Shechen Monastery

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Shechen Monastery
Tibetan transcription(s)
Tibetan ཞེ་ཆེན་བསྟན་གཉིས་དར་རྒྱས་གླིང
Wylie transliteration Zhe-chen bsTan-gnyis-dar-rgyas-gling
Coordinates: 32°15′58″N 98°53′10″E / 32.26611°N 98.88611°E / 32.26611; 98.88611Coordinates: 32°15′58″N 98°53′10″E / 32.26611°N 98.88611°E / 32.26611; 98.88611
Monastery information
Location Derge, between Nangdo and Dzogchen Monastery
Founded by Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen
Date renovated 1985
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Nyingma

The Shechen Monastery (Tibetan: ཞེ་ཆེན་བསྟན་གཉིས་དར་རྒྱས་གླིངWylie: zhe chen bstan gnyis dar rgyas gling) is one of the six primary, or "mother," monasteries of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, in Tibet and Nepal. It is located in Derge between Nangdo and Dzogchen Monastery.[1] 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. The monastery was completely destroyed in the Cultural Revolution, but it was rebuilt in 1985 by Dilgo Khyentse.[2]

A new Shechen monastery has been built in Nepal.[3]

The monastery in Nepal was founded in 1980 near the great stupa of Boudhanath, just northeast of Kathmandu, and is known as Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery. There are more than 300 monks. "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."[4]

The present abbot is the seventh Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, the grandson of Dilgo Khyentse. Prominent members of the monastery include the Yangsi (Tib.ཡང་སྲིད reincarnation) of Dilgo Khyentse, Matthieu Ricard and Changling Rinpoche.


  1. ^ Dudjom Rinpoche and Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje (1991), Vol. II, page 485.
  2. ^ Lotus Speech Canada
  3. ^ "Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse". Bhutan Majestic Travel. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Shechen Monastery, Kathmandu". Nepal Channel. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 


  • 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

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