According to his visions of Padmasambava, Kunzang Dechen Rinpoche established a nunnery and monastery in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, two insulated states in the northeastern region of India and among the poorest though most beautiful areas in the world. Now under the guidance of Dungse Rigdzin Dorje Rinpoche, the monks and nuns study, practice, and play an increasingly important role in the surrounding community.

It was Kunzang Dechen Rinpoche's aspiration that - with our help - this monastic community of over 150 monks and 125 nuns will become an oasis of Buddhist scholarship, sacred art and meditation and that the ancient Dharma lineage seed that Rinpoche brought from Tibet less than 23 years ago may grow to be a resilient and many-branched tree on these far eastern slopes of the Himalayas.

You can read more about the history of the monks and nuns and how Rinpoche came to help them on Our Teachers page of this website. You will find an annotated map showing the locations of the monastery and nunnery on the About Us page. To view photos of some of the activities of the monks and nuns, please see the galleries below, as well as the main gallery page, and to sponsor their activities, please go to our how to help page.

PHOTO GALLERY 2004 showing participants in an annual religious festival conducted by Rinpoche and the monks and nuns. Please visit the main Gallery Page for more.

PHOTO GALLERY 2005 showing the lamas, nuns, monks and community participating in a major puja (religious ceremony) at the nunnery. Please visit the main Gallery Page for more.

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