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.
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
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