Three Tibetan Temples in Bodhgaya

high-definition creative commons photographs from three Tibetan tradition temples in Bodhgaya, which are richly decorated and very colourful, together with some further information.


Yongey Tergar (Karma Kagyu, Nyingma, established by Mingyur Rinpoche)

Mingyur Rinpoche

In 2007 Mingyur Rinpoche completed the construction of Tergar Monastery in Bodhgaya, India, which will serve large numbers of people attending Buddhist events at this sacred pilgrimage site, serve as an annual site for month-long Karma Kagyu scholastic debates, and serve as an international study institute for the Sangha and laity. The institute will also have a medical clinic for local people.

In June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche left his monastery in Bodhgaya to begin a three years of retreat. Instead of staying in isolation, as he did in his early years of retreat, for this period he will be wandering from place to place without any fixed plans or agenda. Rinpoche left a farewell letter before leaving his monastery.

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Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling (Nyingma, established by Rabjam Rinpoche)

Rabjam Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche had planned to build a Nyingma monastery in Bodhgaya. Accordingly, in 1996 Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, the grandson and spiritual heir of Dilgo Khyentse, with the participation of dedicated volunteers and donors built Shechen Monastery, and he is the present abbot.

The monastery complex is located a few minutes walk from the Great Stupa. The main building houses a temple with frescoes on the life of the Buddha painted by teachers and students from the Tsering Arts School. Another building provides residence quarters for about 50 monks. The monks study and perform rituals and prayers and annually attend the Nyingma Monlam in Bodhgaya.

Karma Tharjay Chokhorling (Rime, Kagyu, established by the 2nd Beru Khyentse Rinpoche)

2nd Beru Khyentse Rinpoche

His Eminence Palpung Beru Khyentse Rinpoche (or Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Wangpo) was born in 15th June 1947 in Nyethang region of Central Tibet (25 km from Lhasa), and is the second incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo one of the most important illuminators of Buddhism in Tibet.

Rinpoche is a renowned master of Tibetan Buddhism and in particular of Rime and Kagyu lineages and holder of many other secret tantric transmissions. After completing the traditional four-year retreat in the Karma Kagyu tradition, Rinpoche established monasteries in Bodhgaya, in Kathmandu and the Nangchen monastery, nunnery, institute and three-year retreat center in Tibet.

More photographs of the murals from Karma Tharjay Chokhorling can be found on the artist Marianna Rydvald's website Dakkhini Unlimited, together with many other artworks by the same artist. Prints are also available for purchase.


Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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