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. (Click here for 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 were ultimately constructed exactly according to Rinpoche’s dreams.

Once the external structure was built, a unique group of the finest artists from Bhutan and Nepal gathered to create and complete the traditional artistic details, including statues, murals, and architectural design. (Click here for more about the art and architecture of the temple).

The temple was completed and formally consecrated in 2009 and the monastic community of several hundred monks and nuns, according to Kyapje Kunzang Dechen Lingpa’s vision, is becoming an oasis of Buddhist scholarship, sacred art, meditation, and service.

New Photo Galleries Coming Here Soon (Please check back):

  • Formal consecration ceremonies and celebrations
  • His Holiness the Sakya Trizin visits and blesses the new Temple
  • General photos of the surrounding buildings and area