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Thangkar
Monastic Institute

Inaugurated in December 2017, THANGKAR DECHEN CHOLING MONASTIC INSTITUTE, named after an old monastery in Tibet where many great scholars had come to study, is located on a small mountain in a suburb of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Thangkar Monastic Institute has become home for those seeking to understand and practice Buddhist studies and meditation.

About
Khangser Rinpoche

The highly venerated Tenzin Tsultrim Palden also known as Khangser Rinpoche (which means yellow house) was born in 1975.
Khangser Rinpoche presently serves as a spiritual teacher of Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery and Dipankara Organization. Rinpoche previously served as a spiritual teacher at Sera Jey Monastic University, one of the three great Monastic Universities affiliated with the Gelugpa tradition which follows the rich culture and knowledge of the ancient Nalanda University, established in Tibet in 15th century.

Thangkar School

Thangkar school was established in March 2018, following the license granted by Nepal Ministry of Education. The School and the Guesthouse form part of the Thangkar Monastic Institute.

The school offers a wide range of major subjects such as math, science, social study, languages (Nepalese, English, Tibetan) and Buddhism.

Guest house

The Guesthouse forms part of the Thangkar Monastic Institute and goes into operations in Jan 2020.

It features a complex of fully equipped rooms for stay with restaurant and coffee shop looking over the suburbs of Kathmandu city.

The Guesthouse was built in order to provide accommodation for those who wishes to pursue retreat and meditation in the Monastery, where guidance for Buddhism practice and meditation will be provided

Dharma courses

The monastic institute will serve to benefit human beings from all walks of life and thus make the world a better place for every being. Basing this as the singular mission of this upcoming organization, the monastic institute is planning to offer various curriculum in Buddhism for the ordained community (Buddhist monks) as well as the non-ordained (lay). All study programs, whether short term, diploma or degrees, will be affiliated with recognized universities.

News & events

The Monks in Thangkar Dechen Monastic Institute

The monks in Thangkar Dechen Monastic Institute have become multi-tasked students who have learnt to handle daily work as well as the maintenance of the Monastery.

Prayer Session

On the 15th of every Lunar month, the monks at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery had a prayer session to dedicate for the well being of everyone around the world.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

One week of national holiday in Nepal

On 23 October, the monk students in Monastery has started their one week of national holiday in Nepal. The week starts with many sport and competition activities for all students’ well being and team spirit.

Newsletter – Issue 1/2020

EMPTINESS RETREAT

Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute has recently hosted over 140 participants from different countries who came to attend the Emptiness Retreat for the period from 27-31 Jan 2020, guided by Khangser Rinpoche.  During this period, participants received teaching on Emptiness and how to practice Emptiness meditation.  On the last day of the retreat, there was a puja of luck increasing performed by Khangser Rinpoche at the Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Khangser Rinpoche Self-Retreat

During the coronavirus outbreak, Khangser Rinpoche spent 10 days self-retreat in March in order to pray to Buddha and Deity for the coronavirus outbreak to be under control. Rinpoche also had a number of collective Prayer and Talking sessions with his students during this time.

Mid-term Exam

March is also the exam time for all the monks at Thangkar School. The study is on-going and has progressed well as planned.

A visit to Theravada Temple in Kathmandu

Khangser Rinpoche paid a visit to a Theravada Temple in Kathmandu earlier this year. The visit resulted in a future Student Exchange Program between the Temple and Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute when the monks can learn more about both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions.

A special visit of Cuckoo bird to Monastery

Towards the end of March and into April, Thangkar Institute welcomed beautiful singing of Cuckoo bird many times during the day, particularly in the morning and continuously for almost 2 weeks.  According to Tibetan traditions, it is very special and auspicious when Cuckoo birds sing.

A story was told that Khangser Rinpoche had a dream in that he met with his Master who sat on the bed and Rinpoche was down on the floor and keep saying “I pay homage”, “I pay homage”, “I pay homage”.  When awake the next morning, he immediately heard the songs of Cuckoo bird for the first time after first hearing it 15 years ago and these singing lasted for almost 2 weeks continuously.

A visit to Nagarjun Cave in Nepal

Khangser Rinpoche paid a visit to an auspicious Nagarjun cave in Kathmandu where it is believed that Nagarjun Bodhisattva came to practice dharma during his time.

 

Performed The Puja Of Luck Increasing

Khangser Rinpoche performed the puja of luck increasing on last day of retreat, January 31, 2019 at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Emptiness Retreat

Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute has recently hosted over 140 participants from different countries who came to attend the Emptiness Retreat for the period from 27-31 Jan 2020, guided by Khangser Rinpoche. During this period, participants received teaching on Emptiness and how to practice Emptiness meditation.  On the last day of the retreat, there was a puja of luck increasing performed by Khangser Rinpoche at the Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Emptiness Retreat (27 – 30 Jan 2020)

Emptiness Retreat in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute (27 – 30 Jan 2020)

Schedule for emptiness retreat

 

Note: During break time, participants can choose to visit the Café of the Monastic Institute

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

When we talk about love and compassion, you can see that it is a feeling that is needed even in the animal kingdom. Animals have no religion, nor do they require faith, but they still need love and compassion. So it’s love and compassion, rather than religion that is necessary for animals. Generally speaking, all of us are not born with religious beliefs either. When we are born, we don’t arrive in this world knowing anything about religion, but what we do come with is the need for love and consideration from others.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Wisdom & Compassion Conference

Khangser Rinpoche joined the Conference on Wisdom and Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism in New York, USA on November 30 and December 1, 2019.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

Compassion is one of the essential practices that help us reduce all negative emotions because these can bring a lot of trouble to ourselves, and they tend to ruin our joy and happiness.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Memorizing Competition

Competition of memorizing Buddhist text in Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastic Institute on November 15, 2019.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

There are two verses:

“Let us pray for all the beings of the parents in the six paths to be happy, and pray that all the sentient beings of the six paths are liberated from suffering.”

Think about those two verses. On the way, when you encounter any person suffering, any animal suffering or any being suffering, then pray for them to escape the pains and pray for those beings to be happy, to be at peace. The ultimate goal of practicing compassion is not to understand how others feel, but to be able to feel what others are feeling.

By Khangser Rinpoche

Blanket Giving Out

Khangser Rinpoche gave blankets to the monksteachers and staff at Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery on November 24, 2019 since the winter is approaching.

The Excerpt From Khangser Rinpoche’s Teaching

If we want to care for others, we have to start by understanding their point of view. Lots of newcomers to Buddhism instantly find the idea of compassion quite appealing, but if the object of compassion is far removed from our everyday lives, then it’s not genuine compassion. Under Buddhism teaching, compassion starts with your own family, and it’s said that “Charity starts at home.” Only after understanding someone’s problems and perspective first, is it possible to be truly helpful and caring. So if someone says, “I’m very concerned about you,” you should ask, “But do you understand me?” Indeed, caring without understanding is ineffectual.
By Khangser Rinpoche

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