Shechen Monastery (Tibetan: ཞེ་ཆེན་བསྟན་གཉིས་དར་རྒྱས་གླིང, Wylie: zhe chen bstan gnyis dar rgyas gling), one of the six primary or "mother" monasteries of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism of Tibet, was destroyed in the late 1950s, during the Cultural Revolution. It was located in Derge between Nangdo and Dzogchen Monastery. It was founded in 1695 by Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen, though it is sometimes claimed to have been built by Gyurme Kunzang Namgyal in 1734. It became extremely influential in the 18th and 19th centuries, with up to 160 satellite monasteries dotting the Himalayas. In the 1980s Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche transplanted the rich tradition of the original Shechen Monastery to a new home, a magnificent monastery near the great Stupa of Bodhnath, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
In the 1980s a new Shechen monastery was built in Nepal near the great stupa of Boudhanath, northeast of Kathmandu, and is also known as Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery. This monastery serves as the main seat of the Shechen tradition in exile. There are more than 300 monks at this monastery. "The monastery teaches music, dance, painting and Buddhist philosophy." Its elementary school provides "a modern education for children between five and fourteen years of age."
Dudjom Rinpoche and Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: its Fundamentals and History. Two Volumes. 1991. Translated and edited by Gyurme Dorje with Matthew Kapstein. Wisdom Publications, Boston. ISBN 0-86171-087-8