Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Tibet

Location
Thrangu Tashi Choling is located in the province of Chinghia in eastern Tibet (Kham). The area was known by Tibetans as "Tso Ngon" (meaning "Blue Lake"), the name of the very large lake located in this area. Chinghia translates to Blue Lake in Chinese language. The village around the monastery is known as "Je Kun Do".
   
The 7th Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso, established the monastery. Upon recognizing and naming the 1st Tulku Thrangu Rinpoche (see biography of the Thrangu Tulkus), the Karmapa handed the monastery over to him. Thrangu Tashi Choling became one of the foremost centers for the study of Buddhist philosophy in Tibet.


History

Near Thrangu Tashi Choling is the sacred site called "Nampar Namse", the Tibetan name of the Buddha Vairochana and Eight Bodhisattvas. (To see photo click here).
Since ancient times, Nampar Namse has been a retreat place. In the eighth century, Jaza Kong Ju composed the famous "Zangchod Monlam" which is carved into the rocks. The 1st Drikung Kyabgon Rinpoche "Chokpa Jigten Sumgon" was born in this area.
   

The main treasure of the monastery is a self-arisen Dharmakaya stupa that is called the "Choten Karchung". The stupa spontaneously arose in the 9th century and is located in the middle of the monastery complex.
   

Many great scholars studied and resided in Thrangu Tashi Choling. One of the most emminent is the Great Mipham Rinpoche who stayed there in retreat for five years and, during that time, composed many treatises and commentaries including the commentary on the Ke Juk.
Thrangu Tashi Choling before the Chinese invasion

 

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