Iron Knot Ranch lies at the end of a long dirt road in the mountains of southern New Mexico, 45 minutes beyond the middle of nowhere. Established under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist master His Eminence Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Iron Knot Ranch is a developing retreat center founded on the belief that the true nature of all living beings is inherently pure, wise and compassionate and that it is only a pervasive but superficial confusion that prevents us from knowing this to be so. With this in mind, the work and spiritual practice of Iron Knot Ranch are dedicated to the discovery of this truth in ourselves and others.

Iron Knot Ranch upholds both traditional Vajrayana Buddhist Practice, and trainings accessible to people of all religions and walks of life through the Bodhisattva Peace Institute. These trainings offer a simple set of tools for anyone who wishes to effect positive change in their lives and the lives of others.

Trying to change the world without changing our mind is like trying to clean the dirty face we see in the mirror by scrubbing the glass. However vigorously we clean it, our reflection will not improve. Only by washing our own face and combing our own unkempt hair can we alter the image. Similarly, if we want to help create conditions that foster peace and well-being in the world, we first need to reflect these qualities ourselves.
— Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Change of Heart



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