Tergar monastery in Kathmandu -
Pal Tergar Ngedon Lungrik Osel Targye Ling

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Monastic education requires both study and practice. In order to offer his monks a complete, and in-depth education, Mingyur Rinpoche always wanted to establish a shedra (monastic college). His brother, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, generously offered him Ösel Ling, a monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, for that purpose. Mingyur Rinpoche made several improvements to Ösel Ling and in 2010 it was reopened as Pal Tergar Ngedon Lungrik Ösel Targye Ling. Around 80 students are currently enrolled in the shedra. Mingyur Rinpoche is also planning to develop a program of academic studies and meditation for international students at Ösel Ling.

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Ösel Ling was originally built by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche for the benefit of his sons, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche. In recent years, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has overseen the activities of the monastery and guided the monastic community as it has grown into a mature sangha of dedicated practitioners. In 2010, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche agreed that it would be beneficial to the monastery’s monastic population to have a fully ordained monk as abbot. Therefore, Tsoknyi Rinpoche invited Mingyur Rinpoche to take responsibility for the monastery.

Ösel Ling’s thriving monks train in the broad range of philosophical and meditative practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The unique approach of Ösel Ling’s monastic college brings together philosophical inquiry and meditative experience. Balancing theory and practice, the monks who attend the college study the classic philosophical treatises of the Buddhist tradition, while grounding their studies in the practice of meditation.