About Dechen Choekhor
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    Dechen Choekhor Monastery,
    Gonggar, Lhasa, Tibet.
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    Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara,
    Kullu, H.P. India.
    Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara

    Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara is a faith-based, non-profit organisation, dedicated to propagate the authentic living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism for the benefit of all beings.

    The missions and visions of Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara is to preserve and promote the Tibetan cultures and traditions, and the sublime teachings of Lord Buddha in this part of world where its survival is under increasing pressure.

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    The 1st Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, Druk Shabdrung Choekyi Gonpo The 1st Drukpa Yongzin Rinpoche, Lhatsewa Ngawang Zangpo

    In ancient Tibet, the sacred Land of Snow, Druk Dechen Choekhorling is the historical mother monastery of great importance to Drukpa Kargyu Lineage and the seat of both Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche - an emanation of Vajrapani, and Drukpa Yongzin Rinpoche - an emanation of Manjushri for centuries, is currently being rebuilt in the beautiful pristine valley of Kullu, India. These two great masters are traditionally known as the "Chokzig Namnyi", which means "the two who possess the supreme view".

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    Druk Dechen Choekhorling, Gonggar, Lhasa, Tibet.

    'De' means Bliss, 'Chen' means Great, 'Choe' means Dharma, 'Khor' means Abode - "Dharma Abode of Great Bliss" is what it denotes. Dechen Choekhor being the foremost seat of the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage in Tibet, was the cultural focal point for more than 300 monasteries that branched out from it in the 16th century, including Khamtrul Rinpoche's monastery - Khampagar  in Eastern Tibet; Hemis Monastery, Chemey Monastery and Korzog Monastery in Ladakh; and Dorzong Monastery of Tibet. Tsechu Monastery of Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche in Nangchen, Qinghai is a direct branch monastery of Khampagar.

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    A giant religious silk thangka with embroidery displaying the Buddha Sakyamuni portrait, was unfolded by the monks of Dechen Choekhor Tibet during the yearly Thangka Festival.

    Since its inception in 16th century, Dechen Choekhor, particularly the Lineage of Drukpa Choegon Rinpoches, has held the Lineage intact, pure and unbroken through their perseverance and diligent practices and preservation for over 500 years; and it remains as the main and respectable source for Buddhist learning and training to the Drukpa Kagyu till today.

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    The retreat houses scatter behind the rocky mountains of Druk Dechen Choekhorling Tibet.

    Today, as the survival of the Tibetan culture and the religion grows ever more uncertain, the reconstruction of Dechen Choekhor Monastery is of dire importance. In the 16th century when it was originally founded, Dechen Choekhor was comparable to the great Buddhist universities of India, and to the great schools of theology and classical learning in the medieval Europe. Many students came from far and wide across the Himalayan regions to study at Dechen Choekhor because it was well known for its training of Lineage-Holding Rinpoches, tulkus and monks.

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    Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara is currently being rebuilt in Kullu, India.

    Although there are over hundred Dechen Choekhor's Lineage branch-out monasteries in the Himalayan region, there are still many monks and nuns who wish to maintain the tradition of Dechen Choekhor, but have no main monastery in which to do so. They have raised numerous requests to both the previous and present Choegon Rinpoche to rebuild his main monastery so that future generations would be able to receive monastery training of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage.

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    The three giant Buddha statues in the main shrine of Dechen Choekhor Kullu, Northern India.

    The teachers of the present Choegon Rinpoche, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the 8th Khamtrul Rinpoche and the 8th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, strongly encouraged the reestablishment of this mother-monastery of Drukpa Kargyu in India. Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh is considered to be one of the 24 holy places of Chakrasamvara, and it was visited by Guru Padmasambhava and many of the great Mahasiddhas.

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    The three root gurus of Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche (from left: The 8th Kyabgon Khamtrul Rinpoche, The 8th Kyabgon Adeu Rinpoche & H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

    Kyabgon Adeu Rinpoche wrote: "In Drukpa Kargyu Lineage, Dechen Choekhor completely held to the Lineage of the Drukpa Kargyu like its ancestral origin or the source of river.

    It was the cultural focal point for the entire Drukpa Kargyu Lineage and was well known for its training of Lineage Holding Rinpoches and monks. Students came from far and wide across the Himalayan regions to study. H.H. Drukchen Pagsam Wangpo, H.H. Drukchen Kunzig Choenang, and every single Khamtrul Rinpoches Lineages primarily received transmission and teachings in this Monastery from Shabdrung Choegon and Yongzin".

    Present H.H. 12th Gyalwang Drukpa writes: "Dechen Choekhor in Tibet has played a very important role in guiding numerous practitioners on the path to enlightenment. It was the source of many great teachings and many important monasteries of Drukpa Kagyu Lineage".

    * Shabdrung (Tib: ཞབས་དྲུང་ ; also Zhabsdrung, means "at the feet of"), is an honorific title in Tibetan Buddhism, mostly used to address the second high-ranked lama of a lineage, who is the important lineage or throne-holder.


    Note to Reader:

    Some readers might be confused by the term "Kagyu" vs "Kargyu" use in this website. Below are the short explanations on the actual denotation of these 2 terms. However, nowadays Drukpa 'Kargyu' and Drukpa 'Kagyu' are used interchangeably in English media.

    Kagyu - can be translated as "The Lineage of the Oral Instructions." The first syllable "Ka" refers to the scriptures of the Buddha and the oral instructions of the guru. "Ka" has the sense both of the enlightened meaning conveyed through the instructions of the realised master, as well as the power and the blessing such words of insight carries; and "gyu" simply means lineage or tradition.

    Kargyu - The Kar (white) Gyu (lineage) of Marpa, Milarepa, and their followers; many of which dressed in white robes. Kewang Sangye Dorje, one of the foremost disciples of Pema Karpo, suggested this name for our Drukpa Kargyu Lineage.

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