The Construction Project of the Zabsang Choekhor Ling Monastery in Chauntra, Northern India
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Due to a collective lack of merit in this decadent age as well as the catastrophe that befell Tibet, the many termas revealed by the great terton, Ven. Nyima Drakpa, have been heavily vandalized. Although every Tibetan Buddhist tradition has been able to recover under the patronage of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Ven. Nyima Drakpa’s termas still face the peril of annihilation.

In this Dharma crisis, even with little learning and realization, I, the 3rd Dhamchoe Gyaltso (Shartul Rinpoche), whose first title holder, the 1st Drupwang Shartul Karma Worsal Rang Dro, was a Dharma son of the 5th Nyima Drakpa, inherit with sincere confidence the untainted Dharma lineage of all the past Nyima Drakpas and Shartul Rinpcoches.
In this century, the task of inheriting and spreading the very profound terma teachings of Dharmaraja Nyima Drakpa has fallen on my shoulders. At this life-and-death moment of these particular teachings, I am ready to sacrifice my life and take on all hardships. With a firm resolve, I came to India and had an audience with H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, who compassionately instructed me, “If such profound empowerments, pith instructions, and teachings of this Tibetan Buddhist lineage were to be lost, the loss would be irreparable, especially for those seeking to attain realization and Buddhahood in a swift manner. This is a crucial moment. Think of a way to restore and spread the teachings of the lineage.” H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama also appointed me as the sutra teacher of the 7th Nyima Drakpa Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche. With such an important assignment, I began to give empowerments, pith instructions, and teachings to the 7th Nyima Drakpa Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche. At the same time, I started planning for the construction of a Buddhist institute for spreading these profound terma teachings.
The proposed site of the monastery is in Chauntra, northern India, close to Tso Pema, a holy site of Guru Rinpoche, and about 50 km from Dharamsala. The monastery is situated on a site that offers beneficial feng shui in the beautiful, densely forested foothills of the Himalayas, with snow-capped mountains in the background.
This area is cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and is very quiet, which will naturally enhance the practice of meditative concentration. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama granted me one acre of land, and I purchased another acre myself. On these two acres of land, there will be a main temple, a sutra hall, a Dharmapala hall, a dormitory for one-hundred-and twenty monastics, a dining hall, a computer room, a library, a guru hall, a guest house, and so forth.
This Buddhist institute will serve as a Dharma center, particularly for the youth of the 21st century, to both learn and meditate on the profound terma teachings revealed by Ven. Nyima Drakpa. The monastery will be a pure land for attaining both immediate benefit and ultimate liberation.
The monastery has started construction on the auspicious day of Guru Rinpoche on 28 September 2009. On that day, the ground breaking ceremony was graced by The 3rd Shartul Rinpoche (Dhamchoe Tulku), The 7th Nyidrak Rinpoche and the abbot of Palyu Chorkhor Ling Monastery, Tulku Ryigo Rinpoche. The venerable gurus conducted rituals and blessed the construction. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama has gracefully named the monastery Zabsang Choekhor Ling.
The construction of the monastery was able to begin smoothly and timely because of your kindness and generousity. Our society would like to express our utmost sincere gratitudes to all who have contributed to this project.
Shartul Dhamchoe Gyatso, a disciple of the Nyingma tradition
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