Jangchub Choeling Monastery
|Fig 1. Jangchub Choeling Monastery, a monastic community under the guidance of Lama Dupsing Rinpoche, named and officially recognized by the Dalai Lama|
|Fig 2. Shangpa Rinpoche is deeply beloved by the monks who regard him as their own parent|
In 1963, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa asked Lama Dupsing Rinpoche to leave Kathmandu for Pokhara in order to meet the spiritual needs of the Tibetan and Nepalese population there. At first, a small monastery was established for performing Buddhist services and ceremonies. Over time, as the number of devotees grew, parents began to ask Lama Dupsing Rinpoche to ordain their sons as monks. Before long, there were 35 monks at the monastery.
In 1967, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama named the monastery "Jangchub Choeling Monastery" and officially recognised the monastic community under the guidance of Lama Dupsing Rinpoche. Three years later, Lama Dupsing Rinpoche, aware of the need for expansion, moved the monastery to its present location. He planned to erect a larger building and improve the facilities. Sadly, he passed away in 1976 without being able to fulfil his dreams and left the newly inaugurated monastery without a leader or a certain future.
In 1978, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa appointed Shangpa Rinpoche, then 23 years old, as Chief Abbot of the monastery. Over the last 20 years, Shangpa Rinpoche has tirelessly dedicated himself to supporting the livelihood, education of Sangha community as well as upgrading and expanding the premises and facilities of the monastery.
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