WELCOME to the official website of Urgain Choling Leo, an initiative of 9th Ganteng Tulku Rinpoche, a principle lineage holder of the Peling traditions and president of Nyingma foundation in Bhutan and a head of Ganteng Monastery generally known as Ganteng Goenpa.
About Urgain Choeling
We are pleased to present His Holiness Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche’s project – Urgain Choling Institute and Monastery in the state of Himachal Pradesh, northern India.
In 2005, Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche first visited the villages of Leo, Chuling and Hango located in Kinnaur – a beautiful mountainous region in northern India. This place has a special connection with the terma teachings of Pema Lingpa, and in particular with Gangteng Tulku, because in this very place the first Gangteng Tulku – Pema Trinley Tsel – gave teachings for a period of time.
Pema Lingpa Lineage
The spiritual lineage of Pema Lingpa dates back to the 9th century, to the time when Guru Rinpoche first brought sacred Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan from India. Guru Rinpoches vast spiritual activities left behind an enduring legacy in these countries that has survived vibrantly through the many ensuing centuries until today. Although he was able to subdue negative forces in order for Vajrayana Buddhism to take hold, Guru Rinpoche also saw obstacles that would hinder the Dharma in coming generations, when the teachings would become confused and separated from their essential instructions. To overcome these difficulties, he blessed the region with hidden treasure texts (terma) to be revealed at the appropriate times to be of maximum benefit for sentient beings in the future.
9th Ganteng Rinpoche
The Ninth Gangteng Truelku, Kunzang Rigdzin Pema Namgyal was born to the Bonbi Choeje family in Trongsa in 1955. His father was Tshering Dorji and his mother Tshering Pelmo. The birth of the Truelku was preceded by numerous auspicious and miraculous signs such as a rainbow-filled sky and the out-of-season flowering of trees and plants.
Project and Documents
The people of Leo offered the land to Gangteng Rinpoche for the construction of the monastery. A committee for the construction was formed and the organization “Institute Urgyen Choling” was registered.
The main objectives of the committee are:
The initial project documentation is finished. The project consists of the Temple and its surrounding buildings – living rooms for the monks, classrooms, and other necessary facilities.
The construction process has already begun! A road leading to the future monastery was built and now the ground is being prepared.
Urgain Choeling is a non-profit organization working to support the programs of Urgain Choeling Institute in India. Please consider becoming a sponsor or donating to the building fund. Your contribution will provide to build the new Monastery and Institute – Urgain Choeling.
Contribute to the Building Fund:
$314,000 is the estimated cost to complete the new buildings.
Name of the Society: Leo “Urgain Chhoeling” Institute Management Committee
Office: Village and P.O. Leo, Sub-Tehsil Hangrang, District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh (India).
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