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monastic institute

Monastic Institute

In 2009, a small mountain was received in the suburb of Kathmandu city, Nepal.  Construction of the monastery and its dormitory was started in 2013 and completed in Dec 2017. The monastery has officially gone into operation since 27 Dec 2017 following its inauguration ceremony.

The monastery main building starts with the ground floor, where classrooms, library and public meeting rooms are located.  A yard outside is reserved for the debate sessions, as part of the monks’ study program.

Main prayer hall is located on the 2nd floor which is also a place to host International Buddhist Conferences from different traditions and countries.  This would include multiple talks of scholars from global religions (Buddhist and non-Buddhists), scientists, researchers and business leaders.

The 3rd floor is designed with rooms to host special meeting, in addition to Masters’ offices.  This will also help to maintain the privacy for the monks’ study on ground floor where classrooms located.

The 4th floor (top floor) is reserved to worship Buddha’s Relic which has been kindly donated by the Sri-Lanka Presidential Office to the Monastery in 2013.  This blessing hall is also set up as a meditation center.

A separate dormitory locates just a walking distance from the Monastery main building, which is on the same mountain.  It provides home for Masters, Administrators, and Students. Store rooms, kitchen, dining room and reception areas are all in.

In 2015, the earthquake came, causing damages in many parts of Nepal. With the design to sustain against earth-slide and earth-quake, the building was found shaking at the time but luckily no damage was found.

The Monastery has been named following an old Monastery in Tibet where many great Masters came to study – THANGKAR DECHEN CHOLING MONASTIC INSTITUTE. It has become home for many people and scholars who wish to pursue Buddhist studies and practices with the hope to bring benefits to all sentient beings.

Khangser Rinpoche

The highly venerated Tenzin Tsultrim Palden also known as Khangser Rinpoche (which means yellow house) was born in 1975.

  • 1980

    He was recognized as the 8th reincarnation of Khangser Rinpoche
    It is known that the 7th incarnation of Khangser Rinpoche was one of the three highly respected lamas who were responsible for locating the 14th reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  • 1992

    Khangser Rinpoche obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Buddhist philosophy.
    The institute is nestled in the Himalayan mountain range, in the same region where His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama now resides, the state of Himachal Pradesh, North India.

  • 1998

    Rinpoche obtained a Master’s Degree in Buddhist philosophy upon completing Lobpon from Sera Jey Monastic University in South India.

  • 2000

    Rinpoche was invited as a visiting Professor at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.

  • 2002

    Rinpoche obtained a Geshe Lharam Degree (equivalent to a Ph.D.) in Buddhism and was conferred the highest signification amongst the top division.
    In the same year, Rinpoche composed a text entitled “Commentary on Abhidharma” which is over three hundred pages in length.

  • 2005

    Rinpoche obtained a Doctorate Degree in Tantric Buddhism from Gyuto Tantric Monastic University in Dharamsala, North India and was conferred the highest honor amongst the top division.

  • 2007

    Rinpoche founded the Himalayan Buddhist Heritage Foundation, based in Kathmandu, Nepal

  • 2011

    Rinpoche founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Nhien Dang (Atisha) Buddhist Heritage.

  • 2012

    Rinpoche established the Dipankara Buddhist Organization in Taiwan.

  • 2013

    Rinpoche was awarded an honorable medal by the Governor of Khentii Province in Mongolia.

  • 2016

    Rinpoche founded Himalayan Dipkar Foundation in Nepal.

  • 2017

    Rinpoche founded Thangkar Dechen Choling Monastery in Nepal.

  • 2018

    Rinpoche founded Dipkar Institute for Vajrayana in USA.


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. He also teaches Buddhism according to Nyingma and Kagyu traditions at several Nyingma and Kagyu monasteries in Dharamsala, India and Nepal. In addition, Khangser Rinpoche delivers public teachings on Tibetan Buddhism to diverse audiences from India, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Korea, Tibet and the West. His audiences congregate at various universities, public agencies, Buddhist centers, and Tibetan Settlements in India and Nepal.

The highly venerated Khangser Rinpoche is the eighth incarnated lama, born in a Himalayan family. His ancestors followed the Nyingma tradition for centuries. Since Rinpoche’s line of reincarnations is affiliated with the Gelug tradition, he possesses both precious heritages. Although Khangser Rinpoche is young, he is extremely bright. He has directly received a wealth of teachings on both Tantra and Sutra from many great Tibetan yogis and spiritual teachers from four major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Some of his teachers include His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Kyabje Dilgo Kysentse Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Khensur Lobsang Tsering, Khe Tsun Sangpo Rinpoche, and Choegye Trichen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is a great scholar who achieved mastery in both the Gelug and Nyingma Buddhist traditions. He is fully absorbed with the teachings of the great mind training of the Kadampa tradition. Rinpoche is recognized as one of the great teachers of the 21st century, adorned with boundless compassion and possessing the eagerness to cultivate the seed of loving kindness in the mind stream of all sentient beings. Khangser Rinpoche is an invincible debater, endowed with convincing speech which is in accordance with the modern world view. Thus, he attracts countless listeners and brings the light of hope to many suffering hearts.

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