Drikung Kagyu Wogmin Thubten
Shedrup Ling Monastery

Venerable Ontul Rinpoche founded the Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in Tso Pema to preserve the spiritual knowledge and cultural tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tso Pema is a holy lake where the great yogi Guru Rinpoche performed miracles and subdued the Zahor King and the people of the region. Guru Rinpoche and his consort, Princess Mandarava, turned the people of the area to the path of Dharma. They practiced together in the holy caves above the lake, where Guru Rinpoche left several miraculous signs. Tso Pema is situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India between Dharamsala and Manali, approximately 1 hour drive from the town of Mandi.

In 1971 Rinpoche started to collect donations from all over India and the foundations of the Temple were laid. As money was very scarce it took 4 years to complete. When it was finished it housed the monks on the basement level, the main Temple on the ground floor, and classrooms on the upper floor. After that other buildings were started, but it would be many, many years before all the construction was complete.

In the early years there was just Ontul Rinpoche and 4 other monks that had escaped with him from Tibet. Now the monastery takes care of around 75 monks, some nuns and voluntary staff. The ages of the monks range from between 4 to 75 years of age.

The present monastery consists of a retreat centre for lay people and monastics, a guest-house, bookshop and a vegetarian restaurant – see Other Projects. All these bring in much needed money for the everyday expenditure of the monastery, but unfortunately these do not generate enough revenue to cover all overheads. See How to Help page.

Up to now the monastery has been performing ritual practices with fewer than 60 monks and this will continue with around 30 monks. However, the Pe-tsek Academy Project has been devised to run alongside the existing monastery, and will provide education and Buddhist studies for around 150 monks. Please see Academy page.

Once the monks have finished their studies in the academy they may join the monastery or do further studies or practices elsewhere.

It is hoped that the traditional pujas, that are being performed at the monasteries in Tibet, will also be performed at the monastery here in Tso Pema.