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KHAMPAGAR MONASTERY ( Tashi Jong Monastery)

2011.12.03
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KHAMPAGAR MONASTERY ( Tashi Jong Monastery)

In 1958, having foreseen the imminent coming of the communist Chinese, the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche, Kalzang Dongyu Nyima, left for India with a group of 16 monks and reincarnate lamas. In Eastern Tibet he had been the head of Khampagar Monastery, which had over 200 branch monasteries, nunneries and retreat centers. It was considered one of the foremost monasteries of the Drukpa Kagyü lineage.

In 1959 they reached India as refugees after a narrow and miraculous escape, bringing with them only important Dharma texts and objects from their monastery in Tibet.

They settled first in Kalimpong in West Bengal, where many lay people from the Khampagar area in Kham came seeking refuge, and affiliated themselves with the newly formed community.

Allthough for over two decades they lived in a hard and impoverished state, yet throughout this time they maintained all the monastery pujas, celebrations and Dharma functions without allowing scarcity of funds to hinder them.

In 1969 they moved to Himachal Pradesh in North India. There they settled in the peaceful Kangra valley on 37 acres of land, which was named Tashi Jong, Tibetan for Auspicious Valley. The late Tokden Amtin mentioned that at the time of the initial consecration of the land of Tashi Jong, both H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and H.E. the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche clearly felt this place to be the pure land of the Five Manjushris.
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