Mindrolling Monastery

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Mindrolling Monastery
Great Stupa at Mindrolling

༄༅། །འོག་མིན་ཨོ་རྒྱན་སྨིན་གྲོལ་གླིང་དགོན།

Ogmin Orgyen Mindrolling Monastery ('og min o rgyan smin grol gling dgon) ---

See inside ground floor of the Stupa at Mindrolling Monastery (video): [1]

Mindroling was founded in the Drachi Valley of Central Tibet in 1676 by Terdak Lingpa, a great terton and teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. It is one the six principal Nyingma monasteries in Tibet and, along with Dorje Drak, one of the two located in Central Tibet (the rest are located in Eastern Tibet). The throne of Mindroling is traditionally held by successive descendants of Terdak Lingpa. The Jetsunmas are his female descendants, who have always played an important role in the preservation of the teachings. Many of them have been remarkable teachers themselves.
After the Chinese invasion of 1959, the great masters of this tradition fled to India. The seat of the Mindrolling lineage was then reestabished by Khochen Rinpoche near the hill town of Dehra Dun in Uttaranchal state, India. It is now one of the largest Buddhist centers in existence today and home to the current head of the lineage His Holiness the XIth Mindrolling Trichen.

Lineage Masters

The Mindrolling lineage has been passed down through two main lines of succession, the Trichen Lineage, or Tri Rab, and the Khen Rab Lineage. Traditionally, the elder son of the Trichen becomes the successor to the Trichen Lineage, while the second son takes monastic ordination and holds the Khen Rab lineage. The successions of these two lineages are as follows:

The Trichen Lineage

The Khen Rab lineage

Minling Jetsunmas

Mindrolling Monastery also has a renowned lineage of female masters, beginning with the daughter of Terdak Lingpa, Down to the daughter of the current lineage holder

Current Lineage Holders

Practices and Teachings

Contact Information

  • Mindrolling Monastery in India:
  1. Mindrolling Monastery Clement Town 248002; Dehradun, Uttaranchal, India
  2. Tel: 91-135-2640556 or 91-135-2640968
  3. Fax: 91-135-2640943
  4. Email: mindrolling@gmail.com

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