Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling

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Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling
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Monastery information
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Founded by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Founded 1972
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Lineage Kagyu and Nyingma
Head Lama Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Number of monks 180

Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. It has ties to both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools, hence the combined name Ka-Nying.

The Sixteenth Karmapa instructed Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche to found a monastery in Nepal. Tulku Urgyen obeyed, taking his wife Kunsang Dechen and two sons, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. Construction began in 1972, and the monastery was dedicated in 1976. HM King Birendra attended. Tulku Urgyen died on February 13, 1996, whereupon his son, Chokyi Nyima, succeeded him as Abbot (his brother becoming Vajra Master).[1] Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche, along his father, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, serve as Vajra Masters for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling.[2] The monastery currently boasts about 180 monks and 108 nuns at an affiliated nunnery, Nagi Gompa (some distance away).

In 1981 the monastery established the Rangjung Yeshe Institute (or Shedra Institute), a multi-year course in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy designed for Western dharma students. It has since entered into a cooperation agreement with Kathmandu University to form the Center for Buddhist Studies whereby its students can be awarded BA and MA degrees from KU, with a major in "Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language."

The monastery was severely damaged during the devastating 7.8 earthquake on 25. April 2015 Nepal earthquake and its aftershocks. As reconstruction alone seems unlikely, preparations are made for rebuilding the main temple. The same holds for the affiliated nunnery Nagi Gompa, where houses collapsed and rebuilding needs to be done. Despite these devastating damages, the monks and nuns of these monasteries serve many families and villages in Nepal to have (temporary) housing, food and medical supplies.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Moran, Peter. Buddhism Observed: Travelers, Exiles, and Tibetan Dharma in Kathmandu. RoutledgeCurzon, 2004. An anthropological/sociological look at "Western" Buddhist tourists/pilgrims to Boudhanath. Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling is mentioned periodically throughout the text (along with several other area monasteries) and especially the section beginning on page 74.

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