The Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion was established in 2002 at the request of  Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche to establish the non-sectarian teachings of the Buddhism of Tibet in the west and support the Nuns and Monks of Zangdokpalri in India.

Rinpoche was a terton (revealer of Dharma treasures) in the Ancient Lineage (Nyingma) of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of his life he took the sole responsibility for the education and welfare of over 170 nuns and monks in remote northeastern India. Since Rinpoche’s passing in 2006, this responsibility has passed, like the pure nectar of one vessel being poured into another, to his son and spiritual heir, Dungse Rigdzin Dorje.

Follow the links below to learn more about our history, activities, and current work in support of the nuns and monks.

The Nunnery

Zangdokpalri is the changeless visionary abode of the eighth century Indian tantric master Padmasambava (Guru Rinpoche), who subdued demonic forces and established the practice of Buddhism in Tibet, promising that in the future [...]

A Brief History of the Zangdokpalri Foundation

The history of the foundation initially involved dozens of individuals responding to Kyapje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa's good heartedness (sem zangpo) and profound teachings, and eventually included thousands of Americans profoundly moved and healed by [...]

About Us

The Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion was established in 2002 at the request of  Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche to establish the non-sectarian teachings of the Buddhism of Tibet in the west and support the Nuns and Monks [...]

Our Name

Zangdokpalri is the changeless visionary abode of the eighth century Indian tantric master Padmasambava (Guru Rinpoche), who subdued demonic forces and established the practice of Buddhism in Tibet, promising that in the future he [...]