Resources for the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
To learn more about the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, visit his website.
Thrangu Rinpoche has sponsored a number of projects to foster the dharma, preserve Tibetan culture, and provide educational opportunities for the Tibetan exile community. Here are some of these projects:
- Tara Abbey Nunnery
Tara Abbey, founded in 1992, provides monastic support for more than 100 nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions of Nepal. It is located in Swayambhu at the western end of the Kathmandu Valley.
- Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery (Nepal)
In 1982 Thrangu Rinpoche built his first monastery outside of Tibet in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. The Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Boudhanath is the center of monastic life for nearly 250 monks.
- Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery (Tibet)
Since the late 1980s Thrangu Rinpoche has been overseeing the rebuilding of his monastery in Tibet. The temple, monks quarters, the Stupa, and shedra (monastic college) are now completely restored, and at this time there are 135 monks in residence.
- Namo Buddha Retreat Centre and Monastic College
Namo Buddha, located in the mountains about 2½ hours from Kathmandu, is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in this part of the world. Thrangu Rinpoche has built a retreat center, a college for higher Buddhist studies (shedra), a translation and publication house, a house for the office and staff, and several guesthouses. As well, a new temple is under construction.
- Namo Buddha Medical Fund
The clinic opened its doors in 1995 and serves the local villages as well as the 30 monks in residence. The clinic is open three days a week, except on holidays, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and is currently staffed by a monk health assistant, Karma Yonten, and a local Tamang villager, trained as a medic in the Indian Army.
- Shree Mangal Dvip (School for Himalayan Children)
Thrangu Rinpoche established Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in 1987, with a view to providing an education for children from the Himalayas. The students are both Tibetan and Nepali from the Himalayan region, but they are Tibetan in terms of language, culture and philosophy, so apart from offering these children a secular education, Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School also helps to preserve Tibetan Buddhism as well as the language and the cultural identity of Himalayan peoples.
- Vajra Vidya Institute
In the fall of 1999, Thrangu Rinpoche completed his project to build an institute of Buddhist studies in Sarnath near Varanasi. Sarnath is where the Buddha first turned the wheel of the dharma. It is a very auspicious place for learning. There are many great Buddhist universities such as Sanskrit University and Tibetan Vajrayana University located there. His Holiness Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche was working on plans to build his monastery there but passed away before starting construction. Thrangu Rinpoche feels that building his institute would please the mind of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. The institute is called the Vajra Vidya Institute, which was the name of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa. It means "indestructible knowledge."
- Namo Buddha Publications
Namo Buddha Publications is a non-profit organization to publish and distribute all of Thrangu Rinpoche's teachings. It was founded in 1989 and now has available more than 25 books in English as well as tapes, CDs, and DVDs by Rinpoche.
- Vajra Vidya Retreat Centre, Crestone Colorado
A North American retreat centre built under the direction of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche near Crestone Colorado on land donated by the Manitou Foundation.
- Thrangu Dharma Society, PJ Malaysia
Site dedicated to Thrangu Rinpoche that includes an extensive collection of teachings and information on numerous initiatives undertaken by Thrangu Rinpoche.