Shechen Monastery

Shechen Monastery

Shechen Monastery
Shechen Monastery, one the six main Nyingma monasteries of Tibet, was destroyed in the late 1950s. In exile, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche transplanted the rich Shechen tradition to a new home – a magnificent monastery near the great Stupa of Bodhnath, Nepal. It was his wish for this monastery to maintain the philosophical, contemplative and artistic traditions of the mother monastery. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche is the current abbot of Shechen and Changling Rinpoche teaches at the Shechen Philosophical College.

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Vancouver 2010
The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910 – 1991), one of the most remarkable spiritual teachers of our time. To mark this special occasion events celebrating his life and paying tribute to his accomplishments took place in a year-long celebration which toured the globe. This website documents the Celebration events in Vancouver, B.C. in August 2010. See also Lotus Speech: Past Events.

Munsong Gompa
The Munsong Retreat Center in Kalimpong, India, overlooking Sikkim, is a small quaint temple that supports six monks and two nuns as well as a few hundred devout Sikkimese and Nepalese country folk. Their senior lama, Lama Tsundru, now in his early 80’s, was a student of the previous Changling Rinpoche. The monastery was established in the 1960’s by Lama Tsundru. Changling Rinpoche teaches and guides these monks and nuns, who up until the last few months have been living in substandard conditions. See also Lotus Speech: Projects.

Lotus Speech USA
Lotus Speech USA became a new member of the Lotus Speech international sangha in 2010.

Lotus Speech Australia
In 2006 Lotus Speech Australia was incorporated in the state of Victoria as a not-for-profit organisation (No. A0049300H) ABN 77 121 520 615, under the spiritual direction of Changling Rinpoche.

Photo Credits

The following photos are by Matthieu Ricard:

The following photos are by Wonderlane:

The following photos are by Sandy Melnyk:

  • The photos of Shechen Monastery and Shechen Changchub Ling on the Home page.
  • The photo of Shechen Main Hall on the Shechen Monastery page.
  • Both photos of Munsong Gompa in the May 10, 2010 article.
  • In the slideshow, the photos of Munsong Gompa and Flower Pots along the Wall at Shechen.

The following photos are by Min Li Chong:

  • Both photos from Kalimpong – Bumchok Puja and Happy Children – in the April 22, 2011 article.
  • On the News page, both photos in the Sikkim Pilgrimage article.
  • In the slideshow, the photos of Shechen Monastery, Nuns & Monks at Shechen, and Lama Dancers.

The photo of Prayer Flags in the slideshow and the photo of Traditional Texts on the Projects: Northern Treasures Texts page are by Christine Bird.

The first Celebration photo on the Programs: Past Events page is by Reggie Ho.

The photo of Rabjam Rinpoche and Trevor Jones on the Contact Us page is by Barry & Laura Weiss.

The photo of Changling Rinpoche in the slideshow and on the Teachers: Changling Rinpoche page is by Walker Blaine.

The photo of the Entrance to the Monastery on the Shechen Monastery page is here with the kind permission of Wlodzislaw Duch.

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