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Dungkar Monastery

(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David Lai) On the upper Yadong Hill, just 13 kilometres from Yadong County in Tibet, lies a historic monastery by the name of Dungkar. The surrounding area goes by many names, commonly Upper Tromo but also Tomo, Dromo or Chumbi. This monastery, whose name in Tibetan literally means ‘white conch shell’, was founded in the earlier half of the 16th Century by Drubpa Ulong Jongnay Rinpoche. Even around the time of its founding, Dungkar Monastery already had a reputation for producing top quality traditional Tibetan medicine. Later, the Monastery became the seat of the legendary and highly revered Kyabje Domo Geshe Rinpoche. This enigmatic lama established his monastic seat at Dungkar and became famous due to an account of him in Way of the White Clouds by Lama Anagarika Govinda. It is said that Domo Geshe Rinpoche meditated in the area for an extended period of time until a wandering nomad discovered his presence and made offerings of milk and yoghurt to him. Soon after, Domo Geshe Rinpoche left the seclusion of solitary retreat and performed the great deeds for which he became famous. Domo Geshe Rinpoche was a pioneer, having established his monastic seat so far from Central Tibet where the majority of the Gelug tradition’s […]



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