Instructions to construct a new monastery and temple for the monastic community in this area were revealed to Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche in a dream, along with an exact vision of where the structure should be placed. After a short search, Rinpoche located the land for the temple as described in his dream, including its relationship to four major mountains, local caves located in the four directions, and additional environmental and geographical details (map). With his own limited resources, Rinpoche acquired the land and started work on building Zangdokpalri Monastery as a future oasis of Buddhist scholarship, sacred art and meditation.

The precise size, appearance, and architectural details of the new temple are being constructed exactly according to Rinpoche's dreams. As you can see from the photo galleries below, much has been accomplished (based in part upon the dedication and devotion of local workers, as well as the generousity of supporters in the West); however construction in this area with poor roads and no electricity is extremely challenging and additional financial help is desperately needed. Please go to our how to help page to assist in the next (and final!) phase of this effort. The President of Zandokpalri Foundaton visited the monastery in March 2008 and has returned with stunning images of the progress made to date. Please click on the link on the right. Visit the photo galleries below for historical images.

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I have just returned from the temple site and without exageration can say it is one of the most beautiful structures in the world. The extensive sculptures and murals are being meticulously worked on by the greatest living Buddhist artisans who have come from Bhutan and Nepal.

- Moke Mokotoff, President of the Board, Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion, April 2007

Photo Gallery: 1995
Rinpoche visits and blesses the site of the new temple.

Photo Gallery: 2002
Construction on the new monastery gets underway.

Photo Gallery: 2003
The outer walls are completed and work begins on the detail.

Photo Gallery: 2004
Work continues and thankas (paintings) based on Rinpoche's revealed treasures starts.

Photo Gallery: 2005
The exterior forms are complete. Finishing will begin pending final funding.

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