Kunzang Dechen
Lingpa Rinpoche
Dungse Rinpoche, the monks & nuns and Moke Mokotoff, (President & Tour Organizer) on Fifth Avenue, NYC, at the beginning of the 2009 Tour
Dungse Rigdzin
Dorje Rinpoche

OUR PURPOSE. The Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion was established in 2002 at the request of  Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche to establish the non-sectarian teachings of the Buddhism of Tibet in the west and support the Nuns and Monks of Zangdokpalri in India. Rinpoche was a terton (revealer of Dharma treasures) in the Ancient Lineage (Nyingma) of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of his life he took the sole responsibility for the education and welfare of over 170 nuns and monks in remote northeastern India (see map at bottom of this page). Since Rinpoche's passing in 2006, this responsibility has passed, like the pure nectar of one vessel being poured into another, to his son and spiritual heir, Dungse Rigdzin Dorje.

Through the following activities, we work to preserve Rinpoche's ancient spiritual lineage and to realize his vision for world peace:

Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
Rinpoche and Moke Mokotoff

The monks & nuns
Healing Tour. The lamas, nuns and monks of Zangdokpalri traveled to the West each year for many years to teach and perform sacred ceremonies for health and world peace for the benefit of all (see Tour Page for updates and links to the Chod Practice specifically performed during the tours). These tours were especially undertaken to meet the needs of the community in remote India.

Temple Construction. According to his visions of Padmasambava, Kunzang Dechen Rinpoche has established a monastic community of over 170 monks and 150 nuns in Arunachal Pradesh (see map at bottom of this page) where a new temple has now been constructed and opened. The main activites of Zangdokpalri Foundation are now turned toward support and education of the monastic community and providing the infrastructure they need to firmly establish this tradition in this area (see below).

Support for the Monks and Nuns. The monks and nuns are dependent on sponsorship for their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, books, and materials for the sacred arts. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation toward this goal.

Construction of the Shedra (Monastic College). Classes are currently conducted without any classrooms. A shedra (building to house the traditional 9-year university program in Buddhist Philosophy) is planned and ready to construct. Visit the Projects page for more and the Support page to donate for this project.

Construction of the Nun's Truptra (Retreat Center). At the nunnery in nearby Assam, a number of nuns are in 3 year retreat in a partially-completed Truptra (Retreat Center) which also desperately needs to be completed. Visit the Projects page for more and the Support page to donate for this project.

Recordings of Music & Teachings. Professional quality cds have been produced of chants, practices, and teachings and are available from our online store and at tour venues. All proceeds for these sales go directly to support of the monks and nuns in India.

To join in this effort, please see our how to help page. Visit our photo galleries and go to the Temple Project page to read AN OASIS OF BUDDHIST SACRED ART, SCHOLARSHIP, MEDITATION AND MEDICAL SERVICE IN THE REMOTE INDIA HIMALAYAS, a brief article by Moke Mokotoff, President of Zangdokpalri Foundation.

Zangdokpalri is the changeless visionary abode of the eighth century Indian tantric master Padmasambava (Guru Rinpoche), who subdued demonic forces and established the practice of Buddhism in Tibet, promising that in the future he would reappear in the form of tertons and revitalize Buddhism for the benefit of all beings.

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