of Wisdom and Compassion. More specifically, "Ati" refers to the Ati Dzogpa Chenpo, or the Great Perfection, the highest Buddhist teachings originating in Odiyana. "Jangchub" conveys the sense of perfecting the great teachings in one's being. "Ling" means place. Thus, the institution aspires to be the place where one may assimilate the teachings of Ati Dzogpa Chenpo. In this respect, the name Ati Jangchub Ling invokes the true aspiration of the institution to benefit many beings in the modern world.